Sep. 13th, 2012

readingredhead: (Fear for Courage)
I am an idiot.

In just over a month, I am going to run a Tough Mudder. What is a Tough Mudder, you may be asking? Think of the most terrifying and ridiculous obstacle course you could imagine. Now make it 12 miles long. Now set it outside in the northeast in the end of October.

In April, signing up for this seemed like a good idea. I needed to get in shape, and I respond well to challenges (see also: NaNoWriMo). I had MONTHS to get up to optimal fitness levels. I could actually make working out a part of my daily routine instead of just something I did on occasion. I was going to be practically all on my own all summer in New York with nothing better to do than go out running (French homework doesn't count).

Fast-forward to now, when I have done ZERO training and am at the point where I don't even know where to start, the prospect seems so daunting. I will be doing this as part of a team, but training with the other members of my team is out of the question; we live far enough away from each other that we can't fit transportation AND training into our busy schedules. I literally need to be up and doing something about this EVERY DAY, but my semester has started and I also need to be working on reading and writing for class EVERY DAY. I don't have the time to devote to the kind of working out/training that will really prepare me for this event, and I also know NOTHING about strength training. Cardio I can manage (and will get started managing soon...), but Tough Mudder courses involve climbing and crawling and all sorts of other nasty things that will require me to have something like upper body strength. Ouch.

I will manage this, and I won't actually die, but right now I could certainly use some advice -- and barring advice, support and encouragement. Ask me how my training is going if you talk to me in the next month. Bully me into being more proactive about this. I won't not run the race unless I'm seriously sick or something, but I don't want running to race to make me sick, or leave me with serious injuries, etc. Which means I need an exercise regime, and I need it now.


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