480 – 493

Tonight’ workout was kind of a mess, but it ended up going ok. My plan was to do 15 total miles, with 5 in 45 minutes, 5 in 42:30, and the last 5 in 40 minutes. I had a million watch problems, so things got messed up. I did the first 5 in 8:52 miles, which was fine. The next 5, I have no idea what happened in the first half. I forgot to start my watch for about a mile, then I started it and stopped for a drink, and then I felt like it was way off, so I just disregarded it for a while. The second 2.5 were in 8:20 miles, and that felt pretty good. It was getting late and I was running out of steam, so I started up again, and hit a mile in 8:00 even, which was pretty impressive. I started bargaining so I could go home, and was also worried a little about sapping my legs knowing that I have a really crazy week next week with no days off. I did the next mile in 8:15, and I don’t know what happened on the 3rd, because I lost focus, and wanted to stop again for drinks. I could have done 5 in probably 41 minutes if I wanted to but it was just a bizarre workout and I wanted it to be over. Overall it went fine, though.

My mind is still blown that I could be running this much and I’m not losing weight at all.I was 209 after tonight, but I ate pretty crappy all weekend and drank a bunch of beers last night. My food/alcohol intake is bad but it’s just crazy to basically have broken even so far this month. I’ve probably burned 25,000 calories running so far this month, which should be good for about 7 pounds. That is really frustrating. I do need to keep in mind that I’ve done next to nothing as far as monitoring calorie intake, and that is obviously counter-productive. I think if I really focused for like 2 weeks I would drop a lot of weight. I’m gonna keep trying.

Here’s what I have left of the gauntlet:

Mon 30th – end of week 13 (64 planned) – 11
Tues 31st- 20 total
Weds 1st – 7
Thurs 2nd – 12
Fri 3rd – 10 total
Sat 4th – 21
Sun 5th – end of week 14 – 10 (68 planned)
Mon 6th – day off

I can’t believe I’ve made it this far and I still feel pretty good. That day off on the 6th is gonna feel really weird. Only 91 miles to get there…

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

471 – 480

This afternoon I jogged 9 miles in 81:45, which is 9:05 miles, and it was fine. I started out pretty slow, and the first mile was in like 9:45. I eventually picked up the pace and did the first half in about 41 minutes, then turned around and finished up. It was about 40 degrees, and really windy in some spots. I’m not really sure why every single day needs to be ridiculously windy. I am pretty sure I need to make sure I’m never doing my slow jogs at like 9:45 pace, because for better or for worse I am capable of that, and it just makes me miserable.

On February 26 I weighed 209.5 after a long run, and today after my run I was 209. I know that there are a lot of variables, and that I was 207 the other night, and that tomorrow night I could very easily be 206, and that I almost never weigh myself at this time of day, and it’s usually been about 8 hours since I last ate when I weigh myself, but it’s a little bit frustrating to have run so much this month and not made “a lot” of progress. I feel way faster and way more in shape but I’d like the scale to say lower numbers. I haven’t done much monitoring of my calorie intake the last few weeks so the blame is on me. In fact my food for the last week or so was pretty terrible, but its just crazy to burn this many calories and then just break even. I still have a month to lose some weight and I hope to get as light as I can for race day. My goal is 199 but that might be a little lofty at this point.

I’m probably gonna do my 15 miler tomorrow night, so I’ll get about 28 hours of rest in between runs which should be good. Alright, see ya later.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

461 – 471

I had a really good workout tonight kind of unexpectedly. The last 2 nights I was super sore, and I was really tired and unmotivated tonight. My plan was to do 10 total tonight, with 8 miles at 8 min/mile pace. Here’s how it went:

8

The weather was a little chilly and windy, but it was actually really great running weather. My legs felt good once I warmed up, and I never really struggled. I’m not really sure how much longer I could have gone at this pace, though. My goal is to run 8 minute miles for the marathon, and that means I’d have to do 18 more miles at tonight’s pace. I definitely had more in the tank, I’m just not sure how much. I definitely had 5 more miles or so, but that only gets me through a half marathon. The purpose of tonight was obviously to test my race pace, and see how it feels, and it felt really sustainable. I guess the goal is to just spend the next month making it more comfortable.

Tonight was very good but still so much more running to get through, so, on to the next one. See ya.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

454.5 – 461

Tonight I jogged 6.5 miles on very tired legs. It was supposed to be 9 miles, but I think I really needed a “rest” day so I have better quality workouts the rest of the week. Rest is a very important part of training and I have been doing pretty much no rest for over two weeks. I have 4 more workouts this week of 9, 10, 10, and 15 miles, and one or two of them have to be kind of fast, because the workouts where I’m just dragging through miles to recover my body are not fun. My total mile this week, if I get through everthing, will be crazy (7+20+8.5+6.5+10+9+15=76), but I also need to keep in mind that I’m just displacing certain workouts and moving them around because of scheduling stuff. At some point once I start tapering doing workouts on tired legs will be helpful, because it will help simulate what to do when you want to push yourself but your body hates you. I will just say that I am looking forward to rest days being a part of my life again.

I’ll be at 495 on Sunday assuming all goes well, and in theory I should do 10 on Monday because I only did 6 tonight, but I’ll see how I feel. Total mileage is cool but at some point I need to care about my workouts actually being good. As of today I have 10 more workouts in the gauntlet, and I am greatly looking forward to that being over. Alright, see ya tomorrow.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

446 – 454.5

I was expectedly sore today, and I did a really slow, annoying jog. Tonight was cold and windy, and also rainy in spurts. I had to wear gloves and a hat for a while, and it was just hard to move my legs for a while. My plan was to do 9, so I ran up Newark Ave and north up Summit Ave. Every time I checked my watch I was unpleasantly surprised by how much mileage had passed. I was also running into what seemed like a pretty shady area, and I was tired of getting rained on. I turned around, did some chores on the way home, and ended up doing 8.5 miles. I won’t bother with the time because I was basically shuffling and trying to work out lactic acid.

In better news, I was 207lbs after the run, which is a product of the fact that I ate really well before my run today, and I always seem to be very light after rainy runs. Here’s what’s left of the gauntlet:

Thurs 26th – 9
Fri 27th – 10 total
Sat 28th – 15
Sun 29th –  10 miles
Mon 30th – end of week 13 (64 planned) – 6
Tues 31st- 20 total
Weds 1st – 7
Thurs 2nd – 12
Fri 3rd – 10 total
Sat 4th – 21
Sun 5th – end of week 14 – 10 (68 planned)
Mon 6th – day off

I have done 14 of the 15 workouts I planned starting on the 11th, so I am pretty happy with that. Still 70 (.5) miles to go to get out of March on track. Tonight was beyond a lack of effort, so tomorrow should be better. See ya then.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

426 – 446 (week 13)

So the concept of “weeks” has gotten pretty muddled here, but I assure you that if all goes to plan I should be making sense of what is happening in which week once April starts. I had to move a lot of stuff around, which has become pretty clear, so I am looking forward to being back to Monday starting weeks and Sunday ending them.

Tonight my workout went very well, and I ran 20 miles in 3:00:20. I was really nervous about my calf, but it ended up being pretty much a non-issue. My splits were 45 mins for 5, 90 for 10, 135 for 15, and 180 for 20. There were a few ups and downs but every mile was within 20 seconds of 9 minutes, and most were within 5 or 10. The first half was a little windy and cold, but the way back was actually a lot better. I only stopped once, at mile 6 to quickly go to the bathroom and buy 2 waters. I ate Gu at mile 6, 10, and 14, and I think that made a pretty big difference. The only point I really struggled at was around mile 10, but I snapped out that pretty quickly.

I got a really strong 2nd wind in miles 13, 14 and 15 for some reason, which was nice. Mile 14 was around 8:40, and felt really smooth. Things went back to normal for the rest of the run, and frankly the last 3 or so were not the greatest. My legs were very tired which is to be excepted. I had something left in the tank when I was done, and I think I might have actually been able to finish a marathon tonight on this course in under 4 hours without 100% draining myself.

I got on the scale after the run and it said 208, which is fine, but it means that I am still stuck at at least 210 since I’m always lightest after long runs. It’s not really fair to weigh myself after long runs, but I need the confidence. I’ve had a rough last week or so of calorie consumption, and I need to get back on the right track. I have a really bad habit of not eating breakfast, which makes me starving at lunch, and I get way too much food, and then I’m running hard at night, and eat way too much again.

This is a novel already so I will be back tomorrow night for what hopefully will be an easy 9 miler that will go by very quickly and take no toll on my body or mind. See ya!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

419 – 426

So, I am starting to get confused with what workouts I have done, and what I have left. Tomorrow is supposed to be the end of week 12, but I had to skip a workout due to weather, and still have to do the 20 mile run I’ve been delaying for like a week. I’ll try to sort that out in a minute.

Tonight I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to run at all, but I ended up getting a 7 mile jog in. It wasn’t comfortable, and it was very cold and windy, but I got through it. My calf did not feel great, but it was manageable. Since I have had to keep pushing the 20 miler back, I’m in a position where I’m supposed to do 3 long runs in the next 7 days, which is not great. Assuming I get to the 20 miler tomorrow, and the 15 miler maybe on Friday, and the other 20 miler on Monday night, that would put me back on track, but that is a lot of miles. I also have mostly 9 and 10 milers planned for the rest of the week, so it might get kind of ridiculous. I am going to do what I can though. Here’s how I think it might go:
Tues 24th – end of week 12 (50 planned) – 20
Weds 25th -9 total
Thurs 26th – 9
Fri 27th – 10 total
Sat 28th – 15
Sun 29th –  10 miles
Mon 30th – end of week 13 (64 planned) – 6
Tues 31st- 20 total
Weds 1st – 7
Thurs 2nd – 12
Fri 3rd – 10 total
Sat 4th – 21
Sun 5th – end of week 14 – 10 (68 planned)
Mon 6th – day off

That is 99 miles over 9 days. March started at 271 miles, and this would put me at 525, and 254 for the month. When I first planned this I thought I would hit 267 for the month. I know I missed one workout for snow, so thats 7 miles, and the other 6  I guess are just in the ether. By the way, this math took me like 30 minutes, so thats something. And, I might be injured. So. On to the next one. See ya!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment