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Challenged, but struggling

Friday, October 06, 2017


I have decided to add one challenge to my routine. When that challenge is over, I will pick another. My challenge this month is the plank challenge. Like most challenges, it starts off fairly easy, and gets more intense as it goes along. A year and 40 pounds ago, I wouldn't have broken a sweat with this challenge. But the addition of 40 pounds makes everything so much harder. A year ago if someone had suggested strapping 40 pound weights to my back while doing a plank, I would have said, are you kidding?? But, one pound at a time, I have added that weight myself. The challenge started off with 20 seconds for a few days, then 40, and about once a week you get a rest day. When I got to 60 seconds, it was becoming pretty difficult. The next increase was to 90 seconds. I really struggled with that. I am working very hard at keeping proper form, and I was reaching my breaking point. Today it jumped to 120 seconds. I didn't think I could do 120 seconds. I am finishing this challenge, but how? It seemed like taking breaks as needed was cheating, but I wasn't sure how to proceed. Pride is definitely a factor. I don't like to admit I can't do things. However, I can't run one mile one day, and then 2 the next. I simply can't. I compromised. I did the lower plank for the full 120. My next jump is to 150 in 2 days. I'm not sure if I should start with the full plank, and then go to the lower, or just stick with the lower. I have been trying to find methods to distract myself from the time, but I am still very aware of every second ticking away. It goes up to 240 seconds, and the last day is however long you can make it. So, how about it guys? Any thoughts on the best way to survive this? Distraction methods? I'll take any help I can get!
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