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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
  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 ha
  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 t
  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
  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 ants
  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
  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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