Is anyone else still recovering from last night’s emotional roller coaster ending of How I Met Your Mother?? Seriously though, I wasn’t a long time fan of the show and I only started watching 2 years ago. But a Netflix marathon got me hooked. I don’t like reading spoilers online so if you are behind I will just say this-beautiful ending IMO :)
Anywho, on to running! I wanted to talk about my April challenges. I’m in the midst of training for my second full marathon, and this time I’m determined to finish stronger than the last. I’ve taken on a few additional challenges this month as added motivation to stay on track and amp up my training.
Challenge #1: The ATWRBR
I, along with about 40 other runners and bloggers, are in the middle of the Around the World Running Blog relay. If you don’t know what this is, you can find information on Kyla’s website, Early Bird Fitness. At the beginning of the relay, I challenged myself to run 160 miles (257.4K) in the months of March and April. So far I have run 71.7 miles (115.3K), leaving 88.3 (142.1K) left to complete. With almost 5 whole weeks left in the relay, I’m right on track to meet my goal!
Challenge #2: This Chick Loves to Run
At the beginning of the year, I had hoped to try and run a race every month. I have so much going on in the month of April, I’m not going to have time to run any kind of official race. SO! What to do? I signed up for my first virtual race! Fellow blogger/Nor-Cal runner Tatjana has been raising money for Team in Training for several years now, and she created a virtual relay race to act as a fundraiser. Check out No Heels, Just Sneakers for more info. For a small donation, I signed up for a 26.2 K race, which I will complete by the end of April. I can run the miles…er kilometers…all at once or over time. I even got a bib:
And will receive this adorable little medal!
All to benefit a good cause :)
Challenge #3: Planks
I’ve decided to take on a 30 day plank challenge as well! Planks are uncomfortable for me and I hate them. So naturally I avoid them at all cost. Except when the yoga teacher makes me. But then I just sweat, shake and tremble until I collapse after about 2 minutes. Obviously, my core needs some work. And a stronger core, means a stronger runner.
The challenge starts at 20 seconds on day 1 (I could do it in my sleep!) and ends with a 5 minute plank on day 30 (#@$%!). It is such a short time commitment each day and I’m looking forward to seeing my progress.
These challenges I’ve taken on are not only beneficial, but also add some fun to my training. If fitness is not fun, then it feels like a chore. And who wants to do unpaid chores?