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Tough Guy Girl

What an amazing day. Sun was shining birds were singing a real buzz in the air. We meet at the gym and we went out to the Army Base. We got registered and found an area were we could leave our gear with the supporters. The 12km people went and then we went.. Well we ran.. yes I ran in an event for the first time I can ever remember we ran for some distance then we came to our first mun hole wow… then down a ditch to the first creek then out of there to the next long mud hole this was hard by now I was nearing the rear which meant that the ground was getting more wetter deeper and sludgy we had to get up bank and i got stuck and someone behind me helped push me up.. then a sudden rush came over me like i never felt before .. how could I get stuck I have work my butt of I have good upper body strength I should be able to get up this bank.. then I grabbed grass and heaved and I was up.. first major hurdle and mind set through… then I ran for a bit more then to the next mud hole saw eels and big spiders not sure what they were but made you go a lot faster.. then it was through a round bricked hole not deep but certainly slowed things down a bit.  Then there was a rope climb up a hill sounds all well and good but the rope was slippery and the ground there was no grip i lost my footing and the girl behind me gave me a platform using her hands i started to panic a bit but I looked down and thought well I cant go back that is just a no show.. I would hurt myself. So it was on wards and up wards.. I was able to get on my knees I grabbed the other rope and using my new found strength I moved one arm one leg then other arm other leg and went up on my knees I got to nearly the top and I saw that there was a netting the other side was using so I lunged for it and got it and kept slowly pulling myself up the netting I got to the top I lay on the grass for the moment relieved in what I though could have gone so wrong. But in moments i was back to running and up the road we went to the water pond.. where we got most the dirt off us.. we then went up the road again where we went off into the wilderness again where we crossed back and forth across the river that held me up.. as I could not see my feet landing and I was a bit nervous of it. After the river we went along and came to the first of barb wire not sure how to do it I turned around and a group of army guys came so I watched them and I then followed them then we ran along up an embankment and then to the Forrest run we came out round a building and then part of the army obstacle courses. The first one my worst nightmare was the brick wall.. climbed up little bricks then along a zig zag wall.. the guy said to me “you will be fine” by now I was exhasuted and not thinking I told him in a pissed off voice ” I have vertigo” the man held my hand and we went across another person fell off and I asked what the thud was they said “someone fell off but he is ok” knowing that i was fine kept going till the end and I had to bend down and jump off.. I felt so over whelmed i could not bend down the guy kept saying to be ” you need to let go of my hand” and I couldn’t but then I just had to suck it up and do it. So I did they talked me through it. They were fantastic, I got off and Richard my PT was there, he gave me a hug and I bursed into tears.. I kept going I went around the wall knew I did not have the strength in me for that.. went over a pole and fell gracefully to the ground then to he pipe you had to lower your self down then crawl through it got pitch black then you had to climb out of there again.Richard climbed down and i used his back to help get me up. Then under a few poles and then along to where you went up and some some man made hills an through the window Richard once again assisted me by letting me use him as a stool and I climbed up I said ” I can’t do it” Richard said “yes you can” I went and wiped my hands and climbed through and then ran all the way back to the finishing line… Well that was an achievement and a half I did things that day that I thought I would never do or never be able to achieve I pushed my body to its limits not only physically but mentally. I now I know that I can do anything that I put my mind too. I was physically and mentally drained and I took a week to recover but it is one of the best things that I have ever done.. I need to say a huge thank you to Richard for being there for me.. and his mum also.. they were great supporters to me.. and my daughter and dad for coming out and seeing me go through the toughest thing ever in my life.

Feilding to Palmerston North

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                                                         Feilding to Palmerston North

Top pic: I am nearly home

Middle pic: Nearly at Bunnythorpe

Third pic: Just taking off. Not quite 22km’s I am walking,

Saturday I am up ready to go I have done all I can for now and with being stretched down at the gym over the week my body is balanced and rearing to go.

I register, do a warm up, fix my shoes, and they call for us to get ready,  He calls one minute to go, we all chatting and waiting to go, I am thinking what am I doing. Well to late to change my mind now only way to get back to Palmy is to walk. He calls out and we are off, (more…)

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