Hero’s Journey 2 Day 5: Journey Through the Woods

Day 5: The woods are thick and hard to get through. The path has to be created from scratch. The strength of your legs has to serve you well here.

The flavor text is true, for once!


Last time I was on day 5, it was a cavalcade of failure. Some of it was because I overdid things outside of the program, but I was also just really out of shape. I couldn’t do any of the jumping lunges, and only made it through a little over half of the regular lunges for level 1.

In the same spirit, I’ll give a breakdown of how lunges went this time:

  • In set 1, the regular lunges were fine, and the jumping lunges were a little rough.
  • In set 2, the regular lunges were fine, and the jumping lunges were a little rough.
  • In set 3, the regular lunges were fine, and the jumping lunges were a little rough.
  • In set 4, the regular lunges were fine, and the jumping lunges were a little rough.
  • In set 5, the regular lunges were fine, and the jumping lunges were a little rough.
  • In set 6, the regular lunges were a little rough, and the jumping lunges were a moderately rough.
  • In set 7, the regular lunges were a little rough, and the jumping lunges were a moderately rough.

I’m amazed I got through seven sets, and did jumping lunges in all of them. My legs don’t feel “stronger” doing that first lunge than they were last time, but the endurance is night & day. Last time, each might as well have been done immediately after the set before it, the rest between sets didn’t do anything for me. This time, two minutes was basically a full reset. Even now, as I write the blog post about it at 2 in the afternoon, my legs are ok. If I fully stretch them I can feel a little bit of soreness, but no problems getting up/sitting down/etc.

I felt like this day was the beginning of the end last time; I was already off track, only to fall farther behind as I was able to do less and less exercise. I’m hopeful this time not only that I’m starting from a better place, but the ability to do more exercise will allow me to build more muscle and become stronger to keep up with increasing requirements.

The only unknown at this point is pushups, which I think is going to be tackled for the first time in a couple days. Hope that works out well too.

Also note: I was a little disappointed at how little effect the “dragon egg” had on the whole exercise program. I never felt the need to rest an extra minute between sets, and besides that there’s no interaction whatsoever. It would’ve made sense if occasionally you had to do a little more work to feed the dragon, or if when you’re “being attacked”, the dragon would take out someone and remove a set if you’d fed them, etc. But alas, nothin. Makes me want to create a more involved “exercise game” that has more choices/effects/etc.


10 lunges
10 jumping lunges
20 knee strikes
10 jumps
20 side lunges
7 sets
Omissions: none
Substitutions: none
Score: 200