Tuesday, January 21, 2014
So, I'll be on SparkPeople five year is May. By now, I know what works and what doesn't.
I need to note my goals for BLC 24. As fearless leader Penny says, this round is about participation not perfection. I agree.
My primary goal this round is to be more consistent, to even out the peaks and valleys.
The following is where I will focus:
I will log my food and stay in range a minimum of five times a week.
I will strength train three times a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays (once we get back from next week's vacation.)
I will run less in this marathon training cycle. I am taking a conservative approach to avoid injury, running just four times a week and not adding more than 12% to my mileage week to week.
That is all. Good luck to everyone this round.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Just finalized my plan for the Outer Banks marathon on November 1oth.
North Carolina will be a good friend's last state to complete a marathon in, so a group of us are going down to share the fun. We a renting a 14 bedroom house of the beach.
I've had increasingly faster finish times in my three marathons to date, cutting 36 minutes from my first to third. A new PR will not be my focus for OBX. I plan to focus on avoiding injuries, enjoying the process and improving my running form.
Come 2014, my goal is to qualify for Boston in the fall.
I have been competing in BLC 22 as a proud member of the Onyx Outlaws (yeehaw!) This coming Wednesday will mark the midpoint. So far, I'm down 7.2 lbs. I just need to continue to stay focused for the second half.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
I have not been the Sparkiest lately. I haven't been tracking my exercise or food or doing much interacting will fellow Sparkers outside of a small group on Facebook.
I plan to use The Biggest Loser Challenge to rectify this. As part my first BLC since the mid teens, I'll be an Onyx Outlaw, the rootin, tootenist hombre from the Southwesternest part of Pennsylvania (as long as there are sidewalks, streetlights and decent restaurants and grocery stores within walking distance. Oh, and coffeshops.)
I have rustled up some stretch goals for the next 12 weeks that I want to share with ya varmints on accounta me keeping all accountable like.
* Run 375 miles during the 12 week challenge. I am not on a formal training plan for any race, so this should give me a goal to shoot for. I'll pick up at least 20 at Ragnar Ontario, the weekend after next. (Oops!! The original blog post said 500, but was shooting for 125 a month, so I corrected it. Part of why I was a liberal arts major...)
* At least 5 days in all ranges (calories, carbs, fat & protein) each week for the duration of BLC. My running can play havoc with my calorie intake. I need to focus on enough calories to fuel my long runs and also waching what I eat on my easy run and rest days.
* Drop 10 pounds. This should be a logical outcome of staying focused on the two goals above. I have been at this weigh before and know it is reasonable for me if I am tracking and exercising.
I do believe that dropping the weight and keeping it off will help with my long term goal: qualifying in Fall, 2014 for the 2016 Boston Marathon.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
So yesterday marked four years on Spark.
Four years ago, on May 10th, 2009, I biked to the end of the Pittsburgh marathon and watched the last runners cross before the course was opened again to traffic. It was so inspiring; the next day I went looking for a place to track what I was eating and joined SparkPeople.
Last Sunday, I finished my third marathon, and first hometown Pittsburgh, with a time of 3:53;43. So what is different after four years? Four years ago, I did not have the belief in myself to consider finishing a half marathon, never mind a full. In my early Spark days, I was focused on weight loss above everything else.
Today I only weigh a few pounds less than when I started on Spark but my body composition is different. Exercise is a regular part of my like now and I seek new challenges to keep things fresh. In addition to the marathons, I've biked a century, run 5Ks, 10 milers, nine half marathons, a 15 mile race and a 223 mile team relay with other Sparkers.
Other things are bittersweet. I miss the energy of the early days on Spark, but like all relationships, things mature. I am not as active blogging and on the forums as I once was, but still keep the Spark with other like minded folk on Facebook.
So what's next? Near term, I'm running the Ragnar Ontario relay in mid June. Longer term, I still need to learn swim. I move in to a new running age category in Fall, 2014. If I can cut 14 minutes off my marathon time I'll qualify for Boston.
So, it's time to refocus on nutrition. I think I'll be a better runner if I am more conscious of what I am eating. Time to fire up the tracker again...
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