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I have had a couple of weak challenges in a row, and I was unsure if I was even going to participate this challenge.  I decided that at least part of my lack of motivation was not having something to train towards. So, I have signed up for a Half Marathon on 20 September in addition to a Warrior Dash on 4 October.

 

I have done my best when I had a clear, inspirational mission.  But I met my weight loss goal in February (and since then have gained it all back, but that is a different story), and had to cancel my earlier half marathon race plans because of scheduling conflicts, and have since then simply slipped into a state of dreary *bleck*.  I am taking up some new hobbies, but that hasn't yet managed to motivate me to stay active throughout the week.

 

So, new mission: Half Marathon on 20 September. 

 

"Finish or Die Trying" (preferably the former).

 

Current goals:

 

Fitness:

1. Train according to my plan based on this PDF.  Three runs per week.

 

2. Walk or run a total of 21 miles per week, trying to get in at least 3 miles per day.  Track with the pedometer on my phone.  I have done this before and tracked a walk from Bag End to Rivendell to the Lonely Mountain.  It helped to get me moving throughout the day.

 

3. No less than twice per week, crosstrain using bodyweight routines like these by Neila Ray.

 

I will check in at least a few times per week.  I have a two week trip to visit family out of state in the middle, with lots of driving, but I will try to keep up.

 

I like to post on other people's threads, especially if I think that I can help with motivation, but I get anxious in crowds so if there are already fifteen people posting comments then I might just "stalk" there instead.

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Glad to see you back! I like Neila Ray too. Next challenge it might be fun to start a pvp with one of the challenges or programs.

 

I have never done a PVP.  Sounds like it might be fun.

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Hi Erick! I'm so glad you've decided to do another challenge with us. A half marathon is an awesome motivation ... I agree, I hope you don't have to take the "die trying" route! :tongue:

 

Hi yourself!  I hope to keep up the motivation all summer.  And dying is the last thing I want to do.

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Achievements: (20 Sep 2014) Completed first half marathon *** (17 Feb 2014) Finished mission to bring body fat from over 25% to under 12% over six months (trying to repeat that now)

 

 

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Good luck with your goals!

 

Thanks.  You too!

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Achievements: (20 Sep 2014) Completed first half marathon *** (17 Feb 2014) Finished mission to bring body fat from over 25% to under 12% over six months (trying to repeat that now)

 

 

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Stalking you.

 

Good luck on the half marathon, it is a great goal to have.

 

I'm glad to have you around.  I hope I can come through on the goals this time at all like you have been doing.

Current Challenge: (Feb-Mar 21) Step by Step

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Past groups: The Wild Hunt 6 *** The Serenity Crew *** The Wild Hunt 5 *** The Wild Hunt 4 *** The Wild Hunt 3 *** The Wild Hunt 2 *** The Wild Hunt 1 *** Browncoats

Achievements: (20 Sep 2014) Completed first half marathon *** (17 Feb 2014) Finished mission to bring body fat from over 25% to under 12% over six months (trying to repeat that now)

 

 

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Yay! Welcome back! I was just wondering where I was going to have to track you down this time! :playful:

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It sounds like you'll be busy - there are some pretty excellent goals here and the table of running dates will be a big help in staying on track. I've added your races to the scout calendar. Hope that's OK.

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Half marathons are my favorite race distance. Glad to see you back.

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Where the fear has gone there will be nothing......Only I will remain."
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Yay! Welcome back! I was just wondering where I was going to have to track you down this time! :playful:

 

Thank you.  I feel welcome. 

 

It sounds like you'll be busy - there are some pretty excellent goals here and the table of running dates will be a big help in staying on track. I've added your races to the scout calendar. Hope that's OK.

 

Thanks for keeping track of me.  I can barely keep track of myself.

 

Half marathons are my favorite race distance. Glad to see you back.

 

I wish I could say the same.  After I finish one I will let you know.  Thanks for the welcome.

 

your signature alone is impressive and motivating, dude! :)

 

best of luck with your goals!!!

 

Thank you.

 

Awesome new motivation! Very exciting :D  Can't wait to see your progress.

 

You and me both.

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Past groups: The Wild Hunt 6 *** The Serenity Crew *** The Wild Hunt 5 *** The Wild Hunt 4 *** The Wild Hunt 3 *** The Wild Hunt 2 *** The Wild Hunt 1 *** Browncoats

Achievements: (20 Sep 2014) Completed first half marathon *** (17 Feb 2014) Finished mission to bring body fat from over 25% to under 12% over six months (trying to repeat that now)

 

 

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Ran in a 5K fundraiser this morning before work.  People who were tracking with GPS said that the route was short of the full distance, and everyone who ran was 30 seconds or more faster than their personal records. 

 

I was running with a young woman in my office who has completed ten half marathons, and I kept up the whole time.  (Had it not been for her, I would have stopped to walk at least once.)  Finished in 22:48, more than five minutes faster than my own PR. 

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(2012) 1st (Scout) 2nd (Scout) *** (2013) 3rd (Warrior) 4th (Warrior) 5th (Warrior) 6th (Assassin) ***

(2014) 7th (Ranger) 8th (Scout) 9th (Monk) 10th (Scout) *** (2015) 11th (Ranger) 12th (Ranger) 13th (Ranger) 14th (Ranger) 15th (Scout) 16th (Scout) *** (2016) 17th (Ranger) 18th (Scout) 19th (Scout) 20th (Rebel)

(2021) 21st (Adventurer)

Past groups: The Wild Hunt 6 *** The Serenity Crew *** The Wild Hunt 5 *** The Wild Hunt 4 *** The Wild Hunt 3 *** The Wild Hunt 2 *** The Wild Hunt 1 *** Browncoats

Achievements: (20 Sep 2014) Completed first half marathon *** (17 Feb 2014) Finished mission to bring body fat from over 25% to under 12% over six months (trying to repeat that now)

 

 

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You were faster relative to your PR than others were to theirs, so although you're right, the course was probably crap, it sounds like you went well above your normal baseline performance. A glimpse of what you're capable of with the right pacer...?

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Wowza! Even if the course was a half minute short, that's impressive.

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You were faster relative to your PR than others were to theirs, so although you're right, the course was probably crap, it sounds like you went well above your normal baseline performance. A glimpse of what you're capable of with the right pacer...?

 

I am 39, running with an attractive younger co-worker who is not my wife.  The opportunities for nearly comical over-exertion to avoid embarrasment in front of a girl were limitless. 

 

I am lucky I am still alive.

 

Wowza! Even if the course was a half minute short, that's impressive.

 

Thank you.  Only slightly sore the next day.

 

Awesome run, even with dubious course marking, plus great job getting out there and running hard!

 

I learned that with the right motivation I can do great things.  I am thinking about using a pack of wolves next time.

 

That's a great, scorching fast time, even if the course was a FEW minutes short! It sounds like the real win is that you pushed yourself, though. Way to go!

 

Thanks.

 

Awesome job!

 

Thank you. 

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Current Challenge: (Feb-Mar 21) Step by Step

My Epic Quest Character Sheet  *** Old Challenges and Links hidden below

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My Old Battle Log

(2012) 1st (Scout) 2nd (Scout) *** (2013) 3rd (Warrior) 4th (Warrior) 5th (Warrior) 6th (Assassin) ***

(2014) 7th (Ranger) 8th (Scout) 9th (Monk) 10th (Scout) *** (2015) 11th (Ranger) 12th (Ranger) 13th (Ranger) 14th (Ranger) 15th (Scout) 16th (Scout) *** (2016) 17th (Ranger) 18th (Scout) 19th (Scout) 20th (Rebel)

(2021) 21st (Adventurer)

Past groups: The Wild Hunt 6 *** The Serenity Crew *** The Wild Hunt 5 *** The Wild Hunt 4 *** The Wild Hunt 3 *** The Wild Hunt 2 *** The Wild Hunt 1 *** Browncoats

Achievements: (20 Sep 2014) Completed first half marathon *** (17 Feb 2014) Finished mission to bring body fat from over 25% to under 12% over six months (trying to repeat that now)

 

 

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Ran in a 5K fundraiser this morning before work.  People who were tracking with GPS said that the route was short of the full distance, and everyone who ran was 30 seconds or more faster than their personal records. 

 

I was running with a young woman in my office who has completed ten half marathons, and I kept up the whole time.  (Had it not been for her, I would have stopped to walk at least once.)  Finished in 22:48, more than five minutes faster than my own PR. 

Even with an extra 30sec, that's a nice time you've got there

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I am 39, running with an attractive younger co-worker who is not my wife.

All this needs is for yakety sax to be playing on the PA to make this scene complete.
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