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6/21/10 - A Banner Day!

Posted by Wideguy Jun 21, 2010

OK, today's blog post comes in two parts.

 

MUCH nice day, got home headed out aroun 7:30 PM, roads were cool air was under 80° .. feeling so much more motivated than Saturday in the noon sun.

I went out and did the W3D2 podcast, did about 1.71 miles in the 22  minutes including warm up. Felt great to be out when it was cooler and  to be able to go fully Bare Foot again after the blistering pavement  Saturday. Still struggled a little on the first 3 minute interval and  both 90 seconds but the last 3 minute started to feel pretty good  again.  Something about Week 3 still seems weird to me as you're only at  warmup plus 15 minutes when you finish that last run. But I stuck to it  this time, didn't tack on my extra  run. Really felt like I should have  though been doing more but decided to ignore my inner competitor and follow the program I figure I'll need the rest for Week 4. Still it's W3D2 in the books and I am still on track at right  around 14 minute miles.Only dissappointment is my older son was sick and  couldn't run with me, But got to use my new iPod and Robert Ullrey's C25K podcast! WOOHOO!The music isn't quite my test but there is definite psychological benefit to not having to watch a stopwatch. Just wish he gave a more definitive "Go!"  on the running cues. All in all though, a good evening.

 

**Part 2***

 

 

     But THEN I  got home ad my 9 yr old met me at the door and asked if I could take him  out to try W1D1. His mom had promised to take him  but she's nursing  sick kids so I agreed. So back out with him I go, thinking MAYBE we'll do half the cycle before he drops ... but NOPE... did the FULL W1D1 with him!  Another  30 minutes with warm up and cool down, another 1.95 miles!!

       So,  about a 10-15 minute break in between  but basically I just did a 3.66 miles! That's more than a 5K!!  (Granted, a 65+ minute 5K and  with the extra 15 minute break in the middle  but at  least I know my feet can go over three miles. And now I have TWO sons who  have run with me,  which really is the coolest part!  I am feeling  really good today! WOOT!

 

Off to grab a light, and late, dinner.

 

See Ya!

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6/20/10 - Father's Day

Posted by Wideguy Jun 20, 2010

So today was my rest day  and boy did I need it. Had a great Father's day and it was raining and 90+ degreees all day,  so having an "official" off day was amazing timing ;-)

 

Tomorrow is Week 3 Day 2  and I get to do it with my shiny new iPod!   Got a new 8 GB Nano for Father's day! WOOT!  .... now just need a sleeve for it and I'm on my way to being a running gear  junkie!

 

Now, off to find a podcats I like for Week 3 !

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6/19/10 and I'm still here!

Posted by Wideguy Jun 19, 2010

Well, I didn't run last night as my son and new running buddy had his  semi-formal for 8th grade last night and he didn't want to miss the run.  But i didn't want to take a day completely off so I did 30 minutes on my stationary bike on a Weight Loss prgressive  setting... and man that cooked my legs WAY more than running.

 

Then, in a  flight of genius ( or was it stupidity) decided to run today. But  instead of getting out early, I slept in, went to the compost center,  THEN, at 11:30, when it was 85° , blazing sun and not a breath of  wind... THEN I went running. (And we all chant in chorus "Idiot! Idiot!  Idiot!"  ) And let me tell you,  first  running in the evening with a  nice cool breeze is sooooo much nicer... second,  asphalt on bare feet  in noon day sun SUCKS! Had to break down and put on my Vibram Five  Fingers.

 

But,  despite the grousing, we finished W3D1. And we even added and extra 2  minute run at the end because we were still a ways from home after the  final 3 minute "walk" and it seemed odd to  end the workout just walking  when I always do a cooldown anyway.  So ended up doing 11 minutes  running and 9 walking plus warm up and cool down. Still right on pace,  27 minutes door to door, 2.05 miles.

 

Working tonight so a lot of walking  and lifting there to keep me limber and then tomorrow will probably hit  the bike again, in the Air conditioning. It is Father's Day, after all.

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6/16/10 - A new running buddy?!

Posted by Wideguy Jun 16, 2010

So I get home from work, have a  light dinner, and my 14 yr old son says  "Hey dad,  can we go for a run?  I want to try what you're doing."  So what do I say to that?  "Gee no  son, I ran last night catch me some other time?"  ... So ... I went  running and it was AWESOME!

 

Decided to do Week2 Day4  and see how he did.  He's very trim, but not a lot of aerobic habits. We did run 90, walk 2  minutes for the first two cycles. Then he said "Let's run 2, walk 2...  makes the math easier"  .. Can't argue the logic,... so we did.  Stretched  out to two minute runs starting at 7minutes.  We did three 2 minute  runs then as we started jogging again at minute 19  we just kept  going... to 25 minutes!  A full 6 minute run!

 

Pace must have been a touch  slower because with all the extra run time I only added .2 of a mile but  OMG I feel great!   And today was my "off" night!

 

Looks like I might have a new runing buddy, he  jumped right in Week 2! Night off tomorrow and then Look out week 3!

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6/15/10

Posted by Wideguy Jun 15, 2010

Tonight's post is entitled  "GAWD I LOVE DOWNHILL!!"

 

Was another  "low motivation night, was still feeling some minor stiffness in my  shins and  a bit of  arthritis twinge in my ankles because I'm almost a week overdue for my arthritis meds  (Enbrel) but decided I would  just GO!

 

First  few run cycles were tough...  really   started to wonder if I was going  to be ready for Week 3 after today.  Slipped off my Five Fingers  two  run cycles sooner tonight, and  things got easier. I started landing  more gently and pounding my shins less which was a huge help.   Got  through the middle bit and  got to my last two run cycles,  starting at  17:30. Was supposed to run 90 seconds  but suddenly was feeling good,  nice long downhill stretch  so I decided to see if I could  stretch it  out a little, kind of guage if I would be ready for the 3 minute runs  next week.  I ended up running the whole remainder of my route home.  Stopped my stopwatch and walked for a few minutes before I looked... it  read 22:37!  I managed to run the last 5 minutes straight!  WOOT!

 

Maybe I CAN  do week 3!

 

So with my 6 minute warmup walk,   puts me at 28:37 for 2.00 miles... under a 15 minute mile, which is kinda what I'm shooting for.  Also been doing pushups 3-4 days the last week,  trying to get to 30 good ones every day but so far not QUITE there.  One step at a time.

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6/12/10 Week 2 Day 2

Posted by Wideguy Jun 12, 2010

Well, it was raining again, and got harder as I went along but I god out and did it anyway.  Was really happy because it would have been the perfect excuse to not go, but  I pushed through.  I have a couple virtual running buddies that  I knew would be looking for my report so I made myself go, and I'm glad I did. So SeeFluffyRun and Trishinator, Thank you!

 

Diet and other lifestyle improvements still ongoing. One step at a time.

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6/10/10

Posted by Wideguy Jun 10, 2010

Well, made a deal with a woman on the boards here, SeeFuffyRun, that we would be "virtual running buddies." She's already completed C25K and several road races but I figured motivation never hurts . First night was to be tonight and coming home from work is 50 degrees, raining and thunder. SOOO don't want to go run. Now, I don't know if it was the  thought I had some virtual company or the fear of shame for coming back  and posting I didn't run, but I ran anyway.  In the  rain and thunder and 55  degree twilight.  ( Ok was only 1 clap of thunder once I got out and then it did start  to let up. )

 

Finally  got a new battery  for my watch so decided to see where I was  aerobically.  So looked at the plan and settled on trying W2D1. Figured I  would run the first 90 seconds and do my 2 minute walk and if I didn't  think I could run again I would back down to  week 1  with the 60 run,  90 walk.   First couple jogging cycles were kind of hard but I felt I  could manage sticking with Week 2.  Runs started actually feeling better  as I  got my wind  and I realized I would have to  extend my usual  route or I'd be home before I finished the full cycle of jogs and  walks.  All told I did my 5 minute warmup and 22.5  minutes of cycles.   Total route with cooldown walk was  2.0 miles even.

 

Felt really  good to be out, especially when the rain let up and the sunset peeked  through. I'm glad I went.

 

PS - Surprised I managed to go to W2D1 but  I have been doing 2+ mile hikes after work a couple days a week in Blue Hills, so not totally "cold."  Guess those paid off.

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6/7/10

Posted by Wideguy Jun 7, 2010

Wow...  not at all the start I hoped for. Had hoped to be 3 months into a healthy lifestyle by now.  Instead I've had various fits and starts.  My eating has been better, and been walking with my wife  once or twoce a week, but overall not what I hoped for at all.

 

So without any grand plans or   potentially hollow promises, I can say at least I got back out tonight.   I did an interval run/walk of 1.5 miles and felt really pretty good.   Winded and heavy, of course, but that's to be expected.  But overall I enjoyed myself.... my goal is to just focus on that and try to do it more often. Maybe good things will happen.

 

Current Weight 285

Pants 46 In waist

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Well, where to start?  I have started so many times before  and never "followed through" in a meaningful way. I'm hoping this time will be different, I'm determined this time HAS to be different. In the last year or a little more I have sat by watching my size and weight grow and made a lot of excuses and given myself a lot of  "tomorrows" on this whole lifestyle change.  Holidays, birthdays, ... whatever. None are really a good reason for doing so many things I know are unhealthy. And somehow, even buying bigger and bigger clothes didn't phase me. Going to 46' waists and XXXL shirts should have been a wakeup call, but I didn't even blink.

 

So here I am,  March of 2010 and last week at my doctor's appointment my official weight on the scale was 297 pounds.  Yes.... 297...That is 3 tiny pounds from the "BIG 3."  Now, I was fully clothed, winter boots, heavy coat... all that, so I'll give myself a couple pounds maybe.. but  I decided then, there will never be another "3" on my medical chart. I don't care if I'm in the "19?"  range, I will ask the nurse to write 194 or 192.  I have 10 months until my 40th Birthday... 1/5/2011.  10 months, 100 pounds.  10 months to get in the best shape of my life and start the second half of it as a healthy, active person so I can enjoy my kids and  grand kids and retirement and all those things.

 

Wish me luck.  And if all goes well, I'll share this with all my family and friends in the end so they can see my journey,  we'll see, but for now this is my secret.  Along the way, there are a couple goals,  a 5K for the Scoutarama in Sept 2010 being one of the big goals.  Being in better shape for the monadnock hike in September is another one.  We'll see what else comes along. As my first step I am taking up jogging.  Staring with the "Cough to 5K " program.  Then I will supplement with biking, or swimming or roller bladeing as needed along the way and work in some basic resistance stuff... Crunches, pushups, pull ups etc.

Oh, and doing all my running barefoot, or at most in my Vibram Five  fingers.  Maybe more on that later but read the book "Born to Run: A  Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and  the Greatest Race the World Has Never  Seen" by Christopher McDougall.  Then Just start doing some research on barefoot running  and see what you think. Until you do please don't tell me that running barefoot is horrible and dangerous etc.  ..I've tried running BF, and I've tried super cushioned shoes...BF works for me.

 

And on that note.. here's how I am started so far.

 

 

3/1/2010 : Started the C25K program from Coolrunning.com again. A great program. Started it with Darling Wife (DW) in August 09 but never finished.  Didn't quite follow the true Week 1 Day 1. I pushed a little, stretching a couple run segments to 2, 2.5 minutes each. Felt good to be able to do that but did wear on my bad more. So W1D2 I will go back to  following the plan more strictly,  make sure I do this at a pace that leads to long term success. But felt good to get out and break a sweat.  really need to remember a headlamp or get a watch/stopwatch with a back light... hard to watch intervals in a dark parking lot. Did my running in the small upper parking lot at Roosevelt School.

 

3/2/2010: Didn't run today, but did a solid 40 minutes on the stationary bike at home. Wasn't really feeling it but made myself go. Planned on only 20 minutes but  started repeating "Can't be this fat when I'm 40."  It became my mantra and before I knew it I was at 40 minutes and was working pretty high effort.  No idea what my Heart rate was.  Another thing to  look into buying  as I move on, a decent HR monitor.  Note to self.  Have a feeling I'm gonna have a lot of those along the way.

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