Sunday, February 27, 2011

To Be a Warrior!

February 15, 2011

Hello world!

About me, hmmm...Well, I'm about to turn 40 in April, and I have felt for some time that I need to do something crazy, something out of my box and unlike me.  Once I heard and thought about the Warrior Dash, I thought this is it! As described on the offical website, www.warriordash.com, it should be the "craziest freaking day of (my) life!"  It is a "mud-crawling, fire leaping, extreme run from hell!"  So to sum up...

On any given day, I would normally not leap through fire.  So what I'm looking at in addition to being a non-fire jumper:

Warrior Dash = running...I don't run
Warrior Dash = trekking through muddy water...I don't do muddy, dirty water
Warrior Dash = crawling through the mud...I don't; well, you get the point.


Oh, and you get a free beer when your finished with the course...I don't drink beer.

Welcome to my journey!

I'll be joining my fellow warriors in central Texas.  There is one closer to home, but the one in Cedar Creek gives me more time to train.  I am not in great shape.  Actually, I'm in horrible shape.  Pictures will come later of what I look like now; but for now, just know I have much weight to lose and much muscle to gain.

I started my exercise regimen a couple of weeks ago.  I decided to do the Dash on Monday morning as I was still lying in bed.  I woke up thinking about it and started to watch some YouTube videos before I got up.  My husband laughed at me when I told him I was going to train for this and then proceeded to say "Ewwww!" and "Gross, look at all that mud!" as I watched the videos.  "How are you going to get through this?" he asked.  I'm  not sure what the answer is to that, but stay tuned to find out.

So yesterday, I got on the treadmill for 47 minutes (including the 2-minute cool down) and walked/jogged 2.58 miles, elevation 67, and jogging the last 6 minutes at 3.5 mph.  That felt good!  Tonight, I tried some medieval looking machine (assisted pull up) that allowed me to actually do a pull up.  Actually I did 20, because I maxed out the weight to counteract my body weight.  But it's a start, and I was excited that I didn't let it intimidate me.  Medieval things tend to do that.

So I may be crazy, but I have company.  My friend Kelly will be my partner in crime, and we'll be training together at our local gym.  Which is good-crazy loves company!

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