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Competitor Staff Tackling 30-Day Fitness Challenge

  • By Competitor.com
  • Published Feb. 6, 2014
  • Updated Feb. 6, 2014 at 7:28 AM UTC
Sometimes, the hotel treadmill will just have to do, as Jason Devaney found out on Wednesday.

Day 16: Wednesday, January 22

Brian Metzler, Editor-in-Chief: I’m in Salt Lake City for a running industry trade show, but the irony is that there is a highly toxic cloud of smog hovering over the city due to a temperature inversion, so my exercise was limited to 4 miles running on a treadmill. (Two years ago with similar smog in SLC, I ran outdoors every day and wound up with some kind of nasty smog-related cough for the next 10 days.)

Mario Fraioli, Senior Editor: My attempt at finding a new place to run this morning failed miserably (long story), so my only option was to sneak in a quick 5-miler in the afternoon before picking up my wife from the train station. After picking her up, we went to the gym and warmed up with an easy 2-mile run outside, then did 45 minutes of circuit-style strength work, mostly utilizing dumbbells, medicine balls and our own bodyweight.

Caitlyn Pilkington, Associate Editor: I did 30 minutes of hills on the elliptical, followed by a round of arms and core work. It felt good to sweat again after my race!

Jason Devaney, Associate Web Editor: Stuck in a hotel and snowed in due to the east coast snowstorm, I opted for a treadmill run in the morning. I ran for 30 minutes, which was my plan, but it felt like double that because the gym was HOT. Still, it was a nice way to start the day.

Allison Pattillo, Contributing Editor: Traveling and bad air quality (I’m in Salt Lake City along with Mr. Metzler) made me thankful for a hotel fitness room. While waiting for a machine, I was willing with all my might that a bike or elliptical came available first, so, of course, I ended up on a treadmill. I’m usually not a fan, so I decided to really focus on quieter footfalls, keeping my pelvis level and ensuring my arms went forwards and back, not across my body. 45 minutes passed in a flash.

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