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.