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  • val.lavigne86
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    Congrats on your 5k!!

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  • DorothyMH
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    Congrats on the 5K!

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  • PetiteSheWolf
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    Grats on 5K, that's an achievement!

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    congrats

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  • Fremen
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    Congrats on 5k

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  • TheLibrarian
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    Congrats. Enjoy the tea.

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  • mavie
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    Congrats on running 5K. Great achievement.


    I guess i'll get back to the zombies when the gray, rainy, dark and cold is over here, so in about half a year. *sigh*

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  • Mianevem
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    Woohoo! Congrats on your running badge!

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 661

    ZR 5k training. Wk8WO3. Today's workout was simply a 5k run, and I had 45 minutes in which to do it. I had worked out a nice table of which speed for how long, and when to slow down a bit to "rest". I stuck it up on the wall in front of the treadmill. And I paid no attention to it whatsoever! I knew that so long as I did a total of 24 minutes at 4.5m/7.2k, and didn't go below 4m/6.4k for the rest of the time, I'd get my 5k. And I did. It was hard. About halfway through I felt like giving up. Around the 4k mark, I didn't think I'd make it. But I did. And all in one go - no walking in between.
    Splits app. Intermediate, day 5.

    Another deliciously grey and rainy day today. Made the running easier, though the sweat still certainly ran! Kicking back now and downing the tea.

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 660

    Workout:
    - Made With Love This looked a nice one. I quite liked it; really worked those tendons, but gently.
    Splits app. Intermediate, day 4. 19 minutes.

    It was a beautifully grey and rainy day today so I enjoyed it thoroughly, and let myself do as little as possible. Still working on the hamstrings, of course, and I've added slider lunges to the slider plank jacks. I'm really enjoying playing with these sliders! Oh, and I found this interesting and useful this morning:

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 659

    ZR 5k training. Wk8WO2. I had misread today's workout earlier and it wasn't as much of a doddle as I had hoped! Started with a 5min walk, followed by 10min free-form run, and 3min stretching. Then 10min run, 5min walk x 2, then 5min run. This meant that, again, I had to run for a total of 35 minutes. Bolstered by my achievement on Monday, I did the first 10min run at 4.5m/7.2k. After that, I realised that I had two more 10min runs to do, and I simply couldn't do them at less than 4.5m, right? So I didn't. The final 5min run I actually managed to do at 4.7m/7.56k. Only when I had finished did I realise what I had done - I had run faster for a whole 10 minutes. Three times! But there was walking in between, to rest. Well, we'll see what happens on Friday.
    Exercise bike. A Study in Ichor, ep 5 - A Horror Vanquished. 28min/13.23km; pace 2'09". Finished the story; all very dramatic and exciting!
    Splits app. Intermediate, day 3. 18 minutes.

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 658

    Mystery at 4,000 fathoms, ep 2 - Descent into Darkness. While I was busy discovering Atlantis, I did lunges, knee-to-elbow bicycle crunches, hooks, and push-ups. But it's very worrying right now - we've been caught by the Altanteans and injected with something that means we will never be able to leave Atlantis. But this is only episode 2 so...
    Splits app. Intermediate, day 2. 18 minutes.

    A very easy day today. This was the first time in ages that I went out to shop for something other than food! Bought petrol for the first time in 3 months! Anyway, this took up most of the day and was unfortunately mostly unfruitful. I hate getting new sports shoes but my old ones are falling apart but I couldn't find any that looked decent. Have to look further. Let's not even mention trying to get new sports pants!

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 657

    ZR 5k training. This is the last week. Each workout this week is different. Today's was: 5min walk, 5min run, 4min stretching, 20min run, 5min stretching, 5min run, 3min stretching, 5min run. Instead of stretching, I just walked slowly - between 2-2.5m/3-4k. I did the first run at 4.5/7.2k. The longer run was another "free-form" run but I've been doing all of those as straight runs. I wasn't sure that I could do the whole 20 minutes of it at 4.5, though, so I started at 4.3m/6.9k. Every two minutes was called out, so after the first two minutes, I increased the speed to 4.5m/7.2k. Back down at the 4min mark, up again at 6, down at 8. From the 10min mark, I ran at 4.5 for four minutes before reducing to 4.3 for two minutes, then the final four minutes were again at 4.5. So that meant that I ran for 20 whole minutes. My aim, quite some months back, was to run continuously for 15 minutes. Recently, I've done that a few times. Now, I've beaten that little record. The final two runs I also did at 4.5m but they were hard because I was tired. Still, I did it. All up today, I ran/walked just over 5k, but to give you some idea of how slowly I actually run, I only did 2.4k during that 20 minutes!
    Exercise bike. A Study in Ichor, ep 4 - A Cruel Bargain. 26min/12.3k. With tired legs and an increased resistance, my pace was slower today, and that's okay. It's good to have to work a bit harder.
    Splits app. Intermediate, day 1. 19 minutes. Mostly the same stretches, just held for longer.

    I had considered doing the monthly challenge and I had even selected a new programme to start, but I didn't. I could say that the running programme this week is more rigorous (which it is) but it's only three days. Maybe it had something to do with the email I got today, saying that face-to-face classes will most likely recommence next week. I don't know. Perhaps I just want to have a bit of a break, and, for a while, just throw in the occasional workout as the fancy takes me.

    Oh, and added the first 5k to my goal

    Thanks, Whirly

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  • Whirly
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    Congrats on 1-Minute HIIT!

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  • TopNotch
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    Thanks, Fremen TheGrayLynx mavie DorothyMH ryś Anek CaptainCanuck Julian4077 Silent Wolf
    ryś I dropped that skipping challenge because I didn't like it. I'm not dropping skipping altogether. It's just with the hamstring which is taking forever to heal, sometimes doing almost anything sets it up to ache.

    Day 656

    Exercise bike. The just-released Halloween story from the ZR suite. Ooh, spooky... 33min/16km. I upped the resistance on the bike a bit and I'm back down to the speed I started at - about 18kph.
    Workout:
    - Hiker EC was with only one minute rest between sets but I didn't even bother with that and just carried on. That felt good, without being too hard. I'm resting up for tomorrow, see.

    I realised that recently I've been focussing on running (or lower body and cardio) so I decided to bang the battle ropes around for a bit. Did 30 seconds of that, then had about 20 minutes of totem tennis with my two youngest, then another 30 seconds with the rope.

    And tonight was Halloween. Last year was a bit disappointing around here, and given that we've only just climbed out of lockdown (this is the first weekend we can go around without masks on - and it's Halloween. Ironic, really), I was concerned that the children would be disappointed again. But, on the contrary, there were enough people doing it for them to get a decent haul. We walked 3.5km in 55 minutes, and I think there were about 20 or so houses "doing" Halloween.

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