September 19, 2016


August 2016 Review

by pyrad
Categories: General Running and/or Fitness
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Late again with the monthly review. But, it’s out before the following month ends, so not entirely late!

July‘s word of the month was YES. I’d like to think August’s word of the month was rise!

Continuing this feature I started in January here’s this month’s monthly summary at a glance:

August 2016 at a glance
Starting Current Change To Go
Weight (lbs.) 208.2 213.8 +5.6
Fat (lbs.) 63.2 65.6 +2.4 30.9
Goal This Month Annual Average
Hours Sleep 8.00 7.26 7.30
Starting Current Change To Go
PMP PDUs 52 52 0 3
This Month Year to Date
Running KM’s 38 km 593 km

My fiancée was away in Bhutan for 6 weeks this summer. I had high hopes about getting lots of sleep and training a lot. Alas, I was brutally unproductive.

A lot of this month sucked. I was unable to run for most of the month because of my ongoing ankle injury. It was frustrating not being able to exercise. I could see my weight steadily rising, and my spirits quickly flagging. Much to my own disappointment, I withdrew from pacing the Oakville Half-Marathon because I knew I would not be ready in time for September 25. There were moments in the month where I considered giving up running forever. I felt sad.

And I was exhausted. I had a lot of work to do at work. This was topped by a weekend in the middle of the month where I worked Friday night and Saturday night before returning to work Monday morning. That was a drag of enormous proportions.


Rise. Run. Rest. Repeat.
(image source)

But, I hit a bit of a turning point near the end of the month. My ankle seemed finally healed. I hadn’t realized at first how much I took being able to run for granted.

A new thing this month was working with a new Personal Trainer at Goodlife. This trainer actually does running races, so talking to her about it buoyed my spirits a bit. And she does triathlons which, has intrigued and potentially inspired me to finally make the jump to tri-sports…

After mustering the spirit, I even made an ambitious plan to train up for the half-marathon in 7 weeks!

In a sense, I felt like I was rising off of the floor, getting up off the mat, and defiantly trying to get going again.

And I discovered that taking a morning walk from the subway station to my office rather than the bus is a better pick-me-up than coffee!


In other news this month, I had a couple of interesting events:

I took a trip to Mont Tremblant with my mom. I have been there a few times in the winter for skiing, but this was my first trip in the summer. It was a very different experience. Going to the top of the mountain was very pretty. My mom was more fond of the casino.


Taking the gondola through Mt. Tremblant's pedestrian village
Taking the gondola through Mt. Tremblant’s pedestrian village

Selfie on the top of Mt. Tremblant
Selfie on the top of Mt. Tremblant


In my convalescence from my injury, I had time to work on my other hobby, painting and playing with Warhammer 40k models. I attended my first ever tournament on August 20. My little plastic men and tanks fared off against superhuman despots, aliens, and daemons, and fared okay. I enjoyed the experience, which was most important.


My Warhammer 40k models deployed for my first game
My Warhammer 40k models deployed for my first game

My warhammer 40k models unexpectedly ambushed by that big, red, alien robot
My warhammer 40k models unexpectedly ambushed by that big, red, alien robot

One of my Warhammer 40k tanks staring down an oncoming daemon
One of my Warhammer 40k tanks staring down an oncoming daemon

A ridiculously awesome display board by another player
A ridiculously awesome display board by another player


At the end of the month, after Sharise was back, we attended a wedding together for her friends Jen and Zohar. It helped give us some ideas for planning our upcoming wedding.

Sharise and I attending Jen and Zohar's wedding.
Sharise and I attending Jen and Zohar’s wedding.





Goal: Reduce Body Fat to 35 pounds by the end of 2016
Status: No surprise

Date Weight (pounds) Body Fat % Body Fat (pounds)
December 31, 2015 194.4 24.9% 48.4
February 2, 2016 194.0 26.9% 47.9
March 1, 2016 193.8 24.4% 46.9
March 28, 2016 198.4 25.5% 50.6
April 26, 2016 200.0 25.8% 51.6
May 31, 2016 202.4 26.8% 54.2
June 27, 2016 207.4 27.9% 57.8
July 26, 2016 208.6 30.3% 63.2
August 30, 2016 213.8 30.7% 65.6


Not exercising much and being in pretty low spirits lead to my biggest single-month weight gain all year. It was actually over 215 pounds mid-month, so the late-month exercise did start to help.


Goal: My average hours of sleep will be at least 8 hours per night in 2016
Status: Average 7.26 Yikes

August 2016 nightly hours of sleep


I was trying to fit a lot of things in. I had an experiment of going to the gym for personal training at 5am. That meant waking up at 4am. It was a great time to use the gym, but getting to sleep around 8pm regrettably wasn’t happening.


Goal: I will earn at least 6.5 more PMP PDU’s by the end of 2016
Status: +0!

I tried! I really did! But I was having computer problems launching the online software in August. But, I am quite enjoying the “managing human resources” module. It has information about motivating workers which I found quite interesting and valuable.





Just a few more weeks until the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon. I’m hoping I can get there. It will be steep climb!

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  1. […] August‘s word of the month was RISE . Because a lot of things happened this month, not all of them necessarily by my choice, I’d say my word of the month was NECESSARY! […]