#oisellefullhalf challenge: week 1

An extremely long and complicated story short (which I promise to tell in due time), I’ve hardly managed more than a run a month since October. And I was ready to change that.

Oiselle presented a fun “Full Half Challenge” for the month of April in which challengees would commit to something athletic involving the number 13, in honor of the number of miles in a half marathon. My choice? Running 13 5ks in April (not races, but the minimum distance each session) The 13th run will be a 5K on the Bok Tower Gardens grounds, and I’m looking forward to celebrating a challenge completed at one of my favorite Florida gems 🙂

The first full week of this challenge has been encouraging already! I don’t want to admit how sore I was after the first run on Tuesday, but I got back out on Thursday and knocked 3 minutes off my time. In a bout of unseasonably beautiful weather, I knocked off another 3 minutes and enjoyed a strong, confidence-restoring progression run on Saturday. And Sunday, I enjoyed a beautiful run around the huge lake path in my town, and most of my tribe joined the adventure, walking behind me! If you want to join in the fun, I’m posting my progress on Instagram and Strava.

In addition, I’ve started a plank/squat challenge because my strength training has suffered, and I’ve enjoyed the challenge of cranking it out the first thing in the morning when I get out of bed. Popsugar has a great 2 week routine that has challenged me but also has been a perfect push of my strength limits. I am hoping for a strong core to support the running, and the additional benefit of good looking limbs in my dress at my mom’s wedding in a few short weeks.

Are you participating in the #oisellefullhalf challenge? Any recommendations for core and arm workouts?