My July 4 – August 13 Challenge


I’ve learned that I perform well with short, measurable goals. I recently completed a Memorial Day – July 4 challenge and  I achieved my goal five days past my self-imposed deadline. So, I’ve gone and created another challenge for myself.

I’m a cardio queen and when time is short (and when isn’t time short?) I will ALWAYS skip weight lifting. Always. With that in mind, my current challenge, which I began on July 4 is this: I will weight-lift consistently for six weeks. Here’s the schedule:

  • I will do an upper-body weight lifting session twice a week  (shoulders, biceps, triceps, chest, back).
  • I’ll hit the lower body muscles once a week (adductors, abductors, hamstrings, quads, glutes, calves).
  • I will train my abs every other day (oh six-pack, where art thou?).

I’ve been busily going through past issues of Oxygen magazine and clipping out routines for the various muscle groups. I plan to change routines every two weeks in order to keep my muscles guessing, growing and toning.

As I said, I began this challenge on July 4. I’ll finish on August 13…five weeks before my marathon. Marathoner and author Hal Higdon, who’s online training plan I follow, recommends marathoners stop weight lifting six weeks before the big race. So I’ll be pretty close to following his recommendation.

We’ll see how this goes.

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