It has been nearly a month since I made the judgment that my Spartan training was sub-optimal. The decision to bail on my planned race soon followed, although I continued my efforts to get stronger and further develop my grip-strength. I added box jumps to my training with an emphasis on overcoming my fear of whacking my shin on the box’s edge. In the process, I faced my fear and made myself keep up the effort. Why I didn’t resume my running efforts, I cannot say? I simply didn’t make time for it.
Yet, for reasons I cannot explain, I did not process my deferral and continued to search the web regularly for hotels at a reasonable distance from the start – just in case. So, when Jen and George, two of my biggest Spartan inspirations, reached out to me about the upcoming race, it didn’t take much for them to talk me back into going for it. You could even say that I was secretly hoping for it.
Of course, I now NEED to do some serious just-in-time run training. I pulled up my old training logs from my distance running days and plotted out a plan on the calendar. Within 2 days of opting back in I’ve run 7+ miles. It’s going to be a push. It’s definitely going to hurt…but I think know that I can do it! Right?