1) The Broad Street Run
This is a 10 mile run down Broad Street in Philadelphia, and it takes place the first weekend of May. I probably won't be able to run the whole thing--I looked at a 12 week training program and I'm already behind, but I plan to do as much of it as I can running, and be OK with walking the rest. I did a 4.5 mile run a few years ago, and I'm back up to running 3.5 miles, but this is going to take some work. In some ways, the work is much more mental than physical. I run on the treadmill, and my head just keeps telling me to stop. I try to trick myself into listening to one more song before checking the mileage or taking a sip of water, but I have a tendency to psych myself out.
The other night G and I were reading in bed before turning off the lights. I was reading a magazine with a feature on General David Petraus. It was a surprisingly interesting article and included the tidbit that the good general can do 100 pushups in 60 seconds.
I put down the mag and turned to G.
"Do you think I could do a hundred pushups in a minute?" I asked.
He ignored me.
I asked again. This time he laughed.
"What? Why not? General Petraus can!"
Lo and behold, as I was finishing up reading the Dietgirl archives the next day (all done now, whew!) I saw a mention of the hundred pushups challenge, a training program that starts small and builds up to 100 pushups in 6 weeks. I took the initial test and basically failed--I can do 4--but I'm going to start the routine on Monday. It may take me more than 6 weeks, and I'll probably never be able to match General Petraus (duh) but I like a challenge!