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5 by the 5th, 13 in 2013, HBBC, BBB
5 by the 5th, 13 in 2013, HBBC, BBB, Go The Distance – or maybe a better title is “So Many Challenges, So Little Time” or maybe I’m just trying to write the worst searchable title ever.
In an effort to stay motivated to exercise through the holidays as well as continue on a healthy path in the new year, I joined in a few challenges. One is just wrapping up and the other three are beginning.
Here’s how I’m starting off the new year.
First is Laura’s 5 by the 5th Virtual Race Series. We are to run, walk or race a 5K or 5 miler by the 5th of every month for the first 5 months of the year. I love the number 5 – - so this one is a good one. It’s a free series and there are lots of prizes being given away over the course of the challenge. There are over 400 people participating!
It definitely got me out of the house on Saturday for my miles. Which was good since it was super cold (in my book).
So cold in my world that I stood inside my house while my Garmin was getting set up. Anyone else do that? But it was a nicely paced walk with my husband, so it’s all good.
Today starts round 4 of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp. Remember how much I loved this program the last time around? Stay tuned for more gushing about Round 4. This time around, Tina had us all do a fitness test before starting. I did a timed wall squat, 60 seconds of push ups, a timed elbow plank, 60 seconds of squat jumps as well as took starting measurements. I also took a few pictures of myself wearing just a sports bra and my workout pants as well as a pair of jeans that astoundingly have gotten tighter over the holidays. I’m so excited to be able to measure the progress of bootcamp this way.
Just a quick refresher on the setup of Bootcamp – for a small registration fee, you receive weekly workout plans by email for 8 weeks (Tina is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer). Every two weeks has a different focus. All workouts can be modified to fit your fitness level and almost 100% of the workouts can be done at home with a small amount of equipment. Tina offers weekly cash prizes for keeping up with the workout and some big cash prizes at the end for staying with it. There’s also a private Facebook group to get support – this one also has hundreds of participants, it’s an amazing group.
The final new challenge is 13 in 2013. This is the child of Jill’s challenge from last year of 12 in 2012 when a group ran 12 half marathons in the year. 13 in 2013 is dedicated to all different lengths of races and we can include virtual races. So, I’m planning to count all 5 of my 5 by the 5th races. There are almost 700 people registered for this one!!
Now, my foot still isn’t 100% happy, so I’m not entirely sure how the 13 in 2013 will go. I plan to walk many events at this point.
Amanda’s Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge just wrapped up this past weekend. We earned points for our activity over the holidays and there were some great prizes given to weekly point leaders as well as lots of prizes through random drawings.
I started out strong – especially in the last weeks of Round 3 of BBB, but then seemed to lose my motivation (and that would explain the pants not fitting well). Part of my loss of motivation was that I was doing biking and walking as my main forms of point earning and the challenge is really geared towards running if you want to earn the big points. It’s not that I wasn’t exercising, I just wasn’t doing the big point earning exercises.
Here were my weekly point totals:
Week 1: 34
Week 2: 36.5
Week 3: 30
Week 4: 23.5
Week 5: 22.5
Week 6: 17.5
Week 7: 15
I’m proud of myself for sticking through and tracking through the end. For some reason, it was de-motivating to me to see other people posting big numbers when I wasn’t. The highest point earners in my category were accumulating 60-70 points per week. I know that next year, if I’m not running lots of miles, I probably won’t join in again (this one had a registration fee).
The final challenge I want to talk about is the 2012 Go The Distance Challenge. Again I started out really strong on this one and then, while I just plain forgot to go in and log my miles, technically I flaked out by the end. Robby’s challenge is a great one – “It’s you challenging yourself to meet a goal that is not measured by pounds or inches lost. It is not measured against the distance of any other person”. This was one of the first challenges I was involved in as a blogger. It’s a super amazing and supportive group of people and I’m sad that I dropped off the map this year in terms of participating all year. Go check out Go The Distance 2013 – it’s all about rebuilding yourself and trying to be better today than you were yesterday. Who couldn’t use a little of that?
Today begins my first week of working a full schedule, getting the kids to school and back in to our regular routine. With BBB also starting today, my goal for the week is to get in all my workouts.
Who else is doing these challenges? Do you prefer short lived challenges? or do you like year long challenges?