Here are 3 ways I’ve been training for the mountains in my 60k:
I went to this intense gym class in my twenties. The goal of the class was to torture its victims by taking individual exercises and doing them for entire songs at a time. So if you were doing sit-ups, you did them for the entirety of whatever song was playing. The day after was always a special torture. I walked like Frankenstein, every muscle in my body was as taunt as guitar strings. Even my soreness was sore.
Now that I eat a plant-based diet (no animal products: No milk, cheese, ice cream, beef, pork, seafood, or eggs), I experience around 10% of the soreness than I would have on a typical American diet. I still put this through rigorous self-testing!
Every two weeks, I perform at least 1000-1400 non-stop body-weight squats in one session. I turn on a favorite music album and squat every 2-3 seconds until the album ends. I’ve gone from 42 minutes to 55 minutes so far.
In the morning, I’m barely sore. I could do it again the next day if I hated myself more than the typical American. But be warned, doing this many squats creates a build-up of certain chemicals in your body that can overwhelm your kidneys, so proceed with caution. Also, your butt may get ginormous!
2. Befriending a Mountain
The Race director of the Georgia Jewel says runners of the Jewel need to find a mountain and climb it as much as possible. I live 1.3 miles from a mountain. Its elevation gain is around 785, and that’s plenty for a five mile hill-training session.
Timeout! Let’s burn the ships for a moment!
This week, I’m embarking on a 7-day challenge of running the 5.5 mile out-and-back from our house to the nearby mountain. It will be around 5,285 feet total of elevation gain and 38.5 miles for the week. If I fail, I expect a full public shaming from my readers. Don’t hold back guys, really go out of your way to tar and feather me with your guilt!!
3. Morning Strength-Training Routine
Each morning, I perform a simple 5-10 min body-weight workout:
- 30 push-ups
- 30 Crunches
- 100 Squats
This workout won’t transform me to total beefcake, but it engages most of my muscles to further push my body’s adaptation.