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Weight:

Lose 5 pounds. As of today, I'm at 177.4.

Running:

PR for my 5K race on July 11. Time to beat is 31:38.

Run an 8:30 mile. Done!

Run 15 miles straight once.

Run 30 minutes straight barefoot once.

Swimming:

Swim 2000m freestyle nonstop. Once.

Strength training:

Bench 90 pounds 1x5.

Do 10 full-form push-ups in a row.

Deadlift 150 pounds 1x5.

Do 1 assisted pull-up, 60 pounds counter.

Do a 3-minute plank.

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2 weeks of no running after my Half has made me out of shape!

2 miles in 19:30.

Bicep curls superset:

3x6x35

3x5x20

Bicep curls:

2x6x15

Reverse grip bicep curls:

2x8x20

Shortest strength training session ever. Was feeling tired and way too full from dinner. Better session tomorrow.

Photos:

April Challenge start (04/06/10) - 197.6

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May Challenge end (06/12/10) - 179.6

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I don't see it in my face, but I know that my jeans fit way, WAY better. I'm fitting into my 10s again.

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HUGE day for me! I've been stuck in this mental (and maybe physical) rut where I can't break the 8:30/mile barrier. The closest I had gotten was an 8:36 mile.

It has been my goal to run an 8:30 mile since the first challenge in April. And, I FINALLY DID IT!

To make it even better, I actually ran an 8:21 mile. Maybe for some of you, that's slow, but since I could barely run one mile in February, running this is a big achievement for me.

http://twitpic.com/1z6ojz

New goal - 8:00 mile.

Bench press:

1x12x65

1x10x65

1x10x65

1x12x45

Superset with assisted pull-ups:

1x5x80 counter

1x4x80 counter

1x6x90 counter

1x9x110 counter

Upright row (barbell) supersets:

1x8x50

1x9x20

1x7x50

1x8x20

1x7x50

1x7x20

Cable pec flys:

3x8x25

Front lateral lifts:

3x7x15

Inclined bench press:

2x10x45

1x8x45

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Yesterday was rest day.

Today, I needed to run a 5K and I wanted to practice a tempo run. I actually managed to hold a 10:00/mile pace for the entire 5K, if not faster.

Got a new PR - 30:46 for 3.1 miles.

Then did 45:30 on the arm elliptical thing.

Most likely headed back to gym for round 2. Strength training and maybe some more elliptical or swim. Haven't decided.

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I had a slothful weekend. No joke. Plus a bottomless pit eating day yesterday.

But every day is a brand new day.

Went on an hour walk today. Went to the gym.

30 minutes on the elliptical.

Bench press:

1x65x10

1x85x6

1x90x3

1x65x8

1x45x20

Assisted pull-ups:

1x80x3

1x95x4

1x110x6

2x125x8

Upright row barbells:

3x50x8

3x25x10

Upright row dumbbells:

3x15x10

Front lateral lift + side lateral lift w/ dumbbells:

3x12.5x8

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Disappeared for close to 2 weeks cause life happened and I kind of needed to take a detour with eating which resulted in no working out.

But I'm back.

And it's good. I didn't let myself go. I think it's a key lesson to learn. I had 2 off weeks where I gained a bit of weight, but nothing disastrous. Now that I'm back in the gym, I'm not as fast as I was nor as strong, but there's not too much damage or setback.

I got a marathon to train for! Let's get this thing rolling.

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