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Tateman’s 10th: Running my way into the Scouts!

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Well hello there Scout people!  :D  I figured it was time for a change of scenery.  So here I am join up with the Scouts for my 10th challenge here at Nerd Fitness.

 

My main quest and motivation:

 

The quest is always to be a faster, stronger, and healthier version of myself.  Previous challenges it was more a focus on losing the weight.  That goal is still there, but this challenge I am not going to focus on it.  I want the weight loss to be a side effect of the hard work I am putting in.

 

Also as I become healthier, I have a much better chance to get off the diabetes medicine I am currently on.  I am have a doctor visit scheduled on October 3rd, with blood work to be done a few days before hand.  Here is hoping we can discuss me getting off the pills! :)

 

I also want to make sure I am around for my kids.  I turn 41 in November.  I’d like to have another 41 years here at least ;)  And yes, I have used these gifs before in my previous Run Fatboy Run challenge.

 

Goal #1:  Get Faster!

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This first goal is to improve my areas of cardio.  First is to get a faster 5k time, and second is to get moving back to 10,000 steps per day.  

 

To help in this, I plan on running every other day.  First two runs each week are fartlek style, with the third run being for distance.  First distance I will start at will be 3 miles, then increasing that every couple of distance runs.  Example 3, 3, 3.25, 3.25, 3.5, and 3.5.  I will adjust if needed.  Each 7th run will be 5k evaluation run.  Hopefully on the finally evaluation day, my 5k time should be improved some.  

 

I also want to slowly build up my walking as well.  By the end of the challenge, I should be back at it 10k per day.  

 

As a little side bonus, I want to beat my previous Fitbit steps PR of 19,091 steps in one day.  So final day of the challenge I want to do my run, and walk multiple times during the day.  

 

I made a spreadsheet calendar here to show it all https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10nQe6Bxis57nZ7F5Qk2h7OYwIZ9e0MuMewP0h5eAex4/edit?usp=sharing

15181636846_919acd0556_c.jpgscoutss by Will Tate, on Flickr

 

Goal #2:  Get Stronger - Workout time!

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This goal I always think I will do well in, yet I seem to keep losing motivation to do bodyweight workouts.  I know I need to build up strength in many areas.  I want to get much stronger.  I want to be able to get the Trifecta badge next year for doing all 3 Spartan race distances.  I’ve done 2 Spartan Sprints in the past.  It almost seems impossible to do the other distances, but this is stuff I am working towards.  So this goal is designed to get me into 3x a week workouts again.  My days will be set.  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  I don’t want to give myself any wiggle room, because I know I will delay workouts if I do.  

 

My ultimate workout would be for me to start doing something like Stronglifts.  Getting to the gym to do more then walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes.  

 

Overall, I want to leave this pretty open to change.  I think to start off, I will pick a BW workout each week from http://neilarey.com.  I have been also thinking of adding in a few things at home that i have done at Spartan races to help get me more prepared for them also.  Like slam balls, a big weighted rope for jump ropes, maybe a plyo box etc.  This way I hope to keep things fresh for me.

 

Added bonus will be for me to muster up the courage and just go lift some weights at the gym.

 

Goal #3:  Get Healthier - Food and Exercise Tracking

 

I had success with this last challenge, and want to continue it here.  Last challenge I did some in my battle log, and some at MyFitnessPal.com.  This challenge I will focus adding everything to MyFitnessPal.

 

I’ve done Whole 30 eating in the past, and this last challenge I did eat fairly good.  Still had a few “unhealthier†foods, but with keeping track of it in myfitnesspal, I kept servings small, and pretty much stayed in my general calorie goal.  

 

Sidequest:

 

Goal #4:  Compete in all the side challenges

 

I never made a character for myself to add in points, so those don’t motivate me to do side challenges.  Since I am new here to the Scout guild, I figure what better way to get out there and participate with the group ;)

 

The Scouts Will Avenge The Mini-Challenge

 

Week 1:  7 days of flossing! Done! 7 out of 7!

Week 2:  Anger management done ;)

Week 3:

Week 4:

Week 5:

Week 6:

 

Life goal:

 

Goal #5:  Finish the edx.org Introduction to Linux course!

 

Not a fitness goal by any meals, but I started taking a self pace Linux class online.  Well, I've been a bit of a slacker on this.  My goal is to finish it this challenge.  I am currently on chapter 3 of 18, plus the final exam.  Ideally, I would like to get some done each day.  The goal is to finish this by or before challenge ends.  Of course passing grade would be acceptable too ;)

 

Grading:

Going with a point style system for grading.  It will be points per event. I'm not going to grade the side quests.  They are more or less pass/fail. 

 

Week 1 (9/15 - 9/21)
Goal #1 -  0/6 (walking and running, rest day will not be counted)
Goal #2 -  0/3 (3 workouts on the week)
Goal #3 -  0/7 (food and exercise tracking each day)
 
Measurements:
 

09/15/14 - Date - 10/27/14

 

14.96 in - L. Bicep -

14.64 in - R. Bicep -

12.04 in - L. Forearm -

12.08 in - R. Forearm -

47.63 in - Chest - 

50.66 in - Waist -

17.32 in - Neck -

25.78 in - L. Thigh -

25.27 in - R. Thigh -

18.62 in - L. Calf - 

17.71 in - R. Calf - 

261.3 lbs - Weight -

 

Height is 5 ft 9 in

 
Weekly Summary:
Week 3 - 
Week 4 - 
Week 5 - 
Week 6 - 
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Cool goals! Three look very familiar to me... ;)

Good luck with your challenge! Linux course looks fascinating.

:D  Thanks.  I have installed Ubuntu and Linux Mint in the past.  Back in my IT days I messed with Linux a very little bit.  So I figured a good course would help me get into it more then I have in the past.

 

I'm glad you have a spreadsheet, that running but was getting confusing. Welcome and good luck!

Yeah, it was a little hard to describe.  It is based sort of off a challenge I did awhile back.  I focused on 14 days at a time.  So I would do something every other day, then have an evaluation day setup.  Then I could restart the process for the next two weeks.  

 

Welcome to the Scouts, and best of luck to you!!

Thank you :)  I hope to have as much fun here as I did in the Adventurers ;)

 

Ahoy, Ambassador buddy! Fancy seeing you here! Welcome to Scouts, good luck :)

Howdy, howdy, howdy! :D  I figured I would spread my wings a bit finally haha.

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10,000 steps is roughly about 5 miles and it is the number that many health institutions and stuff say is the ideal generally for everyone to get a day to improve their overall health.

It sounds like a huge amount but isn't as bad once you get into the swing.

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linux, unix, fedora, centos, and redhat are all names I'm familiar with - WildRoss is a RedHat SA - and has set up linux in various company settings over the course of his career - maybe i should look into your class.

And, while I left Adventurers for one challenge to be a Scout - I found out I didn't have what it took at that time - but you, my dear Tate - have proven yourself!

You will rock this challenge! subbed, of course!

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Hurray, don't forget about us with your new scout buddies (not like you could, mwahahahahaa)

Good luck your with your challenge and all that goodness!

I could never forget about you guys :)

 

Welcome to the Scouts. I also decided to hang my hat here for this challenge!

 

Thanks, and welcome over here too :)

I was just reading goal 1 more closely, and I wonder if 10,000 steps a day is kind of ambitious. How did you come up with this number?

Pretty much this:

 

10,000 steps is roughly about 5 miles and it is the number that many health institutions and stuff say is the ideal generally for everyone to get a day to improve their overall health.

It sounds like a huge amount but isn't as bad once you get into the swing.

My doctor a long while back was wanting me to get to 10,000 steps per day as well.  I have done it in the past.  I was bad with doing nothing all day, then trying to get in all the steps at once.  So while the goal is to get back 10k, the real trick is for me to move more often.

 

it can also add up quite quickly throughout the day. especially if you are one who goes for walks or a run during a day!

Yup, the real trick is going out multiple times vs all one big walk.  My usual 3 mile ish walk really isn't too bad.  So My initial plan is set to get me use to going out for a walk twice a day.  I can do a quick 1-2 mile walk with my kid.  Then eventually I add in my 3 mile walk to hit 10k easy enough.  Even better on days when I bowl and such :D

 

Well, hello again!  Great goals. I can't wait to see what you do with this one!

Thanks :)

 

linux, unix, fedora, centos, and redhat are all names I'm familiar with - WildRoss is a RedHat SA - and has set up linux in various company settings over the course of his career - maybe i should look into your class.

And, while I left Adventurers for one challenge to be a Scout - I found out I didn't have what it took at that time - but you, my dear Tate - have proven yourself!

You will rock this challenge! subbed, of course!

Sent from my SM-P900 using Tapatalk

Yup, lots of flavors of Linux out there.  I have been out of work since 2010.  I became the Stay at home Dad once we found out we were having another kid.  That plus we were actually able to make ends meet with just the income from my wife.  Things are still a little tight now.  15 year old, and a 3 year old.  Eventually though, the little one will be getting into school.  Plus, I want too many expensive things ;)  So I need to get back out there and get a job.  I'd like to really do something I enjoy, and hopefully get paid decent haha.  So getting use to Linux is a step in that direction.  I also want to learn the ways of the Macs.

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Looks like I will be facing a challenge this first weekend!  On Saturday the 20th, I will be bowling in a tournament in Reno, NV.  Of course, i also have a 3 mile run scheduled on this day.  I'll be staying at Circus Circus hotel.  They have a fitness center, but I am not sure how good it will be.  Plus, I have never run on a treadmill before.  I've only walked on them.  So I think my options are to either run on the treadmill, or figure out an area that I can run at.  Maybe up on the top of the parking garage would work.

 

I'll figure it out one way or another :)

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Looks like I will be facing a challenge this first weekend!  On Saturday the 20th, I will be bowling in a tournament in Reno, NV.  Of course, i also have a 3 mile run scheduled on this day.  I'll be staying at Circus Circus hotel.  They have a fitness center, but I am not sure how good it will be.  Plus, I have never run on a treadmill before.  I've only walked on them.  So I think my options are to either run on the treadmill, or figure out an area that I can run at.  Maybe up on the top of the parking garage would work.

 

I'll figure it out one way or another :)

 

Good luck in your tournament! That's pretty exciting. :) As for your run, maybe go look at Google Maps for a good area to run? All else fails, the treadmill is... well, they exist for a reason, but I'd make sure you can find something super entertaining because while I find treadmills physically easier (I can run faster on a treadmill because less obstruction, turns, hills, etc.), they're mentally so much harder (wherein a five minute run can feel like 5 hours). But that's my opinion anyhow. I know you'll figure out something. :) 

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Treadmill dun dun dun!!!

Hmm, I wonder how many steps I take a day.

Yeah, I might just end up on the treadmill.  I got a FitBit one at the beginning of my first challenge just so I could find out ;)  I think I got it early June 2013.  it has me at 2,461,312 total lifetime steps, 2,577 total lifetime floors, and 1,202.67 total lifetime distance.  I didn't have it for my spartan races, but overall I pretty much always have it on. :)  I bet you probably have a ton of steps per day :)

 

Found you!  Tag your it!  Seriously though great goals as usual!

Thanks.  I'll be making the rounds soon to hit up everyone too :D

 

Good luck in your tournament! That's pretty exciting. :) As for your run, maybe go look at Google Maps for a good area to run? All else fails, the treadmill is... well, they exist for a reason, but I'd make sure you can find something super entertaining because while I find treadmills physically easier (I can run faster on a treadmill because less obstruction, turns, hills, etc.), they're mentally so much harder (wherein a five minute run can feel like 5 hours). But that's my opinion anyhow. I know you'll figure out something. :)

Yeah, I was looking around last night to see what might be around.  My only real reservation about the treadmill is that I have never run on one.  Walked, no problem.  Maybe I should just make a slalom course through the casino haha.

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Found you! Challenge looks like a great plan.

 

Bowling tournament! :-O awesomes, good luck with it. And running on a treadmill does take a lot of getting used to (I don't like it so used to always just find somewhere to run) There are websites (Like mapmyrun.com) where people post their running routes, you might find one in the area you're going to be.

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Treadmills are definitely a love hate relationship on my end.  Better than nothing but I dread them something fierce.  I know it took a few times before I felt comfortable running on one.  Hard to explain why.

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*Slinks in* I'll just hide here from my own goals for a bit ;)

Hide away :D

 

Found you! Challenge looks like a great plan.

 

Bowling tournament! :-O awesomes, good luck with it. And running on a treadmill does take a lot of getting used to (I don't like it so used to always just find somewhere to run) There are websites (Like mapmyrun.com) where people post their running routes, you might find one in the area you're going to be.

Yeah, the tournament should be a lot of fun.  At least I always have fun at them :)  I've seen a few runs at a nearby track from that link.  So maybe I can get to something haha.

 

Treadmills are definitely a love hate relationship on my end.  Better than nothing but I dread them something fierce.  I know it took a few times before I felt comfortable running on one.  Hard to explain why.

I wonder if I woudl be able to run on it at first.  Might have to really start off slower just to get use to it.

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Ok, quick recap of day 1 and 2.

 

Day 1 I did get out and walk once with my son.  However, I did not get out for a second walk.  I was going to do a workout and walk after bowling.  One of our teammates from previous years is moving away.  I think I have been a teammate with him for 6 or 7 years.  o he stopped by Monday night to say bye to everyone.  After bowling, we all went to a Mexican restaurant.  I didn't eat anything except a few chips with some salsa since I already ate on the day.  Fun time was had, but that put me home at 11pm.  So there was no way i was getting an extra walk in really.  Plus, not the workout was in jeopardy too.  So I didn't do the workout I planned on doing.  instead I just winged it.  I did a couple of sets of pushups and squats.  That way at least I did something.  Fitbit had my at 6,566 steps on the day still.  So basically Life happened, and I did ok with it ;)

 

Day 2, I have my Fartlek run for the day to do.  So I just got that done. 

 

15241935776_683b9f2b9b_z.jpgfartlek091614 by Will Tate, on Flickr

 

Apparently the Garmin Connect software said I set a new PR.  1 mile in 10:58 :D

 

Food has been a little difficult for me the last couple of days.  I am getting some cravings for chocolate things.  So I am a bit over where I want to be on the daily calories.  Not a lot, but some.  Still haven't done linux stuff, but I plan on doing some tomorrow.  I am good on the mini challenge so far.  2 days of flossing.

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