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  • Mianevem
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    This is all so obvious, yet most of us keep forgetting it... Thank you for the well-written reminder!

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  • Nevetharine
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    I, on the other hand, find I like repetition, simply because it frees up mental energy for my imagination to run. But then, that's the whole reason I exercise - to escape to another world. To be a hero. To play a mental game.

    I guess that's sort of why I don't like combat moves too much, they take a lot of focus and coordination. Same with push ups, sadly.

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 665

    Challenge:
    - Day 2 8 Weeks to 5k
    Programme:
    - Day 1 Ironheart. What with an early release just for the Hive, it seemed churlish to refuse! Haven't done a weights programme for a while. This looks particularly good with clear lower body, upper body, and tendon/stretching days. I especially like the "super woman" stretches because I dislike "superman" stretches! I wasn't sure about doing this programme because it really doesn't fit in with what I want/need to work on, but you need something that's just a bit of fun sometimes, and hefting around dumbbells certainly is that!
    Splits app. Intermediate, day 9. 19 minutes.

    Silent Wolf Thanks. I get inspiration from reading about your running, and from other people's threads, such as CaptainCanuck and Mianevem and - well, so many people seem to run and it seems all so effortless! But I know it's not.
    Thanks, BlackButler

    Mental download initiated:
    I had an epiphany yesterday. It happens sometimes but I don't usually let it disrupt things. I have often mentioned that I dislike repetition; that it bores me and I have a low threshold for boredom. Doing the same exercises again and again, generally with increasing reps, is anathema to me. This had been the reason - and it is a valid reason - why I have decided not to do many of the monthly challenges. And yet, I'll quite happily work a drill over and over again. And again. I'll do that knife-hand block until my shoulder is screaming, focussing on keeping the thumb in, getting the hand angled correctly, having the tips of the fingers at shoulder height, elbow in the correct position, the proper angle between forearm and upper arm, etc etc etc. I'll keep working not until I get it right but rather until I don't get it wrong. And that's a lot of work! When one arm is tired, I'll change to the other and drill that. So why this dichotomy?
    Enter the epiphany.
    It all comes back to reason. And reason provides motivation. I am not motivated to do 100 squats because I don't care how good or otherwise my squats are. Sure, I know that doing squats will increase the strength in my quads and glutes, but so will other exercises. I am, however, motivated to improve my knife-hand block, and so I will practice it again and again and again. I know that running is good for me, that it's a great cardio activity, but it wasn't until I actually wanted to get good at running that I started to improve, that I stuck with it for longer than I have before, and am even continuing now.
    I have, probably so often, written about how I try to choose my exercises/activities based not so much on a whim or a desire to do that particular programme (yeah, but Ironheart's different, right?!), but on how that exercise or activity will help me achieve my goals.
    Repetition is boring. It requires a lot of mental stamina to keep doing the same thing, to try constantly to improve - or at least, to reach a consistent standard and then improve on that. But repetition isn't boring when you are doing the only thing that will get you good at something you want to be good at. Only running is going to get me good at running. Sure, other exercises can build my quads and glutes and core, and these will all help me in my running, but my running will only improve if I actually run. I can do wrist-strengthening drills and work on my shoulders, etc, but only by doing a knife-hand block will I get good at knife-hand blocks.
    Bleedin' obvious, hey? It's just that I was thinking about why I find it so difficult to do some things over and over again (eg. squats), but easy to do others, and it all comes back to the why (which I've also mentioned previously). So I reckon if anyone is having difficulty sticking with an exercise routine, look to the why, find the reason for doing something because that's your motivation/inspiration, the thing that keeps you going.
    Mental download complete.

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  • BlackButler
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    Epic work on the 5K buddy amazing

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 664

    Challenge:
    - Day 1 8 Weeks to 5k Yep, I was just itching to get this one started! I will begin every run with a 2min warm-up walk, so today's workout was 10 minutes, rather than 8. To challenge myself (after all, this is a challenge!) I set the speed to 5m/8k. To date (other than today), I have only managed maybe 2 minutes at this speed. Let's see how I go.
    Workout:
    - Six o'clock Don't know why, just did.
    Exercise bike. Spellcast, ep 2 - Sorceror's Arena. 29min/14.8k (pace - 1'57") Bit of fun, but this story was only 2 episodes.
    Iacta alea est For the first one, I didn't even throw the die but just worked 6. Then I got 5 and 3. I remembered both of those, so perhaps things aren't quite so dire as I thought!

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  • TopNotch
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    GentleOx That's no lizard! That's a (bearded) dragon! Dragons don't get very big in Australia. Though we can keep them as pets. Personally, though, I prefer cats.

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  • GentleOx
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    Lookit that awesome lizard! Would love to take a walk around where you live.

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  • Silent Wolf
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    Congrats on the 5k!

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 663

    Workout:
    - Pretty Little Monster Felt like working on the legs.
    Splits app. Intermediate, day 7. 20 minutes.
    Iacta alea est - patterns 7, 11 and 6. Again had a problem with 6, so after struggling through the first station a couple of times, I decided to roll again. Got 8 - I hate 8. I'd totally forgotten (or had I blotted it out?!) pattern 8. Guess who has to have a refresher course on patterns?!
    Walk. Shorter one today - about 45 minutes, and only 4.5k. We have had a fair bit of rain recently, so the track was muddy and the green areas around it were generally slushy. But it was sunny. A bit too humid for my liking but there was a pleasant breeze, and it was about 23 degrees. Saw this little fellow enjoying the sun on the track ahead of me. You can see how muddy it is by his mucky legs!

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    Mianevem That's the idea. But it's also showing me how bad I've become with my patterns. I ought to have practiced during lockdown but I didn't...

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  • Mianevem
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    That's a nice little game with the patterns and the dice. If you keep up with it, you'll be the first one to react, whatever randomness your coaches throw at your group.

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  • HellYeah
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    great 5k badge

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  • TopNotch
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    Gee, thanks Mianevem mavie TheLibrarian Fremen TheGrayLynx PetiteSheWolf DorothyMH val.lavigne86 (haven't seen you around for AGES!) Anek ryś (the leg is better. Good enough to do slow jogging on a treadmill but nowhere near back to my almost 170degree vertical. Slowly, slowly...) CaptainCanuck Much appreciated.

    Day 662

    Exercise bike. Spellcast, ep 1 - Sorceror's Realm. 25min/12.84k (pace 1'56"). A new story, again 5 episodes (they all seem to be that, except for the actual ZR missions, of course).
    Splits app. Intermediate, day 6. 19 minutes.
    2 x 30 Kettlebell swings, just because.

    This morning, I dug out my little bag of dice and took this one out:
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    It has 12 sides and I know 11 patterns (I was taught the beginning of the 12th but I have forgotten it). So what I did today was roll it and do the first station of whichever pattern the die chose. Boringly, the first ones were 2 and then 1. But then I got 6, which made me think. When I have cleared the mats and therefore have more room (haven't put away the Halloween crate yet), I'll move onto other stations of randomly-selected patterns. Training is supposed to recommence this Thursday!

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  • CaptainCanuck
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    Congrats

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  • ryś
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    Congratulations on 5k! I guess that means, that your leg has healed?

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  • Anek
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    Congrats on the 5k!!!

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