Success is not about always staying on track, but has everything to do with how quickly you get back on track once you fall off.

After an awesome week 4, this week was kind of derpy, so let’s get straight into the recap.

Day 1 (Monday, Dec. 5, 2016): Rest Day

Very necessary rest after an intense 20 mile week for the first time in my life!

Day 2: Easy Run (3 miles) + Legs

This week was focused on recovery and allowing my body to adjust to the beating that it’s going through, so all the runs were easy runs this week. I supplemented the run with a casual set of leg-focused exercises at the gym.

Day 3: 30 Minute Bike + Biceps & Shoulders

Accidentally did 45 minutes — there I go again with following directions to a T.

Day 4: Easy Run (3 miles) + X3 The Challenge

I’ve started to find that the first half of my runs have been pretty challenging to get into rhythm. Everything kind of aches and my mind just does not want to do it, but once I’m past the halfway mark, I just get in the zone — or more like zone out — and time flies.

I’m starting to see progress in my pull-up strength which is going to be super useful for rigs. I bumped the target numbers for the X3 Challenge workouts to 6 unassisted pull-ups and 16 push-ups. There’s 8 different exercises for both pull-ups and push-ups, so I did a total of 48 pull-ups and 128 push-ups in a short amount of time. I’ll definitely bump up the numbers for the next Challenge.

Day 5: Easy Run (3 miles) + X3 Yoga

This was my first run since this whole journey where I had zero problems with any part of my body during the run! I ran this one at a 10 minute pace which is a bit faster than most of my easy runs that I’ve done. Capped off the amazing day with a good yoga session!

Day 6: Rock Climbing + Hula Hooping?!

This was a rest day, but since Coach Jay was in town, we went to go play at Boulder’s Climbing Gym in Madison with Lisa and Logan. We found an awesome backroom filled with all kinds of toys like kettlebells, hangboards, balance boards, mini rig, rings, and hula hoops! Since we are in Wisconsin, we’ve been getting hit with a ton of snow, so what better way to enjoy the snow than spending 3 to 4 hours at a climbing gym!

On this day, I had another AHA moment. It was the same feeling I got when I ran my first Spartan Race. After running my first OCR, I realized that I could do so much more than what my mind initially thought. I had self-limiting beliefs about my physical abilities, but after finish the race, I had an epiphany that I am capable of so much more! So on this day at the climbing gym, I realized that I could hula hoop!!! I had doubts that I could do such a thing based on my previous experiences with hula hooping, but as time changed, I changed. Also, who knew that hula hooping was a great core exercise!

Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.

~Nido Qubein

Day 7: Rest Day (Oops) + Spear Practice

This day was supposed to be my longest run of 7 miles, but things did not go as planned. Lisa, Jay and I were planning to run at Blue Mounds State Park in 6+ inches of snow. Crazy?! Yes! This is what happens when you hang out with elite OCR racers that are absolutely nuts. However, we got stuck with car problems and the sun going down was also an issue, so we ended up spending the rest of the day making spears and practicing spear throws! The spear throw obstacle is one of the iconic Spartan Race obstacles that have been known to cause pro racers a headache and exhaustion.  The 30 burpee penalty es no bueno!

[easy-tweet tweet=”When you participate in purposeful suffering, your happiness level increases. ~Joe De Sena” via=”no”]

This week ended up being the lowest mileage weeks because of missing the 7-mile long run, but we all fall off track. Often we have to adapt to current circumstances and adjust to make the best of each situation in order to get back on track to our goals. Week 6 will be a huge butt-kicker of a week with a ton of miles, but I’m pumped to take on that challenge!

Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.

~Warren Buffett

I might not feel the chains of habit yet, but I sure as heck am feeling something! Hint: It’s a four letter word that starts with ‘S’ and rhymes with “more.”

Day 1 (Monday, Nov. 14, 2016): Rest Day + BeachBody Yoga Retreat: Stretch

After doing a lot more than my body was used to in week 1, I treated myself with a nice visit to the massage therapist. I got a nice overdue deep tissue massage for this rest day and then did a much needed yoga workout.

Day 2: Intervals + X3 The Warrior + Volleyball Match

Oh boy, I think I went a little too H.A.M. for day 2. Roughly three and half hours of high impact physical activity! Since I had to go into the office for the next four days, I wasn’t able to get in my workouts in the middle of the day. And I hadn’t trained my body back into working out in the morning recently, so for the rest of this week, I worked out in the late evening. This led me to have higher levels of cortisol at night which means I get to bed even later. That leads to me waking up even later in the morning. You can see where this cycle goes and I’ll get into how this affects things later in the week.

P90X3 The Warrior is a full body exercise using only gravity and body weight. I did this workout first and then rushed to the gym to sub for my coworkers’ volleyball match. They’re in the second most difficult league division, so it was far from a casual game of volleyball. As soon as the game ended around 10pm, I ran my first intervals workout!

Fortunately, there was an indoor track at the gym we played volleyball. Unfortunately, it blocked my GPS signal for my watch, so I had to track my distance manually — every 9.5 laps = 1 mile. The intervals workout was a 5 minute warm-up, 4 x (6 minute run at my threshold pace + 2 minute recovery jog), ending with a 5 minute cool-down.

Being the great follower of instructions that I am, I did 5 minute TH runs instead of 6 minutes. #oops. I finished with 3.6 miles at an average pace of 10:33. I had to do a lot of math and guesstimating, especially since I lost count of how many laps I did at one point! This was definitely a challenging workout for me!

Day 3: 30 Minute Bike + X3 The Challenge

Yay for low impact training after an intense day 2! I hit up the stationary bike for 6.67 miles and did X3 The Challenge (all push ups and pull ups) to let my knees continue to recover from the day before. I was able to increase my push up and pull up count by about 30%!

Day 4: Intervals [5 min WU, 5x(2 min @TH + 1 Min Recovery Jog), 5 min CD] + Total Synergistics

To prove that I can follow instructions, I did this workout correctly this time! I ran this one on a treadmill so I can get a better gauge on how to pace correctly for this workout. Finished this one with an average of a 10:22 pace for 2.55 miles. Topped it off with a nice sweaty X3 Total Synergistics workout.

Day 5: Easy Run (3 miles) + Hills (8x) + Adventure Rock

This was the last day I had to be in the office, so I took my workouts to Milwaukee to run with Justin Laabs and Coach Jay! It was super windy along the lakefront so Justin and I ran the first mile with the wind at a 9:34 pace and the last 2 miles at an 11:00 minute pace against the wind. Jay ran laps around us at his own pace. Then we knocked out those hills together and headed to Adventure Rock to rock climb until closing time!

I ended up finally getting home at 1 am and was supposed to wake up to leave to Indianapolis at 3 am for business. Up to this point, I had four days of an unusual routine with having to go into the office, working out in late evenings, and getting to bed pretty late. So before I went to bed, I knew that this might be a bad idea for my body and could be dangerous since it was starting to rain that night at around freezing temps. I woke up to my 3 am alarm clock, and my body was not having it.

As an entrepreneur, we often have to sacrifice and do things other people won’t, so that we can have and do what other people only dream. Some entrepreneurs will sacrifice time, money, relationships, and even their health. Successful people have at least three major core values or priorities that they live by and vary in order for different people. My top three priorities in order are my health, financial freedom/lifestyle, and impact/influence/legacy. So with that being said, I took my butt back to sleep that morning.

I can’t build a successful business that promotes a healthy lifestyle if I’m not even taking care of my own health.

Day 6: Rest Day

A very necessary rest day was needed after the last crazy few days. Too often people overlook the power of a rest day especially with today’s current mentality of “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” or “sleep is for the weak.” I don’t know why people don’t get pumped at the advice of “get more sleep.” You don’t have to tell me twice to get some rest!

[easy-tweet tweet=”Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. ~Thomas Dekker”]

Day 7: Long Run (6 miles) + Adventure Rock

I capped week 2 off with a solid 6 mile run at my suggested 11:45 pace with little problem and then hit up Adventure Rock for another climbing session to continue working on grip and upper body strength! I almost PR’d on a 5.10- rock climbing route so I was pumped about that! Progress over perfection!


Week 2 in the books! This week helped me gain even more clarity on my core values and priorities with the challenges it threw at me. Some major lessons learned: 1) I’ll never work a full-time job being trapped for 8 hours in an office again. I have no idea how I did it for a full year after college and how so many people do it for 40+ years; 2) Sleep is bae.