So a quick recap. Dee and I signed up for the Warrior’s Dash here in Minnesota on September 8th. And yes, it is almost July and I have started any training at all.
Recently, Dee and I were at the River’s Edge Fest in downtown St. Paul. As I was people watching at all the interesting Minnesotans, I saw a number of men that were my age or older and for the most part they were in good shape. A number of them were throwing around a Frisbee or playing hackey sack. I think it hit me then that I need to get in better shape.
Now to be fair I am not totally out of shape. I weight about 170lbs and am about 5’7″, so not too bad. I could be better and for sure I am in no shape to tackle on the Warrior’s Dash.
So yesterday I started working out. I am lucky that the company I work for (Prime Therapeutics) has a small gym and if I get up early enough I can get in a good work out before I start my day.
And as of yesterday that is what I started doing. First, the night before I get my work clothes all ready and make sure my work-out clothes are all packed in my duffle bag. Then at 5am in the morning when I am barely awake as it is, all I have to do is put on my work clothes (with my messy bed hair), and drive into work.
This gives me an hour to work out and about 30 minutes to take a shower and then really go to work.
Yesterday, I ran for 30 minutes and then did some weight lifting against my arms and core. I felt really good and excited about it all. I actually got up a few minutes before 5am if you can imagine that and the work out just seem to zip through.
Mind you my goal is to work out every day I can. I figure I have just over a month to get in shape for the Warrior’s Dash.
So you can imagine this morning when the alarm went off at 5am, how my body rebelled. Literally it was as if my body slapped myself!
Yep, that is as painful as it looks.
Anyhow, I did it. I rode the stationary bike for 30 minutes. I honestly barely made it through. I kept telling myself I would quit after 15 minutes and then 20 minutes and then just forced my way through to 30 minutes. I don’t really care for the bike. My butt is still sore.
I did wake up a bit late (hence the face slapping) so I didn’t have a lot of time to lift weights. I had only planned to do my legs and I did get in a few reps for my quads, hams, and calfs. I typically try to do low weights with many reps 15 to 20 depending on how hard I have to work it.
The idea here is not to kill myself, but just to tone up and get my body a bit more use to the physical labor.
Interesting enough by the time it was 6:30am I was fully awake and felt I had a very good work out under my belt. But I am sure curious as to how my body will react tomorrow.