More than Mud: Tara Skinner
More than Mud is an article and interview series dedicated to documenting the incredible characters and stories that we come across in the world of OCR and outdoor adventure and endurance racing events. They range from everyday heroes to extreme athletes but all have unique and engaging stories to tell.
How Did You Get Into OCR Racing?
A woman I had just met told me she was doing a Sparan Race in two weeks. I didn't know much about it but I am up for anything so I decided to sign up too. Once I crossed that finish line I knew this was something I had to do again and again. That was four years ago! That was her first and only one and I have since done about 30 OCR races.
What Are Some Challenges OCR Has Helped You Overcome?
I used to weigh 271 pounds and have kept the weight off for ten years now. OCR helps me keep it off because it gives me a reason to go to the gym or go on hikes now. Its not just to keep looking a certain way, it's to be able to perform well at these races. One of the reasons I enjoy racing alone is because it gives me time to truly listen to my body and see what its telling me it needs me to work on.
What Does The OCR Community Mean To You?
I usually race alone and when I first started I would literally cross the finish line and walk to my car and leave. Thanks to social media I have met so many other great people who are into OCR. Some I only know online and trade training tips and healthy eating tips with and others I get to see at races. Some great friendships have been formed. Through some of the people I have met I now participate in many online fitness challenges which help me stay on track.
What’s Your Most Memorable Moment In OCR?
This years Tough Mudder was icy cold and rainy. Running through the woods with so many muddy...cold people was something I will never forget because everyone was HAPPY. Most people would have been miserable and actually probably would not have even been there but OCR people are different beasts all together. We were all laughing..some were singing and everyone was helping each other deal with the elements and slippery obstacles. That was such a defining day for me.
Any Goals Or Race Stats To Share?
Even though I did 17 races this year I did not get my Spartan Trifecta because I did not do a Beast. Next year is my year!! I am already signed up for 8 races in 2017 including races to complete my trifecta. I have also contributed stories to a few OCR websites and hope to continue with that.
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