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Week 10. Marathon countdown...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Generally I blog what ever tickles my fancy or I share some big event, venting or whatever. Right now, I am dedicating the next 10 weeks to my marathon countdown. it is 10 weeks until I begin race taper and I wanted to chronicle my marathon journey, the feelings, the progress, the woo hoo's, the boo hoo's and everything that is a part of this journey.

September seems a long way off but at 41 yrs old, I know better. Time has a way of slipping through your fingers and with the job demands I have, making the most of every training moment is crucial. I live in a world filled with topsey turvey schedules, constantly being kept off balance, sleep deprivation, 12 hrs shifts etc.. yada yada yada... but I'm not letting that stop me.

..actually nothing short of total unplanned disaster will stop me.

My vacation time has been finally approved and I plan on making the most of it while down there. I havent seen my family in about 10 years... its time.

The big push for the next month or so is to lose weight. The less I have to carry with me to the starting line, the better. Weight has been a BIG issue with me. I have been at a standstill for a VERY long time. Not a plateau, it is more that i hit a balance of cal in cal out and the weight loss honeymoon is over for me and has been for a long time.

My stand still has lasted the better part of a year with only one brief period where there was any real significant loss. This is my take on the whole situation....

- When I stopped making weight loss progress, I made excuses at first. I was doing everything I knew to do and honestly i was. I logged my food, worked my A$$ off, put in mileage that would surely provoke a loss. I mean I wasnt going around the block. Since I have started seriously puting in the long runs for this event, I have been exceeding half marathon distance routinely to the point that 13.1 is just another number on the Garmin. So it isnt that my hard work is lacking, it isnt my diet...sort of... I am about 80% compliant in healthy eating and the not so healthy eating isnt bad and I am guarded about what I do, the race is always on my mind and i know what I eat will affect me down the road.

- When the excuses failed, I just learned to live with it, not making progress. Simple acceptance. Im going to be a penguin and there isnt much I can do about it. the only time I really lost weight is when I was injured and out of commission for almost 3 months.. go figure. I guess I cant train for endurance events and lose weight....acceptance.

My plan was to just bumble along until the race is over, collect my survivors medal, then quit running any significant distances until I get to racing weight... hell or high water. Then I got a book by Matt Fitzgerald called "Racing Weight". I skimmed over it and got a few ideas that I implemented right away. In short, I am seeing results. I want to do this a little longer before sharing just to make sure that my successes are not a fluke. I have been stuck for a long time and if this works, there is no other explanation other than following his principles.

Frankly, Im tired of being the chubby, back of the pack slogger that spends most of his race slugging it out with the power walkers. Everyone has to start somewhere for sure but this isnt my first rodeo either. I did my first race probably second to dead last in the worst weather possible. no one was left at the finish line to cheer me on, they all went home but my family and my trainer stayed. The only reason i got my ribbon was because someone didnt take theirs. If it wasnt for that, I would not have gotten a ribbon for all of my efforts. I was somehow blind to all of that and that day wound up being the proudest day of my life to that point.

But it is time for me to move on. im not satisfied with finishing anymore. I want to stand out. I get this weight off, it will be different. things will change. Below the fluff, there is an Ironman waiting to be unleashed. I watch the Ironman 2008 World Championship and I find myself longing and dreaming....


*** Added note***
Training for the Ironman is NO small endeavor and I am NOWHERE near where I need to be to do it. there is a HUGE difference between 26.2 miles running and a 140.6 mile Ironman triathalon or 70.3 Half Ironman. two totally different worlds. I FEAR the Ironman but the challenge has allure and seems to beckon with the opportunity to join the elite athletes and prove that I , Robert Wadhams, no longer cower but rise to meet the challenge.
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    Great insight that you write about today! I am having some of the same issues you are and I appreciate your honesty and words of wisdom and experience! Keep going and you will reach your's just sometimes we need to take different forks in the road to get to each of those goals!!
    I watch the Xterra Adventures...and the Ironman on tv too...and hope one be at least a little like them!!!

    Keep that chin up...enjoy your Vacation...and just take each day as it comes!!
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  • v LINDAR428
    Thanks for the info about the book- I have to check it out. I have hit a plateau too and need to figure out how to fuel my body for running. Good luck with your marathon- I will be following your posts! emoticon
    1857 days ago
    You can do it!!!!!!
    1857 days ago
    *I have been at a standstill too and you inspired me to get back with it!
    1857 days ago
    Always pays to set your sights high! Enjoy the journey!
    1857 days ago
    Thanks Robert (hint of sarcasm) - ANOTHER book to add to my list of need to reads. That one is gonna have to be after the one I'm finishing up this weekend, then Rinning for Mortals, then a Dietrich Bonhoffer book - then - Racing Weight. All that between your blogs. I can't wait to follow your training. It is such a great inspritation to keep up with my half training. We can do this!
    1857 days ago
    I'm with you. Keep at it! I know you'll succeed! Sometime life takes over and then you realize what's really important. Work has taken over for me and it really ended up being an excuse. Vacation is coming up for me as well and time to refresh and start new and get on to what I truly want to be. Your a motivation and I'm right there by your side! Can't wait to see the marathon badge!
    1857 days ago
  • v DARLENEK04

    I have faith in you buddy....I know you can do this. As far as the Ironman or even half
    Ironman goes, all in due time. Get your weight where you want it, then whatever your goals
    are.........attack them with the ferocity you have shown in losing as much as you have.
    You can do whatever you put your mind have awakened to the fact that your mind
    tricked you out to make you gain that unhealthy weight, therefore you won't let your mind play
    games and go there again.
    Go gettem' Robert,
    1857 days ago
    I'm going to be here for the ride to your marathon! Woohoo! You know I will be cheering you on and here for the ups and downs! You have committed to it and that's that!

    I skimmed through "Racing Weight" once and plan to read it. Yet another book to add to the list, right? I have at least 3 books including the one I'm currently reading before I can get to it. One of them is a book by Fitzgerald.

    Ironman! Yes, this is a goal that I have in mind, too. For me, I don't know when it's going to happen, but I know it will. I have other goals that have to be accomplished first. Let me know when you decide you are going to do it. I will help you in any way that I can and I hope to be there to bring you across the finish line!
    1857 days ago
    I'll have to check out that book!
    1858 days ago
    Need to release more pounds? emoticon
    Acceptance of the lack of progess? emoticon
    Decision to do something about it? emoticon
    Healthy fearful respect of Ironman, mixed with curiosity? emoticon
    Need to be something more, do something more than just show up? emoticon

    Yep, I totally get where you're coming from. I'm glad you've found something that's working, i.e. Racing Weight. I look forward to hearing more about it.
    Work it!
    1858 days ago
    You can do it! I'll have to check out the book you mentioned. As someone at a lower weight, I can tell you it sometimes is just as difficult - I think I removed some stamina accidentally.

    What's your current training phase? I'm going to focus on endurance the most and stamina as the backup - I really just want to collect my survivor's medal too!
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  • v RUN4FOOD
    I'm glad you're back. Looking forward to reading your blogs as you progress toward your marathon. Just made a personal decision to go for another marathon between January and March. Houston has a few to choose from. I'll probably join a local running group called Houston Fit to do my training with.
    I don't have a weight problem, but I'm looking forward to reading about the ideas from Racing Weight.
    Recently found the solution to two of my problems that have been plaguing my runs and hope my summer and fall training go well.
    I'm as ready as I can be for my half on July 10th.
    I have found most of your blogs very motivating so I'm looking forward to hearing more from you.
    1858 days ago
  • v PIXIEMOM13
    Robert you are such an inspiration to me. I'm so glad you are blogging about all of your journey..the woohoos and boohoos.

    now I'm going to see if any library in my area owns "Racing Weight" and if we don't, well.. I guess I know what's going on my book list. I'd love to check it out.

    I love the idea of any sort of tri... sprint or otherwise..but I'd have to learn how to swim first! LOL
    1858 days ago
  • v REEKU731
    "Racing Weight" is an amazing book and I am looking to currently find my own racing weight right now! I have both the original book and the "Quick Start Guide" that he wrote, and both are fabulous! We can do this together!!! I was in a similar funk until yesterday when I finally snapped out of it! We can use each other as motivation to keep going!! Let's ROCK our races this fall!!!

    1858 days ago
    i'm tellin ya..Lake Placid Ironman. July. next year. I have faith in you!! if you will do it..i will cheer you on....and pledge 50 pounds for myself by then.
    1858 days ago
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