30-Day Challenge: Day #25

30-Day Challenge (Day25)

I have a confession to make: I skipped my workout yesterday. And I don’t even have a good reason.

Oh, shame on me! How dare I break this 30 consecutive day challenge without at least coming up with an excuse?!

First of all, breathe. We’re all allowed to have “off” days, and yesterday was one of them. I picked up my weights, and meh – didn’t feel like it. And just like that, I broke my streak. (My previous little hiatus doesn’t count because I had a legitimate reason: I was hacking out a bloody lung and busy sniffling my sniffles. Working out would’ve been suicidal!)

Hey, at least I’m not giving up. That would be indubitably, undoubtedly, indisputably, nefariously criminal.

To make it back up, I doubled up my exercise today: I went for a run and completed Day #25. I even increased my weights. Not bad, eh?

With today’s run, I’ve technically and officially started my marathon training. No, I haven’t quite signed up for one yet, but it’s something that I want to eventually accomplish. Maybe in 2014, 15, 23, 37. Who knows. But it’s a goal, right? It’s crazy how far I’ve come along in just a few months and how much I have learned to love running. I would have never imagined myself running outdoors in the winter, all bundled up in layers and eagle-eying all the ice patches on the road. So bizarre.

Winter running isn’t for everyone …and that’s fine. Some people prefer the comfort of a warm, dry, and cozy gym and bounce away at the treadmill. Others – like me – prefer to embrace the chilly sweat, feel the crunch of snow/ice with every step, and brave the elements. It’s like we’re part of the “we’re crazy and we know it” clan. I’d rarely want to go for a walk in the winter to see the snow covered, crystallized parks and trails; but when I’m running and all warmed up, I am able to see and appreciate the beautiful and fascinating sights. That is why treadmills and I will never get along: they bore me too much.

After my run (which, by the way, Mike and I got lost …so I have NO idea how far we ran) …I was committed to catching up with my Challenge. My Internet was still crapping out every millisecond, so I did the entire workout without the video and Lisa nagging at me. I admit – I actually missed her. There was an uncomfortable silence as I completed each round, and with nobody encouraging me through my little iPad screen, the workout seemed a bit more challenging. I guess that’s why she talks so much: it’s a good distraction.

Oh, and besides increasing the weight, I replaced her skipping with step ups. Yes, so hardcore.

DAY #25:

Timer is set to 10 seconds rest & 50 seconds work. The first 10 seconds is a break, followed by 50 seconds of step ups (or skipping), 10 seconds break, and 50 seconds round of an exercise (listed below).

  1. Clean & Press [using Barbell]
  2. 1/2 Burpee & Push Up
  3. Tuck Abs
  4. Reptile on the Run
  5. Squat & Press [using Barbell]
  6. Bike Abs
  7. Upright Row [using Barbell]
  8. Push-Up & Under Knee
  9. Squat Jump Touch
  10. 1 Frog Jump Forward & Back
  11. Oblique Burpee
  12. Mountain Climbers
  13. 3 Point Seated Tuck Abs
  14. Reverse Crunch
  15. Reverse Elevated Pull Ups Push Ups
  16. Lunge & Press (L&R Alternative) [using Barbell]
  17. Punch Abs [using Hand Weights]
  18. 10 high Knees & Drop
  19. Side 2 Side Oblique Abs

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