I took some time off from training, both to visit London and because I was trying to heal a minor injury that was painful enough that it was going to keep me from training effectively. I took just shy of 150,000 steps and walked nearly 80 miles in London. We also climbed the 528 steps to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral. The view was SOOOO worth it:
I actually LOST weight there, despite the fact that I ate whatever I wanted and drank a fair amount of Gin. There really isn’t processed food available in London, which was fantastic!!! I am ready to go back tomorrow; it is an amazing city.
I did THIS today:
My friend Darcy and I hiked High Top Mountain on the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park. It was my first time doing the entire hike. I have only hiked the upper half in the past and wasn’t even aware that there was a lower half. It was challenging. We needed to stop and catch our breath a few times. It was also pretty warm by the time we were descending.
I need to be able to do this 3 times in a row by November. That’s when my Spartan Beast is. It will be about 15 miles of pretty challenging terrain with 30+ obstacles. I have a great group of people to train with, at my gym, at my Karate studio, and numerous individuals cheering on my every hike, including my friend Erin who is completing all of my training races leading up to the big one with me and has promised not to leave me behind when we race the Beast together!
My bestie, Jenn (no, I am not talking in the third person), cheers me on in every workout I embark on. Darcy actually told me today that she uses me as an inspiration when she doesn’t feel like working out. I’m glad to hear that and told her that made me happy, but that maybe I wasn’t the best influence, as I shoved a breakfast sandwich, WITH hash-browns (and bacon) on it, into my face as we hiked the trail! I could not train at the level that I do without the support of my manfriend. The alarm wakes him up early several days a week and sometimes on the weekend so that I can get up and train, especially now when we are in the thick of summer swelter, because I sure as hell am not going to work out in the conditions of the outside after noon. Lastly, in this post, I will thank my long distance cheerleader, Paige, who encourages me to move, run, lift, kick, punch, train. She’s a pretty bad-ass athlete herself and the brains behind Warrior Goddess Gear. Check it out!!!
I try to find training opportunities in everything physical that I do. The manfriend and I went on a James River float/row with some friends a few weekends ago. We put in the river at about 11:30AM. As daylight was starting to fade at 8PM, we we STILL on the river. We had capsized twice in rapids (it turns out that going through rapids sideways in a canoe is not a good idea and we had to try it twice before we learned that lesson). So, I was tired, sore, bruised, bloody, and hangry. It’s not a far cry from how I feel at the end of a Spartan Race. It took the same kind of mental fortitude to finish the river trip as it does to finish a Spartan Race.
Everything is a training opportunity, y’all!