January 2, 2013

Don't call it a resolution

So first things first.  Yes I have made a new sizable goal for myself.  Yes it involves new forms of training and new benchmarks.  Yes it even involves losing a few lbs.  But it is not a resolution.  The timing is merely coincidental.

Ok, got that over with.  So last summer I did the Warrior Dash.  I'm sure you've heard of it.  A 5K with some obstacles in the way, lot's of mud, fire, and water.  It was a ton of fun.  I had debated doing the race again this coming summer but hadn't really made any decisions.  Then I got an email.  The Warrior Dash company emailed me to say that they are announcing the Iron Warrior Dash in three locations across the country.  One of them was in Michigan.  Sold.  I signed up and also made the commitment to raise money for St. Jude Children's hospital.  (This was a side goal for the year, find a St. Jude event that I could raise money for.)

So what does it involve?  15.6 miles of running.  24 obstacles some of which remind me of Ninja Warrior.  (If you haven't seen that, enjoy Ninja Warrior)  Projected best finish times are around 3 hours.  I am thinking less than 4 will make me plenty happy.

I know that I can complete the run.  I have completed a number of half marathons so the distance isn't a problem.  I will be running a half or two this season anyway.  My main goal is to complete all the obstacles without falling off an obstacle.  Some look to involve a lot of upper body strength.  So I am now doing something I haven't really done in over a decade:  I am lifting weights.  Oh god...

My schedule looks essentially like this:  monday and wednesday = lifting; tuesday thursday sometimes friday and sunday = running; saturday the occasional yoga class or just relaxing.

I bought this book:
It will be my lifting guide for the next 9 and a half months.  So far I like it a lot.  Two workouts a week based on old school exercises like the deadlift and squats.  Yesterday was my first lifting session.  Squats and lunges were a focus.  You know that kind that you actually put a barbell up on you shoulders and take your knees to 90 degrees?  Yeah, those.  My legs are fried today.  Pushed through a 4 mile run today but it was slow and rough.  A couple of weeks and the soreness will be less intense, but like all new workouts the initial adaption phase sucks.

I have devised 3 goals for myself to feel ready for the Iron Warrior in September.
1.  Lost 20 or more pounds.  This includes the 5-8 I gained over the holidays.
2.  Run a sub 2 hour half marathon.  This is a 5 minute improvement over my personal best.
3.  Do 40 pull ups consecutively.  This would be an improvement of about 39 pull ups!  This is the long shot goal.  I need to work towards something though so might as well put it out there.

I'll have a lot of progress reports along the way.  A lot of this will be new territory for me so it will be interesting to see how it goes.

1 comment:

  1. Good goals for the next season. I had never seen Ninja Warrior before - looks pretty intense. While reading this post I had to fight my brain to not repeat the "don't call it a comeback" line in LL Cool J's "Momma said knock you out". ;-)