Posts Tagged ‘Press Ups

30
Jun
09

over and out – the 30th of juneathon

Quick Finish – Drop And Give Me One Hundred – There’s Someone On The Pitch, They Think It’s All Over… It Is Now

I wanted to get todays Juneathon activities out of the way early on, partly because of the heat, partly because I am out this evening and partly because I was looking forward to completing it – like the lure of the finish line in a race and the last big push toward it.
Once the kids were safely on their way to school, I set off. It was still early (pre 9am) but already the temperature was up into the mid 20’s. I’d decided on a 6.75 mile loop, the first part open and on pavement, the return leg along the towpath, partly in shade and next to the river. Heat was a real factor and was feeling very sluggish. It was also less than 12 hours since last nights cycle which I think added to the heavy legged feeling. The semi-shady route back alongside the river was a little easier but I was still glad to get to the end and get out of the sunshine.

A few quick stretches and then straight in to the second part of todays challenge – still in my sweat soaked running shorts – the 100 consecutive press-ups. I realised that if I actually stopped and thought about it, I would procrastinate and put the press-ups off until later. By going straight into them, I really had no time to decide not to do them. The first 40 were relatively easy but found myself beginning to tire very quickly past this point. By 70, I was ready to give up and my hands were slipping on the floor. 80 though to 90 were hellish and the last 10 were done in bursts of 2 press-ups, pause for a pant, then another 2. Once you reach 90, it becomes a case of mind over matter to finish – you’re knackered but so tantalisingly close it woud be rude not to complete the 100. Once done, I dropped to the floor, and lay there until the pain in my forearms and the small of my back (weird!) faded. Interestingly, Running Betty and Run DMT have organised a 100 press-up Julyathon challenge – if you’re interested, details are here.

So that’s it – done. 30 consecutive days of running / exercise, 30 consecutive posts with the added stupidity of the 100 press-up challenge.

Juneathon 2009 Totals:

Run: 101.47 miles
Cycle: 109.62 miles
Press-ups: 1999
Crunches: 1900
Free Weights: 1 hour

Also, inspired by The Virtual Runner, I decided to see how far the 211 miles (running & cycling) I have travelled would have got me – apparently the equivalent of London to Padstow.

So all that remains is a big thank you to JoggerBlogger for the original inspiration, JogBlog for organising this years effort, everyone who has commented and encouraged me, all the other Juneathoners whose blogs have kept me motivated and enterained and Mrs eatingtrees for allowing me to indulge myself when I probably shoud have been fulfilling some important parenting duty.

Finally, I remember reading that Juneathon was originally invented by a friend of Joggerblogger who wanted to get in shape for his summer holiday… which got me thinking. When is the time of year that most people need a kick up the arse and really need to get back in shape??? Janathon, anyone?

Soundtrack to this post: We Are The Champions – Queen

25
Jun
09

searching

16 Short – If You Go Down To The Woods Today – Gripped And Sorted

I wasn’t sure what todays activities would entail but this morning thought I may try and see how many press-ups I can do as I am attempting to do 100 consecutively by 30th June. And the answer is 84. And the last ten saw me trembling and sweating and going bright red as I tried to keep going to 100 – not a good look. So I have 5 days to get to 100 and, frankly, I think I will struggle.

I toyed with the idea of a run, but as it was another hot one today, it would have to be later in the day, ideally the evening. Then Mrs eatingtrees mentioned in passing that whilst she was out stealing fruit that wasn’t hers strawberry picking the other day, she came across what she described as a “mountain bike course” less than a mile from home. So now I had a mission, I would go and find it and have a ride around it.

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It took me a little while to find as the location was fairly sketchily described. Eventually, I located it and had a little scoot about. It had obviously been built by some locals and even had a makeshift “no litter” sign. Now, it may just be that I am getting a little old for hurtling around woodland but parts of it were so incredibly technical that I think it is more likely to be used by motocrossers than mountain bikers. Small, deep bombholes difficult to ride into and impossible to ride out of. And most of the trees are pine so all the life is sucked out of the soil so it has become almost entirely dust with a layer of pine needles on the surface. I had to satisfy myself with a ride around the perimeter. Maybe, I shall pay it a visit one weekend and see if there is anybody who can actually tackle the course. Still it’s nice to know that there is someone locally willing to go out and build trails so good luck to them.

As it was late afternoon, the sun was shining and I still had time on my hands, it seemed rude not to take advantage and have a bit of an explore and take the long way home. A few more press ups when I got home and that’ll have to be the Juneathon for today.

Juneathon Stats: 12.71 mile cycle, 3 sets of press ups – 84 / 50 / 50 (184 total for day)

Soundtrack to this post: Jockin’ Jay-Z – Jay-Z

11
Jun
09

surrounded by disease

Bugged Out – Eating, Eating, Eating – My Arms Are On Fire

A friend of mine texts me today and says that I cannot go and see her when I’d planned to as her daughter has had a stomach bug which now seems to be spreading as her partner has it and she is not feeling too chipper either. There are also a few Juneathoners that seem to be suffering as well and, lo and behold, this afternoon SonNumberTwo appears to have caught the same nasty little bug. I hope that I will escape unscathed as I have a number of things on the cards for next week and I doubt very much if they can be rescheduled at short notice. At the moment, I appear to be OK apart from feeling very tired and very hungry (although Fit Artist, Tom Roper and iliketocount all seem to be mentioning a Juneathon hunger too) so decided that after yesterdays late night run, I would today only do some crunches and press-ups. I have to admit that I’ve surprised myself and seem to have made pretty quick progress with the press-ups but am really beginning to struggle now – my first set today was 70 and towards the end I was really struggling, burning forearms and shoulders, a slight sense of lightheadedness – at 67 I thought I was done but gritted my teeth and finished the last three. Not sure what tomorrow holds… maybe a run, maybe a cycle (hmmm… there’s a thought, I haven’t cycled for over a week…)

Juneathon Stats: 4 sets of press ups – 70 / 60 / 50 / 50 (230 total for day), 3 sets of stomach crunches – 100 / 100 / 100 (300 total for day)

Soundtrack to this post: The Lost Rivers Of London – Coil




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