On October 5th three of my buddies (Rainbow Speak, Juicebox and BattleToad) and I are going to do the Tough Mudder!/. (I say !/. because should I be excited about this? I don’t know.)
The Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile race where you go through obstacles. Actually, I made fun of runs like it in a post back in January (in my Death Be Damned! Fun Run imaginary run advertisement). Now here I am in August and I’m beginning to train for this beastly run.
I had a lot of fun fiddling with my workout schedule, and since I spent time on that I thought I would share it. Why not?
For starters …
I used Hal Higdon’s guide for both of the half marathons I have done. It’s online, free, and pretty good I think. There are different levels, and a little information at each level so you know if you’re signing up for too easy of training, just right, or too hard. Neato mosquito.
This time I decided to go for the Intermediate Half Marathon guide. I think I can keep up with the training, and if I can get through that I’ll be a much better runner at the end of it.
Two good quotes (with bonus comic)…
Recently I read the “53 Runner’s Commandments” by Joe Kelly. Two of them I think are good things to remember. The first one is good especially for someone who is struggling with feeling like it’s worth it/confidence/just starting out woes.
22. No matter how slow you run it is still faster than someone sitting on a couch.
The second one I think is really true (assuming you don’t push yourself too hard on a run and end up injuring yourself …):
53. Running is always enjoyable. Sometimes, though, the joy doesn’t come until the end of the run.
Bonus comic? The Oatmeal is fantastically funny, and it turns out a crazy good runner. (And kind of a nut.)
Just Get to the Plan …
Again, this is a modified version of the Hal Higdon Intermediate Half Marathon Guide. (I hope I didn’t sign myself up for too much.)
|Stretch & Weights||Spinning||25 Push-ups, Run 1 Mile (Repeat 4 times with push-ups at end) (Total: 4 miles, 125 pushups)||3 m run + strength (?)||Rest||3 m run||7 m run|
|Stretch & Weights||Spinning||Spartacus Workout, then 2 miles||3 m run + strength (?)||Rest||3 m pace||8 m run|
|Stretch & Weights||Spinning||7 x 400 5-K pace||3 m run + strength (?)||Rest or easy run||10k Lake Houston||Rest + Stretch|
|Stretch & Weights||Spinning||2 Miles, Spartacus, 2 Miles||3 m run + strength (?)||Rest||4 m pace||9 m run|
|Stretch & Weights||4.5 m||8 x 400 5-K pace||3 m run + strength (?)||Rest||5k in Galveston||7 m run|
|Stretch & Weights||Spinning||Run .5, Bear Crawl across field, Run .5, 50 Push-Ups, Run .5, 50 Tri-dips, Run .5, Lunge across field (do twice) (Total 4 miles)||3 m run + strength (?)||Rest or easy run||Rest||8 m run|
|Stretch & Weights||Spinning||9 x 400 5-K pace||3 m run + strength (?)||Rest||10 Miler||Rest + Stretch|
|Stretch & Weights||Spinning||10 x 400 5-K pace||3 m run + strength (?)||Rest||3 m pace||12 m run|
|Stretch & Weights||Spinning||30 min tempo||2 m run||Rest||TOUGH MUDDER||Rest + Stretch|