May 2019 Challenge – #CoreCrewStrong

As I started to work on this month’s challenge, I was thinking about moving over the new CoreCrewStrong URL and wanted to find an image to use as our header that spoke #CoreCrewStrong to me and to you. A quick google search and the image below popped up! Y’all know these strong women right? Some awesome #CoreCrewStrong ladies right there! 🙂

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I love this photo because it shows strong women building friendships, supporting each other and kicking some major race booty! I’m also pretty excited about meeting all these fabulous women and seeing Brigid again in November when we run Philly!

To get to Philly, or whichever race you have planned, ready to run a strong half or full marathon, we have to put in the work. That means running of course, but it also means continuing to build our strength and athletic abilities. It means working on our flexibility and our ability to move smoothly from stride to stride. We must remember that the routines we do outside of running are part of the plan, not an add on. Strength, strides, stretching, warm ups, cool downs…it’s all part of the program!

Our May Challenge Calendar is similar to April with one strength routine on the calendar each day. But this month we have lots of bonus opportunities. You have daily options to add a routine or two that is right for your body’s current needs. We all have different issues…whether it’s weak hips and glutes, weak upper body, weak core, tight legs and calves, weak ankles, tight tendons, achy back, neck or upper back pain, we have routines to help us strengthen these areas. If you know you have areas that need extra help, that should be your focus this month with our bonus routines!

We’re also moving into the fourth phase of our heavy lifting program and I am excited to see Wendy (the only Crew member who is ready to start phase 4) finish this program and hear how she feels after completing it. I am starting week 11 this week so I’m not far behind! If you are ready to jump in, I think you will benefit from and really enjoy this program too! Remember that on days when you do your heavy lifting you can skip your STTC calendar strength.

Our May 2019 Calendar with the full months schedule of workouts plus all the links you need for the month’s exercises and routines can be found on our Strong to the Core Members Only Page. A link to this page can be found each day in the announcements at the top of our members only Strong to the Core private Facebook page.

If you are not a member of our Strong to the Core family and you are ready to jump in and run stronger with us click here for more info!

Let’s buddy up and get ready for a strong May!

Strong to the Core Membership and Guidelines

As we continue to grow and add more amazing people to our #CoreCrew family, it’s important to remember that group promotes strength for runners. Strong to the Core is about motivating each other to get stronger!

Most of us are runners, but strength is the #1 goal of our group and you don’t have to be a runner to benefit from our routines. You can walk, ride, swim…whatever makes your heart and body happy. You belong here…as long as you are also committed to working on your strength! 🙂

To keep our #CoreCrew family focused on strength, we have a couple simple STTC guidelines. You do not have to post everyday…but when you do post, it MUST include some kind of strength work. If you post, “I went for a run today” or “I was lazy and didn’t do anything today” but include no strength work and I see it, it will be deleted. Going for a run or bike ride is awesome and I love seeing you being active, but there are so many groups where we can post a run and get tons of accolades. That’s not what Strong to the Core is meant for and we don’t want to load up our feed with non-strength posts. If you go for a run but don’t do your strength, it doesn’t “count” for STTC so don’t post it. If you go for a run then do your Standard Core workout or get in some great hip and glute work, then post away! If you got in a plank and a wall sit on an off day then post it! If you took time for yourself on an active recovery day and did one of our Yoga for Runners routines or our 7 Key stretches for Runners then post it! If you don’t do anything…don’t post that you did nothing. That is not motivating to anyone! In fact, it gives others a reason to do nothing too!

Our monthly strength calendar, workout guides and videos and self care routines are for Strong to the Core members only. If you’re not a member of Strong to the Core but know you need to add strength to stay healthy, injury free and run longer and stronger click here for info on on how to join.

Strong to the Core Guidelines:

  1. Posts on private group must include strength. No Posts with Only Cardio – Post your workout only when you have done your strength work for the day. This doesn’t mean you can’t post inspiring stories or messages, races you want others to know about, or fun memes to give us a laugh. And you may post your running stats once you have completed your strength!
  2. Always be positive and supportive – Any posts or comments that are negative or demeaning will be deleted (this rarely happens with our #CoreCrew family!)
  3. STTC Monthly Challenge Winner – In order to be considered for our monthly Challenge Winner medal, you must post consistently, be positive and supportive of other members and be making purposeful strides in your strength goals. Our monthly winner is always active in our group and motivates others to reach their goals too!

Thank you for continuing to be a part of our Strong to the Core family!

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