The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Soldier of Steel.
As a runner and Soldier, I’m always looking for better ways to cross-train in the gym and maintain/improve my physical fitness. Army and National Guard Soldiers are trained, mentally and physically to be ready for any mission. We need to be ready to carry a 35lb+ rucksack (backpack) miles and then slow our breath to pull the trigger of a M4 to hit a target 300 meters away.
My first race of 2013 was a 50k! Sure why not, love starting off the racing season with something challenging.
I’ve recovered 100% from my knee hiccup in the winter. My training was ok; I was just building up slowly to get ready for my 24 week 100 mile ultra training plan. There were really not physical ailments for me to even think about going into the race.
What’s a recovery day look like for me? I love cycling and mountain biking, but they aren’t included on my Crossfit Endurance or 100 mile ultra-marathon training plan. The bike has become my go to recovery workout because it’s zero impact (as long as I don’t fall), it still works your aerobic and anaerobic systems without putting a big strain your muscles, bones, and tendons, and lastly because I love riding with a group. Without the bike I would go crazy on non-running days, I already struggle enough when I restrain myself to working out only one time a day on the recovery day.
Mountain Biking and Swimming, two sports I’m not good at. Mountain Biking has been a blast but there is a hole dark side to trusting your bike and skills to not send you over the handle bars. Swimming…yea, not much to say about that, technique, technique, technique.
I’ve learned that I’m a very egotistical person, something that I’m working on, but that comes out when my attitude turns sour. I have accomplished so much running-wise and fitness-wise. I’m very proud of my accomplishments because of where I come from and how I used to be made fun of. I have struggle with the “I’m going to prove you wrong” syndrome. Back when co-workers would say, “You’re training for a marathon, but you’re two mile time is only 14:30. My response, because it’s work, is to ask what they’re 50 mile time is.