Well, it worked, then. I’m now a GRT, patch and all.
Did my Couch-to-5K (C25K) and Stronglifts 5x5 (SL5x5) sets, today. Worked easier than the past two days, but probably a “better” amount, total.
30 minutes at goal pace with a 25 pound plate in my ruck, then stability stretching. Good day for some fitness.
What was today’s workout supposed to be? Eh, who knows. I ran and did some lifts.
4.5 mile ruck/dog walk in 68 minutes, plus 77 push-ups and 43 clean and press. I skipped Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, so I’m counting that as my R&R for W2D7.
(W2D4 was an R&R day.) Did a 2.3 mile ruck with quite a bit of jogging and terrain involved. We found three geocaches and did-not-find one!
Fitness schedule is ready to go, today’s 2.1 miles of walking/jogging (in 25:21) and stabilization exercises are done, and I’m ready to push on.
3.1 mile ruck/hike to find a geocache, which we did!
Back in action. Going to take it slow but keep consistent. Keeping a streak of something is more important than having to stop.
I’ve been on a temporary break since the 12th. Haven’t given up, just busy.
I ran in my hiking boots and did more core work today. Much lower core numbers, but that’s to be expected after running in boots and doing more core work. Also, since people have asked, the title stands for “Couch-to-GORUCK-Tough v2 (second run) Week 2 Day 1”.
Made my ruck weight yesterday and rucked it today. I forgot how good a heavy pack and an empty trail are.
Instead of running and doing a full body workout, I did the full body workout known as “crawl around a car for a few hours”. By the end, I was definitely not in the mindset to go for a run, so I’m counting the car work as my workout.
I walked approximately 5-6 miles yesterday (I’m writing this a day late), despite being “off”, but it was good for me. I ate way too many delicious, scrumptious carbohydrates in the form of a massive burger and fries, so getting the miles in was good for me.
The first step I took this afternoon told me that I have needed new shoes for years. I got new shoes today, and without even breaking them in my run felt ten times better.
I forgot to grab bricks while I was out, so this was a “test” ruck, but the kids and dog had fun and I got to check a new path for future rucks. With the two paths I’ve mapped out so far, I can get a total of 2.5 miles. I’ll definitely need to find a longer path in the future. Not enough distance to start smiling.
Time for the second round of C2GRT! I’ve got my first GORUCK event in two months, I’m living in a new place, and I’m ready to get going again!
So, I’ve always been interested in how law enforcement operates. Something about being the appointed defenders between law-abiding citizens and the criminal element has always held some deep fascination for me. One of my other hobbies has been personal physical growth (or… fitness), so when I stumbled across a conditioning program made available to people interested in law enforcement, I jumped on it right away.
Inspired by the Sadness Generator and wanting an easy way to generate WODs during my PATHFINDER class, I made a little tool called the “Ruck WODer” that puts movements together into workouts, grouped roughly by which part of the body they work.
I finished my first 6 Week Plan last week, just before Christmas. Since then, I’ve been thinking about what to do next. The next PATHFINDER class doesn’t start until February, but I don’t quite have enough time for another 6 Week Plan, so I needed to find something to occupy the next month.
Rucked the hell out of this morning. It felt really good. Today is the last day, and I’m… Done?
Hooooold! – Mel Gibson (as William Wallace)
Success is the result of steady accretion.
Per my shifted and mixed up schedule, today I did the workout for W6D1. I moved things around even more and swapped the set count of W6D1 and W6D2. So today was the following:
It doesn’t matter if the water is cold or warm, if you’re going to have to wade through it anyway.
Running teaches you to stay dedicated, focused, and understand you’re going to have ups and downs, but to keep running right through them.
All the reorganizing has completely thrown off my sense of the days. I know I’m doing one of the R&Rs from week 5 today, but I can’t remember what I’m doing tomorrow or the day after.
The most dangerous phrase in science is “I wonder how much more it can take”.
I did W5D5’s workout today, which was basically thrown out and replaced with a bunch of stretching and Kuk Sool Won forms performed by someone who is horribly out of practice. It was kinda fun to try and kick start my brain into remembering the forms, but I had to resort to my notes a lot.
Why did the chicken cross the road?
STOP ASKING QUESTIONS AND GET ACROSS THE ROAD. HURRY UP, POULTRY.
There is only one sort of discipline: Perfect discipline.
Speed takes only energy, pacing takes guts.
I chose a new trail to tackle on today’s 5-6 mile ruck, which turned out to be an excellent idea. I ended up spending two hours trekking 6.12 miles through some great hills. There is an entire south fork of the trail that I haven’t been on, so I’m going to make sure I have the time blocked off to tackle it on Sunday.
100 shoulder-to-shoulders without a problem. I’m actually surprised. Had some more earlier work stuff, so I couldn’t get the 5-6 miles in today, but I will be able to do them tomorrow. Then I’ll put the bear hunt in on Saturday.
My work schedules for yesterday and today have kept me from getting any workouts in. I certainly could have gone at night, after work, but it’s so dark and cold that I’ve put it off in favor of waiting for my schedule to thin out.
I’m trying to get some rest in before the next couple of days’ workouts. My leg finally feels better, so I shouldn’t have a problem with the ruck or (ruck-modified) bear hunt. I’m looking forward to them.
I completed all of today’s workout and then some. Did an extra set of each to make up (in a way) for missing yesterday’s workout. I felt really good about the exercises and got some encouragement from passersby, which was awesome.
I didn’t get to work out, today. Unfortunately our schedule was very full and we were out almost the entire day. I’ll use this opportunity to ice my leg some more, but otherwise I’m going to just skip W4D2 and continue with tomorrow’s plan.
I had to cut this morning down a bit due to time, so since the past few days have had rucks I focused on the metabolic circuit. It went well; I got a good workout in and did every rep of seven sets, though I did jog half of the runs and walk the other half to avoid stressing my leg too much.
I’m going to continue rucking on the local trails before work long after these six weeks are over. I love getting out in the crisp, morning air, so having a reason to do it is fantastic.
Okay, scheduling conflicts and such make things less fun than I’d like. I didn’t get to ruck even a little bit, today, but I will be going tomorrow morning.
I had to cut today’s ruck short because of early meetings at work, so I only got to do 30 minutes, but they were an excellent 30 minutes. The polyester, nitrile-dipped gloves are exactly what I wanted: They let in water (of course), but it drains right back out. No more squishy palms.
More stretching, more rest, more ibuprofen. The next two days have almost nothing but rucks, so I want to heal up as much as possible for them. Off my feet at all times that I can.
My pull ups increased by one each time, 5 and 3 this go around. That was promising. I still think my sit ups are a bit low, but given time I can improve those. I actually completed the whole metabolic circuit (with push ups) and felt pretty good about it.
I had to call a training time out on myself, today. Apparently my left leg is worse off than I thought. About half way through the second run I started to get a weird twinge in my calf and then a few seconds later my leg almost completely gave out on me.
Okay, today’s sets are insane. I pushed as hard as I could and managed to get a pretty decent effort out of myself, but I couldn’t complete the full compliment of exercises.
Fortunately for my diet, we had a smaller than normal thanksgiving. I kept away from the potatoes and stuck as much as I could to turkey and veggies. I stretched out a few times throughout the day, and focused on my legs to see if they were recovering. They seem to be fine, but we’ll see how they stand up in the coming weeks.
Fasting is definitely working. It’s not making me perform a whole lot better or anything like that, but it is preventing me from having to stop exercising. So I’m really glad I figured that problem out.
You know, today actually wasn’t half bad. Fasting makes a pretty prominent difference. After about three quarters of a mile rucking on graded land, I decided to take advantage of the local forest trails and did another mile there.
I did a couple of long, low intensity stretching sets today. That got the ache in my left leg to go away, so I’m counting it as a win.
I’m trying to approaching this “fast to avoid nausea” thing with somewhat of an analytic eye: Today I waited two hours between eating and exercising, which got me to set 3 of 5 before I had to slow down to a 200m run. So that’s promising.
At the end of the 6 week GORUCK training plan, what I’d like to do is help other people who want to reach the same goal. I may be speaking a bit too soon about what I plan on doing after, but to avoid forgetting about my experiences, I’m going to start adding a “notes” section to my posts. The point is to be able to look back on what I was thinking to see if there are any changes I would suggest for other couch potatos.
Walking is man’s best medicine.
I subbed the non-running portions of today’s workout with a group exercise that consisted of 20 clean and jerk lifts, 40 toe-to-box exercises, 40 wall ball exercises, 160 jump rope repetitions, and 320 flutter kicks. I got to 30 jump rope repetitions before I had to quit. Nausea hit me like a brick wall, today.
You know, this week wasn’t so bad. I think it felt a bit skewed toward my core and lower body, but that’s probably on purpose. We’ll see what next week has in store.
Okay, so we’ve had high wind advisories the past few days. That should have clued me in that planning some contingencies would have been a good idea. Instead, I waited until the last minute and only considered the fact that it might actually be dangerous to try and bike in that.
easy good. Maybe because I had been doing the C25K stuff on and off this year, I actually didn’t have much trouble with today’s interval runs. Loading all of the intervals into a Runkeeper workout helped immensely as I could take my mind off what was supposed to come next.
Pain is weakness leaving the body.
The only way to acclimate is to get in the water.
Finished in 1 hour, 4 minutes.
I completed the APFT with the following numbers:
I am 29 years old and 5’ 10”. I weighed in at 189 lbs today. My life has been a rollercoaster of weight and exercise, mostly through my own failure to control my environment: I was an unhealthy, fat kid through high school; got fit when I joined the military; got fat after boot camp; lost several inches from my waist on deployment; gained it all back in Europe and separation; slimmed down while training martial arts; and now I’m unhealthy again.