Bethany Hartshorn – OCR Inspiration
My main goal for 2018 is to encourage as many people as possible to get healthy this year. One of the obstacles that some of us face is trying to keep up a healthy lifestyle when we have medical issues that get in the way. Rather than give up on exercise and think it can’t be done, I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Bethany Hartshorn, who has completed dozens of OCR (obstacle course races).
That alone is an accomplishment. Even cooler though is that Bethany has MS. Anyone looking for a little inspiration should check out her Instagram feed @hartwarrior. Here’s her story, in her own words, lightly edited for clarity.
Bethany’s OCR Story
Tell us a little bit about yourself…
I was diagnosed with MS eight years ago but didn’t start getting into OCR (obstacle course racing) until I started watching American Ninja Warrior four years ago, and decided I wanted to be one. I definitely don’t let MS define me and to be honest it didn’t even cross my mind when I started working out and preparing for races. Now that I am on medication it’s a bit more in-my-face reality.
You have to believe in yourself and not let it limit you. Though I am in a good position right now to say that.
I changed my diet immediately to gluten-free but I eat basically healthy. Sometimes I don’t eat enough – which I need to get better at.
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