Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Building again

The hubby and I are registered to do a Tough Mudder on June 29 near Jackson, MI.  For the unfamiliar, this is a 10-12 mile run interspersed with somewhere in the range of 25 military style obstacles such as wall climbs, tunnel crawls, jumping off of platforms into lakes, ice water dunks, and running through electrified wires.  I'm excited...but nervous!  Some of those obstacles scare me!

To train for this adventure, my hope is to build my endurance as if I was preparing to run a half marathon, build my overall body strength with some weight lifting, and practice some circuit workouts (running mixed with exercises).  I'm pretty confident that I could complete this thing with minimal training, but I'd like to do better than that.  So I got to thinking that I was the fastest I've been in recent years when I trained for a triathlon in 2010, so why not mix in some cross training for cardio variety and softer impact, too?

This seems like a decent idea for the hubby, as well, since he is recovering from some back issues and is not allowed to do high impact exercises like running or biking for a while.  As I put together a training plan, I'm trying to modify his workouts to include more walking and swimming activities...at least for a few more weeks.

I don't know how this plan will work to prepare us for the Tough Mudder, but hopefully it will at least be fun and help us get leaner and healthier.

A few things I've noticed as I've started training:

  • I'm starting to like weight lifting more.  I want to get a little bit buff and lean up those squishy areas!
  • I swam last night for the first time since my tri in 2010.  What a lung workout!
  • Aside from swimming and lifting, I would rather do everything else outside.  I cannot wait for the weather to improve so running and biking outside are more enjoyable!  We had two beautiful "Spring-is-coming" days last week, and it was heavenly!
  • I've never created a training plan for the hubby before, but he asked me to put something together that takes his back into account.  Now, how do I motivate him to follow the plan?!

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