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Trying Not to Die

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In case you’ve been paying attention and noticed that I have not posted anything in my ‘My Marathon Training’ category in a while. First off, yes I am still training. I am in week #9 of 26 weeks of training. This should be week #10, but I repeated week #8 in order to get back on track after a week of injury.

I’ve got to admit, I have mixed emotions about my training. It seems to be more and more of dread involved with my runs now that they are getting to be 8 and 9 miles long. Im experiencing more pain. That being said, I am improving in terms of cardiovascular health. I’m on the borderline of being ‘average’ finally! Yes…a big improvement! My weight however has remained about the same which is incredibly surprising m to me. I have definitely made physical changes. My waistline is trimmer for sure. My legs are much more defined. I’m guessing that the weight gains in muscle are offsetting fat loss. But, it is still somewhat disturbing to me.

I’m guessing the #’s on the scale will startt to drop here soon. Gotta believe that my legs are only gonna get so big. Then any additional fat loss should show up then.

Overall, am I glad I’m doing this? Yes. It’s insane all day long, but, I do feel better in some ways. Plus, it will be one big check mark on my bucket list. I just hope i get to check it off, before the training kills me!


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October 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Upgraded to ‘Fair’

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Well, it took five full weeks, but, at long last, I have arrived at ‘fair.’  If you’ve been following the posts in the ‘my marathon’ training category, you know that when I started I was in pathetic shape to say the least.  According to the NSCA (national strength and conditioning association) I had a fitness level off the charts ‘poor.’  Determined to not die before my time, and trying to save face amongst friends, family and my blog readers, I kept on!

During Sunday’s 6mile ‘run’ I clocked my 1.5 mile time and lo and behold, I did it!  I made it into the ‘fair’ fitness level.  I barely made, it but, i made it.  Now I have to cut some serious time off my run and i will be average at long last!

While I’m very excited with my progress, I’m starting to question my ability to actually run, and complete a marathon.  I seem to be sucking air a little less fervently at the end of my runs, compared to when I started, I am in quite a good bit of physical pain.  I spent a good part of Sunday night and Monday hobbling around with some pain in my left knee.  Thanks to the old RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) I seem to be in good shape today.  Today is another scheduled rest day, but I have shorter runs the next three days, an off day Saturday and a 7 mile run Sunday. woo hoo?  Ugh!

At any rate…I press on!

I must say at this point I am somewhat surprised that the scheduled running times to seem to be a bit addictive.  I think a significant part of the program is being able to sit down and see each day scheduled out over 26 weeks.  Just focus on one day at a time.  I suggest if you have ever thought of doing something like this.  Get to it!  It’s difficult, but, i think it may draw out of you what you never knew was there.

Good luck!

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September 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I Just Don’t Get It!

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Yesterday wrapped up week #3 of my marathon training program.  Only 23 weeks to go…sweet.  Now, weeks 1 and 2 made sense.  Lots of struggle, sweat, near death experiences and so forth.  I even lost about 5 to 5 1/2 pounds.  Nice start.  But week 3, obviously the most grueling to date, as each week progressively ratchets up the torture level.  Despite the increased distance and intensity, I somehow managed to gain about 2 pounds.  What in the name of all that is right in the world is up with that?

My wife offered up, (unsolicited by the way), that it could have something to do with the 2 donuts I choked down on Saturday.  I’m certainly not delusional enough to think that I have gained any muscle of significance,  but, how in the name of Dunkin’ Donuts can you gain 2 pounds from that?  I know they are high calorie treats, but 3,500 calories each?  No way.  There is some other conspiracy at work here, and i’m not sure what it is, but when I get my arms around it, I’ll be sure to report it here first.

2 pounds indeed!

i guess the glimmer of hope, and good news is that I improved my 1.5mile running time to 17:11.  Now, I mentioned in an earlier post that I was approaching ‘average.’  But, it turns out I was sadly misinformed.  I pulled out my old manual from the NSCA (national strength and conditioning association), and looked up the normative date.  For my age group, my time on the 1.5 mile run just put me from ‘very poor’ to plain old ‘poor.’  Holy cow!  I still have to go through poor, make it through ‘fair’ and then I will finally achieve average.  How sad.  Funny how good news of improvement can ruin your day!

But, as Paul the Apostle wrote…’I press on towards the mark…’  I’ve got today and tomorrow off, but a crazy rest of the week when it comes to running.  I cap it all off Sunday with a 5 mile pre-church run.  Here’s to even better news next Monday.


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August 22, 2011 at 9:14 pm

iPod Makes Everything Better

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Hey, hope everyone had a great weekend!

Today kicked off week#2 of my marathon training, and man do I have some stuff to report!  First off, I mean no disrespect towards FOX News, but, I have figured out that watching the news while I run wasn’t helping me worth a dime.  As much of a news junkiie, and FOX News fan that I am, I am swearing it off whilst I run the miles.  Granted, I guess I’m supposed to be making progress, but wow, what a difference.  Today, I decided to plug in the iPod, slap on the headphones, close my eyes and pump the music.  I know I’m not breaking any new ground here when I say that it really does make a difference, but, it does!  Also, I was sporting some new Nike running shoes that I scored this weekend.  Went out with the fam to grap some back-to-school clothes for my son, and picked them up.  Made a big difference in how I felt.  Cushiony!

Now down to the ‘meat’ of my post.  This aging first time marathoner is all excited because I finished a 3 mile run today.  Woo Hoo!  The big part of that is that my per mile time is also already coming down, and I’m running a bit further each time…as is the plan.  After I cooled down, I even went outside to get my butt whooped at basketball with my 7 year old son.  Not to take anything away from my little man, because he is indeed awesome, but wow, I really suck!

Well, be blessed, and I will probably post again before tomorrow.  I have to see what’s going on int he world and pass my own personal judgement.  I’m leaning towards ranting about this whole world economic collapse.  But, we shall see.  I’m trying to keep my blood pressure good!

That’s a Wrap!

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Hallelujah & Praise the Lord! I did it!

You know that old Chinese proverb, the one that says, ‘a journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step.’??  Well, as you know by now, I set out on a journey, not of 1,000 miles, but on a quest to run a 26.2 mile marathon.  The journey called training is a 26 week program, and I am thrilled to announce that the first step is done!  I have officially completed my first week of training.  Let me tell you that today’s little 2 mile run was enormously difficult for me.  In addition to the fact that I’m still trying to get into shape, and running 2 miles would be difficult no matter what, but the mental battle is almost as tough.  Man, I really dragged my feet getting started today, and once I did, it didn’t get any easier.  But, I am happy to report that somehow I not only finished, but shaved a full minute off my time from Wednesday.  Woo hoo!  Getting closer to ‘average’!

I guess I fibbed a little…today was the last workout for the first week fo training.  But the week actually ends Sunday, but Saturday and Sunday are both scheduled ‘rest’ days.  I’m pretty sure I can pull that off though.  I don’t suspect I’ll post over the wekend, reporting that I messed up my training and ran a few miles!  No chance of that happening.

This would probably be a good time to confess that I haven’t been smart enough to look up and implement a proper diet for this kind of training.  It is somethig I will try to do this weekend.  I have indeed made some changes.  I’m making sure i’m eating ‘clean’ carbs prior to runs.  I also have found myself less inclined to eat the junk food.  Shoot, Wednesday after my run, I went to Starbuck’s with a friend.  I got my usual iced coffee, but, had them put in splenda instead of sugar.  Surprisingly it was actually pretty good.  Now, it wasn’t as nice as getting those little ‘crunchies’ of raw sugar at the bottom, but, it was sweet, and less guilt involved.  So, I guess it was an acceptable change.

Tomorrow is back to school shopping for my son.  Gotta take advantage of tax free weekends!  I will be hunting down some good running shoes.  The sneakers I have now will kill me if I keep using them!

Everyone have a great weekend, and look for the next scheduled post on Monday.  But again, you never know when I might just post a random rant.  I’m open to diet advice!  Lay it on me.

The Training Is Underway

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I guess one could say that I am smack dab in the middle of a mid-life crisis or something. But, suffice it to say that I have leaped into an insane endeavor. On Sunday, I decided to run a marathon. I guess it is kind of a bucket-list kind of thing. I have always said that I thought it would be a cool thing to do, but have never had the drive to get ‘er done. Well, the whim started kickin’ in on Friday, and by Sunday I decided to jump right in. Now, I must say that it is extra crazy as I am NOT a runner. Shoot, I’m 40-something, and am about 45 pounds overweight. Nonetheless, I purposely told enough people that I’m doing this, that I now have to give it my best shot, or suffer the shame!

Anyway, I have decided to post my training updates here on my blog for a number of reasons. First off, again, it’s great to force accountability. I don’t want to have to tell the world I quit or gave up, so, this will hopefully keep me going. Also, perhaps it will serve as inspiration or motivation for others who stumble across it, and need to make some changes in their life. Afterall, if an overweight, over 40, legally blind guy can do this, just about anybody can. Also, when all is said and done, ti will be nice to have a journal to look back over the journey.

My plan is to update this category of my blog once per week. The training process is a 26 week process. Also, there could be additional updates during the week, depending on the particular challenges of the day and how I got it done…or not.

Well, good luck to me!