Archive for February 2013

Feb 28, 2013 (Thursday)

231 this morning when I woke up.  That makes a 5.5 pound difference since Monday morning (4 days) – so obviously that weird weight spike has mostly normalized but I will still have to watch it.

233.5 after a 3.58 mile run in 30 minutes tonight – only 1 minute of walking and most of the running at 7.5 mph with the longest stretch of 10 minutes at that speed.  I did do some sprinting as well up to 8.5 mph but some slower at 6 and 6.6.

Run felt good and it felt good to sprint a little.

My left hip was feeling a bit stiff and was off and on over the last couple days as well.  It seems to get better after a bit of moving around so it should be fine but I will have to watch it and make sure it isn’t a precursor to a problem.

Feb 27, 2013 (Wednesday)

233 this morning when I woke up – better but not quite back to where I was, let alone where I planned to be.

232.5 after 6.62 mile run in 60 minutes tonight.  Run felt pretty strong – I did 2 x 1 min walk, 1 x 1 min at 6 mph, total of 4.5 min at 8 mph (2 min, 2 x 1 min, 0.5 min) and remainder at 6.6 mph (in various chunks – longest being 27 minutes).

Felt relatively strong on the run and felt like I could have kept going at a slower speed.  I need to keep pushing to get the speed up – I would like to do the WPS Half Marathon on May 5th in under 2 hours.  This wouldn’t beat my personal best but it would get me back in the range of where I will be able to train specifically to do that.  Right now the training has to focus on increasing speed for longer distances while still losing weight.

If I can keep things on track this week I might be able to get my weight to my goal weight for March 4th – my chart shows that to be approx 228.  I really have to watch what I am doing this week and correct if I see any kind of deviation or spike – I’m hoping the spike I showed this week has been resolved and it will kind of just work itself out of the system and if I can actually keep pushing the weight loss regime.  That will seem like I lost a lot of weight this week but it will really just be my system normalizing from the 6 pound spike in 4 days and a little bit of weight loss.  As of Feb 21st I was just better than my goal weight for that day but today I was almost 4 pounds over (in less than a week).  My system used to have these weird spikes / fluctuations when I was in the 250-260 pound range but I haven’t seen them to this degree since I managed to make it below 240.  It has to have been diet (still leaning towards Nibs and Blue Moon) and if the spikes follow the pattern I used to see that weight should normalize out in a few days as long as I don’t compound the issue.

So basically I would like to be around 230 Saturday morning (basically normalized) and 228 by Monday morning (to hit the actual goal for the week).  We’ll see what happens.  Getting under 230 is a huge driver right now and once I legitimately break that barrier the weight loss can slow if it has to and running speed will become the focus.  At least I say that now – after I break the 230 barrier if the weight loss is working well I’m sure the brain will start to focus on breaking 220.  The nice thing about that is to break 220 I’m sure I will have to be running hard so the speed should come as part of that too.

Feb 26, 2012 (Tuesday)

235.5 this morning when woke up this morning – was 236.5 yesterday morning.

Apparently my diet has gone to hell.  I don’t specifically see in my diet what is causing this issue beside maybe a little too much pop or potentially beer.  I really enjoy Blue Moon that you can only get in the US but we brought home a few cases at the end of our Disney World family trip.  Some evenings I have been enjoying a couple and looking at my weight chart the morning after those evenings seem to correspond to a bit of a weight spike.  I will have to watch this and see if it truly correlates.  If it does then I will have to make sure to limit myself to one on any evening I have a drink and see what happens.  Interestingly I haven’t seen this issue with any other beers over the past several months of training so it might have something to do specifically with the fact that Blue Moon is a wheat beer.  Something I am going to have to watch.

I am starting to follow through on my plan to cut the scheduled 6.6 mile runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays down to 3 or so miles.  Kids had swimming tonight and I doubt I would have been able to motivate myself to get on the treadmill for around an hour but I was able to convince myself for 3 miles.

Ended up running 3.41 miles in 30 minutes – there were about 5 minutes of walking at 4 mph (1 minute at a time), 17 minutes of 8 mph (2 x 4 min chunks and 3 x 2 min chunks and a 3 min chunk) and the remainder at 6.6 mph in 2 and 1 min chunks.  Very solid run with very little cheating on the treadmill.  I was 235.5 after the run but I was feeling very bloated and my calves felt very thick – potentially I have a water retention issue or something.  I will have to see what the weight looks like tomorrow and see how the planned 6.6 mile run goes.

Feb 24, 2013 (Sunday)

Feb 18 – 234

Feb 19 – 233.5 – did not run

Feb 20 – 233 – 232.5 after 6.6 mile run in 56:10 – about 3 min of walking with lots @ 8 mph and around a minute total @ 9 mph or greater.  Planned mileage completed for the day.

Feb 21 – 230.5 – better but did not run – no pop at all though

Feb 22 – 231.5?  made the mistake of buying a big bag of Nibs that were on sale – not wise

Feb 23 – 234.5 when woke up – as I said the Nibs were not wise – was up way too late last night and had no energy when I got up (up quite late and then still had to try to run before our son T had curling).  Too tired and frustrated to make anything happen – did 2.5 miles in 30:20 (mostly walking) – could not concentrate or push.  Had big greasy burger for lunch with lots of fries and then popcorn with lots of butter and salt late in the day – going to see the effects of that tomorrow.

Feb 24 – 235.5 when woke up – yep saw the effects of the food on Saturday.  Did 11 miles (as planned) in 98:15 with about 4 min of walking – there was some cheating (leaning) on the treadmill but overall managed to maintain energy levels.

This week I started adding the almonds back in my breakfast diet and I really didn’t see any positive effects of adding that additional protein.  I haven’t been doing the hard boiled eggs in a while – I think I need to add those back in as well and get back to doing what I was doing previously back in October and November when my weight loss was progressing properly.

I am also finding it hard to get motivated to do the planned running distances on Tuesdays and Thursdays – I think planning 3 days of 6.6 miles in a row is too much for me mentally right now.  So I am going to back off the Tuesday and Thursday runs to 3 miles (to match the Hal Higdon Intermediate 2 program).  I should be able to motivate myself to run these shorter runs especially if I do a bunch of speed work those days which will make the running time shorter.  This should also help my weight loss as doing the back to back runs in the evenings during the week seems to be a key to the weight loss that had been happening previously.  What I think was happening is I would get some weight loss during the week from the back to back runs and they would also sustain any weight loss that occurred during the back to back longer runs on the weekends (the runs during the week prevented regression on the weight lost on the weekend and added their own weight loss as well).

Basically what I am saying is I have to get back to the basics of what I was doing last October and November and I should see the weight loss I am looking for.  The weight loss will also add extra motivation to continue and that will help lose more plus should help motivate to do the really long runs as they start to come up.

I also need to start looking at what I can do to drive some more traffic to the site and I have to look at writing more on the blog and start focusing more on writing articles that I can maybe get on other sites.  I am enjoying the writing aspect of the blog and want to see if I can find a way to expand that portion of the blog in a way that makes sense with my interests and what little free time I have.

Signed up for WPS Half (2nd wave) and Manitoba Marathon

So signed up for the Winnipeg Police Service Half Marathon this morning and the Manitoba Marathon full as well.

For the WPS Half they have 2 waves that you can choose between and sign up for your specific choice.  This is the first year they have done this so I wanted to avoid any confusion and run the first wave.  WPS uses the Running Room race registration site which works pretty well – one complaint is that there was no indication that the first wave was already fully registered until I went to register.  There was room in the second wave and I registered for that but it would have been nice to have indication that the first wave was full on the main registration page or the WPS Half Marathon site.  Really a minor complaint but being a bit paranoid I worry that it might show that I should be a little worried about the organization for the event going into the new things they are trying.  Fingers crossed.

For the Manitoba Marathon – registration is taken care of through Active.com who Disney uses for their races so I am fairly familiar with their processes and things work smoothly.

I am vaguely worried as to how both these races will go – training is one thing but that should take care of itself over time – I haven’t run either of them in about 6-7 years so I really don’t know what to expect organizationally wise and I will have to figure out things like parking, etc that I haven’t had to worry about with the Disney races I have been doing.  But at least one positive is I won’t have to be getting up at 2:30 for these races….