Marathon Training Week 1 Complete! Now on to Week 2!

Week 1 of Marathon Training is officially complete! 15 miles total for the week (I know, not that huge, but still!)

I’ve also managed to drop about another 5 lbs in the past two weeks, bringing my total weight loss to right around 95lbs! I’m getting tantalizingly close to that magic three digit number.

My motivation has remained pretty high this week, despite that difficult 4 mile run earlier on. I did another three mile run this past Thursday at the track at dusk, and it was one of my best runs ever. It was actually really relaxing, and I felt fantastic! Best of all, I barely felt any soreness the following day.

Saturday was my long run day. The training plan calls for week one’s long run to be 5 miles. Instead of looping around the track 20 times, I decided to pay my old friend, the Bayonne Bridge, a visit. Before, when I would run the bridge, I would just go across to the end, then turn right back. This time, my route would take me into the town of Bayonne for about a mile or so.

Now, the incline on the bridge itself is pretty long and steep. But, when I got into Bayonne itself, I found out that the terrain was rather hilly, making for a pretty difficult run. In hindsight, I probably wont take that route for a long run for a little while, only because it’s very taxing – combined with the longer distance, it’s not an easy run at all.

After I got home, showered, rehydrated, and ate, I felt like a million bucks. My body is really starting to get used to this, and I’m reaping the benefits of a healthier lifestyle – more energy, confidence, and much less fatigue. Well, that wraps up Week 1. Stay tuned for Week 2!

– therunningfatguy

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Day 2 of Marathon Training

It was hell. That’s all that could be said about today’s run. It was really hot, I was more sore than I originally thought, and I probably could’ve used an extra day of rest before hitting the track again. Nevertheless, I did my 4 miles.

Whenever I go out running, I try to keep to one strict rule: once I start running, I don’t stop unless there is an obstacle that I cannot go around. I keep going until either the mileage for the day has been covered or if I feel like I will drop if I continue. I stopped twice today.

For those of you in the NYC area, you know today was a scorcher (something like 87 degrees). Most of the other runners on the track were taking breaks too, so I didn’t feel as bad, but still… I don’t like stopping!

I hit the wall at the end of mile two, and started calling it a day from there. I walked to my car, stopped, and looked back at the track. I thought to myself, “better to get the 4 miles in, even with stopping, than to go home having only gone halfway.” With that, I marched back to the track, gave myself one walking lap, and continued on.

It was so hot that, in order to keep from passing out, I kept my pace to a slow shuffle. I maintained that for the next 3/4 mile until I had to stop again. I gave myself another 1/4 walk and finished up with what was the most grueling 1 1/4 miles I have ever run. I did have this odd burst of energy in the last lap, where I was able to get back to a decent clip and finish relatively strong, but after that I was wiped out. When I got home, I weighed myself and found that I lost 5 lbs of water weight! Too bad that’ll be back soon.

Today was hard, but I was able to maintain my motivation. Never quit!

-therunningfatguy

Staying Motivated

I have to say, probably the most difficult aspect of any fitness program is staying motivated. Sure, it’s easy when you’re seeing results right off the bat, and the notion of “working out” (yeah!) is fresh in your mind. Give it a few weeks. Maybe one or two months. How do you feel then?

A few of you may be able to answer honestly with, “yeah, I love working out! I can’t imagine not doing it!” Those few are the minority. Most of us probably have excuses for why we stopped or significantly slowed down. Hell, it’s hard to keep up a workout regimen with work, and everything else in between!

Tell me if I’m wrong, but have you ever thought to yourself, on a workout day, “I’m really not feeling this. Missing one day won’t be so bad”? The answer is most likely yes, but those of you who answered yes probably know that, if you take that day off, there is a huge potential that you’ll continue down that slippery slope to inactivity and those hard-earned gains will fade.

Now, I’m not saying that you should never miss a workout; that’s impractical. Injuries can and do happen, as well as other things that life throws at you. What you have to keep in mind is why you’re working out – look at the big picture. The opposite may help too; try to take it one workout at a time. Keep these things in mind to help you get back on track in case you lose sight of things.

The most important thing to do though, if you’re lacking in motivation, is to just get off your ass and do it! Don’t give yourself too much time to dwell on how sore you might be, or how tired you might feel – just do it. 9 times out of 10, you won’t regret it!

Here are two of my favorite motivational quotes:

“Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, covered in scars, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, ‘Yahoo! what a ride!” – unknown

“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.”
– George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian

Now, my legs are sore, and I’m not exactly feeling well, but I got a four mile run to do today. I’m just gonna go out there and do it. Who’s with me?

-therunningfatguy

If you have tips for staying motivated, leave them in the comments section.

He’s Back! He’s Stronger, Faster (and Thinner) Than Before!

Hey Everyone!

It’s been a REAL long time since I’ve updated this blog. Too long as a matter of fact. I have seen this happen to many of the other weight loss blogs/running blogs on the internet that I have found. Usually, there is always a post similar to the one that I’m writing now. They almost always say “Well I fell off the wagon, but I’m back…”  That’s NOT the message you’ll see here today.

I’ve been doing my thing, just haven’t been writing about it. I’ve just about reached my first major weight loss goal – I’ve dropped 90+ pounds so far, and I’m still going strong. Am I still running the marathon? The answer is YES!

Initially, I was going to put things on the back-burner marathon wise until 2012, but I decided that there is no better time than the present. Today marks day 1 of my 18 Week Marathon Training Program.

It was an awesome 3 mile run at the College of Staten Island (CSI) track. It’s been a little while since I’ve been there, but after the first mile I fell into step and ended really strong. Am I ready for 26.2 yet? Hell no. Will I be ready by November? You bet!

I would never had reached the weight loss goals that I attained without help and support from my awesome friends and family, and I am going to ask for that same support from you guys again to complete the marathon. Along with the moral support, I need help with fundraising – I’m really bad at it. My goal is to raise $2,600.00 by October 6, 2011. If you would like to help me reach that goal, click here. I’m running as part of the Team for Kids NYC Marathon team. Learn more about them here.

Well, that wraps up this post for now. I will definitely post more often from now until the marathon. Thanks for everything so far, and please continue to help me reach my goals! I can’t do it without you!

-therunningfatguy

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