I don’t know how many of you ever played pick-up basketball at your local gym or school. In my experience, when there was a limited number of courts, there was always a group of players waiting for their turn to play… these guys had “downs.” The rule was that the winners got to play another game against the team of “downs” while the losers had to sit.
When the winning team vanquished its opponent, we (because I won some, don’t laugh) would shout out “NEXT!!” in our most arrogant voice to signify ourselves as the victors and as a form of trash talking to the new team we were about to play (i.e. they were also about to be defeated). (I think this is similar to gorillas beating their chests…haha!) Now I haven’t played real basketball since law school (though I still wont let Crystal get rid of my high-tops… I could play again!!). Still, after conquering INSANITY, I feel the need to call out my next opponent.
Up next is a half marathon…the Magic City Half, right here in Birmingham on November 18. I have started training already. I also have the Rock ‘n Run obstacle course in Georgia in September and the Warrior Dash in Alabama in October. The training will include running for the half marathon followed by weight training on my “off days.” My schedule looks like this
Sunday – Long run
Monday — Chest and Tris and abs
Tuesday – Easy run
Wednesday – Back and Bis and abs
Thursday – Tempo run
Friday – Legs
Saturday – Off or core
The running schedule comes from Runner’s World and is based on my race day. The weight lifting strategy was designed by me. I plan lifting relatively heavy through the first of October, but as the runs get longer, I intend to do more high rep, light weights to hopefully maintain any gains through the marathon.
I know some people will take me to task for continuing to lift while training for a half. But those people don’t understand my goal. Yes, carrying extra muscle in my upper body for 13.1 miles will undoubtedly slow me down.
But I will need that muscle (and much more) to complete the ultimate goal, the Tough Mudder next April. A 10-12 mile obstacle course “challenge” designed by the British Special Forces and supporting the Wounded Warriors project. This race intimidates me; the distance especially. The Barbarian Challenge almost killed me and it is not nearly this far. I want to do it, just so I can say i did it. Does that make any sense at all?
I am thinking of doing BODY BEAST (a new Beachbody program designed to build muscle) after finishing the Half Marathon to try to gain back any muscle mass I lose (while cutting back a little on my running — the end of November, December and January, how much am I going to want to be outside anyway??!! haha.)
What do you guys think? Sound like an overly optimistic plan? Am I insane?
Now consider that I turn 37 today, but am in the best shape I have been in perhaps ever but certainly since I was 28. I think pushing yourself toward new challenges is the only way to get fit and getting fit is the only way to stay young. What is your “NEXT”!!??!!