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A Plank a Day Challenge: Day 22 of 30, 3:30 seconds- CONQUERED!

I decided to take on the plank a day challenge for 30 days. I have never held the plank position for more than 90 seconds at one time so I am wondering if I will really be able to hold it longer than that as time wears on.

(2.7) Day 22 – 3:30 sec: I decided to hit the gym after work for a short workout. I figured if I started with the plank and held it for 3:30 I would be done with my 20 minute workout. As I was planking it out this evening, I thought about those DVD’s that came out years ago – 8 Minute Abs. Who remembers those? Well, all I could think of is who needs an 8 minute video when you can plank a day for 30 days. After that thought passed, I realized I still had 1:45 seconds to go, only halfway there. At this point I could feel my entire body perspiring and the last 30 seconds were true torture. If I survive 3:40 tomorrow, I will be closing in on the 4 minute mark.

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A Plank a Day Challenge: Day 20 of 30, 3:20 seconds

I decided to take on the plank a day challenge for 30 days. I have never held the plank position for more than 90 seconds at one time so I am wondering if I will really be able to hold it longer than that as time wears on.

(2.5) Day 20 – 3:20 sec: I am still in denial about the fact that I made it to 3:20. It was not a pretty site and my arms, lower back, and quads are not happy with me, but I did it. I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel… I think I can make it to 30 days, but I don’t know about 5 whole minutes.

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A Plank a Day Challenge: Day 19 of 30, 3:20 seconds

I decided to take on the plank a day challenge for 30 days. I have never held the plank position for more than 90 seconds at one time so I am wondering if I will really be able to hold it longer than that as time wears on.

(2.4) Day 19 – 3:20 sec: Okay, so I missed yesterday’s challenge. After running in the half marathon, I was left with an upset stomach and generally worn out. Even though I don’t feel quite back to my old self, I attempted to hold the plank for 3:20…. Turned out to be a NO GO. My muscles are still tired and recovering from yesterday’s race. I made it to 2:40 tonight. Hoping tomorrow night will be better.

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A Plank a Day Challenge: Day 17 of 30, 3:10 seconds

I decided to take on the plank a day challenge for 30 days. I have never held the plank position for more than 90 seconds at one time so I am wondering if I will really be able to hold it longer than that as time wears on.

(2.2) Day 17 – 3:10 sec: I almost decided to not attempt 3:10 tonight. I figured that since I am running a Half Marathon tomorrow, that I should not plank in an effort to keep my muscles strong… Pretty weak excuse, right? After some deliberation, I decided to go ahead and plank it out. I planked and read an e-mail from my friend…. as the clock ticked on, I realized that 1:40 had gone by, I was half way done and sweating and shaking. When the clock reached 2:10 and I realized I still had another minute to go, I near about threw in the towel.  I’m not sure how I made it to 3:10, but my arms, shoulder, quads, and back are feeling it now. I might have to give myself a break tomorrow after tackling 13.1 miles.

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A Plank a Day Challenge: Day 16 of 30, 3:00 seconds

I decided to take on the plank a day challenge for 30 days. I have never held the plank position for more than 90 seconds at one time so I am wondering if I will really be able to hold it longer than that as time wears on.

(2.1) Day 16 – 3:00 sec: Accomplished! However, 20 minutes later my back is still feeling it. I’ve officially passed the halfway mark on the challenge and I can’t believe I held the plank for 3:00, which is twice as long as I ever recall holding it. In fact, I think I have only held it 45 seconds at a time. It is pretty torturous to look down at the timer and realize you still have at least a minute to go and your entire body is shaking.

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A Plank a Day Challenge: Day 15 of 30, 2:50 seconds

I decided to take on the plank a day challenge for 30 days. I have never held the plank position for more than 90 seconds at one time so I am wondering if I will really be able to hold it longer than that as time wears on.

(1.31) Day 15 – 2:50 sec: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to me! So, I pretty much refused to fail on my birthday. I’ve got a full-blown cold and when I got down to plank I could feel the pressure in my sinuses. Still, I was not going to give up on my birthday – I think it would have been a bad omen for the year to come, not that I believe in superstitions or anything. Only 10 seconds stands between me and 3:00 minutes.

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A Plank a Day Challenge: Day 14 of 30, 2:40 seconds

I decided to take on the plank a day challenge for 30 days. I have never held the plank position for more than 90 seconds at one time so I am wondering if I will really be able to hold it longer than that as time wears on.

(1.30) Day 14 – 2:40 sec: Somehow I pulled this one out of the hat… on the second attempt that is. The first attempt was a disaster – 45 seconds in my toddler walks by and lets me know without words that she just did #2, which did me in. After collecting myself and freshening up the room, I attempted again. I had to dig deep to get to 2:40 but somehow managed to make it. My lower back did not appreciate it and I can’t figure out why my shoulder were burning. I am fighting a head cold, so I have no idea what tomorrow holds. The mere fact that tomorow marks the halfway point of the challenge makes me want to hold 2:50.

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