1. Balance Training. A good way to sneak in both strength training and some flexibility work. I plan on combining yoga moves, general stability moves, and core work. This should be good for my over all running, trail running, and general clumsiness.
This will be an important part of the challenge.2. Stick to the plan. This fall I was pretty streaky in terms of sticking to my training plan. There would good weeks when I hit every workout and weeks that were not so good. For December I'm going to try to stick exactly to my plan with the only excuse being injury or sickness. This will give me the best base heading into to peak training and the craziness that is January.
Checking 'em off one at a time.3. Handstand a day. As a fun way to work on my strength and balance, I've started doing a handstand each day and holding it for as long as I can. I got the idea after seeing the daughters of some friends be able to both hold them for a minute and be able to pull off a press up to handstand (they are gymnasts). I don't think I'm ready for the press handstand, but working on my handstand is great for the core, upper body, and balance. Plus it's just fun. I'll work on getting a picture.
My upper body is already super strong, but handstands are just fun.4. Field Trips. With a slightly more flexible weekend schedule, I've decided to take my long runs on the road with a goal of 3 long runs not on my usual turf (i.e. not running from home). It will give me a chance to mix it up and hopefully explore some new routes.
Good chance this will be one of the field trips.5. New. I'm going to do 3 new things that are running/fitness related. Whether it be try a fitness class, run with a new buddy, or something I haven't even thought of yet, I'm going to challenge myself to get out of my typical day to day.
Do you like month long challenges? What was the last new thing you challenged yourself to try?