AKA – I still make interesting decisions in wake of my sobriety.
For those of you don’t know, a large portion of my life is dedicated to my geriatric princess, Layla.
She is 14 years old now, and although she has problems with arthritis (and destroying my carpet on the daily with her addiction to munchie bones), she’s a really healthy girl. Unfortunately, her arthritis is severe enough that every two weeks we go to the vet for laser treatments and adequan injections.
Some good has come out of this, however. Her vet tech, Carly and I get to bullshit for 45 minutes, while my dog thinks she’s at the spa. Carly is really into fitness as well, and although she’s mostly a runner, from recovery to diet, we always have something to talk about.
A few weeks ago Carly asked me if I have ever heard of the Tough Mudder. I have been dreaming of doing one for years now, and even back in the day when my workouts revolved around Pilates and power walking, I definitely would have dropped everything and started training if I had a serious team that wanted to do it.
For those of you who don’t know, Tough Mudder is a 12 mile obstacle race. Notorious for its beastly nature and portions of it consisting of live electricity and walking through fire, it’s basically the boss of all mud races.
I was SO PUMPED she was interested. And now I’m SO EXCITED to light myself on fire and climb up giant things.
So as of now, Carly, myself and a handful of others are slated to do Tough Mudder Pittsburgh this August. We are nice people and if you want to do this race but can’t find a team, I openly invite you to join us (as long as you plan on actually training so I don’t have to drag your ass around.)
I’m sure this is a burning thought on all of your minds…
But Martha! You hate running!
I’ve also entertained that idea myself. But here’s my stance…
I love food more than I hate running.
Also, I won’t be really working on any long distances until May at the earliest. Right now, I’m still sticking with my Big Boring lifting program, which still manages to rock my body and soul, and I’ve added some circuit training and yes even running to my regime, but I’ve found with lots of extra calories, properly timed nutrition, adequate rest, and appropriate supplementation including BCAAs, creatine, fish oil, and multivitamins – I am flying high. Aches and pains still exist on occasion (heavy squats have a tendency to do that,) but nothing a good old fashioned sit on my ass rest day can’t fix right up. There will be deload weeks, there will be moments of less than enthusiastic training, but for now – I got this.
So readers, have any of you partook in or are planning on doing Mudder this summer? Any words of advice? I’m open to anything at this point!