Competitor Staff Tackling 30-Day Fitness Challenge

Associate editor Caitlyn Pilkington demonstrates multitasking at its finest.

Day 10: Thursday, January 16

Brian Metzler, Editor-in-Chief:  Ah, the simple beauty of the 30-minute run. I had a busy day on Thursday, getting to the office at 7:15 a.m. and working on deadline into the evening hours. I finally laced up my kicks (New Balance Fresh Foam 980) and went out for an easy 30 minute jaunt. It was the perfect way to end a stressful work day and a great form of recovery for my legs.

Mario Fraioli, Senior Editor: I wanted to take advantage of the trails again this morning and lucky for me, colleagues Jessie Sebor (Women’s Running editor-in-chief) and Jene Shaw (Triathlete senior editor) were interested in tagging along. We ran out into the San Elijo Lagoon for 30 minutes before turning around and finishing at 60 minutes on the nose. Smoothies and coffee were our post-run reward.

Caitlyn Pilkington, Associate Editor: I’m guilty of trading my morning routine for some extra Zzzzs. But I consider 60 minutes on the treadmill desk an accomplishment for this challenge because I’m getting over my fear of treadmills while exercising my brain during a brainstorming — heavy day. And I did work up a sweat doing it!

Jason Devaney, Associate Web Editor: Thursday is typically my second (of two) strength training day. The workout consisted of 3×10 lat pulldowns, 2×10 dumbbell bench press, 2×10 standing bench press, 3×10 standing shoulder press with dumbbells, 3×10 squats, 3×15 calf raises, 3×8 pull-ups, 3×10 dips, and some focused core work. I try to do this circuit in about 45 minutes, although I was fighting the January gym crowd last night so it was a bit longer. It’s a great full-body workout.

Allison Pattillo, Contributing Editor: I decided to take a break from cold air exercising and went to the gym. My hour on the bike was rather uninspired, I just spun at a high cadence/low resistance to work on leg turnover. Then it was time to reacquaint myself with the weight room–easily the first visit in four or five years! I did an upper body circuit of high reps and relatively light weight.

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