Well, 10DCB and I are halfway through the challenge. I have mostly been doing all my lunges and sit-ups post run. Doing sit-ups after a run is no big deal… but I was a bit surprised at how difficult lunges are after a run. WOWZA! I have been tempted to do the lunges before the run but since I used to split runs where I would run to the gym, lift weights, and then run home… I am fully aware that the run after the strength training is painful and horrendous. So I am sticking to my doing lunges after the run thing.
10DCB hasn’t been quite as diligent. But 10DCB is honest. So I have to give credit where it is due. We are not doing this challenge while being in the same state so are relying on each others word. I have been given a few excuses for why the lunges and sit-ups are not being done every day but have quickly called 10DCB out on those. Because really, its only 10 days… This whole thing should take approximately 15 minutes per day. But again, I really commend the honesty so after I say my piece about the excuse I drop it. And yes… I did bring it up here but I am done now… Moving on…
I have noticed that the lunges and sit-ups are getting easier. My legs are not nearly as sore. Sit-ups… Well… I probably should have started at a number higher than 50 but oh well. All in all – feeling pretty good.
Has it changed my running for the better? Yet to be seen. With the exception of my painful and very slow run last Friday, I have been maintaining a decent pace. Part of me wonders if Friday was just one of those really crappy running days that we all have from time to time. You know… That day where our body just decides it does not want to run but we are out there anyway. Yea… That might have been Friday for me. My hope is to continue with lunges and sit-ups at least 5 days a week once this over. Will not be increasing the number but once the lunges become really easy I might throw in some free weights.
I was actually surprised by the pace of my run last night. I wasn’t feeling the greatest during and decided to not check my pace at all while running. In fact, I am not sure I checked my watch at all while I was running. I think the only times I looked at my watch was when I was starting and stopping it (at water fountains or when waiting at the cross walk). Pleasantly surprised when I got home and saw that my pace was much faster than I thought.
It appears that Spring has come to Chicago. We are supposed to cool off over the weekend but at least this time the cool off will not be with temps in the 30s. I am starting to think it will be safe to pack away the winter coat. Errr… this means I need to clean and do some pitching in my closet… Potentially a good project for Thursday when the weather looks to be really icky so I won’t be running.
Yesterday’s run was my 5th day of running in a row… I think the last time I did that was 2011. I am planning to take Thursday off since the weather is still going to be nice today and tomorrow. And yes, I am still hoping to get my long run in tomorrow… We will see how I feel once I get out there.
Decided that Wednesday will be my “Throwback” day – Not entirely sure what I will write about yet but look for it tomorrow.