Torture Report: 2015 officially begins, treadmill TV & Planks

(L) After much deliberation I have decided that the New Year should begin the second week of January. Let’s face it, whoever decided that our goals and resolutions should begin on January 1st clearly did not have anything else going on and they certainly did not have kids. On January 1st the kids are still home, the decorations are still up, all of the cookies and crappy food we ate over the holidays are still sitting in the refrigerator. This is not the best time to begin working out. So, for this part of Lowi & G my New Year officially began on January 12th!

Happy New Year!


My first full week of January went something like this: a house guest, a broken oven and a repairman (he gets to come back next week to actually fix it), orthopedic doctor, a ski race, clogged kitchen sink (yes, it needed to be taken apart), the dog cut his tongue and bled for hours on the carpet overnight, car leaking oil and did I mention my kids were still home? Geez, who has time to think about nutrition and a training schedule with all of this going on?


So, while I was able to get some running and planks in it wasn’t what I was planning. Now, the second week of January is the best time, in my opinion, to begin the new year and a new training program. I officially had my first long training run. I was able, no thanks to a 2-hour school delay, to get going on my Outrun training program. Due to the snow and ice I did my 10 miles on the dreaded treadmill. Can I just say that it feels like it takes twice as long on the treadmill?  Oh, and a special thanks to G for sending her plank challenge for me.  I was so worried about what I was going to do after I finished my run everyday!  NOT!




My biggest problems right now, though? What do I watch on Netflix or Hulu while I am running on the treadmill? Please message me ASAP with your suggestions.  Oh, and my other issue?  2,015 miles in 2015!  I am happy to report that I have less than 2,000 miles to go!

(G) 2,015 Miles in 2015
Again Sisyphus and I have a lot in common. I love the clean slate of a new year but starting again pushing the proverbial boulder uphill? I don’t as much enjoy the clean slate of starting over on miles. It’s silly to say but it feels a little depressing. I think once I get to 100 miles or get that frontal lobotomy it will all be better.

Nothing like getting a little assistance while you do planks. I love to add an extra 8 pounds to it.

Plank Challenge
Yep, the plank challenge is a gift that keeps on giving. We’ve moved from the 30-second realm to 45-second planks and I am here to tell you that’s tough on me. Fifteen seconds is a LONG time. I mean it’s not when you’re trying to do really anything else but while in a plank I feel like I have become intimately connected to what a millisecond actually feels like. For all you science-y people out there I realize that may or may not be possible, I don’t know I am not science-y. But in the world that is me, G, it’s totally legit! But push on I will since I dragged Lowi in to the plank challenge I don’t really have the option to quit.

I’ll need to spend a lot of time with my meditation cushion this year to keep this mindset.

This is what it’s all about again. A new year, a new race season and THE RACE is back on the horizon. If you take out all the, you know, running, it’s actually a lot of fun to look forward to. So far Lowi and Shakira are committed to the race so that means spending a few days with some of my favorite people. Speedy hasn’t committed yet but it’s possible she found a treatment for this affliction we all have and is now in a proper recovery program. If so, Godspeed Speedy!
As I was saying it’s all about the running. It really is. You can plan, strategize, meditate and rest up but then it’s time to get the shoes on the ground and make something happen. It can seem a little daunting so my latest mental plan is: just run. Run when you are supposed to, don’t run when you’re not and don’t look ahead. 109 days is far and close at the same time but I can’t run it in my head every day so today I am going to run 4 miles today and then move on. Please remind me I waxed poetic about all this. I may need a reminder in about 2 months.

I have “Shakira Hip”
It seems I have contracted “Shakira Hip.” I am not sure how it happened but it’s a little bit painful and a whole lot annoying while trying to run far. It’s essentially that my left hip is über tight. If this were my rear we were talking about we’d be less upset but it’s my hip. So the hip flexor/abductor region got together and decided to throw a mosh pit-style gathering. The only temporary cure for that is some Ecstasy (aka Advil). It does the trick but I really prefer not to have to medicate to run. I instead have a massage therapy appointment on Thursday. It’s always a little like horror and hallelujah at the same time. Trust I will give you an update next week.

Sunshine & Sarcasm,

Lowi & G


The Torture Report began in January 2014 as a weekly update of our journey to completing a 50-mile race. Since then it’s continued on to become a chronicle of how we try mightily to find fitness, health and sometimes the finish line. We aren’t always successful but we keep showing up and telling you all about it on Tuesdays.

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