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Mando Baxter

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  1. Belated Weekly Update: Run at least TEN times in April, at least 5K per run. Unfortunately, there aren't enough days left in April for me to meet this challenge. However, last week I ran two 5Ks and one 10K. I wasn't at my all time best speed but I did well and felt no soreness after any of the runs. I'm on track to hit seven runs in April. TWO of the runs have to be 10Ks. Not fast 10Ks. Yep, I ran 10K on Saturday. I plan to run another on 4/30, so this should be good. Investigate local races and sign up for ONE 5K in April or May. The race must involve getting a T-shirt, otherwise why bother? Done. I'm running a 5K race on 5/7. To the extent possible, do at least 32 push ups each day and stretch, to maintain basic fitness. I've been stretching daily but only did push ups three days last week. Sorry, Geddy, Alex, and Neil. I feel like I've let you all down. Maybe my next challenge will be themed after something more nerd-inspirational, like D&D.
  2. Weekly update: I didn't do so well since I had a back injury last Thursday that hit me like a Force Ten. Time Stood Still as I hobbled around for four days, babying my back. I didn't have a Ghost of a Chance to run. Things are better now, I'm Face Up and have some Grand Designs for doing the Best I Can. Nothing to do but Stick It Out. That's life: Lessons and Tears. You don't get Something For Nothing (or for that matter, freedom for free). Ugh, that was terrible. Rush song titles aren't the best. I'm not even going to try to say that I got 2,112 extra steps in yesterday. Anyway, my update: Run at least TEN times in April, at least 5K per run. One 5K last week and am about to go out for another right now. Between kid duty and back injuries I'm not doing as well as I'd hoped. TWO of the runs have to be 10Ks. Not fast 10Ks. Not last week. Investigate local races and sign up for ONE 5K in April or May. The race must involve getting a T-shirt, otherwise why bother? Done. To the extent possible, do at least 32 push ups each day and stretch, to maintain basic fitness. Did 3 sets of push ups I've been stretching my back every day since I recovered. My running schedule may have an extra challenge in coming months if my employer does away with work from home days. I'll have to make plans to join the gym near the office and fight pressures to work through lunch. Ugh.
  3. Well, last week was pretty much a loss due to a strange situation in which I was completely booked all day, every day. Run at least TEN times in April, at least 5K per run. I managed 30 minutes on the elliptical which is roughly a 5K TWO of the runs have to be 10Ks. Not fast 10Ks. Not last week. Investigate local races and sign up for ONE 5K in April or May. The race must involve getting a T-shirt, otherwise why bother? I did find a race, the one I usually run in the spring that benefits the local animal shelter. It's in May which will give me plenty of time to get competitive. To the extent possible, do at least 32 push ups each day and stretch, to maintain basic fitness. Not even once. In fact, I passed out every night at 9:00 since I was so exhausted. On the upside, I did get >5,000 steps each day, so I had that going for me. I'm on call for work this week but I trust I'll at least get out to run twice.
  4. What fits into NF better than those clean-living, Canadian (redundant) prog-rockers RUSH, I ask you? Nothin', that's what. Dig those workout robes. They're rocking well into their sixties, evidence of their healthful lifestyles. Good role models for NF, right? Look how they influenced this guy, who's also rocking the 2112-themed kit: I wouldn't mess with him. Scout-wise, let's not forget that Rush recorded a song called "Marathon" on the Power Windows record of 1985 (yeah, I knew that release year off the top of my head, and I bought that album on cassette when it came out, and I still have it!). As Neil himself wrote, Your meters may overloadYou can rest at the side of the roadYou can miss a strideBut nobody gets a free ride Aww, yeah, Neil. You know how it is in the Long Run. So yeah, if it's not obvious by now my theme for this challenge is to RUSH through some decent running in April, get it? Not bad for throwing something together in 10 minutes. Goals: Run at least TEN times in April, at least 5K per run, with the goal of shaking off the winter cobwebs and getting back into shape. TWO of the runs have to be 10Ks. Not fast 10Ks. Investigate local races and sign up for ONE 5K in April or May. The race must involve getting a T-shirt, otherwise why bother? To the extent possible, do at least 32 push ups each day and stretch, to maintain basic fitness. This is the first time I'm caucusing with the Scouts and the first time my challenge didn't involve restricting my diet. However, my eating habits have improved overall and I'm ready for a more running-based challenge. That's it! Gonna be a good four weeks. Yep, four..
  5. Things have been very busy here in the Village and my NF attention and goal-seeking have suffered. Running: 2/2, two 30-minute "runs" on the elliptical. I feel bad not running outside but the weather hasn't cooperated. Am hoping to get out yet today but the work situation is such that I'm glued to my seat. Push-ups: 7/7 days, though I did have to double up after skipping a day. I think that happened twice. Eating: 4/7 days for saturated fat, 3/7 days for carbs. It was my worst-ever week since joining NF. Yeah, February is extremely busy and throws me out of my routine, but I've also just been slipping. Stretching 0/2. I just beefed on this. Ugh. Writing: None. Hah. I think I spent what personal time I had this week sleeping, not writing. So, pretty discouraging, but so it goes and at least this week is on track so far (all six hours of it).
  6. I've got it! Let's buy the gym!!1!
  7. Haven't had much time to keep up with NF this week, but I'm here now to make my report. Running: 2/2, though one was a 30-minute "run" on the elliptical. I wasn't interested in a subzero road run that day. Push-ups: 7/7 days. Eating: 7/7 days for saturated fat, 5/7 days for carbs. Was undone by pizza one day and a kid-related evening event another day. Stretching 2/2. Writing: None. Just haven't had time.
  8. So last week I found myself in an alternate Village, one with people dressed up as mice, many fine restaurants, live Star Wars characters (I rather liked that bit), shrieking children (not mine), and alas, a total lack of access to any and all means of international communication. I'm not sure how they got me there; they must have drugged me and transported me in my sleep. Regardless, this morning I was surprised to awake in the original Village, the one to which I have become accustomed (though not resigned to staying in). Today when my front door hummed open on my approach, I saw once again the Green Dome, the Stone Boat, and dozens of glassy-eyed residents dressed as if auditioning for an Old Navy ad. Ah, home. Alas that I missed the first week of the challenge; however, I intend to make up for it starting today. I fear the effects of last week's alternate reality have left me in a somewhat weakened and bloated, though still mentally resolute. Therefore, I intend to use these three weeks to return to my usual fighting strength. How will I do this, you ask? Normally, the answer would be the only one available to me in this accursed place: Kosho! Kids, people in the 1960s thought it was cool to practice karate on trampolines. That's why you shouldn't do drugs. However, submitting to Kosho would mean submitting to the sanctioned rules of this place, which of course I cannot do. I will therefore follow my own training regimen. (You will kindly disregard any similarity to prior challenges, I'm sure.) Running: Twice a week, no less than 5K per outing. I need to keep my endurance up to outrun Rover. They also thought weather balloons were scary. Ha ha ha! Well, they were kind of right. Eating Right: <200 g of carbs and <20 g of saturated fat per day. (Notice I am using the metric system here. That's how we do it in the Village, which is one of several clues that lead me to believe the Village is not located at Coney Island, NY.) Probably not the Village. Push Ups! Yes, that's right, 32 push-ups a day, every day. No excuses! I need arm strength to pick up the Village's enormous telephones. Dude, it's cordless! Stretching: Stretch after runs for at least 10 minutes. Bonus points of some kind for daily stretching. Might be good to have a partner for this. That's it, a little to the left. Aaaahhh. Bonus Life-type Goal: I have a writing project I've been working on for, oh, a very long time. This month I intend to re-read it FOR THE LAST TIME (right!) and revise as necessary (e.g., dial the profanity back) with the eventual goal of submitting it for rejection. You see, my dream is to be rejected by only the finest of literary agents! Oops, sorry I broke character there. Best end this post now anyway. I have push-ups to do. Be seeing you!
  9. Nice goals! Lowering the sugar goes a long way to overall health -- I have a similar goal. I also especially like the meditation goal. There's a lot to be said for peace and quiet.
  10. This weekend is going to be crazy so I consider this the end of my January challenge. Thanks to Thom, Briniel, and of course suzyQLou for supporting me. Although the formal challenge is ending, I do plan to stay with these goals through February. Maybe I'll get another challenge thread up. If I do it probably won't be until the 2nd week of Feb due to the aforementioned craziness. I am on track to meet MOST goals this week, though I did go slightly over in carbs on Tuesday. Looks like I'm coming in one 5K shy of my running goal because of my late start, though I did manage to run outside twice a week (including today) while the challenge lasted, and despite the lousy snow. So I declare the inner anvil achievement unlocked!
  11. Thanks, Thom! Week four is coming at us like: but we'll hit it up like:
  12. It's been an...interesting week. Eating: 4/7 days. Had one day slightly over the carb goal and two days way over the saturated fat goal. I think the fat was due to salmon (and leftovers the next day). I love me some salmon but half a fillet's got as much saturated fat as a Snickers bar. Running: 2/2 5Ks. Push ups: 7/7 days. I actually didn't do them over the weekend because I gave myself credit for clearing the %*@ driveway and walks so many times and for helping hand-shovel a neighbor's driveway. The same muscles definitely got a workout judging from how sore I am. Stretching: 2/2 post-run stretches. This will be me today, running in the snow-heaped local streets:
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