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2024 Off-Season Getting/Staying In Shape Motivation Thread

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I belive lunges work more/different muscles than squats do, just as far as overall leg workouts
Got any bridges? A lot of times I don't have access to hills, but there are several safe overpasses that allow me to get some elevation gain in.

And....ran four Saturday, worked out for the first time in months yesterday. I am feeling it this morning!
 
Several days of running and I'm feeling it

Friday was 1600m, 5x6000m tempo training
Saturday 10 miles in some nasty heat
Sunday was 6 miles in the am and 8 miles in the pm
today I'm resting and hope I'm recovered for Tuesday's speed work.
 
I charge my 965 once every few weeks...

And also have struggled during some humid tempo runs lately.
Looking at the 255 or 955 now. Decided I'd prefer more battery over the amoled. Just need to make up my mind on if I want the maps or not basically. The 255 is probably all I need but someone's sitting on my shoulder telling me the maps could be helpful for hunting scenarios. Might just wind up with whichever has a better Prime Day sale.

Took the day off Saturday as we celebrated what should have been our friends daughters 7th birthday. We were outside all day in the triple digit heat index and that was enough for the day. Sunday I ran my first 10K and felt great. Just a light mile today and some deadlifts/squats. Speed session tomorrow
 
Any thoughts on additional exercises to help with walking long distances in hilly terrain beyond squats and squat variations? Just want to up my stamina but where I live in totally flat…
Squats, lunges(both directions), stair monster if one is available or plain ol stairs and box step ups.
 
Any thoughts on additional exercises to help with walking long distances in hilly terrain beyond squats and squat variations? Just want to up my stamina but where I live in totally flat…

Plate or weight vest is a good start.

I haven't done much outside of eating well and some light body weight stuff. It's been so hot I'm only looking to maintain right now. Men's league lax tonight. Heel feels good. I'm ready to run.
 
Looking at the 255 or 955 now. Decided I'd prefer more battery over the amoled. Just need to make up my mind on if I want the maps or not basically. The 255 is probably all I need but someone's sitting on my shoulder telling me the maps could be helpful for hunting scenarios. Might just wind up with whichever has a better Prime Day sale.

Took the day off Saturday as we celebrated what should have been our friends daughters 7th birthday. We were outside all day in the triple digit heat index and that was enough for the day. Sunday I ran my first 10K and felt great. Just a light mile today and some deadlifts/squats. Speed session tomorrow
I convinced myself I needed the maps... Haven't used it yet. But I think think it's nice to have lol
 
I do not have maps ( on Garmin, I don't think lol) but I thought they might have been handy on yesterday's adventure lol
 
Looking at the 255 or 955 now. Decided I'd prefer more battery over the amoled. Just need to make up my mind on if I want the maps or not basically. The 255 is probably all I need but someone's sitting on my shoulder telling me the maps could be helpful for hunting scenarios. Might just wind up with whichever has a better Prime Day sale.

Took the day off Saturday as we celebrated what should have been our friends daughters 7th birthday. We were outside all day in the triple digit heat index and that was enough for the day. Sunday I ran my first 10K and felt great. Just a light mile today and some deadlifts/squats. Speed session tomorrow
Wheeeeww those deadlifts/squats yesterday were felt on that speed run this morning! Got through it and then could barely bend over to get my socks off lol. Love it. Bunch of rowing tomorrow AM before celebrating my anniversary with the wife. Recovery run on Thursday before another tempo run Friday
 
I do not have maps ( on Garmin, I don't think lol) but I thought they might have been handy on yesterday's adventure lol
I keep thinking they might be handy and I think that's my hint I don't need them. Worst case I can use my phone. Likely going to end up with a 255 unless the 955 sale is more than I'm expecting.
 
yesterday i did 3x8 50# db split squts, 3x8 lunges 45# db, then 3 sets of up and down my front stairs 5 times with 50#dbs. today was bench, rows, pull ups, shrugs and planks. feeling it!
 
Not sure if I posted already but I've been lazy. Hit the gym last night and I'm a little sore, which is nice because it can get a little too routine. Planning on getting in some more runs, but they've been turning into walks too often lately
 
Have my Polygraph for the PA state police in two weeks. If I get by that the recruiters have warned they are losing a tremendous amount of applicants from the physical readiness testing part which includes running and sprinting. So I have been consistently running the last couple of weeks.

Been going for ones 4 miles and under have been feeling relatively good. Did 6 miles yesterday and I woke up with murderous shin splints. Gunna try for a easy walk at the gym later.
 
Keep at it everyone. Remember that we are the vast minority. Look around and you realize there are few that take their health as seriously as they should.

And you don't/can't do it it one week, one month, or even in one year. It's about consistency at whatever level you may be at currently. Sometimes you turn it up, sometimes you just maintain.....but you always do something. Get some movement in.
 
Slacked last week. Exercised outside first thing this morning to beat the heat. Humid 85° at 7am on an empty stomach sucked.

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Recently I’ve been working out with two old tires I got, using a seatbelt strap and chain. The small one is 40 lbs. and the big one is 100 lbs. I started today by dragging the big one, which totally gasses me. Then I did misc. leg and hip pulls/drags with the small one.

Probably have said it before but two seasons ago I shot a big doe 1.6 mi back on public and realized I didn’t have the oomph to drag it out. Thank goodness my FIL and BIL were there to help. Hunting buddies are great, but I feel if I can’t handle my own gear and my own kill then really I shouldn’t be hunting (at least, alone, and/or on deep public). So I have a goal to eventually drag that 100 pounder a mile and a half while wearing a 15 lb. backpack to simulate dragging a deer. So far, I’ve only done .2 miles in 12 mins without a pack and I’m whooped. So I really have some work to do.
 
Slacked off Sunday/Monday but hit the treadmill for easy 6 last night. Found out a few of my cousins and their husbands are coming out to run the same marathon I am this October, so that will be fun reconnecting, and gives me another reason to stick with it.

Deer season is less than two months away!
 
Slacked last week. Exercised outside first thing this morning to beat the heat. Humid 85° at 7am on an empty stomach sucked.

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Recently I’ve been working out with two old tires I got, using a seatbelt strap and chain. The small one is 40 lbs. and the big one is 100 lbs. I started today by dragging the big one, which totally gasses me. Then I did misc. leg and hip pulls/drags with the small one.

Probably have said it before but two seasons ago I shot a big doe 1.6 mi back on public and realized I didn’t have the oomph to drag it out. Thank goodness my FIL and BIL were there to help. Hunting buddies are great, but I feel if I can’t handle my own gear and my own kill then really I shouldn’t be hunting (at least, alone, and/or on deep public). So I have a goal to eventually drag that 100 pounder a mile and a half while wearing a 15 lb. backpack to simulate dragging a deer. So far, I’ve only done .2 miles in 12 mins without a pack and I’m whooped. So I really have some work to do.
Are you just dragging this by hand, or do you attach it to a harness?
 
Slacked last week. Exercised outside first thing this morning to beat the heat. Humid 85° at 7am on an empty stomach sucked.

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Recently I’ve been working out with two old tires I got, using a seatbelt strap and chain. The small one is 40 lbs. and the big one is 100 lbs. I started today by dragging the big one, which totally gasses me. Then I did misc. leg and hip pulls/drags with the small one.

Probably have said it before but two seasons ago I shot a big doe 1.6 mi back on public and realized I didn’t have the oomph to drag it out. Thank goodness my FIL and BIL were there to help. Hunting buddies are great, but I feel if I can’t handle my own gear and my own kill then really I shouldn’t be hunting (at least, alone, and/or on deep public). So I have a goal to eventually drag that 100 pounder a mile and a half while wearing a 15 lb. backpack to simulate dragging a deer. So far, I’ve only done .2 miles in 12 mins without a pack and I’m whooped. So I really have some work to do.
Can y'all not quarter in the field? I cant ever remember which states have that stupid rule that you have to bring the whole deer out.
 
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