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Challenges Week #1 – DONE!

So I finished week 1 of both the Hard CORE and Legs Love Lunges challenges. I can’t say that I hurt as bad as I expected – I’m pretty sure that having previously done bootcamp prepared me well. The problem with these two workouts is that I don’t initially feel the pain. It usually sneaks up on me halfway through the next day. This means that tomorrow night I’m going to suffer… suffice it to say that I barely made it though the first two exercises tonight (crunches and bicycle kicks). The one thing I can take into next week is that it only takes about 30 minutes to complete so I don’t need to split up the core workout like I did.


I haven’t quite set which days I’m doing my workouts. I was going to go with Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, but this week made me question it. Sundays I do my long run and I liked doing core afterward as I was already a sweaty mess. Tuesdays, if I do run, I do a short tempo so I have the time. I was supposed to work out on Thursday, but after hills x 8 on Wednesday and 10km that night my body just wasn’t into more. I caught up today and Fridays might work out better, but I’ll have to see how I feel on Sunday and if I need the extra time between core and long run to better determine my schedule. What do you think?

Here’s how this week went:

1.1
– Bicycle Kicks – 25 each leg
– Leg Lift – 30 seconds
– Hip (bridge) Lift – 30 seconds
– Plank – 45 seconds
– Lower Back Stretch – 30 seconds
– Push Ups – 20
– Side Bridge – 30 seconds each side
– 10 lunges each leg

1.2
– Crunches – 30
– (Face up) Supine Bridge – 30 seconds
– Ankle Grabbers – 25 each ankle
– Diamonds in the Sky – 20
– Shoulder Taps – 25 each shoulder
– Superman – 15
– Lower Back Stretch – 30 seconds
– Plank – 45 seconds
– 15 lunges each leg

1.3
– Crunches – 30
– Bicycle Kicks – 25 each leg
– (Face up) Supine Bridge – 30 seconds
– Ankle Grabbers – 25 each ankle
– Diamonds in the Sky – 20
– Hip (bridge) Lift – 30 seconds
– Plank – 45 seconds
– Lower Back Stretch – 30 seconds
– Push Ups – 20
– Shoulder Taps – 25 each shoulder
– Superman – 15
– Side Bridge – 30 seconds each side
– 20 lunges each leg

*meant to do whole set of exercises, but missed the leg lifts – oops!
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Challenge Time

I am potentially crazy.

Somehow I’ve become a sucker for online challenges and I’ve signed up for two that will surely make me stronger, but also make me question my judgment at the same time. However, after sucking it up big time on the hills on my last long run I know that I need to get into this.

  • The first is being hosted by 5 Miles Past Empty and is a lunge challenge. That’s right… LUNGES. The bane of my existence during boot camp. Unfortunately they work wonders for making me stronger and helping with my hill training. Truth be told I think I’ve actually missed them. So the challenge is this: do lunges (at least) 3 x week from 10 August to 10 September. I’m already behind since I only signed up today, but I’ll have to get them in soon. I think I might be short this week as I’ve got hill training tonight to contend with. I have to post pictures of my legs, but couldn’t get anything decent in the mirror so Colin will have to take them when he gets home.
  • The other challenge is being put on by Jamoosh of Last Mile Lounge. It’s starts on Sunday and is a 13 week core workout to be done 2 or 3 times per week. Since I’ve come to the conclusion that I cannot motivate myself enough to start on my own (my exercise ball has been sitting in-box in my closet for over a month) I felt like I should at least have the support of strangers online!


So we’ll see how it goes. I’m sure I’ll post soon about my inability to walk, laugh, lay down comfortably, cough, stand…

Who knows, I might even get the guts to post pictures à la P90X for before and afters.