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Winter 2015 Training Plan

I took quite a bit of time to put together my winter training schedule. I've developed a new role with my friends and training partners - that of trainer!

What I have done is developed a plan to slowly boost cardio fitness while focusing on upper body strength. Still my weakness even after some big gains last year.

We're doing stronglifts and Hal Higdon half-marathon training for the next 12 weeks.

WeekStart DateMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday(monday)Rest dayGym DayRun Day (mi)Gym DayRun DayGym DayLong Daymileage totals%+Notes112/1/2014RESTStrength A3Strength B3Strength A410NA212/8/2014RESTStrength B3Strength A3

2014 Update

Past the halfway point in the year and it is turning into crunch time. I've done a lot of races this year, and my year is definitely backloaded with races. That means there are a ton more races left this year. I need to make sure everything is planned so I'm going to try to list them out.

But first I want to look back at my races since the Blizzard Blast, training, and anything else that comes to mind.

The toughest race of the year was the BoneFrog Challenge. on May 17. 10 miles with 44 obstacles. And you can see, they were not easy obstacles. I was extremely proud to make it through the first few sets of monkey bar style obstacles, and I felt pretty good on the trails for the first half. In the second half though, I started to get a flare up.

EDIT: Closing this thread on 12/15 to start over again. Too many races, too much training and I lost track of posting.

MuckFest MS 2014

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About me, and my reasons for running:
As an active person my diagnosis with MS was extremely difficult. Some of my friends may remember how much I struggled to find answers for why I suddenly could not run and kick a soccer ball at the same time. I would literally fall over in the middle of the field. I remember one of the refs who we would often see, look over at me on the bench and ask, 'Are you injured?'. I think I was too tired to do other than just nod. Middle of the game, my eyes would go all blurry and it was a struggle to sit up straight.
After a few months of testing and questioning I was diagnosed conclusively with MS by way of MRI and a couple of spinal taps. The good news was that a week of steroids had pushed back the inflammation in my brain so that I was nearly back to normal - about 95%!
It is still a continual struggle against all sorts of different chal…