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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1450 on: August 22, 2016, 06:24:41 PM »
Things that make this slightly better: I have been doing a LOT of the "chore cardio".

While I haven't got any advice on fitness while pregnant (being a dude!), I feel like you and I might be on the same page with the chore cardio.

But SoccerLounge! What makes it 'chore cardio', instead of just doing regular chores and saying you did cardio?

That is easy, my friends! Simply this: you do it fast as fuck.

You keep that pace UP. You treat it like you'd treat a run, or a bike ride, or a hard training swim, and you KEEP THE PACE UP. You don't take those little five second breaks, and when you have to move areas or etc. you do it as fast as possible. It should feel like you're racing through the chore (without sacrificing quality, if possible!) and at the end, and throughout, you should have an elevated heart rate and be breathing hard(er). Because that's kind of how you can tell it's cardio. :)

Note: chores that are kind of a pain or a bit physically tricky do not constitute chore cardio. It has to actually be sustained cardiovascular exertion to count. You can make a great many chores into chore cardio, but you might have to work at a rather faster pace than you're accustomed to!

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1451 on: August 24, 2016, 09:04:23 AM »
Training Update/Ramblings

I have the Triathlon this sunday, this was my first triathlon ever last August.

I finished in 1h 46m 29s last year. My goal is to knock off at least 10 minutes this time around. *fingers crossed*

I have been cycling and running a bit more.

I cycled 24 miles on Sunday and felt great after. The only thing that will be a challenge is the hilliness of the course. I train largely on flat and this is on the hilly north shore of Long Island.

Powerlifting training has been going extremely well. I am finished week 3 of this training block tomorrow.

Some highlights include

235 x 4 x 4 on Paused Bench
425 x 3 x 3 on Deadlifts
300 x 5 x 5 on Deep Squats

Weight is down to 211 as of this morning, which is the lightest/leanest I have been in ~2 years.

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« Reply #1452 on: August 25, 2016, 10:43:40 AM »
I just realized that I met my first fitness goal a couple of weeks ago!  Yay!  Over 3 months of steady and consistent working out.

To celebrate I started a new, more rigorous workout today.  It was great!  Worked out some new muscles and got a great sweat out of it. 

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« Reply #1453 on: August 25, 2016, 11:25:19 AM »
I just realized that I met my first fitness goal a couple of weeks ago!  Yay!  Over 3 months of steady and consistent working out.

To celebrate I started a new, more rigorous workout today.  It was great!  Worked out some new muscles and got a great sweat out of it.

Nice job! It's an awesome feeling, realizing that somewhere along the way working out has become a genuine pleasure, and not just an uncomfortable means to an end.

For my own update, I tried free squatting for the first time in 1.5 years yesterday (have been box squatting that whole time due to hip issues). Worked up to about 50% of my box squat max and did some sets of 5, just to get a feel for it. I really enjoyed it in some ways, it's just a movement I prefer to box squats, but I was definitely aware of my hip in a way that made me wary of pushing things further. Not exactly pain, but some discomfort for sure. Sigh. The pleasures of getting older...

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« Reply #1454 on: August 25, 2016, 12:11:39 PM »
I just realized that I met my first fitness goal a couple of weeks ago!  Yay!  Over 3 months of steady and consistent working out.

To celebrate I started a new, more rigorous workout today.  It was great!  Worked out some new muscles and got a great sweat out of it.

Way to kick ass M!! Did you want me to mark that goal as complete, or leave it?

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« Reply #1455 on: August 25, 2016, 02:14:09 PM »
I just realized that I met my first fitness goal a couple of weeks ago!  Yay!  Over 3 months of steady and consistent working out.

To celebrate I started a new, more rigorous workout today.  It was great!  Worked out some new muscles and got a great sweat out of it.

Way to kick ass M!! Did you want me to mark that goal as complete, or leave it?

Hi Jordan - yes, please mark my first goal as complete.  I'll be happy to see it crossed off!  And it will motivate me to finish out the year strong. 

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« Reply #1456 on: August 26, 2016, 01:57:45 PM »
I just realized that I met my first fitness goal a couple of weeks ago!  Yay!  Over 3 months of steady and consistent working out.

To celebrate I started a new, more rigorous workout today.  It was great!  Worked out some new muscles and got a great sweat out of it.

Way to kick ass M!! Did you want me to mark that goal as complete, or leave it?

Hi Jordan - yes, please mark my first goal as complete.  I'll be happy to see it crossed off!  And it will motivate me to finish out the year strong.

You should feel happy. Done!!

It's amazing what a little strike through does to the ego.

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« Reply #1457 on: August 26, 2016, 02:09:51 PM »
Well, tomm was supposed to be my Spartan race....but had a pretty nasty Mountain bike wreck last week breaking my Collar bone in the process so out of commission for a while.

2nd year in a row my attempts been foiled. Not sure if I'll try again next year or not. Also going to have to miss a 40 mile organized Mountain bike ride in Early October that I really enjoyed last year. But hopefully I'll be 100% by Ski Season!!

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« Reply #1458 on: August 26, 2016, 02:26:44 PM »
My 2016 Goals (I realize I am late to the party, will try harder next year!)

1) Strength training >= 3x per week
2) Cardio/Yoga 2x per week
3) End Goal -> Move from 161lb to 175lb by Jan 2017

Currently sitting at 167lb through vigorous exercise and eating right + a lot!!

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« Reply #1459 on: August 26, 2016, 02:28:32 PM »
Well, tomm was supposed to be my Spartan race....but had a pretty nasty Mountain bike wreck last week breaking my Collar bone in the process so out of commission for a while.

2nd year in a row my attempts been foiled. Not sure if I'll try again next year or not. Also going to have to miss a 40 mile organized Mountain bike ride in Early October that I really enjoyed last year. But hopefully I'll be 100% by Ski Season!!

Jon Stewart did the same thing. And still kicked ass. I'm sure you've got this.

Also, your collarbone breaking means it's working. That damn annoying thing is a shock absorber.

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« Reply #1460 on: August 27, 2016, 09:01:14 AM »
Thanks Jordan!  And yes, the ego is easily pleased.  :)

Today I'm sore all over from my new workout.  I guess I exercised more new muscles than I thought!  I really don't want to do do it today, cause of the soreness, but I know that I'll regret it if I don't.  I'll reward myself with a nap this afternoon for doing it. 

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« Reply #1461 on: August 29, 2016, 08:24:07 AM »
I hit 1000 miles biking for the last 4 months!

This has been my goal since the end of May, when I hit 280 for the month.  The milage is for May-August  The bulk of it has been commuting (800+ miles), but I'm super excited!  Now to see what I can do over the craziness of the next 4 months. :)

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1462 on: August 29, 2016, 09:38:52 AM »
Jordan, I knocked off a HUGE goal of mine over the weekend.

I completed a very challenging Sprint Triathlon Course in 1h 27 minutes, cutting just over 20 minutes time from my last years finish!

Not only that, but this year the swim was 1100 meters vs 800 last year. All of the swimming I did with the USMS group paid off dividends.

My SO completed the race as well, finishing in a little under 2 hours, which made me EXTREMELY proud.

I also, a few months ago have swam over 1.2 miles in a single session which was another one of my goals.

I will not be completing an Ironman 70.3 race this year so you can remove that goal for me.

I am looking at doing either Timberman 70.3 next August or the inaugural Ironman Lake Placid 70.3 next September instead. 

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« Reply #1463 on: August 29, 2016, 10:16:08 AM »
Jordan, I knocked off a HUGE goal of mine over the weekend.

I completed a very challenging Sprint Triathlon Course in 1h 27 minutes, cutting just over 20 minutes time from my last years finish!

Not only that, but this year the swim was 1100 meters vs 800 last year. All of the swimming I did with the USMS group paid off dividends.

My SO completed the race as well, finishing in a little under 2 hours, which made me EXTREMELY proud.

That's awesome! Good for you!

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1464 on: August 29, 2016, 01:02:27 PM »
So I sprained my ankle falling off a horse about 10 days ago.  It's still sore (and I had a sharp pain when I forgot to be careful taking off my riding boots this morning), and has a tiny bit of puffiness below the ankle bone.  Need to get back to working out though.  Any tips on what I should or shouldn't be doing until it's back to 100%?

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« Reply #1465 on: August 30, 2016, 07:45:32 AM »
Question for you regular exercisers:

How do you get your endorphins on your rest days?

I know my body needs regular rest days to recover, but I really miss my endorphins on those days.  I had a rest day yesterday and I felt blah and tired most of the day.  When I work out I feel great - energetic and happy - all day. 

Any ideas on how to get my fix?

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1466 on: August 30, 2016, 08:15:50 AM »
Question for you regular exercisers:

How do you get your endorphins on your rest days?

I know my body needs regular rest days to recover, but I really miss my endorphins on those days.  I had a rest day yesterday and I felt blah and tired most of the day.  When I work out I feel great - energetic and happy - all day. 

Any ideas on how to get my fix?

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« Reply #1467 on: August 30, 2016, 08:17:12 AM »
Question for you regular exercisers:

How do you get your endorphins on your rest days?

I know my body needs regular rest days to recover, but I really miss my endorphins on those days.  I had a rest day yesterday and I felt blah and tired most of the day.  When I work out I feel great - energetic and happy - all day. 

Any ideas on how to get my fix?

Sex

Alright then!  I'm gonna get right on that.  :)

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« Reply #1468 on: August 30, 2016, 08:33:56 AM »
Jordan, I knocked off a HUGE goal of mine over the weekend.

I completed a very challenging Sprint Triathlon Course in 1h 27 minutes, cutting just over 20 minutes time from my last years finish!

Not only that, but this year the swim was 1100 meters vs 800 last year. All of the swimming I did with the USMS group paid off dividends.

My SO completed the race as well, finishing in a little under 2 hours, which made me EXTREMELY proud.

I also, a few months ago have swam over 1.2 miles in a single session which was another one of my goals.

I will not be completing an Ironman 70.3 race this year so you can remove that goal for me.

I am looking at doing either Timberman 70.3 next August or the inaugural Ironman Lake Placid 70.3 next September instead.

2B1S, I think I have your goals updated. I removed the reference to "before Triathlon" for the cycling 50 miles and swimming. You are kicking some major ass. How'd SO deal with getting left in the dust? :)

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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)
8/6 - The Great Inflatable Race (added last minute) Done. DH ran this one with me. Not quite a full 5k but fun
8/20 - Different local 5k Mud Run Done
8/27 - Yet another local 5k Mud Run Done!

So that's three mudruns, two fun runs, and two 20+ mile bike rides from a woman who's run one 5k in her life before this year and hadn't ridden a bike in 15+ years before last August
I'm out of scheduled events for the year. I'll probably do a 4ish mile trail run in November but haven't officially signed up yet.
I'm looking at possibly starting to travel for OCR's next year. I'm eyeing a Warrior Dash in April and a Spartan Sprint in May in neighboring states (JR, I'll be talking to you if I sign up for the Spartan since it's in your neck of the woods). I'm somewhat eyeing a Tough Mudder in October but that's 10-12 miles that I'm not ready for yet and they don't have a half-Mudder close enough.

I've been strength training 3x/week and occasionally doing cardio. Weight is slowly but steadily dropping. Last week I hit a milestone of 50lbs lost from my highest in 2012 (25lbs down for the year). My body image is improving and I even managed to buy a pair of workout tanks online without trying them on that I really felt good in.

I finally broke down and bought a night splint for my plantar faciitis that seems to be helping. After my race Saturday (where I wore shoes that are horrible for my PF but great for getting in mud since there's no padding) my foot hurt the worst it has possibly ever, but 5 hours in the splint and it hurt less than normal yesterday.

I think I need to get the main goal post updated. That is some awesome stuff you've accomplished. And most definitely hit me up if you are going to be in the area. MXT and I may be able to put you up. Shoot, if I start running...we may even join you. Usually, I refuse unless being chased.

So I sprained my ankle falling off a horse about 10 days ago.  It's still sore (and I had a sharp pain when I forgot to be careful taking off my riding boots this morning), and has a tiny bit of puffiness below the ankle bone.  Need to get back to working out though.  Any tips on what I should or shouldn't be doing until it's back to 100%?

I hate sprained ankles. At least it's not broken. Riding horses is good for core strength right? Maybe some pilate type things? Pushups, leg raises, and the like? My suggestion is to just keep weight off of it, until it's not so twingy.

Question for you regular exercisers:

How do you get your endorphins on your rest days?

I know my body needs regular rest days to recover, but I really miss my endorphins on those days.  I had a rest day yesterday and I felt blah and tired most of the day.  When I work out I feel great - energetic and happy - all day. 

Any ideas on how to get my fix?

What about some super low impact cardio stuff? Biking and the like.

ETA: 2B1S beat me to my preferred method. Cocaine is way less Mustachian.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1469 on: August 30, 2016, 09:31:17 AM »
Question for you regular exercisers:

How do you get your endorphins on your rest days?

I know my body needs regular rest days to recover, but I really miss my endorphins on those days.  I had a rest day yesterday and I felt blah and tired most of the day.  When I work out I feel great - energetic and happy - all day. 

Any ideas on how to get my fix?

100% honesty here? Sex. Active recovery at it's finest.

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« Reply #1470 on: August 31, 2016, 08:43:00 AM »
A big THANKS to those of you who replied to my question and enlightened me on the sex answer.  What a perfect solution!
The hubby and I are going to be enjoying my rest days a whole lot more...  :)

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« Reply #1471 on: August 31, 2016, 12:52:50 PM »
Another question for the regular exercisers:

If you're working out in the morning, do you eat something before your workout, or do you exercise on an empty stomach?

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« Reply #1472 on: August 31, 2016, 12:57:58 PM »
Another question for the regular exercisers:

If you're working out in the morning, do you eat something before your workout, or do you exercise on an empty stomach?
There was a decent conversation about this earlier in this thread. I'm kind of busy right now, but I'll find it at some point. I know both me and Bakari chimed in.

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« Reply #1473 on: August 31, 2016, 10:05:25 PM »
Another question for the regular exercisers:

If you're working out in the morning, do you eat something before your workout, or do you exercise on an empty stomach?
This is purely based on timing for me. If I start at 6AM or before, I eat after. If I workout at 6:30 or later, I will eat before.

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« Reply #1474 on: September 01, 2016, 08:38:56 AM »
Another question for the regular exercisers:

If you're working out in the morning, do you eat something before your workout, or do you exercise on an empty stomach?

I actually was curious about this too.

This morning I woke up around 6am and went to a "boot camp" style circuits class at 8:30am. IT KICKED MY BUTT. I now feel like puking and passing out all at once. I was curious whether this may be partly due to the fact that I only had a couple of sips of coffee and no food prior. Or, you know, just because I'm super weaksauce (which I already know to be true).

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« Reply #1475 on: September 01, 2016, 09:03:24 AM »
I ALWAYS train fasted when I lift first thing in the morning.

I have a fairly large meal in the evening, and it has all night to digest.

Glycogen stores topped off, blood glucose level, etc are all pretty good in the morning. I eat immediately after lifting.

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« Reply #1476 on: September 01, 2016, 09:21:56 AM »
I ALWAYS train fasted when I lift first thing in the morning.

I have a fairly large meal in the evening, and it has all night to digest.

Glycogen stores topped off, blood glucose level, etc are all pretty good in the morning. I eat immediately after lifting.

I'm not sure if this is more in my head, but I always feel STARVING if I have a big meal the night before.

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« Reply #1477 on: September 01, 2016, 09:23:44 AM »
Another question for the regular exercisers:

If you're working out in the morning, do you eat something before your workout, or do you exercise on an empty stomach?

I cannot find the conversation. Apparently this thread is quite successful. You are getting good advice so far though. Personally, I made the decision to workout while fasting, but I couldn't tell you why, although it was based on the information from the conversation earlier.

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« Reply #1478 on: September 01, 2016, 07:22:40 PM »
I went on a 2 hour kayaking excursion today at 6AM. Because my hands are pieces of sh*t, that part sucked per usual, but otherwise all the weight training I've been doing has been great because my arms/shoulders barely noticed the workout.

Also, was the first time I went kayaking since the day before I started Terrible Job I Quit on Friday. Terrible Job = No time for Kayaking. Quitting Terrible Job = I get to kayak again!

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« Reply #1479 on: September 02, 2016, 07:15:03 AM »
Another question for the regular exercisers:

If you're working out in the morning, do you eat something before your workout, or do you exercise on an empty stomach?

If I'm working out in the morning, it's a run. Short runs (4 miles or less) I don't worry about eating. Middle length runs (4-8 miles) I'll grab half a honey stinger (or something similar) something to eat mid-run. Longer runs (8+ for me) I get up early enough to eat something easy like PB toast at least 45 minutes before I get out the door. I think it's personal too and you need to find what works for you. DH seldom eats before a morning work out of any type/length, but typically eats a larger evening meal than me. If I don't eat or bring something to eat past about mile 5 I start to feel very crappy.

My workouts have been sporadic at best in the last two weeks. My town had four tornadoes touch down last week in the span of a few hours. The college I work for lost a building. Thankfully no one lost their lives and injuries were few and minor. But there is major devastation in several neighborhoods (not mine, it was thankfully spared).  It's been an interesting week trying to deal with the loss of our campus building while also getting out and helping those in need as time allows with cleanup. I'm calling all the cleanup strength work.

I type this to say that I am so grateful that I started this fitness journey in earnest last year. Three years ago another tornado came through town (I do not live in Kansas, I swear). I remember helping then and it was so much more of a struggle. I tired quicker, I couldn't carry/lift nearly as much, and I needed frequent breaks. I'm thankful that my current level of fitness allows me to not only feel better on a daily basis, but to also get out and help others when disaster strikes.

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« Reply #1480 on: September 03, 2016, 12:34:13 PM »
Been a while since I posted an update! We've been in the house 4 weeks now. Last weekend, we put in gymnastics rings. And I got my first true, no kip, from a dead hang pull up! Turns out, the metal bar in tow strap we have before was the HARDEST EVER to do pullups on (sway and rotates). So now that we have rings, it is way easier =o I honestly never thought I would be able to do strict pull ups as a grown woman (when I was a skinny-minny kid, it was no problem, but things change after puberty haha).

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« Reply #1481 on: September 03, 2016, 11:26:11 PM »
Congrats on the pull ups, Bracken!  I couldn't even do them when I was a kid, so I find it very impressive!

My ankle is feeling a lot better.  I went on a three mile walk tonight and was just on the brink of going into a jog several times, but had just enough of a twinge to decide against it.  Thinking I'll try a 2-mile jog on Monday, followed by ice and wrapping, and see how it goes.  Going to keep any lifting very light for another week or so.  Riding seems to be very good for it, and similar to some sprain rehab exercises I found online, but much more fun.  Weather has cooled off a lot and the wildfire smoke has diminished, so I won't have to choose between running and riding now that there's plenty of good weather and air for all of it now.

I've started logging my food and exercise with MyFitnessPal.  Just knowing I have to log what I eat keeps my intake lower, so I've lost a pound or two the first week, plus it's motivated me to exercise more so I can add calories for the day.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1482 on: September 05, 2016, 02:55:06 PM »
Checking in:
  • Complete a 10K run
Done. 1:07:00.  Not great at all but I finished.  Both my 5K and 10K times put me at a 10-11 minute mile so I should figure out how to get it down to 8-9.

  • Drop weight to 145lbs
Current weight:138lbs.  I beat this goal back in July but forgot to update it. 

Sadly haven't kept up with the strength training.  Gym membership ran out and haven't gotten around to renewing.  Maybe do bodyweight exercises and see how I do with that, though I don't have a lot of room to do it at home.
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« Reply #1483 on: September 05, 2016, 03:36:31 PM »
I seem to be stuck and have plateaued with my running times....

Been talking with a few friends at work about this... is it true you have to train by running slower?

I read an article saying that Mo Farah trains at 55% of race pace (which happens to be my race pace)... unfortunately for me, 55% of my race pace is a brisk walk!

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« Reply #1484 on: September 06, 2016, 06:23:17 AM »
I seem to be stuck and have plateaued with my running times....

Been talking with a few friends at work about this... is it true you have to train by running slower?

I read an article saying that Mo Farah trains at 55% of race pace (which happens to be my race pace)... unfortunately for me, 55% of my race pace is a brisk walk!

You should train at a variety of paces, with the bulk of your running at slower than race pace. A lot of training plans will have three quality days (speed work [fastest], tempo run [fast], long run [pretty slow]) and the rest of your runs are easy days. This calculator: www.mcmillanrunning.com/ can help you determine what paces you want to run for each of your runs. Slow, easy days allow your body to recover from the hard, fast days while still getting in mileage to overall help your endurance.

I used to run everything too fast. I was tired all the time. My race times suffered. Ended up injured a couples times (minor, luckily). Now I make sure my easy runs are slower and it allows me to go harder on my hard run days. My body handles it better and I'm running faster times in races.
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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1485 on: September 06, 2016, 06:53:31 AM »

2B1S, I think I have your goals updated. I removed the reference to "before Triathlon" for the cycling 50 miles and swimming. You are kicking some major ass. How'd SO deal with getting left in the dust? :)

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  • Run 1 mile <= 6:00
  • Run 5K < 22:00
  • Run 10K < 45:00
  • Complete Sprint triathlon < 1:30:00
  • >= 50 miles cycled
  • >= 1.2 miles swam
  • Complete Selden hills 10K < 54:00
  • Lose 20lbs of fat
  • Complete Manorville Hills Single Track <= 1:20:00
  • 1 set/1 deadlift 455lbs
  • 1 set/1 squat 405lbs
  • 1 set/1 bench press 315lbs
  • 1 set/12 pull ups
  • >= 1200lbs in 93KG class - USAPL Powerlifting championship on 12/17

Well I took the first step to realizing my goal of IRONMAN 70.3

I am officially registered for, and have housing secured for the inaugural IRONMAN Lake Placid 70.3, September 10th 2017.

The next 52 weeks 4 days are going to be very interesting. I am excited, scarred, nervous, and motivated.

w00h00000!!!!!!

#RIPGAINZ

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1486 on: September 06, 2016, 09:52:44 AM »
A belated thank you to those of you who responded to my question about working out fasting or non-fasting.  Fasting seems to be the popular choice and after doing my own experimenting, I agree.

My new circuit training was seriously kicking my butt (feeling really tired and sore all day but unable to take a nap to refresh) and I thought food would help but it made me sluggish.  So now I'm trying out a new schedule with fasted cardio in the a.m. and circuit training in the evening with a light walk afterwards to loosen things up.  So far this is working out well.  It does double my exercise time and will likely take a bit getting used to.  Did lots of resting and napping this long weekend so I'll have to push myself to be more productive today.

On a high note - I'm seeing some really good progress on my body!  I chucked the scale months ago so I now go just by how I look and feel.  I've lost a 2 clothing sizes and my body is looking damned good - if I do say so myself!  :)  This morning I realized that a few months ago, looking like this was just a wish, and now I've made it a reality.  I did this.  With my hard work, commitment and determination.  I'm really proud of myself.   


   

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1487 on: September 06, 2016, 11:09:12 AM »
On a high note - I'm seeing some really good progress on my body!  I chucked the scale months ago so I now go just by how I look and feel.  I've lost a 2 clothing sizes and my body is looking damned good - if I do say so myself!  :)  This morning I realized that a few months ago, looking like this was just a wish, and now I've made it a reality.  I did this.  With my hard work, commitment and determination.  I'm really proud of myself.   

Look and feel is the best way to go IMO. It's so much more fun(ctional). You can't make charts, but who has time to make charts as we do stuff and admire ourselves in the mirror?

And yes. You did this. Keep on rocking it!

Well I took the first step to realizing my goal of IRONMAN 70.3

I am officially registered for, and have housing secured for the inaugural IRONMAN Lake Placid 70.3, September 10th 2017.

The next 52 weeks 4 days are going to be very interesting. I am excited, scarred, nervous, and motivated.

w00h00000!!!!!!

#RIPGAINZ

I don't speak hashtag, but the rest of it should be super fun. I can't wait to add that goal for next year. Is your freaking-out-ness causing any shifts in your routine? What is your routine?

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1488 on: September 06, 2016, 11:28:39 AM »
I don't speak hashtag, but the rest of it should be super fun. I can't wait to add that goal for next year. Is your freaking-out-ness causing any shifts in your routine? What is your routine?

Right now I'm training for the Powerlifting meet December 17th so I have a 4X a week strength program in the gym.

I'm also running a 15k on a very hilly course October 9th, so I will be running 2X a week for the next 4 weeks in preparation for that.

Over the winter I plan on swimming with the local USMS group 1X a week at the local community college, and signing up at the YMCA pool to get an additional weekly session in.

Aside from that nothing too crazy, I MTB all winter (especially since I replaced my XC hardtail bike with a Fat Bike last week). Once spring comes I will jump on a 16-20 week plan to get race ready by september. Likely using Don Fink's 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MJDA178/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_pUVZxb1RNAF3S

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1489 on: September 06, 2016, 02:18:40 PM »
Fitness and fruit...

As I mentioned earlier, I'm 3 months into working on my fitness and weight goals, and I'm looking for advice on fruit consumption during this process.  I'm 48 and female so the process is slower and harder than it used to be.  My diet in general is pretty good and pretty low-carb with the exception of fruit.  I eat fruit every day, usually a couple of bananas and I'm wondering if I should reduce or eliminate it for a while to maximize the results from my efforts. 

I stick to low-impact exercise due to previous injuries on a knee and foot.  I currently do a 40 min circuit training dvd 5 days a week and have just added a 45 min low-impact cardio as well which I plan to do 5 days a week.  I also do some leisurely walking every day but don't count that because it's too slow for exercise. 

I welcome feedback and advice from experienced exercisers on this.  On the one hand, it's nice to have the fruit as a treat, but I'm wondering if I'm sabotaging my efforts to a certain degree. 

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1490 on: September 06, 2016, 02:28:19 PM »
Fruit is good, I tend to stick to fruit that has a lower calorie density and more fiber.

Berries, apples, bananas, are pretty good as far as satiety vs. calories.

I tend to stay away from citrus, grapes, etc.

At the end of the day the thing that will matter most is caloric intake. Fruit is not "bad", but you can get way too much sugar/carbs/calories if you over do it.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1491 on: September 06, 2016, 09:54:19 PM »
Loaded 40 80# bales of hay today, and get to stack them tomorrow.   I'm sorry to say it's the best workout  I've had in a long while.

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« Reply #1492 on: September 07, 2016, 06:15:55 AM »
Loaded 40 80# bales of hay today, and get to stack them tomorrow.   I'm sorry to say it's the best workout  I've had in a long while.
But how'd you like it? Capability win?

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1493 on: September 07, 2016, 10:00:08 AM »
Loaded 40 80# bales of hay today, and get to stack them tomorrow.   I'm sorry to say it's the best workout  I've had in a long while.
But how'd you like it? Capability win?

Yes, as an almost 40 year old woman, I'm glad I can climb on top of a big hay stack, throw down bales, and muscle them 5 high into the trailer.  Hopefully I can do the same when I'm 60.  Usually the hay seller will throw them down from the stack for you, but this guy was having a medical issue, so I had to do it all.  I was wishing I'd deadlifted more the last couple months.  Definitely feeling a little sore this morning.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1494 on: September 13, 2016, 02:29:17 PM »
Hello? Anyone still here?

I've fallen off the workout wagon. I only ran twice last week, then I came down with a mystery illness that knocked me out for about 5 days. I feel almost back to normal today... but I'm thinking about giving myself another day or two off just to make sure I've whipped this thing. I probably made a mistake coming back to work yesterday.

Right before I got sick I ran the local cross country course on a wet, rainy day. I can't believe how sore I felt the next day. My hips were particularly sore... I guess my stabilizers worked overtime on the wet grass. (I normally run pretty strictly on roads) I've been focused on hip mobility lately (tight hip issues), but clearly hip strength needs to become a focus. I'll continue the Myrtle Routine, but I am going to look at adding a few more hip strengtheners in a few times a week as well.

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1495 on: September 13, 2016, 10:36:02 PM »
I haven't dropped by for a long while because my fitness went way south this year. The good news is that I'm heading back to my daily fitness class on 10/17. And, as if the Universe wanted to preempt any whining I might do about it being hard to get back into shape, I came across this today => https://www.upworthy.com/this-retired-nfl-player-put-up-an-amazing-gym-that-trains-people-with-disabilities?c=hpstream

Mission accomplished, there'll be no whining from me!

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« Reply #1496 on: September 14, 2016, 06:22:05 AM »
Damn Exhale. That article is definitely one of those ones that puts excusitis in perspective. Thanks for the link!

Hudsoncat, hips are tricky like that. I do love that experience of doing some kind of physical activity, and the next day, you have DOMS in a place you didn't even think was working all that hard. The human body is cool like that. I experience things like that with my hips and my core. Never feel it in the moment, but the next day, it's always surprising. What hip strengthening excercises are you going to include?

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1497 on: September 14, 2016, 06:54:53 AM »
Thanks for reviving this thread hudsoncat! I need my inspiration on here.

I actually have been working out this past week! And next weekend I'm hiking my yearly "finish line" for my intense hiking season. It is 10.2 miles out and back. So in 5.1 miles, you climb 4900 feet. Kicks you ass nice and good. Not too bad when I've prepped adequately, brutal when I haven't. It'll be interesting to see how I do this year. I've done way more weight training than ever before, and way less hiking (thanks in large part to moving).

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« Reply #1498 on: September 14, 2016, 08:28:31 AM »
Thanks for reviving this thread hudsoncat! I need my inspiration on here.

I actually have been working out this past week! And next weekend I'm hiking my yearly "finish line" for my intense hiking season. It is 10.2 miles out and back. So in 5.1 miles, you climb 4900 feet. Kicks you ass nice and good. Not too bad when I've prepped adequately, brutal when I haven't. It'll be interesting to see how I do this year. I've done way more weight training than ever before, and way less hiking (thanks in large part to moving).

You did just find yourself impressed with a latest hike haven't you?

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Re: Strength & Fitness 2016
« Reply #1499 on: September 14, 2016, 08:41:37 AM »
I mentioned earlier in the thread I hurt my back pretty badly back in January, so I've been out of commission for most of this year.  Finally got back to where I can do some stuff a couple of months ago.  I'm still doing Convict Conditioning, plus I've started doing yoga (to help my back continue to heal).  Wow, yoga is hard!  Even harder than CC.  So far I really like it, even though I've discovered that I am:

1. Very inflexible (especially hamstrings)
2. Not particularly balanced (fall out of poses a lot)

Anyway, I'm not pushing myself quite as hard at CC at the moment, and in fact I've only been doing the pushups and pullups part lately.  But I have made progress.  My recent reboot after hurting my back, I started out only being able to do 5 pushups and 1 wobbly pullup.  Now I am at:

Full Pushups - 18
Full Pullups - 5

I also had gained a ton of weight when I hurt my back, I was close to 190.  I'm back to 175 now, and the weight is continuing to fall off.  For aerobic exercise I just try to ride my bike most days a week.