Just like there are no short cuts in life, there are no shortcuts in an obstacle course. Living by this philosophy, I co-founded, The Phoenix Project, an obstacle-course run. The idea of a mud run is different from that of a typical marathon or any other race where your race-time takes precedence over forging bonds over gut and mud. It is not just a great full body workout but a great team effort as well. We get to crawl, dash, jump, leap in muddy pits, dark tunnels and climb ropes. The sense of accomplishment is worth the effort. Here are a few reasons why I recommend everyone out there to try an obstacle race this winter!1) Trains Your Mind To Overcome Mental Obstacles
If you believe in the phrase ‘never give up’, well, then the best way to test it is through an obstacle race. An obstacle race not only tests your physical strength and endurance but also challenges your body to listen to your mind. If your mind says you are going to do it, your body will listen! While failure is not an option, the obstacle race will teach you to embrace each challenge and push your mental grit at each moment.
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We live in a highly competitive world that constantly requires us to be a team player while having individualistic goals. The spirit of the mud race builds on the same. A healthy environment of celebration, camaraderie and team building is created with each participant focusing and defying every hurdle. The race not only challenges the mental and physical grit but also salutes the essence of teamwork.3) Remoulds Your Lifestyle
An obstacle run is much more than a just a race. It has the potential to motivate your innermost chord and challenges you to push and defy your boundaries. You will not only start viewing life’s challenges differently, but will also start approaching your goals with a much more focused and positive outlook.
© The Phoenix Project4) Learn The Art Of Perseverance
While on the race, you will learn never to give up, participating in an obstacle run will also teach you the art perseverance. Usually in a 5+ km race, the finish line is not in sight until the last obstacle and this is a challenge in itself. Many times life’s failures happen, when people do not realise how close they are to achieving success. And this is exactly what one tackles and overcomes at an obstacle race. Perseverance, grit, hard work and overcoming mental obstacles are the key to master each challenge thrown by life.5) Look At Life’s Hurdles As A Positive Challenge
The obstacle race is all about connecting and working your mind, body and soul in alliance. It is quite like life itself—in the face of adversity, our strength is truly tested. Post the race, you will learn to view any hurdle in your personal and professional life as a challenge rather than a problem.
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While it may be overwhelming for a few and peaceful for the rest, it is the sense of accomplishment and pride that you will take back with you at the end of the day.
So are you ready to try an obstacle race?
(Sanil Makhija is a national level football player and co-founder of ‘The Phoenix Project’. To register for the next race of The Phoenix Project on December 4, 2016 in Gurgaon, you can visit here)