Torture Report: Pull ups, the Taper & Inner Pocahontas

(G): Phew! My last week of hard training is done and it was a butt-kicker. I did 32 miles over the weekend and 52 miles overall. I woke up yesterday morning and thought, “Yep, this deserves to be an off day.”
Then I went to the basement to do some laundry and saw this:

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Oh crap, I did ask my Dad to install a pull up bar!!

OK so I am working on it and I have come to two conclusions so far:
1. I am an idiot
2. I am not very good a pull ups

Neither of these are a revelation but I hope after some hard work my second statement will no longer be true. I am not sure I can resolve the idiocy, at least not in this lifetime.

A Tapering We Will Go
You know you are sick in the head when you think about the upcoming week and you have the thought, “I only have 34 miles this week!”
But it’s true and it feels good. Tapering is always like a warm cupcake just out of the oven (Our mom was a baker, what do you expect?)
I am enjoying the winding down of training for the race and for the year as well.

New Jersey

New Jersey Trail One Day
Our last race of the year is Nov.7th. It’s a 24-hour race and who knows what will happen. I do know I will be walking because I haven’t gotten the green light for running. Yes, I am still healing. It’s a long and arduous process but I am tired of pain and discomfort being my constant companion. It’s sure to be an adventure especially if I can talk the husband into making a slight detour to a vegan bakery on the way… or the way home. And if it’s REALLY good, both! I mean, this is supposed to be how we celebrate our anniversary so it seems like a no-brainer.

Mileage Monitoring
I think I have been here before. I believe I recognize that tree. I set a goal for the number of miles I would traverse this year, although I hoped to run more of them, I am still counting. And yet again, I am afraid I am going to fall short. I am about 300-plus miles from my 1,700-mile goal. Who knows, good things may happen by December 31, 2015… but if not… you know what my goal is for next year?

(L):  After reading G’s portion of the blog I realized I have been tapering for going on 4 months now.  I have tapered right down to one walk this week and it wasn’t a 20-mile walk rest assured.  It was a walk in the rolling hills of Tennessee and let me tell you it was BEAUTIFUL!  I have to say I don’t think I have ever been in the south during the fall. Now I know that Nashville has more to offer than fried chicken, sweet tea and my middle daughter, although those were plenty of reasons for me to return.


So where am I on my path to finding my optimal physical well-being, my inner Pocahontas if you will?  Somewhere between the bottom of the barrel and about a week away from actually being Pocahontas. I will leave you to figure out which one I am closer to. However, I am finally back in Colorado and I am ready to get to work…again.

The good news is that I already have a pull up bar in my basement so I don’t need my dad to fly out here to install one.  The bad news? I can’t do a pull up.  I just hang there like a dead fish trying to will itself back to life.  It’s embarrassing.  G has inspired me to try though because as the saying goes, “if you aren’t failing, you aren’t trying.” (Daniel Lock) Also, I am back to my morning workouts with my neighbor tomorrow.  See you in the A.M. Jenny!

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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