Torture Report: Scandal-ous Training, February Fitness & Struggle

13 weeks and counting ….

(G) The plank challenge has been officially put to bed. In fact, it nearly put us there as well. As the time in a plank increased it was an equal increase in misery. I don’t think that was a coincidence, do you?
I have an ongoing theory that has yet to be disproved. Some exercises never get easier no matter how fit, strong or practiced you are.
This list includes:
Lunges
Pushups
Planks
Squats
This is my highly unscientific but so far “accurate” theory.

February Fitness Challenge

Our next challenge, as I told Lowi, is more about strength and less about struggle this time around. It’s a mixture of abdominal, low back and hip work to make us better, stronger runners. And it only requires 3 days a week of effort. Hopefully, Lowi will like me again after starting this challenge. It’s like a little sisterly, love note.

Training — it’s on!
There’s a tipping point that arrives in training. You don’t know when it will happen but when it does you know it. That happened for me on Saturday. I was at 16 miles of my 20 and I was really feeling it. Everything hurt, I was feeling pretty rough and then you realize there’s no quitting. You’re all in.
And it’s not just because I was binge-watching Scandal. (OK it was a little because I was confused and thought I was a Gladiator but who doesn’t want to be Olivia Pope? Or look like Olivia Pope?)
But anyway, the task ahead starts to feel possible, powerfully difficult, but do-able. That’s when you know you’ve been sucked into the crazy that is ultra.

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Needless to say there aren’t any household projects or housekeeping projects in the works at my house.

You Know You Are Training …
There is something that happens when the mileage starts to creep higher and higher. Well, more accurately, less happens when the mileage climbs. I am not much of a neat freak. In fact, I often say I need a wife, just not one like me. But you can really tell I am training when the laundry starts to pile up and we enter a perpetual triage state, water bottles litter the kitchen counters and you can find shot bloks in just about every room of the house and my car.
After my 20 on Saturday, I found myself here for a while. Getting back up was much harder than it was to recline.

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(L)  Like G, I am happy to say goodbye to the plank challenge.  I really hate them day after day.  As far as believing that G will have a February Challenge that is not all about struggle…well, I will believe it when I see it.  Considering she mentioned the words abdominals, hips and back I know I am in trouble.

Speaking of struggle this week has been a struggle to get it done.  I knew it was going to be rough since not only was I traveling, but I was schlepping my daughter all over Nashville from morning ’til night.  All I can say is that I hope I burned some calories because my body feels like I ran 20 miles!  The good news is that I was able to get some short runs in before I left and I am happy to report that my short runs have now become 5 miles.  I also was able to get some yoga in this week.  I even did some yoga in the hotel after I covered the floor with a blanket.  In fact, it was almost necessary as each morning I felt like I had been folded into a pretzel during the night.  What is it about sleeping in a hotel that makes you feel like you are 85?

Now I am home and I have to get my game face on for this ultra.  I have been playing around with training for the whole month of January and the only long run I have to show for it is a 10-mile run.  So, it’s time for me to get serious.

Stay tuned for more reports of torture next week and you may even see a star-studded blog about Nashville later this 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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