I love my treadmill!!! :Happy-Grin:
I actually did two 43s today! First I did a straight-leg sit-up holding an 8 pound medicine ball on my chest. Then….I moved on to the FUN 43! Treadmill intervals!!!
I warmed up for 0.5 mile at 8 minute pace. For the 43 I did 0.1 mile intervals at 6 minute pace. I ran 0.1 hard then back down to the 8 minute pace for 0.1 until I had done 43 at the fast pace (6 minutes/mile). I ended up running for 9 miles in exactly 1 hour (plus a short cool-down).
Running is my favorite – I hope I can increase my running again soon!
It’s another subbing kind of day – 4th grade – WooHoo!
Today was another variation of a push-up for my 43. There was a time when I couldn’t do even 1 push-up but over time I have built up to 43 (+).
The move today was a walk-out to a push-up. Start standing with feet together. Roll down and place hands on floor near feet. Keep legs straight and walk hands out to plank position. Perform push-up then walk hands back to feet and roll up. Repeat!
I guess I did OK because when I finished Hunter said “Wow – you didn’t even take a break!”
After my 43 I decided to test my hip on the treadmill again. I did 5 miles at 6:30 pace and then jogged 2.5 more miles. I think my hip hurts less than last week when I ran so that is a bonus. I can tell I have lost some serious conditioning over the past couple of months that I have had to lay off running. Hopefully I can start running more again soon!
Gotta dash – got a last minute sub job!
Today’s 43 was a fun one. I did a modified version of a single-arm clean and press.
The single arm clean and press is a whole body exercise focusing on the lower body, the core and the shoulders. By doing this move one arm at a time, the core has to work extra hard to keep your body balanced and the combination of movements really gets your heart rate up.
- Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding a weight (I used a 10 pound dumbbell) in the right hand.
- Squat down touching the weight the the floor and keeping the back straight, abs in and the knees behind the toes.
- Push back up, pulling the weight up into a single arm row.
- In a smooth movement, flip the elbow down and the weight up and press the weight overhead.
Because I’m still trying to take it a little easy on my lower body, I took out the squat (thus the modified version). I did 43 reps with my right arm and then immediately did 43 with my left arm. I think I might feel this in my shoulders tomorrow.
After my 43, I decided that a light jog would work out the last of the soreness in my legs. I’m happy to say that even though it is a couple days late, I finished my 43 miles!!! I did an easy 5.5 today and felt good doing it.
Looking forward to the next 43!
I decided to start this blog to coincide with my birthday event. For a couple of years I have run my age on my birthday. This year is 43!! I decided to carry the theme a step further and spend a year incorporating 43 of something into every day. Since I love to work-out I decided that it would be fitness related. Some days it will just be a small part of my workout. Some days will be easy (recovery days).
I always want to be “real” on this blog so there may be times that I am unable to complete 43 of anything. There may also be times when I don’t hit the goal.
My kick-off 43 event was to run 43 miles. Because I have battled a hip injury for the last 5 weeks and have had to stop running and doing any high-impact activities, I decided that it wouldn’t be quite the same but that I could walk the distance and still have the same outcome. Once I got started I decided that maybe some easy jogging would be OK. Ultimately, this happened:
If you look closely, you can see that I went 37.5 miles so I was 5.5 miles short. My body said, “NO MORE!!!” Total time was 7 hours 32 min 45 sec.
I can’t wait to tackle the year of 43!!