This past weekend I completed my second Warrior Dash, first being in Mississippi in April. I am thrilled with the results.
A little over a year ago I learned about Warrior Dash, it’s a 5k race, with multiple obstacles during it. Running a normal 5k has never really interested me, same with any other event where you just run a path that is mostly flat or smooth. These Obstacle Race, or Adventure Race … now that’s interesting.
In December 2011, I figured out that I could and would do the Warrior Dash Mississippi 2012, and started running from time to time. It was just me going off and doing stuff. Then at WD:MS I discovered that my issues is not the WD obstacles, it’s the distance & I was happy I fished, but sad with my time of 57:28.65.
Fast forward to this past weekend. I start out. I hold myself up and don’t burn myself at the beginning. When I cross the finish line I felt good about the result, my wife informed me it was around 46 minutes after the hour – we started in a wave at the top of the hour. So I was sure I was at least 10 minutes quicker.
44:03.40 – my official time is very pleasing to me. The time difference being 13:25.15 less is wonderful.
In thinking about it, there are basically four reasons, three I controlled & would do again:
- New Training
- New Diet
- Course Speed
- Ankle Weights
Where the first time I just ran, and generally did either a 5k or 5m each time I went out, this time I used an app that really coached me: MiCoach
This app made by Adidas allowed me to set the race date, the general goal, and when I wanted to train.
I set it to be about 11 weeks out, 5k, and three days a week (M, Th, Sat).
Generally I also trained one additional day per week in some other way, in a 30 minute interval training. This was good, but I made the interval training & it needed work.
Next time I am training for a race I would do about the same time frame, but make it for a longer race, so a 8k or 10k for a 5k Challenge Race. Because I still walked more than I really wanted to.
The general rule is to cut many of the carbohydrates, and focus more on meat & vegetables.
The thing that got me really to consider it was an interview with the author of Why We Get Fat on EconTalk.
Shortly after I meet with my Dr & decided on something similar to Atkins, Paleo, or Keto.
Looking at WD:MS & WD:TN – there was simply less mud on the WD:TN course. The first 1.5 miles were pretty much just running on grass in TN. By that point in MS there were multiple huge mud puddles and one or two obstacles.
I don’t know how much the change of course affected my time, but I know it did.
After about 2 weeks of training, I started wearing ankle weights. Each week or two I added a little more.
Why? Because last time within the first half mile my feet had mud & water weight added to my shoes.
This time, during the muddiest stretch of the course, I passed someone who commented on the weight of his shoes. I just smiled and keep moving, because my shoes were lighter than my body was use to.
One thing I’ll do different along these same lines is to find a way to simulate running in mud. It might be that I’ll actually run in mud – my running was already off road – or on ice, or something on my shoes to increase my ability to deal with a lack of traction.
Thanks to Lauie Nation, Helen Nation & Anyone else to captured pix I used here.
I am thinking I want to try a different obstacle race & am looking for others to do it with, because many of them are better as teams:
Run for Your Life – 5k with Zombies chasing you – near Nashville March 30th.
Spartan Race – 3+ mile near Charlotte, NC March 23rd & 24th
Tough Mudder – 13+miles in Tennessee May 25th & 26th
Gladiator Rock N Run – no news on future events
Zombie Buffett 5k – not sure when future events will be
Are you interested?