Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Yesterday I ran a 6 mile with progressively faster miles.  Started out so slow with no fire in the legs,  ugh.  So I took some GU chews.  Tried them for the first time and YUM!  I had the blueberry pomegranate.  I think hey finally started to kick in by the third mile.  I started feeling better and enjoying the run, not just slogging through it. I learned about them from all you great bloggers, so THANKS!  Here I was still only using gels! Ended up with an average pace of 8:50 min/miles with the last mile at 7:48 pace. I also did the Hot Viral Sweat Workout.  I forgot how hard that one is, I was gasping for air by the time I was done.  Of course I did that before my run, which is maybe why my run started out not so very good.

I have seen several people post about the 100 pushup challenge, which of course makes me want to do it.  So thinking about doing the initial test later today to see how I score.  But then I look at their website and want to do the 25 pull up challenge also.  I think maybe it would be better to do one at a time...right?

I also have decided to do the Sugar Free Challenge the Run to the Finish posted about last week.  It starts in June and goes for 10 days.  I can do ten days. I know I eat way too much sugar, but I love the stuff.  I even cut the whip cream out of my coffee this morning as a sort of warmup.  I used milk instead.  It's not bad in fact I do like it and am not missing the sweetness of the whip cream.

I am also working to put together a team for a mud run!  Yep that's right Dirty Dash will be coming to a town near me!  I have four people in so far and three more interested.  I am going to run it for FUN, and not be all worried about how I place.  Which might be harder than it sounds, but I don't want to get hurt! I can't wait!

What new challenges are you taking on, or thinking about taking on?

Have you ever done a mud run, what are some great ideas for a team theme?


  1. You can do both. I started doing all of them. The push up, dips, sit ups and squat challenge. Just split them up. I do Mon-Wed-Fri Push ups and sit ups. Tue-Thu-Sat Dips & squats. It really only takes about 10 minutes to finish.

    I stopped drinking coffee but am REALLY craving it right now :( I'll wait till the end of June to drink some again. I miss my Butter Toffee coffee with tons of sugar and creamer! lol

  2. That's awesome! Great challenges! I haven't done one of those mud runs yet. I did try the push up challenge but never finished. I am making sure I do strength training now instead!!(aka mamarunsbarefoot)

  3. I want to do mud runs and obstacle races once I'm stateside again... they look awesome!

  4. Sugar-free challenge sounds like a great idea, perhaps I'll try that one too!

    Sugar-free will be a huge challenge because at 4am when I'm at work for a nightshift, I usually want to eat chocolate and other unhealthy sugary stuff...but it will be worth it.

    I also envious of anyone who can do pull-ups, that would be quite the feat to do 25. There's a machine at the gym that assists with a pull-up, I'd definitely have to start with that.

    Great ideas!

  5. (Ok, I signed up for it, so I'm going to do it!)

  6. I did a push up challenge on my page last month, and I didn't really do the 100 push up challenge, but my max reps increased quite a bit. This month I'm focusing on pull ups. While doing my *assisted* (for now) pull ups the other day, my 3 year old said, "Mommy, only boys do that! Girls don't do that!" So, now I'm REALLY committed to doing full on pull ups by the end of the month!


  7. The mud run sounds so fun! I have always wanted to do one of those.

    New challenge I would like to try is p90x. I am thinking after my two marathons this summer I will start. Thanks for sharing your challenges because they are incredibly motivating!

  8. You're braver than me! I'm too chicken to try a mud run OR a sugar challenge :). I should, though. Good for you!

  9. Holy challenges!! I did the 100 pu challenge and it is tough but effective!

    I am with you on the sugar free challenge so we can keep each in check!!

  10. You should definitely try out her videos, I really haven't found one I don't like yet, but so far the RIT is my fave!

    I started the 100 push-up challenge a while back and then fell off the bandwagon because I went on my honeymoon for a week (I think that's an acceptable reason?). Maybe I should give it a go again...

  11. I hear you on the slow start. I swear the first two miles my legs are confused as to what they are supposed to be doing. Congrats on running it progressively faster. I always try to do that!

    Mud runs sound awesome! I am looking forward to doing one. I think it's a good way to keep running fun and interesting.

  12. I'm thinking about doing the sugar free thing too...but just we'll see if i actually sign up. i love me some sugar too girl.

    kudos to you on doing the pushups. the swimming i've been doing has helped me get stronger arms but i'm sure a push up or two wouldn't hurt. :)

  13. You should totally do the challenge!

  14. I saw they had the 25 pull up challenge too and for second I was like yeah!!! but then I realized that I probably can't do a single pull up so I nixed that and I'm just sticking with push ups. For now. I just hope I can survive the push up challenge..push ups are HARD!! Good luck to you!! Nice job with the progressive run, SPEEDY last mile!!! :)

  15. You can TOTALLY hack the sugar free. It really isn't as bad as you might think. Once you get past the first few days, the rest is easy peasy!


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