Archive for January 2013

Disney…seriously…holy crap!!!

Got off the magical express yesterday at the Beach Club for our 9 day family vacation to get the lovely surprise of being bumped to club level – Awesome!!!

We then walked into our room to find we were put in a 2 bedroom suite – holy crap!!!! Fanatastic place – going to be an awesome vacation.

Sitting in Beaches and Cream waiting for supper – life is good.

Will write more later.

Boardwalk Inn hotel review on Tripadvisor

I just got around to posting my review of the hotel we stayed at for the Disney World Marathon weekend on tripadvisor.  We stayed at the Boardwalk Inn.

The review is still pending tripadvisor moderation but you will able to see the review plus my older hotel reviews at Disney World by clicking on the link below:


Longer term goals – up to summer of 2013 (Manitoba Marathon)

I will be on vacation with my family from Jan 27th to Feb 9th with a goal of being 230 when I return and things have settled out.

Feb 11th = first training day to put in an 18 week training program for the Manitoba Marathon on June 16th.  I will be using a modified version of the Hal Higdon Intermediate II program ( – this is the same program modified by Lee Hoedl for the Goofy Race and Half Challenge that I followed for the Goofy.  The plan worked well for me for the Goofy and should let me make some major improvements to my endurance and time for the Manitoba Marathon.

I am going to break the 18 week training program into 3 x 6 week periods to give me more flexibility in pushing my weight loss early and reducing it near the end to make sure I am properly fueled for the Manitoba Marathon.

First 6 weeks – Feb 11 to Mar 24 – I will modify the Hal Higdon plan so that there are no runs shorter than 6.6 miles – any that are longer than 6.6 will not be modified.  The idea is that I want to push during this period to make sure I do these 6.6 runs in 1 hour or less so that 6.6 mph is my default slow speed (giving me a chance at a 4 hour marathon).  This used to be my default speed back in the 2002 – 2006 period and I think it is achievable again.  This period is also where I want to push my weight loss fairly hard as well – I would like to average 2 lb per week during this period.  Starting weight = 230 and ending weight goal = 218

Second 6 weeks – Mar 15 to May 5 – depending on how I feel with the training I may now back off to exactly follow the Hal Higdon plan – if I don’t back off I will continue the plan from the first 6 weeks with a minimum run of 6.6 miles.  The Winnipeg Police Services Half Marathon is on May 5th this year and I expect I will run it and shoot for a 2 hour or less time.  The half marathon fits nicely with a 12 mile planned training run in the Hal Higdon plan for that Sunday.  I intend to back of the weight loss goal a bit during this period as well – I hope to be doing some more resistance training and probably eating more protein to support that so I am hoping for continued weight loss counter balanced with some muscle gain.  I hope to average 1.25 pounds a week during this period – starting weight goal = 218 and ending weight goal = 210.5.

Third 6 weeks – May 6th to June 16th – continue to follow Hal Higdon plan – I may continue with the minimum 6.6 mile runs but I don’t expect to as I don’t want to over train  at this point.  I should be doing a large number of my runs outside at this point.  The Manitoba Marathon is on June 16th – there are a lot of time between now and then but I have seen the potential in my runs including how I felt on the Goofy Challenge runs to get back in the range of where I was in 2005 (4 hrs 15  min full).  I am currently setting beating this as my goal with a small glimmer of hope for being under 4 hours.  I don’t expect a huge amount of weight loss during this period as I should be fueling to run hard but I would still like to set a goal of 5.5 pound loss over the 6 weeks – Starting goal = 210.5 and ending goal – 205.

After that – part of me would like to be get under 200 pounds just to say that I have (it would be the first time since high school) but I have added significant muscle to my frame since high school and I don’t think I could get down that low without losing more muscle than I want to.  If I look at my picture from the 2005 Manitoba Marathon I was in the vicinity of 215-220 at that point and I don’t see from that picture where an additional 20 pound weight loss would come from.  So even my goal of 205 may not be realistic but I will stick with it for now with the understanding that it may have to be adjusted as my weight gets lower and start to see what will actually be possible.

215-220 pound on the Manitoba Marathon in 2005 about mile 20 - finished in 4 hrs 15 min

215-220 pound on the Manitoba Marathon in 2005 about mile 20 – finished in 4 hrs 15 min

After the Manitoba Marathon is done I will have to reassess where I am and what my goals are – ideally I would like to continue getting stronger and faster and then do Goofy again in 2014.  This may not work however – My wife’s mother has expressed that she found it difficult to look after the kids for the period we were away and she doesn’t think she could do it again.  It is another year away and the kids will be another year older so we may be able to change her mind but she can be relatively stubborn so I suspect not.  I believe we will likely still do the Disney World Marathon Weekend but we would likely bring the kids and add a bit of a family vacation on the end of it.  This would mean that most likely my wife would run the half on the Saturday while I look after the kids and then I would do the full on the Sunday.  So I might not be able to be Goofy again next January – but that is almost a year away so we will have to wait and see what happens.  But if I do the full and not both I would like to see if I can hit a new personal best on the run – those decisions will have to come later.

I may also look at the Treherne Marathon in September or possibly another fall or early winter run to make sure I stay in marathon form.

Short Term Goals

January 21st, 2013

I will be going on vacation for a couple weeks with the family starting on January 27th.  We are off to Disney World to stay at the Beach Club for 9 nights – we will be driving to Minneapolis on the 27th and 28th and flying out to Orlando on the 29th and then back to Minneapolis on Feb 7th.  We love staying at the Beach Club for the convenience of being able to walk to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios – the kids love the pool too and of course the area is just gorgeous.

Up to leaving I want to make sure I continue my weight loss and continue to get miles in on the treadmill.

My weight goal is to be 230 or under when we leave – Or more specifically I would like to be 230 when we get back and I start on my longer term goals.  A Disney vacation can play havoc with a diet of course but with all the walking we will be doing as long as we pay attention to what we are eating we should be ok.  I will also be trying to do some running around the Boardwalk area in the morning to keep some training going and to give me some breathing room on my weight.

I also have planned my runs up to when we leave – I had planned to run on Sunday the 20th but that fell through – my plans are 22nd, 23rd and 24th = one hour of running and the 26th = 10 miles.

I will also add another post with my longer term plans and thoughts moving forward.

Monday January 21st, 2013

231.5 when I woke up – was 231 yesterday when I woke up.

I had planned to do a 10 mile run yesterday but I had no energy and was just too exhausted – so I ended up having a nap instead and pretty much lounged for the day.

I feel more energized today so I might do an unplanned run today to make some miles but I will have to see how that goes.  It is a day off work for me and that will probably mean running around getting some shopping sorted out.

My weight is staying steady which is good considering my lounge day yesterday.  If I can do the runs I have planned prior to going on vacation I would like to be under 230 when we leave so that I have a nice solid starting place when we get home.

I will be posting a some new goals and plans shortly that will cover both my short term goals and my plans going into the summer.