Fitness Challenges

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My half-marathon training plan doesn’t begin until February 9, so I’m spending the month of January and first part of February working on building my mileage back up (due to not running for most of the month of December due to shin splints) as well as working on incorporating cross-training and other exercises that will make me a better runner. In December, I made the decision to do a couple of 30 day fitness challenges in January. After researching several, I decided on a Squat Circuit Challenge and a Plank Challenge. A few weeks after I had made this commitment to myself, my dear friend Jenn put a call out on her facebook page announcing she was doing a 30 Day Ab Challenge and looking for friends to participate as well. I liked the idea of completing the challenge with friends, so I agreed! I debated replacing one of my other challenges with this, but decided to really push myself and do all three. I downloaded the 30 Day Fitness Challenges app to my phone and that has been really helpful for a couple of reasons – it makes it easy to keep track of my progress, I can’t readily see the next day’s workout (and subsequently freak out about it), and there’s a built-in timer for planks! 

I am 11 days into all three challenges and so far the rest days are my favorites haha. I missed Day 10 due to work schedule, so I did Days 10 and 11 yesterday and that was rough. Today is a rest day for squats and abs, but I think I’m going to save my rest day for a day this weekend when I will again be gone for work.

Has anyone else ever done a 30 day challenge? Which one did you do and what was your experience like? Comment below! 

Last week, Steff, Kelsey, and I had the opportunity to attend a VIP event at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Robinson as part of their partnership with the Pittsburgh Marathon. Brand Specialists were on hand, food was provided, and we all got a coupon for 20% off our purchase that night! I had been needing to add another pair of shoes into my rotation, and figured having a shoe expert like Steff on hand was an excellent opportunity to try some out! She and Kelsey made several awesome suggestions and I settled on a new pair of Mizuno Wave Inspire 10s (and for a great price!). I’ve only had one run in them but so far they are great!!

Steff and I were interviewed for the Pittsburgh Marathon’s promos! 

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