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30 day core challenge

charlieeliseby charlieeliseMay 22nd 2013
When I was starting to train for my first tri I read 'Be iron Fit' by Don Fink. In it he introduced (to me anyway) the idea of a 30 day challenge, where you challenge yourself to do something every day for 30 days. The idea is, either you try it and fail; it clearly wouldn't work for you long term, or you try it and decide you don't want to do that ever again, which is fine, or... more likely... it will become part of your life and you won't want to give it up. He suggests it when you are thinking you can't get up early to fit in a training session before work. I followed his advice and set myself a challenge for just 30 days to get up early and do my training for the day. I thought it would be tough and that I would fail and give up well before the 30 days was up.

In fact I was hooked after 9 days and I've been training before work almost exclusively ever since, to the point where my early mornings from are sacred workout/commuting by bike time, only to be disrupted by weekends or very exceptional phone calls/work things. And to prove progress since, back then I used to draw the line at getting up even a minute before 6am, but now that's my usual waking time, and yesterday my alarm went off at 5.15 so I could do a 3km in the Serpentine before work and have time to wash and dry my (very long) hair.

So, it was a success. However one thing I've never really tackled is my core strength and I hate planks, but am sure they must be good for you. So I'm thinking of setting myself a challenge to do 3 planks a day for 30 days to see if I can make it habit. I actually should do 4 - one normal, one 'swimmer', and one on each side but 3 in 30 sounds loads better. (Maybe by the end of the 30 days I'll be doing 3 of each for 3 minutes each. That would be cool.)

I'm hoping it will help me maintain my form while running and help swimming too, and any tightening around that area which may occur would not be unwelcome. In the past when I've made more of an effort with core stuff - doing it 2-3 times a week - I've not really been able to tell the difference but I'm hoping this time I will be more aware and notice it, or that by doing a little something every day it will have a more dramatic effect.

Apparently runners do core stuff every day, and maybe you do 30 minutes of planks every day, but I don't, so a pathetic-sounding 3 should be manageable, yes? That's my theory. So although I had one of those one-off conference calls this morning and will be running after work today, I have already done my 4 planks. Let's see what the next 29 days bring.
sarahleonardby member: sarahleonard, May 24th 2013 22:59
I like to set myself challenges too and my core strength is appalling. The 30 day challenge sounds great but will have to wait until after I've had the baby now. Splitting it up like you are sounds manageable although I might have to give the 3km morning swim a miss, my hair is really, really long ;-) and what is a 'swimmers' plank????
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