February 3rd, 2012
I have decided that this year, I am doing Rebel Race.
It is a 5K, but it is not your average 5K. Not by a long shot.
There are mud swamps, and tunnels to run through, and barbed wire – all in all, about 21 military-style obstacles to overcome, at the end of which you are tired as hell and completely covered in mud.
Mud. Crazy sweaty people running obstacles like insane Marines (who actually sponsor the race). This is fucking AWESOME! I mean, who would NOT do this?
The kids are pissed because you’re not allowed to run the race unless you’re 11 or over, and I can certainly see why. It’s absolutely crazy out there. But what I like about it is that, unlike most 5Ks, its not about your time, and you’re not even really competing against other people. People actually help each other out on the course, it’s this we’re-all-in-it-together attitude which is really helpful when your ass is hanging from a rope 10 feet off the ground and you can’t find the strength to pull yourself up any further.
What this race IS about…is mental stamina, and toughness. And just STICKING TO IT and getting it DONE.
And I love that. I don’t care if I’m the last person to crawl across the damn finish line, to be able to say I tackled this insane course and finished it will be an accomplishment in itself.
The Tech Guru is totally on board (love it!) but, alas…we’ve run into a slight snag.
Every year for the past 7 years, he has run the Teterboro 5K. That’s another race that’s about mental toughness, because even though it’s a flat 5K with no hills and no obstacles, it’s run on the tarmac of Teterboro Airport.
You know when asphalt gets those waves of heat rising up that you can actually see? That’s what happens at this race. And of course, being that it’s on an airport runway, there’s no shade to speak of. ANYWHERE.
The first year he ran the race, it was about 90 degrees outside by 8:30 in the morning. It was so brutal that they had a fire truck following the runners and dousing them with water every mile or so, so that people wouldn’t pass the hell out. The Tech Guru’s time was not the greatest, but neither was anyone else’s who ran that race – except, of course, for the Kenyans and Ethiopians, who run that race like if they’re going out for a jog to pick up the morning paper and some coffee.
But it has become a rite of passage every year to run that race, and although no year has proven to be quite as hellish as that first year was, it’s the one race I make sure to sign him up for every year.
Well, lo and behold! Rebel Race is on the SAME DAY AS THE TETERBORO 5K.
So…we have some thinking to do. Do we stick with tradition, or break the streak and attack something new?
Well, I am not running Teterboro, no way in hell. I’d get bored out of whatever mind I have left running on an aesthetically dull runway, and he knows that. The other thing is, we are constantly constantly talking about how to achieve more mentally and physically – we can go on about that for hours, especially after we’ve watched some documentary on the untapped mind or the limits of the human body, or seen a movie like The Matrix or Ip Man. So I think that, as a new challenge, something else to conquer, this is right up his alley and mine.
Something to conquer. I just realized – that pretty much defines my modus operandi for 2012.
I am CONQUERING shit.
ARE YOU WITH ME?
Or are you going to keep doing the same crap? Whatever that crap is?
You know what they say…you can’t keep doing the same shit and expect different results. Life just doesn’t work that way.
There’s going to be a lot of new things happening this year, with me personally and with the blog. So stay tuned, and stay with me.
And get out there and CONQUER SOMETHING.