Taking on a Challenge or Two

It’s no secret that I’ve been in a bit of a running funk following kicking balls at the Big D Marathon. The miles I’ve logged since Big D have been few and far between. But no longer! I am embarking on two challenges to help jumpstart my motivation:

Challenge #1: Runner’s World Summer Running Streak 2012. (Thanks to Heidi of Life in Pink for posting about it.) The rules are simple: run every single day from Memorial Day to 4th of July. 38 days of running. (38 also happens to be Stephen’s old Lacrosse number; it must be a sign!) You don’t have to run a lot each day just so long as you at least run some.

This challenge is so right for me because it involves running (yeay) but consistency over length. (With the Texas heat, that is what I need!) I already started by running 3 miles on Memorial Day. Yesterday I ran 1 mile before work. (I never, ever run before work.) I felt really energized afterwards and managed to get ready for work faster than I normally do. (Score!) 1 mile is the perfect amount to get motivated because it only takes 10ish minutes, and then you are done. I can commit to that!

The stats from my Memorial Day run. Kicking the Summer Streak off right!

Challenge #2: Tone it Up Challenge hosted by Teal & Beth of Life is a Run! The challenge is to do push-ups (however many you can) and hold a plank (for however long you can) every day for the month of June. I think a non-running challenge may be just what the doctor ordered. Plus, I have what are known as t-rex arms. (As in, my arms are completely useless when it comes to lifting anything heavier than a really full bowl of pasta.) I’m not expecting hulk-like strength at the end of this, but I know that doing anything (even if it’s only 3 push-ups a day) is better than nothing. My goals are pretty low. I don’t care how many push-ups I do, as long as I do some every day. Plus, I get to fill out my progress on this beautiful calendar. Me like.

Courtesy of Life is a Run. Seriously, y’all, do this with me. You know you want to!

The Runners World Challenge already started, but there is no reason you can’t jump on board. And I would also highly encourage y’all to consider the Tone it up Challenge, too! And that one doesn’t start until Friday. (Think of how good your guns will be looking at the end of June if you participate!) Do it! Do it! Do it! (Positive peer pressure, y’all!)

And I have to give a shout-out to my husband. Stephen recently ran 13.1 miles on the treadmill because he wanted to. It wasn’t a race, there was no medal, he just went for it. And he finished in 1:57:40.

I don’t have any current pictures of Stephen running, so you get this old one. It’s from the Hottest Half 10k in 2010. (It was our first 10k!) Just imagine that he’s wearing Army PT clothes and he’s on a treadmill and that’s he’s probably not wearing sunglasses and he’s not wearing all the gadgets and definitely no bib and that’s probably exactly what it looked like!

I would be annoyed that he beat my half PR if I wasn’t so impressed. Way to go, Honey!*

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15 thoughts on “Taking on a Challenge or Two

  1. Good luck with your challenges! It’s nice to have a little extra motivation to get you through the fitness dry spells.
    Way to go, Stephen on his treadmill half marathon! I admire this greatly…..because spending 13.1 miles on a treadmill is pretty painful. :)

    • Yes, dry spell is it exactly. Very, very dry. But as of now, I have gone running 3 days in a row. Sure, the total mileage is only 5 miles so far, but it’s more than I did last week.*

  2. okay okay you have convinced me to try the tone up challenge. tired of these arms flabbing around so much! ha!

    and tell stephen WAY TO GO! I can barely do 3 miles on a treddy – so boring!

    • Yeay! I’m keep telling myself that it will be fun to do the push-ups. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I’m going to keep on saying it.*

  3. I think these challenges are great! Definitely doable…good luck!!

  4. Wow, a half marathon in 1:57:40 on the TREADMILL? That is fantastic! I usually get so bored on the treadmill after only about 10 minutes that I’m already looking for excuses to stop.

    Great challenges, I wish you the best of luck with both of them! The running challenge sounds like it’ll be a piece of cake for you after all your marathon training! I could really stand to do the tone it up challenge myself… but wow, do I detest doing planks and pushups. Sigh.

    • I think 4 or 5 miles is my max on the treadmill. I kept trying to think of reasons why Stephen’s PR shouldn’t count (no other runners to fend off, no hills, no weather condititions), but all of that is canceled out by the fact that he ran on the treadmill. I could never do that. Dude is dedicated.*

  5. I dont’ think I’ll join you on the run everyday challenge. I’m still terrified of running three days a week! (Please stay away ITBS) BUT I’ll definitely join you on the Tone it Up challenge! My push up buddies quit and I quit soon after. I’ll give it another go with some virtual buddies though :D

  6. Thanks for taking on our challeng AND sharing it with your readers!! You are the best!

  7. Way to rock all your challenges! That running streak challenge sounds like a good one. I may be a little late ot the party, but I may have to jump in on that. Keep up the good work.

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