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Mile 906.75: That Awkward Moment When You Can’t Do It…

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“Don’t tell me what I can’t do!”
–John Locke, “Lost”

Miles Last Week: 50.75
Total Miles: 906.75

First, the good news.  Seven more pounds down–sixteen altogether!  Wha-what? (You can’t see me right now, but just know that I’m raising the roof.)

Now, the bad news.  The Remainder of the Days Planking Pre-Challenge was just as much of a bust as the 30-Day Planking Challenge.

A few weeks ago, I started a planking challenge that I found on Pinterest.  When that turned out to be a smidgen beyond my current athletic abilities, I adjusted.  This past week, even with my own made-up, lite version of planking, I still couldn’t make it past the three-and-a-half-minute mark.  Failure again.

As consolation to myself, I’ve become pretty convinced that the original challenge was probably not made for beginners, but instead for super-advanced fitness fanatics who do cardio by chasing down baby squirrels and kicking them.  They probably do that to all adorable baby animals.

Those bastards.

However, I’m still not ready to call it quits on this planking thing.  Call me masochistic, but I’m just not.  I will conquer this proper plank nonsense.

So, I channeled my inner John Locke from television’s Lost

(which was an awkward conversation to have with myself)  Source

(which was an awkward conversation to have with myself)
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–and came up with ANOTHER new plan.  (I suppose that may make me a double-wimp, but I’m going to have to be okay with that for now.)

Because I’m not a super-advanced fitness freak who does cardio by chasing baby animals, I plan to up the daily plankage time at my own pace.  I will start out at holding myself up on my elbows for fifteen seconds and do that until it’s easy.  Then, I plan to go up to thirty seconds and do that until it’s easy.  Then, forty-five seconds, then a minute, and on and on and on–you get the picture.

Who knows?  Maybe I’ll even get up to five minutes eventually.  If I were to make an educated guess, I would say that it would probably take more than thirty days.

Okay. Planking Redux. GO!

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