I still have quite a few months to go before my Pretty Muddy 5k on September 5th, but I am already in training, and have been for the past few months.
It’s taken me a while to get in to a routine with training. Having four young children certainly makes training a lot harder – and the horrid winter evenings were not helping.
Now the better weather is here (most of the time), things are getting easier.
I have found that the key to a training programme is not just a regime, but organisation.
I am quite lucky in that my husband also likes going to the gym, and he is also a morning person. He will quite happily (well, kinda) to get up early and go to the gym, then come back and help with the children in the morning. That then means that I can hit the gym once he is home from work in the evening.
At the moment I am not doing much running, and focusing more on the strength training. Having competed in an OCR before, which is basically what the Pretty Muddy 5K is, it’s not always about the running. You need strength to be able to pull yourself out of the mud, to climb obstacles and hills, and to carry on moving when you feel like your legs are just a dead weight.
At the moment I am training 5 days a week. My routine looks something like this:
- Monday – Abs and Cardio
- Tuesday – Upper body
- Wednesday – Boxercise
- Thursday – REST
- Friday – Lower body
- Saturday – REST
- Sunday – Total Body
You really do not have to train for long periods of time. 30-45 minutes is plenty, and that is all I spend in the gym. It is rare that I am there for longer.
I am really looking forward to the Pretty Muddy 5K. I know it’s going to be challenging, but totally worth it!
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