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I flew to Chicago on Thursday for an intensive, weekend-long class and came back yesterday.  Flying over Lake Michigan on the approach to Chicago, with the weather overcast, the sky and the water were the same dull, steel color, and the industrial shoreline looked like it was perched on the edge of the world.  I'm exhausted, but the class was a great experience and I'm so glad I went.

 

I didn't have a lot of free time and my internet connection was sparse, so no updating, but I was waking up early enough to get some use out of the hotel's fitness center and the nearby parks.  I got a total of an hour of strength training in, as well as two runs - one was about a mile, and the other was 2 miles on the treadmill.  This last I finished out at 16:20, which I'm pretty happy with at the moment.

 

Unfortunately, I didn't do any kata practices or Russian practice.  To increase the time I'm committing to the latter, I took out a Pimsleur package from the library today which I can listen to during my commute, so hopefully the bar for that will start increasing.

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Good job working out while traveling. That shows real commitment. 

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Strength training this morning. 5x5 squats with 55 lbs (and I think I might keep that weight for one more session), 5x5 overhead dumbbell presses at 40 lbs (which I definitely need to increase now), 3x5 lat pulldowns at setting 7 (again, whatever the hell that means), and three sets of push-ups (15, 10, and 10).  I have that post-workout muscle tiredness in my legs and upper back that makes me think I might be a little sore later on.

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Good job on that strength training.

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The Russian language CD in the car is helping.  It gives me a bit of review while I'm driving, but it also puts me in a mood to do more when I get home.  So I'm optimistic that I'll get more into that habit, even if I'm going to have to start kicking it up a notch if I'm going to meet my goals for this challenge.  I just need to stop getting discouraged by the gendering of every darn thing under the sun (I still cannot for the life of me hear the difference between a man saying, "I would like" and a woman saying, "I would like").

 

I practiced kata last night and again tonight.  They're coming along.  It feels good to be doing this more regularly again.  I keep feeling as if there's some sort of mystical flow I should be tapping into to perfect circle blocks but, alas, they keep feeling awkward. Fifteen years, you'd think I'd've come to some sort of success with that (or at least a detente).

 

Today was a run day, so the kids and I were at the track shortly after dawn.  I did 1.5 miles (13 minutes) before they decided it was too cold and they wanted to head off to their before-school care.  It wasn't as long as I'd been hoping for, but I also didn't feel tired afterward, so that's progress.  About six months ago even a mile would fatigue me for most of the day.

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Strength training today.  5x5 squats at 55 lbs, 5x5 dumbbell bench press at 45 lbs (and I can definitely increase that next time), 5x5 dumbbell rows at 65 lbs, and 3x15 weighted sit-ups (10lbs).  It's the Friday before a long weekend, my boss isn't in, and all I have are (boring) long-term projects with no firm deadlines; the temptation to take some last minute leave and get things done around the house is terrible.

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If you can do so without breaking the rules, leave early!

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If you can do so without breaking the rules, leave early!

 

I probably should've/could've.  But I ended up getting involved enough in one of the projects that I actually worked a little late.  :unsure:  :huh:

 

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Run day!  We went to the fitness center, and it was just one of those mornings where the kids just wouldn't. get. along.  They squabbled over who got to carry the water, who got to use the treadmill, then who got to use the stationary bike, etc.  Soothing, cajoling, threatening with dire consequences ("Nobody wants a snack bar when we get home, then?"), ugh.  Nothing worked.  They had a bit of a rough week with me being out of town and then back again - a change in routine is always hard - so I'm trying to give them a little slack and just remember that they're stressed out. For next challenge, I better add "Achieve Enlightenment" to my list of goals.

 

Treadmill run, 25 minutes and 2.75 miles.  I varied the speed between around 7 and 10 minutes/mile, but no walking.  I'm tired, but I think I'll feel okay after breakfast and a bit of rest.  Busy day today - we need groceries, plus I grocery shop for a local transitional house most Saturdays, and I more-or-less promised the kids we'd go on a hike (though with them, "hike" mostly means, "We take a hilly walk for a few miles while I carry my day pack"). Somewhere in there I need to give them food, get some work done on an essay, and send off the car payment.

 

Step one: get off the computer.

 

Hope everybody's having a good weekend!

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Yikes. I hope you manage to get some rest this weekend.

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Nice job getting the run in,even with squabbling kids. 

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So, we did end up going on a "hike" yesterday, in one of the National Parks along the Potomac.  This particular one is an island in the river with lots of tidal swamps.  About a mile along our trek the girls saw a parallel trail down a ravine and through the trees that had a boardwalk through a particularly swampy area.  Getting to the boardwalk via trails would have entailed going far out of our way, so they proposed cutting through the swamp.  Were they sure?  Yes, they were absolutely sure.

 

Ten feet in my younger daughter stepped in mud up to her ankle and got her shoe stuck in.  The shoe was recovered without difficulty, but their mood quickly was shifting south.  No longer up on the ravine, they couldn't see the boardwalk any longer.  "We're lost!" they cried, convinced their foolish mother had led them into the middle of a dangerous no-man's-land. Suddenly the tufts of swamp grass were almost certainly hosting poisonous snakes and piranha, inexplicably wintering over in northern Virginia. I picked up the younger one, but then another ten feet along the older one almost tripped and got a face-full of branch. That was her straw.

 

"I want to go back!"

 

"We're already muddy, we're not going back. It's not that far."

 

"We're lost, and my shoes have mud, and they're heavy, and I can't move!"

 

"You're fine, we're not lost, and you're moving right now. Keep walking."

 

Finally the boardwalk was in sight, but between us and the boardwalk was a slow-moving expanse of ankle-deep water almost ten feet wide.  I was still carrying the younger one (and her muddy shoe), as she sobbed into my back that we were never going to get home again.  The older one was so dispirited that she just kept walking dejectedly forward, occasionally yelling at me that this was the worst day of her entire life, bar none.  We trudged through the water, finally reaching the boardwalk.  "You made us trudge for miles and miles through the swamp!" sobbed my older daughter, as my younger one cried that her sneakers were now completely ruined and that no, the washing machine would never be able to clean them.

 

And that was our adventure, walking sixty feet through some mud and a small stream.

 

 

 

So, I was doing lifting today.  5x5 60lb squats, and 5 80lbs deadlifts (I want to keep the weight relatively low until I'm comfortable with my form on this).  Then there was the overhead press....what  a mess today.  40 lbs doesn't feel challenging enough, but herein lies one major problem with using dumbbells: I either go up five pounds and lift uneven amounts (20 on one, 25 on the other) or I keep even amounts and go up 10 lbs in a go.  I was experimenting today, and the uneven amounts just wreck my form to hell.  I eventually decided on going up to 50 lbs, but doing sets of 3.  I'll try to work up to sets of 4, then sets of 5 over time.

 

The other problem with using dumbbells: I can squat with more weight than I can easily lift one-handed up to my shoulders.  I'm having to do creative things like lift the dumbbells one at a time onto a high-perched bench and then squat down and slide them into position.  Probably not the safest thing I could be doing, though.  Any suggestions?

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You have such a gift with words! Reading your description of your adventure with your kids made me laugh out loud—literally, not in the "I'm-going-to-say-LOL-to-show-that-something-is-funny-even-though-I-didn't-really-laugh-aloud" sense—and reminded me of some of my own adventures as a child. I was frequently certain that I was doomed to a slow death by walking/hiking and would never, surely never!, be able to move again. :D

 

I'll be following your progress from now on, if only for the amusing and moving way in which you discuss it all. (No pressure!)

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Sounds like your kids need more days like that. They build character ;)

When I was doing dumbell squats it didn't take long before my legs could do more than my arms could get into position. If barbell squats aren't an option, you could do Suitcase squats where you hold the weight down at your side. Always keep the same weight on each side.

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I like goblets with my kettlebell!

 

Kes, which Russian CDs are you using? I may have one I could send you that I'll never use...

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You have such a gift with words! Reading your description of your adventure with your kids made me laugh out loud—literally, not in the "I'm-going-to-say-LOL-to-show-that-something-is-funny-even-though-I-didn't-really-laugh-aloud" sense—and reminded me of some of my own adventures as a child. I was frequently certain that I was doomed to a slow death by walking/hiking and would never, surely never!, be able to move again. :D

 

I'll be following your progress from now on, if only for the amusing and moving way in which you discuss it all. (No pressure!)

 

Thanks, but you should be warned that I'm usually not that creative. :) Most of the time when I post in this thread I don't even bother with complete sentences.

 

 

Sounds like your kids need more days like that. They build character ;)

 

I agree.  Back when I was their age I'd walk through swampy muck and enjoy myself! (both ways up hill, in the snow.... *shakes cane*)

 

 

 

Goblet squats might also be an option, if you've got heavy enough dumbbells to use

 

 

Yeah, that might be a workable option.  I've only noticed dumbbells up to 50 lbs at the fitness center, but I'll look through their stacks.

 

 

Kes, which Russian CDs are you using? I may have one I could send you that I'll never use...

 

I'm working my way through Pimsleur's long course in my car.  What CD is it? If you're sure you'll never ever ever use it and don't know anybody else who would, I might be tempted. :)

 

 

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I am disappoint.

 

I think I've mentioned that I've been having this irritating pain in my shoulders occasionally when I run or do a lot of push-ups.  It isn't all the time, and it isn't a horrible debilitating pain, just a throbbing, distracting ache accompanied by a morbid sense that something is happening in my shoulders which isn't supposed to be happening.  At first I told myself that maybe it was a strange, unfamiliar muscle soreness from muscles that didn't get a lot of use, so I tried to ignore it.  Then I thought, "Okay, maybe I'm creating a muscle imbalance - too many push-ups, not enough pull-ups?"  So I tried altering my training routine a bit.

 

I finally was persuaded to go to a physical therapist and just get it looked at.  I give that advice to everybody else, but I never take it.  This time I did, and ... whew.

 

Apparently I've got hypermobility in my joints.  The PT is bending my arms this way and that, giving me weird looks, and finally asks me, "Can you bend over and put your hands flat on the ground?"

 

Yes, of course I can, with my elbows still bent.  This is unusual?

 

The hypermobility isn't so bad that it's a real problem, but she says that people with hypermobility tend to have problems with joint stabilization and so I'll need to specifically focus on strengthening my joint stabilization muscles.  All of a sudden my constant sense in training that my joints were the weakest link in my chain makes sense. How did I get to be 34 years old and not know this about myself?!  I spared a few moments on the drive home indulging in some frustration about the completely useless crap I was taught in physical education classes in school.  Mostly, though, I'm just glad I found out about this before I ended up with a serious injury.

 

I have a bunch of exercises that I need to do to strengthen my rotator cuffs.  That's where we're going to start, since that's where my current pain is, but I'll need to consider this for other joints, as well.

 

In the meantime, I'm not supposed to do any exercises which involve my arms or elbows being pushed back to or behind my shoulder and having to exert forward force.  That mostly rules out push-ups, it means being very careful about bench presses. It also probably rules out the kata.  And I absolutely am not supposed to do any running.

 

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Okay, then.  Accepting, moving on, thinking about how to revise the challenge.

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I guess PT is your new workout goals. I hope everything works out for you.

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How goes the adaptation to hypermobility?

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Oh man that's a real spanner in the works.

Still, you have a new super power now. Hypermobility actually sounds pretty cool. You just need to learn to control it and adapt your routines.

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Hey Kes! Sorry I vanished. I have a few Russian books I can send you way along with this program and CD. My ex-boyfriend was Moldovan and I was trying to learn so that I could talk with his family more. Gatherings were a lot of smiling and nodding, since his parents spoke ok English and everyone else spoke no English. I retained a little... Did you know there are several podcasts for Russian, too? I'm pretty impressed that I can still read/speak things I just see in Cryllic (like ÐšÐ°Ðº дела? and Ð¡Ð¿Ð°Ñибо!) ANYWAY. PM your address to me and I can send what I have to you. I'd rather see it go to use than sit in my closet!

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