I am talking about the 2012 Mud Blast.
It is a 5K Mud Run with obstacles, including running through a freezing river. And I am participating. Please take a moment and say a prayer for me and my thighs. Three months ago my friend said "Hey we should totally do this Mud Run! It'll be great motivation to exercise!". So she started a facebook event, got a bunch of people to sign up, including me, and she started going to the gym. I on the other hand did not. I proceeded to wallow in depression and self pity and gained 20 pounds. Which brings us to today, August 16th. The Mud Blast is September 15th. Do you see my situation now? That's right I have exactly 1 month to prepare. I have done a few 5K walk/run events. Most of the time I walk at a fast pace.....fast-ish. But I have never actually challenged myself ahead of time to prepare. I did talk a lot about my plans and my husband was on board with me. But those plans didn't exactly work out....AT ALL. The fire season hit harder than we thought it would. Because of this my husband has been gone a lot this summer. I know I can walk with my kids or ride bikes. I have access to pools so I could swim with them. Unfortunately, have three small children makes for slower pace on bikes and on foot. And swimming for me means catching a jumping 2 year old. These activities just aren't the cardio workout I really need. But I haven't made a real effort to exercise. The first 2 weeks are always the hardest. After that I know I will remember my groove and start to love it again. The past few weeks I feel like I have been on the outside looking in. I see the chaos I have been living in and the lack of focus. I have been trying to reign in the chaos and organize my life. Some days it feels like I'm pushing a boulder up hill. But I think I'm finally making some progress. I can see the light ahead. I want the change!
So now I only have 1 month to prepare for the Mud Blast. Yes, I am definitely feeling some pressure. There is still enough time to be prepared enough to avoid injury. All I need now is the motivation. As much as I appreciate others trying to motivate me, it doesn't seem to work. I have been offered by many people to join me for my workouts. Honestly, I get so self conscious that I hate working out with anyone. My only option is to find the motivation inside myself. If I want this bad enough I can do it. And I want this really bad. When that alarm goes off in the morning, I have to get up....no exceptions. I can't afford to eat sweets or late night bowls of cereal. Although the dinner I made tonight was really good. It was totally loaded with fat. Cleaner eating, exercise and rest...my new mantra. So wish me luck guys. I'm going to go crawl into my bed with my Fish. Tomorrow starts a countdown to Mud Blast! GOTTA GET PUMPED!!! I'M GETTIN' DIRTY!!!