“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how old you are, when you start, what you are doing, when you are doing it…”

– Cerys, Director of People & Culture at PUR

When one of us wins, we all win. Last month, Cerys (our director of people and culture) set a new personal record at the incredibly challenging Spartan Race in Owls Head Quebec – and we couldn’t be more proud! Aside from building our team and culture at PUR, one of Cerys’ favourite hobbies outside of work is obstacle course running (OCR). To call it a hobby may be an understatement. Just within this season alone, she’ll be competing in 20 races! Her dedication and determination inspires us both in and out of the office. We asked Cerys if she could share her experience with the rest of you – and of course, she said yes!

Cerys Cook The PUR Company

Why Do I Train So Hard and Sacrifice So Much?

For this. The Spartan Super (12 km) at Owls Head in Quebec that took place on May 27, 2017. It was one of the toughest races of the season with the most unforgiving of mountains where the only thing you can do to get through is to not look up – ever – because there is only ever more UP. Where there are times where it is so steep your hands are touching the rocks in front of you! I did this!

10th place women’s & won my age category – WHAT?!!

At Spartan races, you only have one try at an obstacle, which have become increasingly difficult this year. If you fail an obstacle, the penalty is 30 burpees! I completed every obstacle… except the dreaded spear throw!!! My spear went into the bale of hay but it fell out, so that meant 30 burpees right near the end – followed immediately by a series of obstacles: rope climbing, the Hercules hoist (which involves lifting a 100lb bag into the air and then lowering it down without crashing to the ground), a crazy long barbed-wire crawl, mud dunes, a dunk wall, and finally… the cargo net to the fire jump finish!
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This race was punishing to say the least. Every piece of me hurt and was crying for me to stop. My calves (after last weekend’s race and tear) were cramping with every stride uphill. It took digging deeper than I’ve ever had to dig before. I had a relentless pursuit to the finish, to strive for excellence, and to beat my own personal records and goals! When I look back at my race, I know I left everything I had on the mountain. I know what I could have done to win the race, and I know what is in my reach!

I am so happy with the way it went and I am so proud of myself and the work I have put to get to this point. Last season, I left my soul on this mountain. This year, I took it back!

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At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how old you are, when you start, what you are doing, when you are doing it – what matters is this very simple thing: with everything in life, you put in the work, and you will see rewards beyond what you could ever imagine.

– Cerys

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