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Hi!  I'm Turtle 21, and I'm joining the Scouts for this challenge.  I've successfully completed two challenges with the Druids, but discovered that I love to run.  I'm working to become better at it and hope to find some new friends that can give me some sage advice on how to do so.   :frog: 
 
MAIN QUEST
Run Faster / Run Farther
 
Current Stats:
Fastest Mile = 10'49"
Fastest 5k = 36'58"
Longest Distance = 3.50 miles
 
GOALS TO ACHIEVE MAIN QUEST
1.  Run on treadmill 3-4 times/week alternating between distance & speed.

Speed Goal:  By the end of the challenge - One mile in 9 minutes or less

A = 9'00" or less

B = 9'01" - 9'30"

C = 9'31" - 10'00"

D = 10'01" - 10'30"

F = 10'31" or more

Distance Goal:  By the end of the challenge - Run non-stop for 5 miles (no time limit)

A = 5.00 miles

B = 4.50 - 4.75 miles

C = 4.00 - 4.25 miles

D = 3.50 - 3.75 miles

F = Anything less than 3.50 miles

 

2.  Strength train 2 times/week.

Specific Strength Goal:  By the end of the challenge - One 60-second plank.

A = 60 seconds

B = 45 seconds

C = 30 seconds

F = Anything less than 30 seconds

 

3.  Curb my vices.

My Vices = Coffee w/ sugar & cream and Chocolate

- Allow a maximum of 10 cups of coffee with no more than 2 teaspoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of creamer per cup.

A = 10 cups or less

B = 11 - 13 cups

C = 14 - 16 cups

F = More than 16 cups

- Allow a maximum of 9 ounces of 72% dark chocolate.

A = 9 oz or less

B = 10 - 12 ounces

C = 13 - 15 ounces

F = More than 15 oz

 
LIFE QUEST
Finally, and for the love of GOD - I will finish level 1 of Rosetta Stone - German. (I've been working on accomplishing this since my first damn challenge...)

Finish level 1 entirely = A

Anything less = BIG FAT FAIL!

 

MOTIVATION

Running has become like an anti-depressant for me.  Running has helped my mood and mentality more than anything I've tried.  If I stop running now, it will result in me hiding in my shell again being a sad little turtle.  I very much dislike being a sad turtle.

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2013: 6/1/13 - 7/24/13 - 9/15/13 - 11/6/13   2014: 1/5/142/19/14 - 4/9/14 - 6/6/14 - 7/24/14 - 9/11/14 - 11/5/14 

2015: 1/2/15 - 2/20/15 - 4/9/15 - 6/2/15 - 9/10/15 - 10/26/15   2016: 1/1/16 - 2/28/16 - 3/28/16 - 6/6/16 - 9/19/16 - 10/26/16 - 11/26/16   

2017: 1/1/17 - 9/17/17   2018: 1/1/18 - 2/5/18 - 8/13/18 - 11/26/18   2019: 1/7/19   2020: 9/13/20

 

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I love your goals!  I have a couple of similar ones, and I'm perpetually trying to cut back on the coffee.  It's just so tasty, though.  I've managed to cut down from three teaspoons of sugar per cup to one, with a goal of advancing to black coffee someday, but that's a leap I've yet to find the courage to make.  I'll be cheering you on!

 

I learned that I liked running fairly far into life -- it came as something of a surprise to me.  My dad, brothers, and one sister had all been runners, whereas I was a library rat.  It's been almost five years now since I "ran" my first 5k, and about three years since I've really been hooked. I'm contemplating crossing over into the druid class for the next challenge as winter starts to make running a bit more iffy here in New England.  Can I trade running advice for druidic advice down the road?

Level 4 City Elf Scout


STR: 6 |  DEX: 5  |  STA: 9  |  CON: 8  |  WIS: 6  |  CHA: 6


To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

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Earlsdottir - Thanks!  I, too, have an eventual goal of drinking black coffee.  I think that goal may be a ways down the road though...  :)

 

I think you will really like the Druids!  It was hard for me to leave this go around, but I'm positive that I'll really like the Scouts too.  And I love the idea of trading advice!  I think one of the most important things I learned from the Druids is that our mental health is just as important as our physical health.  I liked to make goals that included meditation as well as diet and exercise - and found that working on my mental health sometimes proved harder than improving my physical health which came as a big surprise to me! 

 

I'll pop in and read your thread since we have a couple similar goals! 

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PREVIOUS CHALLENGES

2013: 6/1/13 - 7/24/13 - 9/15/13 - 11/6/13   2014: 1/5/142/19/14 - 4/9/14 - 6/6/14 - 7/24/14 - 9/11/14 - 11/5/14 

2015: 1/2/15 - 2/20/15 - 4/9/15 - 6/2/15 - 9/10/15 - 10/26/15   2016: 1/1/16 - 2/28/16 - 3/28/16 - 6/6/16 - 9/19/16 - 10/26/16 - 11/26/16   

2017: 1/1/17 - 9/17/17   2018: 1/1/18 - 2/5/18 - 8/13/18 - 11/26/18   2019: 1/7/19   2020: 9/13/20

 

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Mid-Week Update:

 

Despite being off to a very strong start goal-wise, this week has been brutal.  So many things (not challenge related) have been going against me since I woke up Monday morning.  And for a second today, I started to feel sorry for myself and wanted to use this shitty week as an excuse to run for the chocolate.  I stopped.  Accessed my situations.  Figured it could be WAY worse, and told myself to put my big girl panties on and deal with it.  Then I had an epiphany.  There are things in my life that I have NO control over (i.e. my car not starting this morning and being late to work; dealing with jerks once I do get to work; and all the other crap that life throws my way in between), however; I DO have control over the choices I make to cope.  I control whether I get on the treadmill and jog my frustrations away or sit on the couch and drown my sorrows in a giant cup of coffee laden with cream and sugar while shoving chocolate in my face.  Before, I would justify a bad week with bad actions, but that was the "old" me.  

 

Monday, I worked on speed and reached two new bests.  I shaved 10 seconds on my fastest mile and 2 minutes, 10 seconds of my fastest 5k.  

Tuesday, I did my self-created strength training circuit and added 6 (total) seconds onto my planks (2 seconds per plank).   

Today, I did a few German lessons, and will be getting on the treadmill shortly to work on distance.

So far, I have resisted coffee and chocolate.  I did have a cup of black tea Monday afternoon because I was experiencing a major caffeine-withdrawal headache.  It worked fine, but was hard to not add sugar to it!  :playful: 

 

 

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PREVIOUS CHALLENGES

2013: 6/1/13 - 7/24/13 - 9/15/13 - 11/6/13   2014: 1/5/142/19/14 - 4/9/14 - 6/6/14 - 7/24/14 - 9/11/14 - 11/5/14 

2015: 1/2/15 - 2/20/15 - 4/9/15 - 6/2/15 - 9/10/15 - 10/26/15   2016: 1/1/16 - 2/28/16 - 3/28/16 - 6/6/16 - 9/19/16 - 10/26/16 - 11/26/16   

2017: 1/1/17 - 9/17/17   2018: 1/1/18 - 2/5/18 - 8/13/18 - 11/26/18   2019: 1/7/19   2020: 9/13/20

 

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Turtle, you are an inspiration! Way to take a rough week and make it into something wonderful!

I have often wondered about Rosetta stone, as I would really love to learn Spanish but my schedule is never compatible with the classes offered at the local community college. I think I will need to make language learning a life quest for myself in future challenges. Keep up the good work!

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Nice goals, Turtle!

 

I did a semester of German in college.. it's in the same language family as English, so hopefully you'll find it doable once you get rolling through the Rosetta Stone lessons! 

 

During the last challenge, I did a Whole30, which forced me to switch to black tea and black coffee. I'll tell you what - you do get used to it. Without the milk/cream and sweetener you taste the bold, rich, original flavour of tea & coffee, it's nice! Tea's my preferred hot beverage and I always drink it straight now, whereas I used to put lots of milk and maple syrup into my morning cup. 

 

it is truly amazing how physical exercise and good mental health will decrease our stress levels as a natural coping mechanism, more than a cup of joe ever could!

Gyro, level 2 Hill Dwarf scoutSTR 1|DEX 2|STA 1|CON 3|WIS 4|CHA 2

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Hello Turtle!

 

Good goals.... I know what you mean about running being good for mood and general mental welfare......

 

Do you do all your running on a treadmill, or do you run outside as well?

 Level 4 Human Adventurer / Level 4 Scout, couch to 5k graduate, six time marathon finisher.

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Current 5k Personal Best: 22:00 / 21:23 / 21:13 / 21:09 / 20:55 / 20:25 (4th July 17)

Current 5 mile PB: 36:41 35:27 34:52 (10th May 17)

Current 10k PB: 44:58 44:27 44:07 44:06 43:50 (29th June 17)

Current Half Marathon PB: 1:41:54 1:38:24 1:37:47 1:37:41 (14th June 15)

Current Marathon PB: 3:39:34 3:29:49 (10th April 16)

 

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Turtle, you are an inspiration! Way to take a rough week and make it into something wonderful!

I have often wondered about Rosetta stone, as I would really love to learn Spanish but my schedule is never compatible with the classes offered at the local community college. I think I will need to make language learning a life quest for myself in future challenges. Keep up the good work!

Thank you, Pebcat!  I must say, yesterday was a MUCH better day and today is Friday - so if I put things into perspective, it really could have been a much worse week and I was probably just being a big baby about things.  LOL! 

 

I really like Rosetta Stone, but one thing I don't like is that you pretty much have to guess what you are saying by what is depicted in a picture.  If you decide to go with Rosetta, I would highly recommend using it in conjunction with some other translating source.  Have a great weekend! 

 

Nice goals, Turtle!

 

I did a semester of German in college.. it's in the same language family as English, so hopefully you'll find it doable once you get rolling through the Rosetta Stone lessons! 

 

During the last challenge, I did a Whole30, which forced me to switch to black tea and black coffee. I'll tell you what - you do get used to it. Without the milk/cream and sweetener you taste the bold, rich, original flavour of tea & coffee, it's nice! Tea's my preferred hot beverage and I always drink it straight now, whereas I used to put lots of milk and maple syrup into my morning cup. 

 

it is truly amazing how physical exercise and good mental health will decrease our stress levels as a natural coping mechanism, more than a cup of joe ever could!

Thanks, Gyro!  I find learning German very fun, but my struggles with it are actually just forcing myself to take the time to do a few lessons each day.  (I can think of all sorts of excuses as to why I don't have time, but when it comes down to it - I think it's just a little bit lower on my list of priorities.  I know that if I just sit down and invest some time each day, I would cruise through it!  :)

 

How did you get through the Whole30?!  I did some research on that and though it sounded really intense.  It is amazing, though, at how much better I feel when I cut back on junk.   

 

Hello Turtle!

 

Good goals.... I know what you mean about running being good for mood and general mental welfare......

 

Do you do all your running on a treadmill, or do you run outside as well?

Hi Rostov!

 

I've only ever ran on my treadmill.  We have a modest gym set up in our basement because I like the privacy.  I think running outside would be amazing, so I might try it when I don't feel so self conscience.  :unsure:  

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2013: 6/1/13 - 7/24/13 - 9/15/13 - 11/6/13   2014: 1/5/142/19/14 - 4/9/14 - 6/6/14 - 7/24/14 - 9/11/14 - 11/5/14 

2015: 1/2/15 - 2/20/15 - 4/9/15 - 6/2/15 - 9/10/15 - 10/26/15   2016: 1/1/16 - 2/28/16 - 3/28/16 - 6/6/16 - 9/19/16 - 10/26/16 - 11/26/16   

2017: 1/1/17 - 9/17/17   2018: 1/1/18 - 2/5/18 - 8/13/18 - 11/26/18   2019: 1/7/19   2020: 9/13/20

 

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How did you get through the Whole30?!  I did some research on that and though it sounded really intense.  It is amazing, though, at how much better I feel when I cut back on junk.   

 

I'd say my Foreman Grill really saved me - it makes cooking meat really easy and efficient. So that was my lunch and supper, mainly. I added lots of fruit and nuts. I had sugar-free bacon and eggs in the morning. Lots of black tea and black coffee. If I'd not managed to make a meal, I'd have take-out sashimi at work (like sushi, but just the raw fish and no rice).

 

Before Whole30, I'd eat a lot of fast food and junk food and I'd stop eating when I get that "ugh - I've had enough feeling". I found Whole30 much different because you feel so much better, so I had to have a mentality of getting regular snacks and not being afraid to eat more meat to compensate for the lack of starches that used to made me feel so full (and a bit gross) before.

 

The first week or two on Whole30 was pretty difficult though - the body was thrown off-kilter by the radical change in diet - but it adapts well enough after a while, and then I felt way better :)

Gyro, level 2 Hill Dwarf scoutSTR 1|DEX 2|STA 1|CON 3|WIS 4|CHA 2

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One week down.  I think I did very well this week.  A couple mis-steps:  I experienced a day when I'm pretty sure I overdosed on protein - THAT was not a good feeling...I was fairly certain that I was going to die.  Also, I attended an "Oktoberfest" this weekend and enjoyed a bit too much deliciousness.   :devilish:

 

But all in all, I am happy with the week.

 

3/3 runs

2/2 strength training

0/10 coffee

~17 grams of 72% dark chocolate (3 little squares of a 3 oz bar)

Practiced German for about an hour or so (would like to try to get in a couple hours each week though)

 

Tomorrow, I will run!

 

 

 

 

 

  

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2013: 6/1/13 - 7/24/13 - 9/15/13 - 11/6/13   2014: 1/5/142/19/14 - 4/9/14 - 6/6/14 - 7/24/14 - 9/11/14 - 11/5/14 

2015: 1/2/15 - 2/20/15 - 4/9/15 - 6/2/15 - 9/10/15 - 10/26/15   2016: 1/1/16 - 2/28/16 - 3/28/16 - 6/6/16 - 9/19/16 - 10/26/16 - 11/26/16   

2017: 1/1/17 - 9/17/17   2018: 1/1/18 - 2/5/18 - 8/13/18 - 11/26/18   2019: 1/7/19   2020: 9/13/20

 

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Well done on this week!

 

I know what you mean about self-consciousness and running outside.... took me a long time and a fair bit of weight loss before I was confident enough to do it.  But it makes such a difference... Having said that, I also like running indoors in the privacy of my own living room on my mini-trampoline, TV on and volume turned up.

 Level 4 Human Adventurer / Level 4 Scout, couch to 5k graduate, six time marathon finisher.

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Current 5k Personal Best: 22:00 / 21:23 / 21:13 / 21:09 / 20:55 / 20:25 (4th July 17)

Current 5 mile PB: 36:41 35:27 34:52 (10th May 17)

Current 10k PB: 44:58 44:27 44:07 44:06 43:50 (29th June 17)

Current Half Marathon PB: 1:41:54 1:38:24 1:37:47 1:37:41 (14th June 15)

Current Marathon PB: 3:39:34 3:29:49 (10th April 16)

 

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So far, I'm on track for the week.  Right now though, I'm sitting here thinking I should do a little bit of German.  I did around 45 minutes on Monday, and then I think I felt my brain short circuiting.  It was easy at first when I was just learning single words, but now I'm all into sentences and stuff, and they just talk so damn fast.  I may be too tired to get into it tonight.  

 

New Stats!

Fastest mile - 10'18"

Fastest 5k - 33'25" 

Longest Distance - 4.250 miles

Longest Plank - 40 seconds (3 sets)

 

 

In other news:

I had 2 cups of coffee this week, but get this...I drank it black!!  I felt like such a grown up.   :frog:  I even have to admit that it tasted pretty damn good!  (I won't be counting black coffee as part of my 10 allotted cups for the challenge.) 

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PREVIOUS CHALLENGES

2013: 6/1/13 - 7/24/13 - 9/15/13 - 11/6/13   2014: 1/5/142/19/14 - 4/9/14 - 6/6/14 - 7/24/14 - 9/11/14 - 11/5/14 

2015: 1/2/15 - 2/20/15 - 4/9/15 - 6/2/15 - 9/10/15 - 10/26/15   2016: 1/1/16 - 2/28/16 - 3/28/16 - 6/6/16 - 9/19/16 - 10/26/16 - 11/26/16   

2017: 1/1/17 - 9/17/17   2018: 1/1/18 - 2/5/18 - 8/13/18 - 11/26/18   2019: 1/7/19   2020: 9/13/20

 

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Nice stats!  That is some impressive scuttling.  Looks like you're well on track for that 5 mile distance, and it's amazing how much speed you can pick up in even just a couple of weeks -- I'll be cheering for the 9' mile.

 

And I hear you on the coffee! I recently (like, three weeks ago) transitioned to black coffee, and I'm finding I can really taste the difference in quality now.  Some of it's pretty good!  The swill from the office coffee maker....not so awesome.  Time to start brewing my own, I think, or cutting out the afternoon coffee altogether (probably not a bad thing, in the long run). 

Level 4 City Elf Scout


STR: 6 |  DEX: 5  |  STA: 9  |  CON: 8  |  WIS: 6  |  CHA: 6


To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

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The swill from the office coffee maker....not so awesome.

Exactly!  I actually think that's the reason I started to add the cream and sugar.  Anything to make it taste better.  Haha!

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2013: 6/1/13 - 7/24/13 - 9/15/13 - 11/6/13   2014: 1/5/142/19/14 - 4/9/14 - 6/6/14 - 7/24/14 - 9/11/14 - 11/5/14 

2015: 1/2/15 - 2/20/15 - 4/9/15 - 6/2/15 - 9/10/15 - 10/26/15   2016: 1/1/16 - 2/28/16 - 3/28/16 - 6/6/16 - 9/19/16 - 10/26/16 - 11/26/16   

2017: 1/1/17 - 9/17/17   2018: 1/1/18 - 2/5/18 - 8/13/18 - 11/26/18   2019: 1/7/19   2020: 9/13/20

 

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Nice progress, Turtle21! So what's a protein overdose exactly?

Haha - probably something I made up in my head.  One day, I consumed more than double what I should have in a day for protein.  I think I am allotted right around 54 grams for a day (and I usually go over a bit), but one day I had 118 grams and it just didn't do nice things to my stomach.  I had major stomach pains and got the sweats and didn't feel good for about a day and a half.  It could very well have been the fact that I also went over on my sodium.  It was just a bad couple of days, that's all I know.    :disgust:   

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2013: 6/1/13 - 7/24/13 - 9/15/13 - 11/6/13   2014: 1/5/142/19/14 - 4/9/14 - 6/6/14 - 7/24/14 - 9/11/14 - 11/5/14 

2015: 1/2/15 - 2/20/15 - 4/9/15 - 6/2/15 - 9/10/15 - 10/26/15   2016: 1/1/16 - 2/28/16 - 3/28/16 - 6/6/16 - 9/19/16 - 10/26/16 - 11/26/16   

2017: 1/1/17 - 9/17/17   2018: 1/1/18 - 2/5/18 - 8/13/18 - 11/26/18   2019: 1/7/19   2020: 9/13/20

 

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Week 2 in the books:


3/3 runs


2/2 strength training


0/10 coffee (only drank black coffee)


(I totally ate the rest of the 3 oz 72% dark chocolate bar... :shame: - leaving me a max of 6 more oz)


Practiced German for about an hour and a half


 


I did a 10 minute mile today!  Thought my lungs were gonna explode, but I did it!  

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2013: 6/1/13 - 7/24/13 - 9/15/13 - 11/6/13   2014: 1/5/142/19/14 - 4/9/14 - 6/6/14 - 7/24/14 - 9/11/14 - 11/5/14 

2015: 1/2/15 - 2/20/15 - 4/9/15 - 6/2/15 - 9/10/15 - 10/26/15   2016: 1/1/16 - 2/28/16 - 3/28/16 - 6/6/16 - 9/19/16 - 10/26/16 - 11/26/16   

2017: 1/1/17 - 9/17/17   2018: 1/1/18 - 2/5/18 - 8/13/18 - 11/26/18   2019: 1/7/19   2020: 9/13/20

 

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Haha - probably something I made up in my head.  One day, I consumed more than double what I should have in a day for protein.  I think I am allotted right around 54 grams for a day (and I usually go over a bit), but one day I had 118 grams and it just didn't do nice things to my stomach.  I had major stomach pains and got the sweats and didn't feel good for about a day and a half.  It could very well have been the fact that I also went over on my sodium.  It was just a bad couple of days, that's all I know.    :disgust:   

 

Well at least it's in the past now ! :)

Gyro, level 2 Hill Dwarf scoutSTR 1|DEX 2|STA 1|CON 3|WIS 4|CHA 2

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Mid-Week Update:

 

Well, I just joined the Nerd Fitness Academy!  I'm so happy!!  That being said, I think I may change my exercise routine a bit.  Instead of running 3 times a week and strength training twice, I think I'm going to run twice a week and strength train 3 times a week.  But here's the thing:  I am also going to try to get a 15-20 minute slow jog in on my strength training days.  On the two days a week that I run, one will be specifically for speed and one will be for distance.

 

All my original goals and grading will remain the same for this challenge.

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2013: 6/1/13 - 7/24/13 - 9/15/13 - 11/6/13   2014: 1/5/142/19/14 - 4/9/14 - 6/6/14 - 7/24/14 - 9/11/14 - 11/5/14 

2015: 1/2/15 - 2/20/15 - 4/9/15 - 6/2/15 - 9/10/15 - 10/26/15   2016: 1/1/16 - 2/28/16 - 3/28/16 - 6/6/16 - 9/19/16 - 10/26/16 - 11/26/16   

2017: 1/1/17 - 9/17/17   2018: 1/1/18 - 2/5/18 - 8/13/18 - 11/26/18   2019: 1/7/19   2020: 9/13/20

 

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Week 3 was good, not great.  Near the end of the week, I started feeling not so great and my body needed sleep more than exercise which resulted in me not running as much as I would have liked.  Also, my boyfriend's father came to visit us from out of state, took us out to dinner, and I indulged enough to make me feel a little bit guilty.  Ugh.  But tomorrow starts a new week, and I am going to dominate it.

 

1/2 runs

2/3 strength training

1/10 coffee (though it didn't even come close to hitting the spot like it used to, so that is a win for me!)

6oz remaining for 72% dark chocolate, however - I slipped up and ate a few small pieces of milk chocolate this week

Practiced German and am getting dangerously close to finishing Level 1   :D

 

On a side note, I've really noticed how sensitive I have become to sugar.  Things that I used to LOVE are starting to taste way too sweet, so I've decided to drastically cut back on that stuff (i.e. flavored greek yogurt, Lara Bars, and yes - even milk chocolate).

 

Now; bring on Week 4. 

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2013: 6/1/13 - 7/24/13 - 9/15/13 - 11/6/13   2014: 1/5/142/19/14 - 4/9/14 - 6/6/14 - 7/24/14 - 9/11/14 - 11/5/14 

2015: 1/2/15 - 2/20/15 - 4/9/15 - 6/2/15 - 9/10/15 - 10/26/15   2016: 1/1/16 - 2/28/16 - 3/28/16 - 6/6/16 - 9/19/16 - 10/26/16 - 11/26/16   

2017: 1/1/17 - 9/17/17   2018: 1/1/18 - 2/5/18 - 8/13/18 - 11/26/18   2019: 1/7/19   2020: 9/13/20

 

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I've been so busy over at the Academy, I almost forgot about this 6-week challenge!  I'm still working very hard at my goals, but everything about the way I'm going about it is changing.  I did a mile in just under 10 minutes this week, and I am still enjoying my coffee black and don't even have the urge to add cream and sugar (although I am interested in trying Bulletproof Coffee).  I actually didn't practice German this week - but may still try to do a few lessons this evening.  Planks are the devil and now I discovered side planks - OY!  I had a pretty big slip-up with chocolate as I felt like a possessed woman that needed a brownie ASAP or someone would get hurt.

 

Why does it seem to get a little harder when the weather gets colder?  Ugh.

 

I guess that's it for now.  I'm off.   :onthego: 

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2013: 6/1/13 - 7/24/13 - 9/15/13 - 11/6/13   2014: 1/5/142/19/14 - 4/9/14 - 6/6/14 - 7/24/14 - 9/11/14 - 11/5/14 

2015: 1/2/15 - 2/20/15 - 4/9/15 - 6/2/15 - 9/10/15 - 10/26/15   2016: 1/1/16 - 2/28/16 - 3/28/16 - 6/6/16 - 9/19/16 - 10/26/16 - 11/26/16   

2017: 1/1/17 - 9/17/17   2018: 1/1/18 - 2/5/18 - 8/13/18 - 11/26/18   2019: 1/7/19   2020: 9/13/20

 

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Glad to hear the Academy is working for you, and good job with the sub-10 mile!  How is your approach to things changing?

Thanks!  And as far as the changes, I used to be so focused on running, that I rarely did anything else, but now I am more focused on strength training.    I'm also going to start doing some yoga on "off" days.  I actually haven't been working real hard at my distances because I got so obsessed with my speed.  So I run as fast as I can, but just not as long.  I'm thinking I should have either gone for one or the other as far as running goals:  speed OR distance - not both.  I'll know for the next challenge.  :)

 

My longest distance is 4.400 miles though!  And when I started running, I couldn't go 5 minutes without feeling like I was gonna die.  I'm very pleased with my progress, but know I could probably be doing better.

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2013: 6/1/13 - 7/24/13 - 9/15/13 - 11/6/13   2014: 1/5/142/19/14 - 4/9/14 - 6/6/14 - 7/24/14 - 9/11/14 - 11/5/14 

2015: 1/2/15 - 2/20/15 - 4/9/15 - 6/2/15 - 9/10/15 - 10/26/15   2016: 1/1/16 - 2/28/16 - 3/28/16 - 6/6/16 - 9/19/16 - 10/26/16 - 11/26/16   

2017: 1/1/17 - 9/17/17   2018: 1/1/18 - 2/5/18 - 8/13/18 - 11/26/18   2019: 1/7/19   2020: 9/13/20

 

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CHALLENGE WRAP UP
Current Stats:
Fastest Mile = 9'56"
Fastest 5k = 33'25"
Longest Distance = 4.40 miles
 
GRADES
1.  Speed Goal:  Grade = C (Goal was to run a mile in 9 minutes.  My fastest mile was 9'56".)

2.  Distance Goal:  Grade = B- (Goal was to run 5 miles without stoping.  My longest distance was 4.40 miles.) 

3.  Plank Goal:  Grade = B- (Goal was to do a 60 second plank.  My longest plank was 40 seconds, but I did do a set of three of those.)

4.  Curb my vices: Grade = A-

- I only drank 2 cups of coffee with cream and sugar and dumped about half of each cup down the drain because I didn't like it anymore.  I now only drink Bulletproof coffee about 2 times a week OR I just drink it black if I feel like I need it.  GO ME!!  

- I only consumed just a tiny bit more than 6 oz of my 72% dark chocolate, but did indulge in a few pieces of milk chocolate; thus the reason for the minus in my "A" grade.

5. Life Quest Goal:  Grade = BIG FAT FAIL!  (Goal was to complete Level 1 of Rosetta Stone - German.)

 

I've learned that if I make my goals too specific, I don't have as much fun with it.  I really started to dread running at all, and veered back towards yoga for activity.  To be honest, I didn't enjoy this challenge nearly as much as the first two I completed.  On the bright side, I've taken much better control of my diet.  I'm eating more Paleo/Primal than ever before.  I do know that I need to get some casual/leisurely running back into my days because I'm starting to feel the effects of not doing so in my overall mood.  I guess I just need to find a happy medium.

 

Thanks, Scouts, for letting me hang out with you for this challenge.  :)        

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2013: 6/1/13 - 7/24/13 - 9/15/13 - 11/6/13   2014: 1/5/142/19/14 - 4/9/14 - 6/6/14 - 7/24/14 - 9/11/14 - 11/5/14 

2015: 1/2/15 - 2/20/15 - 4/9/15 - 6/2/15 - 9/10/15 - 10/26/15   2016: 1/1/16 - 2/28/16 - 3/28/16 - 6/6/16 - 9/19/16 - 10/26/16 - 11/26/16   

2017: 1/1/17 - 9/17/17   2018: 1/1/18 - 2/5/18 - 8/13/18 - 11/26/18   2019: 1/7/19   2020: 9/13/20

 

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