I probably should not have called out the “wall” in my last posting as it has decided to show its wonderful face again. Just another tough week in the miserable heat and humidity I suppose. I decided to do some snake runs up and down the levee which was a great change of pace and actually led to me feeling sore the next 2 days.
I have decided to take on the Goruck challenge at the end of October here in New Orleans. This is probably going to be the toughest physical event I have ever attempted. I am pretty excited about it but also very nervous. This will certainly be a confidence builder leading up to the Tough Mudder event in January as long as it doesn’t kill me. My training will also have to increase over the next 2 months with some additional training with a backpack full of bricks to get ready. I am certain I will complete the challenge but not without some blood, sweat, and perhaps even tears.
My long weekend run was bumped from Saturday to Sunday morning due to my son’s 3rd birthday party on Saturday. This normally would not be an issue but I failed to realize the lack of food intake and, more importantly, the food intake I did have was almost all “junk” food. This is not ideal prior to a 7 mile run at 5:30am the next morning. When I rose Sunday morning to head out to the trail run for my 7 miles, I checked the weather like every morning. I was pleased to see it would be cool out at 78 degrees. My attention then turned to the humidity level. I think my lungs immediately decided to rebel against my body when I noticed the humidity level was at 99%! Are you kidding me? Do I look like Aquaman?!? How is a person supposed to breathe much less run 7 miles in 99% humidity? I did not complete my 7 mile run. I did what I physically could. If I want to complete the Goruck challenge and the Tough Mudder, I need to do better.
September is expected to be a fun month for training as well. My wife and I are expecting our second son in the early part of September. I suppose this will be good training for sleep deprivation for the Goruck challenge. The next few months will be a lot of fun and a lot of work. I am looking forward to meeting my new son and completing these challenges. From my understanding of the Goruck challenge, this is good livin’.
Keep Movin’ friends…it’s the only way to get where you’re going!