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Warrior Dash 2012 | Kara Paslay Design

Warrior Dash 2012

Warrior Dash 2012

This past weekend, Tim and I competed in the Warrior Dash! It is a 5k race that included a bunch of obstacles with in the 3.2 mile course. Although Tim and I “competed” (tried to go as fast as we could) many people participated in the event just for fun. As a matter of fact, many people wore costumes and crazy outfits. The whole goal was to have fun!!!

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The obstacles included jumping over fire, running through mud pits, climbing cargo nets, scaling slanted walls, and more!
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Tim and I ran into a bunch of friends and fellow cross fitters, which made the event that much more fun! It was a good mix of competitive athletes and people just wanting to have a blast!
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Tim and I are happy to report that we made it through and are ready for a stint on Expedition Impossible! 🙂
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There were a ton of amazing photographers at Warrior Dash and it just so happened that a friend from college captured some action packed photos of me heading toward the finish line.
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Chris Barnes is the talented man responsible for these awesome photos! You can see more of his great work on Chris’s blog.
If you care to know a little more about me, here’s a little info. It’s not that I don’t like to have fun (I would never dress up in a costume to run this race), it’s that fun for me is winning the race. That’s why I was a little upset when I realized seconds before the race started that I had left my race chip in my bag. I had looked at it and saw this. . .
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Now, I am also the type of girl who thinks beer tastes terrible (only the occasional fruity drink for me please) and so I paid no attention to the small disc that was actually responsible for recording my race time. Oops! Since I figured that out right before the race, I thought “Well at least there is no pressure to win.” Haha! But once I started running, my competitive instincts and desire to do my best took over. I ended up being the first girl to cross the finish line that morning! I felt good about it even though I was in the first heat and I am sure there were other girls that day that finished a lot faster.
I know some of you may be annoyed with the feeling that I am writing this post just so I could tell you that I finished first. But, I am really writing this post because I felt like it was a good life lesson. So here goes my spiel.
I feel like the only reason I was ever able to play professional basketball at 5’3″ is because I worked my butt off not only when others were watching, but also when I was all alone in the gym for hours at a time. I’ve tried to apply this same mentality to my design career as well. I was lucky enough to grow up in a household where my parent’s not only told me I could do anything I wanted, but they also held me accountable to putting in the work to achieve whatever I said I wanted to do. So, I am hoping I can be the voice to you that my parents were and still are to me. You can do anything. . . but you better work your behind off or it will never happen!!! Give it everything you have! I know that doesn’t make me super relatable, but I decided a long time ago, I don’t want to be normal or part of the status quo. So I’ve decided to stop trying to appear normal/relatable just so others will like me. I want to be an inspiration. Who knows if I will ever inspire anyone, but one thing is for sure I’m going to try!!!

This article has 6 comments

  1. Jesse

    Good for you! This is your blog and you should feel comfortable sharing your accomplishments, design related or otherwise. I didn’t think you were trying to brag at all!

  2. Lindsey

    Last time you wrote about working out I tried to write a comment, but I chickened out. I think it is awesome when you write about being strong. I want my daughter to grow up with women like you to look up to; strong, fit, and creative.

  3. Kara Paslay

    Thanks for your encouraging words ladies! Sometimes it’s hard not to try to be what other people want. In the end, I hope people do like me but what’s most important is that I like and stay true to myself! Again, thanks for your encouragement!!!

  4. LaurenHenson

    The way you feel about Dolly I kind of feel about you on a local level. I did Warrior Dash and am in design school. I’m pretty sure if I ever see you in public I could possibly attack you with a huge hug and then would beg to take you to dinner! I love your style and work ethic. Thank you for your constant inspiration!

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