June 23, 2009

The 100 push-up challenge

As I was reading through the Australian coolrunning pages I came across a post that captured my attention: 100 push-ups.

I learnt to do push-ups only a few years ago, and was able to a set of 20 some time in late 2004/early 2005. Since then I've only been doing them haphazardly so now I can do only 8-10 before collapsing.

Inspired by a strength set that Ironguides coach Kristian Manietta, who helped me with a 2 1/2 week training program to prepare me for running a second marathon within five weeks from a previous one, I had been thinking about getting back into some kind push-up regiume.

I've had the dream to drop down and do a set of 50 one day. So naturally when I spotted a program that says it can get you ready for 100 push-ups I was intrigued.

I did my initial test this weekend, making it to eight push-ups (partly because our puppy Luka started eating my hair but I doubt I would have made it much beyond that number anyway). So yesterday I started on day 1 of this program.

I think it is a great challenge, and several girlfriends decided to (re)start it too. One friend does regular bootcamps, besides running. She's able to 25 to 30 without a problem - that already sounds pretty cool to me!

Alright, GI Jane arms here we come!

June 11, 2009

"Marathoner Breaks Record"

The Chief, a weekly newspaper in Squamish, wrote a story about my race which is currently the lead story on their website. Pretty cool.

Click here to see the article

June 08, 2009

Marathon win

Yesterday I won my first marathon, leading the female pack from start to finish and set a course record in the process.

The North Olympic Discovery Marathon is not only in a spectacular area, the race is superbly organized and has amazing volunteers. I would highly recommend you consider adding this race, with various distances to choose from, to your 2010 race schedule.

For a story in the Peninsula Daily News, see here