I have not run since October 19th

The day of the Savage Race. The day I fell off a 10’ wall, the 10th obstacle of a 27 obstacle race. I was only able to complete one obstacle after that, a water one that I was able to rely on upper body weight for. I walked/limped 4 miles to cross the finish. After 5 months of training I refused to not get my medal.

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Destroyed my SI joint doing dead lifts last night. Finally had it down when I finished but laid up on ice now and seriously hurting.

Lifted for 2 hours this evening. I am totally beat but it felt amazing. The progress is so obvious now, in my endurance and strength, that I can’t not want to push to the limits every time. Why did I wait so long to start lifting!?

I am so stupid sometimes

Last Tuesday was my first one-on-one training session in prep for the Savage Race in October. It massively kicked my ass. My quads are still hurting. I did a 2 mile incline walk the day after and have done nothing since then. And on top of that I drank too much last night.

So, I am filling up on water and headed to the gym in a few to punish myself for drinking tooth and for allowing the training to discourage me so easily. Back on track starting NOW.

Legs are still feeling almost as bad as they did the day after training. This is day 4. Feeling a little discouraged right now. I walked 2 miles the day after but have not been back to the gym since because I am physically incapable of doing my running. Was supposed to be doing the entire training routine again today. Going to rest and stretch today and go back tomorrow and see what I can do.

Never had DOMS this bad in my life. Don’t think I could have comprehended it was possible. This is day 2, I know it should be the worst day. I am set to complete a second round of the workout that did this to me on Saturday. Skipping the gym this morning because, seriously, I can hardly walk.

1st Training Session with Eddie

Walking will not be fun tomorrow. It was awesome though. Exactly why I went to him in the first place. I did more than double the reps I though I was capable of and with the squats I did 20 lbs. more than I had ever tried. I feel weak, sore and totally righteous.

A friend gave me a small weight bench with bench press rack & preacher curl attachment! Now when I don’t feel like driving to the gym I have even more options at home!

A friend gave me a small weight bench with bench press rack & preacher curl attachment! Now when I don’t feel like driving to the gym I have even more options at home!

Under 180 lbs. for the first time in at least 11 years.
My original goal was 175 lbs. and I am so close to that now. Not that I intend to stop working when I hit that, but once I can maintain 175 lbs. my focus is going to be on performance rather than simply weight loss. Feeling really good.

Under 180 lbs. for the first time in at least 11 years.

My original goal was 175 lbs. and I am so close to that now. Not that I intend to stop working when I hit that, but once I can maintain 175 lbs. my focus is going to be on performance rather than simply weight loss. Feeling really good.

Morning Lifting

Went better than most mornings! Scheduled a session with the trainer who does the weights classes I took last month. I see him on Tuesday at 5 AM., Hoping to get some pointers of preparing for some specific obstacles at the Savage Race in October.

So, I bought these yesterday. Inov-8 X-Talon 212.
I had been looking at them for a few weeks and really set on getting them for the Savage Race in October. I was feeling a bit torn about it because at $120 they are $20 more than I pay for the running shoes I wear all the time and it seemed like a lot to pay for something that would be immediately submerged in mud. Zappos put them on sale for $107.99 and I jumped at any chance to not pay $120. I think they will be worth it.
Of shoes I already owned my options were limited. My road shoes wouldn’t work. I had considered my Vibram Five Fingers Bikila but although I have only logged about 250 miles in them I have already had to repair holes with shoe goo and I didn’t want them falling apart half way through. The trail runners I already own are from the first line of Brooks PureGrit and although I love them, the traction in them pretty much sucks. I learned this the hard way nearly breaking my arm slipping on a patch of wet concrete during a 5 mile mountain run on a 25 degree morning. I know they are meant for trails, but sometimes man made surfaces pop up and they will certainly be in an obstacle race.
So, pretty excited to try these out.

So, I bought these yesterday. Inov-8 X-Talon 212.

I had been looking at them for a few weeks and really set on getting them for the Savage Race in October. I was feeling a bit torn about it because at $120 they are $20 more than I pay for the running shoes I wear all the time and it seemed like a lot to pay for something that would be immediately submerged in mud. Zappos put them on sale for $107.99 and I jumped at any chance to not pay $120. I think they will be worth it.

Of shoes I already owned my options were limited. My road shoes wouldn’t work. I had considered my Vibram Five Fingers Bikila but although I have only logged about 250 miles in them I have already had to repair holes with shoe goo and I didn’t want them falling apart half way through. The trail runners I already own are from the first line of Brooks PureGrit and although I love them, the traction in them pretty much sucks. I learned this the hard way nearly breaking my arm slipping on a patch of wet concrete during a 5 mile mountain run on a 25 degree morning. I know they are meant for trails, but sometimes man made surfaces pop up and they will certainly be in an obstacle race.

So, pretty excited to try these out.

Blah...weights

Tired this morning. Sore from yesterday’s workout. Trying to get back into my routine so dragged into the gym anyway. Just kinda floated around and did whatever I wanted. Tried out some new exercises.

Morning Weights

Went okay but I think I need to leave the weights for the afternoon. I just really struggle with them first thing and it is frustrating.

A Wrench Thrown in Training

Missed work for 2 doctors appointments last week, plus left early one day due to a tropical storm wreaking havoc on my yard, so then had to work long days to attempt to make up the time which meant going to work before the gym opened and coming home exhausted. I got some practical exercise working in the yard and was careful with what I ate. so have actually lost a little over a pound this week.

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