Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered

Day 1 (actually, day 1/2 since I still have a run this evening) started off with a bang. Or a bungle. Either way, I was out of bed before 6am. That NEVER happens! I’m not a morning workout person. Never have been. But I am so far out of race condition that it has become a necessity.

So I created my plan to do half hour of strength training a few mornings each week. Body weight strength – not weight weight strength. Part of that plan includes planks – increasing in length over the course of time until I cap out at two minutes. Everything I’ve read indicates that you don’t gain any benefits for longer than two minutes, and it makes sense to me.

So I was going through my circuit and arrived at plank time.

Set the timer.

Got into position.

Press start.

Time stands still when you’re going planks. It seems that the timer moves so slowly.

I glanced at the timer because I was certain I has already reached the 30 seconds that I had set the timer for.

Body quivering.

For fuck’s sake, I’ve never had that much trouble with a 30 second plank before.

Glance at the timer again. 28.15.

Wait a minute! My addled brain thought maybe I had set the stopwatch instead of the timer and it was counting up, not down. So I held on a little longer, pondering the dot in the 28 seconds. Then I realized…. I set the timer for 30 minutes, not 30 seconds.

I accidentally did a minute and a half plank today.

First of all….WHAT???? I can’t tell you the last time that I even did a full minute plank. But I shut my timer off at 28.5, which (if I can math correctly) means a minute and a half had ticked by. Totally explains the shaky body.

Second of all…guess what? I can do a 90 second plank.

With that one little error in the wee hours of the morning, I feel more confident that I can be ready for the race in March. After all, I did a 90 second plank.

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