Tough Mudder Training Week #2

So, a little late getting this one done but here goes.

(Oh, special note and shoutout to runningthriver’s blog post about Tough Mudder people adding too much running- THANKS for that- realize my training plan has way more running than needed. However- please note if you are following my blog my SECONDARY goal for this year is to run my first marathon, so putting in the miles is building to a marathon in September in Bellingham, WA)

Last week was tough, I am finding I must constantly re-balance my week to maintain my training schedule. A good exercise and the week got sorted, so here goes.

Monday- Did one set of Belton’s Routine all the way through. AWESOME total body workout- thanks B.

Tuesday- Ran 3 miles

Wednesday- Nothing!

Thursday- was supposed to workout on this day but ended up with an insane day so pushed to Friday- also read PMS+wine= feeling more sane

Friday- Ran 3.1 miles and did half of Belton’s workout

Saturday- Ran in my underwear in Seattle for 1.5 miles and felt FAST. It was awesome, perhaps the lack of clothing helped the speed a bit!

Sunday- Ran 3.75 miles and did half of Belton’s routine after. Ooof.

Here is Belton’s workout again.

Belton Workout #2

Med Ball Burpee Complex

–  Slam once, Burpee once     Slam twice Burpee twice then 3x etc. go to 10

Barbell Complex

–  Adjust weight.  One exercise movement flows to the next

–  Barbell Clean

–  Barbell Front Squat

–  Barbell Push PRess

–  Barbell Bent Over Row

–  2 Cleans, 2 BB Front Squat, 2 BB Push Press, 2 Bent Over rows,

–  3 etc and on to 5 and then BACK DOWN to 1

2 sets of Mountain Climber / Pushup Combo WITH the TRX cables

–  10 mountain Climbers and then One Pushup

–  Repeat ten times.  Total of 100 mountain climbers and 10 Pushups

Abs

–  Choose 3 ab exercises and repeat those three 3 sets 20 reps each.

Today I ran in my underwear…

So, today I ran in my underwear. It was Cupid’s Undie Run in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood- one of the few which would not have protests regarding a bunch of people running around in their underwear! It was hilarous and so much fun!

Running in your underwear, cold, humbling and hilarious

What I learned today:

1    Fashion Tape can make any decent underwire bra work as a decent jog bra for a SHORT run.

2     Underwear runs are much more popular with 20-year-olds interested in drinking BEFORE they run

(not that this was a surprise mind you- just fun to watch)

3     I was not too old to run fast, not so worried about my self image to care if I looked perfect in my silly outfit, and knew enough to come with friends!

4     Regular nylon stockings keep you pretty warm and might be a good idea for a longer, cold run I want to wear shorts, but am concerned about being cold!

5     It felt good to go run for a cause and have a good laugh while we were at it!

And finally, this was training of a different sort, you see I know there will be moments in the Tough Mudder where I will feel VERY humble, this was an excellent training exercise in humility!

My Tough Mudder Training Week One

So, this was my first official training week for the Tough Mudder in June near Whistler, B.C. Here is what I did and how it went.

Monday- did 1 set of the Tough Mudder Exercise card (see other post) 30 seconds on all- 60 on several others- plank and single arm Kettle Bell Swings.

Tuesday- Ran 3 miles

Saturday- Ran 3.2 miles and then 1 round of exercises listed below (however after a run I did less so 4 sets of Mountain Climbers and only to 7 on the Med Ball Slams)

Sunday- Ran 3.5 miles and then 5 of the Mountain Climber sets and 40 sit ups with a 25 lb medicine ball.

Here is my workout card for the week supplied by Belton Lubas of Element 5 Fitness in Kirkland, Wa. I will be doing this workout tomorrow with no run beforehand- see if I can make it all the way through.

Med Ball Burpee Complex

–  Slam once, Burpee once
–  Slam twice Burpee twice
–  Slam 3……etc etc etc
–  Go to 10
Barbell Complex
–  Adjust the weight to accommodate for this complex.  One exercise movement goes to the next
–  Barbell Clean
–  Barbell Front Squat
–  Barbell Push PRess
–  Barbell Bent Over Row
–  2 Cleans, 2 BB Front Squat, 2 BB Push Press, 2 Bent Over rows,
–  3 etc and on to 5 and then BACK DOWN to 1
2 sets of Mountain Climber / Pushup Combo WITH the TRX suspension cables
–  10 mountain Climbers and then One Pushup
–  Repeat ten times.  That would make a total of 100 mountain climbers and Ten Pushup