Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Austin Half Marathon - Week 2 / PFTW

Last Week


  • 35 min run
  • Kettlebell deadlift (35lb) - 3x10
  • Chest press (20lb ea hand) - 3x10
  • Reverse row 3x8
  • Reverse lunch with slider (10lb ea hand) - 3x8
  • Side bends (35lb) - 3x10
  • Weighted squats (65lb) - 3x8
  • Kettelbell arm extensions (10lb) - 3x10
  • Kneeling row (22.5lb) - 3x10
  • Hip thrusters - 3x10 
  • Weighted sit-ups (10lb) - 3x10

  • 35 min run
I've been fighting a plague going around my office for a week, and it finally destroyed me on Friday, so I pushed my run to Saturday, and my "long" run to a random PTO day I had planned for Monday. 

On Saturday, I took Gab to the most Texas thing we've done since the time we went to a rock-skipping contest at an outdoor barbecue restaurant in hill country. Texas is crazy. 
Anyway, Gab loves horses and now wants to own one. We have a yard (a yard!), but I don't think it's that big, kid.

Why yes, she IS a giant.

This week:

  • 45 min "long" run

  • 40 min run
  • Trainer

  • 40 min run
  • Trainer


  • 55 min run

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Austin Half Marathon - Week 1 / PFTW

Last week!


  • 30 min run
  • Weighted squats (55lb) - 3x8
  • Kettelbell arm extensions (10lb) - 3x10
  • Kneeling row (22.5lb) - 3x10
  • Hip thrusters - 3x10 
  • Crunches with medicine ball (10lb) - 3x10
  • Leg lifts with medicine ball (10lb) - 3x10


  • 30 min run 
  • Deadlifts (65lb) - 3x8
  • Chest press (20lb) - 3x10
  • Reverse row - 3x8
  • Weighted reverse lunge on foot sliders (7.5lb ea hand) - 3x10
  • Side bend (25lb) - 3x10

  • 45 min run

I haven't been running outside since we moved because - I'm not sure if anyone has noticed this - Texas summers are the most oppressive, terrible things in the world, unless you enjoy feeling like you live literally on the sun. 

One of the reasons we picked the neighborhood we did was because of this beautiful, shady trail that goes on forever. A lovely storm came through early this morning and made temps a fairly bearable 75*, so I took myself outside and ran, and it was hard, because running is really tough.
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We had Lora home for a fall-break visit last week, which was weird. It's weird to say, "Lora's visiting for the weekend!"
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This week
Wednesday - 30 min run, trainer
Friday - 30 min run, trainer
Sunday - 60 min run

I feel like I've forgotten how to write words and things that don't include statements like, "I want to make sure I'm fully understanding....." and "Going forward, please be mindful of your comments" and "I have some concerns." Work is going super great, thanks for checking. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Zombie Runner?



I'm not sure which came first - the retirement, or the blog quitting. But since they seem to go hand in hand, I'm picking both back up at the same time. I tried this before and it didn't stick, but maybe.... 

Some bulletpoints to catch-up:
  • I am still with the same company I was when my job ate up all my running time and I retired. 
  • But now I'm doing the work in Texas! I took a great promotion a few months ago to lead a new branch of the business, and it's been swell. Especially the super comfortable and pleasant summer parts.
  • I tried running while retired, and it didn't go super great. I was DFL at a trail race in Colorado, DNF'ed CIM, and slowly. SLOWLY finished a half marathon earlier this year. {links courtesy of Becka, who continued to blog and do fun things while I did neither of those}.
  • I'm running the Austin half marathon in February! I plan to a. finish, and b. not be last.
  • Lora (previously known as #1) continued her high school running career, and was a big shot. She finished 29th in the state in XC her senior year, and is now running collegiality. I tried to convince her the PNW is where it's at, but she selected a school in the south. Related, she's now An Adult, and apparently makes her own decisions. 
  • Marissa (#2) is still feisty and likes to keep us on our toes. This is the understatement of the century. 
  • Gabby is still healthy, and adorable, but also getting mouthy, so that's new. 
  • I'm still married, and I still really like that guy.
  • We've added a new friend to our family!


Oh yeah! We went to the Grand Canyon!

I do a poor job of keeping track of my workouts and since that hasn't worked out so great for me over the last few years (see: my DNF at CIM last year), I'm rising this mess from the ashes to rekindle my PFTW and other things if I feel like it, tdb

I also joined a gym when we moved here, and have been working with a personal trainer. This wasn't my choice, but I was suckered into paying for it, so I'm certainly not quitting. It's not great, and it's really, REALLY tough, but I guess it's working because I seem very strong now. 


I see my friend twice a week, but I don't really know what my workouts are until I get there - I've asked not to be warned in advance so I can't chicken out. Ideally, I'll post this plan on Monday, and recap the following week with what I did so someday when I stop paying a million dollars a month for this guy, I remember what the workouts are. 

Wednesday - Gym (30 min run, 30 min with the trainer) 
Friday - Gym (30 min run, 30 min with the trainer)
Saturday - "Long" run


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