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Old 10-14-2011, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by jamdls View Post
Boss is on vacation so I'm taking the afternoon off work and getting the oil changed in my car and the car place is across the street from the gym so I'll get in a workout while they change the oil.
Sounds like a good day!
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"buttkicking/huggs" ......Only the best for this group. Soon we will all have pedometer attached to our belts counting steps...... Nice.

I think one of R4R maladies is contagious. The one about the sore back. Same thing happen to me a year ago when I spent 3 or 4 days hunched over my desk going through a full year of financials for my taxes. My lower back has been a bit sore the past couple of days. Not too bad, but enough for me to noticed it a few times.

When I got to the gym last night, I started my warm up on the rowing machine, and my back really did not feel right, so I just did some "loaded" stretches on a pair of machines, checked out the fauna and hit the sauna. I always throw myself in the pool to cool down after sauna and steam, but I felt a sprout of energy in me, so I must have spent 20 to 25 minutes going back and forth in the pool. Swimming, walking, sprinting. Does that count? Whirlpool felt great afterward.

Today I schedule my first meeting a bit later so that I could get my third 20 mile bike ride of the week, but my back was a bit stiff in the middle of the night. I told myself to just pass, but I woke up (5:30 on the dot) and without hesitation suited up, checked my tYres (as Ultra and Elvis would say), and took off at 6:15. Hunched over the bike I felt just fine, so I did the entire lake route again. Chalk me up for 60 miles so far this week.

Great day everyone...... TdC.
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Nice ridin Tom. Hope the back is well. Yeah...the pool definitely counts.

I set a PR in Deadlift today of 286 lbs. This may seem like an odd weight cuz the weights we use are in kilograms. My previous was 275 lbs, and I didn't realize I had passed it by that much (not great at the conversion from K to lbs yet). So I was pretty happy with that. Also did some pull ups and running / jogging.
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Hey Ghostly, I don't know about anyone else but your workouts sound kind of scary to me. I tend to stick with light weights/high reps and core work...main motivation in the gym is to do some injury prevention work so I can keep on running.

Judy, sounds like that pedometer is getting a good workout...good for you sticking with it. R4R, hope things are OK for you....you sound a little streesed out so will be holding a good thought. Coffee, I tend to do halp my runs on my own and always take my iPod shuffle...it has a pretty eclectic mix of classical/rock-contemporary. I find the classical stuff quite soothing when I'm doing trails, and the rest helps with the road work. I read an interesting article on running to music by the philosopher Martha Nussbaum (who runs 10 miles a day). I think it's called "Where the Dark Thoughts Hold Sway". She thinks that some of the philosophical issues around music (how it can be non-linguistic and yet express emotions) are illuminated by the experience of running. Or something :-)

Good riding Tom...and good posting....as ever

Rest day yesterday, spent with Little Ben. I'll be doing 8 today as part of my 40 for the week. Next week will be 42 in total.

Have a great weekend!!
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Old 10-15-2011, 07:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Ultrarunner View Post
Ghostly.....you..... sound kind of scary to me.
Not my words...... Can I get arrested for this? Slander? Defamation?

We all do our thing here but MR. GHOSTLY is as consistent a they come. Congratulations on your commitment to fitness and sobriety. I know that you go way way way out of your way to help newcomers, and my hat is off to you. You really seem to be enjoying going to the gym routinely now. Congrats on the PR. Hard work is paying off.
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Not much for me this morning. Have a 3/4 day at the office. Trying to save my legs for tomorrow's club bike ride, but I still had to do a "get out of the house for a bit" 4 mile walk at sunrise. Every once in a while I slow it down a bit and just look at all around me, put a smile on my face, find my place in my life, and elevate my spirits. Don't plan it, it just happens.

Great day everyone....... TdC.
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This afternoon was good. 8.2 miles at about 7min 50 pace. Found the first couple of miles hard going but was fine by mile 3. That's two 8ish mile session this week with an overall mileage of 40 so gradually getting there....maybe in about a year I can justify the username :-)

My son went back to his Mum this afternoon so I'm in my flat all on my lonesome. Got a couple of good books lined up and am allowing myself (1) one episode of NCIS and (2) a chocolate bar to have with my tea. And the company of all you good people of course, time zones etc permitting.

(Ghostly: hope you noticed I didn't rise to Tom's piece of mischief...he's just sore cos he's working and not playing this weekend.....<slopes off before Tom gets a reply in>....)
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Happy saturday everyone!

Baltimore comes in in at 3:58:48. Almost 10 minutes faster than last week in Chicago. Average pace was 9:02. Had some good fast miles in the final 5. I was with an excellent pace group for 4hrs. They kept us focused.

Where I dropped at 22 last week, today I felt I had it and kept going to the end. I was definitely playing the mind games about stopping.

Windy and a hilly course but sunny. I'm beat, take care everyone, keep KA!
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Great job MG! That's a fantastic time, especially "back to back".
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And I was going to congratulate Ultra on your 40 mile week (OK... a little congrats, Ultra) but my hat is also off to MyG. Boy, back to back marathons. No wonder you are beat, especially with that time.

Funny, I was just reading a post from my 30 something nephew on Facebook. He just ran his first 13.1 and he posted that he did it just fast enough so that could get to the beer garden before his buddies.

Congrats to all our SR-KA warriors. I'm proud of you to be able to go the distance, without the help of that beer garden.
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Hi everyone! Glad to hear you guys and gals are doing well, such good news!
This week I did 30:00 on Monday and Thursday, and today (Saturday) I did 40:00 and it felt bloody marvelous! The weather was perfect, overcast and cool. Some yoga mixed in to stay "grounded", all in all a great week.
So far sticking to (3) runs a week is working out nice!
Keep up all the good work!

P.S. Shame about Wales in the Rugby World Cup. I thought they would pull it off, even a man down. Very respectable showing, in any case!
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R4R: In my Very Humble opinion....nothing should come before sobriety. Yes, fitness helps. But when they go hand in hand, you have yourself a built in excuse when your training lags. And training lags.

Not sure if that was a buttkick or a hug. But, it was meant with respect.

Judy: The pedometer seems to be a great tool! Keeps it on your mind? Great motivator? May have to look into that.

Tom: What a great gym day...and yes...pool walking counts! I'm finding all around fitness....is harder than just running my butt off.

Ghost: A pr! Yes! Gotta LOVE it when that happens! R4R is getting ready for you to twirl her around, next!

GF: 9:02 was my goal I could not reach....so jealous....and extremely happy for you. Especially after just doing a marathon! You Really nailed it!

Ultra: Downtime after your boy leaves. That would be a tough thing to learn to live with. It sounds like you have a great plan. Hard to do, great to see!

And...you did a most excellent job torturing Tom. And Ghost, too.

Benny: Good to see you sticking to your fitness plans. That alone always makes me feel centered.

Nice fall weather here. 3 mile walk yesterday. Lots of computer work today....I'm planning on breaking it up with a run in there sometime today.

Have an Excellent Sober Sunday. Feels so dang good!
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Benny - watched the game and Wales loosing by just 1 point. Great to see that you're sticking with your plan. Watching the other (taped) semi in a short while.

R4R - I can only repeat coffee's words. Not going for that first drink is no. 1 and for me exercising and being tired helps - really and 4 real.

Tom - always a delight to read your posts. You are an inspiration.

1 hour gym session today. 20 min bicycle, 10 min TM, abs, triceps etc. (still cant remember all the names

Weekly walking total - 48 km. It is very cold here and getting dark my 6 pm - walked from my beach walk yesterday through a dark forrest - creepy.

Finished elememntary phase of alcohol therapy on Friday (8 weeks - 6h a day). Now must face the real world and being sober - a lot of anxiety right now.
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Tom - always a delight to read your posts. You are an inspiration
Please Piotr. Thank you, but I am just doing what I always knew I had to do but could not, or would not face up to do. The people that inspire me here are the ones with long term sobriety, U-H, Coffee, Judy, Top, Ghost, please stand up and take a bow.

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Finished elememntary phase of alcohol therapy on Friday (8 weeks - 6h a day). Now must face the real world and being sober - a lot of anxiety right now.
You are definitely at the right place at the right time. I don't know much about your past, or what brought you here, but there is a very rewarding road up ahead, you just have to stay your course, and keep plugging along. All you guys do that by allowing me to come here every day and share my travesties.

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It is very cold here and getting dark my 6 pm - walked from my beach walk yesterday through a dark forrest - creepy.
Creepy is what is in store for us in the next weeks around here. Do you celebrate/observe Halloween in Poland? It is Ghostly's favorite time of the year.
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I do 3 or 4 bike rides a week. Sometimes I feel good, sometimes OK, many times I have to ask myself "what the heck am I doing this for?" and then there are the days where a routine bike ride just makes me feel like jumping up and down like a 7 year old in a toy store.

Bill Walton, famous basketball player from the 70s (and avid cyclist by the way), once said his bike rides are a little bit of gym, a bit of religion, and a whole lot of therapy all mixed in (something like that).

That was today for me. Did not start out that way, but my mile 20 I just started feeling better and better and by the time I got back to my car, I could not believe I had just gone nearly 66 miles with 4200 feet of climbing and 4700 calories burnt (according to Garmin). It was up and down the entire morning, but it was 61 degrees and overcast when I started, just perfect for a Sunday morning bike ride with about 20 other MAMILS. (Middle aged males (and women) in lycra shorts).

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Great day everyone...... Feel fantastic right now.
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Ghostly, good job with the pull ups, leg exercises, roping. Good job with the pr's in deadlift with 286 lbs and Turkish get ups.

Perhaps your next attempt in the Turkish get ups could be with jamdls now that she's a skinny minny after losing that weight she gained from quitting smoking?

Coffeenut, good job with the 7 mile walk.

jamdls, good job feeling happy, smiling, feeling good. Good job with the 50 min cardio. Congrats on being a non-smoker as well as losing that weight.

R4R, good job getting your husband and dog some exercise with those hikes. My spouse is also sedentary. She used to belong to Curves and was doing well with it but then quit going around a year ago. Wish she would get some exercise in for her health, but she won't. Good job planning to start running Monday if you feel you're ready.

Tom, your body must have needed it to sleep in a little. Amazing though how something like that can mess up our structured routine. Good job with the 66 miles. Hope your back feels better. Congrats on your nephew's first 13.1.

Ultrarunner, interesting how music plays a role with your running. Good job with 40 for the week and spending time with little Ben. That 7 min 50 sec pace is amazing to do for 8.2 miles. You must be in incredible shape. Enjoy your ncis and choc bar with your tea.

Mygrandfather, good job in Baltimore. I'm assuming that's a 26 mile run? If so that 9 min pace is incredible for that long.

BennyHill, good job with 3 runs a week.

Piotr, good job with the one hour gym workout with cardio and other exercises.

Saturday late afternoon I was going to do weights. As I was warming up for my 5 min jog on the treadmill, I felt so good I figured I'll make a cardio session out of it and do the weights the next day. So I jogged 15 minutes straight with a medium/fast pace.

Sunday late afternoon, Chest, lats, arms, abs.

Today was my last session of attempting to max out in this cycle before bringing the weights back down a bit for a while. Last week I benched 385 lbs. This week was a pr attempt of 395 lbs.

Warmed up on treadmill with brisk walk/slow jog for 5 min.

Bench press, 135 lbs x 5 reps, 225 x 5, 315 x 1.

I called my son to the basement for a lift off and spot on my pr attempt of 395 lbs. The lift off was good, I bring it down to my chest, explode the weight off my chest with as much force as I could muster. The weight goes up, through the half way point, through the 3/4 point, and the lift is.....

No good! Had it about 3/4 of the way up but couldn't quite lock it out. I gave my son the signal for the spot. He then grabbed the bar and helped me rack it. I might have gotten it if it was 390. It was that close. But that's alright.

Brought the weight down to 315 x 5 reps for another set on the bench press.

Close grip bench press with pause on each rep: 295 x 4.

Reverse grip lat pull downs: 190 x 8 reps x 2 sets.

Barbell bicep curls: 115 x 8.
Tricep push downs: 140 x 8
Hammer curls: 50 x 8
Tricep push downs: 140 x 5.

Stability ball crunches x 20 reps.
Hanging leg raises with 8 lb medicine ball between my legs x 10 reps.

Stretched out whole body for 20 minutes.
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Uncle, I’m glad to see you enjoyed your run! It’s good to read your continuing bench press saga!

Ghost, good job with the Personal records!

Judy, isn’t it great to quit smoking? Those damn little things….

Coffee, fall is my favorite time of year. I must be nice to get out on those walks and enjoy this weather.

R4R, isn’t it very therapeutic to get out with the spouse and dog?

Tom, nice consistency on the rides!

Every once in a while I slow it down a bit and just look at all around me, put a smile on my face, find my place in my life, and elevate my spirits. Don't plan it, it just happens.
Good advice!

Ultra, you are fast! I hope I can find my way to that kind of speed someday!

Mygrandfather, it sounds like you’re on a road racing roll; that sounds like lot of fun. Stay strong!

Benny, I’m with you, I love running in cool overcast weather. Running in the rain is good, too. I know that sounds crazy but it feels really good.

Piotr, It’s good to have you here; congratulations on your therapy completion; you might get a little white knuckled once in a while, hang in there; go to the chat room if you need immediate 24 hour support!


I attend face to face AA meetings about once a week. This site, the SMART Recovery site, and Rational Recovery were instrumental in developing the capacity to stop drinking. When I come to this forum, it honestly helps. So, here I am. I think that it gets easier over time, but I also believe that I’ll always need some like minded people for support.

Injury prevention is getting more important to me. Last week, I was working around the house and I must have put too much strain on my low back; it was in quite a bit of pain for the entire week. I took an ice bath and I’ve been on Ibuprofen, so it seems to be getting better. It kind of messes up my pace and my weekly mileage, but I’m just going to listen to my body.

It’s good to see everyone.
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Never fails; .........you guys always put a big smile on my face

Some end of the year mind-numbing office mailings tonight at work. Just thinking of another hour of it gets me sleepy !?!

Great work y'all !!!

This cooler weather seems to be having a positive effect on everyone. Ghost with a PR;
GF with back to back marathons. Unbelievebly incredible workouts all around !?

Bri and Ella headed back home this am. Had some good times with family coming over a couple days mixed in with a bike ride and a trip out on the river.

Feel so grateful tonight.
.....and sleepy.

later gang, (and thanks)
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Piotr: You're in pretty deep for 'elementary'. 8 weeks is awesome! Congrats!

Tom: MAMILS, rrrrrrofl! Too funny. That profile wasn't funny, tho....it was tough. Like you. And you know, you are an inspiration here. Many times...you cut yourself short. Knock it off!

Uncle: I always think more of the benefit of your lifting for your sons....than for you. Lots of inspiration in here this morning!

Free: IMO, it's so hard to listen to your body. But if you're hurting, you'll only make stuff worse. Glad you're paying attention to your body...both physically and mentally. I agree....I think I may need 'long term' SR therapy.

I've been around the block long enough to know I want a sober life. I'm also learning that just because you want it, doesn't make it so. Like everything in life, you gotta work on it. And I like the working environment here!

Found out real quick...no one wants to talk about sobriety. Especially if they're a practicing drunk. Nor do 'normies' feel a need to discuss (nor should they!) the benefits of sobriety. Much like running. No one wants to listen to an obsessive mile counter...except another obsessive mile counter.

Top: Paradise, just paradise. Glad you got to enjoy your girl folk.

7 mile walk for me, yesterday. I'm enjoying it more than running right now. I'm thinking chicken noodle soup for dinner. Got the chicken in the crock pot. Now, I'll be hungry all day!

Have an awesome Monday, Friends!!
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Happy Monday morning gang! Hope everyone had a happy healthy sober KA weekend!

Tom, hope your back is feeling better must be all that desk work you're having to do cause it sure isn't the cycling
Ghost-nice PR very impressive!
Ultra, hope you had a great time with the kiddo
MG-WTG! great time and back to back I can only imagine
Benny, hi
Coffee, what are you doing computer work on a Sunday for! I rarely even turn my computer on on the weekends my eyes and hands need a rest. Fall is supposed to arrive here tomorrow with temps only in the 60s! today is 1 last (hopefully) day of near 90 deg. Chicken noodle soup sounds awesome I've only ever had it out of a can though...
Piotr--Congrats on completing your alcohol therapy! Life just gets better and better the further we get from our demons. Keep up the exercise and keep checking in, we care!
Free, YES it is great to be a non-smoker!! I quit smoking using Alan Carr's Easyway (just read the book) and throughout the book he tells you that whenever you think about smoking to just say to yourself "YIPPEE I'm a non-smoker" and I've been saying that to myself for 6 mths now and I really feel it! Now when I even see someone smoke or smell it I think that thought to myself and I smile it is GREAT to be a non-smoker and a non-drinker.
Uncle-Hi

Had a good weekend, weather was awesome. Saturday I didn't get to the gym but I kept my pedometer on all day while I did some yard work, cleaned house, walked the dog and after Peach's last walk I checked the steps and I had 9800 steps, not a bad day! I couldn't do the last 200 though because I had to watch the Texas Rangers win another AL championship! now they're going to K some A at the World Series!!!
Sunday I got to the gym early, 40 min eliptical 20 min TM in between I did 3 sets of 15 on the chest press/ab crunch/seated row/lateral pull; then 3 sets of 15 with free weights curls/overhead curls(?)/scull crushers/and 2 types of shoulder exercises...it was a really good workout! By 10:00 a.m. I already had my 10,000 steps in!! but I took Peach for 3 more walks and ran errands etc so I had over 15k for the day.

Have a great day gang!
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