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The title is just for dramatic effect. I'm not in any danger (or am I?).

 

As some of you saw last challenge, I caught the running bug. I have logged just over 50 miles since the middle of July, averaging 2-3 miles a day. This challenge will reflect my new running habits, in addition to the usual fun times (daily habits, motivational gifs, pics, and videos, etc.) but with a running theme. So, without further adieu:

 

On your mark...

 

Get set...

 

GO!

 

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Run Your Day:

  • 0430-0445 wakeup
  • prayer/meditation/scripture study
  • journal
  • drink at least 64oz of water
  • barefoot walk with dogs in the morning
  • Primal Body Reboot stretches in the morning
  • 15 burpees or 40 push-ups to wake up the body
  • cold shower
  • brush and floss
  • Wim Hof Method breathing
  • at least 10,000 steps
  • read for at least 20-30 minutes (recommended books will be listed below)
  • 2200-2300 bedtime

 

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Run Your Workout:

Monday: Distance run (at least 5k)

Tuesday: Endurance or Strength workout 

Wednesday: Tempo run

Thursday: Recovery Day: only Mobility/Yoga workout and very light recovery run

Friday: Interval run

Saturday: Distance run (at least 5k)

Sunday: Rest Day

 

I need to make a vow to myself right now on two things: go easy on Recovery Day and take Rest Day as seriously as possible. This does not include the usual daily habits, but no running and no workout on Rest Day.

 

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Run Your Brain:

  • read daily
  • listen to at least one podcast per week
  • read at least one article per week about running, fitness, health, endurance, etc.
  • take a brain break (20 minute binaural meditation) daily

 

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Run Your Food:

  • eat whole foods 
  • aim for healthy fats and proteins
  • lean meats, chicken and fish 
  • whole grains
  • snacks: almonds, pistachios, jerky, fruit

 

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Book Recommendations:

Each of these suggested titles either specifically involve running, use running as a theme, or focus on great feats of endurance/fitness/health, etc.

  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running -- Haruki Murakami
  • Endure -- Alex Hutchinson
  • Spark -- John J. Ratey
  • Unbroken -- Laura Hillenbrand
  • Ultramarathon Man -- Dean Karnazes
  • Running With the Kenyans -- Adharanand Finn
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Who am I? -- My NF Character

Current Challenge: WolfDreamer Embraces His Wild Poet

Past Challenges: 

Spoiler

Winter is ComingWolfen Strengthens His Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit, Wolfen Becomes One of the PeopleWolfen Strengthens His ChakrasWolfen Welcomes Summer and Gets Primal, Soulcon and Spartan, Wolfen Develops Mental ToughnessWolfen Joins the Wander SocietySoulcon, Spartan, School, and Stranger ThingsWolfen Becomes a Warrior EliteWolfen Goes Here and There and Back AgainWolfen Becomes a Soulcon Warrior EliteWolfen Returns to His RootsWolfen Wanders in Soul, Spirit, and BodyWolfen Owns the DayWolfen Searches for His Wild Heart, Wolfen Runs for His LifeWolfen Hits the TrailsWolfen Becomes an Explorer and Joins the ResistanceWolfen Goes Back to the SourceWolfen Begins the Hero's JourneyWolfDreamer Returns to the People,  WolfDreamer Pushes BackWolfDreamer PrioritizesBurpees, Books, and BrainworkBurpees, Books, Brainwork, and BodyworkWolfDreamer Masters the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Continues to Master the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Returns to SpartaWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Continues His Middle Earth AdventureWolfDreamer and the FallWolfDreamer Forges His Own PathWolfDreamer Has HopeWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Reads Harder, Breathes Harder, and Journals More

I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.” -- Jack London

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” -- Leo Tolstoy

"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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11 hours ago, Brogo said:

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My mentor has already nicknamed me Forrest. :)

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Who am I? -- My NF Character

Current Challenge: WolfDreamer Embraces His Wild Poet

Past Challenges: 

Spoiler

Winter is ComingWolfen Strengthens His Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit, Wolfen Becomes One of the PeopleWolfen Strengthens His ChakrasWolfen Welcomes Summer and Gets Primal, Soulcon and Spartan, Wolfen Develops Mental ToughnessWolfen Joins the Wander SocietySoulcon, Spartan, School, and Stranger ThingsWolfen Becomes a Warrior EliteWolfen Goes Here and There and Back AgainWolfen Becomes a Soulcon Warrior EliteWolfen Returns to His RootsWolfen Wanders in Soul, Spirit, and BodyWolfen Owns the DayWolfen Searches for His Wild Heart, Wolfen Runs for His LifeWolfen Hits the TrailsWolfen Becomes an Explorer and Joins the ResistanceWolfen Goes Back to the SourceWolfen Begins the Hero's JourneyWolfDreamer Returns to the People,  WolfDreamer Pushes BackWolfDreamer PrioritizesBurpees, Books, and BrainworkBurpees, Books, Brainwork, and BodyworkWolfDreamer Masters the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Continues to Master the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Returns to SpartaWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Continues His Middle Earth AdventureWolfDreamer and the FallWolfDreamer Forges His Own PathWolfDreamer Has HopeWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Reads Harder, Breathes Harder, and Journals More

I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.” -- Jack London

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” -- Leo Tolstoy

"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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Update 8/8/18:

  • 0430 wakeup
  • Lord's Prayer, read Matthew 22 and used the SPACE method to journal my thoughts; also Soulcon devotional
  • did not drink enough water, but also did not get dehydrated
  • took the dogs outside while shirtless and shoeless; worked through some stretches and movements as needed
  • went for a tempo run on a backroad using one of Nike's guided runs: Distance: 2.34 miles, Time: 23:00, Average Pace: 9'50", Ascent: 81ft.

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  • 4 minute cold shower
  • 40 push-ups
  • two rotations of Wim Hof breathing
  • 20 minute binaural meditation

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  • 27,042 steps
  • Today was the first day back for students, so my summer is officially over. That doesn't mean I can't enjoy my day, though. I have returned to the routine of walking across campus to sit on the front porch of East Hall and enjoy some quiet reading time. I'm re-reading We Stood Upon Stars one chapter a day (the chapters are short, so it's kind of like reading a devotional). When I finish it, I will probably return to The Heroic Path, again reading one chapter a day. Both of these books are similar in theme and just go perfectly with a wide front porch and a cup of coffee.
  • First day with students went well. The first day is always kind of meh because there are so much required first-day-of-school material to cover that it can be a drag. I tried to mix it up with some ice breaker activities. My favorite is 4 Truths and a Lie. I'll post mine below, and you try to guess which one is the lie.
    • I pet a rhinoceros.
    • I rode an elephant.
    • I sang solo in two musicals
    • I participated in three dance recitals.
    • I went to school with actress Jennifer Garner.
  • Had to work at the movie theater immediately after my teaching day was over. I cleaned theaters. The good news is we weren't very busy. The busiest was our special showing of The Big Lebowski. I had a nice conversation with a customer about why I have watched that movie more than any other Cohen Brothers movie, but it still is not my favorite of their films. That award goes to Fargo. But The Big Lebowski is undeniably more fun and more re-watchable than Fargo. Fargo makes me feel like I need a shower after watching it. Same with No Country for Old Men.

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  • I did not get to bed until late. For starters, I didn't get home until after 2300. Arabella was still awake with her big sisters, the house was a mess, and my wife needed my help getting things straightened up. So I was up until around midnight before getting Arabella settled into her favorite spot on the floor in our room. She still won't sleep in her own bed alone.
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Who am I? -- My NF Character

Current Challenge: WolfDreamer Embraces His Wild Poet

Past Challenges: 

Spoiler

Winter is ComingWolfen Strengthens His Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit, Wolfen Becomes One of the PeopleWolfen Strengthens His ChakrasWolfen Welcomes Summer and Gets Primal, Soulcon and Spartan, Wolfen Develops Mental ToughnessWolfen Joins the Wander SocietySoulcon, Spartan, School, and Stranger ThingsWolfen Becomes a Warrior EliteWolfen Goes Here and There and Back AgainWolfen Becomes a Soulcon Warrior EliteWolfen Returns to His RootsWolfen Wanders in Soul, Spirit, and BodyWolfen Owns the DayWolfen Searches for His Wild Heart, Wolfen Runs for His LifeWolfen Hits the TrailsWolfen Becomes an Explorer and Joins the ResistanceWolfen Goes Back to the SourceWolfen Begins the Hero's JourneyWolfDreamer Returns to the People,  WolfDreamer Pushes BackWolfDreamer PrioritizesBurpees, Books, and BrainworkBurpees, Books, Brainwork, and BodyworkWolfDreamer Masters the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Continues to Master the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Returns to SpartaWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Continues His Middle Earth AdventureWolfDreamer and the FallWolfDreamer Forges His Own PathWolfDreamer Has HopeWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Reads Harder, Breathes Harder, and Journals More

I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.” -- Jack London

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” -- Leo Tolstoy

"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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What better way to be motivated than by the greatest:

 

 

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Who am I? -- My NF Character

Current Challenge: WolfDreamer Embraces His Wild Poet

Past Challenges: 

Spoiler

Winter is ComingWolfen Strengthens His Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit, Wolfen Becomes One of the PeopleWolfen Strengthens His ChakrasWolfen Welcomes Summer and Gets Primal, Soulcon and Spartan, Wolfen Develops Mental ToughnessWolfen Joins the Wander SocietySoulcon, Spartan, School, and Stranger ThingsWolfen Becomes a Warrior EliteWolfen Goes Here and There and Back AgainWolfen Becomes a Soulcon Warrior EliteWolfen Returns to His RootsWolfen Wanders in Soul, Spirit, and BodyWolfen Owns the DayWolfen Searches for His Wild Heart, Wolfen Runs for His LifeWolfen Hits the TrailsWolfen Becomes an Explorer and Joins the ResistanceWolfen Goes Back to the SourceWolfen Begins the Hero's JourneyWolfDreamer Returns to the People,  WolfDreamer Pushes BackWolfDreamer PrioritizesBurpees, Books, and BrainworkBurpees, Books, Brainwork, and BodyworkWolfDreamer Masters the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Continues to Master the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Returns to SpartaWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Continues His Middle Earth AdventureWolfDreamer and the FallWolfDreamer Forges His Own PathWolfDreamer Has HopeWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Reads Harder, Breathes Harder, and Journals More

I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.” -- Jack London

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” -- Leo Tolstoy

"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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Update 8/9/18

  • 0600 wakeup because of late night
  • Lord's Prayer/meditation
  • did not read scripture or Soulcon devotional; will get it done before bed
  • took dogs outside while barefoot and shirtless; did a few light stretches and movements
  • drank 64oz of water, most of that after my run today
  • recovery run during my lunch break while listening to a guided run titled "Mindful Miles" with Coach Bennett, Any Puddicombe (the founder of Headspace) and Olympic runner Colleen Quigley. Distance: 4.06 miles, Time: 50:00, Pace: 12'18"
  • 21,147 steps (as of right now).
  • no burpees or push-ups
  • no cold shower; washed hair and did a "horse bath."
  • 15 minute binaural meditation
  • read an article on Outside Magazine Online titled "800 Miles with Bears Ears Prayer Runners" about the native activists who run to honor and take back land that is sacred to them.
  • planning to crash early tonight.
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Who am I? -- My NF Character

Current Challenge: WolfDreamer Embraces His Wild Poet

Past Challenges: 

Spoiler

Winter is ComingWolfen Strengthens His Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit, Wolfen Becomes One of the PeopleWolfen Strengthens His ChakrasWolfen Welcomes Summer and Gets Primal, Soulcon and Spartan, Wolfen Develops Mental ToughnessWolfen Joins the Wander SocietySoulcon, Spartan, School, and Stranger ThingsWolfen Becomes a Warrior EliteWolfen Goes Here and There and Back AgainWolfen Becomes a Soulcon Warrior EliteWolfen Returns to His RootsWolfen Wanders in Soul, Spirit, and BodyWolfen Owns the DayWolfen Searches for His Wild Heart, Wolfen Runs for His LifeWolfen Hits the TrailsWolfen Becomes an Explorer and Joins the ResistanceWolfen Goes Back to the SourceWolfen Begins the Hero's JourneyWolfDreamer Returns to the People,  WolfDreamer Pushes BackWolfDreamer PrioritizesBurpees, Books, and BrainworkBurpees, Books, Brainwork, and BodyworkWolfDreamer Masters the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Continues to Master the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Returns to SpartaWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Continues His Middle Earth AdventureWolfDreamer and the FallWolfDreamer Forges His Own PathWolfDreamer Has HopeWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Reads Harder, Breathes Harder, and Journals More

I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.” -- Jack London

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” -- Leo Tolstoy

"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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Update:

 

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  • 0600 wakeup (worked until 11:30pm last night, did not get to bed until after midnight)
  • prayer/meditation, no morning scripture reading but I read a few verses from Romans 7 and 8 that were relevant to something I have been struggling with lately
  • took dogs outside while shirtless and shoeless; ran through some movements and stretches

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  • no push-ups or burpees; these will begin for sure when the challenge starts next week
  • no cold shower; will return to this habit once the challenge starts
  • joined my friend Neal (who is obese but has lost 17 pounds since the start of Soulcon Challenge Mike) for a 5k; he walked briskly while I jogged next to him. Distance: 3.1 miles, Average Pace: 15'52", Time: 49:12. This was his best 5k time since he started training. We talked the entire way about our wives and kids, about old high school friends, about our faith. This is the first time I have run with someone else since I started training.

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  • Breakfast: two sausage/egg burritos and a medium coffee from McD's (not the healthiest choice, but I had a craving).
  • drank enough water
  • brushed but did not floss
  • Lunch date with my wife at Golden Corral. I started with a spinach salad with sunflower seeds, walnuts, shredded carrot, egg, black olives, and beets and drizzled it with olive oil and vinegar. Then I had rotisserie chicken, brussel sprouts, friend pickles, green beans, and a couple of hot wings. Dessert was a bit of peach skillet shortcake, some bread pudding, and a dollop of sweet potato casserole.

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  • no WHM breathing; will get serious about this when the challenge starts
  • 19,686 steps
  • Dinner: my wife surprised me with hot wings from Pizza Hut and a bottle of carrot and lemon juice. I also had two breadsticks.
  • Yesterday, after my teaching job, I completed a 15 minute interval run, using a guided run titled "Find Your Pace", with Coach Cory Wharton-Malcolm, the Nike London head coach. This run consisted of a 5:00 warmup, 2:00 10k pace, 1:30 5k pace, 1:00 mile pace, and then a 30 second best pace, with 1:00 breaks between each interval. My totals ended up being: Distance: 1 mile, Average Pace: 9'40".
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Who am I? -- My NF Character

Current Challenge: WolfDreamer Embraces His Wild Poet

Past Challenges: 

Spoiler

Winter is ComingWolfen Strengthens His Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit, Wolfen Becomes One of the PeopleWolfen Strengthens His ChakrasWolfen Welcomes Summer and Gets Primal, Soulcon and Spartan, Wolfen Develops Mental ToughnessWolfen Joins the Wander SocietySoulcon, Spartan, School, and Stranger ThingsWolfen Becomes a Warrior EliteWolfen Goes Here and There and Back AgainWolfen Becomes a Soulcon Warrior EliteWolfen Returns to His RootsWolfen Wanders in Soul, Spirit, and BodyWolfen Owns the DayWolfen Searches for His Wild Heart, Wolfen Runs for His LifeWolfen Hits the TrailsWolfen Becomes an Explorer and Joins the ResistanceWolfen Goes Back to the SourceWolfen Begins the Hero's JourneyWolfDreamer Returns to the People,  WolfDreamer Pushes BackWolfDreamer PrioritizesBurpees, Books, and BrainworkBurpees, Books, Brainwork, and BodyworkWolfDreamer Masters the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Continues to Master the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Returns to SpartaWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Continues His Middle Earth AdventureWolfDreamer and the FallWolfDreamer Forges His Own PathWolfDreamer Has HopeWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Reads Harder, Breathes Harder, and Journals More

I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.” -- Jack London

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” -- Leo Tolstoy

"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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Today is supposed to be a rest day, but I'm feeling the itch. I'll consider this an exercise in self-control and just enjoy time with the family. I'll be cleaning theaters later, so I'll get a lot of steps in, but... must... resist... urge... to run!

 

Guess I'll settle for another great video:

 

 

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Who am I? -- My NF Character

Current Challenge: WolfDreamer Embraces His Wild Poet

Past Challenges: 

Spoiler

Winter is ComingWolfen Strengthens His Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit, Wolfen Becomes One of the PeopleWolfen Strengthens His ChakrasWolfen Welcomes Summer and Gets Primal, Soulcon and Spartan, Wolfen Develops Mental ToughnessWolfen Joins the Wander SocietySoulcon, Spartan, School, and Stranger ThingsWolfen Becomes a Warrior EliteWolfen Goes Here and There and Back AgainWolfen Becomes a Soulcon Warrior EliteWolfen Returns to His RootsWolfen Wanders in Soul, Spirit, and BodyWolfen Owns the DayWolfen Searches for His Wild Heart, Wolfen Runs for His LifeWolfen Hits the TrailsWolfen Becomes an Explorer and Joins the ResistanceWolfen Goes Back to the SourceWolfen Begins the Hero's JourneyWolfDreamer Returns to the People,  WolfDreamer Pushes BackWolfDreamer PrioritizesBurpees, Books, and BrainworkBurpees, Books, Brainwork, and BodyworkWolfDreamer Masters the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Continues to Master the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Returns to SpartaWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Continues His Middle Earth AdventureWolfDreamer and the FallWolfDreamer Forges His Own PathWolfDreamer Has HopeWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Reads Harder, Breathes Harder, and Journals More

I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.” -- Jack London

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” -- Leo Tolstoy

"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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Week One:

Monday:

  • 0430 wakeup
  • prayer/scripture reading; continuing to read Matthew.
  • Ran my best 5k time ever: 29:40. I put on a Spotify playlist for running that was 170-175 bpm and just maintained that tempo the entire run, lengthening my stride when I wanted to go faster and shortening it when I needed to dial back (mostly on the uphills). The route I took had a 175 ascent, but it was gradual.

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  • took the dogs outside while shirtless and shoeless; worked through some movements and stretches, including a much-needed hamstring stretch. I also held a deep squat for 2:30.
  • 4 minute cold shower
  • brushed and rinsed with mouthwash, but I'm out of floss.
  • push-ups done (2x20)

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  • two rotations of WHM breathing; 1:30, 1:55
  • read a bit of Endurance; also listened to What I Talk About When I Talk About Running on my way from work.
  • steps: 23,629
  • drank plenty of water

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  • Breakfast: cereal. I mixed six different cereals: Cheerios oat crunch, peanut butter and chocolate blasted Shreds, Crispix, Honey Bunches of Oats, Raisin Bran, and Frosted Mini-Wheats. Don't worry, I only added a small amount of each and it equaled about just slightly over 3/4 bowl (maybe 1.5 servings).
  • Lunch: ready-to-eat pad thai. This was gluten-free, grain-free, and Paleo-friendly. It was also delicious.

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  • Dinner: steak, chips, salsa, guacamole
  • 2245 bedtime

Tuesday:

  • 0545 wakeup with the entire family because today we take my oldest daughter to her dorm room at Marshall University
  • prayer but no scripture reading
  • walked the dogs outside while barefoot and shirtless

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  • no cold shower, but I washed my hair in cold water.
  • brushed and flossed
  • spent about thirty minutes carrying and loading heavy items (such as a mini-fridge, two totes full of clothes, and a dresser filled with school supplies). Then I offloaded and carried the same items from my stepfather's truck to her dorm room. I'm considering this my strength workout.
  • 26,015 steps

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  • drank plenty of water
  • no reading today; too busy spending time with my daughter before leaving her on campus.
  • Breakfast: Jimmy Dean Meat Lovers breakfast bowl. I added salsa and guacamole.

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  • Lunch: Burger King veggie burger, fries
  • Dinner: cheeseburger with leaf lettuce, tomato, mustard, macaroni salad, corn on the cob, oatmeal raisin cookie, brownie
  • Dessert: Frostop root beer float

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Who am I? -- My NF Character

Current Challenge: WolfDreamer Embraces His Wild Poet

Past Challenges: 

Spoiler

Winter is ComingWolfen Strengthens His Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit, Wolfen Becomes One of the PeopleWolfen Strengthens His ChakrasWolfen Welcomes Summer and Gets Primal, Soulcon and Spartan, Wolfen Develops Mental ToughnessWolfen Joins the Wander SocietySoulcon, Spartan, School, and Stranger ThingsWolfen Becomes a Warrior EliteWolfen Goes Here and There and Back AgainWolfen Becomes a Soulcon Warrior EliteWolfen Returns to His RootsWolfen Wanders in Soul, Spirit, and BodyWolfen Owns the DayWolfen Searches for His Wild Heart, Wolfen Runs for His LifeWolfen Hits the TrailsWolfen Becomes an Explorer and Joins the ResistanceWolfen Goes Back to the SourceWolfen Begins the Hero's JourneyWolfDreamer Returns to the People,  WolfDreamer Pushes BackWolfDreamer PrioritizesBurpees, Books, and BrainworkBurpees, Books, Brainwork, and BodyworkWolfDreamer Masters the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Continues to Master the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Returns to SpartaWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Continues His Middle Earth AdventureWolfDreamer and the FallWolfDreamer Forges His Own PathWolfDreamer Has HopeWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Reads Harder, Breathes Harder, and Journals More

I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.” -- Jack London

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” -- Leo Tolstoy

"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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1 hour ago, annyshay said:

Much luck to eldest princess in college!

 

Thank you. She's excited, and there weren't as many tears as I expected yesterday. Most of those came from her sisters. :)

 

On a different note, my wife addressed her concerns with me about my running early in the morning before sunrise. We live in a very rural area, and there are very few (if any) streetlights, so I get it. I think the real root of this is something that happened Monday morning after my 5k. I returned from my run around 0535 and then went in to take my cold shower. As I was in the shower, I could hear sirens and recognized them as the ones above the volunteer fire station in town. Then I heard a second set of sirens further away, probably from the other volunteer fire station the next town over (I kind of live between two towns :D). As I was getting out of the shower, I hear obvious and close firetruck sirens and horns. "That's really close," I said. I pulled my pants on quickly and rushed outside. As soon as I stepped off my front porch I could see fire blazing up into the sky from something on the upper part of our neighborhood, about 150 yards from us. I thought at first that it was someone's mobile home, but as I walked up the road a bit I realized it was the storage units next to our neighborhood. I walked up on the top level as close as I could get and watched firetruck after firetruck, an ambulance, and several pick-up trucks pull up as firefighters worked to put out the fire. It took them a while, and at one point they had to knock out a wall to get inside.

 

I told my wife about all of this later. By then she had to get up to get ready for an appointment, but traffic was still blocked. She knew I had gone on a run this morning, so she asked the question. "Did you not see anything on your run this morning?" She knew that my usual route took me right by that storage unit. No, I had not seen anything. I had not smelled anything. The storage unit is located next to a section of road that is downhill. I often sprint down this hill because it marks the near-end of the 5k, and I like to finish strong. It's very possible the fire was starting as I was running by, and I did not notice. She looked very concerned, probably running a what-if scenario in her head. What if the fire had started blazing as I was running by? What if there had been an explosion? What if the fire had started earlier, and I had gotten stuck because of the firetrucks?

 

My neighbor, who has cameras mounted on his house, said the fire seemed to have started around 0550 and started blazing in less than two minutes. I laughed nervously. "That means I'm in the clear as a suspect. I was home before then." The talk around the neighborhood spanned from electrical fire to meth lab. Some people said there was an explosion (I never heard or saw an explosion) and others said the whole building burnt down (it did not) and everything was completely destroyed in the fire (it wasn't). The fire was not on the news, so we may never know what the cause was. The meth lab story wouldn't surprise me because I know some of the people who frequent the outside of that storage unit. I have watched cars drive up, talk to that person, get something from them, and then drive away.

 

So I can understand why my wife isn't thrilled about me running through our neighborhood in the dark. I'll just have to re-adjust my running times and probably run around campus either in the morning before work or in the afternoon during my lunch break.

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We live on the border of a re-gentrified area and the part that is rather rough. Sometimes when the Enting is being difficult to get to sleep and Mr of Vries wants to take him on a nighttime walk, I get a bit worried myself. I understand the desire to keep your activities to times that you and your Queen feel comfortable ^_^

 

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2 hours ago, Ann of Vries said:

I understand the desire to keep your activities to times that you and your Queen feel comfortable

 

The issue with that is I love, love, love running early in the morning while it is quiet and it feels like the rest of the world is still asleep. But I also love, love, love, LOVE my queen enough to make sacrifices for her. So I'm willing to change my running schedule for her.

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It is challenges like this, and people who have enthusiasm like this that make go "DUDE, I want to be a runner..." and then I look at where I am, and my bad knees and come back to earth with the "One day maybe." idea.


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9 hours ago, Bean Sidhe said:

Following to see how great you will do.

 

I'm always happy to have you.

 

Update (Wednesday/Thursday) :

  • slept in both days because I needed to snuggle up to my wife a bit longer; 0515 wakeup
  • Lord's Prayer both days but no scripture reading
  • cold shower both days
  • drank plenty of water
  • took dogs outside while shirtless and shoeless; worked through some movements and stretches
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  • no WHM breathing
  • average steps: 21,033
  • had to return Endure to the library, but I put it on hold again; I am still listening to What I Talk About... 
  • Wednesday I attempted, but did not finish, a speed run using a guided run with Chris Bennett and Kevin Hart. Funny, but I think I overdid the beginning of the run and was spent before it was over. I made it about 75% of the way. Distance: 1.36 miles, Time: 13:10, Average Pace: 9'38", Fastest pace: 5'35".
  • Thursday was a relaxing and excellent recovery run through Wine Cellar Park in Dunbar while listening to a guided run with Coach Bennett and the greatest cross country coach in the U.S., Jerry Schumacher. Distance: 2.16 miles, Time: 25:00, Average Pace: 11'33", Ascent: 138ft.
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Not saying I'm doing an ultra-marathon or anything, but this is really, really good:

 

 

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So I'm looking into getting a new pair of shoes. I'm practical but also picky, so I'm looking for something that can be used for running roads and trails and still look good enough to wear to work. I also need something that is low drop (think minimalist/barefoot style shoes). I'm really digging on some Adidas, but I also need to get what's in store because I'm not big on ordering shoes and then finding out they don't fit.

 

Any suggestions? 

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"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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8 hours ago, Wolfen said:

Any suggestions? 

I'm super fond of Lems, but afaik they're not suitable for really technical trail runs or hikes. If by "trails" you mean "dirt paths with occasional debris" you should be fine, but if you mean "picking my way over loose shale and slippery boulders where there honestly is no path" I'd get something else. That said, if you're running super technical trails, I'd honestly get a dedicated trail shoe solely for that purpose. 

 

Unfortunately the closest in-store locations according to their website store locater are more than 100 miles from you, which is a bit of a trek. Their returns aren't too big of a hassle, though, and their sizing chart is fairly intuitive. I got the correct size on my Boulders on my first try despite having bizarre feet that are a different size in every brand. 

 

I also wear VFFs to work... in the States people would routinely comment that they looked funny/weird/childish/hippy-ish/etc but here people are DELIGHTED when I wear them, ask if they're socks, if I can swim in them, and then declare I look like a ninja and must be really comfortable. Several people have asked where I got them with the intention of getting their own. But I have "indoor" shoes for classroom use, so I also don't wear them while I'm *working,* just on the way to and from work. So... it depends on your audience and your circumstances. 

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16 hours ago, Wolfen said:

So I'm looking into getting a new pair of shoes. I'm practical but also picky, so I'm looking for something that can be used for running roads and trails and still look good enough to wear to work. I also need something that is low drop (think minimalist/barefoot style shoes). I'm really digging on some Adidas, but I also need to get what's in store because I'm not big on ordering shoes and then finding out they don't fit.

 

Any suggestions? 

 

Depends on your feet. For more established stuff I use in super light Champion shoes. Not much running anymore but they’re great running shoes. 

 

For trails, I always ran in heavy, ankle high boots. 

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So I'm looking into getting a new pair of shoes. I'm practical but also picky, so I'm looking for something that can be used for running roads and trails and still look good enough to wear to work. I also need something that is low drop (think minimalist/barefoot style shoes). I'm really digging on some Adidas, but I also need to get what's in store because I'm not big on ordering shoes and then finding out they don't fit.

 

Any suggestions? 

 

Honestly, based on the amount / type of running you are doing, you might want to suck it up and buy two different pairs. If your trails are well marked and packed, you could get by with a single pair, but if you are just running through the forest, a pair of shoes with more tread is going to be much easier to run in. If you use those same shoes on pavement however, the tread will not last as long as they should.

 

Additionally, rotating two pair of shoes will help each last longer (really, I'm not just saying that!). Continuously wearing the same pair of sneakers without rest will cause the insoles to break down faster, which is one reason people end up needing new shoes sooner than they would normally.

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28 minutes ago, Sciread77 said:

Champion shoes

 

Champion is underrated as a brand. They get a lot of flak for being a "cheap" shoe, but in my experience they hold up pretty well given their low cost.

 

15 minutes ago, Sylvaa said:

 

Honestly, based on the amount / type of running you are doing, you might want to suck it up and buy two different pairs. If your trails are well marked and packed, you could get by with a single pair, but if you are just running through the forest, a pair of shoes with more tread is going to be much easier to run in. If you use those same shoes on pavement however, the tread will not last as long as they should.

 

Additionally, rotating two pair of shoes will help each last longer (really, I'm not just saying that!). Continuously wearing the same pair of sneakers without rest will cause the insoles to break down faster, which is one reason people end up needing new shoes sooner than they would normally.

 

Solid advice. Thank you.

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"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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In some ways, they are. Champion shoes are basically only made for running. They’ll fall apart fast as all gets out if you subject them to yard work, construction, or trail running. I don’t even use mine for running anymore but they fit my foot and they’re phenomenal for long-duration walking on concrete, like traversing Disney World. 

 

Second the rotating two pairs. 

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Second the rotating two pairs. 

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