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  1. I went to the fitness center yesterday before work. Pretty similar workout to what I did a few days ago. I tweaked my knee a little bit doing pistol squats. I'll give it a rest for a little bit I think. Farmer's Walk: 1/2 mile - 25# kettlebell Pistol Squat w/ TRX: 3x10 Tricep Dip: 3x15 - BW Plank: 3x45sec Burpee: 1x30 2 Mile Run
  2. Week 3 Recap: Not great but not terrible. For Vel0city, I got in two runs for 8.5 miles total. Still behind for this challenge, but I am not going to fault myself for still making the effort. For Innervate, I got some more practice in. I feel comfortable with where I'm at for the one song I will be playing guitar on. Now, I need to start figuring out some of the bass riffs for the rest. We'll finally be able to have some practices with all of us together, so I guess we will see how those progress. For Ir0n Hand, I mostly just got in 100 push-ups this past week. Paltry, I know, as it only puts me at 300 total, but I am determined not to miss my goal. I'm not sure that I will be able to do a full handstand by the end of this challenge, but I'm not giving up yet. There is still a week left, and I have no intention of coasting out of it. I am nearly dead / It's time for a second wind / Let my aim be true.
  3. It's for moments like these that Link carried a fairy in a bottle. Like you said, dust yourself off and get back to it. You've got this.
  4. I went for a run yesterday afternoon. Here in Indiana, it's been windy for the past few days, mostly between 10-20 mph. I knew it was supposed to rain later, but I figured that, if I left around 3:45 p.m. and kept my run to under an hour and fifteen minutes, I'd be good. So, I took off south into a wind that was blowing about 15 mph into my face. After a mile and a half or so, I found a pretty nice rhythm and got to it. Ultimately, I thought I'd do 7.5 miles, but I thought that might be pushing it on time, so I settled on turning around at mile three and only going six overall. I could see off to the west (where I normally run has quite a bit of uninterrupted line-of-sight) that the sky was ominously dark. It was right at the halfway point that that dark sky starting spewing some lightning. I felt that I would still make it back by the time the storm hit, but I picked up my pace nonetheless. Once I pushed past mile four, things really started getting ugly. The wind never abated (though it had been at my back this last leg), but I could tell that the lightning was getting closer. I wasn't worried about that, despite being surrounded by empty corn and bean fields, there were plenty of telephone poles that were taller than me and I figured they'd be struck before I was (if it even ever came to that). As I continued picking up my pace, I kept thinking that it might not be a bad idea to flag down someone going my direction and see if I could hop into the back of their pick-up truck to hitch the rest of the way home. At the rate that the storm was rolling in, I knew that there was no way that I was going to make it home without getting caught in the middle of it. It was right at the 4.5 mile mark that someone pulled up to me in a white pick-up truck. Inside, there was an elderly man with an open Bud Light in his hand and a bolt action rifle in the passenger seat. Ah, Indiana. "Need a ride?" he said. "At this point, I can't say that that would be a bad idea," I replied. I jumped into his truck and rode home. It was a good thing I did, because the literal second after he dropped me off and I got the garage door up, the sky cut loose and the storm hit. Hard. It was what we Hoosiers like to call a "gully washer." In fact, it was to the point that by the time I opened the door to the house, the ally was putting on her jacket to come and get me. As we stood in the garage and watched the dogs, Grim and Zero (who is half named after this challenge's namesake) play in the rain, we both agreed that she probably wouldn't have made it in time. Thankfully, my neighbor came at the exact moment that I could - as they say in Borderlands - Catch-A-Ride!
  5. Yesterday, I ran 4.5 miles. It would have been longer, but I got cut short by an impending thunderstorm. I will write a more complete explanation on my challenge thread.
  6. Well done on your progress. It is nice when things start falling into place and all of the hard work we've been putting in starts to pay off. And, I'm right there with you on finding the balance on rest days: I'm still trying to figure out when I'm allowing myself a deserved day off or just being lazy.
  7. I went for a 4 mile run after work this evening. I wanted to go farther because the weather was just about perfect, but it was getting pretty dark so I turned back. I'm looking to get another run in on Friday because I have the day off.
  8. I am reading Wool by Hugh Howey, which is about a community that lives in a giant, underground silo as the outside world is toxic and uninhabitable. I'm really enjoying it so far, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys science fiction, especially of the post-apocalyptic type.
  9. We all have to start somewhere. You're right though. A friend of mine who is a potter frequently tells her students not to judge their beginning to someone else's middle. The same can be said for anything really.
  10. Sorry to hear that your work has been put on hold again. I've heard similar things about the workforce. One book I can try to recommend is called Start by Jon Acuff. While I have heard it recommended to many people, I have not personally read it, so take my recommendation with a grain of salt. Maybe there might be something there that you could use. You might even be able to check it out from your local library, and then you wouldn't be out out any money if it's no good. On another note, that is awesome to read about your handstand work. I've been working on my own handstands for the past couple weeks and still working on wall handstands and various yoga poses to get my wrist and shoulder strength up. I'd love to be able to work up to a handstand at some point.
  11. I went into the fitness center this morning around 8:00. It was nice to get back to working on strength like I used to up until a few weeks ago. Farmer's Walk: 1/2 mile - 25# kettlebell Pistol Squat w/ TRX: 3x10 Tricep Dip: 3x15 - BW Plank: 5x30sec Burpee: 1x30 Farmer's Walk: 1/4 mile - 25# kettlebell Those burpees were killer, but I wanted to do thirty of them since that is what you have to do anytime you miss an obstacle during a Spartan race. Might as well start training now. Also, there were a few Crow poses and wall handstands scattered throughout for good measure. BW: 198
  12. Must have been something in the air for all of us. Right there with you. Are the poses you're working on chosen from a program or are you picking them at random? I'm working on trying to build some more cohesion with mine, and I was curious. Those are some serious pics, and your running trails are beautiful. I've been missing a lot of the trails that I see a lot of you running on, but I try to make do with what I have. We have a local park and lake here, and it has a mile-long boy scout trail, which is better than nothing. I am interested to see how your running progression works out, as I've been thinking about the same thing for me. I have a general mid-foot strike with a slight heel strike, and I spent my last run seeing if I could do a better job at landing with my feet more directly underneath me.
  13. You're not wrong. Anytime I would hold a pose like that during these early weeks, my breathing would come in spurts and gasps. Now, I put more of a focus on steady breaths and the pose will take care of itself; I've found that improving the former will yield improvement in the latter. With my focus still being on obstacle races, I am looking at branching out in an effort to improve my racing. I found this article that has more poses to work towards, though I'm still eyeing that handstand. Week 2 Recap: For whatever reason, I struggled last week. It wasn't a complete loss as you can read below, but nowhere near the fire that I feel should be burning. For Vel0city, I only went running once, and ended up with about 5.5 miles with a faster pace to round out the last half mile or so. For Innervate, I had a talk with the ally about our need to work more on the songs we're playing for the benefit. I'm gaining some ground on my guitar skills - I just need to keep it up. For Ir0n Hand, a trip to the fitness center on Tuesday left me with some bodyweight work, and, on Friday, I worked a bit on my handstands and push-ups (of which I am around 200 for the challenge). Towards the end of the week, I just felt sort of lethargic. I can contribute a lot of that to food choices during and around a campfire I went to on Saturday night, which led to a pretty lazy Sunday. The lingering feeling led me to the realization that I am in need of a pretty critical respawn, which comes at an opportune time. This past weekend was World's Toughest Mudder, and it was bittersweet to read up on how everyone did during the event. I loved watching all of the racers compete, and the camaraderie was inspirational. It was also eye opening. If I'm going to get serious about this, now is the time. I realize that I have been in this seat before - almost exactly a year ago, in fact. That was then. This is now. There will be sacrifices, but I am willing to make the commitment. This morning, after a very restful Sunday, I am looking at things differently. The fog (both literal and figurative) has cleared. I know it won't be easy, but I also know that I have allies in this fight - you all included - that will lift me up when the road turns rocky. Thanks for sticking through this ramble, and I will leave you with one of Zer0's respawn haiku: I will not die here / I have too much left to do / And too much ammo.
  14. Happy birthweek! Sounds like these last few days have been on target. Here lately, I've been trying to do the same in the evenings: turn things off and just read. Here's to facing your challenges this week and coming out on top.
  15. Went out for a 5.5 mile run today. It was pretty breezy on the way back, but I survived. I ran at a higher pace for the last half mile, which was a nice change though I was definitely feeling it by the end.
  16. I did the same thing yesterday and couldn't agree more. It definitely got the heart pumping, especially with the burpees at the end.
  17. It happens. That's why boots have straps on them. Nothing to do now but just dust yourself off and go again.
  18. I tried Plow pose this morning. I wasn't able to get my feet to touch the ground, but I did try to just keep my breathing even and let me legs do what they would and not try to force anything. I think it is definitely something to work on. I could feel my core reacting the same way as it does with Crow, and I just tried to maintain awareness of my breathing patterns. Also, I worked on Tripod pose, with...less success. All that, combined with some wall handstands at the fitness this morning, left me ready for more.
  19. The ally and I got up early this morning to vote and then went to the fitness center afterwards. She did some intervals on the treadmill while I started off with some work for the Assassin mini challenge. After that, I did some other bodyweight moves. It's definitely been a while since I'd done tricep dips, because the last "set" was broken up into a couple sets, but I did get 15 total. AMRAP Box Jump: 19 AMRAP in 60sec Standing Broad Jump: 12 AMRAP in 60sec Tuck Jump: 19 Burpee: 1x10 Tricep Dip: 3x15 - BW Plank: 3x30sec I finished up by doing a few wall handstands. I focused on keeping my back straight and not letting it bow inward. I even tentatively put one leg more vertical to see how it felt. The feeling of my body's center of gravity shifting is interesting but one I think I could get used to.
  20. Plow definitely looks like it would help. I am still very much a yoga newb, but I'm really liking how if you're working on one pose, there is another pose to help with that. It's almost as if they're made to be done concurrently. Who would've guessed? Thanks for the heads up. Well, it is definitely good for that. I can just feel a ton of compression once I lean forward. If I can hold the pose and learn to breathe at the same time, we will really be getting somewhere.
  21. Well done considering the changes in schedule. Trying to make the shift to an early morning takes time. I've been trying to implement that as well. I've found the best thing to aid in the process is just to get to bed early enough. Also, I like that you decided to still do something even though your time was limited. Those cold runs are the best. Don't neglect your recovery and you should be bouncing back in no time. Glad to see that you're killing it with the rest of your goals.
  22. Well done all around on a week of crushing it. And you are not wrong when it comes to food having such an impact on our sense of well-being. I am always amazed (though I guess by now I shouldn't be) how large a role food plays regarding our moods.
  23. Week 1 Recap: First week of the challenge went pretty well. For Vel0city, I got 10 miles in, which felt pretty good, plus a hike Saturday afternoon. I went camping over the weekend, and a friend and I hiked some trails and trekked up a fairly steep hill that was literally off the beaten path. I didn't get to run with the ally, but I found out that she went to the fitness center after I did on Friday. I know that I can't make her do anything she doesn't want to do, and if she doesn't want to go on a run with me, I accept that. I just need to keep offering it and understand that she will need to go at her own pace. For Innervate, I'm working on getting my strumming patterns down on the guitar more than anything. I know several basic chords, so I've just been stringing random ones together while drilling. The ally frequently reminds me that, as much as it pains me to admit, I will probably never play guitar for the Misfits or the Ramones, so I can't just play downstrokes all the time. For Ir0n Hand, I've been diligent with my pull-ups. I've not gotten an accurate count of how many I average a day, but every once in a while, I will knock out a set of five or so to see if this groove greasing is helping yet, though I'm fairly certain it's still too early to have much effect. I worked on Crow some more this morning. Hopefully at some point, I won't feel like my core and lungs are ready to explode while I'm holding it. Here is an icy shot of Zer0 to start off your week. Let's get to it, people.
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