January Update

A lot has happened since I last wrote.

First of, I went to my first Tough Mudder in Norcal at Squaw Valley.

Yes, I did finish this 12 mile course. No, I did not do all the obstacles. And I was carrying a 10 lb backpack for a good portion of the hike because I thought it was a good idea to stock up on water, bars, gels, etc…and bring  my hefty SLR for photos. That was a bad idea.

It was tough, it was grueling, and at the high elevation, I was dizzy, nauseous, and I had to take breaks to gather up my strength. In the end, I felt so empowered as if I could conquer the world! It was such a great feeling.

As for my goals to train for Tough Mudder, I didn’t complete any of them. I did do a 10 mile hike in Muir Woods that kicked my butt the last 3 miles. I’m hoping that this year I will get back on track.

Taking it one step at a time.

Three Months Until Certain Death

I signed up for Tough Mudder Norcal last night.

For the past couple months, I haven’t been completely idle, but a jog here and some yoga there isn’t exactly the best way to stay in shape. Spurred by my friend’s overzealous participation in the LA Marathon, Century Ride, Tough Mudder, etc. it’s given me a kick in the pants I sorely needed to get back in shape.

So for the next few months, I’ll be “in training.”

Today, was the first solo run in a long time…2.97 miles according to Nike+. It wasn’t my best run and I have a mile long list of excuses but there are several things to keep in  mind for next time as I train for the Tough Mudder.

  • No cotton sweatshirts (too heavy and warm)
  • Need a strap to keep my iPhone from bouncing around
  • Get used to cold showers – the colder the better
  • A glass of chocolate milk after a run is good for the body
Goals by the end of the month:
  • Run 5 miles continuously
  • Get started on swimming – at least two laps
  • Complete 100 push-ups in one session
  • Do P90X sessions to build strength
I’m in it to win it.