A Wickedly Difficult Birthday Challenge: Five Runs. Five Counties. One Day!

March 7, 2017

My birthday was on Sunday, and I celebrated by undertaking a big fitness challenge: by going on five runs, in five different counties, all in one day! This idea has been rolling around in my head for a few years. It was a different type of running challenge – one that would push me, and, at the same time, introduce me to new areas of southern California. This year it was time to finally bite the bullet! I gave myself a couple rules: Read the rest of this entry »

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New Nerd Fitness Challenge: CARDIO TO VEGAS!

June 27, 2013

You guys, I’m TOTALLY NERDING OUT RIGHT NOW.  I’m in nerd heaven. I’ve come up with a new fitness challenge that has me so freakin’ excited, because it plays to all my nerd strengths. It involves statistics. It involves maps. It involves research. And, most importantly, it involves exercise. It’s a nerd dream come true!

I’m calling my new challenge CARDIO TO VEGAS, and here’s how it works (with a little background thrown in, too): I’ve been working hard to get in shape after being sidelined from my surgery, and that hard work has resulted in me doing a lot of cardio. Since I’m not in training for a charity race (like my recent skyscraper climb), I wanted to find something that would help keep me going. So I’m going to run and bike and climb my way to Vegas!

Let me clear, right at the start – I’m not going to literally run from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. What I’m going to do keep track of every mile I complete, whether it’s on a run, on an exercise bike, on an elliptical, even in a pool. I’m going to add those miles up, and I’m going to track them on a map. The goal is to log enough miles to get me all the way to Las Vegas, which is 274 miles away.

Entire Route

I’m going to use Google Maps to track my progress. For a starting point, I picked an intersection at Valley Plaza Park, which is near my house. I picked it because Read the rest of this entry »