Day 9

Day 9 of the 6 Week Challenge:

Then again, sometimes you just have off days. That’s okay though, because it lets you know your limits. You know you’re improving when one day you just can’t keep up with yourself. Today was one of those.

Day 9:

  • 110 push-ups
  • 210 sit-ups
  • 10 pull-ups
  • 9 chin-ups
  • 5:45 planking
  • 50 squats, with 2 x 25 lb. dumbbells
  • 150 bench dips

This was my first setback. I thought I’d push a bit harder on my first set of push-ups and banged out 30. That was a mistake, because I struggled to hit every set, after that. In fact, it took everything I had just to manage 110. There was no way I could get 2 more. I just didn’t have it in me.

The rest of the routine was even worse. I just couldn’t manage to complete as many as I did the previous workout. Perhaps it was my diet or sleeping habits. Either way, I gave it all I had and that will have to be enough, this time.

I’m starting to find my limits though and that’s a good thing. That means that I truly have a baseline, from which I can measure improvements, because until now, I’ve just been increasing periodically, without facing much of challenge.

It started with my running, which I’ve had to do inside, for the past several weeks, since Canada’s winter has hit us, full force. As such, I’ve been finding creative ways to make the treadmill work for me and earlier this week, I pushed my limits as far as I could handle it.

I had a record setting time on Saturday, which gave me incentive on Sunday to see what I was really made of. From the minute I got on the treadmill, I cranked it up to the maximum speed I thought I could maintain, which was 7.6MPH and I was right. From the first two minutes in, the run was tough. For the next 37 minutes, it was everything I could do to prevent myself from slipping off the back of the machine. I tried pushing faster to move up the treadmill further, but I struggled to do even that.

When all was said and done, I managed a 5 mile run in under 40 minutes, beating my best times this year by over a minute. I now know what my fastest speed is and from there I will build.

I also know I’m reaching the limits of endurance in my strength training and from there as well, I will build. Now is when the fun really begins!

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