Ab Challenge

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As I mentioned in my October goals, I have terrible posture; I stand with my back arched, stomach out and butt out. Sexy, I tell ya.

Instead of posting a picture of my awful posture, instead I give you a picture of me in running clothes – mainly because you can kinda see my abs, my posture isn’t crap and it’s pink. Who doesn’t love pink?!

At 8:30 last night I realized I still needed to get my ab work in and I might have stomped my feet like a spoiled little brat, but I put on my big girl panties and did them. Day one in the books!

For anyone interested (*ahem*, Ann) here’s the schedule. I put my days off on Sunday (because there’s no freaking way I’m doing ab work after a long run/marathon) but change around as you see fit.

Sun Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri Sat
Sept 29 N/A N/A 15 sit-ups
5 crunches
10s plank
10 push-ups
19 sit-ups
6 crunches
12s plank
11 push-ups
23 sit-ups
7 crunches
15s plank
12 push-ups
27 sit-ups
10 crunches
20s plank
14 push-ups
30 sit-ups
15 crunches
25s plank
16 push-ups
Oct 6 Off 34 sit-ups
20 crunches
28s plank
17 push-ups
36 sit-ups
29 crunches
30s plank
19 push-ups
40 sit-ups
38 crunches
33s plank
20 push-ups
42 sit-ups
47 crunches
35s plank
21 push-ups
46 sit-ups
56 crunches
37s plank
22 push-ups
50 sit-ups
65 crunches
40s plank
24 push-ups
Oct 13 Off 54 sit-ups
74 crunches
50s plank
25 push-ups
57 sit-ups
83 crunches
55s plank
27 push-ups
60 sit-ups
92 crunches
60s plank
29 push-ups
64 sit-ups
101 crunches
65s plank
30 push-ups
67 sit-ups
110 crunches
70s plank
32 push-ups
71 sit-ups
119 crunches
75s plank
35 push-ups
Oct 20 Off 74 sit-ups
128 crunches
80s plank
38 push-ups
77 sit-ups
137 crunches
85s plank
40 push-ups
80 sit-ups
146 crunches
90s plank
43 push-ups
84 sit-ups
155 crunches
95s plank
46 push-ups
86 sit-ups
164 crunches
100s plank
49 push-ups
90 sit-ups
173 crunches
105s plank
52 push-ups
Oct 27 Off 94 sit-ups
182 crunches
110s plank
55 push-ups
96 sit-ups
191 crunches
115s plank
58 push-ups
100 sit-ups
200 crunches
120s plank
60 push-ups
100 sit-ups
200 crunches
120s plank
60 push-ups

Are you joining in on the October ab challenge?

October Goals

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Holy moly, friends. Can you believe it’s October?! Wowie. It seems time has flown by since June – it’s unbelievable!

I haven’t set any monthly goals for myself in a long time, but I feel like I’m in a great place lately, so it’s time to start growing and stretching myself.

Embrace the taper

tapering_white I feel like I need a copy of this t-shirt for me. I’m not a big fan of tapering; I find it can start to mess with my mind and I question my physical ability. Tapering starts today, so my goal is to embrace my taper and sick to my training plan.

Enjoy my marathon

While I’ve set some time goals for myself in regards to my race, I really just want to enjoy it and have a great Thanksgiving with my family.

I will finish my race (I will! I will! I will!) and I will enjoy it!

(I’m sure I’ll also enjoy planting my butt on the couch afterwards!)

Cross train!

Even after posting about cross training, I’ve been pretty lax about it. While I’m not going to do anything crazy between now and my marathon (in twelve days!) I know I need to start doing way more cross training. For October, I will be doing a 30-day ab challenge. I actually have terrible posture (I stand with a sway back and it’s terrible) and I know working my abs will improve my posture and make me a better runner.

(Ab challenge to be posted later this week).


I’m giving myself 3-weeks off from major running and training after the marathon. I’m going to take my rest and once I’m feeling better, I want to hop on the cross training train by way of my Nike+ training workouts and trying out some spin classes at the spin studio a block away from me.

Stay in the green zone for my budget

My awesome budgeting app highlights my spending areas as green (within budget), yellow (approaching the max) and red (over spent) and my goal for October is to keep my spending in the green zone for my budget areas. It’ll take some work, but thinking about my expenses definitely helps me to feel calmer and in control.

What are you hoping to accomplish this October?