Alone I stood waiting for the battle ahead, abandoned by friends who felt victim to the urban grind, momentary lapse of memory or this and that. Not even cries or war chants from other warriors to accompany me, sounds prevalent last year but this year, mute. So alone I stood with victory and glory awaiting.
Routines are meant to be broken, especially when there is an inner force, desire pulling you. I meant to rest today, but there I found myself today running at the Greenway.
Felt great for the first mile. Afterwards I found myself losing focus and wanting to just stop. Didn’t help that this lady just passed me and left me in the dust. The morale when down from there. I had started way before her. And she was running with weights to top if off! Still, I pulled through and made it. One more day till the race.
Running distance today: 3.49. Time: 33:48.
Another great run at the Greenway: 3.44 miles in 35 minutes. The last half mile felt like torture. My legs just wanted to cave in. Am I really ready for this race? 5 More days!
Ran 3 miles in 30:48 today. The countdown continues till May 20 - the day of the Warrior Dash Mud Race.
Added a few more exercises to the routine (see first post in this series for full description) including single arm swing kettle-bell, ankle stretches, mountain climber and jump to box exercises.
Did not feel too exhausted afterwards. Still, did not see any increases in the number of repetitions or sets from the first time around. The journey continues. All I know is that I need me some protein shakes for the post workout.
Did running today. I ran about 30 minutes. The first mile was torture. The second one, even more. And the third one, I almost didn’t make it. I had to walk for the beginning of the third mile. After I completed the third mile, I did five dashes. My legs are feeling it.
Signed up for the May 20 Warrior Dash Mud Race for no real reason. Just kind of happened. You know how it is. A friend sends you a Facebook message and next thing you know: you are signing up. But that’s that.
Now I have to deal with the reality that I have never done a race of any sort. Sure, I keep active - yoga and a workout routine I switch every three to four weeks - but running. That’s probably what concerns me the most. Okay, some of the obstacles too.
But what I have learned in life is that preparation works best to tackle challenges. So I begun training today. Here are some goals for before the race:
I will probably add more exercises to it. What I am doing is the upper and lower body exercises on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as a circuit for 3 sets of each with as many repetitions as possible. The running I am doing in between those days. That is, Tuesdays, Thursdays and maybe Saturdays.
Honestly, I thought I was going to be closer to those goals but not so. For my first set, I did only 20 pushups, 30 situps, 20 lunges, 4 chin-ups (no pull ups the first set) without assistance. The other two sets, went the same way. I did have to get assistance for the pull-ups. So I am doing the ten pull ups, but using the assisted pull-up machine.
Let’s see how the running goes tomorrow.