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Jarric Writes a Challenge Really Quickly

 

So I'm a bit stuck for a theme this time round, and I keep not getting round to writing my challenge and we're already on day to, and I'm only getting busier. So I figured it's more important to write the challenge than worry about it looking good, and I've got 11 minutes on my lunch break to get this down!

 

Eat Real Food - 10XP

I know what real food is, and I'm going to eat that instead of junk. Maximum two variances per week. A variance can be a course or a snack, but it's not a multi-course meal.

 

Don't Drink and D&D - 10XP

Same as last time, because it worked well - no drinking at D&D nights and no drinking at home. Maximum 2 variances for this 4-week challenge.

 

Stick to the Plan - 15XP

This is my exercise goal, and it comes in three parts:

  • Write my exercise plan for the full 4 weeks in my bujo
  • Share a picture of that plan here
  • Stick to the plan every day

 

Recharge - 5XP

30 minutes reading a novel on non-D&D nights. I finished American Gods last challenge (finally!), and I'm hoping to make a big dent in The Long War by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter.

 

Stick to the Budget - 10XP

Stick to my £50 per week budget, record surplus/deficit each week.

 

 

In addition to my challenge, I'll also be taking part in the pull-up PvP which the awesome @Charlie_Quinn posted last week. Come and join us for that.

 

Well, I actually got that down with time to spare. In that case, have a gif, because it's a good gif.

 

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22 hours ago, jonfirestar said:

Good to see you, mate! My prediction is that you are going to smash me at the PVP ;) 

 

You too man. We shall see, I predict that you'll make more progress on pullups than me this challenge :p 

 

14 hours ago, Starpuck said:

YUS!  MY FAVORITE JARRIC IS HERE!

 

Following.  Let's stick to this together!

 

WOO, good to see you! Let's do this!

 

14 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Great challenge. Good reminder that challenge write ups can be very effective and simple

 

Thank you! I'm glad I wrote it before we got halfway through week 1!

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On 8/15/2018 at 5:52 PM, Terra said:

Yeah!  You are here!!! Woot, woot!  

 

Woo! Good to see you - liking to picture too!

 

On 8/15/2018 at 6:19 PM, Salinger said:

Yay glad you are here Jarric :) good look on the pull up challenge :D x

 

Me too :) . Thank you!

 

18 hours ago, NeverThatBored said:

Following! :)

 

Glad to have you!

 

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So far so goodish! I've not had and food variances yet, and no drinking for D&D is all good (no drinking at all so far now I come to think of it). Had to shorten my runs this week slightly as I've been sleeping in by a couple of minutes, but at 5 miles each they're hardly an issue, and my budgeting is going really well thus far. The only thing I haven't done at all is my recharge/reading goal, I need to get on that.

 

I've also finally go round to photographing my challenge tracker and workout plan:

 

Wow that looks bad on a computer screen! #nofilter #justadirtylens

 

This morning I had a great lifting session. Squat weight was 75kg, which is approx 165#, and I weighed in at 164# this morning. Hit 9 reps, which i'm pretty certain is a new rep record for me for squatting my body weight. Then I had OHP and hit a new max of 45kg (~99#) for a double. Rounded it out with some very wobbly single leg deadlifts and some lunges.

 

Tonight I've got a bouldering competition, which should be really good fun. I may spend a food variance before hand so that I can just grab food on the way, otherwise I generally arrive too late to have a shot at even trying all of the routes. Tomorrow morning is Parkrun, though I suspect my legs won't be up to much by then!

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3 hours ago, Jarric said:

So far so goodish! I've not had and food variances yet, and no drinking for D&D is all good (no drinking at all so far now I come to think of it). Had to shorten my runs this week slightly as I've been sleeping in by a couple of minutes, but at 5 miles each they're hardly an issue, and my budgeting is going really well thus far. The only thing I haven't done at all is my recharge/reading goal, I need to get on that.

 

FANTASTIC WORK there Jarric!    Haha, I love your #nofilter tag on your BuJo.    Hey, it works for what it's meant for.    Honestly, the simple structure is so appealing in a lot of ways.  I so often spend time making a 'fancy' one and end up never using it.

 

You're inspiring me to keep at the bujo.

 

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20 hours ago, Starpuck said:

 

FANTASTIC WORK there Jarric!    Haha, I love your #nofilter tag on your BuJo.    Hey, it works for what it's meant for.    Honestly, the simple structure is so appealing in a lot of ways.  I so often spend time making a 'fancy' one and end up never using it.

 

You're inspiring me to keep at the bujo.

 

 

Thanks, I'm glad it's helping you too. To be honest I'm not doing todo lists and stuff like that at the moment, but just having all my workouts pre-written was a /huge/ help last challenge.

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Week 1 Stats

Eat Real Food - 2/2 weekly variances, all food logged

Don't Drink and D&D - 1/2 challenge variances

Stick to the Plan - 7/7 (more-or-less)

Recharge - 1/5

Stick to the Budget - spent £12.60 of £50 weekly budget

 

It's been a good weekend!

 

Friday I had that great squat session I mentioned in the morning, and in the evening went to the bouldering competition. The difficulty was pretty high and I only actually completed 7/25 climbs, but I still had a really good time. Was exhausted by the end of the night.

 

Saturday I had Parkrun in the morning, at an average sort of pace, and then chilled all day. Picked WW up from work and we went food shopping, bought and set up a printer and finished booking our holiday to Ireland. Then we cooked shepherds pie and relaxed in front of the TV with some beers (drinking variance 1/2 for this challenge).

 

Sunday morning we went climbing again, and I managed to finish a couple of the problems I hadn't managed at the competition, together with some other tricky bits I'd been stuck on. After lunch I went for my long run, which was supposed to be 10 miles at race pace. It was brutal - between heavy leg day on Friday morning and two climbing sessions and Parkrun after that I had no legs left at all. I ended up walking a huge chunk of it. Still, it was a nice day to be out and I walked/ran 9.9 miles in total, so I'm counting it as sticking to the plan regardless. In the evening I totally crashed in front of the TV and watched High Rollers. I did have the one leftover beer from Saturday in the evening, but as it was a single can I won't count it as a variance this time.

 

Budget wise I don't know how I spent so little this week (though not really going out will have helped)! I need to remember to get to bed in time to read though for this week.

 

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This morning I failed to get up for the gym. I was still feeling knackered from the weekend though, so that might be for the best? I'll get in my pullup training this evening regardless.

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1 hour ago, Jarric said:

After lunch I went for my long run, which was supposed to be 10 miles at race pace. 

Oh my that's a horrible run! Is that 10 miles at half marathon pace?  

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7 hours ago, Jarric said:

I was still feeling knackered

Reason #312 why I love hanging out on a Jarric thread.   Such wonderful British slang!

 

Seriously though, you're kicking butt my man!

And I am planning to finish up the most recent High Rollers tonight, after I finish up the most recent Critical Role here at work.

Are you current on HR?

Did you see the episode that Mark did that wonderful Lucius impression?

 

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13 hours ago, Starpuck said:

knackered

 

13 hours ago, Starpuck said:

wonderful

 

As far as British slang goes, I'm not sure that knackered counts as wonderful ;) 

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21 hours ago, Salinger said:

wow Jarric, doing so much! Well done :D x

 

Thanks :D 

 

21 hours ago, jonfirestar said:

Oh my that's a horrible run! Is that 10 miles at half marathon pace?  

 

That was the plan, yeah. With all the walking it ended up taking over two hours though :(

 

My long run plan is basically a five-week rotation, starting at 10 miles and increasing by 1 mile per week up to 14. Every third run is supposed to be race pace, so this cycle would be the 10 and 13 mile runs, next cycle would be the 11 and 14 mile runs, and the cycle after that would just be the 12 mile run. It's a random thing I came up with to keep them interesting, and in reality races will interfere with it anyway, but I'm welcome to suggestions for organising long runs if you have any?

 

15 hours ago, Starpuck said:

Reason #312 why I love hanging out on a Jarric thread.   Such wonderful British slang!

 

Seriously though, you're kicking butt my man!

And I am planning to finish up the most recent High Rollers tonight, after I finish up the most recent Critical Role here at work.

Are you current on HR?

Did you see the episode that Mark did that wonderful Lucius impression?

 

 

Haha, I use that word so much I don't even think of it as slang :P .

 

I am up to date on CR and HR at the moment! It helps that watching HR live is quickly becoming how we spend every Sunday afternoon at home! Mark as Lucius is almost better than Chris as Lucius somehow, if it were a podcast I don't think I'd know Chris was missing! It's a shame Mark doesn't attempt the Scottish accent for Aella though.

 

I've also started watching one of the specials that HR did a while back - Dead Reckoning. I'm not quite prepared to watch the whole of series 1 of HR, but Dead Reckoning is only about 11 episodes so it's a bit more manageable.

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Today I am knackered (you're welcome @Starpuck :p ) . I don't know why. But I think I'm going to go out of the office now and spend some time not staring at a computer screen - as much as I should spend my lunch break doing a million other things I think I need an actual break!

 

Last night I didn't do any pullups, in fact I'm amazed I did anything at all I was so shattered. This morning I slept in again so missed my run. Hoping to feel a bit more alive again soon!

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4 minutes ago, Jarric said:

That was the plan, yeah. With all the walking it ended up taking over two hours though :(

 

My long run plan is basically a five-week rotation, starting at 10 miles and increasing by 1 mile per week up to 14. Every third run is supposed to be race pace, so this cycle would be the 10 and 13 mile runs, next cycle would be the 11 and 14 mile runs, and the cycle after that would just be the 12 mile run. It's a random thing I came up with to keep them interesting, and in reality races will interfere with it anyway, but I'm welcome to suggestions for organising long runs if you have any?

 

I can't say I have a better idea. My long runs just tend to be of the slow and easy variety and technically those were all at race pace.

 

Race pace runs can be very difficult without an actual race. You might have better results if you just do sections of your run at race pace (mile intervals or second half or something). It is however nothing I've actually tried. Race pace implies that it is the maximum effort possible over a given distance and recovering from a 14 mile run done at half marathon race pace could be challenging. 

 

 

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... so what does knackered mean in that case?

LOL

 

I've a bit of the most recent HR to finish.   Can't wait till they're out of the city with the southern accents, lol!  Not that Mark is so terrible at them, they just get tiring in general haha. ;)

 

Sounds like you might just need to let the tanks refuel a bit.   Hopefully the reserves kick in for ya soon!

 

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23 hours ago, jonfirestar said:

 

I can't say I have a better idea. My long runs just tend to be of the slow and easy variety and technically those were all at race pace.

 

Race pace runs can be very difficult without an actual race. You might have better results if you just do sections of your run at race pace (mile intervals or second half or something). It is however nothing I've actually tried. Race pace implies that it is the maximum effort possible over a given distance and recovering from a 14 mile run done at half marathon race pace could be challenging. 

 

 

 

That's a good shout, I might give that a go. I did have a running plan once that had things like "8 miles slow, 6 miles half-marathon pace)", so that might make more sense.

 

23 hours ago, Salinger said:

Hope you feel better soon! Tiredness is exhausting to deal with x

 

Thank! I'm feeling a bit better today. Then again I slept in again this morning, which might have something to do with it.

 

20 hours ago, Starpuck said:

... so what does knackered mean in that case?

LOL

 

I've a bit of the most recent HR to finish.   Can't wait till they're out of the city with the southern accents, lol!  Not that Mark is so terrible at them, they just get tiring in general haha. ;)

 

Sounds like you might just need to let the tanks refuel a bit.   Hopefully the reserves kick in for ya soon!

 

 

Well... Nah, in this case it just means very tired :p 

 

Yeah, I get the sense that we'll be getting a lot of southern accents for quite a while in this campaign! To be fair I'm impressed that Mark actually has different accents for different parts of America, most English people just have a single "American" accent which sounds like nowhere in particular. One day I'll have to try and actually learn to speak in different accents, aside from my current repertoire of "posh London", "east London" and "generic Irish"!

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Well today marks day 3 of week 2, and the third day of sleeping in and missing a workout. Starting to feel a bit ore alive however. And all is not lost, as I at least have bouldering tonight!

 

Food has been good - no variances. Calories probably slightly high, but at the moment I'm just tracking with no firm target so not too panicked.

 

Reading-wise I managed last night but failed Monday - the latest Critical Role was far too funny for me to stop watching and go to bed to read!

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20 hours ago, Starpuck said:

... so what does knackered mean in that case?

 

Colloquially, it just means very tired. Literally, a knackers is where you send old, sick or injured animals to be... errr... disposed of. 

 

10 minutes ago, Jarric said:

That's a good shout, I might give that a go. I did have a running plan once that had things like "8 miles slow, 6 miles half-marathon pace)", so that might make more sense.

 

That's how it's normally done and I think recovery is the big factor for why it's done that way. Especially once you start going for longer distances. 

 

 

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23 minutes ago, jonfirestar said:

Colloquially, it just means very tired. Literally, a knackers is where you send old, sick or injured animals to be... errr... disposed of. 

 

 

That's how it's normally done and I think recovery is the big factor for why it's done that way. Especially once you start going for longer distances. 

 

 

 

Strangely I'd never made the connection between being knackered and the knackers yard, that's interesting.

 

Cool, well I know what I'm trying instead of a full "race pace" run when I get to the next one then.

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