I think I am in over my head right now. This past weekend I
was forced decided to particpate in the UrbanAthalon on October 16, 2010 in Chicago. For those that do not know me, I am the complete other end of the spectrum from a runner or obstacle do-er. Why did I agree to this? The UrbanAthalon is a 9 mile course; however each 1.5 miles you run, you must complete an obstacle course before you continue to run. Here are the obstacle courses:
OBSTACLE COURSE 1: NAVY PIER
You must go through tires (military style) and then walk across concrete barriers. Repeat.
OBSTACLE COURSE 2: DuSABLE HARBOR
You must go UNDER blue police barricades and OVER yellow traffic barricades.
OBSTACLE COURSE 3: SOLDIER FIELD
You must climb over 5 rows of cars and get up and over the marine hurdles and crawl under the cargo net.
OBSTACLE COURSE 4: McCORMICK PLACE
You must go across a HUGE monkey bar.
OBSTACLE COURSE 5: SOLDIER FIELD STAIR CLIMB
You must climb the stairs at Soldier Field.
OBSTACLE COURSE 6: UPPER HUTCHINSON FIELD
You must club across cabs and then climb up and over a bus. Repeat. Then climb up a HUGE wall.
I don't know about you, but just looking at the pictures gives me an anxiety attack. Thankfully, they do offer a relay option. I will be on a team of 3 running 3 miles and doing 2 obstacle courses. Still, that is a huge deal to me.
I am doing it for Matt. I want to show him that I can be healthy and active. That is all he wants for me. I might die trying, though. We are going to begin training this week and continue over the summer and through the fall. I am going to try to sign up for a 5k this summer.
If anyone has any advice on training or running, I would greatly appreciate it.