Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Challenge Accepted!

One thing I've learned about myself in the last month is that unless I'm training FOR something, I can't get my butt to the gym.  It just ain't happenin'.  So I set off last week in search of something to train for.  There are several 10K's in the Fall that I will consider; however, the running just isn't as motivating to me as it was before the 5K.  So I've also chosen to participate in the New Times Dirty Six Mud Run 2 on September 24th!  The link with more info is here.  A basic run down (cut & pasted from the site):
Course Description

Both 3 mile and 6 mile runs are riddled with obstacles from start to finish. Each distance starts and finishes at Rawhide Wild West Town. Participants must successfully complete water and mud obstacles. They're not tough but don’t wear anything you can't wash and clean after. You’ll encounter a wall of water, two river crossings, a down and dirty mud crawl, obstacle course, a slippery mountain climb, GIANT slip n slides and of course a dip in our HUGE mud pit on your way to the finish!

I'm not sure yet if I want to do the 3 miles or the 6 miles but it sounds like a lot of fun and something I certainly wouldn't have attempted 50 lbs ago.  To be honest, I'm not keen on doing it now but I think by September, I'll be in even better shape and should be able to get through it.  I'm thinking this will encourage me to keep running but I'll also have to add some strength training and eventually a few boot camps too.  All of this to lead up to this monster of a run next year:
The Warrior Dash

This insane little run is 3.4 miles with 12 different obstacles that definitely look challenging.  Unlike the mud run, it has more of an urban feel.  Looks fun though!  I missed it for this year, but again, not in good enough shape yet anyway.  The Mud Run will be a good practice run for this one.

So there you have it.  Challenge Extended...Challenge Accepted (a la How I Met Your Mother for any fans out there).

NSV:  I wore a dress to work yesterday.  An actual honest-to-God dress...and I wore it...wait for it...Spanx-less!  And I didn't feel self conscious a bit.  Truly a personal victory.  The was an old dress.  I haven't worn it in years and it's even a touch big.   Wahoo!

I have a call into a realtor hoping to get a chance to go look at some rentals this week.  No offense to anyone who is one, but realtors drive me crazy.  I went through this last time looking for a rental.  I realize they don't make much (if any) money off these but come on!  At least return phone calls!  Even when I call the realtor who has the actual listing, they don't call me back.  If I were a landlord, it would tick me off knowing that perfectly good renters are trying to see my house but my realtor won't call them back.  *sigh*  Oh well.  We gave notice to our old landlord and he's going to write us a letter of recommendation.  I'm hoping that helps on the whole credit check front.  I know I'll obsess over this until we find a place, have our application accepted and have paid a deposit.  If only I could obsess about going to the gym like this. 

It is hump day...thank goodness.  So how about a Hump Day Happy Thought:

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. ~Joseph Addison


Amanda said...

Oh my friends love doing ther MUD run in Charlotte! There isn't one around here so maybe next year I'll do it too!
Good for you girl! On the dress too! hunting is so stressful regardless of the type..renting or buying!

Leslie said...

I need to find some sort of challenge like this, it sounds like so much fun!!! It's really good that you know how to keep yourself motivated. That is a huge NSV!!

Fluffy said...

Sounds like a fun race! Good for you for signing up and congrats on the NSV! : )

Jess said...

You rock signing up for this stuff. I am soooo out of shape I wouldn't even attempt something like this yet. I have got to get into gear and follow your lead on training for things like this.

Amanda Kiska said...

You are becoming an extreme athlete!

So cool!

~Lisa~ said...

Great NSV!! A dress without Spanx! I am soooo thrilled for you!

Good luck on the house thing - I know how stressful that can be, and I feel for you...