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Look Who's Back
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: November 22, 2013
It's the real Slim Stephen. Or not so slim it would seem. 8lbs heavier than my last stint on Traineo.

Maybe as well as visiting here, I should revisit some of my old ways.
Rachael's Advocare 24 Day Challenge
Diet Plans
Posted: November 22, 2013
Good luck Rachael. Sometimes the cost of not doing something is greater
100K in May
Training Routines
Posted: May 12, 2012
Absolutely disgusted with myself. 12 days in and I haven't ran a single km and I have my first race on Thursday! Sorry for not maintaining the thread. Not got access to a proper pc but that's no excuse.

The truth is that with a new partner, I am constantly doing stuff, going away most weekends (i write this from a cottage in the scottish highlands) and spending time with her and her boys.

I have been doing daily body and wall squats, planks, pushups and crunches so its not all scones and beer. I start my preparation for summer on Monday and will hopefully start to rack up the miles and posts. Again, sorry.
Hello to all
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: April 26, 2012
John, I was a pound every day for first month if I recall and lost my first 50lbs in just over two months. So go for it Advan and welcome.
100K in May
Training Routines
Posted: April 26, 2012
Good to have you all on board. And yes, if you wan to walk some, then that's fine by me.
Not quite Traineo but I like it
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: April 26, 2012
Angie, since your moving has hijacked my thread I've found you a Moving House Challenge

Karla, feel free to join too.

And Donna, do you use the site?

Five in Five Challenge
Training Routines
Posted: April 26, 2012
As part of my 100k in May Challenge and to help prepare me for Tough Mudder and Total Warrior I've came up with another wee challenge for myself and anyone else who can replicate in their neck of the woods.

Five in Five is five 10K races in five consecutive weeks. It all ends with the Men's Health Forum 10K on June 17th.

But before that I have the four races of the Polaroid 10K Road Series starting May .

I'll also be fundraising for Yorkhill Children's Hospital where I was treated for Perthes disease and the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice when I will be leading a team of civil servants through the dark streets of Glasgow in the Glasgow Midnight Walk. So its actually six 10Ks but we won't count that one as I'm only walking.
100K in May
Training Routines
Posted: April 25, 2012
This Challenge started as a way for Scott and I to increase our miles and grew from 50K to 60, 70 all the way to 100K (male ego has a lot to answer for)

The objective is simple....run 100K in the month of May. To make is abit easier I've suggested that we start this Monday, the 30th April and take it over 5 weeks ending Sunday 3rd June.

That's only 20K each week and should also help the Around the World thead.

Each week I'll ask you to register your distance and tips, experienes etc. So who's in?
Not quite Traineo but I like it
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: April 25, 2012
I shared the Tribesports site with a few of you on Facebook but thought I would share it here too (at the risk of being labelled a spammer).

Great wee site for posting and completing Challenges including my 100K in May (coming to a traineo board near you soon)with 19 followers.

Check it out and feel free to share your thoughts. Nothing can replace my traineo family but I recon it has value.
Hi there!
Introduce yourself!
Posted: April 24, 2012
Welcome Ron and good luck. Check out the "Newbies" thread and get involved in some of the Challenges and threads.
Chi26.2 Training Log, One step at a time
Training Routines
Posted: April 24, 2012
Scott, I am starting a running group next week as like you I've up until now been worried about my pace.

Like you I also did a wee (we are big time runners now lol) 5K today. Tookme 29 mins but was feeling ok.

100k is a lot in one month but you did provoke me

And yes, your achievements are amazing. I knew your weight but never thought that again like me, that your legs would be small (I'm 28-29").

We can do 20K a week and still get rest days.

YOU CAN DO IT!!

Chi26.2 Training Log, One step at a time
Training Routines
Posted: April 23, 2012
Thanks for the advice Jacqueline. And Scott lets make it 100K in May!! Starting Monday and finishing in last weekend which is 3rd June. Five full weeks averaging 20k a week......it is a Challenge after all?!
Woke Up This Morning And Got Myself A Run
Training Routines
Posted: April 23, 2012
Love it or hate it....seems I gotta at least try it.
Woke Up This Morning And Got Myself A Run
Training Routines
Posted: April 23, 2012
Right Amazon here I come. Thanks John
Woke Up This Morning And Got Myself A Run
Training Routines
Posted: April 23, 2012
Been advised before about the benefits of a foam roller John, are they that good?
Woke Up This Morning And Got Myself A Run
Training Routines
Posted: April 23, 2012
Scott, it was quite a steep run although the last two miles were on the flat. t the highest point on my run this is the view
Queens park View

And I've read that the soreness can be reduced by a bit more stretching and quad strengthening. And go to your Marathon thread for my idea!
Chi26.2 Training Log, One step at a time
Training Routines
Posted: April 23, 2012
Well done on the 6.5 miles Scott and your time is excellent. Like you my knees are my biggest concern and I reckon that if we put in the miles, do some lifting and sprinting we'll both be soon motoring towards 10 miles.

I've also thought of a challenge for us. Its called "50K in May".In the month of May I'm going to compete in 50K worth of races/runs.

Every weekend there are 5 & 10K races galore in May and reckon that if I aim to do one every week with a few training miles in between, then 50K should be doable. It'll also help the "Around the World" thread.

You in!?
NSV - Non Scale Victories
Exercise & Training Tips
Posted: April 23, 2012
Sorry for your loss Suz
The value of play
Exercise & Training Tips
Posted: April 23, 2012
Gyms bore me and things like spin don't appeal much, and as much as I'm enjoying my running I'm not sure I could become as devoted as some.

For me its all about having fun, that's why you'll find me being chased by zombies in 2.8 hours later, why I sign up for things like Tough Mudder and have a go at Krav Maga.
I'm also very competitive and love badminton and tennis.

It maybe explains my try everything approach, as I want to experience and enjoy as much as possible.

And Sam is right. My "new" kids run me ragged as not only am I playing with them but I'm also having to monitor and interact with them constantly. Physically and mentally draining.
Woke Up This Morning And Got Myself A Run
Training Routines
Posted: April 23, 2012
Thanks everybody. Loved every minute of it and now that Scott is doing 10Ks I have an idea for a challenge.

50 mins is indeed going to be tough especially as I'm short limbed, still heavy and not the prettiest of runners. But I'm going to go for it.

Inna, my jumps will be horizontal and vertical standing jumps with the vertical ones being onto a park bench or wall.

And yes, up until now I only do body weight squats so going to add a 20kg kettlebell to get me started and then move up to some man weights.
nothing to do with weight loss
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: April 23, 2012
Birds of a feather.....just like traineo
Woke Up This Morning And Got Myself A Run
Training Routines
Posted: April 23, 2012
Yesterday was the London Marathon and having woke up feeling good ( why is it you have days when you just know you are going to smash it and that anything is possible) I decided to test myself.

I headed to my local park and set off around it, up and down its hills and along its banks. Soon one mile passed, then two, quickly followed by three and not so quickly by four as i developed a slight twinge in my knee. I was at 41 mins.

But call me crazy or stupid, I was determined. If i kept to the flat and took it easy i should be able to hit 6 miles. So around the pond i went with three laps quickly constituting a mile and it was quick (for me). Mile five had taken me only 9 mins 40 and suddenly i realised that if i could find a little more i would not only manage the six miles but manage it in under a hour.

So, with the knee easing off (or so i told myself) I lengthened my stride and pumped my arms doing one, two and finally three laps of the pond.

And my time for my first ever 10K? 59 mins 56 secs! I had managed my sixth mile in just over 9 mins. And you know something, I still had some in the tank although with my knee at the back of my mind ( no, i wasn't doing yoga poses), I decided to just stretch a little.

So what next? Well, I've got a few 10Ks arranged for May and i reckon i have to get a bit fitter, faster and stronger. So its speed drills, weighted squats, jumps and regular miles. I am hoping that by end of May i can get under 50 mins and take a step closer to my half marathon.

Plus i need to think of a challenge for myself and Scott.
Around the World in 2012
Motivation Tips
Posted: April 22, 2012
Been 13 days since my last update. A few wee runs, plenty of walking and six miles today sees me add 109 miles to the total:

4996.5 miles
I did mine! TAG YOU'RE IT!!!!
Motivation Tips
Posted: April 22, 2012
6.1 miles in 1 hour 0.12 secs
Fasting as a "Lifestyle" choice?
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: April 19, 2012
Yes, at times we I can be a bit overwheming and forget that every sucess is a success regardless if its 4, 40 or 140lbs lost.

But I do look at how my lfe has changed compared to where I was, how quickly and relatively easy it was and I WANT to preach...and like all preachers my word is gospel (or so I think).

Many of us no doubt spend a large part of our time outside Traineo justifying or rationalising our diets and exercise regimes and we probably get too defensive and precious about "our" methodology and lifestyles when we are here. Plus we ALL know that we are right, that low carbs, slow carbs, primal, day on/day off or just plain healthy eating is the right and best way.

When the truth is that the only way that matters is the way you feel most comfortable with.


Can't wait to see the "I did It" thread.


update :)
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: April 19, 2012
Small continous steps are a sure fire path to success. Keep at it Claire.
J's Weight Loss 2012
Motivation Tips
Posted: April 19, 2012
In my experience it has been more effective to increase calories, rather than cut down when on a plateau


Can't fault that logic. Guess I just get fed up defending protein shakes to those that demonise them (not that you were)
Fasting as a "Lifestyle" choice?
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: April 19, 2012
Sam, maybe I'm cranky because of no sugar ;o)but when you start talkng about scones and jam and falling off the wagon 24hrs after I post a thread about the very same thing how do you expect me not to think the comments are directed at me....especially when you end it with that horrible phrase.

And sorry if I come across preachy at times, that was part of my point about the converting. Some of us guys can be overzealous at times and there is often nothing worse than an ex (insert blank).

And although we all know you will get to your 81kgs or whatever we are guys....everything is a race!

J's Weight Loss 2012
Motivation Tips
Posted: April 19, 2012
Sam, that
just a drink
may well have over 200kls in it and depending on Jill's approach and requirements may be exactly what she needs to do.....or it might not be, time will tell and Jill will no doubt try something else....she will adapt.
Fasting as a "Lifestyle" choice?
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: April 19, 2012
Nah, your not just saying. Hate that phrase!! Sorry to break it to you but you are being a bit mean. Read my posts. I repeatidly say that what works for me....might only work for me. I complimented you on your steady approach and only suggested that you don't close yourself off to everything that seems different to what you do.

And for your information, I don't
crawl back
, I bounce back and maybe its because I left it reasonably late but plodding isn't an option for me....tried that and it didn't work... for me.

And while I'm ranting you have no idea the events that found me
going completely off the wagon
but I can assure you it wasn't a
single scone
....that was a euphemism of sorts to sum up my fall.