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Kestrel's Mighty Maxi-Mini Challenge (Vintage Cartoon Edition)

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This challenge is actually a rerun of last year's Wall-E and EVE challenge.  It will have two parts: a single main challenge goal, and a weekly supplementary micro-habit.  I really love micro-habits and had great success with them last year, but changing my whole routine when I changed jobs meant they disappeared with their cues.  Let's bring them back!

 

The Mighty Maxi Goal - Hercules

the mighty hercules gif | Tumblr

 

Run at least 3 hours a week.  Last challenge was 2.5 hours, and 2 hours the challenge before that.  So far the number has been manageable but motivating.  I am still roughly following the First 50K plan so it should be 4+ hours, but realistically speaking that won't happen most weeks.  Typically I miss one or two runs for some reason, and I would like the flexibility to swap out a run for a hike now and then.  I am still planning on running a solo mountain ultramarathon in September so this is a priority goal.

 

The Mighty Mini Goal - Atom Ant

Atom Ant (1965) - Intro (Opening) on Make a GIF

 

Zero Week: Open my planner when I wake up in the morning (before checking my phone).

Week One:  Check in with my stomach before and midway through meals, and assess how hungry I am.

Week Two:  Get dressed (in workout gear when appropriate) immediately after breakfast.

Week Three:  TBA

Week Four:  TBA

Week Five:  TBA

 

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Other things I would like to work on, but that I am not listing as challenge goals:

  • Guitar practice.  I would like to be practicing an hour a week.
  • Meal prep and planning. I am leaning towards focusing on three balanced meals a day with minimal snacking.  Weekly and nightly planning would help.
  • Strength training.  The exact format doesn't even matter.  I just need more strength all over.
  • Feldenkrais classes.  I signed up for the online running course to learn to run more smoothly and I would like to do one lesson a week.

These are being kept off the goals list because I know I cannot do it all 100%.  Some of them will work their way into the challenge as microhabits.

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16 hours ago, Kestrel Grey said:

Feldenkrais classes

I hadn't heard of this before. Did a quick google search and am interested in hearing what you think of it.

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Zero Week Update

 

Check my dayplanner first thing - yes.

 

Run at least 3 hours/week (as long as it is safe to do so) - the clause here means yes?  Though the total time will end up being 2:07.

 

On Tuesday I went out with the trail running group again, this time on a steeper 13K run.  It was brutal and I finished far behind everyone else.  The uphills were long and grueling and tiring even to hike.  They were followed by steep downhills with lots of loose jagged rocks and roots that I couldn't easily run because I kept tripping.  It was an awakening experience - and it is pretty clear that I will not be up to 60K in a couple months.  As I reminded myself though, 60K was my stretch goal and I was going to see how I felt in August, then decide between a 30K and a 60K.  That is still the plan.

 

Yesterday I listened to the Feldenkrais intro lesson and went for a 1K trot around the block to see how it felt.  The lesson was interesting but I am going to wait for a couple more until I make up my mind about it.

 

And... that is all I am going to be doing this week.  I have the tiniest of fevers today, and as a healthcare worker I had to report it to health services and was immediately placed in quarantine.  They are arranging another Covid19 test for me but I can't leave the house until the results come back.  Blarg.  It was mild enough I was very very tempted to just ignore it, but then I thought of how awful I would feel if it did end up being something and I exposed other people.

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On 6/15/2020 at 1:44 AM, WhiteGhost said:

Following again!

Happy to have you!

 

On 6/15/2020 at 5:55 PM, Xena said:

I hadn't heard of this before. Did a quick google search and am interested in hearing what you think of it.

It seems promising so far.  I came across it in Rise of the Ultrarunner (good book).

 

On 6/15/2020 at 7:48 PM, Elastigirl said:

Love the idea of  mighty and mini goals

Thanks, it has worked well in the past.

 

On 6/16/2020 at 7:08 AM, TGP said:

ofc I'm following along.

 

we've had some great discussions recently!  

Geeking out about training details is awesome, glad to have you!

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4 hours ago, Kestrel Grey said:

Rise of the Ultrarunner (good book)

Thanks for the recommendation!

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Hurray for Week 1 and being able to officially start the challenge!  Let's just go ahead and pretend Zero Week didn't happen. :)

 

This morning I got my phone call that my covid test was negative so I am back at work this afternoon.  More importantly, I can go grocery shopping and running tomorrow.  Since I was "sick" the past few days (really the fever was gone by Sunday) I pretty much slept and read all weekend and got nothing productive done so now there is a significant amount of chores piled up to do.

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Somehow I skipped over your post from Friday. I wouldn't be so sure you won't be ready for the 60K. Trying to run with a group can do weird things to your pace. And you still have lots of time to get that training in.

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Still here and still doing fine.  I forgot to add a new microhabit this week, but that's okay. My running plan is a repeat of last week too since I missed half of it while quarantined, so I may as well repeat the whole week's plan.  Logical laziness ftw.

 

Tuesday morning I went for a short easy run. It was getting close to work time so I pushed the pace a smidge. And nearly died. It was muggy! I didn't realize how much it sapped my energy until I was gasping, hands on knees and soaked with sweat, after running at not even tempo pace.  It felt great though and I was in an excellent mood for the rest of the day.  Our wild roses have opened in the woods and running through the trail was a sweetly scented delight. 

 

Today was a last minute work shift in another town. I attempted to sleep in, failed (thanks to yelling parrot), attempted to get up for a run, failed that too, then lazed the morning away in bed until it was time to leave for work.  Tomorrow should be better as it is a day off and my husband has promised to distract our needy parrot until 11am so that I can catch up on sleep. With that it is after 2am and I'm off to dreamland. Night all!

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15 hours ago, Kestrel Grey said:

. And nearly died. It was muggy! I didn't realize how much it sapped my energy until I was gasping, hands on knees and soaked with sweat, after running at not even tempo pace.  It felt great though and I was in an excellent mood for the rest of the day. 

 

So awesome. Anyone who would combine the first 3 sentences with the last one is clearly a runner.

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I burned the crap out of my lower back yesterday while gardening. When I'm bent over my plants, there is about a 2 inch strip of skin exposed that I don't think about. Pants are now out of the question.  So I skipped running (shirtless is unusual around here, pantless would cause issues).

 

It took a while to sleep (on my stomach with cloths soaked in aloe juice on my back) so I hadn't set an alarm for this morning.   My first post-lockdown massage was scheduled for this morning and I completely forgot. 🤦‍♀️ Happily she called and I am 5 minutes away so she still had time to work on my legs. My left leg has weirdly reduced range of motion and I needed that looked at. Apparently I've been running lopsided...

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Sorry about the sunburn, but love your commentary about locally appropriate clothing 🙂

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21 hours ago, Xena said:

Sorry about the sunburn, but love your commentary about locally appropriate clothing 🙂

I am setting new fashion trends now: loose sweatpants worn low, gangster style, and a sparkly tunic dress.  My back still hasn't healed and there are limited PG-rated clothing options when you can't handle waistbands or zippers touching your back.

 

21 hours ago, Maigs said:

Wow, that must be a nasty burn. Hopefully it heals quickly

Thanks! It is unfortunately taking its time.

 

Good news is that I went to the farmer's market today and there was a woman selling homemade aprons.  I bought a couple fun patterned facemask and, after chatting with her for a bit, she offered to make me a gardening smock. It will be cobbler apron style and long enough in the back that I won't have to worry about getting burned again. Plus it will be cute and keep my clothes from getting dirty.

 

Running - still no. Im going to miss my target again this week.

Microhabit - yes

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1 hour ago, Kestrel Grey said:

I am setting new fashion trends now: loose sweatpants worn low, gangster style, and a sparkly tunic dress.

 

Again, I'm sorry you are sunburned, but this is completely fabulous.

 

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Week One Summary

 

The Mighty Maxi

Me stuck at home for the second time in two weeks.

Curses! Foiled again! - spiderman jail | Meme Generator

 

Week one rang in with my lowest running yet.  I had a single 30 minute run on Tuesday.  But my sunburn is starting to heal now and I should be good to go for next Tuesday's group trail run.

 

The Mighty Mini

Reducing boredom eating.

Respect Mighty Mouse GIF by kalebthesantos | Gfycat

 

The mighty mini side of the challenge is doing better.  I ended up choosing a microhabit to start midway through the week to help with the boredom eating: check in before eating and mid way through the meal to assess how hungry I am and how full I anticipate being after eating.  This was from Lean and Strong but it is also in line with intuitive eating.  So far I am at 50% as I forget a lot.  It should get better as the challenge goes on.  Week Two's microhabit will be: immediately after breakfast, get dressed.  In workout gear if it is a planned exercise day.  No more lounging about in PJs all morning!

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Today was a planned 2 hour trail run with the group. I canceled.  My knee was feeling a bit twingy and there's only been one 30 minute run in the past 12 days, both of which made me worry about having to stop and walk. Not okay when there is a group of people at the far end waiting for you.  Happily it was raining and miserable so lots of people canceled, and I didn't miss much.

 

I'm starting to feel like maybe I'm not a real runner and should give up trying. It's easy to see that this is my inner demon speaking (hi Bob!) and a silly conclusion to base on only 2 weeks of poor running.  I really need to get back into a routine is all. That last poor group run two weeks ago is still shaking my confidence. 

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bob is wrong.

 

Group runs can be tough on the confidence if you are toward the back of the group (speaking from experience). Try not to let them shape your outlook too much. I know it can be hard for a trail run, but group runs tend to be a little easier if there are options for a shorter distance or earlier start for those who otherwise might be trailing behind. I feel your pain on this one.

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Bob is annoying.  I'm learning to just  sort of shrug when my inner voice (I need to name her) says things like that. I don't argue, or try and convince, I just tell her I have a destination, and I'm going to keep on moving on that path.

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On 7/1/2020 at 6:32 PM, Xena said:

bob is wrong.

 

Group runs can be tough on the confidence if you are toward the back of the group (speaking from experience). Try not to let them shape your outlook too much. I know it can be hard for a trail run, but group runs tend to be a little easier if there are options for a shorter distance or earlier start for those who otherwise might be trailing behind. I feel your pain on this one.

This is the beginner friendly run and the shortest one available.  These people are pretty badass in my opinion.  The other runs posted on meetup are things like 50K fun runs, or 4-5 repeat runs up and down a mountain.  Way out of my league.  It's usually okay because I think of them as super badasses and so don't feel bad that I can't keep up. Usually. 

 

On 7/1/2020 at 7:00 PM, Elastigirl said:

Bob is annoying.  I'm learning to just  sort of shrug when my inner voice (I need to name her) says things like that. I don't argue, or try and convince, I just tell her I have a destination, and I'm going to keep on moving on that path.

Thanks, it is helpful to be reminded of that.  I'm exhausted from arguing with my demons.

 

3 hours ago, Sloth the Enduring said:

Tell Bob to fuck off for me.

Will do. Did, actually.  I went for a relaxing easy run today to look at the wildflowers in bloom and didn't worry about my pace. On Sunday morning the trail running group is repeating Tuesday's run so I am going this time.

 

Bob, no one cares what you think. 

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