Saturday, October 06, 2012

Spartan 30 Day Challenge: Day 3

Quote Of The Day:  “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…. One step at a time.” - Rande Wilson

30 days straight of intense workouts seems a bit daunting when you are on day 3. It's still early enough that you are still carrying a bit of excitement, but you know that will pass in the days to come. When you've let your fitness slide by the wayside for 3 years like I have, you start losing the confidence you need to take on challenges that scare you. That's when you have to make conscience decisions when you are thinking are clearly that will trump the voices in your head when you aren't. Like having someone hold you accountable. Like deciding the night before what time you'll get up to workout no matter how you feel at 4 a.m. When training for marathons, I used to hurry up and eat an energy gel, then I knew I had to go on and run...because who would eat an energy gel for no reason? Little things, anything really, that will help you get that next workout in, they add up. It's the compilation of those little decisions that get you to the start line, and eventually the finish line. It's not some overwhelming revelation. It's not some extraordinary amount of will power. It's making one good decision at a time. Eating the elephant one bite at a time.

So the good thing, in my opinion, about day 3 was that it was only running! When I saw that it was just a fartlek run, I knew there was no way I was going to wimp out on that. I guess I was thinking that if I was ever going bail in the next 30 days it was going to be a day harder than this one. So here it is:

Fartlek Run (2-4-6-4-2):

10 min warmup
2 min hard/1 min jog
4 min hard/2 min jog
6 min hard/3 min jog
4 min hard/2 min jog
2 min hard/1 min jog
10 min cool down

We got in 5.19 miles in the 47 minutes, and had a spectacular view of the moon and Venus the whole time. Go get it!

1 comment:

Chip Ramsey said...

this has been my favorite 1 so far