Mettle Forger Workouts
Monday was hardly a day I expected to get on the treadmill and run a 5k for the first time–but it happened. …And I’m pretty stoked about my 32:10 time!
After much hesitation and as I work through certain fears after Kirk died, I got into running a few months ago and decided to motivate myself further by committing to a 5K, which I’m running this coming Sunday. But I hit a setback this past weekend with Saturday being 6 months since Kirk died.
It was just a really bad weekend. While in many ways I have felt emotionally numb, in others–primarily physically–I feel my loss very profoundly. My body reminded me with aches in my chest–anxiety. I was tired, not motivated, ate garbage. The weather was pretty miserable and I got no workouts in other than some lunges for my lunge challenge–but I fell behind even with those. And to top it off, I was on the receiving end of some negativity over signing up for the 5K.
The trip down with the boys was just exhausting at around 3.5 hours, about half of which was traffic. They behaved really well at the cemetery and church but were putting up a good fight at bedtime and not sleeping well–a not-so-gentle reminder that Kirk wasn’t going to be helping me with that ever again. And our return trip started with a tantrum about wanting to stay and play with the kitchen sink at my parents’ and ended with an impromptu visit to our local supermarket in which the boys went completely rogue, running any and every which way they pleased, crashing the store’s toddler-sized shopping carts everywhere. Despite the “lady, control your kids” looks from some strangers, I gathered whatever dignity I had left–and my two flailing kids–and wheeled a packed mini-shopping cart out the store with my head held high.
How could I have skipped 3 days of workouts a week before an event–before my first event?!?! Okay, one of those days was supposed to be a rest day, but still! Then I remembered Kirk talking about how life happens even when you’re training for an event. It doesn’t pause for all this stuff. You take care of what matters and needs immediate attention and then pick up as soon as you can and re-assess your training strategy. And if he was here now, that’s what he would’ve told me. So that’s what I did.
I got the boys to bed a little early, cleaned up right away, and then hit our gym. My expectations were low given the weekend I had so I decided I’d do a short workout and just see how I feel. I started on the treadmill aiming for a 1 mile run, which turned into 1.5 miles, then 2 miles, and then with the help of some music, a 5k. It felt great!! After my run, I decided to stick around and get a little more of a workout in. I know 32:10 is slow for runners, but for me it’s a big deal and I’m so proud of myself. I tried thinking back to whether I’ve ever run this distance straight and I’m pretty sure I haven’t. And it all started with just getting myself on the treadmill despite having a bad few days and taking that first step.
I remember thinking weeks ago, “I can’t run a 5k.” I was wrong. I CAN run a 5K. Now I still have to get through the actual 5K this Sunday, but Monday ended well for me. I overcame some setbacks and did something I thought I could not. I hope whatever training you all are doing is going well. 😉
As part of my training, I did the APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test) baseline for the first time a couple of nights ago. I was nervous about giving 110% physically so I went for a good challenge of about 80% to see how my body handles it. Having done it, I feel more confident and am excited to improve!
Max push-ups for 2 min – 30 hand release push-ups. I will say I have a lot farther to go with push-ups and hope to be able to do this with standard push-ups at some point. I work on them almost every day and have really improved in form and strength from where I started. Kirk had tremendous form and I look to that as a model, so I’m hoping to get there with hard work over time.
Max sit-ups for 2 min – 53. The Charity Challenges Sit-up Challenge several months ago really helped with my performance here. I know I can squeeze some more in there, so I’m looking forward to getting that number up.
2 mile run in 22:33. After getting to a straight 1 mile run back in January, it’s been good to get to 2 miles straight and I’m pleased with this time. I’ve done it several times at this point and hope to keep improving my time and distance. I’ll be running a 5K next weekend so I’m looking forward to seeing how that goes.
So if you aren’t familiar with the APFT–I’m just getting familiar with it myself– I failed. But you probably get that that’s not what this was about. For me, this was a baseline to measure my progress over time. I’m in no way discouraged, but in fact am excited about how far I’ve come to even get to this point and how much more I’m capable of. As said by Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Hope you all keep that in mind as you move on your journey.
Big snow storm up here in northeast! Thought I’d send some love to everyone snowed in with a throwback WOD I came across today. Modified for those who can’t get the run in or need to go lighter, like I do–see asterisks–but I’m FFIO so feel free to give feedback!!
It’s all indoors with min equipment for a reason–no excuses!
Had to take care of a few things this past week that were keeping me from staying focused. Back at it again today! Proud to be sporting my Charity Challenges t-shirt!
Day of three’s: 3 miles, 30 push-ups, 300 lunges
Full 1 hour #yoga session. Feel great! Got 2 more shorter sessions I’d like to get in before it’s go time. Need to spend an hour meditating and journaling , as well as memorizing the seal creed and reviewing Invictus. The physical work is complete, now is time to focus on getting my mental game honed in. #kokoroprep #kokoroyoga #mettleforgerwod
Easy peasy. Gotta keep moving without going hard. From here to Kokoro it’s just yoga, meditation, and mobility. Gonna shake some stuff up when I get back from Kokoro. Got tons of awesome backed up, get ready for tons more content. #mettleforgerwod
Never used TRX before, pretty good system. LINK IN PROFILE I think I’ll pick one up for work travel! Did 4 rounds of 3 min run, 7 min body weight smoke session, then stretch #mettleforgerwod
Never used TRX before, pretty good system. http://amzn.to/2czB1DW I think I’ll pick one up for work travel! Did 4 rounds of 3 min run, 7 min body weight smoke session, then stretch #mettleforgerwod
If you didn’t get in your 11 miles yesterday, do 11 today. #run #ruck #mettleforgerwod
Earned it last night, put down 11 miles. The race medal looks even nicer. 100% of the proceeds go to charity. If you didn’t do 11 on the 11th this year – mark your calendars for next year! #mettleforgerwod