October Exercise Challenge – Who’s In?
Monday, October 1st, 5:46am
Starting October off right, although there’s something disconcerting about driving to the gym while the moon shines in full force.
You guys, I really dropped the ball in September in regards to exercise. Maybe it was the new house or getting the kids adjusted to their new schedules or just pure laziness, but I didn’t exercise half as much as I usually do.
Things started going downhill 2 or 3 weeks after I finished my 5k training program. I didn’t miss a day during that program (you know how much I like plans and goals), and after I finished, I continued to run 3 miles, 3 days a week. And then things started to get really boring for me. No more training goals, no more cool apps…just running. Ugh. So not fun.
So, I’ve decided to take the next step and train for a 10k. I’m going to be completely honest with you – I’m not super jazzed about it. Running/walking on a treadmill for 60-70 minutes? I can think of eleventy billion things I’d rather do, but hey, I’m willing to try. I keep hearing how the first 3 miles are the hardest…is this true, people? Am I suddenly going to feel light as air when mile 4,5 and 6 come around? Doubtful.
Wow, this is MOTIVATING, isn’t it? Run with me, people! I’m so perky and optimistic!
I am a little excited, though. I’ve never run further than a 5k, so I can’t wait to see if I can accomplish this. Also, I just read this article and it really resonated with me. It’s like the minute I start running, my brain starts a loop of all the reasons I should stop running that very second. Damn you, brain! No more!
In addition to the 10k training, I will continue my Pilates training on Mondays and Fridays, and will do a really quick arm/full body toning workout at home once a week. So, here goes.
Mondays and Fridays – 6am Reformer class with Erica
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – 10k training plan (Using Run10k app, starting on week 5)
Wednesday – Quick Arm/Full Body Toning Workout
Sunday – (Much needed) rest
As for the toning workout I mentioned, Erica was so kind and awesome to film a 5-minute toning workout with me. I asked her to focus on arms, but in true Erica fashion, she turned it into a full body toning session as well. It’s awesome, and your arms and quads will be feeling it the next morning. I’ll put that video up tomorrow morning so we can all do it together because it will be Wednesday, you see. YOU MUST JOIN ME IN MY OCTOBER FITNESS QUEST.
What’s your current exercise plan? Are you sticking with the usual or changing things up? Anybody in on this 10k business? I don’t want to do it alooooooone. Oh, also related but unrelated, are there programs similar to Couch to 5k for swimming?