Finishing week 2

Okay, so I’ve been a bad blogger. I know I wanted to blog at least once a week, but last week was finals and I just couldn’t spare the time to blog. I’ll try to get better, but my husband returns from this long deployment this month, and after that may be interesting. But I’ll do my best! I have to, dang it!

So, I’ve made quite a bit of progress and have somewhat impressed myself at the gym. Last week I set out to run 2.75 miles each day. I ran twice last week (seems like I have to do the third cardio session of the week on a different machine to keep from developing shin splints). The first day I ran 2.75 miles and then decided to go to 3 miles, and then kept going after that! I felt so good that I ran straight through to 3.6 miles, which was phenomenal for me. After a couple days I hopped on the treadmill again and ran the 5k nature trail setting, which alternated the grade between 0.2 – 1.5%. It’s not much, but I wanted to start at a low level to test it out. I plan on bumping it up a level or two for the next couple weeks, and then I’ll start running outside.

My original plan was to lift weights 3 days a week – one day each for upper body, lower body, and abs. However, I’m getting pretty toned on the upper body and am a little concerned that I’ll take it too far and get macho. For the next couple weeks I plan to have one day for lower body and two days for abs, and incorporate a couple arm moves to maintain my strength. I will probably resume lifting closer to the race just to make sure I’m prepared, but I’m going to cool it for a couple weeks and see how that affects me.

I weighed myself again today, and apparently gained a pound since last Monday. However, I had just had 24 ounces of water within an hour of going to the gym, so I’m sure that’s where the weight came from. I’m not concerned about it. I’m not too concerned with my weight now – I’m mostly focused on concentrating on spots that still need toning.

I’m starting to feel like it’s crunch time, not for the race but for my husband to return. Which in essence means crunch time for the gym, because I know I won’t be going 6 days a week for the first little while after he comes home. After that, though, he’s gonna have to come to the gym with me!   🙂 Overall, I’m feeling really great about training for this race and I know I’m going to do fantastic.


Rugged Maniac Training – Week One

The plan for this week is to run on the treadmill 3 days for 2 miles straight each. The other three days (and a day off because I’m at the college for 12 hours) will be for strength training. Yesterday I worked on lower body – my hamstrings are a little tight today, but I’m not really sore. I find that I rarely get sore these days – but I think that’s about to change. I’m going to incorporate more and more plyo into my routine as the weeks progress, and that should kick my booty into shape (quite literally!). Today was a running day.

Starting conditions:
Remaining trail of a headache (had taken some Excedrin and laid in bed for 20 minutes to recuperate). Still sensitive but manageable.
50 minutes of yoga to warm up.

The run:
Warmed up with 5 minutes of walking (total of 0.3 miles), starting at 3 mph and working up to 4 mph.
Started jogging after 5 minutes at 5.2 mph, slowed down to 5.1 mph because of a side cramp.
Ran through 2 miles, and decided to keep going. The last push was pretty challenging, but I finished with 2.5 miles of running straight!
Cool down walking for 0.45 miles for a grand total of 3.25 miles.

Finishing up:
Stretched for roughly 10 minutes after cool down walking
Headache gone, feel great physically, and proud for really pushing myself hard tonight!

For being the first running day of my training, I’m really pleased. Not only did I run the planned 2 miles, but an additional half a mile on top of that. This is the farthest I’ve ever run without stopping. I normally run at a faster pace, but I’m glad I slowed it down by a couple tenths of a mph because it enabled me to go further, which is what I need right now. Tomorrow I’m back on the treadmill, and now that I know I can, I’m going for 2.5 miles again! I’m going to make sure to stretch well again tonight, probably do an hour of yoga before bed. When it comes to running, I find that the more I stretch, the better I feel during and after my run.  A great running day, looking forward to tomorrow!

Rugged Maniac 5K!!

I have been wondering over the past couple weeks about what new goals I should set for myself now that I’m achieving my first set. I don’t want to get crazy ripped at the gym, but I still have some progress I’d like to see in myself. And I also want to keep pushing myself and make sure that the gym is always this important and essential to me. My questions were answered after clicking on a Facebook side ad for something called the Rugged Maniac 5K (after being inspired by a lovely lady in one of my classes who ran the Tough Mudders recently, which is 10+ miles!).

This is exactly what I need. I’ve never ran in a race before, so this is a new adventure for me, and I figured a 5K is a good place to start. But this isn’t just a 5K – this is a mud run. 3.1 miles of mud, obstacles, and lots of crazy fun. I’m talking 3-7 foot barrier walls, pools of water, tunnels, hanging tires, suicide slides, jumping over fire (yes, FIRE), cargo nets, etc. And to top it all off, I get pictures, a rockin shirt, a free beer, and an after party with live music. This is going to be the COOLEST experience ever. I am excited not just for the race, but for the challenge, the training, and the sense of accomplishment. This is going to be my ultimate celebration for getting in shape.

I’m signed up, I paid for it. I’m ready to KILL this thing.

Okay, maybe not quite. I have a lot of training ahead of me for the next 11 weeks. I am doing fairly well strength-wise. I’ve read some blogs from people who have done this race before, and many people said that they didn’t concentrate enough on upper body strength. This is a different race than normal 5K’s – we’re going to be crawling and climbing and scrambling the whole way. So I’m planning on strength training 3 days a week, one day each for abs/core, lower body, and upper body training. Then the other 3-4 days a week, I’m going to be running, running, running.

The running starts TONIGHT. As of right now, I can run 2 miles on the treadmill without stopping, at about 11:10 each for time. I have a plan for building up my running strength and endurance. For the next month I’m just going to focus on running inside and building up to running the 5K nature trail setting on the treadmill. Then for the next month or so I’ll work on running outside on a track, starting at 2 miles and working up to 5K again. Then for the last couple weeks before the race, I hope to be running on the beach to really push and prepare myself. I’m not concerned with time; I just want to be able to run the whole way through. This is a reasonable goal to set for myself, I think.

I don’t expect my training to be easy. I’m going to be hard on myself – but I am so STOKED to do it. I’m ready to push myself towards this goal, even if it means lots of plyo. Every time I start thinking about the Rugged Maniac race, I get so pumped up! I have to focus on calming myself down actually, the last couple nights I have to really try hard not to think about it before bed because it makes my heart rate speed up! This is good though.

So I’m going to blog throughout this process, the challenges and the excitement. I plan on blogging at LEAST once a week, but I’m going to try hard to do it more often than that. Wish me luck! [for the race, that is!]