Archive for December 2012

Dec 30, 2012 (Sunday)

236.5 when woke up – 233.5 after 12 mile run

The 12 mile run was done in 1 hour 58 minutes with only 4 minutes of walking.  I did a bunch of speed work in the last mile with several minutes at 7-8 mph.  Most of the run was done at 6 – 6.1 mph.  Only had water during the run with no other fuel.

I did the run in the early afternoon and had eaten a larger late breakfast so had plenty of fuel in the system and it showed.  The run felt very solid and there was very little cheating with leaning on the treadmill, etc.  All in all it was very positive and a good confidence builder.  The run seems to show that 2 hrs 10 min for the half is a possibility – which feels very nice mentally.

After the run we had to go do some shopping and I felt no negative side effects from the run so it looks like my recovery time should be pretty good now as well.

All around pretty positive about the run today.

The weight loss on the other hand is a bit frustrating at this point.  All the holiday stuff has made it easy to derail the weight loss and cheat on the diet, etc.  I will have to see what my weight is tomorrow but I suspect at this point with tapering on the runs that additional weight loss isn’t likely prior to the marathon.  Being down a touch over 20 pounds is still pretty phenomenal but considering how well things were going up to 3 weeks ago it is a bit disappointing as well.

Based on how well I ran today while well fueled, I have to make sure I am eating with an eye to energy for running over the next week or so but once the Disney World Marathon and Goofy Challenge are over I need to revisit my diet.  What I was doing through October and November was really working and need to take a closer look at what I have changed in December that has impacted the weight loss.  I will sit down and come up with a new plan after the event is over but I suspect I will set myself a new goal weight for mid-April (my 42nd birthday) somewhere in the range of 215 or so – based on what I managed in October and November this would be a slower loss plan than my current one but it would give more room to figure out and correct the kind of stagnation periods I am currently in.  This kind of plan would also work well with probably doing the Winnipeg Police Services half marathon in early May and the Manitoba Marathon on Father’s Day.

Dec 29, 2012 (Saturday)

235.5 when woke up – 235 after 4 mile run in 38:37

Run felt pretty decent today on the new treadmill – did a nice steady 6.2 mph for the first 3.5 miles or so and then tried some higher speeds near the end and only had 2 minutes of walking through the whole running period.  I probably would have done it faster on the old treadmill but I am taking it easy on the new one as I get used to it.

Have a big road trip today – driving out to visit some family we haven’t seen yet over the holidays.  Will probably be over 5 hours of driving for the full round trip.

Edit – we did the trip and we had lunch out there as well as lots of snacks so I suspect my weight will be up a bit tomorrow.  There is a 12 mile run planned for tomorrow so hopefully I can work a good chunk of that off.

I seem to have pulled something in my middle of my back – felt uncomfortable driving home and it didn’t feel very good when we got home either – hopefully it doesn’t impact training at all.

Tomorrow I will also need to do extra work on the blog itself to better organize.

Holiday Loot

Below are some of the cool items I received from my wife for Christmas this year that are geared towards the Goofy Challenge run this year:

Emergency blankets – will take these instead of a couple of big black garbage bags that I mentioned in the “to take list” – simpler to pack and may get a few less weird looks if I put them in my carry on bag…

Waterproof wallet – made of Tyvek (house wrap) with a Simpsons pattern – pretty cool.  My wife figured maybe I could use it to hold stuff during the runs without worrying about getting my leather wallet wet.  Interesting idea but I most likely will end up still putting stuff in the arm band for the media player (one less thing to carry).  Still it will end up being a nice little travel wallet for when I won’t need to be carrying around as many ID cards (for work, the gym, gas points, etc).

Medal hanger – put up in my computer room to hang my running medals.  It has labels for 13.1, 26.2 and 39.3 – I put all my medals on it and it is looking pretty cool.  The location I put it is on my “me” wall in our office where I had previously hung the medals on a few nails.  This is much cleaner and shows off the medals nicely.


Note – the little netbook and external monitor there is not my main pc that I do most of my computer work at home on nor is it my nice new laptop I picked up about a week ago.  I mostly use that one currently to teach my son how to use computers and to act as a bit of a print server.

Dec 27, 2012 (Thursday)

236 this morning – 235 after 5 mile run in 47:43

Double checked the leveling on the new treadmill and it definitely settled a bit more in the back – instead of being out a fraction of a bubble on the level it was out a full bubble.  I made some quick adjustments to get it roughly back to where it should be and the run tonight felt quite a bit better.  It is still definitely a harder run on the new machine than on the old but I think I am getting used to it already.  Looks like I have to take between 0.2 and 0.4 mph off of the speed setting on the new one to match how things felt on the old one – since I have leveled it again I have to assume that the old machine was starting to lose some accuracy on its measurements.  One really nice plus though was I was able to push out the last 0.1 mile at 8 mph just to see what would happen.  It felt pretty good – not something I could sustain for long right now but I haven’t even been able to try anything over 7.2 on the old treadmill since I started training in September (the old machine would trip whenever I went over 7.2 for more than a few seconds).

Dec 26, 2012 (Wednesday) – evening post

238 this morning when got up – Christmas definitely took things off track for a couple days.

Did 5 miles on the new treadmill in 48 minutes (237 after the run).  The new treadmill is definitely a tougher run than the old one – not nearly as much give – both my wife and I have tried the new machine and we both felt the difference in and around our knees – it should just be a matter of getting used to it though.  We both also noticed that the machine seems to have an incline where it is sitting that the old one did not have – my wife normally walks with around a 4% incline and she had to go with 2.5% on the new one to feel “right”.  When I was leveling the machine I did notice that there was a bit of an incline back to front but didn’t think it was that bad – perhaps the machine has settled a bit more on the back end into the foam exercise mat and carpet than the front has.  I will have to double check it and get it leveled better back to front….although I kind of wonder about leaving it to force a harder push for myself for the last couple weeks of training for the Goofy.  I will bring out the level again tomorrow to double check and if it is too bad I will adjust otherwise I will probably leave it until after the Goofy is done.