I may have mentioned before that I am really bad at doing ab work and strength training. Really bad. As in I rarely do either. Pretty much all I do is run.
This is fine for my mental health, as running is enough to help me de-stress and unwind, but I know that I really do need to put in some more effort if I want to see more improvements in my running, as well as my overall health.
This was the inspiration for my February self-challenge. The husband and I keep talking about our dissatisfaction with our mid-sections, so finally I decided we would do something about it. I proposed that we do some sort of ab exercise every weekday in February. He
enthusiastically reluctantly agreed. I then decided to add upper-body and running goals for myself. (J can’t run right now due to a back issue, and he doesn’t need any additional upper-body work as he is a landscaper and basically strength trains all day through his job.)
My goals for February are:
1. Speedwork: Add one speed/hill workout every week.
2. Double up: Add a second run one day per week (one run before work, one after). I find it hard to fit in runs longer than 4 or 5 miles during the work week, so this will be a way to sneak in a few extra miles.
3. 100 crunches challenge: Do crunches every weekday, working up to 100 crunches on the last day of the month.
4. 100-second plank challenge: Do a plank every weekday, working up to holding it for 100 seconds on the last day of the month.
I’m hoping these challenges will jump-start a regular routine that includes these activities. At the end of the month I’ll see how I did, and will set future goals from there.
Do you have any goals for this month?