Catching up on things

Well, like I usually tend to do, I forgot about the blog for a few weeks. Oops!

On July 4, 2013, I ran the Firecracker 6 mile race in downtown Indianapolis. I have a bit of a streak going with this one since this was my 4th year of the race and the 4th time it was run. It starts at the City Market, just a couple blocks off of Monument Circle. In fact, the course was slightly changed this year and the race started off with us running towards and around the north half of the circle. I always . . . → Read More: Catching up on things

Week one of @IndyMonumental training program done!

Week one of my Running Wizard training program is done!

I ran 20.4 miles this week. That’s more than I ran in January and February combined. I’ll get close to 80 miles this month.

Monday was an “easy fartlek” run for 28 minutes that I didn’t do easy enough. I remember feeling pretty beat up later that night. Tuesday was a 45 minute aerobic run that had me averaging a 10:15 pace. Off on Wednesday, 2 easy miles on Thursday, and my out-and-back (aka tempo) run on Friday. I was supposed to do the tempo part in 9:58, but I . . . → Read More: Week one of @IndyMonumental training program done!

Another 2.2 pounds lost and new half marathon training plan

Weighed in on Friday and found I had lost another 2.2 pounds. So I’m down a total of 28.6 pounds now! All my pants are MUCH looser and fabric bunches up when I tighten my belt. I suppose it’s getting to be about time to buy some smaller pants. I do sort of want to hold off until I’m closer to my final weight so I don’t end up buying two wardrobes, but it may be unavoidable to some extent.

I went for a 2 mile run on Saturday to try out my new shoes. They don’t feel bad; just . . . → Read More: Another 2.2 pounds lost and new half marathon training plan

Lost 2.6 pounds, Ran 5 miles

My weigh in on Friday had me losing 2.6 pounds, which takes me under the 10% initial goal that Weight Watchers set for me. So it took me 3 months 1 week to lose 10% of my initial body weight. I guess I’m pretty happy about that. I had all of my weekly points left and used 5 of my 23 activity points.

I set my next intermediate goal as another 5% to lose, which should take me down to 221; another 12.6 pounds to lose. I don’t have a time to accomplish that in, but I’d be thrilled . . . → Read More: Lost 2.6 pounds, Ran 5 miles

First Weekly Weight Gain

My weekly weight in was on Friday and I posted my first weekly gain after three months of doing Weight Watchers. It was 1.2 pounds, which takes my total weight loss up to 23.8 pounds. I’m only slightly discouraged by it. I figured my 4.2 pound loss the week before had me at the bottom of my natural weight swing, and this gain was at the top. I weighed myself Saturday morning and I was back down to the weight from the previous Friday.

What was different this past week compared to the week before? I’m not sure. I didn’t . . . → Read More: First Weekly Weight Gain

Was a nice day for a run

Today was a good day for a run. Went out for my 4 mile neighborhood loop and the temp was in the mid 60’s and the strong breeze felt pretty nice. That’s the longest I’ve run in a few months and it felt harder than I expected. But it felt good. Then I went and mowed the lawn for the first time this season. And I was beat! I’ve been far too sedentary this winter.

Last week I was working noon to 9PM at work and I really hated that. I only got in one run, just 2 miles, on . . . → Read More: Was a nice day for a run

Marathon Training Underway with the Indy Runners

I’m exceptionally bad about forgetting to update this little blog. But, I’ve now completed two runs with the Indy Runners group. They have a semi-informal fall race prep program that consists of weekly recommended miles to run on Saturday mornings with the group. We’ve just done 6 miles each time so far, and there has been a water & gatorade cooler at the turn around point on the Monon.

The first week was a little more painful than the second because I was trying to run too fast. I’m going to be doing some more reading / learning about pacing . . . → Read More: Marathon Training Underway with the Indy Runners

Doing More Running

Ok, why can’t I remember to post more? Who knows.

Since I last posted I’ve completed a “12” mile run and a “9” mile run. The courses were a bit short and we ended up with 11.33 and 8.60, but, oh well. I’m glad I was able to finish them and without excruciating pain! I’ve been alternating between the Brooks Adrenaline 11 and Ravenna 2 shoes. I can’t quite decide which I like better, but I’m continuing to have to ice my legs and do calf / Achilles stretches. Oh well, I guess I like them both and having two . . . → Read More: Doing More Running

Dietitian Meeting and more training

Another week of the training program down. Still having numbness in my feet and some slight shin pain. I found some exercises in a forum post to help me stretch / strengthen my lower leg muscles. I’ve done those a couple times, and done some icing of the tender areas, and massage with a tennis ball. Today’s run wasn’t quite as “bad”, so I’m remaining hopeful. I also did some front and rear leg extensions and hip abduction machines at the gym. Trying to help myself out, and hoping that I’m able to continue the training.

I had a meeting . . . → Read More: Dietitian Meeting and more training