It is easy to write about new-found optimism and motivation, but it is an entirely different thing to actually put it into practice. I realize that I set a lofty goal for myself yesterday, stating that I am gunning for a marathon. When setting such an ambitious goal, I think it is going to be important to break it down into digestible chunks that I can in fact keep track of in my fancy spreadsheets.
I came up with a brief outline of a strategy for the next six to eight months.
- September - October : General strength and conditioning
- November - February: Continued Strength while building back a 15k running base
- February - May : Full marathon training
Because of this focus, I thought it would be fun to create a new 2FNS Challenge. We haven't done one in quite a while, and I thought it would be a great back-to-school hook that might help people break free from their summer doldrums. My personal goal is to be able to do at least one un-assisted pull-up by the end of October. I have never been able to do one . . . and I want to change that!
September-October Calisthenics Challenge
Each member will work to improve their strength over a baseline reading submitted on September 11th. We are looking to see increased ability in push-ups, planks, squats, and for the adventurers among us, pull-ups.
How It will work:
During tomorrows weigh-in, people will be asked to leave a comment with their base-line statistics. We want to measure the following:
- Total number of push-ups during one set. (You can do lady-style push ups too!)
- Total duration of one plank.
- Total number of squats during one set.
- Total number of pull-ups during one set. (this is more of a personal goal of mine . . . so not everyone has to submit this)
Each week on Wednesdays I'll ask people to post their current benchmarks, so we can see progress over time. Missing a week is no big deal, but I would like if people made an effort to get their data in so we can see improvements as they happen!
No one will really be declared a winner for this, as it is very much a personal challenge. I am looking to see people improve in general overall . . . any improvement is a victory in my mind.
How to take part?
Leave a comment and I'll make note that you are interested. Then, do the measurements tonight and submit tomorrow morning! Get involved!