Death by BURPEES ... What can I say? Training for #MUDHERO is no joke.
Today's workout took us to the beautiful and scenic shores of the Fisherman's Cove Boardwalk. Well normally it's beautiful and scenic, today however, it was cold, wet and windy. Ugh. On the plus side, we were able to enjoy a crowd free workout and by enjoy clearly I mean die.
If you weren't aware, one loop around the boardwalk is equivalent to 1/2 mile. Awesome! No gps needed. 1 loop, 12 burpees whoop hooo go again.... 1 loop, 12 ugh burpees, phew, go again. 1 loop, NO MORE BURPEES!!! PLEASE!!! (Insert crying like an infant here) 12 burpees. Ok now I want to puke. 1 loop and finish with... No. Don't say it. Yes! 12 more burpees. GAWD NOW I AM GOING TO PUKE.
And done! There, that wasn't so hard was it?
See you Thursday! Until then, #runfree #runhappy
Cross train day! Thankful for my dear hubby for being my hiking soulmate. We may not come together on a lot of things, but when it comes to hitting the woods and navigating tough terrain we are definitely in our happy place.
Today we chose the Kearney lake trail system. If you have never been and you enjoy hiking on backwoods trails then I urge you to check it out. I never knew this trail even existed and so close to home. It truly was an amazing day. 2 hours 20 minutes 8.5 km of pure peaceful bliss.
We kept a pretty steady pace of about 14 mins a km stopping for lunch at the 4K mark by a beautiful lake. The terrain was pretty rugged, lots of rocks to navigate, spongy moss that likes to suck my brand new sneakers off my feet and a few muddy soakers. My new sneakers are now fully broken in and ready for my next run!
For the full 2hrs and 20 minutes you couldn't wipe the smile off my face if you tried. We did the outer loop. It's supposed to be 6km, but a few accidental detours and out and back mistakes we ended up going 8.5. If you want to try a smaller hike, there are numerous shorter loops within the big loop all about 2-3 km in length. If you are wanting to supplement your runs with cross training then I highly recommend this little piece of heaven nestled neatly in the confines of HRM. Who knew?
Treadmills are death. Pure exhausing unexciting horribly defeating death. I had plans to go on my training run after work with the girls today, but then I remembered my daughter has her band recital today. Ugh. That left me with 2 choices. Take it to the treadmill at lunch or forego my training run. Obviously I can't forego the run because if I can miss 1, I'll miss em all.
Mile 1, no so bad. I mean, it was still death, but there was someone else in the gym I could talk to so it made the time go by a bit quicker. Sadly, thier workout ended shortly after mile 1. Ugh. I had originally planned on going 4 miles because todays run called for an 'easy' 3 or 4 miler. Wait. Let me just stop here for a second. I refuse to continue to call these shorter runs easy. They are NOT easy, they are huffing, puffing, dying, leg cramping, wanna pukeing HARD short runs. From this sentance forward I vow to now refer to ANY run, no matter the length or preceived exhertion a HARD 3 or 4 miler. Giving that my training plan called for a hard 3 or 4 miler at a pace where I could comfortably carry on a conversation, I intended to go 4. I did 3. By mile 2 I was already regretting my decision.
I have to pat myself on the back though. I was not at work yesterday because I had an interview and it was too difficult to go work, then the interview then back to work, so I took some leave. Yesterday was also my 45th birthday. Today, at lunch time, my coworker proudly announced she was taking me to lunch for my birthday. Sorry, I'm on a 13.1 training plan. No can do hun. She was shocked! We argued a bit, I explained to her that I HAD to do the run, there was no compromise available. I have to stay on plan if I plan on completing my first 1/2 without dying. Literally. She couldn't wrap her head around someone choosing to go for a run on a treadmill in a hot sweaty gym over going to a free lunch. She exclaimed with great passion that she didn't even know what a 13.1 training plan is and what those numbers mean but sureley it didn't mean anything that beat a free lunch!
Today, I say goodbye to last years birthday present. (PIC BELOW) as you can see, the time to say goodbye has long past. I really should have said goodbye to these babies oh, about 5 months ago, however, they aren't cheap so I have to wait for my annual birthday replacement. Hoping my new shoes will help me with a new attitude and my NEXT training run will be better. No matter the struggle, the end result is worth every stinking foot strike.
Until tomorrow :) #runhappy #runfree #runwithfriends
Slight change to the plan. I began this blog/FB post to keep me accountable to my 1/2 marathon goals. My 1/2 marathon is not until October so I've abandoned those goals for now and have taken up training for the next race instead. The MUD HERO! It dawned on me early this morning that while I've been so focused on training for the 1/2 I have literally let the MUD HERO race sneak up on me. I have calculated that if I were to start a training plan specific to obstacle races, I'd already be on day 13 with my graduation day being July 9th (MUD HERO DAY). OH SNAP!
Todays workout was planned as an after work run but after a botched dinner date, I decided to go ahead and do it at lunch. Gah! Treadmill again! I convinced myself it wouldn't be total death because it was only 2 miles, vice 3.
Today's MUD HERO Day 13 plan.
Warm up jog 5 minutes
Very slow 2 mile jog (treadmill death)
30 seconds of each followed by 10 seconds rest. Completed 2 rounds.
Straight Leg Reverse Crunches
Wide Leg Sit-ups
Medicine Ball Twists
phew! That was rough! I'm seriously wondering why on earth I would ever decide to sign up for a race I am not nearly ready for. Well, even if I fail, I'll be better off trying then not setting a goal for myself and then just adding another spare tire to the one I already have.
I can't say it enough... roll today, for a better run tomorrow. (it's really hard to take pics of yourself while rolling on a foam roller.. I did my best, it's as good as it gets!)
Ok, maybe I'm over exagerating a little, I mean I'm sure in my 7 years of trying this running thing I've had worse, but this was pretty darn suckish.
Why tweet when I have so much to say? Time goes by so fast. I have registered for my first every half marathon that is on Oct 2nd of this year. THIS YEAR! Oh dear! My winter coat has seriously put a damper my desire to run anywhere except to the pantry for a cookie (or a bag of cookies). Time to get serious. October sounds like plenty of time, but I know better. I know that before I get to the bottom of my second heaping bowl of salted caramel icecream covered in pancake syrup, October will be here.
I began my running journey in March of 2009. I began my journey of faith in September of 2012. Running releases stress from my body while my new found faith releases stress from my mind.