We love featuring member success stories here on The Stronger Blog, and today’s story is from Charles Brueck of Texas who, at 49, had a strong finish at the Spartan Race obstacle challenge, impressing some younger racers as he blew past them. Below, Charles shares his own “Why I Koko” story. We hope you are as inspired as we are. Stay Koko Strong, Charles! – Michael Wood, CSCS
This is why I KOKO, by Charles Brueck
My Spartan Race Results:
- Distance – 9.57 mi
- Obstacles – 23
- Time – 2:56:51
- Overall – 314 out of 2252
- Males – 264 out of 1490
- Males Ages 45-50 – 16 out of 85
Waiting to go over the 8’ wall a guy said, “hey I hope you don’t mind me asking but how old are you? I was just wondering because you just blew by me on the hill back there and you’re a beast.”
I said I’m 49. He said, “OMG I want to be you when I’m 49.” It made me feel really good. Especially considering only 3 years ago I had an extra 100 lbs on me. I’ve gone from a 44” waist to a 29” and was a borderline diabetic to my most recent physical where I was described as “in amazing shape.” Was it easy? No, it took a lot of hard work and discipline but it can be done. I enjoy my life so much more now and KOKO was a pivotal part of my recovery.
I’ll run the Spartan Sprint at Texas Stadium in June and complete the Spartan Trifecta in October when I run the 15 mile Spartan Beast in Glen Rose.
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Source: Stronger Blog