So last week I wrote about the Cumulative Effect in Writing and Yoga over at Killer Chicks.
Now I’m going to talk about streaking. (not the naked kind!)
I’ve been reading about people streaking (meeting a goal on consecutive days for a prolonged period of time) and I have to admit I’m fascinated by it. I saw firsthand how Long Suffering’s Nike+ Fuel Band motivated him to keep his activity streak going and I’m in awe of Janet’s 50 Days of Exercise streak.
I’ve given a lot of thought to starting my own streak and quite frankly I’ve been a bit overwhelmed. One problem I’ve got is that there’s a lot I want to accomplish. Another is, I’m worried about boredom. After a lot or reading and planning, I’ve decided to try to build MULTIPLE streaks.
I liked Janet’s plan to do 50 days instead of leaving it open-ended, so I’m setting my goal for 15 weeks. Why 15 weeks? Because I’d like to do another half marathon around then and most of my streaking goals are based in support of doing so safely.
Here are the streaking goals I’ve chosen to tackle:
Writing (minimum Weekdays 3000 words – Weekends/Special Occasions 1000)
Okay, obviously this has nothing to do with a race, but it’s my highest priority on the list, so it gets listed first.
Cardio (at least 20 minutes daily…or 30 minutes of interval training)
I know a lot of people do “run every day” or “bike every day” type streaks, but I know my knees (and probably my brain) couldn’t take that, so I’m making a big effort to cross train.
Core (at least 3 times per week)
A strong care is essential when you’re trying to stay upright for 13.1 miles.
Strength (at least 3 times per week)
Most of my strength training will focus on my upper body because my back and shoulders tend to ache on long runs.
Knees (at least 3 times per week)
I’ve been working on improving my knees for a couple of years and it’s made a huge difference.
Yoga (at least 3 times per week)
I’ve never been flexible, yet I believe stiffness can lead to injury.
Meditation (at least 10 minutes daily)
I’ve been working on this goal for a while and I’m getting better at it. It’s supposed to be very good for you.
Water (minimum 60 ounces)
Because I drink too much coffee.
Yesterday was Day 1 of the Streaks Experiment. Here’s how I did:
Writing — Just squeaked by with 1014 words written….though I DID spend quite a bit of time editing.
Cardio — Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds — 2 miles (I’d walked six outdoors the day before.) Sansone’s workouts are for beginners. They’re low impact and even I can follow the choreography. I like them for “rest” days because I can do them at home and they’re not too strenuous, but do raise your heart rate a bit. Plus, I know someone who can run 10 miles with minimum aches and pains, but ends up in agony if they do one mile of Sansone walking because there’s a lot of side-to-side, forward-and-back, and kicks/knee raises involved…which to me is the definition of cross-training since you’re moving your body in a different way.
Strength — 8 Minute Arms w/ 3lb weights (old dvd, really hokey costumes) Did light work because shoulder sore from dog straining on leash for 6 miles
Yoga — Leslie Sansone You Can Do It Yoga — TERRIBLE instruction/cueing…but simple poses
Meditation — done
Water — done
Okay, so that my streaking news. Have you ever streaked? With what? Did you end up loving or hating it? Are you considering streaking? Do you think I’m nuts?