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Another Running Milestone

Sunday, March 24, 2013

So with now being able to consistently run 5K distance in under 30 minutes, one of my goal for 2013 is to compete in a 10K race. But as I did with the 5K distance, I wanted to set a time goal before I started looking for a race. My goal = under 60 minutes.

I had previously attempted the 10K distance 3 times prior today, each time in the 62 minute range. Not bad, but I knew I had to overcome the 60 minute barrier in my mind to feel I could really do it in a race (don't ask me why - my mind works in strange ways!).

So Sunday has become my 10K running day, as I don't have the urgency to get back to work like I do during the week. And in spite of being a day off, I was awake at 5:30AM this morning trying to figure out in my mind how I was going to break the 60 minute barrier today. Then it hit me: Like a complex project, I needed to break my run into smaller components. So my initial plan was essentially six-1 mile runs, with the 2/10th mile part at the end to get me to 10K. So my goal was to be at 6 miles at 58:00, leaving me 2 minutes to book the last 2/10 mile.

So for the first 3.10 miles, this worked like a charm. In fact, what I did was go back to running for blocks of time (10 minutes), then take a 1 minute "fast walk" break. Anyway, I was in the 29:30 range for 5K, so I knew I was in the hunt.

Then fatigue set in! As I had noticed in my previous 10K runs, the "voices" began to talk to me, telling me I was tired, and that this idea of running this distance in under 60 minutes was silly! So while I did not give in, I did start taking short 30 second fast walk breaks every 5 minutes, and that helped a lot!!

I hit 6 miles at just a little over minutes (I think it was 58:10) so I knew I could do it. Cranked the treadmill from the steady 6.5 mph I had run at to that point to 6.8, then to 7.0 for that last 10th, and happily hit 6.2 miles at 59:52!!

I was reading my previous running posts, and it was just a little over a year ago (2/28/2012 to be precise!), when I was able to run 5K in under 40 minutes! I remember how at the time that was HUGE! I found my first 5K race to run on April 21, and I have not looked back!

I'm pretty sure I was pretty tired back on 2/28/12, but today -- I am REAL tired!! But very happy! And now I'll start looking for a 10K race to run!!

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CASEYSAUER 4/2/2013 9:53AM

    Congratulations on your accomplishment! emoticon

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TEXASLYNN 3/26/2013 1:41PM

    Good job with the process analysis. WTG!

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MOBYCARP 3/25/2013 8:59PM

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Now that you know you can do this on a treadmill, and spring is here, it's time to take this show on the road!

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IUHRYTR 3/25/2013 8:30PM

    "Good tired" is a nice feeling, isn't it. emoticon on your breakthrough! emoticon -- Lou

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NWFL59 3/25/2013 2:48PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon glad you were able to achieve your goal and overcome your internal battle too. emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 3/25/2013 7:44AM

    Congratulations! This has been a goal of yours for a while. Now off to the races.

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BBECKER1955 3/25/2013 6:40AM

    Great! Way to stick with it.
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PMRUNNER 3/25/2013 5:44AM

    Way to go! That's great that you ignored those pesky voices in your head and finished strong!

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GREAT Vitals

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Nothing like some GREAT vitals to put a smile on my face:

1) Weigh-in at my WLS's office this morning: UNDER GOAL!! (178)
2) Blood donation last Saturday:
- Non-fasting blood sugar: 101!
- Blood Pressure: 108/64!

Hoping come May that the last of my diabetes meds (metformin) goes away too! Feeling very positive!

Life is good!
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IUHRYTR 3/20/2013 8:58PM

    You're an inspiration for me that maybe one day I, too, can get off the diabetes and other medications. emoticon! -- Lou

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CLASSOF92 3/20/2013 4:53PM

  Congratulations!! I hope you achieve the med. free status. Great job.

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HEALTHIERKEN 3/19/2013 8:38PM

    This is great, Patrick! Way to go.
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BBECKER1955 3/19/2013 4:54PM

    Fantastic Patrick! I'm jealous of your BP. Never thought I say that to another man emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 3/19/2013 3:48PM

    So happy for you Patrick!!
WTG!!
Hugs,
Ange
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SANDYCRANE 3/19/2013 11:37AM

    That is my goal also to get off diabetes meds. Now that I am exercising and eating better I think it will be possible. Congratulations.

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Amazing what a good night's rest will do...

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

- Monday, March 11 (day after daylight savings time change): sluggish, blah, etc. Strength training workout helped a little, but still did not feel too great.

- Tuesday, March 12: Up at 5AM! Off to Y and ran 4 miles! FEEL GREAT!!

Two things that I did to help:

- Had salmon for dinner on Monday evening (fish always seems to help!)
- Got to bed at 10PM!

  
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CASEYSAUER 3/14/2013 7:33AM

    That is exactly what I did on Monday night! Salmon & 10 pm! It worked! I got over the "Blahs" of DST!

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NEELIXNKES 3/13/2013 2:26PM

    Sleep definitely does make a difference. I have noticed that lighter dinners in the evening help as well.

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IUHRYTR 3/12/2013 11:13PM

    I don't function well in early morning so I tend to stay up later than I should sometimes and then when I need to be up early walk around in a fog. So I respect that you and others can not only get up early and function okay but go for a long run, too. emoticon -- Lou

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RUN4FOOD 3/12/2013 9:17PM

    Sleep, glorious sleep.I need about 7 hours of sleep each night to feel my best. Fortunate I can almost always get to bed on schedule and get up on schedule.

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MOBYCARP 3/12/2013 9:08PM

    It's hard for those of us who aren't natural morning people. The time to get up isn't very flexible, so to get enough sleep we have to go to bed early enough. That means enforcing a bedtime when there's still interesting stuff to do!

But it's worth it. As you note, things go better when I get adequate sleep.

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BBECKER1955 3/12/2013 4:57PM

    Truer words were never spoken. Got a full 8 hours last night and I feel like a new man today!

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CHUBRUB3 3/12/2013 4:52PM

    Your doing fantastic Patrick!
WTG!
Hugs,
Angela

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Day 2 of "normal"...

Friday, February 22, 2013

As I crawled out of bed this morning, I knew I wanted to face the scale and see if somehow I had dreamed that my weight has gotten into the BMI "normal" range. On top of that, my DW and I went out for a celebratory dinner last night at one of the better restaurants in town, and while I did not go overboard by any stretch of the imagination (brought my usual 1/2 of dinner home for another meal), I wondered if the scale would "punish" me (back to my blog on the love/hate relationship with the scale!). Thankfully, no punishment! At the exact same weight (178.4) as yesterday morning!!

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There were two reasons for the celebratory dinner: Hitting my weight goal was one, but also to celebrate my DW getting a new job! Her interview went so well yesterday that the hiring manager made an offer on the spot! I am SO proud of her, and this will certainly make a positive impact on our family budget! She starts next Tuesday...

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CASEYSAUER 3/6/2013 6:23AM

    emoticon Congratulations to both of you!

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MOBYCARP 2/22/2013 8:47PM

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It takes a while to get used to being at a normal weight. I remember worrying about edging back over goal weights just after I crossed them. I didn't, but that didn't stop me from worrying.

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IUHRYTR 2/22/2013 8:39PM

    Nice to read of the success you both are having. -- Lou

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    Glad the two of you are enjoying success! emoticon

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HEALTHIERKEN 2/22/2013 12:01PM

    Double-barreled good news : )
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CHUBRUB3 2/22/2013 11:22AM

    Wonderful news on both fronts!
WTG!
Hugs,
Angela

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DAMIENHUSTED 2/22/2013 9:53AM

    good job man plus what are you doing to lower body mass im in the same boat

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STEPHANIE302013 2/22/2013 9:23AM

    that's awesome!! (both the goal weight & new job) Congrats!!

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SUCCESS!!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I did it! Took 513 days to get there, but I am finally in the "normal" range on the BMI scale! This was my goal when I had my WLS back in September of 2011 -- to get to "normal"!

May not be normal in other ways, but at least I am on this one!

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HEALTHIERKEN 2/22/2013 11:59AM

    Congratulations, Patrick!
It's been hugely inspirational following your steady progress.
You're definitely a Motivator with a capital 'M' : )
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    WOO HOO!! Good for you!!! emoticon

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SNAFUKEN 2/21/2013 11:32PM

    Congratulations . A huge accomplishment. emoticon emoticon

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JUSTLYLE 2/21/2013 10:54PM

    WTG, Now that's worth a celebration. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 2/21/2013 10:47PM

    emoticon on a job emoticon. Following your progress as you persevered has been inspiring. emoticon -- Lou

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MOBYCARP 2/21/2013 8:22PM

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Somehow, getting into that normal BMI range seems to be a major emotional milestone. Pre-Spark, I bounced off numbers just above the top of healthy BMI 2 or 3 times, and I didn't really believe I could get there . . . until it happened.

Now comes the hard part: You need to figure out where you're going within the healthy range!

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BBECKER1955 2/21/2013 7:41PM

    Fantastic! You're an inspiration to all of us still working at our goals. emoticon

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HDHAWK 2/21/2013 6:44PM

    emoticon Great news!

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CHUBRUB3 2/21/2013 6:42PM

    Awesome!!! WTG!!!
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RUN4FOOD 2/21/2013 4:40PM

    Good job.
Next challenge: keep in that normal range.
You should start tracking your days.

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ALDEBARANIAN 2/21/2013 3:56PM

    I usually say, "Normal = average. Average = mediocre. Eschew normalcy. But in this case, you've joined the elite 5% who achieve success. It's party time! Meet you at the gym. emoticon

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DAWN14163 2/21/2013 3:46PM

    Congratulations - great milestone to reach!
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    Way to go emoticon

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SAILOR64 2/21/2013 2:56PM

    Alright Mitch. Great job, buddy.
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