Call Me Crazy!

Call me crazy.
No really, go ahead and call me crazy. I promise not to get offended.
On second thought, keep this in mind as you are reading this post:

Now that I think about it, every major race I have trained for in my life has terrified me. That’s how I know it was worth every second – pain, sweat, tears and sometimes even blood, but also joy, a sense of accomplishment and pride. 

And remember that one time I said I was going to take it easy in 2012 and stick to this schedule? Yeah, me too. That was a nice thought while it lasted.

I committed myself to [A Different Kind of] Race. And it terrifies me. So, it must be worth it, right? [Note to Duane: You only said you would come to my house and beat me over the head with a rubber chicken if I signed up for a crazy 50-miler or ultra distance. It’s all in the details.] 

It is The Gauntlet. And per Greenswell’s race site, “The Gauntlet is designed to challenge with the unexpected during this event. The event features water, mud, sand, heat, obstacle racing, trail racing, physical challenges and mental challenges.” It is “more than just a challenge. It is the advanced course at the school of hard knocks. It teaches us that we’re capable of defying our limits. Some take on the Gauntlet without great skill – none will finish without great pride.” 

I’m focusing on that last sentiment, “Some take on the Gauntlet without great skill,” that’s me. There will be swimming (thank God I can already do that) and I have six hours to finish a 10 mile course. The real fun? The obstacles and challenges will not be identified prior to race, but there will be sneak peak opportunities prior to the event. Its best I not know ahead of time anyway?!

What are the chances I will look like these ladies when I am done?

What in the #$&% are they carrying?!?!

The [main] problem? I have to train for this (clearly, see above), and I don’t have as much time to do so as I would like. So blogland – your advice is needed! I’m not expecting miracles, but I would like to finish the course in less than six hours and complete all of the obstacles (you can skip them without penalty, you just won’t have pride).  

Here is the training schedule I put together. It’s based on Hal Higdon’s plan for a 15K

I start today. By the way. I’m going to the gym right after work. No ifs, ands or buts about it. I’m serious. 
What do you think? Am I crazy? Is this doable? Would you make any mileage alterations? 
Thank you so much for your opinions and advice.
Until the next mile marker,



  1. RunningMandy says

    I do think you’re a bit crazy. 🙂 I would find it really hard to train for something without knowing what I should be training for. LOL.

    My concern about the schedule is that is a quick ramp up from the mileage you are at now because of your knee injury. Have you run (ha!) the schedule by your physical therapist?

  2. I think it’s awesome! But I usually bite off more than I can chew, so I may not be the best person to ask 😉
    I think the strength training will be super important for this- a big part of it are the challenges. As long as you can keep your knee healthy, I think you’ll do great!

  3. I am pretty sure you will have a ball… and yes, there is concern about the knee. I hope you will talk to your therapist and get some advice from a trainer… and wahoooo! 🙂

  4. Less mileage, more strength training. You know that you can cover the distance. You are going to need strength to get through those obstacles. Also, as long as your PT is on board, I’ll never call you crazy!

  5. I was wondering that too. Dr. Bright straight up told me no to Warrior Dash (which is only 3+ miles) when I was injured because he said races like this can really exacerbate an injury. I bet the PT could help you design a far smarter training plan than Mandy or I, though. I do think I’d add a third day of strength training if you have time. Do you have a strength training plan you are going to use? I know Kim did New Rules of Lifting for Women, which I think I might try as soon as we join a gym.

  6. Stephanie K says

    Yes you are crazy, But it’s a “good” crazy! I haven’t checked this course but if ti’s anything like the Warrior Dash, you’ll some upper body strength too 🙂 Not for pulling up (use your legs for that like you do in rock climbing) but for stabilization while you are going up!!!!!!! Have fun!

  7. Andrea Stanley says

    You can do it!!!! Looks like an awesome race!

  8. Suzanne Westenhofer says

    That sounds tough but you can do it!

  9. ConnieR says

    You are amazing! I looked at this and decided maybe next year. You can do it…and then tell me how horrible it was!

  10. Totally doable! We have an event called the Tough Guy & Gal Challenge in NZ that is a 6km or 12km crazy mud-run, including barbed wire to crawl under, and various obstacles as well. I’ve done it once, & am doing it in July this year too. It was heaps of fun!

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