1st Day: 1 push-up
2nd Day: 200 at 5k pace (then back to Day 1)
3rd Day: 3 deep breaths (then back to Day 2 and 1)
4th Day: 400 at half marathon pace (then back to Day 3,2,1)
5th day: 5 Burpees (then back to Days 4,3,2,1)
6th Day: 6 lunges (etc)
7th Day: 7 Jumping Jacks
8th Day: 800 at marathon pace
9th Day: 9 butt kicks
10th Day: 10 X 100s, alt easy/hard
11th Day: 11 high knees
12th Day: 1200 recovery
On paper, this looks like a fun, hard workout. In reality, it is REALLY hard, but it is incredibly fun with a group of friends cheering one another on. Last year I attempted it alone, and I managed to talk myself out of going back down the ladder after Day 10. (Wimpy, I know). So this year, I took advantage of the fact that I had recently joined #runcrozet, a group of runners who live about 15 minutes from me in the little mountain hamlet of Crozet, Virginia.
These runners are a mix of stay-at-home and working moms and dads who are training for road marathons and, in a few cases, trail ultras. On Wednesday mornings at 5:30, they do a standard track workout, so as Christmas approached, I threw out the “12 Days” idea, and was thrilled when six others agreed to join me.