One Thing We Can’t Do While Obstacle Course Training

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This wasn’t part of the plan.

It’s 8 A.M. and I’m over an hour late for my workout because I’m paying the price for laxity, for weakness. In fact, the only reason I’m writing this post is because I’m passing the time while my gut settles; I don’t want to be caught out on my tempo run literally with my pants down.

My stomach is ripped to shreds, all because I had a few “cheat” foods yesterday. My body is calling me out. “We’ve come too far,” it says. “Quit screwing around.”

It’s a myth, one of many I’m discovering on the journey to become an “elite” obstacle course athlete. Not all is lost, of course. Those with any experience in the sport understand that set backs and blunders are inevitable; the key is learning from them, getting the fuck up, and moving forward.

So what is the one thing we must stop doing if we want to take training seriously?

No More Cheat Foods/Meals


Diet is important, but for some reason we have this notion that eating healthy is akin to hours in a boring, stifling classroom and so we look forward to the recess of a “cheat meal,” a reprieve from the plan. The harder I train for obstacle races the louder my bullshit alarm goes off on this matter.

Food is first and foremost fuel, period. My weakness is cereal (particularly Frosted Flakes) and wheat beer. Once I begin, I don’t want to stop. Remember your goals. Is what you’re shoving in your face worthy of your ambition and aspirations? Will it help you perform one more burpee, run 2 seconds faster, climb one inch higher? Because that might be all that separates you from the podium, the top 10, etc. Is the temporary pleasure of that spoon-full of junk worth what could have been an inch closer toward long-term success?

You may want cheat meals, because they feel like a reward for doing so well on fueling 99% of the time, but that only reveals two things:

1) Your goals aren’t greater than your short-term impulses.

2) You haven’t expanded your culinary frame of mind.

Seem harsh? Personally, I’m sick of the status quo.

Champions sacrifice, innovate, do whatever it takes to mount the summit in spite of adversity, especially our own weaknesses and excuses. Healthy, fuel-focused food can be (and is!) delicious. Do you run off and have an occasional cheat day with another man/woman when you get bored with your better half? No, you saddle up and fix the situation. Food, like your relationship, can be full of life and flavor, but you can’t be passive-aggressive. Put in the work and reap the rewards.

Same goes with training.

Define and be honest with your goals. Why are you training and what are the requisite ingredients for your success? Let this become your mantra. Stop making excuses and see how far you go.

Okay, I think I’m clear now for my run. Been a pleasure chatting. See you on the course.


  1. That’s not just logic. That’s really sesinble.

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