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On the road...day 1

Thursday, November 15, 2012

It's been a pretty long day on the road so I'll keep it short, I'm pretty wiped out. My eating today has been pretty good. I packed a "survival kit" of sorts. Basically consisting of pre-cooked egg whites, plain Greek yogurt, blueberries and blackberries, pre-measured 1/2 cup servings of oats, hard boiled eggs, salmon, Keifer, almonds, walnuts and more...

I took a number of breaks along the way from Marquette, MI to Ann Arbor, MI. Most breaks I did some short kettlebell workouts in the rest area just to get the blood pumping and things moving. If I sit for too long, more than 100 miles, I really start hurting.

We got checked in at a Holiday Inn Express (complete with a small fitness center) and went to Panara Bread for dinner. In short, it was a normal serving that was about 450 cal. Some sort of Mediterranean flat bread, a cup of French onion soup and a green tea.

The best part was even as tired as I was, I got changed an hour after dinner and headed to the fitness center at 9 pm. I had a million reasons why I really needed to put this off until morning. One thing I have learned on this journey is that every time you make and keep a commitment that you make to yourself, you get stronger. If you put it off, excuse yourself from that commitment, you lose something. Do it often enough and you will no longer take yourself seriously and you lose your own self respect.

I cobbled together a circuit on paper and got to work.

This is what I did and it was a real workout... I was drenched and feeling great afterward.

15 min treadmill warm up 0-6% incline walking.

3 sets of each......with 25lb kettlebell

20 swings
10 core twists
10 (per arm) cleans with squat to one armed overhead push press
15 renegade lunges
15 squats

10 min cool down on treadmill

Heart rate stats
148 max, 118 avg 55 min total 721 cal

I like to use my heart rate monitor watch and strap while doing a workout, especially when working out in a strange place or when I tired. I use it to make sure that I am working out at an effective intensity.

No more weights or squats until after the half marathon Sunday. Don't want to be sore race morning. Time to rest although I will be walking on the treadmill after I get to Cleveland to get the kinks out from all the time spent in the car.

Until later.... Whatever you do...make it EPIC!!!!


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