281. Fit Friday: Fitness Challenge Final Update

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a huge sucker for alliteration. 

I realize I missed the last two weeks of updates on my fitness challenge.  I’d apologize, but well, I’m not sorry.  I was busy scheming my sweet blog revamp.  And really, what better way to kick off Fit Friday’s than with the much anticipated final challenge update.

I totally rocked the cardio portion of the challenge.  The cardio portion was actually training for the Women’s 10K presented by New Balance which is Sunday.  I feel really prepared, but it’s supposed to be pretty hot so I’m not going to push it too hard.  Plus, I have to set the bar low so I can actually PR on my 10K times unlike my 5K.

Anyway, here’s not the rest of my cardio challenge played out.

6/20/11 – 6/26/11

Tuesday: 3 Mile Run – Completed

Wednesday: Bike 40 minutes – Completed

Thursday: 2 Mile Run – Completed

Saturday: Bike 60 minutes – missed due to a wedding reception in Wisconsin that I didn’t know about when I set up the challenge.

Sunday: 4.5 Mile Run – Completed

6/27/11 – 7/3/11

Tuesday: 3 Mile Run – Completed

Wednesday: Bike 40 minutes – Completed

Thursday: 2 Mile Run – Completed on Saturday morning

Saturday: Freebie.  I’ll be in Michigan for the 4th of July so there will be lots of swimming, and tubing, and wakeboarding.  There will be plenty of activity.

Sunday: 5 Mile Run – Since I ran on Saturday morning

7/4/11 – 7/10/11

Tuesday: 3 Mile Run – Completed I had some pain in my upper butt/ lower back, but

Wednesday: Bike 45 minutes – Completed

Thursday: 2 Mile Run – Skipped: The pain in my lower back/ upper butt area was sticking around.  Rather than push through it I decided to take an extra rest day to let it heal up

Saturday: Bike 60 minutes – Skipped: my lower back/ butt was feeling better when I woke up, but as the day progressed it started to get sore again.  I decided to skip the ride to make sure I was good to go for Sunday’s 5.5 mile run.

Sunday: 5.5 Mile Run – Completed: It was hot, sweaty and pretty miserable, but I got it done.

7/11/11 – 7/17/11

Tuesday: 3 Mile Run – Completed

Wednesday: Bike 30 minutes – Completed

Thursday: 2 Mile Run – Completed

Sunday: 10K Race Day!

Overall I completely missed 4 cardio session, and completed 21 out of 25 total cardio sessions. (I’m not counting the two days I skipped due to my back/ butt pain since it wasn’t a case of laziness or poor planning.  I was intentionally skipping those workouts to avoid injury. )  That’s an 84% completion rate which means Garmin velcro strap here I come!

Unfortunately, I was less successful on the strength training side of the challenge.  I did basically none.  It’s kind of sad really.  I don’t know why strength training is such a struggle for me.  I think I just need to find the approach that works best for me/ is easiest to stick to.  That’s going to be the focus of my next fitness challenge which I will be introducing next Friday!

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend!

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