Updated Jan, 20th 2013
I tried to run the Spartan Sprint last July, and to say my ass got handed to me would be an understatement. I got about 3km in and quit. Ever since then, I have been wondering why I didn't go further, or push myself further.
So I want to set the ultimate goal of racing AND FINSHING the 2013 Spartan Sprint near my house. The challenge there is that it is also one of the most difficult Sprints they offer, as it is almost 6km up and down Black Diamond ski runs.
How am I going to do this? First of all, I am going to be smart and make the final call about whether I run the race closer to the date. If I don't feel I'm ready, I'm not going to risk it. However, I am going to work on my cardio more. To start out, I will work through both Dance Central and Just Dance 3 (eventually I want to buy JD4) to get my cardio improving. I'd like to try doing Couch to 5K as well once it gets warmer out, and utilizing the Zombies, Run! app on my phone to break up the monotony.
I also hope that with a change in my health insurance plan, I will be able to gain a gym membership to get more lifting in, as part of the Spartan Race does involve carrying heavy objects and climbing, so upper body strength will be key. This also all has the added benefit of helping me lose weight, as I easily carry 50 to 75 lbs of extra fat on my body, so I need to reduce that and gain more muscle mass.
So here is my final breakdown:
MAIN GOAL: Start and Finish the PA Spartan Sprint in July
Phase 1: Begin Cardio Routine - At least 30 minutes a day, 7 days a week on Video Games
Phase 2: Increase Cardio, Begin Strength Routine - Between 45-60 minutes a day, 7 days a week of Video Game Cardio; 30 minutes a day, 3 to 4 days a week of Weights
Phase 3: Start Couch to 5K, Increase Strength - Alternate C25K days of Cardio with Video Game Cardio, 45 minutes a day, 4 days a week of Weights
Phase 4: Final Spartan Prep - Maintain Phase 3 goals, Burpees and Other Obstacle Practice