<![CDATA[Next Level Podcast Network - Adam's Blog]]>Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:06:32 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Watch Game of Thrones Season 7 on Amazon Channels!]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 01:47:06 GMThttp://nextlevelradioonline.com/adams-blog/watch-game-of-thrones-season-7-on-amazon-channelsGame of Thrones has come to Amazon Channels, where fans can watch Season 7 episodes the same time they air on cable. 

HBO is available to Prime members through Amazon Channels for $14.99 a month after a 7-day free trial, and provides access to the entire Game of Thrones series – current and past – with no cable required so you can stream anytime, anywhere through the Prime Video app. Furthermore, Amazon Channels HBO subscribers can now log into the HBO Now app directly using their Amazon account credentials, providing the complete Game of Thrones experience.
Game of Thrones fans can also watch the drama unfold in 4K high definition with the Amazon Fire TV and the new line of Element Ultra HD smart TVs – Amazon Fire TV Edition. Also, the Amazon Fire TV Stick plugs into any HDTV to catch up on past episodes.
Fans who stream Game of Thrones on Amazon Channels can also read a variety of books via their Kindle, order food from Amazon Restaurants and jam out to their favorite bands on Amazon Music.

About Amazon Channels
Amazon Channels is the new way for Prime members to watch over 100 on-demand channels – no cable required, cancel anytime, and no additional apps to download. The service includes a wide variety of popular and more niche video subscriptions to choose from, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV, A+E Network, AMC, Cinemax and more, plus Anime Strike and Heera – on-demand subscriptions by Amazon Channels. Amazon Channels features numerous benefits for viewers, including:
  • Pay for only the channels you want
  • No cable package required
  • Watch anywhere, anytime on over 650 compatible devices
  • Self-service cancellation of any subscription at anytime
  • Create your own custom lineup from over 100 premium and specialty channels
  • Free trials on all subscriptions
  • Convenience of one account, no additional passwords to remember
  • Trusted, reliable streaming from Amazon Video
·       Direct access cable network apps, such as the HBO NOW app
Amazon Channels are available in the U.S., UK, Germany and Austria with support for all the devices Prime Video is available on—Fire TV, Fire and other iOS and Android tablets, connected TVs, game consoles, iOS and Android phones, and laptops.
<![CDATA[Want to play a game? "Jigsaw" to bring Saw franchise back to theaters]]>Sat, 22 Jul 2017 01:51:19 GMThttp://nextlevelradioonline.com/adams-blog/want-to-play-a-game-jigsaw-to-bring-saw-franchise-back-to-theaters
7/21/17 - Today brought the first official trailer for Jigsaw, the eighth movie of the Saw horror franchise. As you'd expect, there is plenty of blood and gruesomeness in the latest film, which releases this October. 

Tobin Bell, who recently voiced both Savitar and Doctor Alchemy on The Flash, plays serial killer John Kramer, who has seemingly been dead for several movies now. But, in Jigsaw, in appears someone continues to carry on his legacy of twisted justice. 

Check out the trailer below!

A Lionsgate release, Twisted Pictures presents, a Burg/Koules/Hoffman production.​

<![CDATA[Daddy's Home Sequel Releases first Official Trailer]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 01:08:22 GMThttp://nextlevelradioonline.com/adams-blog/daddys-home-sequel-releases-first-official-trailer

Watch the trailer below

Directed by: Sean Anders
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow & Mel Gibson
In the sequel to the 2015 global smash, father and stepfather, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas. Their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty’s old-school, macho Dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s ultra-affectionate and emotional Dad (John Lithgow) arrive just in time to throw the holiday into complete chaos. 

In theaters November 10, 2017
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<![CDATA[New Trailer Premieres for Detroit]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:56:29 GMThttp://nextlevelradioonline.com/adams-blog/new-trailer-premieres-for-detroit
From the Academy Award winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, comes Detroit, which takes place during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of 1967. 

Detroit hits theaters everywhere August 4, 2017!

Release Date: August 4, 2017
Genre: Thriller
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Writer: Mark Boal
Producers: Megan Ellison, Kathryn Bigelow, Matthew Budman, Colin Wilson and Mark Boal
Cast: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, Jack Reynor, Ben O'Toole, Joseph David Jones, Ephraim Sykes, Leon Thomas  III, Nathan Davis Jr., Peyton Alex Smith, Malcolm David Kelley, Gbenga Akinnabve, Chris Chalk, Jeremy Strong, Laz Alonzo, Austin Hebert, Miguel Pimentel, Kris Davis, with John Krasinski and Anthony Mackie
From the Academy Award winning director of THE HURT LOCKER and ZERO DARK THIRTY, DETROIT tells the gripping story of one of the most terrifying moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of '67.
DETROIT Official Channels
WEBSITE: Detroit.Movie
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/DetroitMovie
TWITTER: twitter.com/detroitmovie
INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/detroitmovie
Annapurna Pictures, founded by Megan Ellison, focuses on creating sophisticated, high-quality content that is critically and commercially conscious while still appealing to a diverse audience. By upholding Ellison's vision to put filmmakers and artists first and preserve their authentic creative voices no matter the genre or medium, in 5 years, the company has garnered a total of 32 Academy Award nominations for their projects, including ZERO DARK THIRTY, JOY, THE MASTER, FOXCATCHER, and THE GRANDMASTER. Ellison is also one of only four honorees ever to receive two Best Picture nominations in the same year, with HER and AMERICAN HUSTLE both earning nods in 2014. Currently, Annapurna is in post-production on Kathryn Bigelow's DETROIT, which it will release as its first distribution title on August 4, 2017. The company is also in production on Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled new period film starring Daniel Day-Lewis and is developing the film adaptation of Maria Semple's WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE, to be directed by Richard Linklater.  Annapurna's most recent projects include Mike Mills' 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, which was nominated for two Golden Globes and earned Mills a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination, as well as SAUSAGE PARTY, WIENER-DOG, and EVERYBODY WANTS SOME, with THE BAD BATCH set for release by Neon in 2017. Additionally, Annapurna is partners with Mark Boal on the company Page One, where they produced season two of the hit podcast SERIAL. Bigelow also directed and partnered with Annapurna on the animated short LAST DAYS, about illegal elephant poaching and the ivory trade.
<![CDATA[Walt Disney Animation Studios to debut "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" Featurette]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:43:30 GMThttp://nextlevelradioonline.com/adams-blog/walt-disney-animation-studios-to-debut-olafs-frozen-adventure-featuretteScroll down to see the trailer! 

BURBANK, Calif. (June 13, 2017) – Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) and Pixar Animation Studios are teaming up this holiday season when WDAS’ new featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”  opens in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature film “Coco” on Nov. 22, 2017. The new trailer for the featurette will run in front of Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3,” beginning this Friday, June 16, when Lightning McQueen’s new big-screen adventure opens in theaters nationwide. 
“I’m thrilled that Disney Animation’s featurette ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ will be coming to theaters in November with Pixar’s ‘Coco,’” said John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. “It’s a perfect pairing – they’re both beautiful, heartfelt films about families and how people carry traditions forward. I can’t wait for audiences to get to see both of these terrific projects together on the big screen.”
Featuring four new original songs, the 21-minute featurette welcomes the original cast and characters back to the big screen, including Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), who is on a mission to harness the best holiday traditions for Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) and Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff). Directed by Emmy®-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”), produced by Oscar® winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”), with original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson (“Between the Lines”), “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” will be in theaters for a limited time beginning Nov. 22.
“Stevie and I were deeply honored to be entrusted by John [Lasseter] to create an all-new story with these characters we love,” said Deters. “We’re thrilled to have our film play on the big screen with ‘Coco’ during the holidays.”
“We loved getting in the recording booth with these incredible actors who know their characters inside and out,” added Wermers-Skelton. “We can’t wait for audiences to see the featurette, enjoy their performances, and hear the incredible new songs written by Elyssa and Kate.”
“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” celebrates characters who won over audiences worldwide when “Frozen” first hit the big screen in 2013. Earning more than $1.27 billion globally, the film won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with “Let It Go”) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). Slated for November 2019, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ untitled feature-length follow-up to the hit film reunites filmmakers Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho with the Grammy®- and Oscar®-winning songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 21-minute featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.” It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save this first Christmas for his friends. Directed by Emmy®-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”), produced by Oscar® winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”), and featuring a screenplay by Jac Schaeffer and four original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” opens in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature “Coco” in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Universal Dubs Monster Movie Revival "Dark Universe"]]>Tue, 23 May 2017 02:16:28 GMThttp://nextlevelradioonline.com/adams-blog/universal-dubs-monster-movie-revival-dark-universeUNIVERSAL PICTURES UNVEILS “DARK UNIVERSE” WITH NAME, MARK AND MUSICAL THEME FOR ITS CLASSIC MONSTERS SERIES OF FILMS
Universal City, CA, May 22, 2017—Universal Pictures announced today that its series of films reviving the studio’s classic monster characters for a new generation will be known as “Dark Universe.”  The motion logo for the new initiative features a musical theme composed by Danny Elfman and will debut in theaters preceding The Mummy, which will be released on June 9.  The announcement includes details of the enterprise relaunching Universal’s iconic characters into modern cinema, as well as confirmations of superstar cast and that Academy Award® winner Bill Condon will direct Bride of Frankenstein.  
Dark Universe was begun by core creatives Alex Kurtzman, who also serves as director and producer of The Mummy, the inaugural film in the new classic monster series, and The Mummy producer Chris Morgan, who recently saw The Fate of the Furious, the sixth film he wrote for the Fast & Furious franchise, claim the biggest opening in history at the global box office when it opened on April 14.  Also joining the enterprise to inspire and entertain a new generation are such visionary talents as Oscar winner® Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible series, The Usual Suspects) and David Koepp (War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park).  

“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise audiences we will expand this series strategically,” said Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures.  “The enterprise masterfully developed by Chris and Alex will allow each subsequent chapter the right time to find the perfect cast, filmmakers and vision to fulfill it.  As we launch Dark Universe with Danny’s provocative theme before The Mummy and collaborate with a brilliant filmmaker like Bill to weave the story of a very modern woman in a very classic tale, we feel confident we’re off to a tremendous start.”

“When Universal approached us with the idea of reimagining these classic characters, we recognized the responsibility of respecting their legacy while bringing them into new and modern adventures,” said Kurtzman and Morgan.  “The studio and our fellow creative collaborators have championed and challenged us as we’ve begun to spin the web of Dark Universe.  It’s our hope these movies will engross longtime fans and spark the imaginations of brand-new ones.”

From his first score on Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and his iconic theme for The Simpsons--not to mention his collaborations with filmmakers including Ang Lee, David O. Russell, Sam Raimi, Rob Marshall, Guillermo del Toro, Joss Whedon and Peter Jackson—four-time Academy Award® nominee Danny Elfman’s inimitable compositions have vaulted him into one of the most versatile and accomplished composers in history.  

“I grew up on monsters,” said Elfman.  “Monsters were my life, and these iconic Universal monsters were almost like my family.  I simply wouldn’t be the same without them.  When I got the opportunity to compose a theme for the Dark Universe logo, of course I jumped at it.  What could be more fun than connecting to this world that has always been so deeply imbedded in my psyche?  I tried to find something that was new but still had some connections with the past—the origins—at least in a subtle way.  Something that was looking forward to a creative, fertile, imaginative future that Dark Universe will enter, and at the same time saluting the heritage of the tragic heroes (or anti-heroes) of my childhood.  To the Monsters!!!!”  
In another exciting development, Oscar® winner Bill Condon will follow his worldwide smash Beauty and the Beast, one of this year’s biggest hits—which crossed $1 billion at the global box office and became the most successful musical of all time—by directing Bride of Frankenstein, from a screenplay by Koepp.  The next film from Dark Universe, Bride of Frankenstein will be released on Thursday, February 14, 2019.  

In a related move, Universal announced that it will not release a Dark Universe film as previously planned for April 13, 2018, and that Bride will instead be the next chapter in the unspooling series of movies following this year’s The Mummy.  The actress chosen to play the lead role in Condon’s version of this timeless story will be announced soon.

“I’m very excited to bring a new Bride of Frankenstein to life on screen, particularly since James Whale’s original creation is still so potent,” stated Condon.  “The Bride of Frankenstein remains the most iconic female monster in film history, and that’s a testament to Whale’s masterpiece—which endures as one of the greatest movies ever made.” 

Dark Universe films will be distinguished by performances from some of the most talented and popular global superstars stepping into iconic roles, as well as electric new talents whose careers are starting to break through.  While previously announced, the stars of both imminent and future Dark Universe projects are gathered for the first time in the attached photo: The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster will be played by, respectively, blockbuster icon Johnny Depp and Academy Award® winner Javier Bardem, who appear together later this summer in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.  Those actors join superstar Tom Cruise as soldier of fortune Nick Morton and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll, who lead the all-star cast of The Mummy, along with Sofia Boutella, the actress who embodies the title role in that film.  The print-ready version of the image is available here

For your use, Universal has also attached a rendering of the new Dark Universe logo, while the print-ready version is available here.  Both the graphic and the motion logo were created by five-time Academy Award®-winning visual effects facility Weta Digital (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Avatar).  

At its organizing principle, Dark Universe films are connected by a mysterious multi-national organization known as Prodigium.  Led by the enigmatic and brilliant Dr. Henry Jekyll, Prodigium’s mission is to track, study and—when necessary—destroy evil embodied in the form of monsters in our world.  Working outside the aegis of any government, and with practices concealed by millennia of secrecy, Prodigium protects the public from knowledge of the evil that exists just beyond the thin membrane of civilized society…and will go to any length to contain it.  To learn more about Dark Universe and Prodigium, visit www.DarkUniverse.com and www.WelcometoProdigium.com.

Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters.  Welcome to Dark Universe.

<![CDATA[There's a Baywatch RED BAND Trailer!]]>Fri, 12 May 2017 23:56:57 GMThttp://nextlevelradioonline.com/adams-blog/theres-a-baywatch-red-band-trailer
Whether you think the new Baywatch movie will be amazing, or a bust, not everyone expected it to be the type of film to get a Red Band Trailer!

Rather than Baywatch remake, it has the makings of a comedic action flick, with quite a bit of adult language to boot. If it can make audiences laugh and provide some big explosions, all while being somewhat a parody of itself, it may just be a hit, after all. 

See the trailer below. 


BAYWATCH follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera. Directed by Seth Gordon.
BAYWATCH opens in theatres nationwide on Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tickets on-sale NOW:

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<![CDATA[Articles from BeachPod Episode 14 - BJ Gaddour]]>Mon, 26 Dec 2016 03:31:15 GMThttp://nextlevelradioonline.com/adams-blog/articles-from-beachpod-episode-14-bj-gaddourHERE ARE LINKS TO MORE ARTICLES BY BJ WITH MORE INFORMATION ON TOPICS DISCUSSED ON THE PODCAST!
<![CDATA[BattleFrog's Unfortunate Update]]>Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:52:08 GMThttp://nextlevelradioonline.com/adams-blog/battlefrogs-unfortunate-updateWell, that was short-lived.

I was running a day or two late to post last week's training regimen in preparation of BattleFrog NJ on October 8th when I received a surprising email. BattleFrog Series is suspending the remaining races of 2016. So, unfortunately, I will no longer be posting my weekly training. 
Luckily, I was only two weeks back into getting ready for the race. Though I will still continue to train similarly to if I were getting ready for BattleFrog, I may be unable to log another race this season (One benefit of BF was it was easy on the wallet). If I do, I'll be sure to mention it on BeachPod
<![CDATA[BattleFrog Training - 9 Weeks out]]>Sun, 14 Aug 2016 03:04:13 GMThttp://nextlevelradioonline.com/adams-blog/battlefrog-training-9-weeks-out
After running in my first ever Spartan Race in Palmerton, PA on July 17th, I took part in my first BattleFrog race two weeks later on July 30th. I think it's pretty safe to say, I've caught the OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) bug. I'll talk about both experiences on episode 10 of BeachPod: Health & Fitness, but I've already begun to look ahead at future races. As far as 2016 goes, it seems like I should be able to squeeze in one more race. That race is going to be another BattleFrog Series race on October 8th, this time in New Jersey. 
Because October will have cooler temps than the July race, I'll be running in an afternoon open heat. Not only will it be the warmer part of a likely cool fall day, but the later heats are also less expensive. Plus, I'll be using promo code BFW10847 for another $20 off. You can also use that promo code for $20 off any BattleFrog adult race.

Generally, training programs run about 8 weeks. This isn't a training program. I'm not saying you should follow what I do leading up to a race. This is only my 3rd advanced OCR, and 5th overall. Over the next several weeks, I'm going to share with you my journey in preparing for one of the most physically demanding races out there. Look for a new post weekly with that week's training. Let's start with the week of 8/7-8/13. 

Sunday 8/7
Today is actually a scheduled rest day. I took a week off after BattleFrog Philly. For the first time in a while I did next to no exercise. It felt a bit odd, so I was excited yesterday when I got to run 4 miles. Felt pretty sluggish because of the humidity and time off. It was a mostly flat run so a good way to ease back into it. Today my goal was just to stretch it out and hit 10,000 steps. 

Monday 8/8
Back on BeachPod episode 8, BF CMO Kevin Jones mentioned the training program you can follow on their website. I gave one of the MetCon workouts ("Runnin' to the Ground") a shot. 
  • 5 min run
  • 50 burpees
  • 4 min run
  • 40 burpees
  • 3 min run
  • 30 burpees
  • 2 min run
  • 20 burpees
  • 1 min run
  • 10 burpees

Overall, it took about 35-40 minutes to complete. Which says a lot considering it's only 15 minutes of running. Burpees are wonderful and horrible at the same time. I'm not sure you can ever be "good" at doing lots of burpees. But I do think anyone training for an OCR should train with a decent volume of them. This one definitely kicked my ass. 

Tuesday 8/9
Decided to give another BattleFrog workout a go today since yesterday's was a good one. This time, I grabbed one from the Strength & Skill category ("Picnic Time"). 
Complete for time:
  • 10 Bulgarian split squats (per leg)
  • 20 Step ups (per leg)
  • 30 Push-ups
  • 40 Dips
  • 50 Flutterkicks
  • 60 Calf raises
  • 50 Flutterkicks
  • 40 Dips
  • 30 Push-ups
  • 20 step-ups (per leg)
  • 10 Bulgarian split squats (per leg)

I don't remember the exact time it took to complete, but it was close to 20 minutes. Not a lengthy workout at all. There were definitely some challenging parts but, compared to yesterday, this one was lighter. Since there were no pull-ups included, I did a few towel pull-up variations to finish off my workout. 

Wednesday 8/10
I had planned on doing a hill sprint workout, but plans changed and I had to do a workout at home. Unfortunately, there are no good hills in the immediate area. So, I checked out the BF site again and put my own variation on one of their Speedwork workouts ("Moving Along"). Rest  was 2 minutes in between and I went through it 5 times.
  • 2 stair sprints (run up stairs as fast as possible, the first run hitting every step, the other going every other step)
  • Jog down
  • Bunny hop up steps (keep feet together, hitting every step)
  • Run down
  • Weighted carry up and down (45lb plate)
  • Lunge up steps (skip a step or two)
  • Jog down
  • Farmer's carry up and down (50lb dumbbells)

Thursday 8/11
Thursdays are fun because my brother-in-law comes up. He ran Spartan Palmerton with me and ran a different heat for BattleFrog Philly. I always recommend working out with a partner. It just gives you more motivation and forces you to workout in case you're not in the mood. After doing two races in 3 weeks, I realized what my strengths/weaknesses are. You'll see me do a lot of weighted carries, because I struggled with those a bit. The goal today was to work on my strength, but keep my heart rate up. We performed this as a circuit. Took about 3 minutes rest in between and did it two times through. If time allows, I'll do 3.
  • Farmer's walk up and down stairs 3 times (50 lb dumbbells)
  • Towel pull-up variation (One hand, both hands, wide, narrow, etc) x8
  • 1 min plank
  • Decline bench press x20 (35 lb dumbbells)
  • Hanging Knee Raise x10
  • Weighted step-up x10/leg (I put two 10 lb plates on one side of Olympic dumbbell handles pictured right. I held the dumbbells at the wider end with the weights, one in each hand. This challenges the grip strength more than a standard grip).
  • Weighted sit-up x20 (25 lb plate)
  • Weighted stair climb x10 up and down (45 lb plate)

Friday 8/12
Scheduled rest day today. During my lunch break at work, I made use of the gym by doing some time on the treadmill and elliptical, followed up with some static and dynamic stretching. As I do on all recovery days, I aim to hit at least 10,000 steps. 

Saturday 8/13
The plan today was for a longer endurance run. I still have 8 weeks until race day so no rush on the miles. The heat index today was scheduled to be very hot and very humid, so I tried to get out as early as possible. Apparently 9 a.m. was still too late for Pennsylvanian August. 

I felt pretty good through the first 3 miles, then hit a wall. Maybe it was the heat catching up to me or the fact that, at that point, I had the sun directly in front of me. Either way, I had to slow down the pace. At this stage, I'm okay with that. I really just wanted to make sure to get in the miles and keep an easier pace anyway. Ended up getting in just over 4.5 miles on a mainly flat surface to finish the week.