Why do we do it?



DevolutionMaybe that’s it. Maybe modern life is too easy, too boring, too many rules and regulations as to how to act appropriately in a controlled setting… with too much political correctness.

When it comes down to it we are still animals you know. It’s survival of the fittest. Fight or flight. It wasn’t so long ago that our ancestors were hunting animals in the bush and determining who leads their group by brute force. Persistence hunting is what they called it.

What do we have now a day? Most of us have cubicles where we hang our work documents. How things “need to be done”. Everything determined by some predetermined process somehow, just don’t ask me how. I really don’t know. Follow the “process” and you may succeeded. It’s no wonder why some people have all this bound up aggression.

So what have we found to bring the “animal” back out of us? Maybe it’s obstacle course racing? Some people’s philosophy on diets has changed back too. 

Paleo Timeline

I feel this boom in OCR has a direct link to our primal urges as a human. To run, jump, climb, get dirty, all while assisting our fellow man/woman in the process. It’s a great feeling to get out there on the weekend and let it all out. It gives me a new perspective on how our minds and bodies are capable of so much more than just working a 9 to 5 job. To some extent, it makes me feel free from the rigors of modern society. Obstacle course racing makes me feel good. I wonder how many others share this viewpoint on the matter? From the numbers showing up at races every weekend, I’m sure quite a few.


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Michael Makar
OCRs make me feel like a kid again. I enjoy trail running and boot camp. I've ran Tough Mudders, Warrior Dashes, and Spartan Races. In 2014 I plan on adding a few GORUCKS to my list of accomplishments.


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