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A Test of Endurance: Pharaohs, Zombies, Wizards, and Pirates

It was a long day! It had been a while since the escapeletes were able to visit an actual escape room location due to stay-at-home orders during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. We were excited to find a location we hadn’t visited yet in our area (which is very rare since we’ve done almost all of the escape rooms in the DC-area). So we went all out and signed up for four rooms in one day. We’ve done nine in one day, so why not four in one day – easy peasy, right?

We started in a pharaoh’s tomb – it was the desert, so it was a bit warm and stuffy, but we were still able to escape with enough energy to jump right into the next one, a lab we had to break into to find the cure for the zombie pandemic. The lab was quite large and required us to move around a lot from room to room. We almost didn’t make it out of the room, which was stressful, but still fun. Either way, this drained our energy even more, and we had to take a little break before jumping into a wizard’s lair.

We were able to race through the wizard’s lair in record time and then found ourselves locked on a pirate ship, attempting to find some lost treasure. Just over four hours after arriving at the location, we liberated ourselves after escaping all four rooms successfully. It took a lot out of us. We were surprised – what’s going on? We’ve done more rooms than this in one day before, and it wasn’t as exhausting.

Lesson learned – one must build endurance and keep it maintain it once it has been created. This can translate into many parts of our lives. Let’s say you’ve built up endurance with exercise or focusing on tasks for a certain amount of time without distraction, or really anything that takes prolonged effort. If you don’t maintain that endurance, you will lose it. If that isn’t motivation to maintain a goal you’ve reached through hard effort, I don’t know what is!

Here are some resources to help you with your endurance: 

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