By The Beard
(is wearing Arm Panties)
2018-01-03 6:08 AM
5.2 snowy miles for me. Mine were the only footprints for much of the run. 12* felt pretty warm after yesterday.
The fitness center at work is closed while they repair flood damage from a burst pipe or something, so I can't run on my lunch break for the time being. So I woke up at 5am and ran 8 miles on my treadmill before work. It was a goshdarn blast.
Good for you though!
I am just waking up, drinking coffee and posting on the forum.
You already have 8 miles in.
8 miles on the TM? That does not sound like a blast to me. Sorry about the fitness center being closed.
I suspect there is a trace of sarcasm in your post
2018-01-03 10:52 AM
8 miles before you leave the house is a good feeling.
I'm excited at the prospect of it getting up in the 20s today.
Good job in the cold.
Nice run The Beard!
I love the first footprints thing
good job in the cold and dark!
800 mile drive yesterday, thus no run yet today. Just finished getting caught up on my emails from work, though I did quick review once last week to get ahead of the game.
Today. I'd like to get out late afternoon just before sunset for a run out at the lake. 5 miles is the plan. There was a super moon last night that we saw rising on the drive back home. Maybe I can catch that? Hard to tell weather it will be shorts weather or not. I believe it's forecast to warm up to the high 20's though it was single digits this morning and teens right now.
Managed to have a few decent runs down south, mostly in GA, however it was not balmy weather down there. I had my first double digit run (~10 miles) in ages, though it was pretty slow. All on trails of course. I try to find trails everywhere I go and I have some nice locations I run regularly down there by my sister's house. Sweetwater Creek Park is still my favorite, especially the east side of the park where you can hear the class IV rapids/falls from high above, and see the river tumbling down through the river gorge. Well, at least in the winter when the trees are bare. It's a thick forest of big and small rolling hills and ravines. Pretty fantastic, and from the high point you can see the skyscrapers of Atlanta 20 miles away. The Lady and I enjoyed several runs over there, including New Year's day.
Enjoy your run this evening!
That sounds like a pretty place to run!
I did a 50k race there once called the SweetH20 50k. Gorgeous in the spring too as the wild azaleas are blooming.
800 miles driving in one day? We're changing your name from Xtreme Taper to Xtremely Numb Buns. Hope you had good stuff to listen to.
And glad there were trail options available for you!
I thank the scientists that invented satellite radio. It's a godsend on drives of this distance. We sometimes do the 1,000 mile trip to parents home in FL in one day as well. I missed my calling as long distance trucker.
2018-01-03 10:52 AM
Those trail runs sound absolutely gorgeous! Hope the sunset run works out today.
Getting caught up on work emails is so exhausting.
(100 Mile Stud)
2018-01-03 2:27 PM
I need to put that park on my list. Atlanta is not that far from my kids.
The moon last night was spectacular!
Nice to be making the first footprints!
If 12* feels warm, you are in trouble come summer.
Having your footprints be the only ones in the snow is a bit poetic.....
2018-01-03 6:56 PM
30¢ (6 coins) & $5 Mexico (1 coin)
55º overcast with some light rain at 1515
2018-01-04 8:10 AM
I ran 9.3ish miles @6:37 pace.
It was a warm 4 degrees. I was over dressed.
Yesterday was stressful.
I started off with 3 miles according to my phone that doesn't measure indoor track runs very well. (I think it was closer 3.5-4) I normally count laps but I'm experimenting with Strava which won't let me count treadmill runs or manual entries towards this silly challenge I signed up for without reading the fine print. I also did some weights.
Today promises to be stressful with my work computer crashing last night about 5:30 pm and my demanding boss haranguing me about about being behind on assignment that started just over a week ago. Unfortunately (?) we were closed all last week for the holidays (company policy) and I had to spend part of my day yesterday working on something else that "needed to get done". I was going to remind her we were closed all last week, but thought better of it. I often have conflicting simultaneous deadlines and any obstacle like phone system problems, computer crashes or worse yet holidays and vacation
makes life very stressful.
Back to running...I plan to run 4 with the group tonight.
Ugh, sorry about the work stress!
Nice job on the run + weights yesterday. Enjoy the group run tonight!
Oh, are you doing that challenge? It sounds brutal. Good luck with it.
Ugh on the computer crash and boss getting on your case about something you had no control over.
Good luck with the 4 tonight also.
Hope the work stress gets better.
Enjoy your run!
2018-01-03 10:53 AM
Sorry to hear about the work stuff - your boss's expectations sound very unreasonable.
My current job is my favorite I have had in my 25 year career because I have a boss who has realistic expectations and not a micromanager. Good luck!
4 miles. It was fun, fast (for me) and cold (for me)
The sun is out which makes me so happy!
Cold and sunny rocks! Glad you had a good run.
2018-01-03 10:54 AM
Fun and fast are always good!
Sun helps the cold feel less so.
Yes indeed! We finally had sunshine today too. It was still really cold, but the sun definitely helped. And yeah, I ran fast (for me) too
4 miles and 30 min of yoga done! Feeling good.
2018-01-03 10:54 AM
30+ minutes on the bike to nowhere last night. The dog kept wanting to play but he wouldn't bring me a ball for me to throw so he kept just running away and then running back to me with this pathetic "why won't you play with me?" face.
Today's workout will be 4-5 miles after work. We will either be getting 1-3" of snow tonight or we will be getting hammered with snow tonight. We won't know until it happens. Yay! It's been so cold that the canned dog and cat food that we keep in our back room (basically an enclosed porch) are completely frozen!
That's never happened before. I couldn't feed the cats for an hour last night while the food thawed out!
And then I forgot to bring any dog food in last night so I had trouble feeding the dog this morning too.
I brought a few cans in so they should be all set for dinner tonight.
Oh man are you in trouble if the cat food is frozen! I take it opening the can, prying out the lump, and putting it in the microwave wasn't an option? Maybe try putting the can in a pan of hot water and hoping that will work.
Hope you get 1-3" rather than getting hammered. Nice workout!
It was so frozen that prying didn't help! I was chipping away at it and then just decided to let it thaw on the counter. I could have put it in a pan of hot water but I was hungry too so I just made them wait.
Good thing none of the cans exploded.
Cats: Three cans are ruptured! SCORE! Tonight we eat like kings!
[attempt to eat frozen contents]
Cats: This is utterly unfair!
[BG gathers ruptured cans and places them in plastic containers in the fridge to thaw in a controlled fashion]
Cats: Our plans have been foiled. We shall await our opportunity and poop on your pillow.
Were the cats angry?
Enjoy your run tonight in the possible snow!
I don't think the cats noticed since they were sleeping and didn't hear me open the can.
Whew! Dodged a bullet!
Iota would have noticed. That moggy is in the kitchen starting two hours before dinnertime, just to make sure he doesn't miss out when the food is served. Like senior citizens lining up for the early bird special.
What cat on earth can't hear a can opener?
Some cat food comes with a pull top so it's easier to open it quietly.
Iota comes running if he hears the pull top of a can being operated, though -- even if it's soup or pineapple or something else that he would not want, he must check it out on the chance that a can of cat food is being opened.
2018-01-03 10:55 AM
Pet food crisis!
Glad everyone survived.
Blazerman had to refill the bin with dogfood last night with the extra stuff which is stored in the garage. He was concerned it was too cold for the dogs to eat....it is dry food.
He worries more about the dogs than he does the kids!
wow, that's cold! Good luck with the weather. We (Philly) are forecast to get 1-3 as well. We shall see what happens.
I bet the dog was wondering why you would want to just keep pedaling, doing basically nothing... when you could be chasing after him!
Went out for a run with RN this morning. Texts last night:
"Yes. How about Shangri-La Drive and back?"
"So 4? Is that time or miles?"
both 4 miles and 4 AM. We made it. She pulled ahead at the end because she had a train to catch to get to work. We did wind up coming back uphill and into the wind, so I slowed down, but still made it. The moonlight was diffused through clouds and we wouldn't even have needed the streetlights.
So far so good on dry Veganuary...glad I cooked this weekend though. Makes a big difference to have food in the fridge for evenings.
Are you doing vegan all month too? I forget.
Nice early run!!!
Trying. Not sure if I can make it, but it's one way to avoid any leftover holiday goodies -- all the cookies, candies, etc. have dairy and/or egg in them, so this way there's less chance of "just one chocolate...well, just one more...eh, three's a serving...uh oh, what happened to the box?"
2018-01-03 11:21 AM
I'm doing something different yet similar in intent - a month of no discretionary spending, by which I mean, I'll spend money on food, etc., but nothing that's not essential. Otherwise it's too easy to get into, oh, I'll just order this one shirt, oh wait, if I spent $10 more I'll get free shipping, so I'll order this other shirt as well, oh wait, those socks are a great colour.... If I tell myself that I'm not buying anything at all, I don't get into that spiral. I tend to get pretty free-spending in December so I've developed the tradition of a no-spend January to regain some self-discipline.
On Monday, I threw all the leftover cookies and chocolate in the trash.....it is the only way I know I won't eat it.
yeah.... I had to do the same thing.
I don't need to throw them in the trash. I have three young adults in the house. No worries!
Ha! That definitely aids with excess junk (or any) food consumption!
2018-01-03 10:55 AM
4 in the morning.
I know it works for you but the thought of it makes my soul cry.
Good luck with the Veganuary! That seems really hard.
Nice job on the 4 at 4!
I have not got very far before, particularly since I do try to go vegan for Lent and so Veganuary tends to finish not long before Ash Wednesday. But I would like to see how far I can get this time.
Put a post about WW and their new program in Nutrition, if anyone is interested.
Thank you! I have been wondering about the details of the Freestyle program.
4 at 4? Kudos to you. Good luck with the diet/menu change.
80 minutes on the elliptical this morning. Will go to boxing class tonight.
Each year, our trainer gives us a "new" burpee for the year. At last night's class, he introduced the 2018 version. This year's burpee is as follows: you go down into the burpee, pick up your right arm and tap your left shoulder, then pick up your left arm and tap right shoulder, jump back up and do a jumping jack. It is not too hard, but doing that for three minutes is challenging!
I am with you on that sentiment.
The repaired knee has never liked lunges, squats, and burpees since the scope, so I tend to avoid those moves. Planks I can do.
I have been avoiding lunges and squats for years because they bothered my knees and this really bugged my trainer. When I went for PT for my tibia stress reaction a couple of months ago, the doctor indicated the injury was the result of a weak hip, hamstring and some other junk which is connected to the muscles which connect to the tibia. My PT included a lot of squats and lunges. I now do them "part-way" and very gingerly. Funny thing about doing squats.....I have never really had a butt, but it turns out squats (with and without weights), gives one a bootie!
Oh wow. That's a good burpee option.
Interesting burpee option!
Xtreme 2018 burpee: pour a craft IPA in a glass, take a large sip and swallow. Then do your burpee.
It is not too hard
2018-01-03 10:58 AM
Didn't make it out for a run yesterday despite the warm (for us) weather and sunshine. This cold has me really knocked out. I straggled into work today and brought my workout gear to stop at the gym before going home. However, I think I may be running a slight fever and am considering going home early - I'll take some Tylenol and see if that helps.
Ack! I'm sorry to hear that.
Have you ever tried elderberry syrup?
2018-01-03 11:17 AM
No, I haven't - what does it do?
It's an immune system booster overall.
My friend makes it but I think I'm about to attempt to make it myself. We all take it during cold/flu season.
Hm, good to know! Thanks!
It's cold here now finally, but you'd probably consider it balmy. I miss the south already and it's only been 1 day!
5 miles this morning. Temperature of 12 degrees with no wind felt downright balmy.
So balmy your beard didn't even freeze?
2018-01-03 1:14 PM
Beard still froze - just smaller ice particles compared to yesterday
No wind makes a huge difference
Seriously. Wind makes me crazy - even a little bit makes things so much colder and more miserable.
I taught indoor cycling class this morning & did shoulder & hip exercises afterwards.
Reasonable turnout of a dozen riders this morning...including "Nick" the only somewhat regular morning rider in my class under 30! Nick had been MIA for over a month before I had my hip replaced (he was in for my last pre-surgery class), then the month I was out and all six weeks since. He blamed most of it on (online) grad school but I'm not convinced that single guy under 30 living in Philly
might also have been a contribution. He also had a wardrobe fail...forgot to bring his work clothes so had to drive back home to change after class & then come back to NJ for work. ...stuff that happens when you skip morning workouts for a couple of months!
It's still below freezing here but we haven't had any food freeze
Dusting of snow or 1" - 3" of snow or something much more dramatic is coming tomorrow morning
I don't think the weather guessers want to predict this storm until it's here... They all do agree it will be much colder
for 2 days after the storm
Good for Nick coming back!
He may have learned to stash an extra set of work-acceptable gear in his trunk for such emergencies, but then again, maybe not...
The post-storm weather is what I am dreading the most
Do you get a surge in turnout for spin classes in January or is it pretty consistent all year round?
2018-01-03 6:09 PM
A bit more in Jan & Feb. Our demographic is a bit older than most gyms and I think that contributes to keeping the surges more moderate.
I did some weights and then was told the Insanity group is back! So I did some of that too.
2018-01-03 8:30 PM
Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?
Venturing outside when the temperature is the same in Celsius and Fahrenheit?
It's a Beach Body workout at home with the Hip Hop Abs guy Shawn T program.
(100 Mile Stud)
2018-01-03 2:29 PM
Temps reached 17° here this afternoon, but I'm holding off until Sunday at the earliest. Sitting in my recliner with a book or laptop in my hands, a bag of ice on my leg, and sometimes some music playing isn't all bad.
That doesn't sound bad at all!
Oh, goodness, that sounds heavenly.
It's 17 and you have a bag of ice on your leg? Um...that is WARMER than the outside air.
(100 Mile Stud)
2018-01-04 10:05 AM
Ran 8.5 last night. It was around 20 and felt "warm." Noticed the increase in light last night too.Planning on 10 tonight. Trying to do at least one double digit run during the week.
I noticed the increase in light too!
Double-digit weekday runs
Seriously, it was 27° here today, and I peeled off a layer under my coat I was so warm.
Enjoy the run!
Nice mileage! I'm impressed you can get in 10 miles on a weekday evening.
2 back-to-back spin classes this morning, lots of climbing. My quads were jello afterward.
I love how much I sweat with these workouts, even though my unheated basement is about 35°.
The area is expecting some snow tomorrow, just 3-6", but with high winds and frigid temps. We usually lose power with high winds, so Philip and I spent the day checking generators, snowblowers, stuff like that. I think we're set, except for firewood that actually fits into our woodturning stove.
The logs turned out to be too long for the stove but too short to chainsaw them without causing them to spin, which isn't that safe, so even though we have a wood stove that could heat the whole first floor of the house if the power did go out, we can't fuel it. I've been looking for a clamp or a sawbuck, and can't find one single thing anywhere near me.
Be careful pounding out the double spins! Looks like you jumped right into it after a decade (decades?) hiatus from spinning. Would you take that much time away from running and be doing hard 90 - 120 minute runs already? Don't get hurt! ...IMPO
An axe would be going against the grain, soI'd think there'd be a lot of splintering and resistance? And an axe would take me forever.
They have different levels of classes available, so if I double I usually make one of the classes a beginner level, no standing and easy. But I'd like to think I'm going into spinning with something from the 13 years I've been running.
2018-01-03 8:33 PM
Spin bike for an hour. I was watching hoops and just moseying along.
In more exciting news, I made Irish Cream
Biking two days in a row!
2018-01-04 10:39 AM
2018-01-04 10:41 AM
3.25 rain miles on the TM, I did each mile slightly faster and slightly more uphill (3% grade for the last mile). I'm running a 15K w/ an uphill finish Sunday and I wanted to get used to that concept.
And a 1 hour lindyhop class. Now that I'm fitter than I was I'm trying the more athletic swing versions because I can get through a class now without being drenched in sweat (which is not appealing to dance partners). I tried this a couple years ago and it wasn't specifically good.
Is that offered at the gym? Lindy hop, I mean.
Nope but there are dozens of swing venues in the bay area. An hour of Lindyhop is not super intense but its definitely a workout. (think high impact aerobics)
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