Meet Lynn, Spartan Race Finisher 2016! – Testimonials

LYNN is an extraordinary person. She appears as a tiny modest woman, in her golf or bike gear, walking energetically around the gym so she can do the Spartan warm-up and her daily stretching ritual. She may look quiet, but she is not – always having some nice words to say to a stranger, make anybody smile, and cracks jokes all over the place. She is the busiest retired person on this planet!

However, she is the most determined, focused, organized and committed person I have ever had a chance to work with and ever met in my life. There are millions of stories about her I could write here to show you who she is. Many include her extremely powerful and somehow crazy life expeditions as an ultramarathoner, adventurer, even an Olympic torch carrier and medical dosimetrist. She is a very wise woman, and has a kind, non-judgemental, supportive and helpful attitude that uplifts the lives of the people surrounding her.

I performed an interview with her after she accomplished something she didn’t even think she could do, after 7 years of not running due to her knee injury. She gave up running and now she is a Spartan Race finisher!!

 

Meet Lynn, Spartan Race Finisher 2016 😊

 

ME: Hi Lynn, how are you doing Spartan Lady? Tell us about yourself, Lynn, please.

LYNN: I am 66 years old, retired medical dosimetrist. My fitness level is pretty good, I participate in several fitness activities such as golf, biking, yoga, stretching and balance classes, and weight workouts. In the past, I was an ultramarathoner, bike rider, cross-country skier and hiker, which many of those I still continue…. except for ultrarunning. LOL

ME: Have you ever heard about obstacle course races (OCR) and Spartan Races before?

LYNN: I first heard about the Spartan race in January 2016 from my trainer, at the gym, who did a Spartan Super Race in California.

ME: What made you think of doing a Spartan Race?

LYNN: My trainer suggested she and I do Spartan Race together.

ME: How was your preparation for the one you decided to run?

LYNN: I trained with trainer 2 times a week and I did other training on my own another 3-4 days a week. I was focused on doing bodyweight exercises and running again. I also engaged in exercises such as crawling, bar hangs and pull-ups, ninja obstacles at the local ninja gym.

ME: How did you feel once you signed up?

LYNN: Once I signed up, I was motivated to do the workouts, but also implicated enough rest to avoid injury.

ME: How did you feel once you arrived at the race venue?

LYNN: Arriving at the  course I was a little bit anxious but I felt well trained. Having never done an obstacle race before, there were a lot of unknowns, especially about the obstacles.

ME: How did you feel during the run?

LYNN: During the run, I felt energized. But some of the obstacles were very challenging and I needed help completing them.

ME: And how did you feel after finishing the race?

LYNN: After finishing, I’d say I had so much fun and felt very accomplished to complete my goal. Finishing an obstacle race was never anything I thought I would do.

ME: Which obstacle was the hardest and which one was the easiest?

LYNN: The hardest mental obstacle was Stairs to Sparta because I am afraid of heights. The hardest physical obstacle was the Bucket Carry because it was so heavy and uncomfortable. The easiest obstacle was the water crossing LOL

ME: Which comfort zone do you think you needed to step out of to finish the race?

LYNN: Fear of heights and fear of not finishing because the obstacles would be too hard

ME: I would never allow that to happen. How did that race impact your life afterwards?

LYNN: I felt afterwards like I did after my first ultra run, as if I could do almost anything if I was well trained and injury-free. But that confidence extends past athletics and into other parts of your life. Walking through a 42F lake for 10-15 minutes certainly redefines how one thinks about cold water. 😊

ME: Do you think you will run an OCR/Spartan race again?

LYNN: I would like to run another Spartan Sprint, maybe a Spartan Super.

ME: What would you tell your younger self now?

LYNN: I would say to be more confident in yourself because given hard work and the right people believing in you, then many things you think you could never do, become possible!

ME: What would you tell someone who is hesitating with the decision of running Spartan Race?

LYNN: I would say to just start training and sign up. Give yourself some time to train and build your confidence. Take baby steps and build on them and you will see progress, both physically and mentally. And get a trainer who can show you how to do all of the progressions and believes that you can do it!

ME: What is the motto you live your life by?

LYNN: I am not sure I have a motto to live by. But I did see this quote recently that speaks to me. “The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there” by Vince Lombardi.

ME: That is so powerful Lynn. THANK YOU for your time, your energy, your empowering words.

 

Lynn walks away with a confident step, she is extremely proud of herself, she is smiling and knowing she still has so many things to accomplish!!!! Way to go Spartan Lady!!! You got this beYOUtiful!!!!

 

P.S. Her trainer appears to be me, and we do have a plan to run another Spartan Race this year again!!!!

#WeAreSpartan #beYOUtiful #IamSpartan

 

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Izabelka’s Transformation

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I am Izabela, you may know me…. I was born in March 2011, I am 7 years old.

Admitting that I needed psychological help in order to help not your marriage but yourself, was a huge step into my inner transformation. Yes, 30 years old woman needed to bury herself in order for another woman to be born!

I don’t remember much from my childhood, block it somehow and maybe it’s good, maybe not…. I never made serious decisions based on my own feelings and opinions until March 2011… I was a living, breathing and existing creature, fulfilling others wishes and expectations all my life…being a zombie, walking and not even knowing where I am going!!!

The only changes in my life which created the WOMAN I am now, happened very randomly, almost like an explosion after which you shake your head of the dust and realize you are in totally different world. My dad threw me into the water expecting I will learn how to swim, and it never happened, I don’t know how to swim. However, life threw me into way deeper water than that one, to the lowest rock bottom I could ever imagine it exist and what happened surprisingly, I had to swim, I had to get up, I had to shake my head of the dust and see the new world!!!!

The decision about buying a one-way ticket for my ex-husband and divorcing him was the best ever. The decision of quitting my scientific very-well paid job was a life changing. The decision about hiring trainer and life coach after my heart attack was the biggest awakening. All of them built were the foundation of different transformations for myself.

First one created the woman who realized that she is beautiful, strong, sexy, independent, powerful, loving and deserving to be loved, to be treated with respect!

Second allowed me to understand that I am extremely smart, talented, educated, intelligent, hard-working and can make anything I think of to work.

Third opened my eyes on the beauty I carry in my body, in my heart and soul, realizing how important is it to take care of myself first before serving others. How life choices create the life we live in. How regrets do not exist, how life lessons are empowering and how failure is an actually a grand opening to better options.

Fourth…. yes, there is forth moment of awakening. NOW!!! The moment I realized I can help, I can give and I can change lives of so many people around me by the person I am and what I have to offer…that was a huge blast! I have a plan, LIFE HUGE PLAN of creating a space and a community to help those who seek help, who suffer from abuse, from depression, from lack of motivation and life purpose, from lack of self-being and show them that there is a fantastic powerful SELF-LOVE out there, that each of us can create a magic, create amazing things in this live.

Who told you that you cannot? Your dad? Your Aunt? Or husband? Maybe co-worker or boss?

NOBODY CAN TELL YOU WHAT YOU CAN AND WHAT YOU CAN NOT DO – only you create the reality you live in, the happiness you live with, the magic you surround yourself with!!!!!

YOU got this beYOUtiful!!!! ❤

#beYOUtiful