By: Wendy Macleod
What was your first OCR?
Spartan Sprint June 2012
What is your next OCR?
Spartan Beast December 9th 2012
Wendy, please tell us more about yourself.
I guess the thing that defined me the most was being sick. I learned more about me… I had to if I was going to be healthy again.
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 6 years ago.. at the time I had been training for a marathon. Then the pain was really bad and the doctor told me to stop.. it took a while to be diagnosed and I had to retire from my job.
I spent the next 3 years eating ice cream and watching TV. I was on canes, afraid to leave my home in case I fell.. couldn’t walk much and was looking at purchasing a scooter. I gained a lot of weight.. I was depressed.
My life felt useless, my young daughter could not even hug me without me wincing in pain. My marriage went from bad to worse.
Finally I decided I was done with that.. I wanted ME back!
I stopped eating bad food, drank lots of water and started walking… in a few months I left that relationship and was looking forward to being happy.
NOPE! 3 months later I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. The next year was all surgeries and chemo and radiation. I got up and walked 35 KM ( no training) to raise awareness for women’s cancer in the middle of all this. I’m stubborn what can I say?
I lost what little muscle I had due to the chemo but slowly I got myself back together and joined a gym. That’s where I saw an ad for the Spartan Sprint. 3 weeks before the Sprint I asked the trainer to train me to do it. I didn’t care about my time.. this was me getting ME back and telling not only Cancer that I kicked it’s butt but also Fibro!
It took me 55 minutes to do it. I felt like a rock star. My daughter was a Spartan Princess and she put my medal around my neck! It was so awesome!
Now I just want to do more. I did the Super in NJ…decided last minute so no real training for that and am now going for the Beast on December 9th which will be my 51st birthday!!
I may be slow but I wont’ quit! This Canadian girl is stubborn! I’m looking forward to meeting some of you face to face if you are still there on the 9th and doing more races. I feel alive and found ME in that mud!! The Beast will also mean my Trifecta!
Next time you see Wendy on the obstacle course be sure to say hi! We would like to thank Wendy for her time and for sharing a little piece of her story with the rest of us. Keep up the amazing work, Wendy! We’ll see you again soon at the next race!