401k’s and 5k’s

So this post really has nothing to do with 401k’s.  I just lack a major quality of being a good writer, that quality some people call creativity.  Figured I would just throw that out there incase you didn’t notice already. 

This post is dedicated to all things running.  All part of the bucket list.

I want to run a full marathon-  This will take a while, especially right now seeing as I have been lacking motivation to exercise.  It’s also not going to get any easier as every year passes.  The thing that sucks most about it, is that I used to be a pretty damn good runner.  I just wish I had the motivation that I had when I was in basic training.  Every morning we would wake up at 4am, go out and stretch and do exercises.  I thought it sucked at the time, but as I look back now I realize it wasn’t so bad.  Back in basic they would split you into different groups, based on what your 1 mile time was during reception week.  I’m not exactly sure what my time was (it was back in 2003) but I think it was around 7 minutes.  I was placed in A group with the “fast” runners. 

During the 9 weeks of basic training, our drill sergeants would push us, even when we thought we couldn’t go any farther or any faster.  They pushed us, motivated us and demanded that we run harder.  Each day as this went on it got easier and easier.  We were in pretty good shape by the time our first PT test came.  I ran my first 2 mile test in 13min and 36 seconds.  That would turn out to be the worst time of all my tests.  By the time we finished basic I had dropped it to under 12 minutes.  Our drill sergeants still pushed us, demanding we try harder.  After basic came AIT (job training).  Our last 2 mile was my best.  It was a simple course, a straight 1 mile track, turn around and run back.  They had a timer where you turned around and when I got there I couldn’t believe my time.  On my 2 mile pace I ran the first mile in 5 minutes flat.  I was thrilled, even during high school I had never broke the 6 minute barrier.  My total time when I finished was 10 min and 54 seconds.  I finished 4th out of the 180+ we had in our company. 

So why do I write about 2 mile tests when a marathon is 26 miles.  Because this is going to be my motivation, to try to get back into that shape.  I know at times during basic we ran 10+ miles and I wasn’t tired at the end of it.  I also know that 26 is a whole other ball game.  There is the physical challenges of running a marathon, but there will also be the mental challenges.  Some say the mental aspect is just as hard.  Before I train for a marathon, there are a couple other runs that I would like to do, runs that the wife is also interested in. 

I want to complete the Tough Mudder–  This is a race/obstacle course that was designed by the British Special Forces.  Not only is the race itself awesome, they also raise money to support the Wounded Warrior Project.  Something that I truly believe in and am very passionate about as my wife can attest to, is that I love all things military.  This race is normally 10-12 miles long, depending on location, and has obstacles along the way.  The obstacles include crawling under barbwire through mud, wall climbs, a 15 ft jump into water, climbing across netting and ropes, running through fire, running through mud in a maze of trenches, running while carrying a log, a slip-n-slide (not as hardcore lol), jumping into ice water, log jumping, climbing over a giant hay-bale pyramid, about 30 feet of monkey bars (some of which are greased) and last but not least, running through a bunch of wires, some of which are electrified with 10,000 volts.  I have no idea why I want to do this, probably because I like to test myself, and to prove that I can do it.  The race itself relies heavily on teamwork, helping others through the obstacles, but the top 5% of people who finish are invited to the World’s Toughest Mudder, which is a 24 hour race, whoever completes the most laps wins.  The ultimate goal of mine would be to finish in the top 5% and run the final.  The next race is one that the wife wants to do together.

We want to Run For Our Lives  We want to do this race purely on our love for the tv show The Walking Dead.  I don’t know if you watch it, but you should check it out.  It’s a pretty awesome show.  This race is a 5k obstacle course.  It has some basic obstacles in it but with a twist.  You have to wear a belt and on the belt are 3 flags which are your health flags.  In order to be considered a “survivor” you have to complete the race, and do all the obstacles with at least 1 flag left when you cross the finish line.  There are a bunch of people dressed up as zombies throughout the course who try to take your flags.  I don’t know about you but this sounds like it could be a blast.  We ran a 5k obstacle course together last year and had tons of fun, I think this could be even better.  We’re just not sure if we are going to do it this year or wait until next year.  It kind of sucks because the dates for the zombie one coincide with MX races I want to do. 

Do you like to challenge yourself?  What motivates you to get into shape?


4 responses to “401k’s and 5k’s

  • Alice @ Dont Debt

    I have a good friend who runs marathons. I really don’t know why he got into running at all, just decided he wanted to do a marathon. He has completed several now. I think he was in the top 10 in Louisville, KY derby marathon last year. Maybe it was the top 10%, I can’t remember. Anyway, he just did the Tough Mudder. His wife posted some awesome pictures from that. It looks pretty rough.

    When I’m walking (my only real workout right now) either outside or on the treadmill, I envision one of the trainers from Biggest Loser yelling at me like they do the people on that show. I think to myself – if those people can do it, SURELY I can.

  • Brian

    I’ve been running (if you can call it that) more recently. I have never been fast by any stretch of the imagination. The main reason I am running more is to build up my cardio (I’m also doing some interval sprints for short burst speed and recovery). I just picked up the Irish sport of Hurling (you tube it, it’s pretty awesome) a couple years ago and really want to win a national championship. Our team is agonizingly close and part of our problem is we just ran out of gas last year. So all of us are more motivated than ever to pick up our cardio and insure we don’t hit empty again!

    It has made me think about running a marathon, but I think i might start with the Mini in Indianapolis next year as a goal. Until then I’ll just keep trying to run 5Ks.

    Good luck on your goal and enjoy the Zombie Run (I was going to do one this year, but I have a baby due right around that time) and the tough mudder!

  • debtntaxes

    @Alice- I like that show, don’t watch it to often just because I really don’t watch that much tv, but its nice to see people taking accountability for themselves and changing for the better. They can defenitely be motivators. I for sure won’t be doing a marathon this year. Gotta work up to it with some 5k’s, 10k’s and half marathons first.

    @Brian- I’ll have to look that up, never heard of Hurling. I think one of the zombie runs is in Indy this year, we were probably going to the Minnesota one though seeing as it is closer. At least you are running, something I cannot say for myself.

    • Alice @ Dont Debt

      I don’t exactly ‘watch’ that show, either. Like you, I don’t spend a whole lot of time in front of the television. I DVR it and fast forward through all of the weepy, whiny, woe-is-me parts and watch some of the different exercises then go on to the end and watch the weigh ins. That gives me more motivation than anything else on the show.

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