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    #76
    huma Thanks!

    Today didn't turn out exactly as planned. We were planning on going to a nearby nature park to do a short hike, but open arriving there found out that it was packed, and that there was no single spot in the parking lot. So we instead went to a city park, which had yet another one of the exercise parks that I have been routinely visiting since moving back to this city. This one had a decent exercise section, but also had some of the so called BenchFit stations, which are just regular park benches with plaques next to them saying which exercises to try. So just to say that I had tried it, I did some split squats at one and some regular squats at another (though the sings were in French, as this was the adjacent French city that we were in.) I also did 30 pullups at the bars there. We had plans to do a different walk, but had to cancel that as well, as we had to head home because of one of the boys.

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    I was still under my step count later, so we did a walk at a different city park near dusk. Step count for the day was only over 7000, but still good enough to get me past 200,000 so fr for the month and therefore past the threshold for the monthly challenge from the step counter on my phone

    Later I did 100 pushups and Because Abs (EC).

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      #77
      I figured that with temperatures dropping that I would check out another one of the exercise parks today, before it starts to get too cold to use them. I chose one in the eastern end of the city, though it was not much further to get to than some others. It wasn't as good as some, specifically because the posts holding the pullup bars were getting loose. I still did the usual 30 pullups as well as some dips. I didn't get a lot of steps in today though, just over 6,000.

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      Tonight I did 100 pushups and then did Micro Shred (EC) and the new dumbbell workout, Iron Will (Level I, EC).

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        #78
        It was a cool morning but it warmed up later in the day to almost 20 degrees, so I suggested that we go to our favourite playground/exercise park. While there I did 30 pullups and 100 pushups.

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        At the playground I climbed a structure that looks like more for adults, and then after doing so realized that the boys followed me up as well. So I had to reclimb and then carry them down once they got to the point of not being able to go farther. An interesting structure though, if I was in the park in the early morning before children got there, then I would use it more. It is similar to structures that I have seen on obstacle courses in the past.

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        Other than that I mostly went with an evening off, though I did Abs & Core Desk Edition. With the table in the suite being used for study, I used the ledge that runs along the outside wall, which was a pretty good height. Pretty easy workout though, but still was on the list.

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          #79
          Another day, another new exercise park. This one I timed to make something more of it, as we went to a different park next to the river afterwards to watch the sunset, but that meant a restricted amount of time at the park, so I only got to do 24 pullups. I thought that I saw that the park had pullup bars, but it did not so I had to use the monkey bars (which are still considered exercise equipment, as they are supplied by the same company). It was a strange exercise park as it was spread out over a large area instead of having all the equipment in one place. Surprisingly for the end of October in Canada, there were more than a few mosquitoes out, though that wasn't necessarily strange as the park seemed to be built next to a former swamp. It was good to check out, but these recent days of trekking to see other parks makes me appreciate what is available closer to home. Combined with a walk with the boys this morning, my steps were over 10,000 for the first day in a while.

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          In the evening I did Graveyard Shift (level I, EC), Ultimate Fighter (level I, EC), Target: Abs (EC) and Back and Biceps Express (EC). I had done 10 pushups at the park, so the 90 from Ultimate Fighter added up to 100.

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            #80
            @ryś Those still look decent. I have only recently moved back to my home city, and I have been surprised that there are so many of these parks around, and happier still that one of them is about 5 blocks away from where we are living. I think the company that sells them is based in a nearby city (Montreal, 2 hour drive) and thus probably gets a lot of exposure here.

            It was a rainy day, but I still made it over 10,000 steps, thanks in part to a visit to the museum and some later errands to run. The clouds broke free from rain later in the afternoon, good timing for me to get to the pullup bars in the nearby park. It was busy at the exercise stations today, with three other people there throughout and another one that showed up just at the end. The first three were using the pullup bars too, so I had to wait my turn a couple of times. I prefer the wood chip surface there for doing burpees, so I decided to do one of the abs workouts that also has burpees, The Pouncer (level I, EC). I did 36 pullups. Later in the evening I did 100 pushups.

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              #81
              The boys and I did a trip to the playground after lunch and I did 30 pullups while there.

              I have been battling a minor cold for the past week. Nothing major, just some tiredness and a bit of congestion. Regardless, I thought that it was would be wise to not push myself too much and I therefore haven't been running. Today was the first day that I felt up to running, even though the temperature has dropped substantially. It was 7 degrees at the warmest part of the day. It was a long enough run, 8.4 km but I took my time and did it in 53:02. It is an interesting route. Our temporary accommodation is next to one of the country's Experimental Farms, and this route is called the Experimental Farm pathway. It had a distance marker every now and then to the museum on the farm property, which is not far from where I live, so it is one of the few times that I have had a clear idea of how much I had left to run. Despite having lived in Ottawa for over ten years I had only ever been on this path once before, and that was on Christmas Day many years ago when I took my grandmother's dog for a long walk to escape from the house for a while. I didn't know that it was all connected together until I started researching running routes in the vicinity. As usual, it is interesting to see how much nature I can see in the middle of the city. Granted that where I used to live also had an abundance of nature, but it was also a lot smaller. And there is not even any comparison to Toronto. Today I did have to cross four fairly busy streets, but I only stopped at three of them. Also, not sure if any runners can relate to this, but I have stopped doing the runner's shuffle that runners do at red lights. Now I just stop running altogether.


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              No formal workout today, as we had games night, but I still did 100 pushups throughout the day, mostly in the evening.

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                #82
                Beautiful scenery, and I appreciate how you look around and actually *see* it.

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                  #83
                  huma That is one of the great benefits of running outside, your gym is wherever you want to go!

                  Today we did a museum visit in the morning and in the afternoon I went to the exercise park by myself while running other errands. Step count for the day was over 10,000.

                  At the exercise park I did Core Burn (level I, EC). I really prefer the wood mulch for doing the burpees and I will try to do as many burpee workouts there as possible before the weather gets too cold. In addition to the softer surface, it also has the benefit of kicking up the wood chips and making a bit of mess! I also did 30 pullups while there.

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                  In the evening I did Power Abs (level I, EC), Master Pack (level I, EC), Strong Core (EC) and Verity (level I, EC). As I am working through the list of abs workouts (5 today) it occurs to me that a lot of these workouts are also effectively full body (at least one of them is described as such). I guess the distinction might be arbitrary in some cases of what makes it into "abs" in the database and what makes it into "full body". Not a big deal anyway, plus gives me something to aim for.

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                    #84
                    Very similar day to yesterday with a morning walk with family and then a workout in the late afternoon at the exercise park. The days are becoming a lot shorter, when I first moved here a little over a month ago, the sun was going down after 7pm, but now it is closer to 6pm, so it leaves less time during the day for working out, or at least in sunlight. As I got started later today, I worked out into the dusk. I did Core Forge (level I, EC), again taking advantage of the wood chip surface for the burpees. It is a little strange to me, as an exercise park wouldn't really seem to me like a place that has regulars, at least not like at a regular gym, but today marks the third time that I have seen one of the people there and the second that I have seen another pair.

                    As usual I did 30 pullups while there as well.

                    In the evening I did 2 Minute Abs (EC), Ab Crunch (level I, EC), Easy Abs (level I, EC) and Home Upperbody Tone (level I, EC). Lots of crunches in these workouts, I will have to find a different focus for tomorrow's workouts.

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                      #85
                      It was a cold and rainy day (at least cold for October), so we stayed in for most of the day. I was looking at the database yesterday and realized that while it is not exactly a pullup bar workout, that the Playground (EC) workout still involves pullups, so in the interest of completing all pullup related workouts, I went to the exercise park to do this workout today. I chose the other nearby exercise park as it has monkey bars, though they are a little odd. From one end they raise up almost immediately. On the three sets I got 80%, then about 50 % then about 30% of the way across the bars, with this initial raise the hardest part as it made it a lot harder to get a proper grip on the bar. The illustration says chinups, though the picture looks like hammer grip, so I did hammer grip. Still I was surprised by managing only 3 each time, as well as having to divide my pullups into sets of 3s and 2s. I found out afterwards that I had pulled something in my inner elbow, and hadn't noticed at the time because of the cold and/or adrenaline. I might have to take a few days off from pullups, but otherwise not such a serious injury.

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                      In the evening I did Abs Superset (level I, EC) and the new dumbbell workout, Farmer (level I, EC). The arm was still kind of tender, but by focusing on proper form for the dumbbell exercises, I had no problems. Same thing for the pushups (100) which I had to focus on proper technique and form, but otherwise arm was OK for those too.

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                        #86
                        Healing to the arm.

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                          #87
                          Meh about your arm, but glad you're feeling ok already!

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                            #88
                            TopNotch Anek Thanks, it is not too bad, just taking some precautions.

                            My wife has been pretty busy recently with work, but she told me that I could go for a run today. Problem was that it was a rainy day where I might normally skip going and just go the next day it was clear. On the other hand, running in the rain is an interesting experience. Only the people that really want to be there head out. On what is usually a busy trail of bicyclists and runners I saw only one other runner, though I wasn't on the main path for a while and might have missed seeing some bicyclists. I think that I overcame something today which has been bothering me. Some runners have this code of waving at each other in passing, which was very common where I used to live, but not as common here. I have had a hard time figuring out if it is the case or not here that it even happens a lot, so I have been observing other runners to see if they do it. I think that was my problem of not being assertive enough, so I am just going to wave at every runner I see and not care if they wave back or not. I also keep having these funny moments where I see traffic signs that show the speed of drivers going too fast and think that it is about me. A bit too arrogant on my part I guess, I don't know why it is the first thing that goes through my head. I am not an expert on GPS, though I know a bit about radios thanks to the military, so I am not sure why my GPS lost its signal towards the end of my run. Being as I am a bit eccentric about maps, it bothers me a little bit that I didn't get to capture the whole run, though I captured the part that I hadn't run before at least. Anyway, the mapping software says that I went 7.1 km. I also had the impression that I was going pretty slow, but I did it in 37:46. The waterfront route that I used to run was 7.2 km, and the best time that I had at that was 37:30, and nothing else under 38. Did the rain lubricate the air for me? Was the traffic sign for speeding actually about me? No and no, I guess I just had a good day. We will be moving into our new accommodation sooner than expected, which means I only have until the end of the month to complete all the runs that I wanted to get done. Good that there are only two left now.

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                            As a precaution I decided to take the day off from pullups today. I had thought that I might tack it onto the back of my run but it was raining so I didn't do that, as I didn't want the wet bar to interfere with anything. Still it was a good streak, since February 24 of this year (244 days) doing more than 20 a day and since November 6 of last year (354 days) of at least 10 per day. Oh well, as with the step streak all streaks eventually have to come to an end one way or another. I will start fresh when the arm gets better in a couple of days. It was probably not a good idea to keep going at such high numbers, I was probably risking injury anyway.

                            I still did 100 pushups in the evening and I did Core For Runners (level I, EC).

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                              #89
                              Running in the rain is an interesting experience, one I never had the urge to do :-)
                              Well done on the streak - it's an impressive one!

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                                #90
                                I like the camaraderie between fellow runners too. It's like you're a member of a secret society.
                                Here it's very different how runners are greeting, some have only a nod with the head, sometimes just a raised hand or a nice smile. Maybe the greeting language in your new area is different?

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