Thursday, November 15, 2012

Spartan Race 30 Day Challenge Recap Pt 1

Ok, so 30 days straight of workouts was a bit of a stretch. But 30 days straight of workouts plus a blog post to along with each? Insane. A nice idea in theory; not so much in reality. Family, job and my sanity must come first. I think I did about 11 or 12 days straight before getting a touch of the flu and screaming for a rest day. Blah. We took rest days occasionally thereafter, and I just completed Day 29 yesterday. So I'll start with day 5, and give a summary of each.

Day 5: Workout: Consistent pushups for an hour.  I did 8 pushups per minute while cleaning the kitchen and the refrigerator. In retrospect, I probably could have done more, but my arms were tired when I finished. That was a good workout to throw in on a rest day. Not strenuous, but gets you some upper body work you get in while multitasking. I liked it.

Day 6: Workout: Hill Repeats. Did these as part of the normal hill repeats with Leslie and Tammie. 8 times up and down Jail Hill. For those who do not know, Jail Hill is about a quarter mile long, decent incline, but not terrible. 

Day 7: Workout: Crossfit: The Nicole - 400m and max rep pull-ups
As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes.
c/d 10 minute jog
This was awful. Anything that tells me to do max rep pull ups is awful.  I honestly cannot remember how many rounds I got in, but by the end of the 20 minutes my arms felt as though they would fall off. At the time I did this, my maximum pull-up number was 4. Now it is 5.

Day 8: Workout: Warmup jump rope 10 minutes. Run 2 miles. 100 lunges. Run 2 miles. 100 squats. Run 2 miles. Sprint 400m. c/d one mile.
Loved this. Totally destroyed my legs. And they needed it.

Day 9: Workout: 800s, etc.
w/u one mile
Run 800 hard
20 Squat jumps
Run 800 hard
20 box jumps
Run 800 hard
20 Tuck jumps
Run 800 hard
20 Lateral Jumps over box
c/d Run 1 mile
Figure 8 abs with medicine ball – 60 seconds
Plank 5 mins

Oh baby. This one was big time. It took forever, but Ramsey and I did every last bit of this one at the track. You know that saying that "pain is weakness leaving the body?" Well, I toughened up a little that day. Ouch.

I'll continue the rest later. Until then...

"Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts." - Unknown