Competitor Staff Tackling 30-Day Fitness Challenge

Diagonals: Start here, sprint to the opposite corner, jog along the end line to the next corner, repeat. Photo: Mario Fraioli

Day 14: Monday, January 20

Brian Metzler, Editor-in-Chief:  After a busy day at the office I hopped on the spin bike for a 45-minute hill workout. It felt good to get my heart rate high after a long day in front of the computer.

Mario Fraioli, Senior Editor: Ever-so-subtly, daylight is hanging around longer and longer with each passing day, meaning I can start a 60-minute run at 4:30 PM without worrying about getting caught in the dark. I ran down the bike path to a soccer field 2-1/2 miles from my house and did a little workout I like to call diagonals, which is simply a series of sprints from one corner of the soccer field diagonally across the center to the other corner. The recovery between sprints is a short jog across the end line to the opposite corner. It’s a good little session for changing gears and working on turnover. After 8 such sprints, I ran a steady pace back home. Real nice run to start the week.

Caitlyn Pilkington, Associate Editor: My legs were pretty shot from my half marathon on Sunday, so I spent a solid 40 minutes stretching, foam rolling and “tennis balling” my feet. I’m planning to get my focus back on swimming and ElliptiGOing for the next several days before lacing up and prepping for Women’s Half San Diego at the end of February! (For those of you who have never use a tennis ball on the arch of your foot, or for anything really, I highly recommend it.)

Jason Devaney, Associate Web Editor: Monday was a busy day (aren’t all Mondays like that?) and it was my birthday, so there was a lot going on. Still, I was able to sneak out around midday for an easy 4-mile run. It was my second run in three days and the knee is starting to hurt less and less. I’m happy to be on the mend. Tuesday and Wednesday will be a challenge because I’m on a short business trip. Here’s hoping for a decent hotel gym.

Allison Pattillo, Contributing Editor: With a couple of deadlines, girls off from school and getting ready to go out of town, my workout was a simple swim. It felt good to stretch out in the pool and I logged a mile of straight out swimming, no drills.

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