Let’s go run!

Summer feels shorter each year. Maybe its because we had kind of a crappy Spring, or maybe its because I’m getting further away from school, where summers are more pronounced. Either way, it’s making me a little sad. The other night I went shopping in search of new beach towels. I went to Target, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Macy’s, Old Navy, and Sears without finding ANY. All of the stores are gearing up for Back to School and sweater weather. Infuriating!

I am not looking forward to the end of summer, because everything in the North East is happier when the sun in shining, but I am definitely looking forward to cooler running weather. But really, now, let’s not wish the summer away just for that.

This week I have kind of dropped the ball on running. Jeff and I are packing up and getting ready to move halfway across the country (more on this to follow) in just a couple weeks, so exercise kind of took a lower rung on the to-do list. I did get out last week for a good almost-6-miler, but according to my handy half marathon training schedule, I really should be up to 7 by now. I would be lying if I said my laissez-faire approach to training wasn’t making me start to twitch. October will be just around the corner and if I’m not careful, I might run out of time to make myself comfortable for this little run.

What I’ve realized in the past year is that, if you let it, life can constantly side-track your goals. It’s hard to make health and fitness a priority sometimes, especially when you’re packing up your apartment and you know a pizza would be faster and way easier than preparing something healthy for dinner. I guess it isn’t always feasible to get in that scheduled run, because sometimes, you actually just don’t have the time. The best you can do is to not allow yourself to take off too much time. Missing one run is OK; missing a weeks worth of runs or every other long run is not.  SO, I guess…let’s go running.

What are your fitness plans this weekend? 

Pickle Ball!

This past weekend, Ellie and I ventured out to Batavia’s Kiwanis Park to enjoy some pickle ball with Papa Volk. Ellie had played in high school, but I didn’t even know “pickle ball” was a thing. Unfortunately, Batavia had no official court to play on, but that didn’t stop Papa Volk from chalking out a regulation-sized grid on one of the two tennis courts.

Painter's tape for the new court!
Painter’s tape for the new court!

Pickle ball is kind of a hybrid between Ping-Pong, tennis, and badminton. With one glorified Ping-Pong paddle in hand (IT IS NOT A RACQUET), the object is to knock the wiffle ball over the net into the other team’s court. There are quite a few rules, including the no-volley zone. This is a place where despite the overwhelming desire to smash the ball as hard as you can into your opponent’s face, you must let it fall gingerly to the earth first before touching it. How civilized. There is also the two-bounce rule, where, when serving, the ball must bounce in the opponent’s box before he or she can hit it back. Then you must let the ball bounce in your court before you can hit it back. Then volleying is an option . . . except in the no-volley zone! Gah!

Painting the lines!
Painting the lines!

The rules of serving are interesting as well. In team play, each player is assigned to be server one or server two. When announcing the score, you must proudly proclaim your score, their score, and the server number. AKA, “1-2-1″ or “1-2-2.” It gets confusing, very quickly.

Once we got past the regulation stumbling blocks, the game itself is pretty intuitive and fun to play. About an hour into playing on Saturday, Dwayne the Court Painter arrived to put official lines down for us! An unexpected but awesome surprise. We got to witness firsthand the precise execution of pickle-ball-court laying. And we helped a little. The sequence of events went something like this: first, chalk lines (our originals were slightly off, but we did pretty good!); then painter’s tape; and then the paint itself. We chose yellow over blue lines because we didn’t want the pickle-ball lines to interfere with the existing tennis lines, which were white, and we felt yellow was less invasive. The paint dries very quickly, so we were able to pick up playing about fifteen minutes after application!

Beautiful!
Beautiful!

In all, we played for at least two hours, probably more. It’s a great workout and is a little lower impact than full-court tennis—less twisting, quick pivoting, and sprinting, though there are definitely moments where sprinting is necessary! The rules give you something to think about and keep your head in the game, even if they make you second-guess your moves the first few times you play. It was a lot of fun to get out and try something new. And Audrey enjoyed running around the park, playing with Dad, and barking at Dwayne. So if you’re on a tennis court and you notice what looks like a mini tennis court painted on the existing lines, it’s probably a pickle-ball court! Apparently people take their pickle ball pretty seriously. There are tournaments, leagues, clubs, and all that jazz, so we’re planning on checking one of those out (to size up our competition, ya know).

Enjoying the sunshine.
Enjoying the sunshine.

Weigh In Wednesday: Gone Fishing

Hi there! Here at 2 Fat Nerds, Wednesdays are usually Weigh-In Days, where each week you get to suck up your pride and either publicly or privately track your weight-loss, weight-gain, or weight-maintenance progress. We love Weigh-In Wednesday because it’s a regularly scheduled check-in to make sure all of our goals are on track. It isn’t necessary to weigh yourself every day, or healthy for that matter, because little fluctuations will probably drive you crazy. But week to week, it’s pretty cool to see your trends in the Tracking System!

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If you’re new to the site, I encourage you to set up a profile, because even if you aren’t looking to lose weight, or actively working towards a goal, logging your workouts here will help you see a more accurate picture of your overall fitness, and areas where you might be able to improve.  When you have the data, you can analyze it! How fun!

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Weigh-In Wednesday is on vacation this week, because its summer, and everyone (even our scales) deserve a holiday. Don’t let this freedom go to your heads, we’ll be back next week with big numbers, and a look at how we did during our July Challenge.

 

July Challenge Update: Final Stretch, Lots To Do!

With just a few days left, we still have quite the list of workouts to complete! Can we get it done?!

Workouts to Complete by 8/1

CardioClass Squash SkateBoarding
Boxing StepMachine Surfing
Stairs Skiing ShovelingSnow
Dancing Snowboarding BellyDancing
Hockey Kayaking Snowmobiling
IceSkating Canoeing WaterAerobics
Jumprope Rollerblading Volleyball
Kettlebell NordicWalking Cross-CountrySkiing
MartialArts Rowing StationaryBike
P90X Snowshoeing InclinedWalk
Racquetball SaunaSitting TreadmillWalk
RockClimbing TouchFootball

 

Completed as of 7/28

Running HouseCleaning TreadmillRun
Qigong Hiking ArcTrainer
Elliptical Golf Insanity
WeightTraining Tennis Bocce
Walking YardWork UltimateFrisbee
Zumba Pilates Swimming
Calisthenics Paintball PickleBall
CircuitTraining TaiChi WaterSkiing
Cycling Soccer Tubing
Yoga Softball

Weight-loss Thursday Throwdown!

Here at 2 Fat Nerds each Wednesday is a Weigh-In day, where all of the data from the previous week is collected, displayed, and analyzed.  Unfortunately I didn’t have time to get it done yesterday, so today is the very first Thursday Throwdown!

If anyone is interested in taking part in weekly tracking, leave a comment!

Weight Loss

Each week, members who have opted to have their weights publicly displayed for the world to see have them graphed on the main blog. It is a great way to keep track over time, and it gives a bit more accountability to your workouts. If you are interested, leave a comment!

As usual, lets dig into Adrienne’s results first!

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Anti-Fat Points

Anti-fat points (AFP) is a system designed to give some sort of value to each and every workout, regardless of type. It is based on metabolic-equivalent values out of the compendium of physical activities. Submit a workout, get AFP. Each week we post the totals for each person for the week. In addition, you may see the monthly AFP leader-board on the right-hand sidebar. This is meant to be a fun way to encourage competition to see who can earn the most points!

Weekly Points

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The threshold is back to 100 AFP, Green is over and Red is under. Try to get 100 AFP and turn your bar green!

The Chain-Game

To put more emphasis on current progress and current streaks, I am now only displaying the current active streak for each player. It is calculated the same as before, minimum three days a week. Each consecutive week you gain a link.

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Weigh-In Tomorrow!

Sorry everyone! Normally here at 2 Fat Nerds we weigh in and post all of our stats for the week on Wednesdays. However, due to a culmination of both technical and logistical issues today, we are going to have to put the post off until tomorrow. I hope I didn’t ruin anyones afternoon blog-reading rituals!

delayedI promise to have the results tomorrow for the blogs very first, Weight-loss Throwdown Thursday!

 

Weekend Recap: Bragging about my mini-vacation

It’s always a nice break when you get a spell of cool weather during the summer. This past weekend was the refresher I think everyone in the northeast needed to be pulled out of the lazy habits that hit when summer just gets too darn hot.

I was lucky enough to enjoy a very relaxing New England weekend. After a half day’s work on Friday, Jeff and I hit the road to visit his family up in New Hampshire. It was a beautiful day, and perfect for a walk through town and along the brackish Swampscott River that runs through the cute little town of Exeter. With the salty air, Exeter really does feel like a coastal New England town, although it is pretty far inland. It’s nice to take a break from the city, we were definitely in need of a mini vacation.

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Jeff and his Mom in Ogunquit

All in all, the weekend was lovely. We enjoyed a meal out in Portsmouth, got to hang out along the banks of the Merrimack River further north, and had a fun night people watching at Hampton Beach. Sunday morning we woke up a little sluggish, after enjoying tasty treats and drinks the night before, but Jeff, knowing I would be very angry at myself later on if I brought my sneakers back to Boston unused, made me get up and head out for a nice run. The run went OK, definitely not one of the best, but for a vacation weekend, I’ll take it. Our first mile was a gradual uphill, which running in Cambridge has never prepared me for, the second mile was a winding country road, and the last couple were on trails through the woods, a first for me! The trail running was hands down my favorite part, and I wish someone would plant woods for me to run in near my house. The dirt path was so much easier to run on, I felt like I was being pushed along, as opposed to the hard hitting legs-on-concrete feeling.

Trail Running around Philips Exeter Academy
Trail Running around Philips Exeter Academy

After our run, we thought we’d be done with exercise for the day, but we were wrong! We went up to Ogunquit, Maine and Jeff’s mom brought us on a lovely (and gentle) 2.5 mile hike along the sea cliff; the Marginal Way path overlooks the ocean. It wasn’t too hot, and the sea breeze made it a perfect day. We topped off our exercise with fish n’ chips and ice cream, but, hey, life is about balance, right?

This guy was trying to steal the fried goodness on my plate
This guy was trying to steal the fried goodness on my plate

 

Feel free to share your active weekend victories!