My husband was a fairly active person when we met, he played soccer in his home town and loved it. When he moved to Vancouver he continued to play but finding a team was difficult and when we moved to Calgary our lives got so busy and there was no time for physical activities. I always tried to get him to work out with me but if there was no "purpose" like playing a soccer game he wasn't interested.
So imagine my surprise when he tells me he wants to enter into Mudd Sweat and Tears (MST), an 8 km obstacle course. A good friend of ours did MST in Kelowna last weekend and she said it was one of the best things she's ever done! She suggested that we enter with her and her husband to the upcoming race in Cochrane, June 14.
My first instinct was to stay clear of anything that could result in me being embarassed by my physical abilities or lack there of. But my husband and I struck a deal. If he trained with me for the next month I would do it. And he agreed.
Naturally...I began planning our work outs...we only had 33 days when we decided to do this. I knew right off the bat I needed to improve my cardio and he needed to improve his upper body strength otherwise....how was he going to lift me over the 9' wall??
Our friend that already entered gave us a few hints, she wished she had focused more on upper body strength (push-ups, pull-ups etc.) during her training but I knew if I couldn't run at least 8 km there was no way I was going to be able to complete the challenge.
We began our training Monday May 12th.
I figured out a loop in our neighborhood that was 2.86 km and I knew if I trained in intervals of that loop I would be able to increase my endurance to the necessary level.
Week 1: 1 time around the loop, 3 times a week
Week 2: 1.5 times around the loop, 3 times a week
Week 3: 2 times around the loop, 3 times a week
Week 4: 2.5 times around the loop, 3 times a week
Week 5: 3 times around the loop, 3 times a week
In addition to what I needed to do for my cardio I also needed to increase my strength.Twice a week we will focus on different areas of the body (arms, shoulders, chest, back, legs) in various combinations. A while back (3 years ago) I got into P90x and though I am not interested in being as hardcore as the typical P90x'ers they are great videos to get through a workout.
Lastly we will do a weekend workout that could be anything from a long hike to more strength and cardio.
We have completed 2 days of training and have 31 more days to go!