Monday, June 11, 2012

Tought Mudder Training: Part 1



In 15 weeks I'll be doing my best not to die at Tough Mudder in Tahoe. 15 weeks to get my body in shape enough so, at the very least, I'm not the one holding the team up from finishing. For this to be possible, I need to focus on three weaknesses: elevation/hills, running in the heat (Tahoe in September, you just never know) and upper body strength.

Starting Wednesday, I'll be taking on the first two.  Sacramento offers little in the way of elevation, but we sit in a valley where the foothills and mountains are within driving distance.  As with the half marathon, I'll be participating in a Fleet Feet training group, this time for trail running.

The shirt plays right in to my love of the "That's What She Said."
Clearly, we're meant to be.

The training takes place over three months focusing on two races, Blood, Sweat and Beers (had me at beer) and Run on the Sly.  Some of my former hiking trails will now be where I spend my weekends running.  Summer Saturday nights may be more low key than years past, but in the end, fingers crossed, I'll have the confidence to take on the hills of the Death course.

P.S. I never thought I'd be wearing North Face on my feet.  Hoping these shoes do the trick and I don't have to go through three pairs to find the right one like I did for the road!

First pair of trail shoes.

8 comments:

  1. That shirt alone makes doing the race worth it. Good luck...I know you will do great.

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  2. I need to get back into short distance running so I can do this run.. I've been wanting to! Like Shana said.. if only for the shirt ;)

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  3. SOOO exciting. You can do it girl. You have determination like I've never seen! My friends all do the Tough Mudder races at home and they are hooked. They tell me I could do it, but I beg to differ. Maybe next year. Nothing but the best wishes and good vibes for ya girl!

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  4. You are braver than I. No way am I going to do this. I've talked myself out of it. I'll stick with the 3 mile dirty races....those I can handle.

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  5. Yay for starting training. I am contemplating the tough mudder this year. I am doing my first half marathon that same month..so I don't know about two 12-13 mile races. OK the truth is the mudder scares me!! GOOD LUCK!

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  6. Good luck fellow TWSS'er! I am digging your attitude. Keep me posted on tips, trail locations and progress as I am a trail novice as well. I will of course be there with you for BSB and TM.

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