Tammy Helfrich

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I am a Warrior

I remember looking at pictures of a friend doing the Warrior Dash last year. I also remember thinking I could never do that. I said I wasn’t strong enough. I didn’t have it in me. I wasn’t a runner.

Fast forward a year later. I’ve been getting healthier. And I’ve been working out consistently. When my kettlebell friends suggested that we sign up for the Warrior Dash earlier this year, I was very nervous. They had to convince me to do it. I still didn’t think I would be able to finish it. However, we kept working out, and getting stronger, and started running more.

Guess what? I am a Warrior! I survived the Warrior Dash today!! This was one of my FinishYear goals, so I am excited to cross it off my list.

They Kettlebell crew before the race

We have an awesome group of people who work out together at 6am most mornings. We are like a family. We push each other, and encourage each other, and love watching each other get skinny strong. There are some amazing success stories from these people in this picture. I was so glad to get to experience my first Warrior Dash with all of them.

My friend Joy and I after the race

If you’re not familiar with the Warrior Dash, it is a 5K run with obstacles like climbing over walls, under barbed wire, swimming through mud, and running over fire (just to name a few.) It was awesome!! 

My super encouraging workout buddy, Jordan

I love this group of people who help push me to do better every time I work out. They motivate me, encourage me, and celebrate with me. I am so thankful for all of them.

But the bigger lesson that I continue to learn is that I can do more than I think. Let me say it another way. YOU can do more than you think.

Too many times, we tell ourselves that we can’t do something because of fear, or because deep down we know it’s much easier to make an excuse than to do the hard work required. I am very proud to say that I finished the race today. I would not have imagined a year ago that I would be able to do this.

Which leads me to wonder what I will be doing next year at this time that I can’t imagine now. Because I am convinced that once we tap into this hidden potential, unbelievable things can happen.

What is it that you think you can’t do?

Stop saying you can’t, and start working towards making it happen! Let me know what it is in the comments, and I would love to help encourage you.

7 Comments

  1. Congratulations Tammy, It’s great to read about people achieving goals they didn’t think they can do. It gets me pumped up about following through with my goals. I followed you on Twitter because UnknownJim described you as an encourager, I think we all need to know more awesome people like you.

  2. Way to go! That is really inspiring.

  3. Way to go Tammy! It’s amazing what we think are capable of and what we can master with hard work and dedication. Rock on.

  4. Congratulations on completing a Warrior Dash! Those look amazing. Hoping to get to one next year. That or a Tough Mudder. Either way I’m doing one!

    • Thanks! It was so fun. Not as intense as the Tough Mudder, from what I hear. I say do it!!

      • Hoping to. There’s a Warrior Dash coming up in September in Michigan but it’s on my sister’s wedding. Don’t think that would go over too well. Tough Mudders are done for the year around us but I’m eyeing either the Detroit or Ohio event.

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