Sometime you’re gonna fail…and it’s okay.

Yesterday I got up early and motivated and got ready to go run. The first thing I do before running is my plank and I had a 3:15 plank on my agenda yesterday. I try to increase my plank time by 15 seconds every day in order to hopefully reach my 5 minute goal by the end of the month. And while 15 seconds may seem like a lot I attempt to increase that much because there are going to be days when I just can’t increase at all like yesterday….

Yesterday was that kind of day. I really wanted it. I seriously prepared for it. I got into position, physically and mentally, I was sure I was ready but then my body started shaking at only 1 minute and by 1:45 I could feel my arms giving out and then at 2:02 no matter how much I wanted to go on, my body just gave up on me.

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Yeah, it sucked but again, that’s why I try to increase by 15 seconds every day because not every day is a win.

After the plank fail I went out for a run which I ended early at 3.5 because quite honestly I hate our weather right now. I spent all summer praying for the cool weather and lower humidity and I’ve been denied. Am I the only person in the world who wants to throat punch the weather man every single day?

humidity
And of course with the heat and humidity we also have a shit ton of mosquitoes still around. It’s quite challenging to put up Christmas decorations while protecting yourself from malaria which really doesn’t seem like such a bad illness when compared to the side effects of the deet that I currently wear more than my perfume.

But I digress….

The point that I wanted to make is that everybody has a bad day every now and then. Everybody. The good news is that you can try again, and again, if you need to.

This morning I got up and got prepared to do my plank for the #planksgiving challenge. Guess what?

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Yeah, I nailed it!

And then I went out for a six mile run…. but I only made it to four.

Considering it was 77 degrees at 6:45 and 96% humidity, I’ll take it and I’ll try for that 6 again tomorrow.

So tell me, do you like hearing only positive things when people talk about their fitness goals and achievements or do you want to hear about the setbacks too?

Tuesday Tangents with planks and shirts

Hey y’all!

I just got back from a little 4 mile run and I thought I’d take a moment and check in before I head off to the eye doctor.  In case you’ve ever be tempted to sleep in your contact lenses, trust me, it is NOT a good idea.  Even if you have the kind you are supposed to be able to sleep in, don’t do it.

I wanted to see how you all are doing on the #planksgiving challenge.  I had a few days where I wasn’t able to increase my time very much, but as of this morning, I’m at 3 minutes!

plank time

Mom is here visiting from Tennessee and she took a picture of my plank this morning.  It’s not the greatest picture since Mom isn’t all the good with photography but considering my entire body is in the shot, it’s a vast improvement over her previous attempts.

me planky

I really think I can get to 5 minutes.  I can feel it.

After I finished that 3 minute plank this morning, I was so proud of myself, I put this shirt on:

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And since we’re talking shirts, Mom is running the Turkey Trot with me this year and she is really worried about how long it will take her to finish.  I’m convinced she’ll be awesome but I decided to make her a new shirt just for the race.  I’m hoping it will boost her confidence.

What do you think?

Mom's new shirt

So, it’s your turn to leak some awesome and tell me….

What time are you up to on your #planksgiving challenge?

Planking like a Pro

For the month of November I saw a challenge on Instagram from some of my fellow Tampa Bay bloggers. The #planksgiving challenge looks like this:

Planksgiving challenge

I chewed on it a while and then I bit, I joined the challenge.

But, here’s the thing, most of the #planksgiving challenges top out at 3 minutes and a 3 minute plank is definitely do-able for me. Just a few months ago I had been in the habit of doing at least a 2 minute plank every single day but this challenge has you topping off at 5 minutes…FIVE WHOLE MINUTES.

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I signed up because I love a good challenge but I was thinking I’ma need a few breaks in between.  But then my competitive side checked in and I thought, I’m doing this!  I mean do you realize how many muscles you work when you’re doing a plank?

plank muscles

That is serious!

So, I’m just going to incorporate the same strategy I used when I first starting doing planks to build up my time and hit that 5 minutes… or maybe even more.  For the record I’m already ahead of the challenge and this morning I did a 2:45!

First, in case you aren’t familiar with planks, here is the proper form.

proper plank formFive minutes doesn’t really count if you don’t have proper form so make sure you’re doing them correctly.

And now, here are my tips for holding that plank longer and stronger:

1. Do a plank every single day and always try to increase your time by a few seconds.

2. Take 2 – I like to give myself the opportunity to do a little better, so I do a plank first thing in the morning before I go running and then I do another one sometime in the evening. I try to increase the time just a little bit at night. If I manage to increase the time it pushes me work harder the next day. If I match the time, it gives me confidence that I’m getting better.

3. I read a magazine article or something that would normally take a few minutes of time but I don’t like to read my email or check facebook or any other social media because I don’t want to have to scroll or risk losing my form.

4. I don’t look at the clock until I start to shake. Sometimes I’m right where I thought I’d be and sometimes, I’m way ahead.

5. Just when I’m ready to drop and think I can go no further, I think about the world record holders and some of the top fitness people who hold planks for an hour or more and I try to hold mine just a bit longer. (I’m super competitive and this works really well for me.)

So, that’s what I do and that’s how I plan to get to my 5 minute planks by the end of November and I’m pretty sure I can do it. In fact by the end of November, this will be me:

Seriously

 
Do you have any tips for increasing your plank time?
What’s the longest plank you’ve ever held?