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Dina Does Tough Mudder Tri-State 2012

I  did it, yup, I earned my bright orange Tough Mudder head band.  One of the happiest moments of my life.

Something I realized is that there’s such a great feeling crossing a finish line.  Now I know it may not seem like such an accomplishment.  So many people have completed this obstacle course, so it may not seem like such a difficult feat.  But it’s so much more than that.  Anyone can go through those obstacles (or opt out of them) and finish the 11+ miles.  For me, it sort of symbolized how far I’ve come in life.  It wasn’t just 11 miles for me.  Thinking about even just 6 months ago and then versus now is such a huge difference.  My body, my mentality, my strength, everything…I have grown so much.  Crossing that finish line was like the icing on my cake.

I made sure I at least attempted every obstacle course; it bothered me that people didn’t even TRY.  Sure, there were a bunch I knew I wouldn’t be able to do, but I wouldn’t have felt like I completed the course if I didn’t make an attempt at all of them.  Actually, there was one I didn’t think I would be able to do completely – the  Island Hopping where you have to get from one tree stump to the next.  I did it.  Not many people that I saw made it across without slipping into the water, but I did.  Very proud moment.  Now what if I hadn’t even tried it because I was scared or doubted myself?  I wouldn’t have known that I could do it.

Now I know why people enjoy racing and competing so much.  There’s such a sense of accomplishment, and not just about training hard for whatever it is you are working on — but more about yourself as a whole.

Here are the pictures my sister and some friends took from the event:

Have you done the Tough Mudder?  What do you think of it?

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First Photos of Me Crossfitting

Yikes! I found some pictures of myself on my Crossfit gym’s Facebook page and thought I’d share.  I still have so much to work on.  Actually, next week I am going to take a private class because I need to work on my form with the weights.  One of the coaches said I’m using too much of my arms and not my legs which is ruining it for me because I have really strong legs.  In these pictures (courtesy of Crossfit Hoboken), it was my first time doing the overhead squats (a virgin, yes!) and I wasn’t using a lot of weight because I’m trying to figure out form first.  Once I learn to use my legs more to lift I’m sure I’ll be able to pick up more weight.

Bare with me because this is a 5:30am class…

Overhead squatGetting low!

Smell check! I know it’s what it looks like but not what I was doing (hope not!)