Running …

… because I can … because it's fun … because it's healthy … just BECAUSE.

Making the Commitment: 2+ minutes of plank

In the rush of things last week, I let core work slip by, except for a few push-ups on the Bosu ball early in the week. Working out — besides a few runs — was the last thing on my mind. In the course of a week, though, I almost lost focus. I really didn’t want to do anything tonight. But then I remembered that goal I set at the end of February to get to a 2-minute plank.

I hit that goal tonight and then tacked on another 7 seconds, nearly a minute improvement since my initial test just a little more than 4 weeks ago. It felt great and I’m looking forward to continue working on my core. Now I need to set a non-running goal for April.

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Since this is a “Making the Commitment” post I wanted to mention my weight, which I haven’t mentioned in a while. Two weeks ago I was 186.4; I didn’t weigh myself last week. Since weight loss still isn’t a primary goal, I’m not overly worried about these numbers. I feel good; my core is stronger; and my summer shorts fit just fine after this winter.

Making the commitment: the “other” things

I knew last summer that I needed to do something else to compliment my running, but I failed miserably at that. Lesson learned. Let’s move on.

Last week for the first time in a long time, I looked forward to do some of the other things that have slowly crept into my workouts in the past few months. In addition to having a good running week — 16 miles complete with speed work and hills — I had a good “other” week.

All told, I did 60 jumping jacks, 50 squats, 72 crunches, 2:40 of plank and 107 push-ups. It was a nice mix of “regular” exercises and doing some of them on the Bosu ball. My max plank was 1:40, which is just 20 seconds away from my goal for this month.

I know I need to do more and I know I can do more, but this is a drastic improvement from what I’m used to. My change in actually looking forward to it is also a major step in the right direction.

As for my other “commitment” post, I weighed in at 187 last week. With weight loss not being a top goal right now, I’m just looking to stay consistent. I am ready to kick soft drinks to the curb again. Since the marathon I fell off the wagon. It hasn’t been all that bad, but it stops today. No more soft drinks until I feel like I’ve done something good enough to reward myself.