Bryan and his wife are both active duty military, stationed in Omaha, NE. They love to travel to run races and signed up for The Battlegrounds with another couple from the area.
Three months before the race Bryan was hospitalized due to a blood clot. He went through multiple surgeries, and suffered both internal bleeding and a collapsed lung. He was cleared by his doctor only three days before our September 23rd race. With something to prove to himself, he battled and conquered The Battlegrounds course – all in a fuzzy animal onesie!
What 3 words would your friends use to describe you?
Motivational. Determined. Goofy.
What is the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome in your life?
Three months ago I developed a blood clot in my right shoulder. I spent 21 days in the hospital, undergoing multiple surgeries to remove the clot, remove part of my rib that was causing the clots, and then after a lot of internal bleeding and a collapsed lung, I began to get better. It’s been a long journey to recovery, but three days before the race, my doctor cleared me to come off blood thinners and start my life again. This race meant more than just a mud run to me. It was a chance to prove to myself that I can be me again.
What does life’s better when battled mean to you?
Life’s better when battled means you can never be truly proud of yourself if you never test yourself. I saw so many people (not just at this race, but many before this as well) with a look of amazement on their faces when they finish an obstacle that they didn’t think they could do. I love that. To sit down at the end of the day knowing you accomplished something amazing is the best feeling in the world.
What’s your favorite Battlegrounds obstacle?
Oh man, it’s so hard to choose because there were so many good ones. I think I would have to choose Hamburger Hill because it really set the tone for how challenging the race would be. I saw some people lose their shoes in the mud, and then finish the five miles barefoot. That takes dedication!
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
YES! If you plan on the weather being cool and fall-like at the end of September, so you decide that animal onesies are a good idea… it will be 90-degrees out and sunny. But seriously, the onesies were a great idea and once we got in the mud and water, it felt great. I wouldn’t have changed anything about race-day. From the staff, to the obstacles, and the friends I ran with and met on the course, it was a perfect day!