Friday, April 8, 2011

While I'm Not Running...

I'm still not calling myself injured. It's just a little setback. Or a little break from running because my toes hurt. It's back to just pain in my toes and I'm working really hard on stretching my calves and my feet. I'm icing and heating and stretching and strengthening and hoping. And if I don't call it the "I" word then maybe I'll get better super fast.
Anyways.... while I'm not running on the roads (just the pool for me), I decided that I needed something else to occupy my time and brain power. My house is clean and laundry has never been so caught up. So after reading about the 100 push up challenge from my sister in law JaNae and Jess over at Blond Ponytail, I decided that this would be the perfect distraction for me. It sounds impossible and I like that! Go here to get the plan for yourself. I do push ups regularly, two sets of 20, but never really do them to my max. And while I didn't do the initial test, I just started from the highest level beginning point. I've completed week one and it hasn't been too bad. And the timing will be perfect. By the time I finish this program, there will only be one week before the Ogden Marathon. And how cool will it be to say that I did 100 push ups consecutively? Very.
Megan over at Muncher Cruncher also posted a lunge squat pyramid routine that I did on Wednesday and today. Talk about hard. When I reached number 8 I thought to myself that there was no way I was going to be able to finish it. But I did. And I did a second set. I did it holding a 10 lb. weight in front of me and I did not do the jump squats due to my foot, but it was a killer anyway.
If you are looking for a good challenge, either of these are good! Who's in?
I'm also working on a project while I have extra time for a giveaway! Look for that next week!

20 comments:

Mallory said...

I want to do the 100 push ups program again!!! Go you!

Doran & Jody said...

sigh....I would like to do 5 pushups in a row :(

You go girl!

Rachelle Wardle said...

I absolutely admire your positive attitude. You are great!

I did 30 push-ups last night and I was feeling it. I think I might as well jump in on this challenge since I try to do about 3 sets of 10 each night anyway. I might as well make it consecutive.

I am so excited about your givaway! Yay!!

Tara said...

That's awesome! I'm starting to look into things to do after my half marathon and have considered the 100 push up challenge!

Looking forward to your giveaway!!

misszippy said...

Way to make the most of your downtime. And I like the approach--don't say the "I" word!!

Missy said...

Wow 100 pushups sounds like a super challenge, I might have to check that out!

Joanne said...

Good for you. Build a little muscle, stengthen the core and come back stronger. That's the way to do it. Great attitude.

trisha*n said...

I've heard about that 100 push up challenge. And i'm very tempted to try it! Good luck!

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

i love how you switched your focus to this challenge. SUch a great idea!

Jogging with Fiction said...

Oh man 100 pushups? Imagining doing 100 pushups is enough to make me cry. Good luck!!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

You are already SO FIT I know you are going to nail this challenge! I'm so glad you are in!!! You are totally a column 3'er!!

I continue to admire your postive attitude and the ease with which you have redirected your running energy!

Julia said...

Jen,

I am SO sorry that you are still feeling it in your toes...dang it. Good for you for being so patient though and on your own as well...it is tough for me to NOT push myself unless I have doctor's orders so I always feel like I can learn a lot from you. I still have yet to try pool running but so many people have told me about it lately.

I am SOOOOO exited for your giveaway... :) CANT WAIT!

I really think I need to jump on board with this push-up challenge. everyone else is doing it so it seems I should too...haha!

also...saw your comment about ragnar on my post...I AM TERRIFIED that it is so close to the marathon and am hoping that is not a bad decision...I just wanted to look for something running-related to do with my sis while she was here and there are so few races that weekend due to WB. I figured I would give it a try...the team is not ultra serious so I do not feel too much pressure but hoping this was not a bad decision :/

Thinking about you!! Have a good Friday!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

i tried to do that pushup challenge but got distracted...i need to hop in again!!

Audrey said...

ahhh... I feel your pain. I spent a lot of the past 2 weeks in the pool. I hope your foot heals soon. I also plan to start the 100 push-up challenge on Monday...gotta start in a new week, I'm anal like that :-)

MuncherCruncher said...

I'm SO glad you liked the leg combo!! You are amazing and you will be back to your running self in NO time!
p.s. YOU WON THE GIVEAWAY!! YAY!!! So glad it's you!! email me your info!! xoxoxo

Korin Lopez said...

You are awesome! I hope you are feeling better. I am starting the 100 push up challenge today! Thanks to you!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

Hmmm, I might join the push-up challenge. I'll have to test out how my toe can handle it and then decide.

Hoping the "I" word stays away and you are back to running soon. Dang toes!!!

Wendy said...

The push up challenge sounds awesome!

I hope you are back to running again soon.

Thisisme said...

I'm new to the following of blogs but I'm so happy to keep finding awesome runner/fitness blogs like yours!! (;

I hope your injuring isn't still rockin your boat! );

Kt said...

Jen- thank you for your comment! I was super excited (and may have even called my husband at work) that the writer of one of my fav. blogs left me a message :) Thanks, you made my day!

ps-I just started the 100 push up challenge too!