Archive for May 2013

May 30, 2013 (Thursday)

230 when I woke up this morning and 232.5 after run tonight

Run was 5 miles in 43 minutes – it felt pretty awful to tell the truth.  I felt nauseous several times during the run and was having trouble getting motivated.

I missed the last 2 days of running for a variety of reasons – mostly just exhausted and stressed frankly.  I skipped the 5 miler on Tuesday just to relax due to work stress and being tired then the Wednesday 8 miler I ended up being too tired to do after walking to work and back (total of about 3.5 miles) and mowing the lawn in the evening before I would have run.  Pretty lame excuses but they seemed sufficient at the time.  I’m sure I paid for it today though.

Today was a weird day for food too – I had my usual protein breakfast and took a small lunch with me to work…but I had the lunch finished by 10:30 and was absolutely starving by noon and had to go grab something.  Unfortunately the quickest thing was of course fast food – it filled the hole but I’m sure that was part of what I was feeling tonight on the treadmill as well.

So basically a wake up call today to straighten up for the next few weeks leading into the Manitoba Marathon – I need to hit all my runs from here on out and eat properly.  I would like to come down a few pounds too.

Sister blog – disney.biggoofyrunner.com

Hey there – just a quick plug for a new sister blog for biggoofyrunner.com – Disney.biggoofyrunner.com

I have been thinking about writing things lately that don’t really fit on the biggoofyrunner site and figured I would create the sub domain to try my hand at writing about other things.  So basically this main blog will be about my running and weight loss attempts and will still talk about Disney races but Disney.biggoofyrunner.com will be more about general Disney things – whether they are trip reports, toy and game reports or just general Disney discussions.

I think I will also be looking to see if I can work with my son and daughter to get them to discuss things they like about Disney – should be interesting!  Maybe the wife will get involved too?

If that goes well maybe we will start another sub site for the kids to talk about a wider variety of things from a kid’s perspective (still heavily moderated by myself of course).  That is probably getting a bit ahead of myself at this point but it is good to have an idea of a possible future expansion.

May 25th, 2013 (Sunday)

230 when I woke up and 225 after 20 mile run.

I managed to get in the 20 mile run this morning after all – yay!  The day started out looking not too good as when I got to the park to start my run there were a crap load of cars around.  They also had some roads blocked off so obviously the run was not going to happen in the park today.

So I drove home and grabbed what I needed and headed out in the without much more than my phone / music player, GPS watch, water bottle and some jube jubes.  For this length of training run I prefer to run in the park so that I can get extra water, snacks, etc from the van as needed.  Instead today I did the run without that kind of cache of supplies and I wasn’t sure how things would go but gave it a shot.

I started out from the house and did a loop around the neighborhood that came up as 4.5 miles then did a 6.5 mile stretch out and back on a gravel / dirt road and then 2 more loops around the neighborhood totaling at 20 miles.  The dirt road was very loose and it the first stretch out was 3.25 miles directly against a 30 km/h wind – my speed really dropped during this section and although it recovered a bit when I was back on cement and pavement it never really got back up to where it was in the first 4.5 miles.

Still in the end things felt pretty decent – I didn’t take a walking break until after 11 miles were completed and after that I took a break after every 2.2 miles (to match up with what laps in the park would be) to have some jube jubes and some water.  I ran out of water after the 17.6 mile break and had to finish the run without any more water.  Things were starting to feel pretty rough right at the end but I still finished without getting into walk-run cycles.  I might have started cycles though if I had to finish a full marathon.

So in the end I did the run fueled by a piece of pizza and glass of coke before the run and then a bottle of water and 12 jube jubes over the course of the run.  I definitely am capable of finishing a marathon at this point – the speed of the marathon is in question though.

I did the 20 miles in 3:36:36 which would factor out to 4:47 or so for a full marathon – not too awful I suppose but I was definitely hoping for better.  I did go quite a bit faster during the WPS Half (6.77 mph average versus under 6 mph for the first 13.1 miles today) so I suspect once I am running in a group I will be faster plus not having to run on loose dirt for 7 miles will preserve my leg strength a while longer.  Combined I should be able to get faster for the first half marathon distance (say near the 2 hour mark) and still have energy in the legs to do a decent second half.  Based on the run today my goal is to be under 4:30 for the Manitoba Marathon.  So this one won’t be my personal best but if I do beat 4:30 then it will be my second best which in itself will be an achievement.

So some disappointment today but some positive things as well – all in all I am glad I managed to get the run in.

May 25th, 2013 (Saturday)

229 when I woke up and 227.5 after morning run.

I was 227 yesterday morning when I got up and we had pizza last night so I think that showed in my weight this morning.

Run this morning was 10 miles – things didn’t work for time to run outside this morning so I put in the time on the treadmill instead.  Total time was 87 minutes which wasn’t too bad.  Things felt pretty rough though – not physically but mentally.  I had a real tough time staying motivated and pushing myself.  Probably a few factors for that – feeling a little heavy from the pizza last night, did not have coffee as a kicker before I ran and I also deliberately started slow hoping to just be able to let the time go by without having to concentrate.  I came to the realization that going slow at the start and letting my mind wander is more for outdoor running than for treadmill work outs – it was too easy to start to let myself shut down so instead of helping the time pass it actually made me more conscious of how long it was taking for the miles to go by.

Other than that though I could tell I was well fueled and hydrated and never felt out of breath.  So my real barrier right now is mental and hopefully I can push through that tomorrow for my planned 20 miler.  I guess we will have to see.

Last long mile training week before Manitoba Marathon

So this is the last long training week I have in the plan for the upcoming Manitoba Marathon.  The week is scheduled at a total of 50 miles (of which I have already lost 5 and completed 15).

Saturday is 10 miles and Sunday is 20 – I haven’t pulled a run longer than a half marathon distance in several weeks and I need to make absolute certain I pull it off this weekend.

Weather so far looks like it will cooperate so I intend to do both the 10 and 20 outside at the park.  We don’t have any other plans this weekend so hopefully things will come together.  I think I need the confidence that completing the full miles for the weekend will bring.  This will make it easier to do the tapering runs as planned without thinking too hard about whether or not I need to add in another 20 miler just in case.

My weight is not really cooperating right now but between work stress, a day long road trip and eating out a few times (plus a beer or 2) it is understandable but still a bit frustrating.  It’s not like my weight is spiking up and going above 235 or 240 but I need to get it moving in the right direction again.

So I am going to push through this weekend and see where I am Monday morning after the long runs and then see if I can lose 4-8 pounds over the following 3 weeks leading into the Manitoba Marathon.  At this point I would love to be down to 217 but I would be happy around 222 and would still find under 225 very acceptable.

To accomplish this I will be dropping coke completely (and just using coffee for my caffeine fix), ensuring that I continue my protein breakfasts, watching to ensure I am not snacking in the evening and making sure I am taking a good lunch to work to prevent snacking there.

I also plan to start walking to and from work once the weather stabilizes – we don’t have anything currently for the kids after work that needs me to get home 5 minutes after work is over so it should fit into our schedule.  The 30-35 minute walk each way should go a long way to keeping the legs stretched out for the marathon, will burn some extra calories and may help reduce some work stress as well.