Back in the Summer of 2007 I was a camp counselor at an outdoor adventure camp in the Texas Hill Country area. Every week we would have a mini-competition relay race where we would haul truck tires through huge mud pits and complete other obstacles. We all had a lot of fun. There is something about being covered in mud and racing through obstacles while competing against others that is wildly refreshing. Those mud pit days were some of my favorite days as a camp counselor. Ever since returning to my normal life, I’ve had a itch to get back in a mud pit and compete in a similar type event.
Then one day, I heard about obstacle course races such as the Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, and Warrior Dash. I instantly knew I wanted to participate in one. I’ve waited a long time to sign up for one due to location, scheduling, and a myriad of other life events. But now, I’m signing up and putting April 23, 2016 on the calendar for the Warrior Dash.
I consider myself fairly active and I enjoy playing sports and being outdoors. However, working from my computer means I often am sitting in an office chair most of the day, which leaves me little time to be outside and work up a sweat. Back in college, I wouldn’t have to actually work out to prepare for something like the Warrior Dash. But that was because my roommates and I played pickup basketball a couple times a week, as well as other intramural sports. Not to mention, walking or biking to campus every day. But that was then, and this is now. So in order to actually be prepared for the Warrior Dash, I’ve resumed working out 6 days a week.
Since this is a race, there will obviously be running. I’ve never enjoyed running, in fact, I can’t stand running just for the sake of running. However, if I’m playing basketball, football, or ultimate frisbee, then I’m 100% on board with running, as it is part of the game. So this got me thinking…I obviously need to be prepared to run for the Warrior Dash, surely there is so kind of app that makes running more bearable. Then I found Zombie’s Run. Here is the description from their website:
Only a few have survived the zombie epidemic. You are a Runner en-route to one of humanity’s last remaining outposts. They need your help to gather supplies, rescue survivors, and defend their home.
So basically, you put in your earbuds and listen to music while you run, then throughout the run, you are given details of your “mission” and warnings about nearby zombies. If you are told that zombies are chasing you, you have to speed up and RUN or else you will drop supplies and valuable items for your mission. So, yeah, it sounds kinda cheesy, but it really isn’t. They did a great job putting this together. And the best part is, it actually makes running somewhat fun. I never anticipated that.
So that is the start to my training for the Warrior Dash, just some basic conditioning 6 days a week to build up a good baseline. I’ve added in other elements such as weight lifting and other cardio exercises, but I’ll save that for another post.