(The following is an introduction and guest post from my mother regarding our determination to run the Warrior Dash in Arizona next spring. Tune in for updates!)
Valkyrie in Training
Ambitious title as I only aspire to Valkyrie-dom but it gives me something to aim for.
So, the reigning Valkyrie threw down the gauntlet and here I am, signed up for a Warrior Dash in April in Arizona. Sigh… I really want to do it. It is one of those dissociative moments we Baby Boomers experience when the head is saying, “you can do this” and the body is saying, “you want to do WHAT?!?”. When I make the body-head connection, I have to take a cold hard look at what I see.
I am 66. Having allowed myself to gain 65 unchallenged pounds in the last 11 years, I am out of any kind of running, frolicking, sporting, challenging myself shape. Shedding 35 of those over the last 3 ½ months has given me hope, motivation, and chutzpah. Every day I train, I feel stronger. The Dash is 7 months away. I think I can do this.
Goal: Enjoy the Warrior Dash.
Fear: I will not be able to get over the walls.
Realization: If I am able to get over the walls, I will be able to finish because none of the rest of the course looks that hard.
Reality: I will have to train for this and I will have to be careful on the course.
Advantage: My legs are strong. My last lab work and physical exam pronounced me in good health. No worries about medical issues. The heat of summer is winding down and the last 5 months of training will occur in more gentle weather.
Training: In addition to walking 1 ½ to 2 hours each morning, I will add weight training to build up some upper body strength, which I will need for the walls. I will experiment with running a bit and…jumping over things.
Schedule: Walk 1 ½ to 2 hours at least 5 days each week. Use hand weights while walking to tone biceps, triceps, deltoids, & traps. Work out with my favorite exercise video for core strengthening and weight training at least 4 times each week. Start with baby steps; 1 pound walking weights and 3 pound weights for weight training video. (Did I mention I am really out of shape?)
I have been asked to chronicle my training experiences and thoughts as I progress toward this goal, which includes shedding the other 30 pounds along with strengthening my body. Therefore, I will post a few comments from time to time. Oh, yeah, and if you find any of those pounds I shed, don’t tell me where they are. I might think I have to go back and get them.