60-Day Plank Challenge

Still coming off of the high of shaving almost 3 minutes off of my 10K time (down from 55:25 to 52:55), I’m inspired to really focus on my core and hip strength. This morning, I started a 60-Day Planking Streak, which will require me to hold a straight, down-the-middle plank each morning before starting my day. Of course, streaks don’t always go the way we plan, so if I need to plank before bed, that’s fine – as long as it gets done.

Today was Day 1/60, and I held my plank for 1 minute and 11 seconds. I’ll try to add 5 seconds each day, but if I need to repeat a particular time, I will. Eventually, I’ll work on my side planks as well. Those are *much* harder for me, but I’ll get there.

One of my favorite Instagram runners (I need to stay off of that app…) has been on a planking streak for almost 3 months and she’s up to 4 minutes! The improvement in her times has been significant, and core strength has a lot to do with it, I’m sure.

Do you incorporate planks into your strength routine? If so, how often and how long do you hold your planks?