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  1. It is time to return to a challenge that always seems to fill me with the energy and motivation to stay active. It is an epic one, but it is less about completing all of the things and more about staying present with the essence of each challenge goal. Basic Challenge: Connect With Environment: The Na'vi are deeply connected to the natural world around them and they take care of it. When completing each of these challenges, engage all of your senses and stay mindful of the impact nature has on your body and your spirit. At least 30 total minut
  2. So i have just completed my first ever OCR. My training leading up to the event, plus post-race analysis, is detailed in my Barbarian Challenge training log. This log will pick up where that race ended. i do hope to do more of these events in the future, plus a smattering of 5 and 10ks, some powerlifting meets, some shooting comps, and whatever other epic adventures i may come across. So, here we go!
  3. Greetings, Rangers. My name is Wolfen. I usually kick it with the Adventurers, but for this particular challenge I felt I needed some motivation and advice from some Ranger friends. Plus, my goals this challenge seem perfect for this guild. If you want to know more about me, I'm sure @Tanktimus the Encourager can tell you everything you need to know since we've been NF buddies for a while. First, a quick bit of history. If you want to skip this part and go straight to my challenge goals, feel free: So there you have it. My mail goals will reflect the plan discu
  4. Welcome Mud Lovers! This is a continuation of the Obstacle Racers, Assemble Group This is an open group for anyone who is interested, curious, or completely obsessed with all things OCR related! Feel free to ask questions, share tips on gear or obstacle technique, or just let us know about a recent or upcoming race. Nothing is off topic and everyone is welcome. In a slight change, we'll be adding trail running to the discussion too. For a lot of us, the obstacle racing season is winding down for the year, and trail running is a great way to train for OC
  5. Well, here I am. I finally ran out of steam to go on doing productive things with my own motivation and I need a place of accountability and to battle some RL bosses and smash some quests because I can only play Horizon Zero Dawn for so long. I was once an aspired ultra trail runner. I did pretty good, too. I even stuck with it for multiple years. But going from couch to marathon in less than 6 months more than 3 times over just fried me. In the beginning I also discovered crossfit and fell in love with the idea of getting stronger. I feel like I already know what guild I'm joining
  6. My overarching goal for this challenge is to refocus, become better connected with my body and my self, and shake out a little stagnation. As I am primarily an endurance runner, I've been running with the scouts for a while, but there's not much shakin over there lately. My goals have some druid qualities about them, and several of my friends are (or were) druids as well, so I'm gonna pop in over here for a bit. For those who don't know me, I work in ocean science, and I've spent most of the past five or six years at sea, living aboard a research vessel full time. Durin
  7. Hey all! I'm on the lookout for a group enterprising souls who would be willing to tackle the Ragnar Trail Relay on April 28-29, 2017. It's an overnight relay in which a team of eight runners (or four ultrarunners, for the hardcore) run legs of a trail network, for a total of about 14-16 miles per person. It's a combination of relay racing, trail running, and crazy camping. Learn more about the race here, and check out the event page here. I'm familiar with the state park where the race is being held - it's a beautiful place to visit! If I can get enough interest (both
  8. Hello there! I'm back for more. My goals are as follows. 1. Track all food on Myfitnesspal App. My goal is currently to stay under 1340 net calories and to consume 100 g protein per day. 2. Adventurous Exercise. I would like to take more of my running to the forest. I signed up for a trail racing series in the fall. The races will be 5-7 miles, so I will need to train for that. 3. Meditate Every Day. Sit quietly every day or at least 10 minutes. Continue with lunchtime routine, when possible And also- find balance. Achieve happiness. Go places.
  9. I've stepped away from Nerd Fitness for awhile, but I'm joining up again because I need to lose some weight and this style of tracking has always worked for me. I'm very happy to find it's still a vibrant community, and even see a couple of familiar faces I'm usually a scout, but I'll be joining the druids this time because I would like to work on a more mindful approach to better living. I hope to find inspiration in your writings and in the group challenges. I've chosen three simple goals for my first challenge after a long break. 1.
  10. This month I'm keeping my challenge really simple and focussing on getting s**t done. No theme, no bells and whistle, just balls. Or something like that.. I'm coming for you, things! Quest 1. Share the awesome. Keeping this from the last challenge. Even the suckiest of days contains a little glimmer of hope. At least that's what I'm going to attempt to prove to myself... Each day I'll post 1 awesome thing that happened. This can be anything that brightened my day even if by a little; whether it be a life altering achievement, hitting a workout goal, or something
  11. I've stepped away from Nerd Fitness for awhile, but I'm joining up again because I need to lose some weight and this style of tracking has always worked for me. I'm very happy to find it's still a vibrant community, and even see a couple of familiar faces I'm usually a scout, but I'll be joining the druids this time because I would like to work on a more mindful approach to better living. I hope to find inspiration in your writings and in the group challenges. I've chosen three simple goals for my first challenge after a long break.
  12. Phase Two. This month I'm going to try something a little different to my previous challenges. After achieving my landmark pushup goal during the April challenge I simplified my workouts (thanks, NF) and set myself a workout plan (I may post this for critique). The original intention for this challenge was to concentrate on working towards handstands and working on rolling/fall breaking, but during the last challenge I came to the realisation that this isn't what I need to be focussing on right now. I find I'm sort of drifting around without any sort of direction, and this won't sort itse
  13. Lessons learned last time around, here we go again! Build Arms - Weighted chin ups 1x/wk (or more), 500 push-ups/wk (+Dex, +Str) I love chin ups. Currently I'm at 5-5-3 for chin-ups with an #18 KB on a belt. I'd like to add one rep every week. The push-ups are a continuation of what I did in that challenge earlier this year. Yeah, I know they're more of a chest thing... but I'll do some handstand holds/lowers to make up for it. Some day, I'll be busting them out like this girl Get running - at least one run a week, aiming for 3 miles. (+Sta, +De
  14. This post really has nothing to do with swimming as the title might suggest. Instead the next month will be about keeping some good habits I formed last month, working on some weak areas I observed, and generally trying not to get overwhelmed by my work and training load(s). I only have two months until I toe the line at American River 50 Mile and to be honest, I'm freaking out! The next six weeks will be the most important training block, but will also overlap with two separate week-long trips, trying out a new position at work, and taking two night classes. Whew! Things are moving, but the
  15. With the new challenge and guild guidelines, I'm shouldering my backpack and heading to the Adventurers for this challenge. For those whom I haven't met, here is a bit of an introduction. I'm tinkerer. I love to make things for our house, fix cars, and weld. I can figure out how most things work and enjoy trying to fix broken items. Over the last five years, I've been drawn in to mountaineering. In an odd cycle, fitness is what got me into mountaineering and now mountaineering is what motivates me to work out. I enjoy all of the individual elements of mountaineering separately as well: hiking
  16. Xena

    Xena doubles down

    OK…first something I’m doing this 6-week period that’s not exactly part of the challenge… Run 2 marathons ("double down" ). I’m running a marathon at the end of week 1 and another at the end of week 6. I’m really out of shape now, so the second marathon should be much better than the first. Recovering, building back up, and tapering will be tricky. I have a lot of experience and I know what I need to do. This is my most important fitness goal right now, but I’m still thinking about how to work it into a specific challenge Why am I doing this to myself? Reasonable question. Iâ
  17. Hello everybody! Since I'm new to the rebellion and seem to be unable to open a new "introdce yourself" thread I will put my introduction right here: I will delay posting my epic quest until clearer news/instructions are posted later today. The experience points stuff hasn't been understood so far so I will add those later, too. So here are the quests: 1) RUN, DONKEY, RUN! I just discovered that I don't suck at running anymore and feel that moving through the woods around my part of the city makes me feel so much better mentally and physically. Since I'm quite active otherwise bab
  18. Greetings! I'm Grayspeed and this is my first challenge with the Assassin's Guild. I've been looking froward to this since I joined the forums. I'm gutted I missed out on the Lord of the Rings themed mini challenge! My first challenge with the Recruits in linked in my signature below if anybody wants a peek. My workouts focus on two areas: Bodyweight training - augmented with a few kettlebell drills and occasional dumbbell exercises.Cardio - usually using a stationary bike, but I recently started trail running which is a lot of funI enjoy the creativity and freedom of using your body and envir
  19. So as the air turns colder and the days become shorter, I tend to have this urge. The urge to get up in the mountains and hike. Lots of hiking, cooking a hot trail meal, and generally enjoying nature. As a new Ranger, I have been tasked with moving a important package from one mountain town to another for a tribal elder. The distance between towns is approxiamately 60 miles, weight of the package 20 lbs. Goal #1 Ruck 60 miles at 20lbs weight. 4 Rucks in the mountains. Also as a little bonus I have two GORUCK lights during this challenge, Baltimore on 10/31 and Cancun
  20. So this is my first challenge with the Scouts This post might be a bit under construction for today/tomorrow, as I thought the challenge only started next week... Ooops... Guess that happens when life gets hectic and stressful. My main focus for this challenge is my last bit of training for my 22km Two Oceans Trail Run on 3rd April, which includes a 1000 m altitude gain. If I haven't killed myself with the trail run I will be attempting the Two Oceans Half Marathon the day after it, but I will judge how I feel. In preparing for this on the 14th March I have entered a 22km trail run on Lions
  21. Intro: I'm a 35 year old dad of a 7 year old daughter from South Africa. This is my first NF challenge. I have been getting the newsletters for years now, and I have made quite a bit of progress, but I have been very slack since I pulled a calf muscle in November, and I have been in a bit of a downward spiral, gaining around 6kg in the time. I consider myself a trail runner, and I am entered into quite a few races from now until the first week of April. In April I will do what I call my crazy combo, which is 43km over two days, which is going to be tough for me. The first day is the 22km Tw
  22. Our grace-fallen hero finds himself on hard times. His edges have rounded and softened and his tough is no longer enough. The wind no longer calls his name, the trees no longer beckon him on, and the earth no longer caresses his feet. Where once he would venture out with little cause, he has now found himself... Suburbanized. But from the comfort of his warm abode a distant voice catches his ear. The voice pleads and cajoles. It prods and spurs. It lights a fire that first warms and the engulfs him until he rushes headlong from his cozy den into the froth of the wild. There is a foe that remai
  23. Hey friends, it's my anniversary challenge! Woot! Training for races: 5 k on June 15th and a trail race series in September. Short term challenge goals: I would like to “evict fat,†as they say, while improving performance. Goal 1: Run 20 miles a week, or 120 total miles, including 6 interval sessions and 6 trail runs. Grading = Total Miles Run/120 miles, Trail runs/6, Interval sessions/6 Goal 2: Bodyweight Strength: Pick a Neila Rey strength routine every week, do it 2-3 days that week. Grading = Total BW workouts/16 Goal 3: Track calories and protein. Currently doing
  24. It's time to Spartan The Fuck Up (STFU)! The last couple of months, I've kept up with my running. But, I should be doing more. I need to focus on getting faster, stronger, and mentally tougher. Over the course of this challenge, I have a Spartan Sprint on June 28th, and a 10 mile trail race on July 12th. I've got some serious work to do before them. Goal 1 - Speedwork At least two speed-centric workouts per week. Can be a track workout, hill sprints, tempo run, or fartlek's. That's right. Fartlek. Everyone loves to fartlek. Goal 2 - Buprees, Push Ups, and Pull-ups - oh my! I
  25. Main Quest 21 minute 5k. Prologue I have a 5k on May 31 and really want to show improvement for my main quest goal. I also have another 5k scheduled for July 12, and in Oct and that will probably be my only ones for the year. I have been slacking on the speedwork in the last challenge, so I need to focus on getting that in again. And I have some body fat left to evict that is slowing me down so I will continue with my weight loss goal from the last challenge. Starting weight will be 175 since I am hovering around there and makes the numbers easier to work with. And with the warm weat
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