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  1. My run this morning was betwee 20 and 22km. I'm not sure of the exact distance, because there was a fairly long section where I was running in snow up to my calves. I felt good the whole way, and should be up for 30+ km tomorrow morning.
  2. But some these sports are different, because although they involve judging the judges are awarding points based on a defined criteria. Sure, the judges can make mistakes, but in diving and gymnastics they are trained to take off specific deductions for specific errors. OTOH In bodybuilding and figure skating and others, there's no exact criteria for what is esthetically appealing. Point is, although there is human error in any judges sport (like your gymnastics example) there is a difference between objective judging systems and subjective/esthetic systems.
  3. Today is windy, snowy and freezing rain, so I decided to work from home today. I did a couple sets of pushups: 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 40, 35, 30, and 25. Hopefully it'll be nicer weather tomorrow for the long run.
  4. Thanks! Those ones are coming along pretty nicely. Wendy has been working out and running pretty well, though she hasn't been finding the time to post here. We'll both post again on Saturday after doing our monthly fitness test and progress pics.
  5. I did another run on the treadmill this morning. While I waited, I did a couple sets of squats 3x8x185lbs, and quad press 3x8x500lbs. My run was about 4 miles (damn treadmills with their funny numbers! ).
  6. 12 pounds in two months? That's huge! Way to go! Keep up the great work. I really enjoy reading your workouts and daily menus.
  7. Today was tempo run Wednesday! I ran 10km at a pretty good pace, and felt great the whole way. Must have been the homemade hummus that I made this afternoon.
  8. SO I planned to get the gym early to get a treadmill and try out my new shoes. When I got there all the 'mills were booked for the next 45 minutes. Luckily, I don't mind killing time in the gym. I did a couple core exercises then spent half and hour on the stairclimber. A treadmill opened up 10 minutes early, so I snagged it. It's been a long long time since I've run on a treadmill. But it felt surprisingly good. I did a bit of a hill workout, mostly at 10% grade. I haven't been doing my hills outside lately, since all the hills are snowy and icy, plus none of my friends want to run hills this early in the yaer. Bahh.
  9. I did my arms workout this morning at the gym. Nothing too remarkable. I changed around the order of exercises, and did seated rows instead of bent over rows.
  10. Interesting, I was just reading an article about this. Check this out: http://www.cbc.ca/health/fitness-blog/2007/02/fitness_its_all_in_the_head.html
  11. The weekend runs went exactly according to plan. 22.5km on the Saturday, and 19km on Sunday. The Saturday run was a bit slower, since Wendy and I ran together the whole way. I fell good now, but tired. I also bought a new pair of shoes today (on sale for 99$, down from 139$). I've needed new shoes for a couple weeks now, so this will hopefully help the feet and knees feel a bit better. Tomorrow is a day off from running, and I'll do my arms routine at the gym.
  12. I've been taking progress pics at the end of the month, so sometime this week I'll take a new set and post them. I've noticed some big changes in my upper body in the past two months, especially in my chest and lats. Doing more bodyweight exercises has helped, I think. Also my lower back is looking more defined, which is definately a result of doing deadlifts. As far as functional improvement, I've increased the weights on just about every exercise that I do, and my endurance is coming along as well. My runnign mileage is still just ok, but I'm about to move into a month of fairly heavy training (hills, maybe some tempo runs, +30km long runs), which is in preparation for my first race of the year at the end of March. Good luck to everyone else! Keep up the great work.
  13. I did my legs and core workout at the gym this morning. It felt good,and I even increased the weights on a couple exercises. 1-leg leg press is now at 250lbs, and the 1-leg hamstring curl is 80lbs. This weekend I plan to get a couple of decent long runs in. Maybe 25km on Saturday and 20ish on Sunday. ETA: My 100th post!
  14. Cool. Twelve days is just amazing. I might have a chance to meet her if she comes to the World 24-hour championships in Quebec this summer. She looks like a pretty impressive athlete.
  15. Cool, man, I've wanted to do the Jogle or Lejog thing for a couple years now. Wonder how long it would take me to run it... I've had some pretty bad running days. I couple of times I've tried to run when sick, and just felt like crap. Barring illness, though, my worst run was a couple years ago when I did a 50K race only two weeks after another 50K. I had lots of energy and really wanted to finish the race, but my legs had other plans. About 10km into the run, my knee suddenly burst into agonizing pain. Every stride felt like a knife was jabbing into my knee. Even walking hurt, and the only way I could move forward at a decent pace was to sort of hop off bad leg while keeping it straight (think Terry Fox). I pulled out halfway, one of my only two DNFs. Luckily, it was just patelafemoral pain syndrome, and was easily fixed in a couple weeks with a little muscle strengthing and by not being such a bonehead.
  16. Today I ran an uptempo 10km with a small group of friends. It felt good, and it was nice to push the pace a bit. Now I've got to go shopping and make supper before Wendy gets home.
  17. Quick 5km run this evening. I felt very good, and will probably do an uptempo pace run tomorrow evening. I usually do weights on Tuesday, but decided to go to the gym two days a week for the next couple of weeks while my running mileage increases.
  18. I did a short arms workout today. Nothing too special, did pretty much all the same stuff as usual. I did only 3 sets of everything instead of 4.
  19. Ok, it's been a while since my last post. After my mediocre workout Tuesday, I haven't done much of anything until today. Tuesday night I suddenly started to feel sick. It mostly passed that night and the next morning, but I stayed home from work Wednesday and Thursday (I work at a hospital those days, so I can't go in to work if I feel even a little bit sick). At around this time Wendy started to feel sick, so I didn't want to go out on my own in the evenings in case she needed me. Friday I had to stay at home all day waiting for a delivery, so no gym that day. I did do a couple sets of pushups though. I went for a walk on Saturday to see how I was feeling energy-wise. Today I felt good enough for a quick run, and did about 10km. Tomorrow morning I should be back at the gym. Not a great week all things considered. But at least we're both feeling better now and can get back to the routine.
  20. markc7


    I'm making my first batch of homemade seitan as we speak. I'm using the recipe from Garden of Vegan. Hope it turns out well.
  21. Do you mean a flexed arm bar hang? Cool, I haven't done those since high school. I'd be curious to know what I could do these days, those are tough.
  22. Your Travel Profile: http://images.blogthings.com/howwelltraveledareyouquiz/travel.jpg You Are Extremely Well Traveled in Canada (100%) You Are Well Traveled in the Midwestern United States (50%) You Are Well Traveled in the Northeastern United States (43%) You Are Somewhat Well Traveled in Eastern Europe (40%) You Are Somewhat Well Traveled in New Zealand (33%) You Are Somewhat Well Traveled in the Southern United States (23%) You Are Mostly Untraveled in the Western United States (16%) You Are Mostly Untraveled in Asia (13%) You Are Mostly Untraveled in Australia (13%) You Are Mostly Untraveled in Western Europe (7%) You Are Untraveled in Africa (0%) You Are Untraveled in Latin America (0%) You Are Untraveled in Scandinavia (0%) You Are Untraveled in Southern Europe (0%) You Are Untraveled in the Middle East (0%) You Are Untraveled in the United Kingdom (0%) How Well Traveled Are You? http://www.blogthings.com/howwelltraveledareyouquiz/
  23. Weight watchers is a pretty good program. My wife lost a bunch of weight. Since becoming vegan she doesn't follow the program most of the time, but still uses it occasionally when she is training for long running races. So I can confirm that WW helps you lose weight, is easy to do on a vegan diet, and can be done when training heavily. Hope this helps!
  24. My legs were a bit tired, so maybe a day or two off would be a good idea. Still did most of my regular leg workout, except that I left squats and deadlifts for Friday.
  25. I felt a bit sluggish and tired from the long runs on the weekend. Glad I wasn't doing a leg workout this morning! Pullups 8+8+3 (these are coming along nicely) dips 3x8 bent-over dumbell rows 4x5x70 (increased the weight today, decrease the reps from 8 to 5) dumbell chest press 4x8x60 cross-body cable raises 4x8x25 (left shoulder a bit sore afterwards) decline chest press 4x8x45 cable triceps: 8x55 reverse 1-arm + 8x55 forward grip 1-arm + 8x85 two handed forward grip cable biceps: 2x8x85 + 1-arm 7x55 front shoulder raises 8x20 lateral raises 2x8x20 pec deck 2x8x85 reverse fly 2x8x55
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