The Tough Mudder Workout Diary: Entry 1

By: Tara Wheeler
By: Tara Wheeler

With the intense Tough Mudder looming in the not so distant future, members of the Newsplex team have kicked up the training.

Melanie Neimann, Dan Schutte and I are all hoping to tackle the Tough Mudder at Wintergreen this October. It's Iron Man meets Burning Man for 10 intense miles of mountainous obstacle courses. If that wasn't awesome enough, there's extra motivation in that the Tough Mudder raises money for the Wounded Warrior Project for our brave troops.

It's time to get in shape!

This past weekend, we kicked things off right by running the Wounded Warrior 5k in Charlottesville. It was an awesome event and many friends from the Newsplex family joined in the race that raised over $70,000 for the Wounded Warriors.

The 5k path took us up hills and through winding, rocky terrain and we traversed that just fine. However... (Melanie, don't kill me!)... it was a 50 yard stretch of flat grass that proved the greatest challenge for Melanie. Funny story: Melanie's name without the "n" spells "Meanie" so whenever she experiences a debacle, we say "Meanie Neimann strikes again!". And Meanie was out in full force. She didn't just fall...over nothing...she WIPED OUT. One second she was jogging next to me, the next she was rolling across the ground like a ninja stunt double. Aside from some scrapes, Meanie was just fine and we shared plenty of laughs about it the whole day long.

The run felt good... a little over 3 miles. Still far from the 10 miles of the Tough Mudder, but we're on our way.

While we were at the Wounded Warrior 5k, we also met the McCann family. They do the SEAL team work outs and invited us to be their guests this Thursday for a session. Melanie is spending the night and we'll be up before the sun is to get ready for the intense work out. We'll be sure to let you all know how it went!

We've all been working out on our own as well and today (I know, my time line is all over the place in this blog!) Jessica Jaglois and I went to ACAC. We were just going to do a light jog on the treadmill but Cecil, one of the gym's fabulous trainers, offered to take us through a cross-fit-like exercise routine. After doing countless box jumps and walking lunges, Jess and I both have a case of the "jell-o legs". I'm hoping I recover in time to not look like too much of a wimp with the SEALS Thursday morning!

Keep you posted!


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