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April was a really great month for me and my training! I ran more often, longer, and faster than last month. And I signed up for my very first race! It’s a 5k close to my workplace, and it’s already this Friday! I’m getting nervous.

Running

  • 11 times
  • Total distance: 35.93 miles (57,82 km)
  • Total time: 6:32:00

Other workouts:

  • 1 Pilates session (1 hour)
  • 1 elliptical workout (30 minutes)
  • 1 bike ride (18 miles in 1:45 hours)

I really ran a lot last month! For next month I plan to include some longer runs and gradually increase my distances. There was another bike ride, too. The hills around here nearly killed me, again. But that won’t stop me from riding. Ha!

I’ve been slacking a little with my Pilates class lately, but it’s not entirely my fault. Our instructor went on vacation for two weeks. I’m looking forward to getting back into my class this week.

Wait, there’s more! I’ve also been continuing the 100 pushups program. Today I did my final test and completed 40 full pushups at once! Considering that I started with only five I’m very proud of my progress. My arms look better than ever, just in time for summer dresses. 🙂

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Today I tried to do some add some sprints to my run. Boy, that was tough! Somehow I was quite exhausted from my ‘warm-up’, so the sprints weren’t as fast as I hoped. But it still went ok.

The Stats:

  • Distance: 2.8 miles (4,5 km)
  • Time: 30:00 minutes
  • Average pace: 10:42 min/mile
  • Feeling: Exhausted

Great pace! Well, great for me, at least. Let’s see how fast I can get until race day. Wheee!

PIPES Challenge Update
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It’s already the fifth week of the challenge. Yesterday I did the next exhaustion test, and could only do 26 full pushups. This means that I won’t advance to week five of the program, instead I’ll go back to week three, but this time I’ll do column three, not one. I’m actually not disappointed at all, as I’ve already come further than I had expected at the beginning. My arms look awesome already!

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Is it just me or was March just passing by at light speed?! It was a busy but good month, I accomplished a lot and made some great progress. Last month I had my first run with an average pace of under 11:00 min/mile!

Running

  • 9 times
  • Total distance: 26.2 miles (42,16 km)
  • Total time: 4:56:05

Other workouts:

  • 3 Pilates sessions (3 hours)
  • 1 elliptical workout (30 minutes)
  • 1 bike ride (13 miles in 80 minutes)

Look, I ran a marathon! I didn’t plan this, I swear. Ok, it took me an entire month, but I’m still proud of it. And I’ve had my first bike ride this year. Looking forward to many more, as I really love biking.

I’ve also been doing the 100 pushups program. The first two weeks went really well and I’m already a lot stronger than when I started. Awesome!

This month I want to increase my mileage again, adding some longer runs. And I’ll continue the pushups program, let’s see how many I can do at the end of April.

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Today I got soaked to the bone. This was my very first run in the rain ever! I always avoided running in bad weather and missed a few runs because of it. But today I learned that rain doesn’t hurt. Yeah, I’m so clever.

The Stats:

  • Distance: 3 miles (4,8 km)
  • Time: 33:00 minutes
  • Average pace: 11:00 min/mile
  • Feeling: Soaked

Not bad for being dripping wet the whole time, right? I’m pleased.

PIPES and Pushups

The first week of Morgan‘s PIPES Challenge is already over, and I’m still going strong, following the 100 pushups program. I’ve noticed that those pushups don’t only work my arms, but also my core! I also believe that strengthening my core muscles is the reason why those side stitches have bothered me much less lately. That would be great! Let’s see what the second week will bring.

Now excuse me please, I need to bake some muffins.

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Pipes & Pushups

Today marks the start of Morgan‘s PIPES Challenge!

Just like her I’m doing the one hundred pushups program. I did my initial test a few days ago and could only do five full pushups. Not good! I don’t expect that will be able to do 100 pushups after those six weeks, but I’ll take every improvement. So today I started with day 1 of week 1, which means five sets of full pushups. I did 2, 3, 2, 2, and 5 pushups, and it was tough!

I plan to do my next workout on Wednesday.

What I like about this program is that each workout takes only a few minutes, and that you can do it everywhere, without special equipment. That means, no excuses!

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Normally I don’t run on two consecutive days, to give my legs more time to recover. But today I just couldn’t resist. It was sunny and mild, probably for the last time this week, I felt fine, and was a bit bored. So I put on my sneakers and went out.

The Stats:

  • Distance: 2.8 miles (4,5 km)
  • Time: 33:00 minutes
  • Average pace: 11:47 min/mile
  • Feeling: Tired

Bad idea! I felt weak and exhausted during the entire run and had to take quite a few walking breaks. Seems I’m not ready to run everyday yet.

PIPES Challenge

Morgan from Life After Bagels has started an exciting new fitness challenge and it’s all about strong arms. It starts on Monday March 21st and runs for six weeks. Morgan herself plans to do the 100 pushup challenge, and I decided to do it, too.

Why exactly pushups? Because they not only target your arms but also your entire core. And I totally suck at pushups! So it’s time to work on those guns. I don’t think that I’ll be able to do 100 pushups at the end of the challenge, though, so we’ll see how many I can squeeze out after those six weeks. Wish me luck!

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