30 Burpees Per Day Challenge

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In the spirit of trying new things for the new year (and being desperate to prevent injury this year), I am going to do 30 burpees every day. I stumbled on a Runner’s World article where the author talks about her progression over the course of 15 days. I will be using her description of the burpee (squat, kick-out, pushup, squat, jump). I know there are many variations, but I can do 30 pushups and I can do 30 squats, so now it’s just the dreaded part of putting it with the kickouts. I like that she progressed from 3 sets of 10 burpees with a one minute rest, then dropped 15 seconds of rest every three days.

January 1-7 Meal Planning


As with all new years, this one will start with the best of intentions. My wife is diving into her WeightWatchers eating plan, so I am going to try and do a better job with planning out the weekly meals, weekly shopping, and hopefully allow myself more time to do any of the other myriad things throughout the week that I wish I found time for. It’s all about priorities, and for these first few weeks my priorities are going to be meal planning/executing, regular exercise and recovery, and career improvement.

2017 Year in Review

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Last night, while sitting on a hotel bed in the middle of nowhere Ohio, I banged out 500 words about nothing. It wasn’t a glorious piece of writing, but it was something. Throughout that piece, I kept thinking about how I consistenly wish I would write more often. Before I blew up my previous laptop, I had about a half-dozen uncommitted drafts of pieces that I started writing but never actually went anywhere with. Looking back on the year, I feel as if 2017 has been my worst year for uncompleted projects; or even worse, for unexecuted projects.

What Does 500 Words Look Like

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This is an exercise that I’ve created for myself to type out 500 words. There are a lot of times that I read that a journalist has to write an article of a specific length, but I’ve realized that I really do not have a concept of how that translates to the actual amount of time that it might take to put those words down. Thus, for this simple exercise, I have set a couple of easy ground rules.

Tattoo Number Two

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It’s been far too long since my second child was born, but we finally booked the tattoo appointment. As I did with my first, I got a tattoo with the latitude, longitude, date, and time of his birth. Finding the right font is hard - I wanted something that doesn’t completely contrast with the existing tattoo, but was still distinct. Eventually, this is what I ended up putting together.

Whole30 – Day 5: Menu Planning Sucks

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Marathon Training: Day -79; right foot still sore, likely from being barefoot all day; right hips still clicks while walking; back still sore overnight. 30x ankle raises, 30x dips, 2 minute plank rotation; need to get better about doing full exercise rotation. Whole30 has proceeded along, but the drain of not meal planning gets harder and harder each time we block out thirty days for this limited diet. We’ve had potatoes for every meal (either russet or sweet) to keep the carbs up. I am trying to find ways to pre-cook carbohydrates. This could include acron squash (Katie’s favorite winter squash), carrots, or even different flavoring on potatoes. In terms of stable meals, I’ve brought it down to a handful of decisions that can pull together a meal.