Back In The Saddle (And Top Posts for 2017)

I took a pretty extended break from posting here, and wondered, really, if it was something I was even going to do anymore. But I miss writing for no other reason than the joy of it, I miss chronicling my ups and downs in fitness and life, and I miss sharing the many many stories you send me about qualifying for Boston.

So, I’m back.

To celebrate, here are the top posts and pages for 2017

1. The Boston Qualifier Questionnaire – no surprise here, the page collecting the hundreds of stories runners have shared of their journeys to the Boston Qualifying Time remains the number one page.

2. Data Analysis of the Boston Qualifier Questionnaire – my analysis of the data on how you get a BQ.

3. About – the perennial favorite i.e. the what the fuck is going on here page.

4. David Goggins Inspired Body weight Work Outs – a collection of body weight work outs inspired by navy seal and all around bad ass David Goggins.

5. S-Town’s John B. Mclemore: A Reading List – a collection of all the books cited by John B in the incredible podcast S-Town.

6. 2016: My Year in Books – an overview of everything I read in 2016 (2017 coming soon!)

7. Fitness Habits of Disgraced Generals – a light hearted post on the fitness regimes of Generals Paterues and McCrystal

8. Milo of Croton – A resource page on the ancient greek wrestler for whom this silly project is named.

9. How I read 52 Books a Year – A guide to reading more.

10. The BQ(Q) Sage Canaday – Pro runner and all around nice guy Sage Canaday shares his story of the first time he qualified for Boston

David Goggins Inspired Bodyweight Work Outs

David Goggins Getting it.

070723-N-6138R-001 SAN DIEGO (July 23, 2007) – U.S. Navy SEAL, Petty Officer 1st Class David Goggins runs 135 miles through Death Valley, California in the Kiehl’s Badwater Ultra Marathon that began in the Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the United States. Goggins finished the race in 3rd place 25 hours later on top of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the Continental United States. Goggins final time was a 4-hour improvement over his 2006 5th place finish. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brandon Rogers (RELEASED)

In Jesse Itzler’s great book Living with a Seal (Amazon, my review) David Goggins shares a number of classic bodyweight workouts.

For my reference, I’ve copied some of them out. Here they are:

“Nickels and Dimes”

5 pull ups and 10 push-ups every minute, on the minute, for ten minutes

The Burpees Test

100 Burpees for time

Under ten minutes = solid.

Under 11 minutes = decent

Takes you longer than 13 minutes? = do it again

Push up Ladder I

One push up, wait 15 seconds; Two push ups, wait 15 seconds, etc. till 10 push ups

At ten push ups, wait 30 seconds between sets. Go to eighteen. For extra fun, so back down, 18 to one.

Push Up Progression

15 x 7 sets (on the minute) = 105 total

12 x 9 sets (on 50 seconds) = 108 total

10x 10 sets (on 45 seconds) = 100 total

Long-Ass Push Pull Superset

12 push-ups, every 45 Seconds for 22 minutes

15 pull-ups, two minutes rest

Twenty push ups

3 pull ups x five sets

100 flutter kicks

20 x 20 Push Ups

Twenty Sets of Twenty push-ups, one minute break between sets

Descending Push Up Ladder

12, 8, 6, 4, on 15 seconds, followed by max sit ups in 1 minute for thirty minutes.

Push Up Sit Ups for Time

10 push-ups followed by max sit-ups on the minute for thirty minutes

Five Minute for 100 Push Ups

10 push-ups on 30 seconds, for five minute

Fireman Carry Work Out

Run thirty yards with partner on shoulder,

35 flutter kicks

20 push ups

Repeat 14 times

Review: Itzler’s Living with a Seal

Living with a Seal: 30 Days of Training with the Toughest Man On The Planet

Jesse Itzler

Fun.

Rich New Yorker hires famed navy seal and ultra-endurance athlete David Goggins to come live with him for a month and train him. Goggins agrees with the condition that Itzler agrees to follow his every instruction, no questions asked. Hilarity and a lot of very serious work outs ensue.

The book is largely written for laughs, with Itzler trying to keep up with the demands of the world’s hardest drill sergeant, but there are a couple nuggets of wisdom in here. The most quoted is Goggin’s pronouncement that when you think you’re done, you’re only forty percent done. This is surely motivating (if unlikely to be actually true).

For me, the biggest lesson to take out of this arises when Itzler’s wife questions the purpose of some of the more ridiculous workouts and Goggins responds that there is no purpose.  There is no, real, purpose to any of this.

It does nothing and no one cares.

Athletic nihilism. My jam.

Goggins is a fascinating character (and someone I’ve written about before) he’s inspiring, for sure, but there’s also something dark in how driven he is. I enjoyed Itzler’s portrayal of him here (though Itzinger’s stories about himself, I could have done without). Still, I’d be more interested in a more in-depth look into who Goggins is, and how he got that way. Hopefully with all the publicity surrounding this book, someone will write that piece.

Recommended for the Enthusiast.

hey, I also made this quick page of bodyweight workouts inspired by the book. 

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Friday Inspiration — David Goggins

I’ve been listening to Jessi Itzler’s wonderful Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet
on my runs. It’s hilarious, thought provoking and inspiring. As everyone who follows these things knowns by now the anonymous “Seal” in the book is legendary ultra-runner / crazy person David Goggins.

Goggins is a strange guy. Famous, but almost completely absent on social media, and not interviewed nearly as much as he should be. Finding quality video of this fascinating athlete is hard. This short video isn’t great, but its good, and it gives you a flavor for the type of man Goggins is. Enjoy.