I am becoming more and more interested in trying a Warrior Dash. Three miles and ten obstacle courses? I could handle that. I think I have worked hard enough for the past three years to the point where I could describe myself as being in good shape. Not great by any means, but not too shabby if I do say so myself.
However, something is stopping me. I find the Warrior Dash a bit intimidating, although I feel I’m in better shape now. I mean the name alone speaks volumes. WARRIOR dash. Although the warrior 2 pose is my favourite yoga stance, I’m a bit of a Scaredy Squirrel by nature. Have you heard of Scaredy Squirrel yet? If you work with children or have children, then you might know this little critter. He is the main character found in an adorable and hilarious children’s book series by Canadian author Melanie Watt. Scaredy is a rather anxious little rodent, who is somewhat of a risk analyst. A risk-taker he’s not! Scaredy Squirrel will obsess over every decision he makes to decide if there is any potential harm in his choices. A chance-taker he is not! Scaredy likes to play it safe.
For example, the risk of reading a book according to Scaredy:
The opposite of Scaredy Squirrel is found on one of my current favourite TV shows. History TV’s Vikings. Director Michael Hirst takes us on an amazing odyssey as these Northmen try to discover new lands, more riches and more power, often in a very brutal manner. Main character Lagertha is a warrior/shield maiden who does not often consider risks or danger when going after what she wants (very much unlike Scaredy Squirrel.) In the Viking era, many women fought alongside their male counterparts in raids. These courageous feminine souls were not afraid of dying in battle and were also known to be just as lethal as the men with the shield and weapon. You do not want to mess with Lagertha. Kalf, what are you thinking?? Remember what happened to her second husband. A usurped woman is a scorned woman.
So, to be less of a Scaredy Squirrel, I am doing the Shield Maiden Workout to channel my inner warrior and to try to train for the Dash. Anyhow, being black and a born-again Christian, I would most likely end up beheaded as a sacrifice to Odin or something. Still, I can try to face this fear and try the Dash as a warrior and not a worrier. (A la Scaredy)
The Shield Maiden Workout:
Attempting second set of plank jumps and feeling a little like Scaredy Squirrel right now….
How much of a risk-taker are you? One being Scaredy and ten being Lagertha.
Have you ever tried a Warrior Dash? How challenging was it?