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Let's Try This Again...

Last go 'round didn't go so well for me. Long story short, I didn't claim any points or even a level for the previous 6wc. I learned a few things from my experiences this summer and now I'm ready to get back on the trail. Without further ado:

 

My Main Quest: Hike the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine

(and then the Pacific Crest Trail, and then the Continental Divide Trail. But one step at a time)

 

Supporting Goal 1: Run 5 miles each week [+5 STA]

It doesn't matter whether it's one mile five times a week or five miles all in one go, a few laps around the block or a loop on a trail, I'll travel a total of 5 miles at a running/hard jogging pace. To be scored on a weekly basis.

 

Supporting Goal 2: Complete a full-body weightlifting workout every other day [+5 STR]

Workouts will include legs (squats, lunges, etc), arms (dumbell lifts, etc), upper body (pushups, inverted rows, etc), and abs/core (crunches, planks, supermans, etc). Duration 15+ minutes, cycling through 15-20 rep sets of each exercise. I'll probably switch up what exactly I do every few workouts or so. I tend to get bored and unenthusiastic doing the same thing all the time. To be scored every other day.

 

Supporting Goal 3: Drink 3 liters of water every day [+5 CON]

I have a one liter bottle which I will carry around with me all day. I'll fill it at breakfast and empty it by lunch. Then I'll fill it at lunch and finish it by dinner, fill it again and empty it before bed. To be scored every day.

 

Motivation

I still don't have a photo of my motivational phrase, mostly because I haven't written it out or put it up anywhere yet. In the meantime, here's what I'm going to lean on for the next six weeks. They're lyrics to a song I've loved since I was a kid. Having a tune to go with the words will help them run through my head like a mantra.

"I want to be strong,

to be strong as the land around me.

I want a heart that's as wide as the sky.

I want a spirit like a moving mountain stream.

I want to look people straight in the eye."

 

Coming Soon: 

'Before' photos and photo of my motivational statement. I'm still coming up with just the right way to word it. There's a 99% chance it will be unintelligible to anyone but me. The things I find deeply motivating also tend to be deeply personal.

Level 3 Mord'Sith Ranger

STR: 7 | DEX: 2.5 | STA: 11.25 | CON: 10 | WIS: 6 | CHA: 5

Challenge 1 | Challenge 2 | Challenge 3

 

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I've heard great things about the Appalachian Trail.  When you go, will you post pictures for us to see too?

And I hear you on the deeply personal part - I struggled just to post my motivational picture/statement in places where I'll see them regularly because then people besides myself will see them.  Took me a few days to work up the courage, but then my "to hell with it"-ism kicked in and I put them up and posted them here on NF.  Not saying you have to, only that I understand why you may not want to share.  Perhaps, once you get your motivation articulated properly, if you don't want to share it with all us strangers, you can simply post "motivational statement completed" and leave it at that.

Level 5 Lizardfolk: Assassin STR - 4, DEX - 3, STA - 5, CON -4, WIS - 20, CHA - 12

"You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner? The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried."

 

Current Challenge: "Idealistinfire's 2% Improvement Plan"     Battle Log: "Idealistinfire Battle's Saboteur's Spawn"                                

Epic Quest: No fancy name yet

 

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So far this challenge is off to a fantastic start. I met my water and weightlifting goals yesterday without a problem. The weird instant headaches I was getting last challenge (whenever I tried doing push ups) have yet to resurface, so I'm back to feeling like a total badass when I do my exercises. My workout consisted of push ups (following the Hundred Push Up Challenge Week 2), squats (4 sets of 20) and a variety of crunches/abs exercises.

 

I went for a run this evening right before sunset. It was my first run in several weeks so I was a little worried I'd have to cut it short or walk for some of it, but I managed to maintain a nice steady speed (uphill and down, check me out!) for two miles. My time was ~23 minutes; not my best but I'm really pleased with it, considering how long it's been since my last run. The weather was gorgeous tonight, as is the scenery along my route. For my next run, I'm hoping to try the loop my roommate discovered: one mile up the road, one mile of trail running (on the AT, no less!) and a mile on another road back to the house. I intended to try it this evening but it got dark faster than I'd anticipated. I'm really excited to try it out, though. I think it will be good for me to spend some time on the trail during this challenge, considering it's my ultimate goal to hike the entire thing!

 

I'm glad I chose to take on the "drink more water" part of my challenge. I feel like I have more energy already. I also feel like I'm going to spend the next six weeks getting well-acquainted with the restrooms at work. So many potty breaks! I did notice that I tend to drink a lot of water all at once rather than sipping at in constantly, so I'm going to work on pacing myself through each liter. Hopefully that will mean fewer potty breaks...

Level 3 Mord'Sith Ranger

STR: 7 | DEX: 2.5 | STA: 11.25 | CON: 10 | WIS: 6 | CHA: 5

Challenge 1 | Challenge 2 | Challenge 3

 

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I have that issue with bathroom breaks too and sipping throughout the day does help.  Nice work on your first run of many!

Level 5 Lizardfolk: Assassin STR - 4, DEX - 3, STA - 5, CON -4, WIS - 20, CHA - 12

"You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner? The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried."

 

Current Challenge: "Idealistinfire's 2% Improvement Plan"     Battle Log: "Idealistinfire Battle's Saboteur's Spawn"                                

Epic Quest: No fancy name yet

 

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A brief update on the end of Week 1:

I'm 3 for 3 on achieving my goals this week. I ran 5 miles, completed all the workouts I intended to do, and I've even kept up with my water drinking (bathroom breaks be damned!) I'm feeling great! Bring on week 2! 

Level 3 Mord'Sith Ranger

STR: 7 | DEX: 2.5 | STA: 11.25 | CON: 10 | WIS: 6 | CHA: 5

Challenge 1 | Challenge 2 | Challenge 3

 

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Three miles down for this week's running goal! I finally tried out the Appalachian Trail loop: one mile on the road, one mile on the trail, one mile on the road. My time was around 39 minutes. I think that's pretty damned good considering it was an extra mile more than I usually run and I don't usually trail run. There's definitely room for improvement, though. I hope to fit in another three of these runs (one more this week, two next week) before I move back to real life in two weeks. 

 

I have to say, though, it is terrifying when the Attack on Titan opening theme music comes up on your workout mix when you're in the middle of the woods...

Level 3 Mord'Sith Ranger

STR: 7 | DEX: 2.5 | STA: 11.25 | CON: 10 | WIS: 6 | CHA: 5

Challenge 1 | Challenge 2 | Challenge 3

 

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I have to say, though, it is terrifying when the Attack on Titan opening theme music comes up on your workout mix when you're in the middle of the woods...

I bet it is!  I may need that for some of my "you're being attacked" workouts :)

Level 5 Lizardfolk: Assassin STR - 4, DEX - 3, STA - 5, CON -4, WIS - 20, CHA - 12

"You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner? The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried."

 

Current Challenge: "Idealistinfire's 2% Improvement Plan"     Battle Log: "Idealistinfire Battle's Saboteur's Spawn"                                

Epic Quest: No fancy name yet

 

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I finished week 3 of the hundred push ups challenge today. That means I did 88 push ups over the course of my 20ish minute workout. Not too shabby. I interspersed my push ups sets with abs and squats.

I've kept up with my water drinking, too. It's kind of incredible how much more energy I have when I'm properly hydrated. The new water bottle my girlfriend brought me from San Diego Comic Con helps a lot. =D

Level 3 Mord'Sith Ranger

STR: 7 | DEX: 2.5 | STA: 11.25 | CON: 10 | WIS: 6 | CHA: 5

Challenge 1 | Challenge 2 | Challenge 3

 

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SWEET!!!! Nice work!  :):):)

Level 5 Lizardfolk: Assassin STR - 4, DEX - 3, STA - 5, CON -4, WIS - 20, CHA - 12

"You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner? The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried."

 

Current Challenge: "Idealistinfire's 2% Improvement Plan"     Battle Log: "Idealistinfire Battle's Saboteur's Spawn"                                

Epic Quest: No fancy name yet

 

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Checking in! I'm happy with how this challenge is going. I attended a con AND moved back home after my summer internship ended on Wednesday and I still managed to keep up with all three of my main goals decently well. Usually such large disruptions to my daily schedule throw off my diet and exercise routines, but this time they didn't! 

- I ran 5.2 miles this week: two 1.6 mile runs and one 2 mile run. I wasn't keeping track of my time for the 1.6 mile runs, but I did time the 2 miles I just did: 18 minutes! A personal best for me!

- This week might not have been so great for my weightlifting workouts. I did one full, formal workout (abs, squats, push ups, etc) with counted sets, but the rest were less intense and more sporadic (some push ups here, some free weights there). I'm inclined to call it even, though, since I also moved all my stuff out of one house, to my car, and into my apartment. Lots of lifting involved there. Once I clean my apartment so there's enough space to do push ups I'll get back to my regular circuit workouts.

- I have to admit I haven't been keeping strict count of the amount of water I've been drinking. I just kind of refill my water bottle whenever it's empty. I purposely didn't drink all three liters on the days when I had to drive long distances just so I wouldn't have to stop to pee as often. I do know I've been drinking more water every day than I usually did before this challenge started.

Level 3 Mord'Sith Ranger

STR: 7 | DEX: 2.5 | STA: 11.25 | CON: 10 | WIS: 6 | CHA: 5

Challenge 1 | Challenge 2 | Challenge 3

 

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Checking in! I'm happy with how this challenge is going. I attended a con AND moved back home after my summer internship ended on Wednesday and I still managed to keep up with all three of my main goals decently well. Usually such large disruptions to my daily schedule throw off my diet and exercise routines, but this time they didn't!

Huzzah! Good job breaking that cycle :)

Level 5 Lizardfolk: Assassin STR - 4, DEX - 3, STA - 5, CON -4, WIS - 20, CHA - 12

"You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner? The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried."

 

Current Challenge: "Idealistinfire's 2% Improvement Plan"     Battle Log: "Idealistinfire Battle's Saboteur's Spawn"                                

Epic Quest: No fancy name yet

 

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Another good week for my goals! I just finished my 5 miles of running for the week. I like the system I have going where I run 4 laps of my block twice a week and 5 laps of my block once a week for a total of 5.2 miles. When I get comfortable with that schedule I'll try to push myself to running more than 2 miles at a time, but for now this is a good challenging but not discouraging pace. My best time for 2 miles is currently 18 minutes 19.4 seconds (I figured out my ipod has a stop watch so now I can stop estimating my times, haha!) 

I'm in the middle of week 5 of the hundred push ups challenge, which basically means I can do a total 160 push ups within half and hour. I can also do about 40 push ups without stopping. My squats/lunges/dumbell lifts/abs workouts are less impressive, but I continue to do them and challenge myself with them. Maybe next challenge I'll pick a different area to really focus on improving.

As I type I'm finishing off the last quarter of a liter of water for today. EXCITING! 

Level 3 Mord'Sith Ranger

STR: 7 | DEX: 2.5 | STA: 11.25 | CON: 10 | WIS: 6 | CHA: 5

Challenge 1 | Challenge 2 | Challenge 3

 

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Nice work!  And good time on your mileage and pushups - that's pretty impressive, if I do say so myself :)

Level 5 Lizardfolk: Assassin STR - 4, DEX - 3, STA - 5, CON -4, WIS - 20, CHA - 12

"You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner? The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried."

 

Current Challenge: "Idealistinfire's 2% Improvement Plan"     Battle Log: "Idealistinfire Battle's Saboteur's Spawn"                                

Epic Quest: No fancy name yet

 

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Challenge Wrap-Up  [+1 Level]

Supporting Goal #1: Run 5 miles each week. I achieved this goal 5/6 weeks of the challenge. I'm really pleased with my progress. This challenge brought be a few personal best times and I'm really proud of them. In the past year I've gone from hating running to enjoying running and even running to relax, which I never thought would happen.  [+4 STA]

 

Supporting Goal #2: Complete a full-body weightlifting workout every other day. I achieved this goal 5/6 weeks of the challenge. I'm really starting to see results from these workouts. I've gotten some definition in my arms, shoulders, chest and abs. I'm definitely stronger than I was at the beginning of the challenge. [+4 STR]

 

Supporting Goal #3: Drink 3 liters of water every day. I achieved this goal 6/6 weeks of the challenge! It's amazing how much being properly hydrated helps all aspects of feeling happy and healthy. I'm glad I've gotten into the habit of carrying my water bottle around. [+5 CON]

 

New Stats:

Level 3 Mord'Sith Ranger

STR: 7 | DEX: 2.5 | STA: 11.25 | CON: 10 | WIS: 6 | CHA: 5

Level 3 Mord'Sith Ranger

STR: 7 | DEX: 2.5 | STA: 11.25 | CON: 10 | WIS: 6 | CHA: 5

Challenge 1 | Challenge 2 | Challenge 3

 

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Congratulations on your hard work and progress!  It gives me hope to hear you learned to use running as a stress-reliever :)

Level 5 Lizardfolk: Assassin STR - 4, DEX - 3, STA - 5, CON -4, WIS - 20, CHA - 12

"You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner? The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried."

 

Current Challenge: "Idealistinfire's 2% Improvement Plan"     Battle Log: "Idealistinfire Battle's Saboteur's Spawn"                                

Epic Quest: No fancy name yet

 

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