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I think the miles really will take care of themselves this challenge. I don’t have a mileage goal because I’m doing races the next 3 weekends and then will need to recover a bit. But I do have two running goals:

1.       [9 week challenge] 50 hill repeats. This one will end at the end of this 4-week challenge. At time of writing I have 24 done and 26 to go.

2.       [6 week challenge] 50 strides. This one includes the 4-week period and the “zero weeks” before and after. 30 seconds of quick running, usually done in sets of 4 at the beginning and/or end of a workout. I think this goal is good because it builds some useful flexibility and power into my stride.

And some non-running goals:

3.       60 chin-up negatives. This goal is mostly a placeholder to make myself go to the gym regularly, but I'm racheting this up from earlier challenges! I’m going to try doing a few more with each gym session. I’m also going to slowly start adding pushups back in. I miss them.

4.       Log calories 5 days per week with daily average below 2300 each week. I need to get back on track here. The higher limit should help, but it’s still easy to go over if I eat junk.

5.       Drink at least 1 liter of water at least 20 days of challenge (aiming for 5/week). This also isn’t hard, but I haven’t been doing it. Water I drink while running doesn’t count.

Other things:

I’m gonna clear out this list: (1) Make vet appointment, (2) Call new doctor, (3) Call drywall repair people, (4) Get one new piece of furniture, (5) Get a massage.

These are all things I’ve been putting off for a long time, even the massage. I’m gonna get them ALL done. For most of them, doing the job is its own reward, but as a bonus, if I do them all, I’m going out for sushi.

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Sushi Reward... I'm rooting for you!

 

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9 hours ago, Terra said:

So weird that Xena isn't having a mileage goal...  :D  I like the changes and sushi is an awesome reward!  

It feels kind of nice to drop the mileage goal for a little while.

 

8 hours ago, jonfirestar said:

Following because you are my running hero :P and sushi

It will be fun to follow your challenge this time too. Lots of races!

 

4 hours ago, Sloth the Enduring said:

Following for sushi.

Sushi is probably sloth-belly friendly. Just not so wallet-friendly :-)

 

It is silly. I could probably finish all the sushi goals in about 2 hours. But let's see how long it takes!

 

Today was a good gentle day. 2 easy miles with 3 strides mixed in at the end. Some yoga after. Tried to go to the gym but it closed early due to "staffing issues" (never had that happen before). I was pretty happy to skip it and go make dinner! Took a half day off work to watch the Boston Marathon on TV with friends. We actually used to get that as a holiday ("Patriots Day").

 

Tomorrow I have a longer run planned, probably with some hill repeats mixed in. And I still have to get that gym session in.

 

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On 4/16/2017 at 5:21 PM, Xena said:

(5) Get a massage

A most worthwhile goal. I couldn't recommend it more.

 

On 4/16/2017 at 5:21 PM, Xena said:

if when I do them all, I’m going out for sushi

FTFY. Mmmm, sushi.

 

20 hours ago, Xena said:

Took a half day off work to watch the Boston Marathon on TV with friends.

I need you to do my vacation planning. For example, I took yesterday off and spent it finishing up removing all of the old stone from my fireplace, painting the family room and staining new base molding for aforementioned family room. Your day looks much more appealing than mine was.

 

Oh, and following!

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18 hours ago, jonfirestar said:

Shudders with fear and terror.

 

Hah! I know you better than that. You love the hill repeats. Well love/hate, but that's practically the same thing. Running was good today. Longer just meant "longer than yesterday." Almost 6 miles easy-ish with 5 hill repeats thrown in at the end. 

 

10 hours ago, Agnarr said:

Following!

 

 

Hi there!

 

5 hours ago, jstanlick said:

FTFY. Mmmm, sushi.

 

I need you to do my vacation planning. For example, I took yesterday off and spent it finishing up removing all of the old stone from my fireplace, painting the family room and staining new base molding for aforementioned family room. Your day looks much more appealing than mine was.

 

Oh, and following!

 

Sushi goal update:

(1) Ordered a new table to replace the wobbly, scratched one with chewed up corners. Literally....my cat ATE all 4 corners of the table when he was a kitten (8 years ago). It was a junky free table. I'm upgrading. Job technically done, but I still gotta figure out what to do with the old table. Gonna try giving it away on Craig's list, but gotta find out when the new one will arrive first.

(2) Tried to take care of another task (switching doctors because the old one is moving). Old doctor's office didn't answer or respond to my message. New doctor's office said I have to call back on Thursday. THIS IS WHY I PROCRASTINATE ON THESE STUPID TASKS!!! I have to put aside time during work to call these people, and then I can't even get the job done. Thank goodness there is sushi in play here.

(3) Wrote down numbers for a handyman and a drywall place. Gonna work on that problem tomorrow (I have a really ugly crack between my wall and ceiling that had been badly patched by the previous owner. After watching a lot of youtube DIY videos, I decided I would rather hire someone to do the job correctly).

(4) I'm "allowed" to schedule the massage after I make some progress on one of these more annoying tasks.

 

Did not make it to the gym today because a friend invited me to a yoga class at the last minute. Seemed like a reasonable substitution, especially during zero week.

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1 hour ago, Xena said:

(3) Wrote down numbers for a handyman and a drywall place. Gonna work on that problem tomorrow (I have a really ugly crack between my wall and ceiling that had been badly patched by the previous owner. After watching a lot of youtube DIY videos, I decided I would rather hire someone to do the job correctly).

What caused the crack? Down here it's usually indicative of foundation troubles.

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8 hours ago, Xena said:

Hah! I know you better than that. You love the hill repeats. Well love/hate, but that's practically the same thing. Running was good today. Longer just meant "longer than yesterday." Almost 6 miles easy-ish with 5 hill repeats thrown in at the end. 

Yeaaah, I don't know that love is the right word. What I do love is the feeling of getting to the top once you've finished the last one! Nothing quite beats that. I love the proposed benefits from doing them. :P Grats on actually starting off your sushi list!

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8 hours ago, Xena said:

I have a really ugly crack between my wall and ceiling that had been badly patched by the previous owner. After watching a lot of youtube DIY videos, I decided I would rather hire someone to do the job correctly).

 

I can sympathize on this. The previous owners of my flat were specialists in bad DIY and it cost a small fortune putting right all their horrible work.

 

As long as it's not a crack in time and space.

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8 hours ago, Xena said:

I have a really ugly crack between my wall and ceiling that had been badly patched by the previous owner.

Oh, every DIYer's desease... thinking that, because you did one thing, you can do them all. "I fixed the drawer! Building a fireplace will be a piece of cake"

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18 hours ago, Xena said:

Sushi goal update:

(1) Ordered a new table to replace the wobbly, scratched one with chewed up corners. Literally....my cat ATE all 4 corners of the table when he was a kitten (8 years ago). It was a junky free table. I'm upgrading. Job technically done, but I still gotta figure out what to do with the old table. Gonna try giving it away on Craig's list, but gotta find out when the new one will arrive first.

(2) Tried to take care of another task (switching doctors because the old one is moving). Old doctor's office didn't answer or respond to my message. New doctor's office said I have to call back on Thursday. THIS IS WHY I PROCRASTINATE ON THESE STUPID TASKS!!! I have to put aside time during work to call these people, and then I can't even get the job done. Thank goodness there is sushi in play here.

(3) Wrote down numbers for a handyman and a drywall place. Gonna work on that problem tomorrow (I have a really ugly crack between my wall and ceiling that had been badly patched by the previous owner. After watching a lot of youtube DIY videos, I decided I would rather hire someone to do the job correctly).

(4) I'm "allowed" to schedule the massage after I make some progress on one of these more annoying tasks.

 

Did not make it to the gym today because a friend invited me to a yoga class at the last minute. Seemed like a reasonable substitution, especially during zero week.

 

I love your sushi-motivated adulting. :D

 

In my neighborhood (and in my former neighborhood in Minneapolis), we just put furniture out by the curb with a "FREE" sign and it would disappear. Don't do this on trash day, it makes problems for the trash guys. Less hassle than dealing with people on Craig's List or Freecycle.

 

I hear you on the doctors office headaches. After having three doctors I liked move out of my local clinic, I switched to a different clinic that is independent of the regional networks. You might want to consider a different clinic if you are having trouble getting set up as a new patient. If they can't handle a simple request, how will they cope if you have something serious to ask them?

 

I second getting a professional to patch your drywall. My mother-in-law is a retired contractor. She taught me how to patch plaster walls in my old house. It is a LOT of work and requires skill. You could learn it if you wanted to. Probably a better use of your time and money to pay a professional.

 

Yoga with a friend is a great activity for zero week.

 

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20 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

What caused the crack? Down here it's usually indicative of foundation troubles.

I think it's ok. I talked to a home inspector about a similar crack (that bothers me less) when I moved in ~8 years ago. A normal-ish settling kind of thing. Most of the stuff I read online said just to put up crown molding so you don't have to look at it.

 

 

13 hours ago, Charlie_Quinn said:

As long as it's not a crack in time and space.

Following, of course!

Very good point regarding time and space!

Going over to your thread right after this :-)

 

9 hours ago, Agnarr said:

Oh, every DIYer's desease... thinking that, because you did one thing, you can do them all. "I fixed the drawer! Building a fireplace will be a piece of cake"

Good point...but I keep getting sidetracked by mention of cake. Probably why I never got particularly good at DIY home repairs.

 

9 hours ago, DJtrippyT said:

Hill repeats!

[falls over dead]

Hah! I think you do more of them than I do.

And they are harder on a bike. Every time I ride up any kind of hill on a bike, I want to throw the bike away and start running.

 

3 hours ago, Mistr said:

In my neighborhood (and in my former neighborhood in Minneapolis), we just put furniture out by the curb with a "FREE" sign and it would disappear. Don't do this on trash day, it makes problems for the trash guys. Less hassle than dealing with people on Craig's List or Freecycle.

 

I hear you on the doctors office headaches. After having three doctors I liked move out of my local clinic, I switched to a different clinic that is independent of the regional networks. You might want to consider a different clinic if you are having trouble getting set up as a new patient. If they can't handle a simple request, how will they cope if you have something serious to ask them?

I could do that with furniture where I lived before, but not in my current spot. It is about a million times easier. I might think about if I have a friend who lives in a good place for that. You are right about the doctor...I think this actually fairly reasonable. I think it's a large-ish practice and the person who handles new intakes was just out for a couple days. My OLD doctor has been much more elusive. Which brings me too...

 

Sushi update

1. New furniture ordered....will deal with old furniture once I know arrival date. [officially complete]

2. Doctor switch...will call new doctor tomorrow. Have tried to call old doctor 3 times over past two days. No luck.

3. Dry wall repair...left a message today. No luck.

4. Massage...so annoyed with #'s 2 and 3 that I went ahead and made the appointment. Next Wednesday. [officially complete]

5. Vet...calling tomorrow. Pretty sure they will answer the phone unlike the old doctor or the dry wall guy.

 

Tomorrow: at least two phone calls in this order: Vet (they reliably answer their phone), Old doctor (If they actually answer, I could get useful information for new doctor), New Doctor (they said they I could call "after Wednesday), Dry Wall guy (hasn't answered the phone yet, but I've only been trying for a day).

 

Other stuff...hmm, actually nothing. It was a rest day. Will run tomorrow morning. Have a night meeting, so I'm not sure if I'll make it to the gym. Lucky it's zero week!

 

 

 

 

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On 4/19/2017 at 8:37 PM, Xena said:

Ran almost 6 miles with 3 at tempo pace and 5 strides thrown in at the end.

Tomorrow morning if it's not pouring, I'll jog to the gym, do some chinups and pushups and jog back (about 3 miles round trip). If it's pouring, I'll just exercise a bit at home.

Trail marathon on Saturday!!! Weather looking good for it. I'm planning to take it easy and have fun. I'm more focused on a race coming up in 2 weeks.

 

Kind of proud of my Sushi update for today. Things in purple are new.

1. New furniture ordered....will deal with old furniture once I know arrival date. [officially complete]

2. Doctor switch...Got the info I needed from old doctor. Made appointment with new doctor. Need to mail in paperwork for the switch, confirm that the date will work, and arrange pre-appointment interview.

3. Dry wall repair...Handyman called me back, seemed sincerely appreciative of the work, and is stopping by tomorrow morning.

4. Massage...Appointment set for next Wednesday. [officially complete]

5. Vet...Appointment set for week after next [officially complete]

 

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7 hours ago, Xena said:

Trail marathon on Saturday!!! Weather looking good for it. I'm planning to take it easy and have fun. I'm more focused on a race coming up in 2 weeks.

Right after I finish my 10k race Saturday I'm gonna be thinking of you and your undeniable badassery! Well done on your sushi update. Just gotta see the

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