I invited my friend to go training with me since it was the weekend and he likes to do a weekly workout. I was (and still am) training for Tough Mudder (quite possibly the toughest event on the planet – well that’s what they say) so I have had to pick up running on a weekly basis. I did my first run about 1.5 weeks before and was able to complete 5km in 30 mins. I didn’t think it was too shabby for someone who hates running and also sucks at it (my form is terrible). After a few runs, I’ve also been thinking of doing the Earth Run (10km) as a tune-up for TM. Oh how my ex-girlfriend would rue the day if she knew I was running regularly. She was a runner and often wanted me to run with her at the time. And now I was thinking of signing up for event runs. But.. I digress.
I had a specific routine planned out. I would do the following 3 times over: 2km run followed by a round of push ups (3 variations at max reps). This would total 6km run and 9 sets of push ups. After that, I would head back home to do pull-ups at the playground. We were training at the Minoru track and they don’t have bars for pull-ups. The main purpose of this training was to get my body used to running then physical exertion. I planned to work up my endurance as TM is 10-12 miles. This friend of mine is sort of a know-it-all. Sometimes I swear he’s bs’ing me but I won’t know enough on the topic to call him on it. He wanted to train a specific way and I wanted to do it my way (after all this was MY training). He kept telling me that he just wants to blast it and “empty the tank”. I told him, “good for him, then you can do that”. He starts giving me the attitude that I wasn’t going to work out hard enough. I told him, if he wanted to work hard, maybe he should sign up for TM. Of course he goes into the reasons why he can’t do it. Being the good friend I am, I looked at him and said, “Alright then, how about you STFU!?”
Well, end of discussion. Don’t talk about how I don’t work out hard when I play hockey once/twice a week, do P90X twice a week, do Insanity once/twice a week, do a modified workout once a week and dedicate a training day to running/TM. And… he works out once a week. /endrant
We worked our way through the routine that I designed and I was pooped by the last run. I banged out the last round of push ups while my friend could barely hold himself up. That felt good. He has always been stronger than me but with all my workouts, I think I might have some better strength and endurance than him for once. While he was annoying me earlier, having someone to train with does push you further. Or maybe him annoying me pushed me further. Either way, I suppose it works.
Two days later, he messaged me and told me he was very sore from the workout. I was in pretty good shape but I had some soreness in my old hip flexor injury. Mind you I also did P90X the day after. He had only done the one workout and he was so sore that he had trouble putting his shirt on. And he said my workout was “light“.
With less than 30 days to go till the big event, I’m most nervous about the end where you have to get through the electric shocks. I don’t plan on training for that by shocking myself. I’m just hoping I can turn myself into an (asian) gazelle by then and blitz through that without blacking out.