This month, I started a new running regimen, using the FIRST 5k program. I have completed 5 runs so far, easily achieving the goal paces for each. Woo hoo! I also weighed myself today and I am down, as is my body fat percentage. I already knew this though, because I could easily use the second hole in my brown belt!
I set more challenges for this month:
- 100 burpees without rest--I'm up to 55;
- 100 leg lifts without rest, on my back, anchored with my hands--I'm up to 65;
- 200 walking lunges without rest--150 so far;
- 50 push ups--33 so far;
- 50 military/Pilates push ups--30 so far;
- 7 pull ups, underhand--my initial benchmark was 4;
- 18 dips--initial benchmark was 12; 15 today;
- 90 floors on the step mill in 15 minutes--I'm up to 88; already exceeded my first goal of 75;
- 4000m on the rower in 15 minutes--benchmark was 3257.
- I'm also working on my 1-minute power, riding my bike on the rollers.
I have found these challenges to be motivational and a good guide for my strength workouts. This, along with my new running plan, has certainly helped my consistency with training during the first 6 weeks or so of 2018.
I have also set my long-term goals for the year:
1. run the Great Aberdeen 10k again in August at PR pace;
2. compete in the hill race at the Braemar Gathering (1 week later.)
Here I go...