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Day 22:

  • Front plank: 2 min
  • Side plank:  1 min each side
  • Torso twists: 35 reps each side
  • Plank ups: 15 reps
  • Boat pose: 1 min
  • Bicycle: 50 reps
  • Side plank w/ twists:  15 reps each side

Day 23: 2.6 mile run +abs

  • Front plank: 2 min – This was REALLY hard today.
  • Side plank:  1 min each side
  • Torso twists: 35 reps each side
  • Plank ups: 15 reps
  • Boat pose: 1 min
  • Bicycle: 50 reps
  • Side plank w/ twists:  15 reps each side

Day 24: rest

Day 25:

  • Front plank: 2 min
  • Side plank:  1 min each side
  • Torso twists: 35 reps each side
  • Plank ups: 15 reps
  • Boat pose: 1 min
  • Bicycle: 50 reps
  • Side plank w/ twists:  15 reps each side

Day 26:

  • Front plank: 2 min
  • Side plank:  1 min each side
  • Torso twists: 40 reps each side
  • Plank ups: 15 reps
  • Boat pose: 1 min
  • Bicycle: 50 reps
  • Side plank w/ twists:  15 reps each side

Day 27:

  • Front plank: 2 min
  • Side plank:  1 min each side
  • Torso twists: 40 reps each side
  • Plank ups: 15 reps
  • Boat pose: 1 min
  • Bicycle: 50 reps
  • Side plank w/ twists:  15 reps each side

Day 28: 2.8 mile run. & rest day

Three days to go in this challenge!!

WHEW! What a week! I’m damn proud of myself. This is definitely a good start to the year. Best part is, I’m almost 7 miles into my 150 mile goal for the year. If this keeps up, I may have to increase my goal.

Day 5: Abs + 30 minutes snow shoveling x2

  • Front plank: 60 seconds
  • Side plank:  30 seconds each side
  • Torso twists: 20 reps each side
  • Plank ups: 10 reps
  • Boat pose: 30 seconds
  • Bicycle: 40 reps
  • Side plank w/ twists:  8 reps each side

Day 6: 45 min snow shoveling, gave the abs a rest!

Day 7: 1.6 mile run + abs

  • Front plank: 1 min 15 seconds
  • Side plank:  45 seconds each side
  • Torso twists: 22 reps each side
  • Plank ups: 12 reps
  • Boat pose: 45 seconds
  • Bicycle: 40 reps
  • Side plank w/ twists:  8 reps each side

Quick update on how the Whittle My Middle challenge is going:

Day 2: Rest

Day 3:

  • Front plank: 60 seconds
  • Side plank:  30 seconds each side
  • Torso twists: 18 reps each side
  • Plank ups: 10 reps
  • Boat pose: 30 seconds
  • Bicycle: 40 reps
  • Side plank w/ twists:  8 reps each side

Day 4: Abs + run 2.32 miles

  • Front plank: 60 seconds
  • Side plank:  30 seconds each side
  • Torso twists: 20 reps each side
  • Plank ups: 10 reps
  • Boat pose: 30 seconds
  • Bicycle: 40 reps
  • Side plank w/ twists:  8 reps each side

I sure do feel MUCH better after that run & abs workout. I almost feel like I’m glowing 🙂

Anyone else realize that it’s really Day 15 of my 30 days of running and I haven’t updated since Day 6?

Um, yeah, well … lets just call this project a big, fat, failure. *hanging head in shame* Here’s the truth – I’m completely afraid of hurting myself. And hobbling around for 4 days with minor shin splints was enough for me to take a step back and re-evaluate what I’m doing.

One of the things I love about goals is that they’re always open to revisions and tweaks. We’ve all had to revise goals – either making them more or less challenging. And, for a while there, I was really disappointed in my inability to stick with this particular goal. But, then I read these quotes:

“It is on our failures that we base a new and different and better success.” – Havelock Ellis

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.” – Henry Ford

“There is no failure except in no longer trying.” – Elbert Hubbard

“What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford

So, with those inspirational messages, I’m revising my goal … I’ve signed up for the Festival Foods Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day. My goal is to run the 2-mile course in under 30 minutes. A modest goal, yes, but I know myself, and this is something that isn’t totally unattainable – like the 30 days of running, which I seriously questioned right from the beginning.

I think from now on my running goals will be in milage for the month. Life seems to get extremely complicated whenever I try to do a goal that requires everyday activity. Plus, I really want to start focusing on some other activities too – yoga and maybe Jillian Michael’s 30 day Shred. I think it’s the cooler weather that has me wanting to stay indoors more. (Though I do plan to try getting outdoors more this winter as part of Angela’s Project Snow – thankfully snow shoveling counts!)

So, here’s my question for you: Have you ever had to revise a goal and how did that make you feel?


Day 5 – big fat skip. My shins were hurting pretty bad, so I took that as a sign to take it easy.

Day 6 – I had quite the busy day – a dr. appt at 8 a.m., then work from 9:30-5:30. I made a point to bring my clothes with me to work so I could use the treadmills in the gym at work. This was the first time I’d used our gym, and boy was I disappointed. I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to get the treadmill to do a ‘manual’ setting where I could adjust the speed as I needed. So, about 2 minutes into the run, the speed dropped to 1 and the incline increased. UGH. I did a quick half-mile and then vowed to make sure I drove to the gym on the way home next time.

It wasn’t a bad run, but not a great one either … I was more frustrated by not knowing how to use the machine (or have a place to put my ipod and a bottle of water). I’m planning to hit my gym tomorrow morning for a little longer run.

When I got home, I took a nice, HOT, bath and my shins feel a lot better now – still a little sore, but I’m not limping, so that’s good.

Six days & about 5 miles down …

Despite my little injury yesterday, I sucked it up and went out for a quick little 1-mile run this afternoon with the hubby.

My shins didn’t bother me until I got home, at which point I iced them after a shower and now they’re feeling pretty good. (Course, I haven’t attempted to climb stairs in the last 5 hours, so that may change shortly.)

My one-mile loop took 12:30. Pretty darn good considering Scott is just starting to get into running/jogging and he said this was probably the most he’s ever ran. I’m pretty proud of him for jumping into this adventure – and having lost almost 20 lbs in the last month!

I’m actually looking forward to the rest of the week of running. Wait … it’s the beginning of the week. Hm. Well, then.

Thanks to everyone for all the encouragement. It definitely helps keep me looking on the positive side of things!

I woke up totally ready to just skip running, but after seeing a sweet comment from my mom on my last post, I knew I had to do it.

Even though it was VERY little running, and a LOT of walking. See, I was feeling the beginning of shin splints. Not cool.

Scott and I did the loop near his place – 2.8 miles total – and we probably ran/jogged about a quarter of it. I had quite the noticeable limp by the end of it. Ooops.

So, stats:

2.8 miles (prob run about 3/4 mile – 1 mile)

Time: about 45 min

Not my most impressive time, but at least I got moving, right? I’m thinking there will be some time during this month that I have to take a break. I don’t want to hurt myself, but I also don’t want to give myself too much slack to hang myself with. So, I’m thinking 3-4 “free” days throughout the month.

This morning (Day 4), I’m feeling much better and don’t feel any real pain in my shins. I’m hoping to make the mile loop by my house without any problems.

As mom would say  – 3 down, 27 more to go! 🙂

Yeah, I’m already thinking I must be crazy. I did NOT want to get up this morning. (I’m guessing because I knew I had to go to work at some point today – blah!)

I found a 1-mile route finally – everything I had been doing wasn’t quite a mile. 11:17. My biggest challenge today – other than just getting out of bed – was wet leaves. Come on people, clear off the sidewalks!!

Weather was great though – I think I like running outside in fall. The colors are pretty and it’s nice and cool.

Tomorrow will be the true test of dedication – I have to leave for work at 12:45. And I don’t get done with work tonight until 1 a.m. *sigh*

I must be crazy.

I’m stealing this new challenge from Lisa at School of Raw – from her “Release your inner chubby child challenge”

30 days of running.

*gasp*

Rules are simple: Run every day for 30 days. Doesn’t matter how far, though I’m shooting for at least a half mile each day. I’m even gonna allow myself a little bit of walking in there if I need to.

Why do this? Why not? I’ve slacked off for a while and need to get back to doing something. And I figure now is a good time before the snow makes things very difficult/dangerous.

Stats for Day 1: (Thursday)

1.46 miles (via mapmyrun.com) in 17:20

Think I can do this? (Even if you don’t, please lie. I cry easily.)

Last week was a non-running week for two reasons.

1. I was incredibly sore from the race still. Shin splints are killer.

2. I lost my shoes. Actually, I left them at Laura’s – but I thought I had lost them.

So, I took it easy last week and after a migraine yesterday that kept me from doing much more than laying on the couch and popping prescription pills before work, it was time to get moving.

It wasn’t a really heavy workout – 20 minutes of running = 1.75 miles – but it was enough for me. It felt good to get back on the treadmill. (Anyone else prefer treadmill to running outside? I don’t know why I do.) Plus, I picked up some new running shoes. YAY. I figured, if you’re gonna do this right, do it right. 🙂

Now, for a few blogging giveaway announcements:

Check out Just Another New Blog to win a 32 oz. canister of coconut oil. (I”ve been putting this in my green smoothies – SOOO good!

Carrots ‘n Cake is giving away a copy of Clean Food. (Plus, she’s got the cutest video of her pug on there!)

Heather Bakes is giving away some of her favorite things – I want those Lara bars!

Which of these giveaways would you like to win?