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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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ALYSSADANNIELE 11/18/2012 6:24PM

    I echo what SARAWALKS said! Truly inspirational ...and I am definitely using that quote for some motivational wallpaper!

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SARAWALKS 11/18/2012 12:30PM

    Oh Robert, you are so wise.
"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."
This is excellent. I think I'll post it on my fridge...
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_JODI404 11/18/2012 10:51AM

    Great job making a plan, bringing healthy snacks, and sticking to your fitness!!

I pretty much always work out at night, and I have learned to not let the "tired" excuse ever fly. I always feel better after the work out, 100%, always!

Glad you are having a wonderful vacation! Best wishes on your half marathon today!!

emoticon you RAWK!!

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JUNEAU2010 11/17/2012 11:15PM

    I love kettlebells, but I am a total rookie with them! I am impressed! emoticon

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NSMANN 11/17/2012 6:53PM

    Your commitment to exercise is an inspiration.

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/17/2012 5:13AM

    Great job on the workout and healthy foods for your trip.

I am making a 6.5 mile training run epic tomorrow morning.

Thank you for the inspiration:

Have a great half marathon on Sunday!

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WONDERWOMAN 11/17/2012 12:22AM

    Thank you again Robert. Thinking about your comments about commitment is really the only thing that made me hit the Y and the Body Pump class this afternoon. I had a lot of excuses going through my head, but I kept remembering your words:

"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."

Have a great race Sunday!

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BEECHNUT13 11/16/2012 10:45PM

    Oh, Ann Arbor! I love A2! That's only about 45 minutes from Adrian, where I live. I hope you're enjoying it here. It was a really nice fall day today. :)

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LINDAK25 11/16/2012 9:36PM

    Wow! What a great start! I agree wholeheartedly--make a commitment to yourself, you have to keep it. Be true to yourself, right?

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KITHKINCAID 11/16/2012 9:27PM

    Nice work friend! Good job.

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WATERDIAMONDS 11/16/2012 8:43PM

    You're doing so well!!

Best of success to you each step of this trip.

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MOBYCARP 11/16/2012 5:37PM

If I have to pick one piece of fitness equipment to take with me on the road, it will be a kettlebell. For the space and weight, it's the most versatile thing I own.

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KATHIC2 11/16/2012 3:37PM

  Love that quote,"every time you make and keep a get stronger..."
You rock! Have a great race!

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AUNTJAM 11/16/2012 3:07PM

    "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." best quote ever! Keep going strong!

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KITT52 11/16/2012 1:35PM

    good plan....I'm getting my foods Sunday....

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/16/2012 12:36PM

    Ahhh Ann Arbor, it was my home for over 20 years. Have a good time

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/16/2012 10:40AM

    You rock Robert have fun running with Jan.

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MIQUEY73 11/16/2012 9:05AM


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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/16/2012 9:04AM

    Excellent Robert!! YOU ROCK!

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FITFOODIE806 11/16/2012 8:47AM

    High five! Awesome planning and follow through. Your trainer is going to be proud.

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/16/2012 8:25AM


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CHANGINGSAM 11/16/2012 8:17AM

    WOO HOO! I'm very proud of your first day on the road! I love your commitment to exercise and healthy eating while traveling as that can be tough. emoticon

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FRACKTHATNOISE 11/16/2012 8:13AM

    OMG - best thing I took from this blog:

When you don't keep the commitments you make to yourself you lose some of your own respect.


I need to keep that in mind on my next run when the thought of "Just walk" pops into my head! I know I can do the distance, so why do I want to walk! Need to keep the perspective straight!

Thanks for sharing!

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ROXYZMOM 11/16/2012 7:42AM

    Great job! Enjoy your half marathon!!

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LIV2RIDE 11/16/2012 6:56AM


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123ELAINE456 11/16/2012 6:47AM

  Awesome!!! That was a Good Workout You had. An Excellent Selection of Snack Foods You brought along too. You are Doing Great. Keep It Up. Have a Real Good Marathon Sunday. Enjoy Your Vacation. Have a Wonderful Week. God Bless Everyone. Enjoy Today. Take Care. And stay Safe.

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DAWN14163 11/16/2012 6:30AM

    One sentence really stands out for me - every time you make and keep a commitment to yourself, the stronger you'll be..... This shall be today's mantra. I'm still at the stage of "letting myself off" at times and you're right, it doesn't feel good afterwards.
Good luck with the half!
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COOKIE_AT_51 11/16/2012 5:53AM

    A man with a plan emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 11/16/2012 5:40AM

    Good for you!! When you honor a committment that you've made to yourself...for feel SO much better inside!! I'll be thinking of you during the race!

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ALDEBARANIAN 11/16/2012 5:10AM

    Love those heart rate monitors! Looking forward to the race results.

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REGILIEH 11/16/2012 4:10AM

    I am really enjoying your vacation! I can't wait for the 1/2 marathon!

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PERFECTLY_LIFE 11/16/2012 3:24AM

    So, you are in Ann Arbor?
You know that is minutes from me, right?!

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GOING-STRONG 11/15/2012 11:39PM

    Great job... I'm currently on the road myself and have been jogging for 5-10 minutes every time we stop for gas. I have to make my minimum Nike Fuel goal of 2000 or I'll break a 30 day streak. Since I've been in the car all day the little jog breaks have gotten me about half way but looks like I'll be on the treadmill tonight at 10:00pm.... not fun but I'm committed!


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COCOSAYS 11/15/2012 11:30PM

    Awesome!!! Can't wait until your next post :)

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/15/2012 11:03PM

    emoticon Even on the road. I stopped and forced myself to at least walk 10 minutes around a rest area or even a parking lot. Like you, I can't sit for very long!

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GINA180847 11/15/2012 10:57PM

    I'm tired just imagining your workouts.

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MAMADWARF 11/15/2012 10:49PM

    Blood for you! Very dedicated!!

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MANILUS 11/15/2012 10:49PM

    Great job, hope the Half Marathon is awesome, you are STRONG!!

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MIDROAD 11/15/2012 10:42PM

    Loved your blog! Especially the part about making excuses for not exercising. So thanks, I needed to hear that.

Best of luck on your race

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PEZMOM1 11/15/2012 10:41PM


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WONDERWOMAN 11/15/2012 10:40PM

    Just knowing you is EPIC! You inspire, Robert! Have a great race and rest of vacation. Let's get together when you get back.

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JENAE954 11/15/2012 10:38PM

  Sounds like you are doing very well.

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