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Most of my challenges have been very similar for the last few months and I've started to feel a little challenge fatigue. I still want to run a challenge, as I know if I don't, I'll get lazy (also, I love it here and love all you guys!) so this challenge is focusing on one thing. Running. Endless Running Christ, these video boxes are big I always have running on my challenge, as it's the thing I do the most, but I suck at keeping to a running schedule. I like running, but I struggle to make it a priority, which is why it's the sole priority this time around. Run 3 times a week - Pass Run more than 3 times a week - Biggus Pass Run less than 3 times a week - None Shall Pass Planned Running Schedule (depending on what races I have that week) Tues: Easy Run Thurs: Speed / Tempo Run Sat: Optional parkrun or Race Day Sun: Long Run or Race Day This challenge is also going to be a makeshift battle log, so I can keep logging my strength workouts and any other stuff I get up to.
This challenge is falling at a weird time. It starts the day after I run a very long hard trail race. Week 2-4 will see me traveling into remote places (for work) and Iâ€™m not really sure how much freedom/opportunity I will have for exercise. Weeks 5-6 will see me back at home and scrambling to get ramped up for a marathon ~two weeks after the challenge ends. Iâ€™ve known this trip was coming and I worked hard last challenge to get in the best shape I could in advance of the trip (thatâ€™s why I signed up for the crazy hard trail race right before my trip). Itâ€™s not ideal to have a couple weeks of de-training, but Iâ€™m just going to keep up my fitness as best I can. I might need to modify some of the Week 2-4 goalsâ€¦I just have to see how it plays out a bit. So Iâ€™m imagining the trip as a voyage on Serenity: And the crazy nature of this challenge as something straight out of Seinfeld: So my goalsâ€¦. Running â€“ Weeks 1, 5 and 6 â€“ Total of 80 miles*. Weeks 2, 3 and 4 â€“ At least 3 runs per week totaling at least 10 miles. *This might be pretty hardâ€¦week 1 will be recovery, and Iâ€™ll start travel at the end of it. Weeks 5 and 6 might be hard to ramp back up this fast. Iâ€™ll just have to do what I can safely do. Push-ups!!! 500 pushups (scaled) â€“ Negatives count as one. Full pushups count as 3. (Benchmark, last challenge I managed 307 negatives and 7 full. My biggest full pushup sets were 2/2). Rangerly skills (1) Knots: Practice bowline and truckerâ€™s hitch at least 3 weeks...this one will be useful on my trip! (2) Stars: Look for a different constellation each week...this will fit well with travel (and I'll be working night shift) (3) Cyber-Sorcery: Work through 6 chapters of R book...picked R because I have it on my laptop and my internet access will be spotty. Keep the Brain from Rotting Two non-trashy books. I've had this goal the last two challenges and it's working well for me. Stretch and Strengthen Weeks 1, 5 and 6- Yoga or strength training at least 30 min, twice per week. Weeks 2, 3 and 4â€¦TBA probably chin/pull-ups several times per week and a brief stretching routine.
Epic quests?? The most specific one is to get back to a sub-4 hr marathon. Beyond that, be strong and lean, keep my body in good working order. Live a happy, peaceful yet adventurous life. Run the planShort version: Run 170 miles, complete at least 6 â€œquality workoutsâ€ as RXed. Long version: Iâ€™ve signed up for a marathon on November 1 and have worked out a training plan. Iâ€™ve run variations on this plan before (Danielâ€™s Running Formula, Marathon plan A)â€¦itâ€™s HARD, but it works. Iâ€™ve had big success with this before, but Iâ€™ve also gotten frustrated and given up. Iâ€™ve thought about how to work a bit more flexibility into it. If I hit my ideal mileage every week, I would get 209 miles for the challenge. I set 170 as a realistic target, since stuff happens. The plan has two hard scheduled workouts every week, but they arenâ€™t particularly compatible with training with other people. For this challenge, my target will be to do at least 6 of these as specified. For the other 6, I can substitute things like a race, a long run with friends, or a group track workout. This is my major goal for the challenge. +4 STA for the 170 miles, +2 STR for the workouts Find balanceCross-train at least 3x a week for at least 20 minutes. Anything counts. Iâ€™ll try to do as much as possible outside, but thatâ€™s just for fun. +3 DEX for all workouts complete Keep pushing750 pushups. At least 5 of each session need to be full pushups. The others can be negatives as necessary. +2 STR for all pushups done. Cleanliness is next to Rangerly-nessComplete the â€œWeekly Home Blessingâ€ (Flylady website), generally on the weekends. Also do a mid-week cleanup (basically just straightening up a bit). Full credit for 10/12 completed. +2 CHA for having a charming home. Win the Kitchen Olympics!Use all the things that are sitting around my kitchen: fondue pot (got it for Christmas >5 years ago, never used), deep fryer (I know not so healthy, but I havenâ€™t used it in years), breadmaker (got as a gift, used once), springform pan, bundt pan, rolling pin, cedar plank, skewers, citrus juicer. Full credit for using at least 6 things.Donâ€™t worryâ€¦Iâ€™m planning to give away most of the baked goods, and will have friends over when I fire up the deep fryer!+2 WIS.