Post # 1
I need some advice. I am trying to stay as busy as possible, with my recent break-up. Trying to keep the mind moving, as well as my legs! I am signed up for the Rugged Maniac 5K obstacle course on February 16th. I am really excited about this and a pinch nervous too. If you dont know what his is, it is a military style obstacle course (5k) with fire, barriacades, barriers, barbed wire, planks, etc. AND, I am wanting to sign up for the Color-Run on February 9th, as well. That is only a week apart.
Here are my dilemas:
1. Would anybody do this a week apart from each other? I am anxiously wanting to do both!
2. The Color Run is not a timed 5K, its all about fun fun fun! Where as the Rugged Maniac obstacle course is timed. Which is all fine and dandy, but how do I train for this obstacle course?
I stopped going to the gym because that is where my ex-fiance works out at and I dont want to run into him there. I have not signed up for a new membership anywhere else yet beacsue I can’t cancel my current membership yet without paying a fine.
I jog 3-4 days per week. I am needing some advice on the “STRENGTH” part of the obstacle course. Dont get me wrong, I have some muscle to back myself up with but I need more. Anybody have any suggestions on how to train at home for this? I am going to buy some hand weights this week do build my muscle core up but need additional strengthening techniques.
SO there questions are:
1. Would you schedule two races a week apart? Both are set to be ran, as I want both.
2. How do I muscle up and strengthen up for the Rugged Maniac obstacle course?
Thanks a million!
Post # 3
@Miss Pez: I would definitely schedule the races back to back! In fact, I’ve got the color run this weekend in Orlando and then a marathon the next weekend. You’ll be fine! You may think that you’re going to “run” the color run, but most people aren’t, so there’s a lot of trying to get around dancers and wheel chairs etc. If you truly want a good shot at running it, get there EARLY and make sure you’re in the first wave of people near the front of the line.
Strength-wise, focus on body weight resistance exercises; pushups, lunges, crunches, burpees, pullups, etc. None of these need a gym (the pullups can be done at a local playground), so you’re clear there, and they will all help strengthen the muscles you’ll need for the adventure run. I’m on a daily regimine right now of at least 2 miles, 50 pushups, 50 situps, and 10 pulls ups. Just 4 days in and I’ve already noticed a huge difference!
Post # 4
I did the Color Run! It was SO MUCH FUN!
I don’t think it would be an issue to do 2 races a week apart, especially when the Color Run is a more laid back 5k.
5ks are fun: they don’t require much training and you can usually recover within a day. If you were doing a marathon you might have more of an issue.
The only time I ever needed to recover from a 5k was last St. Patty’s day. I woke up with some stomach problems, decided to run anyway, and ended up being dehydrated. The lack of fluid in turn messed up my knees during the run. They filled with fluid and were swollen for about a month.
I’ve run several 5Ks since and haven’t had any issues.
So sign up and convince your friends to join. Both of those are really fun races!!!
Post # 5
I would definitely schedule them back to back. The color run is just a fun race so it won’t take much to complete.
Post # 6
I did the color run this year and it was not a challenge at all. In fact, it was so full of people that I was forced to walk / slow-jog the majority of it because people wanted to slow down in the color zones to get as much color as possible. I am not a huge runner but I didn’t even feel tired afterwards. But it was still a lot of fun!