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About cepopaladin

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  • Birthday 06/26/1987

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  1. Yes! It hurts so good. I've got one of those spiky ones so I can really dig in. Haven't experienced childbirth, but it does hurt mightily! I think it was just a few weeks ago that I really rolled out my legs (including the quads and hips) and it hurt so bad. I was sweating from the pain and oddly enough my muscles got warm from all the massaging, but afterwards I was like a strong noodle woman.
  2. I did many burpees last Friday, so I'll take the +1 STA!
  3. Day 31 Update I finally did me some hill sprints. 3 miles total with 2 sprints of 1/12 (or so) of a mile per mile. My calves are wicked tight. Sleep calls.
  4. Day 29 Update - I ran and stuff Hooray for my foots feeling better! I just ran my first 4 miler in 3 weeks and it wasn't even that bad, though my calves were pretty tight from making sure I didn't sneak in any heel strikes. Other than than that, I had a good morning routine which included my GMB Elements training, some solid assisted pull-ups (I'm so close), a handful of push-ups (need to work on these... maybe next 6WC), and a much needed stretching session. Tomorrow, I've got Muay Thai and my first BJJ class with a gi!
  5. Day 29 Update - A sore lower back and strong upper Pretty light day for me today. I knocked out GMB elements and my pull-up practice sets before work, then the busy of work happened and I typed code all day long. I incorporated some isometric holds at the weak points of my pull-up (top and almost bottom) and felt some very nice muscle engagement. I'm not certain, but I have high hopes for this quest! On the other hand, my lower back is still hurting a fair bit from my BJJ sessions (ground fighting works all sorts of wierd muscles). I'm going to try for a run in the morning (maybe after coffee so my feetsies can loosen up a bit).
  6. I don't think I really incorporate anything that is Krav Maga specific. I frequently think about using some technique or another, but most of them are too brutal (ie. groin stikes) for friendly sparring. I did learn pretty good striking form from my Krav Maga instructor, so that has certainly helped. Yes! I'm definitely re-energized for the next too weeks. I'm pretty excited to finish up my main quest and also a bit nervous about my pull-up and running goals (both serve as motivators). Good luck to you on your final two weeks!
  7. Running a bit late here, but I've got Mini-Quest 3 and Mini-Quest 4 in my last quest update. Huzzah!
  8. Day 28 Update - Week 4 was a rebellion free week, but I am recommitting: So... it's been a while. I guess I'm hitting that mid-6WC slump thingy everyone keeps mentioning. I have not been lazy, I have just been a wee bit distracted by the exciting that is MMA gym and the trials of a new project for work. As far as quests go, I'm doing OK. Here's status updates for each: Main Quest: Vanquish GMB Elements: Looking good here. I've been sticking to these pretty easily, especially since they are max 15 minutes of work. I can usually do these before work or during my lunch break. I'm still having a tough time getting my sprints in as the weather here is very hot and my heel still plagues the early morning, but I'm going to try for doing my sprints in the evenings on my non-training nights. Side Quest: Defeat a Single Pull-Up: This one is tough. I really can't say for certain that I will be able to complete this by the end of the 6WC. I'm currently still stuck in the middle of the pull-up, such that I can activate my shoulders nicely, start to bend my arms, can't make it half-way, but from halfway I can get to the bar. I'm still working the assisted and negatives and will try to up my reps next week. Side Quest: Defeat a 10k Run + Incorporate Interval Training: I'm not too worried about the 10k aspect of this as my new MMA training is giving me new found strength, but I really need to bust my butt to get another 10 intervals sessions in. Life Side Quest: Spawn a Morning Routine: Every weekday I manage this (minus the early workout) and feel very happy about how easy this routine has been incorporated into my daily activities. And now for some catch-up work: Week 3 Challenge: 1. I'm having a difficult time progressing with my pull-up quest. 2. I found this post regarding a nice link to an article on pull-up progressions. 3. As per the article, I'm going to start incorporating hollow body positions and isometric holds into my pull-up work. Week 4 Challenge: 1. Goal allocation: -Main Quest: Vanquish GMB Elements | DEX 3-Side Quest: Defeat a Single Pull-Up | STR 3-Side Quest: Defeat a 10k Run + Incorporate Interval Training | STA 2-Life Side Quest: Spawn a Morning Routine | WIS 2 2. Mid Challenge Summary: -Main Quest: Vanquish GMB Elements | 100%-Side Quest: Defeat a Single Pull-Up | 50%-Side Quest: Defeat a 10k Run + Incorporate Interval Training | 20%-Life Side Quest: Spawn a Morning Routine | 100% 3. Challenge allocation: -Main Quest: Vanquish GMB Elements | 3 @ DEX 100% = 3 -Side Quest: Defeat a Single Pull-Up | 3 STR @ 50% = 2-Side Quest: Defeat a 10k Run + Incorporate Interval Training | 2 STA @ 20% = 0-Life Side Quest: Spawn a Morning Routine | 2 WIS @ 100% = 2 4. Signature: STR 2 | STA 0 | DEX 3 | CON 0 | WIS 2 | CHA 0 Okay, this is a long post. One last thing though, MMA (well, really just Muay Thai & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) is awesome! I love getting to spend more time working techniques at high intensity and the daily sparring matches (we spar for the last 30 min of Muay Thai & BJJ = 1 hour of sparring ). Yesterday, we did many kicks and I learned a pretty sweet leg lock. Amazing.
  9. Yes! I completely agree about the minimalist shoes. I used to get pretty bad shin splints when I ran, especially if I was just getting back into it (I will always be trying to be a runner), and after one particularly bad run I looked up why I was getting them. Turns out, heel striking flexes that front shin muscle and I was actually cramping the muscle. I had some Merrell Vapor Gloves before and just turned them in for a pair of slightly more casual looking Vivobarefoot Stealth. My running (which I am aware I haven't been doing much of) continues to improve with the minimalist shoes. I think the heel problems are stemming from a couple weeks of using my stand-up desk on bare wood in bare feet. I would ache so bad at the end of the day, but just thought I needed to get accustomed to it. I was so wrong. Fun MMA details to follow.
  10. You should just join. Most places are really considerate of people who are a bit out of shape. Especially jiu-jitsu, which is usually a really relaxed group with varied ages and physical abilities. See if you can swing a free class and see if you like it. And yes, I use a foam roller (I highly recommend), but I'm a little wary of putting it anywhere near my lower back because you can strain it more if you collapse over it. So instead, I just ordered a spiky lacrosse ball to use for my lower back and feet which looks delightfully painful.
  11. Day 22 Update: So I've been keeping on. My morning routine is pretty much set and I certainly have no issue getting up early anymore. Running is still a challenge, particularly with the temperature being what it has the last couple of days (very hot). So I haven't managed any additional runs, but I plan to wake up extra early (to warm up my foot muscles) and run before my morning routine. The GMB Elements program is getting more intense as we've finally worked our way up to 10 minute flows (most awesome). My pull-up is not quite there, but I'm feeling a lot more strength in my back. Since my last update, I've kind of made a big life decision. I joined an MMA gym! As some of you may know I do Krav Maga, but as of late it hasn't been satisfying me. I joined my Krav school when it first opened in 2013 and consider the instructor and many of my fellow students to be friends (we are a pretty small, tightly knit school). So I love the school and the Krav, but I wanted more free sparring and rolling. Holding classes only twice a week for 2 hours leaves very little time for non-Krav techniques and almost no time to just spar. So after a lot of debate and guilt about leaving the school I signed up for a 2 week trial at a nearby MMA gym. Thus far I've been to 2 Muay Thai classes and 1 BJJ class. They have been awesome and exactly what I wanted: a really good workout, a focus on sparring and really friendly, helpful instructors/students. I'm super-duper excited to go again tonight though my lower back is wicked sore from BJJ.
  12. We shall be happy! I ran about 2 miles at the nice little 9 minute mile pace. I felt pretty comfortable the whole time, but my Achilles tendon started to ache midway (probably because I was running on my toes to avoid the dreaded heel-strike). It's definitely a good idea to take breaks from a long book. I'm about a quarter of the way through Les Miserables, which is fortunately divided into sub-books, so I will take a multi-book hiatus from Les Miserables and return when I'm ready for some dramatic French-ness. I find that if I go too long without a fantasy or sci-fi book I get a little antsy.
  13. Day 18 Update: The Pains of Badassery - Book 3: The Return of the Heel This is getting really frustrating. I'm still able to workout every day, but the pain in the morning is so bad that it's ruining my little morning workout thingy that I was so proud of. In addition, my work schedule has really ramped up and I don't have any midday gaps for exercising, thus pushing my workouts into the evening which I don't really like. I have an appointment with my doctor on Monday and though it will probably require a referral, I'm hoping I can kick this thing soon. I haven't run since week 1 and it's kinda stressing me that I might not be able to make my 10k side quest. I must take action. So I'm going to do my normal bodyweight workout tonight, then go for a light jog (maybe 2 miles). I think I've been a wee bit afraid of running since this thing started, but so long as I keep my form and don't lazily fall into heel striking I should be fine. If it pleases you, I would greatly appreciate heavy scolding if I fail to do this.
  14. Aaah, Infinite Jest is so very, very long. I've been meaning to take a stab at it, but my list of books is so long and Infinite Jest = 10 normal books... so I haven't. I'm in the midst of The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and currently on The Great Hunt (book 2 of 14 ). I had made it to book 4 when the series what just starting and I was like 13, but for some reason stopped midway (I think LotR happened). Doesn't Infinite Jest have a ridiculous amount of footnotes, ramblings and side stories? How is it treating you?
  15. Good work thus far Riverleaf! Just stick with it and remember to keep busy. Here's a little motivational quote for you: Have fun getting fit and happy!
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