Training Update – mid July

I am officially just under 3 weeks out from my first mud run, but I haven’t been training too much for it. I know I should we working on my upper body strength or something like that, but lately I have just been focusing on running. I have a goal set for 60 miles this month, and looking at my mileage so far, I think I should be able to make that.

I am doing Jeff Galloway’s half marathon training method with run/walk intervals. Why half marathon training and not training more specific to Tower of Terror 10 miler?? Well, I figure since I am running a half marathon in early December, I need to be not only getting my mileage up for Tower of Terror, but also for the half. By mid October I will be finished with my half marathon training, then at that point I will reassess where I need to go from there to keep me ready for December.

As of right now, 6 miles has been my farthest run. Next weekend I am scheduled to do 7 miles. I have been trying to get out of the house more and run outside just before the sun comes up, instead of so many miles on the treadmill. It’s funny, I never had an issue with the treadmill until I started running outside over the last few weeks, now I despise the treadmill and have officially given it that lovely “dreadmill” title as so many others have.

I’ve been going out to a local trail that is perfectly measured out to 1 mile. I always see turtles and bunnies on my run in the morning, but I have already been scoping out how to make that run longer for next weekends 7 miles without having to run around that trail 7 times.

I’ve also done a little bit of ladder work on the treadmill, but I really find I do better with my speed when I am outside (at least that’s what Garmin tells me).

Don’t get me wrong though, I haven’t completely forgotten about my upper body strength that I will need for some of these obstacles. I’ve been doing push ups…and…planks (those count for upper body strength right??) Ok, I really need to do some work in the next couple weeks.

So, how has your training been going? What race are you training for if any?

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