Friday, March 18, 2011

Not Dead Yet

So...I've been sick.  Really sick.  I got this sore throat thing with a cough and congestion that won't let me go.  It isn't just lingering, it is kicking my butt.  And yes, it is keeping me from working out, which is making me freak out because the Tough Mudder is only 10 weeks away!!!!

I don't have Kasey's superhuman powers so I have a long way to go to be ready.  Kasey has her goals (she will totally kill it on the monkey bars without question) and I have mine: SURVIVE.  Since the moment I committed to this crazy adventure I have felt nothing but anxiety.  This is a BIG goal for me.  HUGE. To say it is over my head is an understatement. So, basically, getting through it is my equivalent of Kasey's monkey bars.

Getting sick, however, has put me behind. Behind in my training absolutely, but more importantly, behind mentally. I really want to stand at the start line feeling as ready as I can be. 

So, is 10 weeks enough time?  I guess I will find out.  In the meantime I'll try to stop freaking out.  Any advice out there?  I'll take all the advice I can get.


My Apologies!

Let me start out by saying I'm sorry for taking such a long break from posting.....things have been pretty crazy lately.  I'm not going to bore you with all the details but it has really been hard to stay on track with my workouts, well at least as far as Insanity goes.  Work has been busier, we've been battling sickness on and just seems as those its become increasingly challenging to find the time to put in that Insanity DVD and push play. 

That being said, I have found a few new ways to make sure I'm still getting the workouts I need to be ready for TOUGH MUDDER in just two short months!  Thank goodness Jacqueline is here at work with me now - she holds me accountable and we have gotten in some really tough runs.  AND she convinced me to invest in a pair of Vibram's Five Fingers.  I was pretty skeptical at first but now I'm in love!  I feel faster and lighter when I run in feet get tired, which is a new feeling but maybe they were just out of shape and used to being cushioned in their supportive, fancy Sauconys.  Plus just imagine how much easier it will be to climb up crazy 12 foot walls and keep my balance across narrow beams with the use of my toes...  I went for the hot pink, Treksport model.  Figured if I'm gonna be wearing crazy shoes, I might as well get them in a crazy fun color!    

Oh and did I mention that Matt is back from deployment???  It has been great to have him home and see him with the babies.  Plus he managed to bring me home a TRX from Afghanistan!  So yes, perhaps I'm buying into all the fitness crazes.....P90X, Insanity, Five Fingers, TRX.....but they work and I have seriously loved all of them!  The TRX is no joke!  I just started using it and I'm sore in so many new places after a minimal amount or reps.  It forces you to use every muscle in your core to balance yourself for whatever type of exercise you are doing.  Its challenging but fun and the best part is I can do it anywhere.  I'm definitely a fan. 

So once again, I apologize for disappearing!  But now you know how I've been spending my workout time....not too much Insanity lately but I am still a huge fan and I will keep using the workouts as a supplement to what I'm doing.  I've just had to cut down and focus my time to make sure I'm prepping myself for Tough Mudder. 

Speaking of which..... I have a goal.  Well other than just doing Tough Mudder in general, I have a very specific goal for one of the obstacles in particular.  I want to make it across the Funky Monkey....which, in case you don't know, are some badass monkey bars over top of freezing cold water.  AND as if it wasn't hard enough, they like to grease a few of the bars.... So funky monkey here I come!!!! 

Thanks for being patient!  I'll be in touch again soon. :)