WEEK 17 (November 19-November 25)

Monday: Stairmaster; 15-minutes in sauna; 20-minutes steam room

Tuesday: Three reps each of Teaser/V-up/Straight-leg twisting crunch/Seated criss-cross/Ankle-weighted reverse crunches/3-rounds shadow boxing/3-rounds on heavy bag

Wednesday: Weight Machine Workout; Swimming laps 30-minutes


Friday: Burn 30 @ YMCA (Burpees are evil)

Saturday: D/O

Sunday: Three reps each of Sit-ups/Push-ups/6″/Extreme/Medicine ball reverse crunches; 3-rounds shadow boxing/3-rounds on heavy bag; AB Ball routine; Free-weight workout

Total Running Miles: 0

Weight: 192 (-18.4 lbs.)

Training Days Remaining: 36

Notes: Good week of cross-training. My ankle is essentially healed, but I wanted to give it that third full week off from running to be sure. So to substitute for my lack of running there was the stairmaster, swimming, and this wicked Burn 30 class at the YMCA. My friend DaVida is to blame for the pain I’m still feeling in my thighs after Burn 30. She said it would shock my system and she was not joking. That class was vicious. I now have a new incarnation of the devil, and it comes in the form of a Burpee. That is a hateful exercise, but useful.

I’ll be joining in that class again soon.

I couldn’t quite offset all the Thanksgiving-related meals with sufficient exercise, but close. My weight only went up .2 pounds for the week, which isn’t bad considering I had four different days of family gatherings.

I will be back running this week. I’m looking forward to that. Added runs and less food will hopefully push me below 190 pounds going into December.

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