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So I was thinking about a 6 million dollar man thread title but then thought it was a little pretentious so went instead for Bob the Builder

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He's not as cool as the 6 million dollar man but neither am I. After the previous challenge I definitely need some fixing.

I want to run and i want to run longer distances than I ever have before but I am currently at a point where I am walking without a limp for the first time in about 2 1/2 weeks so I need to start from scratch and get myself right this time.

 

1. Stretch and Roll

When I went to the Osteopath last week she asked if I ever stretched. I laughed and said no and she said good I wanted to see if you were going to lie! She told me that I need to do a lot of foam rolling. This isn't even related to the injury I went to see her about but apparently my legs are knotted up enough that she saw great mirth in the idea that I might "keep on running." It was a pretty good reality check so I propose that I stretch/roll for 10 minutes minimum 5 days per week. I need to do some research to establish what to focus on but I was able to find stretches for the ligament in my ankle once I knew what the injury was so general running leg and back stretches should be a piece of cake to source.

 

2. Just add Veggies

I don't hide from vegetables and have been going crazy for brussel sprouts over the past month but tonight I made a vegetarian dish that was amazing (photos to follow). It made me realise that I rely on meat far too much to flesh (snigger) out a meal. So I intend to incorporate at least 1 new vegetarian meal into our diet every week.

 

3. Early Riser

I have challenged myself over several challenges to get to bed earlier. About the best I have done is a 50% success rate so far. I pondered how to do this in a different way and came up with the idea of getting up earlier in the morning. Then I'm not focusing on lights out to just beat the clock I am making my decision to go to bed earlier based on the fact that I am getting up earlier. So the ranking for this will be based on getting out of bed at 6:30 or earlier 5 times per week.

 

4. Target Weight Loss

I have lost a lot of weight over the past 2 years but I have hit a plateau over the past 3 months for reasons that are more mental than physical. Mentally I am in a period of great stability so I want to take advantage of that and try to avoid a lot of emotional eating and a heavy reliance on chocolate to finish my day. By the end of the challenge I want to hit 85.0kg. I am currently around 88kg depending on which part of the week we are in and my goal is somewhere between 80kg and 83kg so this is a good stepping stone to aim for.

 

5. Train like an Athlete

I need to create a program that goes beyond stretching and rolling. I need a focus on strength training and running. I wont allow myself to run for another 2 weeks, at least, so in the interim I want to work on strength for running. Following on from that I want to continue with strength training as well as incorporating a planned and measured schedule for running. I really want to run either the 10km or Half in the Melbourne Marathon in October but I am not sure that I will be ready in time. This task is as much mental as it is physical. I need to acquire patience and wisdom in order to get on track, stay on track and not injure myself again. I will figure out the parameters for the successful completion of this task over the next few days.

 

5 tasks within a challenge seems like a lot but they are all related to at least one other aspect so I definitely don't think I am spreading myself to thin. 

 

Prepare to be foodporned by what I have spent my weekend making

 

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I think we all could use a little fixin'.

 

2. Just add Veggies

I don't hide from vegetables and have been going crazy for brussel sprouts over the past month but tonight I made a vegetarian dish that was amazing (photos to follow). It made me realise that I rely on meat far too much to flesh (snigger) out a meal. So I intend to incorporate at least 1 new vegetarian meal into our diet every week.

 

Hehe, I like your "flesh" pun.

 

I need to seriously think about adding vegetables to my diet too. Or rather, replacing things with vegetables.

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*drool drool*

 

Also, since when is the six million dollar man pretentious? Mind you, I've only seen the TV series. Was it based on a series of novels called "L'Homme Soixante Millions Francs" by Marcel Proust?

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I approve of adding veggies, I'm thinking that may be a goal in my future as well.

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*drool drool*

 

Also, since when is the six million dollar man pretentious? Mind you, I've only seen the TV series. Was it based on a series of novels called "L'Homme Soixante Millions Francs" by Marcel Proust?

More a case of me comparing myself to the legend of Lee Majors being pretentious

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More a case of me comparing myself to the legend of Lee Majors being pretentious

I think all you have to do is go "a-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha" in a mechanical voice when you pick things up. That's how we tried to convince each other we were bionic back in the day.

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I got up at 6:48 (2 snooze button hits), I watched a couple of YouTube foam rolling videos and learnt some basics, while a 2 year old was climbing all over me and I made an appointment with an Osteopath for next Monday so that we can devise a plan for me as well as making an appointment to see someone at the gym to devise a strengthening program for me. It's been a big day1!

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Wowie!!!

 

5 goals, that's hardcore, Matt. Way to kick into gear.

 

Question about the 10k/half in October: are you motivated to get 'better' with a race coming up or motivated to 'get in the race'? I'm curious if it will be difficult or not deciding how much to push and how much to rest with a race looming. Mind you I've never had a race looming so I may be out of my depth here. But I wanted you to be aware of the internal pressures in that goal so you don't get injured, at all!!!!

 

Go get 'em, Tiger!!

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So. Much. Food.

 

I admit, I'm all about the chicken parmagiana, but eggplant might make an acceptable substitute :P It's not my favourite veggies, but drown anything in enough marinara and cheese and well... I do look forward to seeing what else comes of this goal though!

 

Best of luck with the rolling and the rehabbing and what not. I'm sure it will all be worth the pain in the end!

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Wowie!!!

 

5 goals, that's hardcore, Matt. Way to kick into gear.

 

Question about the 10k/half in October: are you motivated to get 'better' with a race coming up or motivated to 'get in the race'? I'm curious if it will be difficult or not deciding how much to push and how much to rest with a race looming. Mind you I've never had a race looming so I may be out of my depth here. But I wanted you to be aware of the internal pressures in that goal so you don't get injured, at all!!!!

 

Go get 'em, Tiger!!

 

Yes you're right about me needing to make sure that my focus is on recovery and then resuming training and then hoping that my training allows me to run the race. I have the race as something that may occur based on everything else falling into place rather than trying to force myself to be ready for the race. That's a very different mindset for me usually I would be trying to force my body to be ready by the deadline but I can see the folly in that.  

 

Yessss. Food!

 

What strength for running will you be doing?

 

I am not 100% sure because it's not something I have any idea about. I will see what the osteo says and see what the guy/girl at the gym suggest and then take it from there. I assume that I need greater core strength/stability as well as some work through my shoulders which have troubled me previously.

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So. Much. Food.

 

I admit, I'm all about the chicken parmagiana, but eggplant might make an acceptable substitute :tongue: It's not my favourite veggies, but drown anything in enough marinara and cheese and well... I do look forward to seeing what else comes of this goal though!

 

Best of luck with the rolling and the rehabbing and what not. I'm sure it will all be worth the pain in the end!

I had never had eggplant before so I was skeptical but after tasting the sauce I was confident enough to take the whole dish around to my parents place for dinner on Sunday night and everyone loved it. My Dad said "So you're telling me there's no meat in this?" That's how good it tasted!

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So 4 days in and i'm happy.

 

I have had a 6.37, 6.33 and 2x6.30 starts this week.

 

I have foam rolled for about 10-15 minutes each morning. I am still getting the hang of it but after reading extensively I think i am going about it the right way. I'm also utilising this time to do my resistance band stretches for my shoulders. It's nice to do some physical activity prior to work.

 

I am walking pain free and limp free. That took more than 2 weeks to resolve itself so it's not an issue I want to rush back into. I have my appointment at the gym tomorrow night. I know that I should be positive about it but I fear just getting someone who has done a 10 week PT course who will tell me to do 15 minutes cardio then 30 minutes of random nautilus weights and then 15 minutes of cardio. I am going to tell them exactly what I am looking for in terms of benefit from the "program" and might be a little argumentative if I feel i am just getting the stock standard workout that everyone gets.

 

I'm itching to go running again but haven't gone down that path. I'm trying to sate myself by reading another running book which is good but not really doing the trick. Oh and I found a very cool running podcast that I listen to most days which I'm really enjoying.

 

I've done my 2 fasts for the week so my weight is at it's shallowest for the week and I need to be mindful of that over the weekend so that I don't gain it all back.

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