Everything as it relates to my health has improved since October, 2011. It’s been am amazing transformation learning how to eat healthy, while giving up foods that promote disease and cancers. While my cardio level is not where I would like it to be, nor my strength I have been working on improving both. At 42 years old, I am looking to get into the “best shape of my life.” I just got an invite from a co-worker today, who asked if I was interested in joining his team in the NorCal Tough Mudder event scheduled to take place in Lake Tahoe on September 22 and 23.
Talk about setting a high goal, I think this would be a serious challenge, but something I could accomplish with my team members. Of course, I would have to increase my daily exercise the next 5 months leading up to the event. Much like McDougall being a life changing event, this challenge could be the goal I need to push my exercise to the next level in order to achieve the “best shape of my life.”
My sister just ran the Primal Mud Run back on the East Coast and by the comments I saw on Facebook and photos, she had a very good time. Physically, she is probably stronger on the cardio side than I am with her constant running and kick boxing she does. Obviously I stronger, but an event such as this requires more than just these abilities, but those of your teammates.
The NorCal event is a “hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. As the leading company in the booming obstacle course industry, Tough Mudder has already challenged half a million inspiring participants worldwide and raised more than $2 million dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project. But Tough Mudder is more than an event, it’s a way of thinking. By running a Tough Mudder challenge, you’ll unlock a true sense of accomplishment, have a great time, and discover a camaraderie with your fellow participants that’s experienced all too rarely these days.”
This event is contingent on the results of my MRI on my left knee, which at worst will be arthroscopic surgery to fix a torn meniscus (yes, making my OWN diagnosis…again!). It would also require me to get more serious about my exercise regime. Hopefully I can make a decision by the end of the month and take another step towards a healthier lifestyle.