One year into getting back in shape – how have I done so far?

So looking back at older posts I realized that I have crept up on year since I started the journey of getting back in shape.  I show my first run training for the 2013 Goofy Race and a Half Challenge occurring on September 5th, 2012 with a starting weight 257 pounds (although I show a weight of 260 on September 9th, 2012).

Back when I started I was just writing my thoughts in a word processor document and I later translated that document to various posts on the blog when I decided to go that direction.  So the first dated posts I put up were for September 9th, 2012 – one year ago today.

I actually put up 2 different posts for that day – one about my training and general goals ( and the second about my weight history (

So now that I am a year into this I think I need to do a bit of a review of what I have accomplished and have a quick look at where maybe I should be going from here.

Some stats to start….

Miles – training and races:          1255.85

Starting weight:                            260 pounds

Current weight:                            218 pounds

Weight lost:                                  42 pounds

Sept 5th 2012 treadmill run:          3.14 miles in 30 minutes for an average pace of 6.28 mph

Sept 5th 2013 treadmill run:          4.16 miles in 30 minutes for an average pace of 8.32 mph

Pace improvement:                      approx. 32.5% (at least over 30 minutes)

Number of races run:                   3 half marathons, 2 full marathons (including the Goofy Challenge)

Race time – half:                          Disney Half – 2:20:35 WPS Half – 1:56:13  Run for Diabetes 1:49:54

Race time – half improvement:    just shy of 31 minutes (and still improving…hopefully)

Race time – full:                           Disney Full – 5:25:54  Manitoba Marathon – 4:40:07.6

Race time – full improvement:     just shy of 46 minutes (from January to June)

So the numbers definitely show improvements and I can certainly see that I am continuing to improve.

Thankfully the weight is starting to move again – after the Goofy 2013 was over my weight stayed pretty stagnant (with about 5 pounds or so) until early July and since then I have managed to get things moving again.

Overall I am very pleased with what I have done so far – maybe a bit disappointed that I had a 6 month period there where I didn’t lose much weight but on the positive side of that at least I didn’t gain.  Without any weight loss though I do show improvements in my pace and endurance over that period.

So where do I go from here?

Well the next 2 half marathons I have booked into are still coming up – Winnipeg Rotary Club half on September 22nd and the Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Services (WFPS) half marathon on October 19th.  I will be trying to keep training intensity up for the next (just under) 6 weeks – my hope is that I can get the weight down below 200 pounds (for a total of 60 pounds weight loss) and my pace up so that I can set a new personal best for the half distance.

My current personal best for a half is 1:46:11 set way back in 2002 (when I was 31? Wow – getting old) but I just did 1:49:54 on September 2nd which is only 3 minutes 43 seconds off.  If I can keep up the intensity and get the weight down it should be more than possible to break this record – hell weight loss alone should be enough to make this happen but I can’t get complacent – need to push and push hard!

After the 2 half marathons are done though….what next?  That will take some more thought.

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