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« Reply #1200 on: June 22, 2016, 06:07:53 AM »
HA!

I went to the gym tonight, and did some practice squatting. No pain in my knee, and for the first time in a long, long, looooong time I could feel all those posterior chain muscles firing. Which means I've finally progressed past the incredibly tedious part where I rebuild the strength and balance needed to find proper form. 

Now onto actual, real squatting with proper form! I did 5 today. My goal was 10, but I was tired by 5 and felt my back rounding an knees buckling in. No need to push it.

Yay for no knee pain! And good for you for not pushing it. Better to do a little now and stay healthy enough to do more the next time.

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« Reply #1201 on: June 22, 2016, 09:30:33 AM »
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I"m fucking pissed as hell b/c I can't seem to get my weight under 160- I really would rather break this year into the solid 150's and live at 150. But I'm seemingly trapped despite my best efforts at 160. #stabbystabby

I can relate.  "My number" is 132.  But I sit at around 140.  Last November, I hit it really hard and dropped to 136.  And then got the stomach flu, which got me down to 129 (but that wasn't pretty).  By April, back up to 141.

I feel trapped. But partially because ... I KNOW I can get there, but it requires perfection to get there and stay there.  (1500 cals max, no wine, no wheat, no sugar...ever).  And, really, is life worth living with that?

What works best for me is to eat great during the week and at a bit of a deficit so I'm able to splurge more on the weekends, my wife does the same and she maintains 115lbs and looks great. We still eat delicious foods during the week but it's pretty much calculated down to a science for amounts, then every weekend we have a good dinner out to eat (usually reasonable healthy still, burger, fish, sushi, etc) along with a beer or two or maybe some wine. We also usually have ice cream as well on the weekends (I have huge amounts lol)

Our meals during the week are good and delicious, just balanced and controlled and we taper off carbs at our last meals.

I usually find with a few days of sticking to my diet I'm afforded a reasonable splurge meal. I just don't get stupid about my cheat meals. Gluttony in a diet is never ok at any level.

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« Reply #1202 on: June 22, 2016, 10:43:43 AM »
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I"m fucking pissed as hell b/c I can't seem to get my weight under 160- I really would rather break this year into the solid 150's and live at 150. But I'm seemingly trapped despite my best efforts at 160. #stabbystabby

I can relate.  "My number" is 132.  But I sit at around 140.  Last November, I hit it really hard and dropped to 136.  And then got the stomach flu, which got me down to 129 (but that wasn't pretty).  By April, back up to 141.

I feel trapped. But partially because ... I KNOW I can get there, but it requires perfection to get there and stay there.  (1500 cals max, no wine, no wheat, no sugar...ever).  And, really, is life worth living with that?

What works best for me is to eat great during the week and at a bit of a deficit so I'm able to splurge more on the weekends, my wife does the same and she maintains 115lbs and looks great. We still eat delicious foods during the week but it's pretty much calculated down to a science for amounts, then every weekend we have a good dinner out to eat (usually reasonable healthy still, burger, fish, sushi, etc) along with a beer or two or maybe some wine. We also usually have ice cream as well on the weekends (I have huge amounts lol)

Our meals during the week are good and delicious, just balanced and controlled and we taper off carbs at our last meals.

I usually find with a few days of sticking to my diet I'm afforded a reasonable splurge meal. I just don't get stupid about my cheat meals. Gluttony in a diet is never ok at any level.

I like this strategy and it is one I'm working towards. My husband used to function well on a similar approach.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1203 on: June 22, 2016, 10:45:58 AM »
HA!

I went to the gym tonight, and did some practice squatting. No pain in my knee, and for the first time in a long, long, looooong time I could feel all those posterior chain muscles firing. Which means I've finally progressed past the incredibly tedious part where I rebuild the strength and balance needed to find proper form. 

Now onto actual, real squatting with proper form! I did 5 today. My goal was 10, but I was tired by 5 and felt my back rounding an knees buckling in. No need to push it.

Excellent! It is so important to let the ego go and lower the weight until you can nail form perfectly and then very slowly increase weight week to week. If that means you squat with an empty bar for weeks until you are comfortable enough to throw 10lbs on each side for another week then go for it. A deep squat even with just the bar is way more impressive than a squat that comes no where near deep with 45s on each side.

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« Reply #1204 on: June 23, 2016, 09:39:11 PM »
EngineerYogi, all very good points. Also, its great you thought I was using a bar! My pathetic level is a lot higher (lower?) in your eyes than in actuality. I've been doing all my squatting with just body weight. Imma effing nail proper squatting form if it's the last effort I ever put into moving my veal-like carcass around. And if bodyweight is the way to start, then bodyweight is the way I'll go. I've developed such a nonchalance about the whole thing, that the nonchalance has become militarized and is side-eyeing the acquisition of a neighbour or two...

Also, I went to the gym. I progressed the Convict Conditioning from 3x10's to 2x15's. Except for headstands, which I skip out of fear and loathing.

Also, I had a pretty big food win today. My workgroup wanted Mexican food for lunch. I love chips, but chips don't comply with the keto style I like to rock. Solved by eating the chips, getting veggies instead of rice and beans, and not obsessing over anything. Bonus win, I was still (or back) in ketosis by the time I made it home at 1600. Not being weird about food FTW!

Also, the guard in the guardshack, guarding my work building gave me googly, come hither eyes today. So I must be doing something right, somewhere. But I'm married, so I didn't go thither.
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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1205 on: June 26, 2016, 08:33:00 PM »
Been back at work for 3 weeks and think I need to rethink my running goals.  We have kiddo in a temporary childcare situation for the summer and getting him home involves quite a bit of walking (while carrying a 15 lb baby and his supplies).  Add in that I am no longer able to nap during the day and my runs have been very lackluster due to the sleep deficit that accumulate during the week and the fact that my legs/feet are already doing quite a bit of movement during the day.  Basically, at the moment, running is probably not a particularly efficient use of my workout time.

So, I'm downgrading my goal for the moment to simply doing 3 resistance/strength focused workouts of 30 min each per week, and going for a 30 min run on the weekends.  This should give me a little more sleep time and hopefully doing workouts that are very different from walking will allow me to put a bit more oomph into them.

We should have kiddo into a closer childcare situation by August or September so I'll reevaluate then how much running I can fit into the schedule.  I'm thinking that the RLRF 10k training plan I was hoping to do may not be feasible until I'm doing substantially less breastfeeding, both b/c nursing takes calories and because finding a time window in which to do some of the longer (10 mile) runs will be challenging.  So that may be a 2017 goal.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1206 on: June 26, 2016, 09:18:09 PM »
I'm dealing with a lot of complicated feelings about fitness vs money.

I started a new job and while I've been sticking to the 5 days (1 hr each) of working out/week, but I have been doing a terrible job at self-motivated (AKA running) goals. Instead, I've been doing strength training/dance/yoga because it means I have to go TO a class, which makes me better at actually following through. Bizarrely, this seems harder than just running on a small loop for 30 minutes near my house.

I don't have any good goals or training happening right now, and I think shelling out $80 for a half-marathon in the fall might be the only way to get me into a running groove through the summer. I'm really struggling with the consumerism of running vs self-motivation, but I think that this might be the only way to get myself to commit to a running program.

Thoughts? Other ideas of ways to make myself run?

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« Reply #1207 on: June 26, 2016, 10:42:18 PM »
I'm frustrated...sort of.

My life has gotten very full, to the point that I'm running out of time/energy/motivation to do more.  Everything I'm doing is something that I need to do (work/kids), or is a high-priority want.  However, this means the fitness progress has stalled somewhat.  </complainy excuse>

I haven't been doing crunches or making it to the pool to swim - which are two things that would be terrific for me and are areas that I really want to improve.  I'd like to eventually do some shorter triathlons again.  There is really no excuse for not doing crunches.  Time to start back up.

Mostly, I've been eating well - but I'm ending up with about one day per week (instead of one day per month) where I have something sweet (ice cream, etc).  This is much better than the old status quo, but it can be better yet - I feel like I'm slipping here.

The thing that is saving me is the biking.  Since it is the most efficient (and most pleasant) way to get anywhere, the busier I get the more I tend to bike.  I'm going to end up at 210-215 miles for the month, which I'm happy with.  That's even after the mileage took a hit this month when my family visited for the week.  The biking is keeping my weight stable and my brain floating in the required endorphin soup. 


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« Reply #1208 on: June 26, 2016, 10:51:38 PM »
I'm dealing with a lot of complicated feelings about fitness vs money.

I started a new job and while I've been sticking to the 5 days (1 hr each) of working out/week, but I have been doing a terrible job at self-motivated (AKA running) goals. Instead, I've been doing strength training/dance/yoga because it means I have to go TO a class, which makes me better at actually following through. Bizarrely, this seems harder than just running on a small loop for 30 minutes near my house.

I don't have any good goals or training happening right now, and I think shelling out $80 for a half-marathon in the fall might be the only way to get me into a running groove through the summer. I'm really struggling with the consumerism of running vs self-motivation, but I think that this might be the only way to get myself to commit to a running program.

Thoughts? Other ideas of ways to make myself run?

Having a goal event often helps. Having a plan that includes a variety of work outs (easy runs, fartlek, intervals, long runs) and gradually builds to a goal helps too.

I don't really follow on the consumerism of running vs self-motivation. Are you saying the costs of shoes, clothes, gadgets etc are getting to you?
I suffer from this a bit. I calculated a few years ago I had near $500+ of gear on me every run:
- Garmin Running Watch - $300
- Shoes - $120
- Shorts and shirt - $50
- MP3 Player - $100

But then going to classes isn't cheap either? And you still need clothes for them.

Do I need an expensive running watch? No - I've heard reports that it is possible to run without GPS (I don't believe them - but people claim it is possible). I enjoy the instant feedback and control. It also helps to motivate me and I nerd out a bit with the data.


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« Reply #1209 on: June 26, 2016, 10:55:41 PM »
Its winter here in Australia but not winter like a lot of places but still could enough to limit motivation to excercise and encourage the eating of giant piles of stodgey food. I've reached a few conclusions about my exercise of late - I fell into the same trap I do every year - 1 dimensional training. Training for a 1/2 marathon with a time goal of 1hr 45min. Running 4-5 times a week. It was all going well until it wasn't going well at all. Niggles, soreness, lack of motivation. It is almost like avoiding doing my supporting activities was a mistake...

I've taken a week or so off to reassess. Brought some lifting back in (SL5x5 with reset weights to bar) and yoga at home (love those yoga youtube videos). 

Unsure if I'll commit to the 1/2 marathon or not. Who'd have thought balance was important?

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« Reply #1210 on: June 26, 2016, 10:59:24 PM »
I'm dealing with a lot of complicated feelings about fitness vs money.

I started a new job and while I've been sticking to the 5 days (1 hr each) of working out/week, but I have been doing a terrible job at self-motivated (AKA running) goals. Instead, I've been doing strength training/dance/yoga because it means I have to go TO a class, which makes me better at actually following through. Bizarrely, this seems harder than just running on a small loop for 30 minutes near my house.

I don't have any good goals or training happening right now, and I think shelling out $80 for a half-marathon in the fall might be the only way to get me into a running groove through the summer. I'm really struggling with the consumerism of running vs self-motivation, but I think that this might be the only way to get myself to commit to a running program.

Thoughts? Other ideas of ways to make myself run?

Do you need to run? When you do end up running, do you enjoy the process, or are you just looking to check a box?

If it was me, loving the classes and dreading the runs, I'd just stop running. The desire will either come back, or it won't. As long as some sort of fitness is occurring, who cares about the form the fitness takes? But I might be misinterpreting something in your writeup.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1211 on: June 26, 2016, 11:03:02 PM »

I don't have any good goals or training happening right now, and I think shelling out $80 for a half-marathon in the fall might be the only way to get me into a running groove through the summer. I'm really struggling with the consumerism of running vs self-motivation, but I think that this might be the only way to get myself to commit to a running program.

Having a goal event often helps. Having a plan that includes a variety of work outs (easy runs, fartlek, intervals, long runs) and gradually builds to a goal helps too.

I don't really follow on the consumerism of running vs self-motivation. Are you saying the costs of shoes, clothes, gadgets etc are getting to you?

But then going to classes isn't cheap either? And you still need clothes for them.

The classes is a fixed cost via classpass for the moment and is REALLY good for motivation + instruction for things I'm also not self-motivated about - stretching and strength training. Right now, that's a good deal. (See my post earlier on this page about classpass).

But for the moment, I'm struggling with spending $80 on a half-marathon just to do a run I could totally do on my own.  Just to make myself train when theoretically there's nothing stopping me from training WITHOUT spending $80 on a half-marathon. I'm just worried that the only times I've been successful at consistently running long distances is when I have an event to work up to. But $80 for one half-marathon is a steep price to pay to buy some intrinsic self-motivation.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1212 on: June 26, 2016, 11:10:37 PM »
I'm dealing with a lot of complicated feelings about fitness vs money.

I started a new job and while I've been sticking to the 5 days (1 hr each) of working out/week, but I have been doing a terrible job at self-motivated (AKA running) goals. Instead, I've been doing strength training/dance/yoga because it means I have to go TO a class, which makes me better at actually following through. Bizarrely, this seems harder than just running on a small loop for 30 minutes near my house.

I don't have any good goals or training happening right now, and I think shelling out $80 for a half-marathon in the fall might be the only way to get me into a running groove through the summer. I'm really struggling with the consumerism of running vs self-motivation, but I think that this might be the only way to get myself to commit to a running program.

Thoughts? Other ideas of ways to make myself run?

Do you need to run? When you do end up running, do you enjoy the process, or are you just looking to check a box?

If it was me, loving the classes and dreading the runs, I'd just stop running. The desire will either come back, or it won't. As long as some sort of fitness is occurring, who cares about the form the fitness takes? But I might be misinterpreting something in your writeup.

I've never "enjoyed" the physical act of running but I like hitting the goals, my brain feels good at the end of the run. I never regret going on a run once I've done it.

I hate the idea of losing the cardio fitness that the regular long runs puts me in compared to only dance or strength training. I usually like my body's homeostasis shape best when I'm running regularly.

I think the key element though is that running checks off boxes because it has really easy key "metrics" - certain pace, mileage. As a 115lb 4'11" female with significant wrist/hand disability, distance running is one of the only disciplines in which I can keep pushing myself and see results after a certain generally "fit" plateau.

Maybe that's the key- it's one of the only things I can set goals in, so it's hard to give up. I'm never going to get to do a group burpee activity, and I'm not going to be physically able to do powerlifting (my hands will give out before my muscles do). So running is the only way to feel like I'm working "towards" something.

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« Reply #1213 on: June 27, 2016, 05:19:59 AM »
Its winter here in Australia but not winter like a lot of places but still could enough to limit motivation to excercise and encourage the eating of giant piles of stodgey food. I've reached a few conclusions about my exercise of late - I fell into the same trap I do every year - 1 dimensional training. Training for a 1/2 marathon with a time goal of 1hr 45min. Running 4-5 times a week. It was all going well until it wasn't going well at all. Niggles, soreness, lack of motivation. It is almost like avoiding doing my supporting activities was a mistake...

I've taken a week or so off to reassess. Brought some lifting back in (SL5x5 with reset weights to bar) and yoga at home (love those yoga youtube videos). 

Unsure if I'll commit to the 1/2 marathon or not. Who'd have thought balance was important?

That's a pretty decent goal! I'd be stocked if I could do that (by next year hopefully I will).

Just ran 8.5km in 44:30 before I felt a twinge in a hamstring. With my local 11k fun run scheduled for 3 weeks time I thought it best to stop before a niggle becomes an injury.

Still stoked with that time and I wasn't even out of breath when I pulled the pin.

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« Reply #1214 on: June 27, 2016, 06:16:45 AM »
marty998 good luck with the 11k! I hope listening to your body makes all the difference.

I just finished stage 5 of 7 in my program. The next one is focused on building strength for pull ups. Upper body strength is hard for me, so we'll see how this goes!

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« Reply #1215 on: June 27, 2016, 06:37:51 AM »

Thoughts? Other ideas of ways to make myself run?

Have you tried something as simple as running in a new area? I really like running most of the time, but when I find myself in a rut, I find a change of scenery helps. So I ride my bike into town to run on the city trails or in one of the parks. Or do hill repeats in the parking garage (this is not motivating, but it's amazing how much I look forward to easy, flat runs for a few days after a hard hill session.) Or schedule a couple runs with friends. I hate letting people down, so meeting others is usually motivation enough to get me out the door. I certainly understand your motivations to run, but maybe you just need a break? Keep up cardio with cycling or swimming for a bit.

Weekly recap: Three short runs, three bike rides, one swim, one strength session this past week... not a bad week. Nothing was super intense, but it was a nice week of easy workouts.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1216 on: June 27, 2016, 09:13:22 AM »

But for the moment, I'm struggling with spending $80 on a half-marathon just to do a run I could totally do on my own.  Just to make myself train when theoretically there's nothing stopping me from training WITHOUT spending $80 on a half-marathon. I'm just worried that the only times I've been successful at consistently running long distances is when I have an event to work up to. But $80 for one half-marathon is a steep price to pay to buy some intrinsic self-motivation.


I've never run consistently without an event to lead up to, and I don't think for a moment I ever would.
One way I try to get the most "value" out of the motivating effect is to start training at least 6 months in advance.
So the $40 I spent on B2B (it also helps to pick a cheap race, preferably one you've done in the past so you get access to early registration, and then register the day it opens), divided by 6 months of 3-4 workouts a week works out to about 50 cents per workout.

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« Reply #1217 on: June 27, 2016, 09:55:10 AM »
Between you guys and the people on the Nerd Fitness forums I've apparently been driven to insanity. Keeping in mind I've done one 5k in my life and just started riding again last August after not having a bike for 15ish years, here's what I've signed up for so far:

6/10 - 23.5 mile charity bike ride for United Way (high of 98 forecasted) Done. Ended up "only" doing 20 miles due to extreme heat
6/18 - Insane Inflatable 5k Done
6/25 - Local 5k Mud Run Done
6/26 - 16 mile bike ride to support the local trails (which will be 20 miles for us because the start/end point is close to home) Done and we actually ended up doing 26 miles total since we got done with the 16 mile route 30 minutes before they served lunch so we hoped on the 6 miles one for fun (plus 4 miles round trip to get there)
8/20 - Different local 5k Mud Run
8/27 - Yet another local 5k Mud Run

So yeah, he's to hoping I at least survive through June....
So I did in fact survive June! I have four new shirts (well, 3 with one on the way) and two finisher medals and I'm feeling a bit badass if I do say so myself

Wow! Well done and way to go!

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« Reply #1218 on: June 27, 2016, 10:06:42 AM »

But for the moment, I'm struggling with spending $80 on a half-marathon just to do a run I could totally do on my own.  Just to make myself train when theoretically there's nothing stopping me from training WITHOUT spending $80 on a half-marathon. I'm just worried that the only times I've been successful at consistently running long distances is when I have an event to work up to. But $80 for one half-marathon is a steep price to pay to buy some intrinsic self-motivation.


I've never run consistently without an event to lead up to, and I don't think for a moment I ever would.
One way I try to get the most "value" out of the motivating effect is to start training at least 6 months in advance.
So the $40 I spent on B2B (it also helps to pick a cheap race, preferably one you've done in the past so you get access to early registration, and then register the day it opens), divided by 6 months of 3-4 workouts a week works out to about 50 cents per workout.
Nice way to view that with the marginal cost! I also always do half-marathons, which are hella expensive ($70-90), mostly because I feel like it's not worth to spend money when it's "just 5K or 10K" because I don't really need to train for that.

Glad to see that someone else needs the event to lead up to be motivated to run.

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« Reply #1219 on: June 27, 2016, 12:13:31 PM »

But for the moment, I'm struggling with spending $80 on a half-marathon just to do a run I could totally do on my own.  Just to make myself train when theoretically there's nothing stopping me from training WITHOUT spending $80 on a half-marathon. I'm just worried that the only times I've been successful at consistently running long distances is when I have an event to work up to. But $80 for one half-marathon is a steep price to pay to buy some intrinsic self-motivation.


I've never run consistently without an event to lead up to, and I don't think for a moment I ever would.
One way I try to get the most "value" out of the motivating effect is to start training at least 6 months in advance.
So the $40 I spent on B2B (it also helps to pick a cheap race, preferably one you've done in the past so you get access to early registration, and then register the day it opens), divided by 6 months of 3-4 workouts a week works out to about 50 cents per workout.
Nice way to view that with the marginal cost! I also always do half-marathons, which are hella expensive ($70-90), mostly because I feel like it's not worth to spend money when it's "just 5K or 10K" because I don't really need to train for that.

Glad to see that someone else needs the event to lead up to be motivated to run.

I don't have any good ideas. My motivation for running is ridicule and job loss if I don't make time. And the last time I was tested, I beat the time cut off by 2 seconds. Which was absolutely fine with me!

Maybe I could come yell at you?

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1220 on: June 27, 2016, 02:19:08 PM »

But for the moment, I'm struggling with spending $80 on a half-marathon just to do a run I could totally do on my own.  Just to make myself train when theoretically there's nothing stopping me from training WITHOUT spending $80 on a half-marathon. I'm just worried that the only times I've been successful at consistently running long distances is when I have an event to work up to. But $80 for one half-marathon is a steep price to pay to buy some intrinsic self-motivation.


I've never run consistently without an event to lead up to, and I don't think for a moment I ever would.
One way I try to get the most "value" out of the motivating effect is to start training at least 6 months in advance.
So the $40 I spent on B2B (it also helps to pick a cheap race, preferably one you've done in the past so you get access to early registration, and then register the day it opens), divided by 6 months of 3-4 workouts a week works out to about 50 cents per workout.
Nice way to view that with the marginal cost! I also always do half-marathons, which are hella expensive ($70-90), mostly because I feel like it's not worth to spend money when it's "just 5K or 10K" because I don't really need to train for that.

Glad to see that someone else needs the event to lead up to be motivated to run.

I don't have any good ideas. My motivation for running is ridicule and job loss if I don't make time. And the last time I was tested, I beat the time cut off by 2 seconds. Which was absolutely fine with me!

Maybe I could come yell at you?

If only my job required me to run more than in heels and a suit between hospitality rooms on election night!

Doesn't petrie run fast? Is she just more self motivated or does she have stricter job requirements?

There's a "training program" I could join for running, which amounts to paying someone to tell me when and where to go run every weekend. That seems absurdly silly. So why does shelling out $80 for a half-marathon seem sane?

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1221 on: June 27, 2016, 03:41:29 PM »
If only my job required me to run more than in heels and a suit between hospitality rooms on election night!

Doesn't petrie run fast? Is she just more self motivated or does she have stricter job requirements?

There's a "training program" I could join for running, which amounts to paying someone to tell me when and where to go run every weekend. That seems absurdly silly. So why does shelling out $80 for a half-marathon seem sane?

Petrie is a long-legged gazelle, who enjoys running. Despite these flaws, I love her dearly.

How much does the dictatorial running program cost?

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1222 on: June 27, 2016, 04:02:03 PM »
If only my job required me to run more than in heels and a suit between hospitality rooms on election night!

Doesn't petrie run fast? Is she just more self motivated or does she have stricter job requirements?

There's a "training program" I could join for running, which amounts to paying someone to tell me when and where to go run every weekend. That seems absurdly silly. So why does shelling out $80 for a half-marathon seem sane?

Petrie is a long-legged gazelle, who enjoys running. Despite these flaws, I love her dearly.

How much does the dictatorial running program cost?
Gazelle wife!

$95 for 6 months of weekend group long runs in different parts of the city + a "program" to do on your own time during the week-  leading up to an optional event half-marathon (that you have to pay for separately)

Even that group still sees the value in an event at the end I guess...

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1223 on: June 27, 2016, 04:47:17 PM »


I don't have any good ideas. My motivation for running is ridicule and job loss if I don't make time. And the last time I was tested, I beat the time cut off by 2 seconds. Which was absolutely fine with me!

Maybe I could come yell at you?


My PT test was 2 days ago.  13:25 (10 seconds from the limit)
Worst I've ever done!  But a pass, that's all that matters.


Since this year's race is behind me, I have done exactly zero running over the past month (or two), just goes to show how little motivated I am without it! :-P
And soon I won't have the bi-annual PT test to force me to keep up at least a minimum level of fitness, because my contract is up in 2 months!

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« Reply #1224 on: June 27, 2016, 04:55:09 PM »


I don't have any good ideas. My motivation for running is ridicule and job loss if I don't make time. And the last time I was tested, I beat the time cut off by 2 seconds. Which was absolutely fine with me!

Maybe I could come yell at you?


My PT test was 2 days ago.  13:25 (10 seconds from the limit)
Worst I've ever done!  But a pass, that's all that matters.


Since this year's race is behind me, I have done exactly zero running over the past month (or two), just goes to show how little motivated I am without it! :-P
And soon I won't have the bi-annual PT test to force me to keep up at least a minimum level of fitness, because my contract is up in 2 months!

All this talk of running is making me think maybe I should try again.. But I'm also one of those people who has a hard time internally motivating for running.

Monstermonster, I just checked and this group: http://november-project.com/ isn't in portland yet (I think you're thereish-I've been reading your journal.), but here's to hoping! I don't do it anymore because it's too much to do that plus lifting, but if people want external motivation and community support, check it out. They're big on the FREE. I've spent maybe $5-10 and that was because I purchased clothing for a free costume/theme run.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1225 on: June 27, 2016, 05:10:08 PM »


I don't have any good ideas. My motivation for running is ridicule and job loss if I don't make time. And the last time I was tested, I beat the time cut off by 2 seconds. Which was absolutely fine with me!

Maybe I could come yell at you?


My PT test was 2 days ago.  13:25 (10 seconds from the limit)
Worst I've ever done!  But a pass, that's all that matters.


Since this year's race is behind me, I have done exactly zero running over the past month (or two), just goes to show how little motivated I am without it! :-P
And soon I won't have the bi-annual PT test to force me to keep up at least a minimum level of fitness, because my contract is up in 2 months!

All this talk of running is making me think maybe I should try again.. But I'm also one of those people who has a hard time internally motivating for running.

Monstermonster, I just checked and this group: http://november-project.com/ isn't in portland yet (I think you're thereish-I've been reading your journal.), but here's to hoping! I don't do it anymore because it's too much to do that plus lifting, but if people want external motivation and community support, check it out. They're big on the FREE. I've spent maybe $5-10 and that was because I purchased clothing for a free costume/theme run.

At least I am finding out I'm not alone in not being motivated to run without an external deadline!

I <3 the November project. I always join it when I'm in DC for work. There's one on capitol hill there that's full of staffers that's really fun. Alas, I looked into what it would take to organize one here and I am not in good enough shape/have enough free time for it.

From their website about starting a chapter:

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Understand that being the leader of your November Project branch may begin with the simple 60-minute workout you first host but will be guaranteed to grow into many hours of dedication each week. This is a part time job that some weeks can fill enough hours to be seen as a second, completely unpaid, full time job.
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Being one of the fittest members of the tribe is a must. Leaders must lead by example. This means being in front of the pack at all times. ďThe quality of the team is based on the speed of the leader.Ē Who do we consider fit? A person that can do one or all of the following: Sub 3:25 Marathon or sub 1:30 Half-marathon; 3 minutes plank finishing with 10 pushups; 90+ burpees in 7 minutes. Donít know what burpees are, this is not for you!
Holy shit I will NEVER be that fit. And I am okay with that. I am perfectly happy with my 1h50m half-marathon time and my ability to do 20 burpees before my wrists hate me. Also, those metrics seems to be a bit biased to Y chromosome havers...

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« Reply #1226 on: June 27, 2016, 06:00:04 PM »
Yeah, the leaders are definitely super intense. Glad you've heard of it! I was in Boston when their Friday workout fit in a circle on a large sidewalk and the growth has been AMAZING. I went to the DC one earlier this year and it was great!

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« Reply #1227 on: June 28, 2016, 06:52:37 AM »
Made my triumphant (ha!) return to the racquetball court last night... and promptly lost two games by a combined total 23 points. At least I (somehow) won game three?

I find the motivation discussion interesting, because I seldom lack motivation to run. However, I cannot seem to get myself at all motivated for strength work. Whether it's lifting weights, body weight work, whatever... if you all can figure out your motivation for running, please share, maybe it'll work for my strength training. I have been fairly consistent throwing in some push-ups, core work, squats, and lunges after a run once or twice a week. Hopefully I can keep that going and build on it.

DH is a big fan of the signing up for a race thing for motivation. We run a lot of races though, it's our one, big, not a necessity, spendy line item in our budget. We have the long term goal of running a half in each state. We try to do it cost effectively (DH travels a lot for work, so between his rewards, other travels hacks, and not trying to do all the races in one year, we do okay), but I can't deny that it's not our most mustatachian hobby.

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« Reply #1228 on: June 28, 2016, 07:21:21 AM »
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Hi ya'll. Been awhile.

So my goal (set up a long while back and then ran away from) was to do 5 "real" pushups. (Set that bar low low low low... Just a little lower... yes. Just right.)

I'm not there yet.
But I'm once again working towards it!

I can do 3 sets of the "beginner body weight workout" from Nerd Fitness with some sweat but without any undue difficulty. I am doing the "10 pushups" part of each set as pushups from the knees. But I'm getting there slowly but surely! Hopefully. XD

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1229 on: June 30, 2016, 08:47:41 AM »
Since the year is halfway through, I thought I'd revisit my goals:

  • Maintain 50lb fat loss from 2015- Still maintaining below the 50 pound mark overall I've gained around 3-4 pounds back from my absolute lowest, but have actually lost an inch at my waist and half an inch each in my hips and chest measurement since January 1 (when I was at my lowest weight)
  • Complete 5K <= 30:00 (<= 09:39/mile) Done!
  • Complete Half Marathon <= 2:20:00 Done! 2:19.54 at the Oak Barrel Half in April (Jordan can you mark this off the tracking post? I forgot to ask earlier!)
  • Complete Triathlon (sprint) Registered for Tri Indy on July 31
  • Strength training 2X/week Fail. I've been doing some strength training, but it's sporadic at best
  • Set Personal Record for 5K (<= 29:34) Done! New PR: 28:54!

So for the rest of the year I'd like to keep the goals I'm still working on (maintenance, Sprint Tri, Strength training) for sure and set one more: Sub 2:19 Half marathon. I did a great job maintaining a pace that would have put me sub 2:18 in the April Half with the exception of three miles that all included major hills. I think with more hill work or a flatter course, I have a shot. I have one more half this year, which will be much flatter. I will try for it there. If I miss it, well, then that's my first goal for next year.

I knew I would probably be able to set some new PR's this year just based on the weight loss from last year. Since I started losing weight (and running more), I have cut several minutes off my 5K and over 40 minutes off my Half PR. However, I think the days of cutting minutes off PRs at a time is probably gone for most distances, but it was certainly fun while it lasted.

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« Reply #1230 on: June 30, 2016, 10:17:06 AM »
Nice, hudsoncat. Maintaining a weight loss for a year puts you into a very elite percentage of the population. It's pretty neat that you can now compare weight against inches, and get a fuller picture of your personal morphology. I'm hoping to get to where you are!

Speaking of, I'm plonking away at the gym. I've been going 3x/week, and settled into a pretty nice schedule. I'm still liking the Convict Conditioning program. I'm now at 2x15 +1x5 on all Beginners movements. Goal is to work up to Intermediate at 2x25 for all movements, then Progression at 3x50.

I'm making my peace with the fact that it's going to take me quite a while to work up to the Progression state. Prior to my New Stance on Exercise, the slow pace would have annoyed me and I would have skipped steps. Now I'm content to take the progression as it comes. I do feel a little foolish going to the gym to do wall pushups and vertical pulls, but fuckit. The journey to being cut starts with a single wall pushup. If I keep going, I'll look back in a year and be amazed. Plus, anyone who's actually judging me can go screw.


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« Reply #1231 on: June 30, 2016, 10:21:12 AM »
Since the year is halfway through, I thought I'd revisit my goals

Hudsoncat, you are KICKING ASS and TAKING NAMES. I'm proud of you through the internet :-)

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« Reply #1232 on: June 30, 2016, 10:24:23 AM »
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Hi ya'll. Been awhile.

So my goal (set up a long while back and then ran away from) was to do 5 "real" pushups. (Set that bar low low low low... Just a little lower... yes. Just right.)

I'm not there yet.
But I'm once again working towards it!

I can do 3 sets of the "beginner body weight workout" from Nerd Fitness with some sweat but without any undue difficulty. I am doing the "10 pushups" part of each set as pushups from the knees. But I'm getting there slowly but surely! Hopefully. XD

It sounds like both Orvell and I have noodles for arms. Camaraderie!

We stuck a chin-up bar on one of the doors, and now I'm trying to do 1 (very) assisted chin-up every time I see it. Hoping this spurs some muscle growth in my noodles :)

I'm trying to use DDR to supplement my on-and-off bodyweight training. It's taken me 2 months but I'm on week 5/10 for the "beginner" level of YAYOG, and I WILL finish.

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« Reply #1233 on: June 30, 2016, 10:31:41 AM »
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Hi ya'll. Been awhile.

So my goal (set up a long while back and then ran away from) was to do 5 "real" pushups. (Set that bar low low low low... Just a little lower... yes. Just right.)

I'm not there yet.
But I'm once again working towards it!

I can do 3 sets of the "beginner body weight workout" from Nerd Fitness with some sweat but without any undue difficulty. I am doing the "10 pushups" part of each set as pushups from the knees. But I'm getting there slowly but surely! Hopefully. XD

It sounds like both Orvell and I have noodles for arms. Camaraderie!

We stuck a chin-up bar on one of the doors, and now I'm trying to do 1 (very) assisted chin-up every time I see it. Hoping this spurs some muscle growth in my noodles :)

I'm trying to use DDR to supplement my on-and-off bodyweight training. It's taken me 2 months but I'm on week 5/10 for the "beginner" level of YAYOG, and I WILL finish.
NOODLE ARM BUDDIES!

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« Reply #1234 on: June 30, 2016, 10:37:41 AM »
I think I found a solution to my "need an event to train for but don't want to spend $80 on one".

An organization I dearly love and volunteer for, the Harry Potter Alliance -yes that's the real name- (they train youth, mostly girls and queer youth, all over the world to be social activists using the story of harry potter and other fandoms) is doing a virtual race. It's a $35 donation and you get a real medal (harry potter themed) at the end of the race. All you have to do is run 50 miles between now at August 31st, tracking those miles using any one of a variety of different apps, and then you get a medal. It's called "Escape from Privet Drive".

So for $35 to an org I love, I can get motivation to run at least 6 miles/week and a cool medal at the end so I get a "carrot".

So yes, I could pay $0 and not get a medal I don't need and still run every week, but I probably won't. So this will get me on the hook, and help out an org I love.

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« Reply #1235 on: June 30, 2016, 10:57:28 AM »
I think I found a solution to my "need an event to train for but don't want to spend $80 on one".

An organization I dearly love and volunteer for, the Harry Potter Alliance -yes that's the real name- (they train youth, mostly girls and queer youth, all over the world to be social activists using the story of harry potter and other fandoms) is doing a virtual race. It's a $35 donation and you get a real medal (harry potter themed) at the end of the race. All you have to do is run 50 miles between now at August 31st, tracking those miles using any one of a variety of different apps, and then you get a medal. It's called "Escape from Privet Drive".

So for $35 to an org I love, I can get motivation to run at least 6 miles/week and a cool medal at the end so I get a "carrot".

So yes, I could pay $0 and not get a medal I don't need and still run every week, but I probably won't. So this will get me on the hook, and help out an org I love.

I LOVE this!!!!! Killer plan!

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« Reply #1236 on: June 30, 2016, 11:34:01 AM »
I think I found a solution to my "need an event to train for but don't want to spend $80 on one".

An organization I dearly love and volunteer for, the Harry Potter Alliance -yes that's the real name- (they train youth, mostly girls and queer youth, all over the world to be social activists using the story of harry potter and other fandoms) is doing a virtual race. It's a $35 donation and you get a real medal (harry potter themed) at the end of the race. All you have to do is run 50 miles between now at August 31st, tracking those miles using any one of a variety of different apps, and then you get a medal. It's called "Escape from Privet Drive".

So for $35 to an org I love, I can get motivation to run at least 6 miles/week and a cool medal at the end so I get a "carrot".

So yes, I could pay $0 and not get a medal I don't need and still run every week, but I probably won't. So this will get me on the hook, and help out an org I love.

I LOVE this!!!!! Killer plan!

I've done this, although I do it as walks. The medals are fine but I never got a medal in an actual facts race and I just can't justify spending the $25 every month (it feels like). I still watch their online conversations though. :)

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« Reply #1237 on: June 30, 2016, 11:40:40 AM »
I've done this, although I do it as walks. The medals are fine but I never got a medal in an actual facts race and I just can't justify spending the $25 every month (it feels like). I still watch their online conversations though. :)

What is an actual facts race?

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« Reply #1238 on: June 30, 2016, 11:41:55 AM »
Since the year is halfway through, I thought I'd revisit my goals:
[...]

So for the rest of the year I'd like to keep the goals I'm still working on (maintenance, Sprint Tri, Strength training) for sure and set one more: Sub 2:19 Half marathon. I did a great job maintaining a pace that would have put me sub 2:18 in the April Half with the exception of three miles that all included major hills. I think with more hill work or a flatter course, I have a shot. I have one more half this year, which will be much flatter. I will try for it there. If I miss it, well, then that's my first goal for next year.

I knew I would probably be able to set some new PR's this year just based on the weight loss from last year. Since I started losing weight (and running more), I have cut several minutes off my 5K and over 40 minutes off my Half PR. However, I think the days of cutting minutes off PRs at a time is probably gone for most distances, but it was certainly fun while it lasted.

I've got your goal marked as complete. Great job! I do love that first chunk of progress. Cutting minutes off of time, adding miles to distance, etc. It's fun to experience (and see) that progress.

Psychologically, I've found that during that time of huge leaps, my brain goes the route of "Oh my god, I can't believe I survived/did this/accomplished so much". And then I kind of look back, appreciating the progress, and looking forward with the knowledge that I most definitely can succeed, albeit with smaller amounts. Something along the lines of "Let's find out how long it's going to take me to figure out what's involved in [new event/an extra minute off of a time/and extra half mile/whatever]". Reframing thoughts in a manner in which success is merely a matter of time, not a matter of if. At least that's how it is for me. The human body is amazing...and I'm really liking mine right now.

We stuck a chin-up bar on one of the doors, and now I'm trying to do 1 (very) assisted chin-up every time I see it. Hoping this spurs some muscle growth in my noodles :)

I'm trying to use DDR to supplement my on-and-off bodyweight training. It's taken me 2 months but I'm on week 5/10 for the "beginner" level of YAYOG, and I WILL finish.

I love the pull up bar idea. Unfortunately for me, mine is on my home office door, and MXT doesn't go in there often enough. I am having fun doing things at random places though. Some horizontal pulls while waiting for the bus, and the like. I really want to get good enough to start doing some random Battle of the Bars things (explosive and relatively graceful swinging about). By DDR, do you mean Dance Dance Revolution? That is a fun cardio thing. The first time I played, I actually fell over...multiple times.

Nice, hudsoncat. Maintaining a weight loss for a year puts you into a very elite percentage of the population. It's pretty neat that you can now compare weight against inches, and get a fuller picture of your personal morphology. I'm hoping to get to where you are!

Speaking of, I'm plonking away at the gym. I've been going 3x/week, and settled into a pretty nice schedule. I'm still liking the Convict Conditioning program. I'm now at 2x15 +1x5 on all Beginners movements. Goal is to work up to Intermediate at 2x25 for all movements, then Progression at 3x50.

I'm making my peace with the fact that it's going to take me quite a while to work up to the Progression state. Prior to my New Stance on Exercise, the slow pace would have annoyed me and I would have skipped steps. Now I'm content to take the progression as it comes. I do feel a little foolish going to the gym to do wall pushups and vertical pulls, but fuckit. The journey to being cut starts with a single wall pushup. If I keep going, I'll look back in a year and be amazed. Plus, anyone who's actually judging me can go screw.

Have you read the book, or are you just doing the exercises? One of the things I liked was when he was writing about the slow progressions. Yeah, they seem easy or wimpy or something like that. Yes, going slow on the reps doesn't look that impressive, but it's all about foundational strength. It's not muscles so much right now as it is giving your joints and connective tissue a chance to adjust to the ridiculously awesome craziness we're going to do later!!

You are kicking ass!

I think I found a solution to my "need an event to train for but don't want to spend $80 on one".

I love this. Start with a goal. Figure out what works, what doesn't, and what one needs. Identify the problem, and then try solutions until you find one that works.

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« Reply #1239 on: June 30, 2016, 12:01:04 PM »
We stuck a chin-up bar on one of the doors, and now I'm trying to do 1 (very) assisted chin-up every time I see it. Hoping this spurs some muscle growth in my noodles :)

I'm trying to use DDR to supplement my on-and-off bodyweight training. It's taken me 2 months but I'm on week 5/10 for the "beginner" level of YAYOG, and I WILL finish.

I love the pull up bar idea. Unfortunately for me, mine is on my home office door, and MXT doesn't go in there often enough. I am having fun doing things at random places though. Some horizontal pulls while waiting for the bus, and the like. I really want to get good enough to start doing some random Battle of the Bars things (explosive and relatively graceful swinging about). By DDR, do you mean Dance Dance Revolution? That is a fun cardio thing. The first time I played, I actually fell over...multiple times.

Battle of the Bars sounds awesome! In my head I pictured you started to do pull-ups at a bus stop, and then another person joins you, and you battle it out with how many pull-ups you can do, bwahaha!

And yes, I did mean Dance Dance Revolution! It feels like a steam room outside from May - Oct here, so it's really unpleasant to walk (let along run) most days outside. We were selling a bunch of old games and saw we still had DDR games + pads!

It's not you - I'm pretty sure the main goal of playing DDR is DON'T TRIP! But it is a nice way of squeezing in an easy 15-min of cardio some nights :)

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« Reply #1240 on: June 30, 2016, 03:17:38 PM »
I've done this, although I do it as walks. The medals are fine but I never got a medal in an actual facts race and I just can't justify spending the $25 every month (it feels like). I still watch their online conversations though. :)

What is an actual facts race?

That would be my dumb elitist brain meaning I signed up and raced with a whole bunch of other people also running the same closed road. Never got a medal, but I did get some shirts.

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« Reply #1241 on: June 30, 2016, 04:18:38 PM »
I've done this, although I do it as walks. The medals are fine but I never got a medal in an actual facts race and I just can't justify spending the $25 every month (it feels like). I still watch their online conversations though. :)

What is an actual facts race?

That would be my dumb elitist brain meaning I signed up and raced with a whole bunch of other people also running the same closed road. Never got a medal, but I did get some shirts.
Ah, I always get a medal for half-marathons.* Maybe I just choose the ones with medals accidentally. Which is slightly annoying because I don't really enjoy having medal except for right after I finish.

Although some double as beer openers.


*Remembering that I don't think I got a medal at the Berlin halbmarathon, but it was also WAY cheaper (I mean, aside from the trip to germany lol) than the $80 ones in PDX.

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« Reply #1242 on: June 30, 2016, 07:16:54 PM »


Ah, I always get a medal for half-marathons.* Maybe I just choose the ones with medals accidentally. Which is slightly annoying because I don't really enjoy having medal except for right after I finish.

Although some double as beer openers.


*Remembering that I don't think I got a medal at the Berlin halbmarathon, but it was also WAY cheaper (I mean, aside from the trip to germany lol) than the $80 ones in PDX.

Yeah-maybe my internal saver picked the cheap-o races? I don't think so. Maybe medals aren't the thing at the type of half-marathon I did? Or I just missed distribution because I was more focused on other things (like either warming up at the second one in december) or biking 40 miles home from the first. (I'm not that badass at cardio anymore.)

I now have two medals from Hogwarts Running Club and I have no idea what to do with them...

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« Reply #1243 on: June 30, 2016, 09:28:13 PM »
Just ran 8.5km in 44:30 before I felt a twinge in a hamstring. With my local 11k fun run scheduled for 3 weeks time I thought it best to stop before a niggle becomes an injury.

Still stoked with that time and I wasn't even out of breath when I pulled the pin.

That is a good pace - 5min 13 second kms. You'll smash an 11km fun run. Always good to listen to your body with niggles. Foam roll that hamstring good!

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« Reply #1244 on: July 01, 2016, 06:56:50 AM »
That is a good pace - 5min 13 second kms. You'll smash an 11km fun run. Always good to listen to your body with niggles. Foam roll that hamstring good!

PDM, I realized that you were relatively new around here, and I didn't get any goals down for you. Do you want to jump in with some 'rest of the year' goals?

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1245 on: July 01, 2016, 07:26:51 AM »
One of my fitness goals for 2016 is now in the books. Half marathon completed in 1:48, smashing my goal of a sub-2 hour time - so, just over a 5 minute per km pace, something I never pulled off in training. I think the extra motivation of being a part of an organized "event" gave me an extra boost.

An interesting note: I've had to change my running gait to mitigate my Achilles issue, which has also resulted in my past IT band issues completely disappearing. Another win...

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1246 on: July 01, 2016, 09:32:37 AM »
One of my fitness goals for 2016 is now in the books. Half marathon completed in 1:48, smashing my goal of a sub-2 hour time - so, just over a 5 minute per km pace, something I never pulled off in training. I think the extra motivation of being a part of an organized "event" gave me an extra boost.

An interesting note: I've had to change my running gait to mitigate my Achilles issue, which has also resulted in my past IT band issues completely disappearing. Another win...

Awesome! Nice work! In what way did you change your stride? I am currently not running at all (been into powerlifting the last 18 months), but sooner or later I'll get back to it. I've also had some Achilles issues in the past so I'm curious to hear what's worked for you.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1247 on: July 01, 2016, 10:30:24 AM »
I think I found a solution to my "need an event to train for but don't want to spend $80 on one".

An organization I dearly love and volunteer for, the Harry Potter Alliance -yes that's the real name- (they train youth, mostly girls and queer youth, all over the world to be social activists using the story of harry potter and other fandoms) is doing a virtual race. It's a $35 donation and you get a real medal (harry potter themed) at the end of the race. All you have to do is run 50 miles between now at August 31st, tracking those miles using any one of a variety of different apps, and then you get a medal. It's called "Escape from Privet Drive".

So for $35 to an org I love, I can get motivation to run at least 6 miles/week and a cool medal at the end so I get a "carrot".

So yes, I could pay $0 and not get a medal I don't need and still run every week, but I probably won't. So this will get me on the hook, and help out an org I love.

I got that in my email and thought of you immediately! I'm delighted to find that you are already a supporter of the HP Alliance. (Are you doing the Remembrall Readathon, too? That's how I found out about it.)

I am also tempted to sign up for the virtual race, though I would be walking/skating the 50 miles. I was annoyed by the prospect of the medal being more clutter, but then I thought I could hang it up in my cubicle...

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1248 on: July 02, 2016, 12:05:28 PM »
One of my fitness goals for 2016 is now in the books. Half marathon completed in 1:48, smashing my goal of a sub-2 hour time - so, just over a 5 minute per km pace, something I never pulled off in training. I think the extra motivation of being a part of an organized "event" gave me an extra boost.

An interesting note: I've had to change my running gait to mitigate my Achilles issue, which has also resulted in my past IT band issues completely disappearing. Another win...

Awesome! Nice work! In what way did you change your stride? I am currently not running at all (been into powerlifting the last 18 months), but sooner or later I'll get back to it. I've also had some Achilles issues in the past so I'm curious to hear what's worked for you.

It's really as simple as eliminating any pronounced explosive move off of my toes - even more so going up hills, something which has been a true Jon_Snow Achilles-buster in the past - which charaterized my previous lengthy, and more aesthetically pleasing stride. Now I have a shorter (and decidedly less graceful) stride in which I try to concentrate my "push off " with quads....and the ol' glutes. :)

Having been off the forums for most of June I should also mention that I did around a dozen hikes, and paddled another 115km in June...sometimes I would combine these two activities in the same day...by kayaking over to different part of my island or to another island entirely and finding some trails.

500km paddling challenge now at 211.3 km.
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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1249 on: July 03, 2016, 01:17:39 PM »
Aw yeah, S&F! I am up in this thread! RRAAARGH!! Watch me now, as I beast weights like:














... Just kidding, more like



:D

Seriously, I'm coming back to strength training after quite a long break. One of the biggest issues I was having was continually aggravating injuries by trying to go too hard, stopping, then repeating the cycle. I finally wised up and, helped by some great medical advice, realized that was getting me nowhere. Now, I am essentially on an extended-rehab-slowly-transitioning-into-building-strength-again. I'm using some pretty modest weights right now and only raising the weight very slowly despite that I'm back in 'noob gainz' territory (so the temptation to pile on more weight is pretty huge, but I resist it!) Right now I do whole-body strength workouts twice a week, concentrating on the big compound movements with just a couple auxiliaries. I also walk, bike and, especially, hike least three days a week for the cardio side of things. I really don't like to run much, but challenging hikes at a decent pace act as a fine substitute. I'll probably just follow along and not comment that much, but I wanted to set my stake out so to speak :)