Weekly Challenge: 20 minutes

Last week I didn’t have a weekly challenge, which was sort of nice because lately none of my challenges have gone particularly well. What can I say? 2008 has not been my year so far. I am, however, stubbornly refusing to believe that I should just throw in the towel, and I think that as long as I keep trying, at some point I will accomplish something! Yay for potential!!

For that reason, I am not abandoning my weekly challenges in spite of lackluster successes with them. And it isn’t like I have completely ignored them! I just have mixed results with them. At any rate, this week I thought maybe I should just do something sort of basic, straightforward, and feel goodish.

It is unrealistic for me to expect myself to stick to a training schedule without life getting in the way, and I want to learn to not feel guilty when I am not getting in all the running I would like to. What I want to do this week is focus on just getting in twenty minutes of activity every day. Rest days will be ‘active rest’ days, and days when I run will be, obviously, more than twenty minutes of activity. The point here is not to exhaust myself but to keep myself in motion (even if it is just a walk around the block or through the park or something). I feel so much better when I have done some sort of physical activity than I do when I just sit around my apartment and get nothing done. I have been in such a slump lately, and feeling so lousy has really helped me to recognize how much better I feel when I just get up and do something, no matter how minor it is. So in an effort to preserve that feeling and chase the blahs away, I am taking on this 20-minutes-a-day challenge. Like I said, I am not working for a better body, just a healthier state of mind.



  1. That’s a great weekly challenge. And what I like the most about it is that even if it seems simple, it can give you a lot and you can enjoy it and have fun with while doing it!

  2. I think this is a fantastic idea! I know for a fact that I get pretty down if I go a day without doing any physical activity. I think you will feel much better if you get at least a little workout every day.

  3. I think it’s a good idea-and I think it’s a good idea to START with a 20-minute challenge. But eventually you should, and probably will, take away the time limit and just try to keep yourself busy and engaged as much as you feel you need to be. After all, it’s much more rewarding to be engaged in something that makes you forget about the time, whether it be a walk around the block or through the park, or being involved in some sort of physical activity that can range simply from cleaning your apartment to visiting the local art museum. Whatever! But it’s definitely a good step and I think you will be rewarded if you can see it through!

  4. I think this is a brilliant challenge . . . and I also think getting in some daily activity will really help with the blahs you’ve been experiencing. I feel confident that you can and will nail this one. Good luck, Emilie! 😉

  5. I think that is a great plan! It really isn’t too hard to fit in 20 minutes at some point in time during the day so it should be easy to follow.

  6. Totally random comment but I think I am going to try to follow the revised schedule you set yourself in that post last week (i’m just catching up wiht your blog now)… I’ll keep you informed with how I do. I need a direction in my workouts too! I’ve even been missing them lately (mostly b/c of too much WORK argh).

  7. Great idea. Any movement is better than none at all!

    I’m still waiting for that magic pill that will kick my butt out of bed and into my workout clothes. It’s so hard to get going most days. But I can’t think of any workout I’ve ever had that I regret doing despite how much I was dreading it.

    Good luck with your challenge. I hope it’s going well.

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