My 12 mile Tough Mudder is just over two months away. To say I am unprepared is an understatement.
I am not so concerned about the distance. Having recently run 15k and with another two months of training, I am confident I can cover the distance. I am further comforted by the Tough Mudder website giving the guidance that taking into consideration the obstacles, being able to run 10 miles is sufficient preparation.
I have been meaning to join a gym since I signed up for Tough Mudder in October, so far I have yet to step foot in one. I am not entirely surprised, but this is not how the plan should be unfolding. The Internet may have come to the rescue, the answer was right in front of me this whole time.
I discovered the Lean Machines 10 minute workouts on YouTube at the weekend. I tried three of the workouts today using a set of 2kg dumbbells that my sister decided to get rid of when she moved house, I never thought I’d actually use them but it would have been a shame to see them thrown out.
There is good news and bad news.
The good news is that I enjoyed it and there is enough variety to be able to do what I need to do at home, I may even purchase a set of 4kg dumbbells if things go to plan. The problem I have always had with gyms is the motivation to actual go, now I don’t need to. And in the knowledge I’ll suffer the pain if I don’t, I think I’ll find the motivation to continue with the workouts.
I have also found The 100 Pushups Challenge Program and the associated pushups logger. I managed a whopping seven pushups in the ‘initial test’, allegedly I will be able to do 100 pushups in six weeks time. Regardless of whether I will be able to or not, it is something else to focus on to prepare me for Tough Mudder.
The bad news is that I cannot remember feeling so exhausted after just 30 minutes of what felt like brutal exercise. I knew I wasn’t prepared and needed to train, but I really didn’t realise just how unprepared I am. Oh, and I can only do seven pushups at the moment. Unfortunately there is only a finite number of days in a week and only nine weeks remaining, I can only do what I can.
So, my plans?
Alternate the above with running each evening and finding a rest day each week. It’ll have to be a Saturday this week, I’m going to watch the football and this usually means reasonable beer consumption.
Wish me luck!