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Tough Mudder Training

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.)


5-Aug 6-Aug 7-Aug 8-Aug 9-Aug 10-Aug 11-Aug
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
12-Aug 13-Aug 14-Aug 15-Aug 16-Aug 17-Aug 18-Aug
Stretch & Weights Spinning Spartacus Workout, then 2 miles 3 m run + strength (?) Rest 3 m pace 8 m run
19-Aug 20-Aug 21-Aug 22-Aug 23-Aug 24-Aug 25-Aug
Stretch & Weights Spinning 7 x 400 5-K pace 3 m run + strength (?) Rest or easy run 10k Lake Houston Rest + Stretch
26-Aug 27-Aug 28-Aug 29-Aug 30-Aug 31-Aug 1-Sep
Stretch & Weights Spinning 2 Miles, Spartacus, 2 Miles 3 m run + strength (?) Rest 4 m pace 9 m run
2-Sep 3-Sep 4-Sep 5-Sep 6-Sep 7-Sep 8-Sep
Stretch & Weights 4.5 m 8 x 400 5-K pace 3 m run + strength (?) Rest 5k in Galveston 7 m run
9-Sep 10-Sep 11-Sep 12-Sep 13-Sep 14-Sep 15-Sep
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
16-Sep 17-Sep 18-Sep 19-Sep 20-Sep 21-Sep 22-Sep
Stretch & Weights Spinning 9 x 400 5-K pace 3 m run + strength (?) Rest 10 Miler Rest + Stretch
23-Sep 24-Sep 25-Sep 26-Sep 27-Sep 28-Sep 29-Sep
Stretch & Weights Spinning 10 x 400 5-K pace 3 m run + strength (?) Rest 3 m pace 12 m run
30-Sep 1-Oct 2-Oct 3-Oct 4-Oct 5-Oct 6-Oct
Stretch & Weights Spinning 30 min tempo 2 m run Rest TOUGH MUDDER Rest + Stretch
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