Xtreme Muck Ruck

Revisited: One Year of Running

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{NOTE: 12/13/2013} I plan to write a new blog this afternoon, but I wanted to repost this entry from July for anyone who may be a new follower/reader.  I’ve been so focused lately on how far I have to go on my journey that I’m not appreciating enough where I came from.  Here’s my  Flashback Friday, if you will.  Happy reading!

Today is the one year anniversary of my first run.  I have been a runner for one whole freaking year.  Amazing.

Running completely changed my life.  Looking back over the past year, everything I’ve done, all of the things I never imagined I would do… I’m feeling pretty smug after looking through pictures and seeing all I’ve accomplished.  Seriously, is this person me?

Let’s do a recap…

I was never thin, skinny, athletic… I was always the “fat girl,” at least I was in my head.  I was bigger than my classmates, bigger than my boyfriends, bigger than my mom.  Just BIGGER.  I became a mom and for a while, just let myself go.

I watched a lot of TV, sat on the couch knitting, barely went outside and didn’t like exercise.  You guys… I was über boring.

About 4 years ago…

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Oi.  That’s a wake up call.  I was 22.  Do I look 22?  No.  I was mistaken for being in my 30s quite often.  I was probably around 250 pounds?  Not sure.  I really avoided the scale back then.

It was over two years ago that I saw a picture of myself at my mom’s wedding and said ENOUGH!

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One Year of Running

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Today is the one year anniversary of my first run.  I have been a runner for one whole freaking year.  Amazing.

Running completely changed my life.  Looking back over the past year, everything I’ve done, all of the things I never imagined I would do… I’m feeling pretty smug after looking through pictures and seeing all I’ve accomplished.  Seriously, is this person me?

Let’s do a recap…

I was never thin, skinny, athletic… I was always the “fat girl,” at least I was in my head.  I was bigger than my classmates, bigger than my boyfriends, bigger than my mom.  Just BIGGER.  I became a mom and for a while, just let myself go.

I watched a lot of TV, sat on the couch knitting, barely went outside and didn’t like exercise.  You guys… I was über boring.

About 4 years ago…

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Oi.  That’s a wake up call.  I was 22.  Do I look 22?  No.  I was mistaken for being in my 30s quite often.  I was probably around 250 pounds?  Not sure.  I really avoided the scale back then.

It was over two years ago that I saw a picture of myself at my mom’s wedding and said ENOUGH!

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I had such a hard time getting dressed that day because nothing fit.  I felt like a busted can of biscuits, as people like to say.

I started eating better (not the best though) and getting more active (not a whole lot), but I lost some weight, about 20 pounds.

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Then I signed up for the Xtreme Muck Ruck, an obstacle course/mud run.  It was totally out of my comfort zone.  Running.  Dirt.  4 miles?!  Not my thing.  But I wanted to push myself to try things I hadn’t done before.

I was talking to a girlfriend about it and how I had to start running.  She wanted to start running as well.  In her living room that night, we made a plan to start the Couch to 5k training program the next morning at 4AM!  It was the only time that worked for both of us.  We chose a 5k that was 3 weeks away and decided to accelerate the program to do it.

So, on that day, July 25, 2012, I became a runner.  I could barely make it 1/4 mile without feeling like death was rushing over me, but I became a runner.

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Three weeks later, I finished my first 5k with a time of 36:21.  On a side note, doing C25K in 3 weeks is not a good idea.  It’s suppose to take 9 weeks.

I was hooked after the first 5k and signed up for another the next week.

Soon after was Xtreme Muck Ruck.

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I completed the 4 mile course in about 1:20:00.  Not fast at all.  But I attempted every obstacle and ran through the Bug Zapper (conductive rope hooked to a car battery, pulsing current!).  AND I enjoyed the mud!

Again, I was hooked and signed up for Warrior Dash the next weekend.

With the new year, I decided I wanted to give triathlons a shot.  (I started working for 3 Disciplines Racing in the spring to get free racing and perks.)

I became a swimmer.

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I had never learned proper swimming techniques, so I signed up for a swim class at the YMCA.

Somewhere in there, I did a polar plunge…

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And I became a cyclist.

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I sold my engagement ring to buy my first road bike (With my husband’s consent, but little did I know things would be changing on the home front soon).

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My first ride.

I also started some weightlifting, which I’ve been enjoying more and more recently.

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End of May back progress.

In April, I asked my husband to move out.  No need for details if you don’t already know, but it was time for us to separate.

May was a difficult month with little gym/workout access and time.  But I was still determined to move forward.  This is part of who I am now.

I returned to Xtreme Muck Ruck in June to take on a greater challenge than the 4 mile course.  They added Club 247.  Complete the 2, 4 and 7 mile course consecutively for a total of 13 miles to be part of it.  ACCEPTED.

That race kicked my ass mentally.  But made it through, including 3 more times through the Bug Zapper.

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If that wasn’t enough, I signed up for my first Tough Mudder the following weekend.

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A 12 miler.  No biggie.

And the following weekend was my first sprint triathlon.

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I considered the triathlon a success when I completed my first open water swim during the race!  I attempted one prior to the race at another lake and failed.  I was so worried about not making it through.

This past weekend, I finished my first Spartan Race.

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In a Spartan Race, you get punished for failed obstacles with 30 burpees.  Legit shit.

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Oh and I ran the race in my sports bra.  First time ever running in only my sports bra.

Also, did I mention that I started eating a paleo based diet?

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Munching on my favorite cashew based paleo waffles.

Paleo has drastically reduced the irritation in my gut (IBS).  It has been a huge help in battling my stress eating and food addictions.

One of the biggest things I have gained this year is confidence.  I feel more beautiful, stronger and more athletic than I ever have in my life.  I never feel like I am enough.  I’m learning to deal with that feeling, because I should be enough.  For myself, for anyone.

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I want to show my boys how to be healthy and fit.  I want to be the best role model I can be for them.

Anything that I think I cannot accomplish today, I now have the mentality that I will probably be able to someday.  I make plans for bigger things.  For pushing harder.  For being better.

Accomplishments from July 25, 2012 to July 25, 2013:

  • Run Total = 370.49 miles
  • Bike Total = 464.8 miles
  • Swim Total = 20, 550 meters
  • 5k Race Total = 13
  • 5k Personal Record from 36:21 to 31:08
  • Obstacle Course Race Total = 6
  • Triathlons = 2
  • Weight Loss Total = 50 pounds (since March of 2011)

Next year… Half Ironman Triathlon, Marathon, Ultramarathon, Skydiving, Spartan Trifecta…

No fucking limits.

P.S. Huge thank you to my supportive family and friends.  I couldn’t be where I am without you.  So very grateful for the people in my life.

Xtreme Muck Ruck: Race Day

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The first wave was at 10:00 on Saturday and I was in it.  I think there were maybe 30-40 people in it.  This was the first year the Xtreme Muck Ruck was held.  The participant count ended up being around 250 people for the day.  Not very many by Warrior Dash standards, but I’m sure it will grow when people find out how AWESOME the course was.

Pre-race.

If you want to check out the video I made of the race, here it is…

I have a few obstacle photos, but most of them were way back in the woods on trails that I didn’t want to re-explore after the race.

Went up the 20′ middle section in the rain!
The water slide was so fun!
The Bug Zapper… there are tons of small nylon ropes with stainless steel wire hanging all the way across to shock you.
I made it!

I had a blast doing this race and Scott decided that he definitely wanted to do it next time too.

This race was a fundraiser for Homes For Our Troops, so the medal was fitting.

After I cleaned up, we watched some other racers go through the bug zapper and spent some time with other campers.  Met some great people that I hope to see at future races!

The next morning, we cooked breakfast, packed up camp and leisurely drove home.  Scott kept the speedo at 55 – UNBELIEVABLE.  So relaxing and what a gorgeous trip… can’t get enough Pure Michigan…

On the road… this state is beautiful. Pure Michigan.

Xtreme Muck Ruck

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I put together a video of the pictures and video from various sources for the event.  I started writing a post, but it’s been a busy week already!  My husband started a job yesterday and Harley has his first soccer practice/game tonight.  Did I mention I am the coach?  YIKES.  Plus Scott will still be working, so I’m conducting this on my own!  Terrified.

Anyway, here’s a video to hold you over until I can finish writing the blog entry.

Comfort Zone

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If you have checked out my Goal page, you will notice that I have only finished one so far.  The purpose of the goal list is to keep me working toward something and to get me out of my comfort zone to try new things.

I crossed off the first goal when I ran my first 5k on August 18th after 3 weeks of training with my friend, Kathy.  I immediately followed it up with my second 5k the following weekend; setting me on my way to completing ten 5k runs in the next year.

This weekend, I will be able to cross two goals off my list!

Scott and I are leaving first thing Friday morning for Honor, MI.  I will be kayaking (for the first time) down the Platte River, which ends at Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lake Michigan.  How gorgeous will that trip be?!

I made kayaking a goal because I don’t particularly like rivers or lakes.

After kayaking, we’ll be heading over to Copemish to set up camp for the Xtreme Muck Ruck on Saturday morning.  4 miles of running and obstacles:  crawling through mud under barbed wire, scaling a wood slate wall, over 200 foot slide into 6 feet of mud and something called a bug zapper (just to name a few.)

This will be so far out of my comfort zone that I’ll be practically falling off the map.  If you know me even a little, you would know that I dislike dirty things, being dirty and even the smell of mud.  No doubt, I will certainly be covered head to toe in mud… like this guy.

From Xtreme Muck Ruck’s FB page.

Definitely pummeling my comfort, but I can’t wait for the feeling at the end.  That feeling of doing something you never thought possible.  It’s so empowering.

Have you made any goals to push your limits?  Have you already accomplished some?

I’d love to hear from you, dear readers… if you are there. 🙂