The running event that left me bed-ridden is here again – the Men’s Health UrbanAthlon 2013 on September 29 at the SM Mall of Asia. This is a race with a combination of “traditional road race elements with rigorous obstacles”, according to RJ Knight Rider. Any way we put it, it’s a test of running, strength and endurance.
Last year, even if it is out-of-way, I dropped by 360 Fitness Ortigas to register. I really exerted effort to join this event. At that time, I remember I was thinking that I “used” to be this athletic, so training for it was gonna be easy. As it is, my body didn’t take it. I was out for a month.
There are quite a few obstacles for this race:
- Runner’s Wall – wall-climb of up to 8-ft wall
- The Network – 50-foot net stretched over a bus
- Container Van – I think its to climb up over this
- Tires – to run on these
- The tower – 12-foot rope with a bell on top
- Traffic Barricades – I guess this is like steeple?
- Monkey bars – this I remember on my elementary days
- Scaffolding Maze – I guess to run through these
From the previous strength and conditioning session we had from our running clinic, I think I’m gonna have a hard time on these, most especially the Runner’s Wall and Tower. I’ve already done 21k race, but I’m not going to do it here along with these obstacles, definitely.
Timeline, I have less than 2 months to prepare for this. I have a bunch of store openings and promos that will eat up my time. I don’t think simple push-ups and crunches will be enough. As it is, I just found a different running approach during my long run yesterday. I think it will make a difference, as I was faster yesterday yet there’s nothing sore today. While I’m excited for this, I guess I’ll have to pass. Its just too risky for the unprepared.
|last year's black singlet looks better, I think.|