Monday, July 22, 2013

How I Spent My Sunday

In four words: trying to kill myself. 

Okay - that may be a BIT of an exaggeration, but it sure felt like it. I have been debating signing up to participate in the Tough Mudder race/obstacle course. If you're not familiar, Tough Mudder is, according to their website, "...a hardcore 10 - 12 mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie." 

A group of friends at the gym have entered as a team, and have begun training twice a week - on Fridays, they focus more on running, and on every other Sunday, they do less running, with resistance training thrown in. It just so happens I have not been able to train with them until this week. When one of the trainers at my gym announced a Tough Mudder Boot Camp class on Sunday, I said sure, why not...

Late Saturday night, I WOKE UP IN THE NIGHT completely anxious about Sunday's class, and had butterflies in my stomach all day long.

Look - I'm in pretty good shape - probably better now than I have been in a long time, and almost on par with where I was before I got pregnant, though a few pounds heavier. But my hesitation surrounding Tough Mudder and the Boot Camp class is in the running. A runner I am NOT.

Running is not enjoyable to me, and it requires a completely different kind of endurance than what I utilize when I'm in a kickboxing class. When I got to the Boot Camp class Sunday, the instructor had it broken up into small segments of H.I.I.T. type training, and in between each thing we did, we ran a lap around the track. BLARGH.

About 20 minutes into the class, I got to the "I think I'm going to vom if I have to run again" point. Not. Fun. With each lap, I was falling further and further behind the rest of the class, but I finished, dammit.

The Tough Mudder isn't until September, so IF I can get some more practice running in between now and then, I still may sign up for it, but if I don't, I'm not going to worry about it. We'll see how it goes - have any of you done Tough Mudder or Warrior Dash or anything similar? I'd love to hear about your experience! Share - this is a safe place.

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Pants: JCPenney
Necklace: Vintage, eBay
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
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Zahra Sandberg said...

Hey! I did the warrior dash but it was seriously so easy - the hardest part of it was trying not to slip on the muddy rocks. But I have friends who have done tough mudder and everyone was able to get it done despite not being in top shape. You can do it! But if you don't, no judgement here!
Loving this look and that necklace is amazing!


Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

That sounds like hell.

But lots of fun I'm sure (que sarcasm)

I do run. Not because I like it. Because it helps keep the weight off. I used to hate it like you but I finally can "endure" it.

Give yourself a chance to get used to it. I'm sure you're going to do well at it. You seem like the plucky type : )


April Giannosa said...

Hey, whatever workouts you're doing are 100 times more than I'm BIG props to you!! You still have can do it!


Lauren @ Style Elixir said...

Great post! Love that necklace :)

Thank you for linking up with Style Sessions!

Lauren xx

tinatre said...

Great look!! Love, love the necklace!!!