Fitness Challenge!

It’s that time of year again when we all make New Years Resolutions that we have every intention of keeping until we get up on New Year’s Day with a raging hang-over, a furry tongue and no idea how we got home…..

This year, since I’ve been getting asked quite often about our sporting log books and how to create one I’m going to show you how by making my own!

Firstly I will make the obligatory New Years resolution a few days early – 100 days to get in shape and run a sub 50min 10k.

Some of you will say “easy” while others reading this will think that a 10k run is a ridiculous distance and ask why I would want to do that.

It’s a fair question. The answer: I just read Born To Run by Chris McDougall and a 10k run seemed like a good New Years challenge, besides that I actually enjoy running. At least, I did until a motorcycle accident in 2008 resulted in a clean break in my talus bone (the ankle), three dislocations in the joints around the ankle, two titanium pins holding it all together and some mangled cartilage, ligaments and tendons.

Since then the running has been minimal…..but not all because of the accident. Laziness and a new baby in the mix have been good excuses for getting out of shape.

While my partner was pregnant, I put on more weight than she did! Lincoln is now almost 2 years old and I still look 6 months pregnant! Not a nice feeling for someone with an athletics and triathlon background.

Anyway, back to the challenge.

100 days to get in shape and run a sub 50 min 10k, that works out to be less than 5 minutes for every kilometre.

To keep myself motivated I will post about my progress on Facebook and every 10 days I will weigh in and take a progress photo. At the end of the 100 days I will run 10km and record the time. Then, I will take all my Facebook posts, pictures and any video videos I have collected along the way and I will turn the whole lot into an eBook share it with all of you as an example of a sporting log book!

There will be a few parameters though. I am running a business and have a young family so time is a valuable commodity.

1. No more than one hour of “specific” exercise a day given my schedule. That is a realistic amount of time that I can devote to this.

2. I will try to incorporate my training into my everyday life. For example, cycling to work. If I can do that I can do more exercise. What I do not want to do is exercise at the expense of family time.

3. I will use a combination of barefoot running, mountain biking, resistance band training and Tapout XT. I enjoy these activities so I am more likely to do it consistently.

4. Keep a food diary. Tedious but essential to healthy eating and the reality is that exercise is only a small percentage of an holistic lifestyle

5. Reduce the coke intake! I confess, that at the moment I am drinking roughly half a litre of coke a day! That’s a lot of sugar….and a lot of bloating!

6. No dieting. I like chocolates and chips and hamburgers and cake. I’m not going to cut out the things I like eating. We are supposed to enjoy life and eating should be pleasurable!! However, I will reduce the amounts of the naughty things!

Everyone have a safe and happy New Year!

And, if anyone wants to join me for the challenge that would be great!!

(Unfortunately the photo is me too!)


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