Archive for December 2012

Dec 26, 2012 (Wednesday)

238 this morning – was 235.5 yesterday morning and 234 Monday morning – so up 4 pounds in 2 days – yay   I am sure a lot of it is short term retained water, etc but still disappointing to see even when you are expecting it.

I did manage to get in a short run yesterday on the new treadmill but I was not feeling particularly good when I did it – if I tried to put on any speed at all I felt nauseous so I think I tried to run too soon after supper.  In the end I ran 2.78 miles in 30 minutes and shut it down.

The new treadmill itself did pretty good – very solid machine with no jerking or shaking when I tried higher speeds.  Hoping my run tonight goes better so I can really give it a push.

Dec 24, 2012 (Monday)

234 when woke up

No running today but definitely a lot of physical work removing the old treadmill from the basement and bring in the new one and setting it up.

So definitely did not hit my weight goal for today / this past week –  there does seem to still be a trend downward but I need to focus and make sure it starts moving properly.  I have missed a couple of mid-week runs in the past few weeks and that will have had an impact as have various holiday related meals.  The interesting thing is physically I look and feel different than I did a couple weeks ago when I first hit this level – so potentially I have added some muscle.

My intention is to make sure that I watch how much I consume in the next couple weeks and ensure that I am hitting all my scheduled training runs.  I will need to push the intensity on these runs to make sure the metabolism is up as well.  I’m hoping I can hit 232 for the morning of the 27th – that would put me 2 pounds behind the goal level but it would be the same 2 pounds I have been off since things went a bit off track around Dec 6th.  If I can make that happen and maybe drop another pound over the weekend to get down to 231 next Monday that would be good.  I would like to be at 227 on Jan 7th but I’m not sure how likely that is with the time remaining and the holiday season being upon us.  All that being said I would still be super exited if I could hit the 230 mark by the same point which should be possible.

new treadmill

So I picked up a new treadmill this morning (although at close to 300 pounds in the box “picked up” is maybe the wrong terminology….”heaved” maybe?)

Took about 4 hours to disassemble and take out the old treadmill and then assemble and test the new treadmill after accounting for a lunch break, etc.  Probably would have been quicker but there were some buggered bolts on the old one making it harder to disassemble plus I had to do some fiddling with the new one to get into the alcove where we wanted it.  It fits nicely in the spot but the opening to the alcove was thinner than the deck when the treadmill was laying flat so it had been shimmied into place on its end while keeping the deck lifting hardware from slamming open making the deck and base into a big L.  In the end I got it and the machine went together pretty well.  Probably won’t be able to give it a good test until tomorrow night when I go to put 5 miles on it but so far so good.

And it is toast….

So I got around to taking a closer look at the treadmill – I couldn’t get a look at the deck without pulling apart a bunch of the treadmill first.  The deck has 2 layers – the top slick layer and the bottom particle board structural layer – you can’t really get a good look at the bottom layer from the top of the machine.  I ended up having to pull off a side panel, a bottom panel and then loosening the back roller to get enough slack on the belt to shine a flashlight into the opening to check the deck.

Aaaaand it is cracked about 3/4s of its length right down the center.  Basically the crack lets the deck flex too much and seems to have caused the belt to wear the top slick layer right down the center as well leaving a weird groove in the middle of the top of the deck.

Decks can be replaced but I don’t really know how much that would cost but it could be worth it if it was cheap enough.  There are other things to consider though – such as the treadmill being over 6 years old – this would make it harder to find the parts needed plus the motors, etc have been worked pretty hard over the years and the breaker is starting to trip when the treadmill is worked hard.  The treadmill indicates over 1100 miles on it so we have gotten our money’s worth out of the machine.

I did a quick look and a local store has some pretty impressive treadmills on sale for 60-70% off right now as a pre-boxing day sale.  Looks like there are a couple machines in the $600 to $800 range that are regular around $2000 that have some very good specs.  They have 20 inch wide decks, 2.5 chp engines, capable of 12 mph and 12% incline with weight limits greater than 300 pounds  They look like very solid machines and seem to be very good deals.  Considering the aging of our current machine and what needs to be replaced it probably doesn’t make sense to fix it.

So as much as I hate to have to do it, it looks like I will be heading past the store tomorrow around lunch time to have a closer look and pick up a machine.  Yay more money to spend around Christmas time!  Really though I still have many miles of training to go before the Goofy and the current temperatures outside make the outdoor runs unrealistic for me (I would probably have to spend just as much on winter running gear as the treadmill will cost!).  If I want to keep this blog rolling I will need a treadmill to make sure I can get the mileage in – I could go to a gym but the additional time requirements probably won’t work this time of year.  Since my wife started to use the treadmill too I wouldn’t want to derail her by going too long without something here at home for her to use.

So it looks like I am buying a new treadmill tomorrow….

Dec 23, 2012 (Sunday)

233 when woke up – close to -30 C with the windchill so ran inside on the treadmill since I knew this was going to be close to a 4 hour run today.  I want to lose weight but not by freezing various limbs off.

230.5 after the 20 mile run – total running time on the treadmill was 3 hrs 36.25 min over a total of 4 hours (couple of breaks and the treadmill tripped off its breaker a few times).

Fuel on the run was about a dozen spearmint leave candies (spread out over the course of the run) and a banana after about 13 miles.  Also drank about a litre of water and the equivalent of about 2 cans of Coke.  Before running I had some peanuts, a banana and a protein shake.  Did not eat enough before the run but seemed to be ok during the run as long as I spaced out the spearmint leaves every 20-30 minutes or so.

Treadmill was definitely having some issues which slowed things down and caused me to run a little funny – my right knee did not like it but it seems to have recovered all things considered.

I was feeling well enough to go get some Christmas shopping done and was able to handle wandering around fairly well – so I think I am ready to go but I am not so sure that the 4.5 hour goal for the full is likely to occur.  I think I can pull off the 2 hrs 10 min for the half but the 4.5 for the full the next day seems in jeopardy – not much I can do about it now except keep up the training intensity during the taper period and watch my weight.  I will be trying to get the weight pushed down a few more pounds and try to get the upcoming runs done at a strong pace.

Hopefully the treadmill can handle the remaining runs.  I avoided pulling it apart yesterday because I was worried the deck might be cracked and if it was it would likely mean that I wouldn’t get the 20 mile run in today that I needed to.  I mentally and physically needed this run so I didn’t want to risk the run not happening.  So now that the run has finished I will be taking a look at the treadmill to see what kind of shape it is in.  My wife has been using the treadmill as well so I want to give it a once over to clean it up and make sure it is working for her as well.