DONE!!! (Tucson Marathon, Decemxer 12, 2010)
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Yes. Well. Things came together a bit. I was finally back on the threshold of 135 lbs; I ran a decent PR marathon (by a few seconds at any rate) in November, 2011; my second sub 2:00 half marathon (1:58:xx) in May, 2012; my running was improving toward that 8:00-8:15 5K goal pace, and I was ready to work on a true endurance base and think about making long running and biking efforts comfortable as opposed to just tolerable.
Reset. For various reasons (2 infections and asthma issues bracketing a long family trip with few workout options, mother's illness and subsequent hospital stay, etc.), I'm just out of 6-8 weeks of serious downtime as I go forward in April, 2013.
Reset. 150lbs, EIA issues, and a loss of both endurance and speed. But I'm resetting my goals and hitting it again. I never gave up nor stopped, so this isn't "starting over," but it's definitely a renewal. More activity, better choices, starting now. I know the drill now and I know I can do this.
I was overweight for most of my life. There was definitely an active person in there wanting out, and I did walk/bike a good deal, but I'm also a geek (software engineer by trade) and too many late nights working with my housemate with subs and sweeties for additional company, fast food and pizza delivery as a way of life, etc. added up. I found a better balance, followed a workout plan, and lost about 80lbs total. That was 5-6 years or so ago. After that I tried running again, something I'd always wanted to do, and kept going from there. 5K, 4 miler, 10 miler, half marathon, and then my first marathon in the first year. Since then I've just kept going, lots of mid-distance races and 3 more marathons. Unfortunately, I've also picked back up 15 of those lost pounds. At 130-135, I felt GOOD, and that's where I'd like to return. Aside from that, I've watched runners around me push themselves too much, too hard, too long and end up injured and unable to run (and packing on weight because they can't imagine doing any other kind of activity). I remembered how much I always liked biking. So I'm going for a more balanced activity approach. I'm still a geek, like programming and love my gadgets, but I also have a more balanced life with plenty of activity in it. Aside from just getting exercise, I really love being outdoors and enjoy hiking and kayaking in addition to the running, biking, and swimming (all of which I do for fun as well as a workout). And I'm up for trying new things.
5% Winter Challenge -
I'm back for another 8 wk stint on the Firecrackers team! Goals are to lose up to 5% of my body weight and to stay active, keep the eating in check, and make healthy choices througout the winter. I also hope to be an active member on the boards to encourage and support both my team members and the competition. This is the kind of contest where you want to see everybody win!
Spend the "off season" staying in shape and then return to regular training next year. With a few more pounds gone and a good endurance base behind me, I'd like to take a stab at getting back below the 2:00 mark for a half marathon and again chase that elusive 4:30 marathon.
THE PLAN, hopefully to be followed at least reasonably closely.
Run 3x per week. 3 QUALITY runs - one with interval speedwork, one tempo/hill run, one long run.
Biking 2x per week, with at least one longer one.
Improvise! Also take advantage of hiking, snowshoeing, etc. opportunities!
Strength Training - shoot for 2 quality workouts per muscle group (upper, lower, core) per week. Keep things fresh and challenging by making use of all the options - bodyweight exercises, resistance bands, dumbbell set, bowflex, ...
Have the plan, but BE FLEXIBLE. For instance, replace a run or two with a snowshoeing trek (especially if run intervals are involved) in the winter. Kayak. Hike. Camp. Swim. See my friends. ENJOY.
I'm in Whitehouse Station, NJ - 46, single, no kids (but two GREAT nephews, a housemate & friend I love more than life itself, and one adorable teddy bear). Love to be outside and active; enjoy traveling (especially if activity - a nice, long race or some good hiking, camping, biking, or kayaking - is involved). Work as a software engineer and enjoy my geeky side as well. :)
Enjoy music - classic rock, older country, modern alternative, high energy dance music, bluegrass... Open to anything that MOVES with a good beat. Favs are Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, etc.
Enjoy reading and/or audiobooks - especially into scifi/fantasy (though more on the scifi side right now). Peter Hamilton, Roger Zelazny, Patricia McKillip, China Mieville, Neil Gaiman, Neal Stephenson, Terry Brooks, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Margaret Atwood ... and the list goes on!
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