October has arrived, and I’m less than 2 weeks away from the Tough Mudder Philly! This is a frightening prospect but also a relief because I’m getting closer to the starting line, meaning that the finish line isn’t too far away!Hurricane? What hurricane?! A ton of variety this week for Tough Mudder training! #toughmudder Click To Tweet
Wednesday 9/30: I was invited to The Wall Cycling studio in Manayunk. Check up my write-up of my experience and interview with owner Julie Sabella later this week! After spinning class, despite the rain, I went on my 4-mile run that evening. The rain wasn’t too heavy and thankfully my pace was right on point.
Thursday 10/1: Weight training class! To prepare for Tough Mudder, I worked on some plyometric moves – so I did squat jumps to lunges while holding 12 pound dumbbells in each hand. It was tough, but I eventually figured it out! I also did a lot of work on the triceps with 6 pound weights…it doesn’t take much to feel the burn!
Friday 10/2: Started off the morning with pushups, bicycle crunches and V-ups to compensate for Thursday. It was rainy all week due to a Nor’easter, so I had a 6.5 mile run on the treadmill after work. I had the gym all to myself! The speed work portion of the run consisted of 3 sets of 1-mile at 9:30 and 0.5-mile walking. Thank goodness I had House Hunters to distract me!
Saturday 10/3: 4-mile run with Bret in the morning. My softball games were canceled for the week due to worries about Hurricane Joaquin, so it was the only real workout I had, in addition to the usual pushups and sit ups!
Sunday 10/4: Time for the long run! I ran 9 miles in 55-degree weather, my first time running so long in well over a month. It actually went really great! Somewhere after mile 5, I picked up my pace and never looked back. I finished my last mile sub-10…crazy!
Monday 10/5: I originally planned to go to Runner’s Cross Training, but after a long day of work, I just wasn’t in the mood for the workout. It was probably good to have this as a non-running day because otherwise I would have been active 5 days in a row – no thanks! I did a few easy exercises – sit ups, donkey kicks, hydrants, more pushups – before going to bed.
This was another solid week of working out! While the rainy and cooler weather tried to throw me a curve ball, I made it through all of my runs – I really have no complaints!
I always feel like I haven’t done enough cross-training, but I have to trust that I am making the effort that will help me get through the course. I’m not trying to beat anyone at the Tough Mudder, I just want to be able to do my best and feel prepared for the physical challenges.
I’m still really scared that I’m going to injure myself, so I need to do some last-minute shopping for knee pads, gloves and compression wear so that I’m properly protected. I’ll give you all the deets as soon as I figure it out!
Because all of my runs went so well, I am happy to grade Week 6 an A!
Were you affected by stormy weather or Hurricane Joaquin? How do you work out in tough weather conditions?