So with 2011 winding down, so are the challenges. Seabreeze and I completed the 10,000 crunches this year. Several of us completed the 10,000 pushups and it looks like I will be a little less than 100 miles short of my goal of 1500 miles for the year. Not bad considering I lost 6 weeks to an achilles tendon injury back at the beginning of the summer. So, with that in mind (and also keeping in mind that other challenges/goals will probably be posted in the next couple of days), I have posted the three for next year that worked this year -
12,000 pushups in 2012 (2000 more than in 2011)
12,000 crunches in 2012 (also 2000 more)
1500 miles (was going to go with 1512 but decided to keep a nice round number).
The only thing I ask is that if you sign up for any of these challenges, please take them as a commitment and do them and post your numbers.
For those of you who have never visited the goals forum - here is the link....
The whole idea behind these goals is multiple fold
1. to provide a goal to work towards which can be motivating
2. to build strength in mind and body because setting challenges and accomplishing them is GREAT for the psyche
3. to ensure that your body gets good running workouts AND good x-training for upper body strength, which will make you a better runner.
When I can do weight lifting again (I think I have a torn rotator cuff - will find out tomorrow) then I will consider my weight lifting reps as my pushup reps as I prefer the bench to doing pushups anyway.
Hope to see many of your on these goals.... Here's to 2012. Now go get em!
One last thought - if you sign up for any of the goals and you are having a difficult time, don't sweat it. Even if you don't complete the challenge, don't give up. Keep going as often as you can and keep everyone updated on your progress. You make think 12,000 crunches - in one year? Seems like a lot - but once you get into the swing of it, it's not difficult to do and your strength will build quickly. Be sure to try a variety of different types of crunches to keep it interesting and to work different muscles in your abs. Same with pushups - you can spread your arms to different widths, try placing your legs up on a chair or yoga ball, try one handed and diamonds. There are a great many ways to work different muscles and keep the challenge interesting and rewarding.
Edited by: SEMATARY at: 12/28/2011 (20:31)
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