As the title implies today I started a 3 month training plan for a Tough Mudder run. The plan was created by Jim Nix, who is a Tough Mudder trainer and owner of Full Circle Fitness Training in Silver Springs, MD.
The plan essentially is a 5 day a week plan with a mix of strength training and running increasing the work load as time goes on. Tonight’s workout was a 40 min Upper Body workout with 20 min of warm up/ cool down. And let me tell you the first day was intense.
I go to the gym pretty regularly outside of just my running, so full body workouts aren’t anything new to me. However, as I mentioned in my last post, sometimes I do not push myself as hard as I should. So tonight showed me how intense these three months will be. I pushed myself beyond my comfort zone and I really enjoyed it.
That has been the one thing I have missed with running; the newness of it all. Not knowing what is next and how your body will react to everything and if you can even physically handle the workouts.
Running has been a lot of fun, but as with everything, as time goes on that feeling of a new exciting adventure fades away. And that is to be expected when you get into a repetition. What I really enjoyed about running when I first started, was pushing myself beyond my limits. Don’t get me wrong I continue to push myself with running, but the difference is I now know I can do Half Marathons, Duathlons and Triathlons. Whereas when I first started I had no clue if they were physically possible for me.
The Tough Mudder training has already brought that back in just one day. I am experiencing things I have never done before and the outlook is scary. But I know if I push myself, and just like when I started running, take it one day at a time, I will succeed.
For this new adventure I look to the same quote that inspired me to get through my first Half Marathon training program….
Here is to a new and fun adventure!