So it's June 5th. Why is June 5th important? It isn't really, except that it's close to June 15th. June 15th I'm going to be participating in the Spartan Dash in Ottawa (ok, Wakefield, QC).
That weekend my parents will be coming down to watch me play in the mud. It should be... interesting.
I wasn't worried about the Spartan race, despite having signed up for it knowing that I'm not a runner. *eep* Now I'm getting nervous. The "what if"s have come to visit. What if I really suck at ALL of the obstacles and I have to do (30) burpees 15 times? Up until this point I've been confident. I don't intend to "dominate" the race: I intend to finish. My goal is to do it in under an hour and a half.
But I'm beginning to wonder if I've been overconfident. I haven't been training running (unless you count my recently added warm-up for my strength training routine). I've continued to climb regularly and ramped up the strength training... but looking at the e-book, am I doing it wrong?
Maybe I should be training to do burpees for hours on end, just in case I fail?
I won't think that way. For years I was the girl who had faith in her academic abilities, but assumed that she would fail at any physical task she set herself. I'm not her anymore. I don't stare up at the wall and think "I'll never be that good!" Instead, I step up and try. If I fall down 3 times, I try a 4th. I may have never climbed a rope in my life, but I believe that if it's not mud-caked, I will be able to do it.
I need this shirt:
Every single time I hear that line -- and a Midsummer Night's Dream is my favourite Shakespeare play -- I identify strongly with it.
So enough with the emo, self-doubting blog. I can do this. I will do this. And my family will laugh hysterically as they watch
Today is round 2 of my strength training routine. It's going to HURT. My quads still ache from Monday, so it will be interesting to see how well today goes. I wish that the floor at the gym wasn't ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING. Then I could be training burpees too... but I refuse to touch that floor. The last time I was doing burpees in there, I took 20 mins to clean a rectangle slightly larger than a yoga mat, and after all of that my hands STILL came out black! *ick!*
Wish me luck!
PS I brought my shiny new camera to climbing last night. Once I've had time to plug it in and upload the photos, I'll be posting some more climbing pics! Yay!