I like challenges. I always have. I am competitive by my nature, and nothing motivates me more then someone telling me I can't do something, or someone challenging me. It seems that recently there have been a lot of challenges floating around the blogshere, and I decided I would jump on the challenge bus.
During my run around Greenlake yesterday, I got this great (heh) idea. I know at least two of my readers own the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred video. If you are unfamiliar with this video (even though I talk about it ALL the time) it consists of three 20 minute workouts, Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. I have done each of these workouts many times. Before obtaining this video, I had no idea it was possible to sweat so much in a 20 minute period.
So, as I was running, and having a difficult run at that, it was nearly impossible to think of running 13 miles when I was struggling at mile 2. I began thinking of ways to step it up a notch, not only my physical training, but my mental as well. I thought of the Jillian video, and how hard it was the first time I ever did it. Now, I can get through any of the three levels. Its a workout for sure, but not nearly the death I almost experienced on day one. I used the video as a metaphor for my 1/2 marathon training. If doing a 20 minute workout was like doing a 3 mile maintenance run, then, doing a 1/2 marathon is like doing the whole DVD, all three workouts!
The challenge was born. On Saturday, 4/17/2010, at around 1pm, I will be putting in my 30 Day Shred Video and completing all workouts. 60 minutes. Levels 1, 2, and 3 non-stop. I plan to skip the stretching/cool down after workouts 1 and 2, but will do all warm-ups. Who is with me? Oh, and one more thing...take a picture of yourself when you are done. Send it to me as proof. I want to see red faces and sweat!