08062018 – Run

Running around my hometown is relatively flat. The rail trail is a great place to run, but is flat and requires an out and back. So I went a little longer than I needed to get the big hill and make it more of a loop. It felt cool at 70f but quickly felt the humidity as I set out through town. 

It was about a mile and a half to the bottom of the big hill out of town heading West on County Road 550. There is a paved trail from town to the school and once I got there I switched to running the roads. 

The workout was 6×400 with 300m rest. It took two intervals to get over the hill before turning down Dexter Road and getting onto the Paint Creek Recreational Trail. I had never actually been this far West on the trail. It wasn’t really any different than the rest of the trail. It brought me to the end of my intervals and further from home than I had hoped. 

To run to the trailhead and home would have added way to much distance as would finishing out a loop. So I just ran home on a different street through town. 

All in all a good run, lots of sweaty goodness! 

My intervals looked good too. I don’t get many flat ones so here they are. The first two were uphill and the middle two were downhill or flat and the last ones were flat. 






Totals were 6 miles in 56:04.

08042018 – Run and CrossFit

In the Hocking Hills for a wedding. I had done some research, but not enough on the specifics of where we actually were. And we had poor reception and no wifi!

I realized the Buckeye Trail went right by the property we were at and it appears that the trail might have connected into some of their private trails. At that point no one was around to ask and actually I would have missed some of the best parts of the trail. 

The Buckeye Trail goes around the entire state and uses a variety of hiking trails and walking along the road. So I left the lodge with the statement that the trail goes off into a meadow from the road. When I woke up it was just turning light and I had to use my phone’s flashlight to run by. Not ideal! I ran past a grassy road and turned up it. Didn’t see any blazes so when it intersected another grassy farm road I decided not to run up the hill and ran down into a little farmstead. Oops, retrace steps. Back on the road I ran until it ran into a farm road. A short bit down, there were a bunch of trees down. So I turned around again. This time I saw the small sign with the blue blaze! Success!

I turned into an overgrown meadow and followed the trail through a bunch of briar. Fortunately the wedding would be in pants as my legs got horribly scratched up! 

When the trail got into the woods it was a small path that was barely worn into the side of the hill. It was well marked for a little while and then joined or crossed another farm road and I lost it. I ran up the hill and noticed a sign, so I turned on it and that brought me back to the bottom of the hill. Oops. 

I went for awhile again staying on the trail as ot ran through the woods and crossing farm paths. I lost it a few other times for short periods of time. One time due to a fallen tree. At one point I ran through a bunch of mowed trails, which I assume were from our lodge. 

And then it popped out with a nice gate and trail register. The gate I ran through was well marked as being the trail, but I had no idea which way to go from there! Does the trail cut back down the hill on the gravel road or up the road or on some other trail? I didn’t see any blazes or signs. 

I opted for the road. And shortly saw a blue blaze. The rest of the run was on the Buckeye Trail and stayed on the roads. The trail would have turned left and stayed on the roads for a bit, when I was staying off to the right. I wasn’t sure how far I had to go to get back. 

The rest of the run was uphill and was uneventful. It was warming up with the sun. The Hocking River sure looked inviting! 

When I got back to the lodge I checked out some of their trails and from the map you can see I got really close to where the Buckeye Trail went by. I finished running up the hill from the creek to the lodges. 

The final totals were 8.5 miles in 1:33:35. I was supposed to get 10 in but didn’t see an easy way to get it done. 

After cooling off a little bit my brother-in-law came out and said let’s go workout. So we did an 11 minute workout that was 

3 Rounds for Time of

100 single unders

12 53# Russian swings

Run down the hill

12 slam balls

Run up the hill

And then 40 shoulder twists with the light band. 

08022018 – CrossFit

Short little MetCon with my sister while camping. I packed my 35# kettlebell with me and put it to use today. We came up with a little 21-15-9 partner workout. We had some slight miscommunication about the execution of it, but once through that we were good! 

The 4 movements were 

Russian Swing

Plank hold

Overhead Lunges


The plank hold was for the length of time it took the other person to do the swings. It took us about 11:30 to get through it all. We both got dirty from burpees and lunges in the grass! 

08012018 – Run

Vacation run #2 was 6×600 in Geneva State Park. The park has 6 miles of trails, that aren’t super well marked! Or at least the ones I was on weren’t. And the one trail appeared to have not been used much recently. 

So I ended up running on the road a couple of times, when I got back and looked at the map what happened made sense, but a couple of times the trail just ended without a clear direction to go.  The park is pretty much flat and sits next to Lake Erie, though I only got a few glimpses of the lake. 

Some of the intervals were slower due to getting lost. 

Here are the intervals:







Totals were 5.4 55:39. 

07312018 – CrossFit

A little CrossFit at my sister’s house. I wanted to make sure I stayed on top of the Sumo Deadlift progression so I did my 4×5 at 135#. The workout was written as 70% of max. So this was just over 70% of my projected 1 rep max. It felt pretty good. 

Meg captured a short video of my last set. She said that this was the worst set from a form perspective. My back is obviously rounded. 

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We then wrote our own MetCon. We decided on: 

We alternated weights and heights so that we could both workout at the harder levels. It was a nice little workout that I finished in 9:18. Meg beat me by a few seconds.  We used both a 20 and 26 inch box and 14 and 20# wall balls.