Hosted at Joy's Book Blog every Tuesday, Readers' Workouts gives us a chance to motivate each other and stay accountable to ourselves. I've never done this before, but I keep thinking about dragging my workouts into the blog, so this seems like a good way to start. And a good time. I have something fun to report!
I started working out and losing weight in early November (more about that in another post), and one of my friends invited me to do a mud run with her when I saw her in April. (Don't know what a mud run is? This one was basically a 5K with lots of obstacles and lots of mud. Video of a similar event.) After a lot of "I'll do it if you'll do it," we eventually got registered, but we wound up with separate teams. My team was The Mud Hatters. The race was this past Sunday and we had a blast!
Ironically, I didn't really workout at all in the week leading up to the race. I was trying to get our costumes together and clean up after the long Memorial Day weekend, so I went into the race not feeling my best. We had all agreed to take our time and have fun though, so I didn't feel like I was going to let my team down or anything.
I actually felt really good when we got started! The mud run turned into more of a "mud walk" but we completed almost all of the obstacles (those monkey bars are going down next year) and I don't think our time was embarrassing by any means. We got an honorable mention for most creative team name and we got lots of comments on our costumes. Strangers were asking to take our pictures! I think we were cute in our Wonderland finery. And we deserve a special award for doing the run with all our props! I had a Mad Hatter hat (on a headband), our Cheshire cat had ears and a big ol' tail, and our Queen of Hearts had a tiara and a skirt! Alice got off pretty easy, but she has looooong blond hair to keep up and she was wearing 3 or 4 layers in near-80 degree heat!
We came out relatively injury-free. I think we all have bumps and scrapes and bruises, but we had agreed by halfway through that we would be doing this again next year and started plotting names and costumes.
Let me give a shoutout to Sheila at BookJourney because she was a huuuuuuge inspiration for me in this mud run! I love her book blog and I love her workout blog as well. She mentioned the Tough Mudder run at some point, and I thought it looked like fun but very intimidating. When this run came along, shorter, more manageable, but still intimidating, I sort of asked myself, "What would Sheila do?" and I went for it! Thanks, Sheila!
|I'm in the orange and |
obviously funny about showing my face online ;-)
I'm still not a runner so I had started the Couch to 5K training program a couple of months ago, but I somehow hurt my knee and fell out of it. I'm actually itching to get started again. I thought about starting on Monday, but I decided to take it easy after the shock of Sunday's race and I just did 30 minutes on the elliptical. Hopefully I'll get started with the running later in the week! My plan is weight training today, cardio on Wednesday, Pilates on Thursday, and maybe Zumba on Friday. My husband has agreed to try Zumba with me (he's such a good sport), so I can't wait to get him in there and show him my moves!
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