Featured Corn Fed: Kathy Bacon

By: Kathy Bacon “Muddy Spartan Princess”

What was your first OCR?
Mudstash 2011

What is your next OCR?
Indiana Spartan Sprint 2013

Kathy, please tell us more about yourself.

I have spent most of my life overweight and out of shape. I have dealt with ridicule and name calling, low self-esteem and depression. I battled fear regularly. Fear of failure, fear of ridicule, fear of injury and anything else that would offer me an excuse to avoid activity and doing new things.

Watching my mom slowly die over the last 10+ years of her life, caused me to open my eyes to my own health. On November 19, 2010, I quit smoking. That was step 1 but I had also developed Hypothyroidism, Type II diabetes, high cholesterol and was headed down a very dangerous road. With encouragement and support from my husband, I joined Anytime Fitness and signed on with a trainer. Thus my journey to health began.

I must admit that in the beginning my training was only half-hearted. I wanted to succeed but I was still dealing with fears. Many times tears would roll and I worried about people watching me. I wanted to quit more times than I can count but thankfully letting me quit was not an option for my trainer or my husband.

I walked my first 5k in September 2011. The very next month, my husband decided to run his first OCR, the Mudstash at Perfect North Slopes. Neither of us had ever heard of them before. It sounded like it would be very physically demanding. I assumed it was a “military type” thing so I decided to not try. I was no where near in shape enough to do anything like that. I wasn’t even running 5ks yet, only walking. However, secretly I longed to be able to do it. This longing left me a bit grouchy that morning but I went as the picture taker and support for my husband. He ran first wave and as he approached the finish line, something inside me said that I needed to be on that course with him.

He kicked back on a grassy hill while I went to get his shower gear. I dropped the bag at his feet, pointed my finger at him and said, “You will never do that alone again! I was afraid but I am not gonna let fear stop me anymore.” OOOPS! Boy did I open a can of worms! His reply, “They are running races all day. I will even run it a second time to run it with you.” Then after running out of excuses, I ran my first OCR that afternoon. Actually, I walked the majority of it but I finished and I had a blast doing it! I was hooked!

Since then I have completed the Georgia Spartan Sprint (with a sprained ankle), the Indiana Founders Spartan Sprint, the Colorado Military Sprint, Warrior Dash, 2 additional Mudstashes and several 5ks. I am currently on an OCR break while hubby is deployed and I am pursuing surgery. I am registered and hope to be cleared by doctor to run the Indiana Spartan Sprint 2013 with Corn Fed AND my Maneating Mamajamas!

I began by telling you how I have spent most of my life being overweight and out of shape. I will end by telling you how that picture is changing. My highest weight was 330 lbs and I am now down to 261 lbs. I am stronger and have more endurance now than I have ever had. I have changed what I eat, how much I eat, when I eat, my workouts and much about my life style. If you want to know more about my journey to health you can check out my blog at muddyspartanprincess.com.

I am very proud of the woman I have become by learning to “Never Let Fear Stop Me.” I am the Muddy Spartan Princess!

Next time you see Kathy on the obstacle course be sure to say hi! We would like to thank Kathy for her time and for sharing a little piece of her story with the rest of us. Keep up the amazing work, Kathy! We’ll see you in Laurel at the next Indiana Spartan Sprint!

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