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Okay, I'm starting a little late. I didn't realise a new challenge had started! I blame this on falling ill at the end of the last one - it's thrown me out completely.

 

Anyway! I'm Andrew, I'm a runner and I'm looking to develop in some new directions too. Last challenge I decided to stop bothering with the RPG side of stats and so on, and that worked so well for me that I'm doing the same again. Rather than levelling up a fictional avatar, I'd rather level up in reality.

 

1. Faster, Longer, Harder... Running

 

Yesterday evening, day 1 of this challenge (though I knew it not) was my first 5km run in three weeks. I expected my time off with a bad cough would weaken my efforts. I was utterly astonished to find I ran 5km at 8:34 min/mile - a personal record! Clearly it's time I started pushing a little harder.

 

Aim - to extend my Monday runs to 8km. All I need to do is add on half a kilometre every week. Speed be damned here - I can work on that later.

 

2. Exercises!

 

In my last challenge, I made a regular habit of a Level 1 core workout from the Rebel Running Guide. Twice a week, every week. I carried on doing this until I fell ill, at which point it would have been a bad idea to continue, but until that point I was starting to find it too easy. So I'm going to move up a gear.

 

Aim - Level 2 workouts, twice a week:


1) Body Weight Squats - 15 repetitions

2) Plank - Hold for 60 seconds

3) Hip Bridge With Marching - Hold for 30 seconds

4) Side Plank - Hold each side for 60 seconds

5) One-Leg Bridge Thrusts - 10 repetitions each leg

6) Push Ups (or on Knees) - 15 repetitions

7) Leg Extensions - 20 repetitions each leg

8) Lunge Variations - 3 repetitions per leg, per variation (5 variations, so 15 reps per leg total)

-Front Lunge (3 per leg)

-Front Lunge with Twist (3 per leg)

-Side Lunge (3 per leg)

-Diagonal Back Lunge (3 per leg)

-Back Lunge (3 per leg)

9) Superman Stretch - 20 repetitions

 

3. Fruit!

 

A rather successful food-based challenge goal last time saw me saving money by making my own lunches. I continue to do this, though not as often - and I think it's time I improved my diet in other ways. I struggle to eat enough fruit. There is no reason for this.

 

Aim - to eat a piece of fruit (preferably fresh) every day. Just one. Yesterday's avocado counts. :-)

 

4. Business Pursuits

 

For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed about starting my own online business. I've recently made a big commitment to this - I've signed up to one of Ramit Sethi's courses. This is an expensive decision, but I have enough in savings to afford it - and if I can make it work, I should recoup any loss. Hopefully many times over! Since I'm doing this anyway it feels like a bit of a cheat to include it as a goal - but it's going to impact on my available time, and I want the extra spur to do something about it.

 

Aim - to work on this every day (even if just for half an hour; even if just watching the videos).

 

Amongst all this, I have a final batch of short story competition entries to read. :-) I like to be busy!

What happens when you play Final Fantasy VII with everyone called Cloud?

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So what's the business idea? Or is it a secret?

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Better late than never Arti, welcome back!

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Where the fear has gone there will be nothing......Only I will remain."
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Exercises today. Getting some quality sleep last night has helped - yesterday I was seriously struggling. I did not manage the full blast - I called off the last two push-ups as my head was starting to fuzz at 13. And side planks are evil. I also hate those Superman Stretches, and I only managed ten of those before surrendering. But still - this is my first exercise routine in a little while, and I've levelled up on the previous challenge's routine. It might be a little while before I'm fully up to speed.

 

Passion fruit today (and yesterday) for fruity things. They are rather nice, but a bit of work to get into.

 

Still need to get on with Ramit stuff - and story reading! Which to do first...?

What happens when you play Final Fantasy VII with everyone called Cloud?

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Running group today - it was not a particularly good session for me. I am still sore from my core workout yesterday!

I must try to space these things out more.

 

This evening has been dreadful. Scrabble brought home a live mouse during the day, and while attempting to remove it she managed to pull the lamp off my bedside table. Smash! Glass shards everywhere. Mouse escapes in the confusion while I struggle to check Scrabble's paws are okay and shut her in another room while I clear up the debris. Finally found and caught the mouse about an hour ago.

 

No business stuff done to speak of. I'm utterly shattered tonight and looking forward to a nice long rest.

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Your goals look great. Simple, but well-reasoned and ambitious. Especially the business goal is unique and will be exciting to watch!

That routine looks killer! I started the BBWW this challenge pretty sure I would be all beast mode on it... That was not the case, lol. Needless to say I have endless awe in you taking on that monster list!

Good luck!

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Ah yes. I remember first encountering the beginner bodyweight workout and being aghast that I was supposed to do three full circuits. I could barely manage one at the start! This workout was a little bit much my first time out, but I'll dominate it next time.

 

Today has been restful. I've read through some short stories for the writing group contest, and I had a banana for my fruit intake. It could have been riper but it was okay. Most importantly, I've been working on the business course by learning something that had me baffled - how to post on Reddit. I still don't like that site very much, but I'm learning how to approach it. I also watched a case study and I've been thinking seriously about my blog. Another post is due in a few days, and I'm wondering if I should bother. This blog is not working out. I'm contemplating scrapping it and starting a new adventure. Hey, I've learned a ton from the experience. Blog #2 will be better for it.

What happens when you play Final Fantasy VII with everyone called Cloud?

It gets quite confusing... https://ff7crowdofclouds.wordpress.com/

 

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Aim - to eat a piece of fruit (preferably fresh) every day. Just one. Yesterday's avocado counts. :-)

 

In a strictly botanical sense, avocado is a fruit. As are peppers, cucumber, peapods, and of course tomatoes. Anything with seeds in the bit that you eat. (It's a conspiracy, I tell you! There's a lot more fruit out there than people think, hiding, awaiting its time...)

 

Silliness aside, good work and good luck on the attention to diet!

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I'm due another banana today. I may do that next.

 

Just finished the workout. ALL OF IT. I did break the Superman Stretches up into two sets of ten, though, with a pause to recover in the middle. And those side planks really make my shoulders ache.

 

A little quiet on the business side today. I will make up for this later.

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It gets quite confusing... https://ff7crowdofclouds.wordpress.com/

 

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Yesterday featured dried mango slices. I had the banana today.

I'm still working on the course materials. I have a few ideas to do with writing, but I'm not sure how to market them yet. I'm getting stuck on the part I've always been stuck on. Typical.

 

Today we've been out to a cavern and a pretty town. Much walking was involved. So was cake, but we won't dwell on that.

 

Looking forward to a run tomorrow. I'm going to push for 6km by adding a recovery between two sets of 3km.

What happens when you play Final Fantasy VII with everyone called Cloud?

It gets quite confusing... https://ff7crowdofclouds.wordpress.com/

 

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Looking forward to a run tomorrow. I'm going to push for 6km by adding a recovery between two sets of 3km.

You can do it. It's even nice weather (well it is here) and on a bank holiday too!

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I have bananas left, but today was an apple day. I can't live on just bananas.

 

Just got back from a run. I've made a step towards upping my game here - this run was for SIX kilometres. I've broken it into two sets of 3km with a five minute walk in the middle to recover. In some ways, this seemed to be harder. I think I just went too fast - I discovered on my return home that my pace for the first 3km was 8:21 min/mile. This is... astonishingly fast. My last 5km pace was 8:34, and that was a new record. Session 2 I struggled with more, but I still came in with a rate of 8:47 min/mile (an average, therefore, of about 8:34... fancy that!).

 

Knackered now. Just typing this up before I go for a shower.

 

In other challenge related news, I've been looking at business related things. I've been having second thoughts about my idea, so I've gone through the idea generating process again. This time went faster and better - instead of two ideas to explore, I now have seven! A more compelling idea has already come to mind and I'm going to research demand for products in that line - social skills and confidence, rather than creative writing.

 

Right - shower time!

What happens when you play Final Fantasy VII with everyone called Cloud?

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Yeah, leveling up. So... Pushing on to 10k in this challenge? You know you can do it!

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Today has been a day off for exercise. A banana has been consumed for the fruit aspect.

Business stuff has seen me researching a new avenue for products - I'm looking into the possibility of something to help gain social skills and confidence in talking to people. This is something I certainly used to struggle with!

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A new kind of cocktail?

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why was I not already subbed?  O_o

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and a specialist in self-kintsukuroi.

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why was I not already subbed?  O_o

 

Too busy?

 

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Just finished my exercises for today. I didn't want to do them. I did them anyway.

I have now FINISHED reading through all the stories for the writing group. Must finish writing my own!

 

Business stuff still to do today. We've been out today and I've spent a lot of time working on finishing off those stories. Now I'm free to get on. Except I'll be at work tomorrow. Blargh. Time off never lasts long enough.

What happens when you play Final Fantasy VII with everyone called Cloud?

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Raisins were today's fruit. Not ideal but I was a bit harried.

No running group at work this week, which is probably for the best as I was caught up in a database upgrade all day. I'm planning to do some sprints tomorrow instead.

 

This evening was writing group, so I've not had time for business stuff. I will make up for it this weekend.

What happens when you play Final Fantasy VII with everyone called Cloud?

It gets quite confusing... https://ff7crowdofclouds.wordpress.com/

 

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Raisins were today's fruit. Not ideal but I was a bit harried.

And what's the fruit situation currantly? *groan*

Are you a DBA then? I didn't realise this.

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Challenges: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 #19 #20 #21 #22 #23 #24 #25

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