Note to the reader: This was supposed to be a “list” under the “list” heading, but though there are 2 things listed near the bottom of this page, I now note that there is much too much prose for this to be considered a true “list” according to my resident “list” expert.
I’m the kind of person who works best to a goal or a deadline in everything I do. This past spring, I thought about what new fitness challenge(s) or goals, to keep motivated and fit (and perhaps continue to improve my fitness level). I almost (almost) signed on to do a fitness competition, but then I thought about the spray tan, the sparkly bikini, the odd looking poses, the dehydration, and the 6 inch stripper heels, and I decided it is not really the right challenge for me.
So what then? In 2000 and 2001 I ran a couple of marathons with my friend Jessica. We vowed that every 10 years we would complete a marathon together. Here we are in 2010 and guess what, I have no desire, nor do I have the time to train for a marathon. My 26 year-old self did not recognize that 3 hour weekend training runs and then afternoons napping would be a hard negotiation with a husband and 2 cute kids. I’m still considering a half-marathon for the fall, but in the meantime…
I’ve decided on 2 short-term goals, and I will continue with my Greco Lean & Fit classes 3 days a week:
1) The 100 push-up challenge: I learned about a great website called hundredpushups.com from a comment on Dani’s Postcards from the Mothership blog post about push-ups. I am joining her in her quest to do more pushups over the next 6-12 weeks. Don’t know if I’ll get to 100, but I’ll get darn close (dammit!!).
Currently, I think I can do about 20 push-ups without breaking form (though I do slow down to a crawl near the end). I will update this weekly.
May 13th update: Just realized I haven’t updated this section! I just completed Week 4, Day 2 but have moved down to level 2 (started at Level 3). Wow, those last few are tough. I think I can probably do between 30 and 40 push-ups in a row now. In today’s workout I did a total of 113 reps (in a total of 5 sets)…. I am definitely improving!
September 15th update: I’m still at about 50 push-ups, but I’m good with that!
2) Ottawa Race Weekend 10k: I have not run in an organized race (beyond the ones I organize with my boys on the driveway) since 2001, and I have never run this particular race. Why the heck not this year?? Whether or not my old(er) hip and knee joints permit this is the big unknown. On this, I will also keep you posted. Anyone care to join me? I could use some company. The last time I registered for this race, I backed out on race day cause I was too hung-over (and I was a wimpy 22 year old). No excuses this year!
Update April 16th: I understand the 10k in the Ottawa Race Weekend is sold out – I’m too late! I’ll have to find another to do around the same time frame – stay tuned.
Update September 15th: I’ve let this one slide. I’m not going to say it’s out of the question for the rest of 2010, but I can’t say it’s on my radar right now.
If anyone has any suggestions for future fitness challenges (suitable for a 37-year-old mother of 2 preschoolers), please let me know.