The first 30-day challenge I’ll be doing is the Journey to Splits challenge. I found this a few months ago at https://www.blogilates.com/30-days-30-stretches-to-splits-journeytosplits/ and thought it would be a great thing to try some day. I don’t feel I need to write too much to explain this because the original post sums it up pretty well.
The first five days are stretches 1 through 5. On day six I’ll do 1 through 5 and also 6. On day seven I’ll do 1 through 5 and also 7. I’ll be doing only 6 stretches per day, not all of them in one day.
The post says to stretch for 10 minutes a day but I’m going to try to find more time than that because I have a long way to go. Before a couple of years ago I never stretched for anything unless I was at a rehearsal. Even then it was the bare minimum. PiYo got me a little more flexible but I like to do more intense strength building programs and don’t have time for those and PiYo in the same day.
I’ll try to keep regular updates in Twitter with the hashtags #JourneyToSplits and #30for30at30. If I do well at the end of the 30 days I may post a picture of myself doing a split. But then I’d have to take a picture of myself and share it with people, two things I never do. We’ll see.
Update on February 18
I managed to make it the entire 30 days doing my extra stretches. While I am still not anywhere near getting a split it has definitely gotten me much closer. I feel like if I were to continue this I would be able to get one by the end of the year, if not sooner.
I did jot down a few things as they came up. Things that really stuck out to me.
Day 6. Why are you even here? I tried doing stretch number 6 but just ended up in number 3 again. I get what the point is but I’m not there yet.
I didn’t quite understand day 7. I feel like my feet were supposed to be flat on the floor but I don’t have that kind of flexibility in my calves. I ended up not feeling anything for that stretch.
When my knee went out on me during Morning Meltdown 100 these stretches helped me recover quickly.
I could hardly do stretch number 5 so I was not getting 10 or 12. For those days I just did stretch number 5 a few more times.
I think day 22 will be easier once I’m more flexible. I couldn’t quite get my legs straight, even lying down.
I didn’t stand a chance at the end so for days 28, 29, and 30 I did 8, 9, and 19 again.
I’m going to keep working on this and put it onto my bucket list.