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  1. That's amazing. Congratulations and awesome pictures to boot!
  2. I felt like I was stuck at a plateu on my strength training doing 5x5 so I decided I'd do some 4x10 work and see if I could break through. I might pull a leaf out of the 12 week program pamphlet and do diminishing reps (12, 10, 8, 6). That seemed to do a fair bit for me. I'm also debating doing a bulk program and then ruin it by running far too much in September and October. Bench Press (4x10) 10x70 10x80 6x80 7x75 Lat Pull Down (4x10) 10x100 10x120 10x120 10x100 Inn/out chest presses (3x15) 15x20 15x20 15x20 Barbell Row (4x10) 10x50 10x60 10x60 10x60 Finger Curls (3x15) 15x30 15x40 10x40, 5x30 Planning on getting things back in order once I'm back from my honeymoon. I don't think I've been bitten by the horseback riding bug, but I want to see if there's something I should work towards before I walk away from it (like jumping).
  3. I discovered the same thing but just thought it was super convenient to wake up dressed to go to the gym.
  4. Oh man. I haven't gotten in here in over a week. I'm still getting into the gym 3 times a week and I've gotten a few short runs in. Horseback riding is dominating my weekend and it's too hot to go running in the evenings. Excuses, excuses, excuses. I'm at least staying moving. Maybe it's time to get a barbell and build a power rack in the basement to cut down on my travel time. I don't know, but I need to change some stuff up in the coming weeks. I'm coasting with too much on my plate to not be organized. Wed Legs 2 3 4 5 Squats (4x10) 10x90 10x110 10x110 10x110 Box Steps (4x10) 10x90 10x90 8x90 10x70 Calf Raises (3x15) 15x170 15x170 15x170
  5. I'm snipping the wall of thoughts. Yeah, I was speaking just strictly about building endurance as opposed to overall strength. Where you would run up a short grade with no problem in mile 2 from lifting heavy and building strength, hitting a low grade for a long distance will get you on mile 8. Focusing purely on endurance (like I were suddenly dropping everything to train for an extra long race) I plug the super high rep in all muscle groups. Except arms. Guns don't do jack for your running, yo. But the legs, glutes, hip flexors, core, shoulders, lats and chest (in a secondary way reinforcing the back and shoulder strength) are all used to hold form or actually run. On a side note, a muscle imbalance with a strong chest and weak lats can roll your shoulders in and damage your form.
  6. So after meeting a few nerds IRL and not having a daily battle log, then finishing my six week challenge that I loved getting feedback on I've decided to create a battle log. I'm opening up with a long term goal: the Providence, RI marathon on May 1st (Link). It'll be my first marathon. I ran into a little trouble with my half marathon (Wicked half Marathon in Salem, MA) in October, but I said that if I ran it under one and a half hours I'd do a full marathon in the spring. I managed 1:25 even though I was walking/limping for about a mile. This tells me two things. One, holy crap I'm way faster over distance than I thought. Two, I've done something(s) horribly, stupidly wrong. My leg cramped up and my knee didn't feel right for weeks after. It would feel fine walking, but would hurt after I ran for about a mile of running or hitting a hill. I started running too soon after the half marathon (about a week) and lifting too soon (less than a week). I obviously out-paced myself (I was late getting there and couldn't help trying to "make up" time even though I was running my own timer). And I kind of, sort of, didn't warm up that well. Or possibly at all. Depending entirely on your definition. So, to try and avoid injury and to try and maintain a good pace I am if anything over-planning. Being an accountant my natural response to virtually all stimuli is to make a spreadsheet. So I did (link). One tab with my mileage (I track Km from working on 10 and 5k goals), and one tab with my lifting regiment. I've altered 2 things from my half marathon plan: I've stretched the mileage buildup more slowly (18 weeks) and I'm tapering a little more. I start training on the 28th so if anyone has suggestions, notes, criticism, encouragement, knitting patterns, tips, tricks, or knows a good bar in Providence near the race. If anyone's coming: I'm not registering until after Xmas, so we can team up. Also, I don't own a car so I'll pay for gas for a ride. There are those I suspect of coming.