100 Push Ups Challenge

After my fist-pumping-the-air-in-my-living-room celebration for doing 40 push ups in a row, I decided I needed some sort of master plan to get to my goal of 50.  Some kind of routine (because I’m a sucker for routine).  After creeping on loads of other fitness blogs this 100 Push Ups Challenge kept reappearing so I decided to check it out.  And it looks alright!  I mean, I probably wont be able to bust 100 push ups out in one go, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction. You know, up.

So I decided to start on Week 3, middle column.  Day One: Demolished!

Boom.

The Dark Night: Return of Enthusiasm

Well that’s a week of hard training done, and the knee is holding up well, so I’m feeling a bit more optimistic.  Optimistic enough to have signed up for the Sport Relief 6 mile run at the end of March, and to have convinced my tooooootally non-running boyfriend to sign up for the 3 mile run (translation: I signed him up online and demanded he hand over his credit card).  It’s almost enough to make me forget my first half marathon is in a mere 35 days!

I managed 20 miles this week, which is solid, but not fantastic.  I did, however, also manage 2 spin classes, 3 Body Pump classes, a power yoga class and 2 Body Combat classes.  And these things are freaking tiring.  So while I might not be Miss Ultra-Obsessed-With-Running, I can’t help thinking that all this ‘cross-training’ is a good thing.  Plus, I’m upfront about being in it for the race bling as much as the enjoyment of running.  Truth be told, I love going to my gym classes.  They’re fun and I totally dig hanging back at the end to bitch about random people at the gym (WHO TOLD YOU THAT YOU LOOK OK IN LYCRA, LADY?!).  In fact, if bitching were a sport, I could probably consider my training upped by roughly 20%.

This week I’ve also enjoyed creeping on other people’s running blogs, because it is super comforting to know that there are so many people out there doing the same thing as you, struggling with the same things, worrying about the same things.  Basically, it is awesome knowing that you’re not the only one who sucks hard sometimes (and somehow gets through it).

And in the words of Columbo, just one more thing: A big ‘right on’ to my friend Grant who managed his first 10k yesterday on the treadmill.  We’ll kick ass at Garioch next month!