Update: My Rugged Maniac race report
A woman who is more rugged than I am (Photo by Bob Jagendorf)
And you know that you’re over the hill
When your mind makes a promise that your body can’t fill
– “Old Folks Boogie,” Little Feat
I frequently play tennis with a group of middle-aged and retired women, and the various injuries, aches, and pains form a familiar refrain on many a changeover: swollen ankles, aching backs, tennis elbow, hurting knees, shoulders that don’t move like they used to. I have been very lucky up until now, but this is the first time I have tried to train for an athletic challenge north of age 45, and it seems Mother Nature has been catching up with me.
In May, I began to train for the late September Rugged Maniac, but I seem to have not taken it slowly enough, and I have had to stop and start again a few times after getting some injuries. So I now have been taking it very slowly in terms of increasing the distances I am running and the number of repetitions I am doing.
Just when I got into a pretty good groove, I tripped running down a trail in the woods and went flying. I swear I was suspended in the air for at least five seconds slowly stating in my mind “I’m falling … I’m falling” before smashing into the ground. It felt like five seconds anyway. I scraped up an arm and leg and sat there stunned for a few moments covered in dirt.
The good new is that, aside from the scrapes and bruises, I don’t seem to have injured anything. I am telling myself that this has made me at least a bit more rugged. And I have plenty to share during the changeovers of my tennis matches now.
My training plan:
- Follow the Couch to 5K running plan three times a week.
- Do push-ups, crunches, squats, and lunges three times a week.
- Take a Cardio Tennis class once a week; play tennis a few times a week.
I’ll leave you with Little Feat’s “Old Folks Boogie,” a song I’ll be adding to my playlist.
81 days to go…