Runner trains for her next challenge: A 5K obstacle course race

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A healthy lifestyle has always been important to Brandy Dickson.

"I want to be healthy. I want to be healthy for myself. I want to be healthy for my kids. I want to be a good representation of what health looks like," Brandy said.

But her fitness journey kicked up a notch two years ago when she joined her father-in-law on a personal challenge.

"He made a crazy bucket list when he retired and decided he wanted to do a 5K every month for a year," Dickson explained. "So that's what we did, and it was awesome, and I realized that I really enjoyed doing that. And that I could do that."

Now that challenge has led to another. Dickson says she's taking it to the next level this year, training for the Warrior Dash.

If you haven't heard of it, the Warrior Dash is a tough 5K with a muddy obstacle course, where you can put your own determination and strength to the test.

Dickson said, "They say that this year it encompasses all the elements: wind, water, fire, and mud. So I know I'm going to get muddy, I know I'm going to be cold and I know I'm going to be wet. And at some point, I think I'm going to be jumping over fire."

The Warrior Dash won't be a walk in the park. But, Dickson is training at one...tackling the obstacle course at Scioto Audubon Metro Park.

And when she's not hopping tires or climbing walls of rope, Dickson looks for ways to get her family involved in her workouts.

"I think it's good for them to get outside. To spend time in nature, to get away from video games, or to unplug from their tablets, and find other ways you can enjoy life outside of those things," Dickson said.

And that's something she also wants to encourage you to do.

Dickson explained, "I think people think that when you start a fitness journey, you have to already be fit. And that's not true. My advice to people would be just to do it.

So how about it? Get out there, enjoy life, and Commit to be Fit!