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For this entire challenge I have no idea how my day to day life is going to be structured.  Or rather, I suspect it will not be structured at all. So it is difficult to plan out my training but it has to be done if I want to stay safe and uninjured this summer.

 

What I do know:

I will be fulltime for at least the next two weeks.

My husband leave this Thursday and will be gone until the final week of the challenge, so I must be at home in the evenings whenever possible for the Parrotlet not to get abandonment stress.

I would like to leave at least one half day per week to visit with my sister and new niece. 

 

What I don't know:

My schedule.

My hours after two weeks. 

Where/in which city I will be working.

My financial situation past the next two weeks. 

The weather.  :) This is a Calgary winter, it could be anything.

 

The Plan

 

1. I will plan out my training schedule on Sunday for the coming week. As long as I hit the biggies (long run, hill sprints, and one strength session) I can drop any of the others if I feel comfortable with my reasons for dropping it.

 

2. While my husband is away, I will do a semi GtG style strength training at home in the evenings.  I can't do full workouts at home because the combination of bird dander and exercise causes asthma attacks even with the air purifier.

 

3. While my husband is away, I will start getting up a 5am again on days where I work early, to get my run in before delboy wakes up.

 

4. I will spend a couple minutes at dinner time each evening planning how I can make the next day's meals more nutritious. 

 

Inspired by @Xena I also have a sushi list to work on. I'll post it here later.

 

Now, this challenge I am going to try a reward system again. It has not worked for me in the past but I have a very specific need that I don't feel comfortable spending the money on, but I do kind of need it.  If I am successful with Goal #1 for all 5 weeks of this challenge then I feel a bit better about investing the money.

 

This jacket. Currently my only outerwear does not breathe at all so I end up soaked through with sweat. That could get a little dangerous in the winter once my long runs start taking me further into backcountry.  And the cold wind cuts right through anything like a sweater.

 

 

 

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41 minutes ago, Jupiter said:

Following along. Good luck this challenge! :) 

Thanks!

 

38 minutes ago, Xena said:

I really want you to get that jacket, so work hard!!

Will do!  I'll remind myself you are rooting for me when my alarm goes off a 5am tomorrow. 

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Following! That is a sweet looking jacket

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11 hours ago, Charlie_Quinn said:

Following! That is a sweet looking jacket

Thanks!

 

So far so good.  I got up at dark-o-clock and went for a run.  My evening plan was to get home, grab a snack, and go to the gym for a 6pm class.  I was starving when I got home though so I am having real food (homemade chicken salad sandwiches) and will miss the class, but will do some strength training on my own later.

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Sushi List

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Have hiking pants hemmed and the button replaced

Finish crochet project for friend A

Finish crochet project for friend B

Attempt to repair running tap in bathroom

Book osteopath appointment. Booked for March 7 and 24

Find out about hairdresser (after several disasters I refuse to see anyone other than my old hairdresser.  I need to find out when she is back from maternity leave.)

Take out recycling

Get engagement gift for friend C and deliver it

Look for a local place that sells the jacket to try it on for fit. Done, and it is a good thing they didn't have my color or I may have bought it on the spot.

Get oil changed in SUV

 

Zero Week Exercise Plan

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Monday - rest day

Tuesday - morning easy run, evening TRX strength class

Wednesday - easy run with 6x hill sprints

Thursday - optional: morning steady run

Friday - morning easy run

Saturday - LSD (90-120 minutes)

Sunday - morning brisk steep hike, afternoon gym strength session (modified MTI for endurance athletes)

 

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I skipped yesterday's hill sprints because I had the chance to go hold my new niece after work instead. She is precious and snuggly and definitely worth it.

 

I do need to make it up this evening though.  I will report in before bed to say it is done, so hold me accountable! I probably really won't want to. Last night was one of those where I woke up at 3 and couldn't fall back asleep. 

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I tried, I really did. After getting home from depositing my husband at the airport, I had a quick protein shake and went to the park for my hill sprints. The sun had set by time I got there and technically the park was closed but there seemed to be enough light still.  Mistake number one. Mistake number two, I brought my studded running shoes. We've had some snow the past few days so I thought I'd need them but the paved trail was bare. I ended up running into the wooded trail in the hills so my shoes wouldn't spark and scrape on the pavement.  So, a bit darker still. I did have my headlamp because I've learned from experience how quickly it can get dark but (mistake number three) I didn't check the batteries. It had just enough juice to flicker weakly and cast ominous moving shadows in the bushes without actually letting me see my footing. And then I remembered the time I was paced by coyotes on an evening run and freaked myself right out, and that was that.  I turned tail and fled back to the safety of my car.

 

I guess hill sprints will have to get added onto my long run, that will suck.

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Valiant effort! Survive to fight another day.😉

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Today's long run was done in the daylight and was therefore very enjoyable.  It was only an hour so not technically a long run but I got to shake out my legs, get some sun, and even fit in my hill sprints (I really want that jacket! 😂). It was cut a little short so I could bring my sister over some dinner. There is a vietnamese place near her house that I had yet to try. Really all vietnamese food is good though.  Maybe there are bad ones out there but I've yet to find one.

 

My oldest nephew is feeling a little house bound since his mother is spending all her time with the new baby, and asked if he could join me on my hike tomorrow. It's great that he's interested - he's 18 so I don't need to baby him much. He hasn't hiked much though so the hike I originally planned might be a bit evil. Can I rely on his youth to give him the energy and march him up a mountain anyway? Mwahaha 

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13 hours ago, Maigs said:

I think I remember the coyotes story. That would make me think twice about running in the dark and I grew up in the country

We live right by the dam in town, and have both coyotes and the occasional bobcat despite being in the middle of the city (not to mention the skunks, eurgh). Fortunately, for the most part anyway, if you leave them alone they'll leave you alone.

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11 hours ago, Defining said:

We live right by the dam in town, and have both coyotes and the occasional bobcat despite being in the middle of the city (not to mention the skunks, eurgh). Fortunately, for the most part anyway, if you leave them alone they'll leave you alone.

To be fair, I would be more concerned about surprising a skunk than being surprised by a coyote. 🤣

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I ended up choosing Tunnel Mountain for the hike with my nephew. It doesn't really deserve the title of mountain, but it is a steep brisk hike with pretty views up top and a good test for hiking fitness. My nephew did pretty well after the first ten minutes of thinking his lungs were going to implode.  My theory is after about ten minutes, your body just accepts that yes, this is really happening so it might as well get used to it. It's true for me with running and apparently true for beginner hikers too. I think we will try Sulphur mountain next time - if we take it slow he should make it, and that is a real mountain he can be proud of summiting (with more epic photo ops).

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Somehow I was thinking my eating habits would naturally be great once my husband was out of town.  Apparently he isn't the bad influence on me I thought because I've been eating pure junk since he left.  Either that or I'm a little more pathetic and lonely than I expected and am just using food to distract myself.

 

Long story short, I need to beef up Goal #4. Not sure how yet.  But my last two meals were BBQ chips, two sodas and some ice cream. 🤣

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So awesome that you took your nephew hiking and he wants to do some more!

 

Yeah that ~10 minutes of complete suckiness is an interesting thing. I also don't understand how after the first day of backpacking you can be incredibly bruised and sore from the pack, and then somehow your body sucks it up and gets used to it.

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On 2/17/2020 at 12:36 AM, Kestrel Grey said:

I ended up choosing Tunnel Mountain for the hike with my nephew. It doesn't really deserve the title of mountain, but it is a steep brisk hike with pretty views up top and a good test for hiking fitness. My nephew did pretty well after the first ten minutes of thinking his lungs were going to implode.  My theory is after about ten minutes, your body just accepts that yes, this is really happening so it might as well get used to it. It's true for me with running and apparently true for beginner hikers too. I think we will try Sulphur mountain next time - if we take it slow he should make it, and that is a real mountain he can be proud of summiting (with more epic photo ops).

Woot!

how did I miss you challenge?

 

welp, anyways. thats an awesome story and I think its very true for running and hiking.

 

sometimes  I really, REALLY miss the mountains.

 

I love how hardcore a "short" hike can be.

 

at any rate, if the nephew is still interested (and it sounds like he is), he needs a big WOOT too!  its completely awesome that he rangered on a tough mountain path way outside his comfort level.

 

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commenting a little on your "too dark to run hills sprints"  isn't it like that when things happen. its never just "one" thing that goes wrong, its usually many.  but I love how you did what you could, until you figured it wouldn't be safe to do more.

 

I figure workouts like that exercise more than muscles; they strengthen our persistence.

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4 hours ago, TGP said:

Woot!

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welp, anyways. thats an awesome story and I think its very true for running and hiking.

 

sometimes  I really, REALLY miss the mountains.

 

I love how hardcore a "short" hike can be.

 

at any rate, if the nephew is still interested (and it sounds like he is), he needs a big WOOT too!  its completely awesome that he rangered on a tough mountain path way outside his comfort level.

I actually was thinking of you bringing your son into hiking when I was out with my nephew.  I'm a little worried about scaring him off by picking a hike that is too hard for him but that's doing him a disservice. I don't think he's the type to abandon something the first time he hits a limit.

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On 2/9/2020 at 10:43 PM, Kestrel Grey said:

 

This jacket. Currently my only outerwear does not breathe at all so I end up soaked through with sweat. That could get a little dangerous in the winter once my long runs start taking me further into backcountry.  And the cold wind cuts right through anything like a sweater.

 

 

Lovin' the jacket.  

 

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Exercise is being hampered by a mild cold, but I am making good progress on the sushi list and have been much healthier on the food front.  My hairdresser will be back in April (hurray!), my pants have been dropped off for hemming, and I even pulled out my crochet and did one row before abandoning the project to nap. Today was almost entirely spent sleeping. I had today off to make up for some of the overtime I've been pulling, and I thought about dropping in for a bootcamp class, but it wouldn't have helped my cold.

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