Fitness Friday: 10 week Finish Strong Challenge.

I am a person that NEEDS goals. I need deadlines and a very specific plan. These past two weeks have been great for me to recover and reflect on the marathon, and really the entire marathon training cycle. I have learned so much with each race and each run that I do and I am ready for another set of goals and another fitness challenge. You know what? There are only 10 weeks until the end of 2015. I am officially starting a 10-week Finish Strong strength training plan. I am making the last 10 weeks of 2015 the best 10 weeks and I am going to finish the year physically and mentally stronger than ever.

The goal? Finish strong.


As I mentioned, I need details to accomplish my goals. I need structure and I need a plan. I have used the last couple of weeks to finalize this fitness plan. While I will be doing both cardio and strength training, I struggle to make up strength training routines on the spot so I have outlined my schedule for strength training workouts for the next 10 weeks in order to hold myself accountable. Cardio will be in the form of running, spinning, swimming, walking, and all of that fun stuff, but I crave that sort of thing so I don’t think I will struggle to get my cardio sweat on.

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I have a really good idea of what I like to do and what challenges me when I train different parts of my body. Whenever I run out of ideas I convince my brother to let me tag along with him to the gym and he shows me a ton of new moves that I can try out. There is SO MUCH you can do at the gym, in your home, or even in a park somewhere, so don’t let the idea of lifting dumbbells up and down and up and down bore you. I love strength training and I get so much satisfaction out of feeling myself get stronger.


It’s going to be a tough 10 weeks because in order to get stronger and to get to the place I want to be on December 31, I have to stick with solid nutrition, whole foods, lots of protein, and lots of water. I am fully aware that the Halloween and the entire Christmas season is happening in the next 10 weeks but I am ready to overcome those societal health-obstacles!


Every Friday I will post a recap of my week of training, called Fitness Friday. It’s like Marathon Monday, but as my training program starts on a Friday and I’m no longer training for a marathon at the moment, it just makes more sense. Plus, I love alliteration.

I have decided to start a link-up for anyone else who wants to participate in a Fitness Friday link-up. It doesn’t even have to be a blog post that was posted on Friday, but if you want to add a link to my Friday blog posts highlighting a recap of your weekly fitness or any post you wrote about fitness, just be sure to link back to my blog and include the header I have provided below. I can’t wait to read everyone’s Fitness Friday posts!

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I’m ready to finish 2015 strong. ARE YOU?

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  1. Great plan!

    I’m doing something very similar but focusing on running form. That will include strength training. I’m using the off season to re learn how to run so I can take care of “the wiggles” (I have a bad cross over gait that causes injury).

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  2. I love how driven you are!

    I don’t really have a “plan” when it comes to my fitness. I do whatever I feel like doing that day (cardio or strength). I just don’t like feeling like I “have” to do something, you know?


    Have a great weekend. xoxo

      1. I’m with Jo. No plan. Whatever floats my boat each day. Like to mix it up. I do need to get some more strength in though.

  3. Omg, my heart sank a little when I read the part about there only being 10 weeks left in the year! What?! How is that possible?! Eep.

    Sounds like you have a great plan! I am so weak when it comes to the temptations of all the unhealthy Christmas snacks! I don’t post much about my fitness (or lack thereof lol), other than races, but maybe I will join in one week 🙂 In the meantime, I look forward to reading about your progress!

  4. Awesome. I am also someone that needs a plan, or a goal. I don’t do well left to my own devices at all.

    I haven’t been doing my Fitness Friday posts since they were the least popular posts but maybe I will join in every once in awhile.

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