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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

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 emoticon

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!*

Ah well.

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!
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    Yes, that is super gross on the floors. Maybe a set of gloves would help? I actually like burpees, my knees don't though...

    You know, I think you'll do great at the race. And plus you signed up, which is a big deal to begin with. I haven't even signed up for a 5k, though I know I can walk/jog one without issue.

    Good luck and have fun!
    2081 days ago
    Oh ICK on the floor. Ick ick! That is part of my issue with exercises like burpees - I am terrified of germs in public places and I'd probably break our thin apartment floor doing them at home. Ugh. What do we do?!?!

    I wish I had some encouraging words on the Spartan race, but my boss's husband just did one last weekend and she was telling me about it today and I think I'll just keep her thoughts to myself. She DID mention that he hadn't really trained much and he still finished, so... hope there for ya?!?!?!

    Heck I'm too scared to even sign up for one so I'm jealous of your bravery! You'll probably rock it girly!
    2081 days ago
    I don't know if this will help, but I got better at running by strength training- I didn't run for years, then one day decided to start incorporating it again. I shocked myself by running a half mile in 4 minutes, without stopping to walk at all. I know that's no big deal to most people but I was shocked.

    What I am saying is, you might be very pleased at what cross-training can do!
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