In what could have been a land speed record, my MIL managed to frustrate/piss me off within an hour of getting to our house . . . coloured me impressed. Now, I will state for the record that I have woken up on the bed basically all weekend so that may have played a role in just how deeply this got to me.
As you may know, I have signed up for a little thing called the Spartan Race. It is a 5k army-style obstacle course. Why did I sign up for something that may require me to crawl through mud under barbed-wire? Good question and the answer is two-fold. Firstly, I have some extra weight from the meds that I want to drop and this seemed like a good way to sort of kick start it. Secondly, it is a new challenge and something different to push myself to accomplish.
So we were just settling in and going over what had been going on since their last visit and either I or Brad mentioned something about the race. My MIL's first reaction was to tell us that we couldn't do something like that. When I asked her why, she said that it was not something we could do and that we were ended up suffering a heart attack. Huh?! Now I do realise that I am carrying some extra weight but my blood pressure is amazing and I kickbox for 1.5 hrs at least 3 times a week . . . I am not going to suffer from a heart attack.
Her complete lack of support, coupled with her firm belief, not backed up with any sort of logical arguments, that this was something that I just could not do, pissed me off. I am not expecting her to stand by watching the race but at this point, if she doesn't have something nice to say, she needs to learn to not say anything at all.
That being said she definitely motivated me. The next morning I headed out for a training session and I kept what she said in mind. I pushed myself to run faster up and down the hills, go deeper on the burpies and to just do more. I will keep what she said in mind every time I feel like slacking off when our more formal training begins. I want to show her that not only can I do it but that I did do it and I did it well.