Run Log Updated & 30.6 lbs to $2,096

10 weeks and a couple days from today I have a two week window to weigh 212 lbs, in which case I’ll win $2,096 from HealthyWage.com.

I hadn’t updated my Running Log since last August but now have my miles filled in through April ’06.  My run streak is in tact and as of yesterday I’m at Run Streak Day (RSD) 298

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I count on my Nike Plus app synced with Smashrun to keep track of my streak now since it can be a bit cumbersome to make out a post for Instagram everyday to keep track of my running.  If anyone is interested I can be found on Instagram at @drdukowitz

I have 6 months worth of question marks for my weight in my Running Log but, I really don’t mind because I don’t necessarily want to have to keep track of my weight every day or even every month of my life (if i don’t have to) but, I did weigh in yesterday for another wager going on DietBet.com in which I needed to weigh no more than 243.8 and I beat that by a bit over a pound with a 242.6 weigh-in.

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I don’t think I’ll have time for all the cropping and edits to make nice charts so readers will just have to deal with my feet being in the pics.  Regarding the Log which I keep under my Running Log tab it’s not too shabby

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Last year I kinda got huge into running and while there are still ambitions there, my priority focus is definitely body weight mainly because if I don’t make my 212 weight then not only do I not get a $2,096 prize but I’m also out the $756 I put up to make the bet.  I have to say it’s a lot easier with other real & local people that you know you are going to meet up with after 12 weeks like was the case in the local Lose to Win contest I was in.  There’s a much higher degree of competition which, for me, fuels a lot of activity and motivation.  However, this will still be a good test.

Looking at that log, it appears I’ll need my average weight to drop a decade with each successive month.  May will have to average in the 230s, June in the 220s and July definitely in the 210s.

One motivational aspect I’ll use is working to obtain the 3rd rarest running badge available on Smashrun.com which is the Towering Stairs badge.  To get it, I’ll need to increase my mileage by at least 15 miles per month for 6 consecutive months.  I made a go at it last year but was starting with mileage well over 100 and would have needed to work my way up to 165 miles or so during the 6th month …something kind of ridiculous, at least at this stage of the game.  Anyway, I have another shot at it here.

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My next run is a half marathon in Nashville, TN this coming weekend so I’ll be sure to have all the miles I need in for this month.  After that, I am registered for a half marathon in Geist, Indiana.

I’ll just have to keep posting because this stuff isn’t always on my mind and a big challenge now is simply maintaining awareness of this 212 goal in spite of everything else I’ve got going on.

My next scheduled weigh in is for Tue/Wed the 26th/27th of April so maybe we’ll see a number less than 242.6 and since I’m blogging and have this on my mind, I think I can sign up for another 1 month 4% weight loss dietbet and use that 242.6 weigh in as a new starting point …..calculating……that would mean needing a 232.9 weight or less in 4 weeks.  I guess the weather is nice enough to get out and run more often now….

OK.  We can only be in three 4% 4 week bets and three 10% 6 month bets so I only had room for one more game and found Mama Laughlin’s DietBet which starts tomorrow and my last verified weight of 242.6 was able to be used as my starting point.  I have two more of those 4 week dietbets ending this week, one in two days and one in three days ….looks like those two weigh-ins overlap on the 27th so….well, honestly, I don’t want to lose too much in the next couple days or I might get a goal out of reach ….or, maybe just let the chips fall where they may and put ‘er into high gear to help make my 212 weight asap.  I’ll post again Wednesday with updates.

btw – This latest DietBet I joined has 1,916 players (more pending) a total Jackpot of $67,060 and only $35 to join.  I was given a link directly to the game if anybody wants to join —> http://diet.bt/9iCOzw

 

11 Weeks & 30 lbs to $2,096

There are many different areas of life that vie for our attention and there is only so much time we may devote to any one area.  Generally speaking, I can improve most any area of my life I pay attention to, simply staying aware of any particular facet of life is almost curative in terms of improvement.  So, this blog is kind of like my insurance policy to help me keep track of my weight and running although these days I am most concerned about weight and not running because of a $756 bet I made on HealthyWage.com over a year ago to weigh no more than 212 lbs by July 5th-July 19th which will pay out a nice $2,096 if I can make that weight 11 weeks from now.

There are limits as to how much extreme diet and exercise manipulations can do so the bulk of the weight loss between now and that final weigh in will need to be legitimate weight loss.  If I can get down into the teens, 216 or so then I should be able to employ some emergency measures to hit my final weight.

I am still on my Run Streak and completed day 291 yesterday (4/17/2016) but have usually only been doing the minimum 1 mile per day to maintain that streak.  I’ll have to update my chart on the Running Log page.  I have data for all my runs and mileage but will have question marks for several months regarding my weight.  About 5 days ago I had a legitimate weight of 243.8 which I’m happy with because at the beginning of last year my goal was to weigh in the lower 240s so, I’ve maintained that pretty well and, at the worse have kept with in striking distance of that previous goal weight.

To help push me down to that 212 weight, I put up an additional $470 on DietBet.com and joined three 6 months contest where I need to lose 10% of my weight and will cycle through several one month contest where I need to lose 4% of my weight.  I should be able to turn that investment into $1,000+ sometime in August which will be very helpful in paying the 2nd installment of my property taxes on Sept 1st 🙂

Mainly, sparse eating combined with an increased volume of lower intensity distance training with lesser bouts of speed work and probably some weight lifting thrown in there should be an effective combination towards achieving this 212 goal.  That goal still boggles my mind a bit because …well, I can’t really remember the last time I weighed so little.  In terms of overall health, it may be the case that weighing even less may be optimal but, one step at a time.

The six month, 10% weight loss diet bets which end in August have a target weight of 233.2.  My thinking here is that there will probably be a bounce up in weight after achieving the 212 weight but I wanted to put a cap on it and 233.2 seems like a good cap.  Perhaps I can work at maintaining a weight in the 225 to 230 range which would be very nice 🙂

Other than that, I’ll probably be adding a net tab or page called Money, since i landed a freelance writing gig that has this webpage listed in my bio and figure I would put a link to my Facebook, S4 Mafia Investment Club page since this page doesn’t have much to do with finance.

Race Review: Frog Hill Half Marathon

The Ultimate Training Run – The Frog Hill Half Marathon & 10K

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This is a slightly smaller local race held in the city of Waynesville, Missouri which is located fairly central in the state of Missouri just north of Highway 44 and about an hour South-Eash of Lake of the Ozarks. I estimate about 200 people participated this past October 3rd, 2015. There are two races to choose from, a 10K and an extremely challenging half marathon.

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OVERALL –
This is a well-run race with chip-timing and medals given to all finishers of either the 10K or half marathon.

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T-SHIRT/SWAG –
This race is sponsored by the Team 413 Gracerunner Ministries and the 413 refers to a verse in the bible, Philippians 4:13 which says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” That verse, along with http://www.Team413.org was printed on the back of the green t-shirt and a fun looking frog with the race name was on the front. The t-shirt sizes ran from small, medium, large and extra-large. The rest of the SWAG bag contains papers on various upcoming races in the area and a nice brochure about the historic city of Waynesville, MO which was founded back in 1843.

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AID STATIONS –
There are an adequate number of theme based aid stations throughout the out and back course which feature water and Gatoraid. The end of the race was the best. In addition to bottles of water & Gatorade underneath a nearby pavillion were free grilled hot dogs, chips, soda and more Gatorade.

COURSE SCENERY –
This race offers a variety of running surfaces which each have their own unique scenery. There’s about 20% asphalt & paved road which starts at the school parking lot then onto nice section of downhill roadway which may lull the newbie Frog Hill runner into thinking they could be getting a PR with this race. That road then turns onto a fairly short stretch of running through the a section of the towns quant downtown before turning off onto the majority of the running surface which consist of a mixture crushed gravel and a dirt road. The race director had commented that there hadn’t been rain in a while so the trail type portion of the run may be harder than normal but I found no problems with the surface other than it was very dry and the few times cars drove by they would kick up clouds of dust. There’s a nice mixture of trees, rock formations and views of the Roubidoux Creek along this majority portion of the run. The run ends at a point about a mile and a half from the start at a local park which conveniently is hosting the Waynesville Frog Festival so there is plenty to do and see after the run as well.

Half Marathon Course Route

Half Marathon Course Route

EXPO QUALITY –
Packet pickup for this race may be done the night before the race at a local VFW or from about 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. the day of the race. I believe final registration was also available on race day as well for an additional $10 fee but the already low price of $45 was available online all the way until the night before the race, which is when I finally got around do signing up.
I picked up my race packet on race day and was pleasantly surprised to see complementary donuts, chocolate donuts and coffee available for all the racers. There was also a costumed frog walking around and available to all who wanted pictures.
The pickup was inside East Elementary School which provided some nice relief from the slightly chilly weather outside until the race started.
This race used tri-athlete style ankle timers which contestants were instructed to put on their left ankle. I’ve never used this type of timing system before but put it on over my sock and never noticed it was there.

ELEVATION DIFFICULTY –
This may be the part I love and hate the most about this run. Just before the 10K turnabout is an aid station where people were dressed up as ghouls, goblins & monsters which ….if you continue past this turnabout point – be forewarned because how those people look is going to be how you feel if you continue ….just beyond that aid station is Superior Hill and you must be MORE superior to conquor and continue! This is no small hill and for me, only the Pikes Peak Ascent in Colorado had a greater incline. This incline in Waynesville, MO goes on for MILES – well, maybe “just” a mile but it’s up and up and up …..I thought there was an end to it that I could see so I tried running up the hill but the hill didn’t stop …so I tried speed walking and the hill still didn’t stop ….it’s formidable to say the least.

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This hill could make the Frog Hill Half Marathon the ultimate training run because there is NO WAY I would have pushed myself up this many hills of this magnitude on my own. My quads were lit up and on fire after Superior Hill and there’s still 7 or 8 miles miles to go AFTER you’ve fried your quads on that hill.

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PARKING/ACCESS –
Parking was very adequate at the Elementary school parking lot.

RACE MANAGEMENT –
A runner by the name of Melissa Martinez is the current race director and did a superior job. She is very caring and responsive to the needs of the runners.

Year 2, Week 39 Weigh-In

Chomp, Chomp, Chomp!  That’s how I had planned on starting this blog entry for my 39th weigh in of the year because I was eating everything in site and running as little as possible.  I had expected a much higher weight as opposed to a new all time low but, I have one theory as to why my weight dropped again instead of going up.

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My thinking is that I removed a lot of physical stress.   Ever since the Navy/AirForce half marathon a couple weeks ago I’ve mainly been running the single miles needed to maintain my run streak and by eating whatever I wanted there was also no need for my body to fear any impending famine so there was zero starvation mode stress as well.  I can only guess corticosteroid levels would be minimized with this type of behavior.  It is kind of bizarre though and a little counterintuitive but, I’ll happily accept it 🙂

Today was also the official ending for the last of three 10% diet bets I had placed at the beginning of this year.  I had bets which started in Jan, Feb and April and each lasted for 6 months.  I have two more 10% bets I recently placed which both end in February of 2016 with an ending weight of 222.

I am curious and wondering if I could pull off a 4 week, 4% diet bet starting at this verified weight of 232.6.  That would require me to get down to 223.3 in four weeks.  A 6 month 10% diet bet would require me to get down to about 209 pounds.

209…that kind of plays games with my head a bit – something I’m not used to seeing.  My HealthyWage bet which comes due July 5th of 2016 is for 212 pounds.

…..OK – I’m committed!  I just signed up for three different 4 week, 4% weight loss diet bets that all started today and will end on Wednesday, 4/28.   The final weigh-in will be Thursday, 4/29 to midnight on Friday 4/30.  Thursdays are my weekly weigh-in day for this blog so I’ll shoot for a Thursday morning weigh-in and it must be 223.3 or less.

I have never lost a diet bet or monthly weigh-in and this will be the biggest challenge yet.  All I know about weight in the low 220s is when I was ranked in PowerLifting USA magazine I had a 515 bench at a 222 lb body weight and that was back around 2001 so, I’ll be pushing the clock back well over a decade if I can pull this off.

Stay tuned!  🙂

Year 2, Week 35 Weigh-In

This has been an interesting week.  This past Monday I saw a weight in the 220s for the first time in I don’t know how long ….

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That 229 weight was after a lot of running and a bit of sleep but still a nice preview of things to come 🙂

I took my official Thursday weigh-in at the end of the day for a nice 236 which helps to solidify my place in the 230s which is well beyond what I was shooting for at the beginning of this year.  The next morning I was 234.2 so I am on course for another month in the 230s and should have an average weight maybe 3 or 4 lbs lighter than last month 🙂

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I actually set a 5K PR (personal record) this past Saturday (8/29) and thought of the many people on DietBet working to improve themselves.

Changing oneself, dropping weight or improving as a runner can be such a long, arduous process.  I’ve been fortunate and grateful that I am still able to improve.  I am very grateful.  However, the timelines in my head, the pace at which I envision improvement has always fallen short of the reality.  Maybe not by much, a few months perhaps, maybe more but there’s no cheating reality.

I guess a key to success is in bolstering hope while minimizing discouragement and continuing with persistent efforts.

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For me, that 5K represented an expression of hope and something I wanted to share.  It represents 20 months of training that started in January of 2014 with a few hundred miles of walking and culminating with nearly a 1,000 miles of running thereafter.  It started with a body weight of 316.2 pounds and barely able to run 15 seconds.  So, while a 5K in 34:25 is below average or mediocre at best in the world of runners, it was huge for me.

There will come a time in our life when we won’t be able to improve our times anymore.  I don’t know exactly when that will be for me but, for now, my goals are still fraught with improvement.

Lowest Weight in a Decade! Week 22 Weigh-In

In this blog:

  • Week 22 Weigh-In, Lowest Weight in a Decade!
  • Starved Rock and Marathon Maniac Status
  • The Mayflower Phenomenon
  • The Courage to Start
  • Two Future Full Marathons

 

The lowest weight I can remember with certainty (other than my high school football playing weight) happened back in the one year period of time prior to January 2002.

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It was sometime during that year I was listed in Powerlifting USA magazine as having one of the top 100 Bench Presses in the nation, a 515lb bench at a body weight of 222 lbs.  So, I’m guessing there may have been a month when my weight was in the 240s or maybe less but other than going back 14 years I don’t know of any other time when my average weight for the month has been in the 240s.

This month, I have an average weight of 248.2 lbs!  🙂  So, I am 4 lbs lighter this month then I was last month.  The dynamics of this month’s weight change are kind of interesting.  After my double run weekend with the Starved Rock marathon on Sat followed by the Chicago 13.1 on Sunday my weight steadily increased to a high of 251.8 however – after a memorial day weekend of eating BBQ, hamburgers and pizza, my weight kept dropping down to it’s current low of 245.8.

So, run a lot and gain 4.4 lbs then eat a lot and lose 6.0 lbs!  🙂

I don’t fully understand all the physiological mechanisms associated with running a marathon due to a lack of experience with that distance but ….and I don’t mean to offend anyone here and I’m not sure how to couch this topic but, when I was in clinic a standard part of every patient’s first visit was to do a simple dip stick check on their urine.  We’d look for basics like nitrates, sugar and specific gravity of the samples.  From visual inspection, I know I had a very low specific gravity (light colored urine) prior to my Moonlight full marathon as I was very well hydrated but, after the double run weekend that specific gravity went way up to maybe 1.2 to 1.3 (much darker color) so, I associate this with the physiological stress and extra waste products that the kidneys had to contend with after those runs.  Various corticosteroids and creatinine kinase come to mind but, I’m sure there’s a whole host of other variables of which I’m unaware of.

Generally speaking, I associate the 4.4 lb gain with stress and the subsequent 6.0 lb loss with recovery and much less stress.

Starved Rock and Marathon Maniac Status
oh boy ….well, Starved Rock was supposed to be my 2nd full marathon in a week and thereby giving me Marathon Maniac (MM) eligibility but …There was a torrential downpour, thunderstorm and lightning strikes along the course which prompted race officials to send out school busses to pick up runners so, for me, that run ended around the 12 mile marker.

On a positive note, bright and early the next morning I knocked out a half marathon up in Chicago.  The plus side here is when you compare this past weekend to a very similar situation I had last year.  In April of last year I was signed up for a half marathon in St Louis which was to take place on a Sunday but then noticed the ultra cool medals given out for the Lincoln Presidential half marathon (50th anniversary) which was taking place the day before the St Louis run.  I did the Lincoln half but was so physically decimated by that run I couldn’t walk right even the day after that run and ended up giving my bib for the Sunday run away.  So, I’ve at least improved to the point where running back to back half marathons no longer intimidates me and is now within my ability level.

The full marathon – 26.2 miles – still intimidates the heck out of me.  Having failed at completing two full marathons in 16 days my only other option for meeting the minimum requirements to become a MM are to complete three full marathons in a time period of 90 days…. good grief….

Personally – I’ve started to refer to my marathon aspirations as …..

The Mayflower Phenomenon
My thinking here is akin to when man first set foot on the moon back in 1969.  Literally just years prior to that time we didn’t have the ability to accomplish such a task so, we really ended up accomplishing that feat with nearly the minimum amount of ability possible.  I see this the same was as Columbus sailing across the ocean ….in a wooden boat ….virtually zero navigational acumen available other than a sexton and yet …he did it.  When it comes to me and full marathons, I’m kind of like that wooden boat – sort of the minimum level of ability to cover the distance.  Still, there’s been some improvement over last year when I believed my boat would flat out sink had I attempted the full marathon I was originally signed up for in October of 2014.

So….how many trips can this Mayflower boat of mine make over that 26.2 mile ocean?  I have no idea.  Mentally, I’m having to do a lot of work to help encourage myself to push my boat from the safety of it’s harbor.  I’m listening to YouTube videos from Jana Stanfield, for example, with a really nice song called If I Were Brave.  I’ve also found many more mentally nutritional supplements on YouTube from simple searches like “What would I do If I knew I could Not Fail”  and, I’m relying a lot on poets like Henry David Thoreau who stated, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!  Live the life you have imagined.”

 The Courage to Start
I believe the Courage to Start is the name of a book by John Bingham, affectionately known as “The Penguin” but, with my recent runs my thinking has changed to the point where I now believe that finishing a race is the easy part – relatively speaking, when compared to the courage displayed by everybody at the starting line who all had to overcome something in their personal lives in order to even sign up, show up at the race and begin.

You just don’t see a lot of 250 lb boats attempting to complete a full 26.2 mile marathon.  Pretty much none.  For the most part you have a ton of incredibly amazing athletes with stunning abilities.  I know going into these races that the probability of finishing last is a bit north of 99%.  It’s like that saying, “The miracle isn’t that I finished, The Miracle is that I had the courage to start.”  So, I’ll continue to play a lot of mental ping-pong in which I am mainly working towards signing up and getting to that starting line.  🙂

Two Future Full Marathons
I’d like to make this MM endeavor as fun as possible and to that end I am considering two races, one for this coming June 13th and the other on July 18th.

On June 13th is the Hatfield and McCoy full marathon.  This takes place in South Williamson, Kentucky right on the border with West Virginia.  It’s about a 7.5 hour trip driving but, there’s no time limit and I’ve never been there before and I can count either Kentucky or West Virginia as one of my 50 states.  Also, there is a bit of real life history associated with the run which I’m always up for and …did I mention – there’s no time limit?  On the downside, this run is apparently one of the 15 hardest full marathons in the country but, I must do my best to ignore that portion of reality – there’s no time limit.

On July 18th, in Livingston, Tennessee there is a Looney Midnight Marathon!  Yep – that’s right, the marathon STARTS at midnight.  one Huge plus to this run is that I will not have to content with the sweltering heat of a daytime run – no sun ….except maybe for the sunrise which I’m sure I’ll have to contend with but really, how many times can you say you’ve jogged 26.2 miles BEFORE breakfast!  😀 😀 😀

 

 

 

2015 Week 13 Weigh In

Today I weighed in at 260.2 which is exactly what I need to weigh this Saturday to win my next DietBet Challenge.  Pretty cool 🙂  I’ve actually dipped down into the upper 250s so, I’m well on my way to hitting my previously set goal for this year of being down into the low 240s.

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It’s kind of crazy, from the first weigh in of the month when I went up a bit and hit 272.8 I ended up dropping 14 pounds over the next 18 days.

The one month DietBets where we’re supposed to lose 4% of our body weight have been interesting because the one “big money” game where we bet $100 only paid off a total of $108 but the smaller games that cost only $30 ended up paying off about $45 each – easy money.

Next week, I’m going to sign up for a third 6-month transformation DietBet where the goal is to lose 10% of your bodyweight in 6 months.  The breakdown of what we have to lose each month is really cool.  In order, the weight loss goals are 3%, 3%, 2%, 1%, 1%, 0% and as long as you hit your goals each month, you with money.

These 6 month challenges require a wager of $150 but, if you pay it all at once you can get in for only $125.  If you choose to pay monthly then you have the option of quitting at anytime and not paying any more money.  Half of the money bet goes towards the final jackpot while the other half is split evenly among the preceding 5 months or rounds.  Since I put in $125, half of that or $62.50 goes towards the final jackpot month while the rest is split up and $12.50 (1/5th of the remaining half) goes towards the first 5 months or rounds.

I’ve got one 6 month game, which is generally referred to as DB10 for DietBet 10%, that has completed two rounds so far.  In the first round I won $15.67 and there were 296 winners who each got that amount.  Just a tad over $3 profit on that round since I had $12.50 at stake.  Round 2, however, paid out $24.85 with 180 winners so I about doubled my money in that round.  Nothing huge but it sure is fun 🙂

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The Dashboard section of each game shows you exactly where you’re at and what you need to weigh at each checkpoint.  There’s also a neat graph which shows every time you weighed in.  I’ve never seen my weight on a graph before but, here it is for one game

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As things stand now, I’ve already touched on the weight I need to be at for next months jackpot – that round ends in 25 more days.

Anyway, on April 1st I’m going to join my 3rd DB10 game which runs from Apr 01 – Sept 30 and I want to weigh in at exactly 260 lbs so, i might have to eat up to that weigh a bit but I want 260 because that will give me a final weight in 6 months of exactly 234 lbs 🙂 and I like how those numbers all go in order …. 2 – 3 – 4 🙂  I’m funny that way.  😀

234lbs is also exactly about 10 lbs under the low 240s goal.  I’m comfy in the low 240s.  I have plenty of clothes to wear and don’t mind taking my shirt off to go swimming and stuff like that.  240 might seem like a heavier weight to some but, I still have a fair amount of muscle mass – I’m good with it.

The one thing that is pushing me is the running.  I really want to get better.  I want to be faster.  I want sub 10 minute per mile training times to be the norm again.  As a football lineman in high school I ran a 6:04 mile – we needed 6 or better to get an extra sticker on our helmet but, the goal of wanting to get under 6 minutes has never left my head.  I still believe it’s possible.  When I was a few weeks away from my first full marathon, I was able to maintain a pace better than 15 mph for a bit over 2/10ths of a mile.  I wanted to see what a Roger Bannister speed felt like.  If there’s anyone reading this who isn’t aware – Roger Bannister was the first person to ever run a sub 4 minute mile.

May 6, 1954 Roger Bannister Breaks the 4 minute barrier with a time of 3:59.4

May 6, 1954 Roger Bannister Breaks the 4 minute barrier with a time of 3:59.4

15 mph is the pace you need to run a 4 minute mile.  1 minute per quarter mile.  I remember conversations with friends about that quarter mile and the 60 second mark.  Sub 60 seconds would be super cool to hit.

This Saturday is the middle of a 5 week stretch of runs I have every weekend.  It’s an interesting mixture of runs I have going.  Two weeks ago was the 5 Mile St Patrick’s run in St Louis, last weekend was a 5K at a local University, this Saturday is the inaugural Bridge & Dam 10K at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri then I’ll have back to back 1/2 marathons to cap off the 5 weeks.

Then there’s going to be a weekend break while I’m out of town on business but after that I’m very curious about a local Duathlon which consist of a 1.5 mile run, a 10 mile bike ride then another 1.5 mile run.  It’s perfect for beginners 🙂

The following week is another local 5K which is one of a three part series of local events.  The other two events are the local Tour de Belleville which I do almost every year anyway and the final event is a Gingerbread 5k sometime in December but, completing all three events qualifies people for a 2015 Belleville Triple Crown Athlete Medal – sounds kinda cool.

Right now, my current weight is below my average 2014 weight.  In April, I’m looking for my average weight for that month to be in the 250s and, probably by May, my average weight for this year will be below what I was at last year.  So, three little metrics to ponder and help keep the game fun & winning.

Exactly 1 year ago on 3/26/14 is when I kicked off my running for 2014 so I’ve been able to put in 61.5 miles of running so far this year which puts me well ahead of last year.  With this weekends 10K plus a simple 5k I’ll break 50 miles for the month.  I only had 4 months last year when I hit or exceeded 50 miles.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what the rest of this year brings in the running aspect of my life 🙂

Almost forgot to advertise!  🙂  The other bets I was talking about in this blog are from DietBet.com but, i also have a big money kinda bet going on a site called Healthywage.com.  Below is what I can win from a $756 bet.  If you want to partake and add an extra $20 to my final prize to boot then just click on the picture below and a new window will pop open to let you place your own bet.  You pick what you want to weigh anywhere from 6 to 18 months in the future and can wager as little as $10 per month or more to reap some serious cash 😀

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Week 11 Weigh-In

“What gets measured gets managed”

Peter Drucker”

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This week, we find ourselves at the lowest weight of the year so far, 267.2 pounds.  That’s a 5.6 pound drop over last week which can be typical following a week where the weight has gone up.  That 267 lb weight has been pretty stable and is exactly what I weighed the day before this week’s weigh-in.  Today (Friday, 3/13) I actually weighed in at 256.8 lbs which is good since I need to be at 264 next week and down to 260 the week after that.

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As you may have noticed above, my official HealthyWage prize banner has changed from it’s original $2036.00 base prize to a new total of $2096.00 because I’ve had 3 people click on my link and sign up which has added $60 to my potential prize.


 

2015 Running Preview

I still need to finish up Part II of my running preview for the runs I have scheduled for this year – logistically, this blog is a godsend in terms of helping me keep everything straight.  Current list is as follows;

2015

  1. Saturday 3/14 – St Pats 5M Run. – REGISTERED
  2. Saturday 3/21 – McKendree 5K – REGISTERED
  3. Saturday 3/28 – Bridge & Dam 10K – REGISTERED
  4. Saturday 4/4 – Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon – REGISTERED
  5. Sunday 4/12 – 15th Annual GO! St Louis 1/2 Marathon – REGISTERED
  6. Sunday 6/21 – Go! St Louis All American 5k – REGISTERED
  7. Saturday 6/27 – Macklind Mile – REGISTERED
  8. Sunday 6/28 – Pride 5K – REGISTERED
  9. Friday 7/10 – Tour de Belleville – registration not yet available
  10. Saturday 7/11 – Tour de Donut – REGISTERED
  11. Saturday 8/8 – Moonlight Ramble – registration not yet available
  12. Sunday 9/20 – US Navy/AirForce 1/2 Marathon – REGISTERED
  13. Saturday 10/17 – RnR 5K Spinning Medal – REGISTERED
  14. Sunday 10/18 – Rock n Roll St Louis 1/2 Marathon – REGISTERED
  15. Saturday 10/24 – 5K Monster Dash – reg not avail. pending.
  16. Sunday 11/1 – SLTC’s St Louis 1/2 Marathon – reg not available
  17. Virtual Run – Race with Reason – 500 Miles in 2015 for Fighter Medal

The Macklind Mile registration became available so I got signed up for that so I only have two bike rides and two more runs where registration is not available.  I’m not sure if the 5K Monster Dash will be an option unless it’s held  a week earlier due to scheduling conflicts with my Part IV board reviews.  The SLTC 1/2 is the longest running 1/2 marathon in St Louis and I wouldn’t mind doing that again.

Mainly, I’ve been looking at more runs – a few notable mentions would be the Country Music Marathon in Nashville TN.  As a single race, it’s very pricey with a current going rate of $125 and that’s a bit to wrap my head around.  However, the Rock n Roll series has what’s known as a Tour Pass available for $199 that entitles a person to run in any 3 Rock n Roll events.  There is also an extra fee which brings that price closer to $210 but that still comes out to about $70 per run which is easier to swallow than $125.

However – getting that Tour Pass also opens up the option of partaking in two additional RnR 1/2’s this year and in addition to Nashville, I may opt or the Chicago 1/2 which also features the Remix Challenge which means I can run a 5K the day before the half, as well as the 1/2 the next day – this gives participants a total of 3 medals.  One for each of the races as well as the bonus Spinning Medal showing you ran in the back to back races.

For me – the third RnR would only be second to the Washington DC 1/2 marathon I’m already signed up for because RnR #3 would be the Inaugural Run of the Brooklyn, New York 1/2 on October 10th, 2015.  General registration for the run begins March 16 but, as a pass holder I could sign up early.  It even has a special $55 early entry fee.  (which also makes me wonder if using my Tour Pass for this run would be prudent….)

But – I’ve never been to New York before except for flying into the airport once – I’ve never seen the city.  From what I’ve learned the Brooklyn Bridge crosses right over into Manhattan – another place I’ve never seen before 🙂

Most likely – I’ll sign up then figure out how to get there afterwards… 🙂

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2015 Running Preview – Part 1

I’m currently signed up and registered for 11 of 15 runs on my list for 2015 and will definitely add the Macklind Mile once registration is available.  Here’s my current list (also found in my Running Log tab) and what’s cool about each of them.  🙂

2015

  1. Saturday 3/14 – St Pats 5M Run. – REGISTERED
  2. Saturday 3/21 – McKendree 5K – REGISTERED
  3. Saturday 3/28 – Bridge & Dam 10K – REGISTERED
  4. Saturday 4/4 – Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon – REGISTERED
  5. Sunday 4/12 – 15th Annual GO! St Louis 1/2 Marathon – REGISTERED
  6. Sunday 6/21 – Go! St Louis All American 5k – REGISTERED
  7. Saturday 6/27 – Macklind Mile – registration not yet available
  8. Friday 7/10 – Tour de Belleville – registration not yet available
  9. Saturday 7/11 – Tour de Donutregistration website. ($30)
  10. Saturday 8/8 – Moonlight Ramble – registration not yet available
  11. Sunday 9/20 – US Navy/AirForce 1/2 Marathon – REGISTERED
  12. Saturday 10/17 – RnR 5K Spinning Medal – REGISTERED
  13. Sunday 10/18 – Rock n Roll St Louis 1/2 Marathon – REGISTERED
  14. Saturday 10/24 – 5K Monster Dash – reg not avail. pending.
  15. Virtual Run – Race with Reason – 500 Miles in 2015 for Fighter Medal

 

March 14th, St Pats 5M Run

March 14th – St Pats 5Mile Run
What’s cool about it? – Registration for one thing!  This is a 15,000 person run through the streets of downtown St. Louis and the cost even two weeks out is a mere $29.  What’s really cool about it is that there are NO additional fees tacked on to that price.  It’s really $29!  I’ve never ran this race before so I have nothing to offer first hand but I am anticipating lots of green things and beer.  Which is another cool part – I can take the MetroLink over and have all the green & beer stuff I want and don’t have to worry about driving 🙂


 

Ramble Into Spring 2015

Ramble Into Spring 2015

March 21st – McKendree 5K
What’s cool about it? – McKendree University (population 2358) is nestled into the historic community of Lebanon, Illinois (population 5523)  I’m guessing it’s historic because the last time we played golf out there me and my buddies stopped at a bar afterwards and the road out front was made of cobblestone.
For me this race is cool because it’s local (a plus), it’s 5K (a distance I can actually run) and it was only $15 bucks!  (I’m frugal)  🙂


 

2015 Bridge & Dam Half-Marathon & 10k

2015 Bridge & Dam Half-Marathon & 10k

March 28th – Bridge & Dam 10K
What’s cool about it? –
Are you kidding me?!!?  How about a list?

  1. It’s the INAUGURAL Run!!!  How many times do you get to participate in the very first time a run has ever been ran?
  2. BRIDGES – lake-of-the-ozarks-half-marathon-10k-run-bridge-img2-500x220
    I was under that bridge on a jetski last year on my birthday! 🙂
  3. DAMS – Bagnell-Dam-img-500x220
    Maybe it’s a guy thing but, I think bridges and dams are cool!
  4. LAKE OF THE OZARKS!  My family has had a condo at the lake since the 1980’s so it’s familiar territory but I’ve never ran across any of the bridges or dams so I’m really looking forward to this race.
  5. The MEDALS! – In my opinion, these are some of the coolest looking medals I’ve ever seen:

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April 4th – Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon
What’s cool about it? – It’s classic!  Walk where Lincoln walked – literally in Springfield, Illinois.  There isn’t just cobblestone here, there are several streets & houses where Lincoln lived and roamed that have been preserved to this day.
I’m also a bit of a numismatist so the medal has a special appeal to me and traditionally, a GIANT penny is the medal! 🙂

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I’m hoping it’s a wheat penny this year.  Those were made from 1909-1959.  Lincoln was born in 1809 and the Lincoln wheat penny helped commemorate that and in 1959 is when we saw the switch to the Lincoln Memorial pennies at the 150th anniversary of his birth.   And, of course, in 2009 to commemorate the bicentennial of his birth there were 4 varieties of Lincoln cents …predominantly made of zinc (97.5%) since 1982…

One really legitimate cool thing about this year’s LPHM is that it has been selected by the Road Runners Club of America as the Regional-Central Championship Half-Marathon and it’s one of only four regional championships sites nationally for the half-marathon distance.  So..there may be a slightly bigger crowd than last year when I ran this race for the first time.

oh yeah – you get to have your picture taken with the PRESIDENT after the run!!!

Major Presidential Cool!

Major Presidential Cool!


 

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April 12th – 15th Annual GO! St Louis 1/2 Marathon
What’s cool about it? – Actually, plenty.  If you’re from the coastal states and are looking to knock off two states at one time in your quest for 50 then this run will cover both Missouri and Illinois!

This race course has you covering TWO bridges (hence, the two states) and even has a race within a race which consist of the 3.5 miles it will starts at the entrance to the Eads Bridge and concludes after finishing back on the Martin Luther King Bridge.  This race w/in a race is called the “Bridge Challenge 3.5” and comes complete with top age group winners & medals.  More details w/ a map of the race can be found by clicking HERE.

I’m not sure how much this race is, I usually sign up before December 31st of the previous year to get the best deal, as I did for this one and don’t remember.  Anyway, gotta run – to be continued 🙂

Betting to Lose & Week 5 Weigh-In

In this blog:

  • HealthyWage.com
  • A VLOG?
  • Week 5 Weigh-in
  • Drop 70+ lbs in 12 Weeks

 

I kind of messed up my last blog by not completing it, forgetting about it, then not publishing until 4 or 5 days later and then forgetting I didn’t finish it until after I clicked that publish button 🙂  sometimes I get easily distracted.

HealthyWage.com

HealthyWage.com is a website where you can bet to drop an amount of weight of your choosing, in a time frame of your choosing.  I have learned a bit about the specific algorithm the website uses.  For my particular case and set of personal statistics, I’ve learned that any total bet at or above $760 yields the same payout results of $16 per pound loss.  So, that’s a profit of $160 per 10 lbs lost or $1,440 for 90 pounds lost.

It doesn’t matter if I take 6, 8 or 10 months to lose the weight, the payout is the same.  It also doesn’t matter if I bet more – bets of $1,000, $2,000 or even $3,000 yield the same profit of $1,440.

There are two aspects to starting the program.  One is to get a verified beginning weight and the other aspect is to choose your bet.  There are two ways to get a verified weight.  One way is to make a short video of yourself getting weighed.  The other way is to print out a verification form that you would take to your doctor and have them sign and date the form with a weight obtained at their office.

I did both – and my doc was kind enough to take a quick 53 second video of me as well as signing my verification form.  I took a picture of the form and spliced it into the ending part of my video so everything is about as legitimate as I could make it.  In the video it is recommended to wear minimal clothing so I had on shorts and a t-shirt, no shoes.  The video composition is simply of me stepping on the scale, then a close up shot of my weight (which was 292.0) then me stepping off the scale, pulling out my pockets to show nothing is in them, turning in a circle,  then stepping back on a second time with a second reading (which was the same).  Pretty easy and that follows the sample video HealthyWage gives on their website.

I’ve got my video uploaded and now have up to two weeks to decide on a bet.  I’m pretty certain I’ll max out my potential profit with a total bet of $760 but am uncertain as to the total amount of weight to lose or the time frame in which to lose it.

One caveat with that site is that you only can make a bet once.  I have a years worth of statistical data regarding my weight as well as data buried in my computer somewhere from two other times I did the 12 week Lose to Win contest.

One thing I learned from the contest was that each time I did that contest I kept starting out at a higher weight which is a reason I was happy that I maintained my weight within that 260 +/- 3% range last year and from my monthly averages I can see I maintained that range through the end of November.

Overall, I think maintaining any given weight is kind of a farce – at least for me.  I can see maintaining an amplitude range around a given weight and maybe even working to minimize that amplitude range so, if I was 205 then my range might be from 200 to 210 and based on my data from last year, I’d probably be a little rotund during the Christmas holidays but more svelte & sexy towards the end of Summer 😉  🙂

A VLOG?   (Video Blog)

When I was trying to verify the legitimacy of HealthyWage.com I came across a forum where someone suggested looking at YouTube to find people who had shared their experience with HealthyWage.  I didn’t find a lot of personal testimony (none actually) but there were plenty of news stations that had featured HealthyWage.com  Below is a screenshot from one of the videos (you can click on the picture to see the entire video)

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I wish I could gain $2,000 for losing 29 pounds.  When you first sign up at HealthyWage there is a small form to fill out and one of the questions ask what kind of a better/person you are – ie, casual or looking to be competitive or one choice is “I’m here to make money (lose 15% or more)” and I chose the most aggressive option of being there to make money so, that might have tagged me as a ringer or something which is why my winning is limited to that $1,440 or $16/lb prize.  That’s still not bad and a $760 bet would still put my total prize over $2,000.

I’ve had an idea of putting up a VLOG before during my previous contest but never pulled the trigger on that idea.  I have received some encouragement on this idea.  I think my student loan may be pushing to make it a reality.  Not including any previous college, just the DC program debt is now made up of 13 different students loans which have topped $270,000.00 and in my mind, if I do nothing with everything I’ve learned then that money spent is truly a waste and can really only have any value if other people are helped in some way.  Even if it’s just one other person, if their life can be made better then we can start to ascribe some value to the educational investment.

idk – I do have many thoughts and ideas regarding a VLOG and maybe I’ll hash them out a little more in future blogs.  If I go that direction I may add another tab on this blog called YouTube.  I only have about 1/2 dozen videos posted and only about three of those are any good but I still get comments on a very regular basis.  My primary audience consist of 1st year med students.  If nothing else, putting up a VLOG could help me get back into completing other anatomical videos that I’ve thought about for a long time.

Week 5 Weigh In 

I better get this part in before my mind goes too tangential and I don’t finish like last time.

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I can update my Running Log tab and put down an average weight of 278 for the month.  It’s actually 277.6 but, I’m trying to keep that data clean and easy to look at.

And Voila!  My odometer/weight table is updated and I’m 15 lbs lighter than I was last year at this time 🙂  Next month I’ll need to average lighter than 269.  And, if I can get my butt outside for almost any amount of time then I’ll be able to enter something other than a zero for my monthly mileage which would beat last years total.

Now, I did have an official verified weigh in of 292 this past Monday so, it may look like I’ve dropped 13.4 lbs in the past 4 days but, I was already pushing 280 the week before and was probably well above 280 the morning of my weigh in.  It just so happened that I could only get to the doctors office at the end of the day so bodyweight is usually higher at the end of the day.  But, the weight measurements have to be pretty legitimate so, for the record, all i had to eat the day of the weigh in was a pizza and the day before it was my traditional pre-contest meal consisting of 4 cheeseburgers from McDonalds.  I don’t eat fast food very often but, it was a good reminder of how miserable one can feel when eating that crap – mainly because of an extraordinary amount of sodium in the food.

For the most part, I do my best to make my weekly weigh ins on Thursday mornings, right after I wake up, as was the case this morning.

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Drop 70+ lbs in 12 Weeks

That would probably make a pretty catchy blog title but, since I’m already pondering it, we’ll tack it on at the end here.

In my previous 3 successful Lose to Win contest I did drop over 70 lbs each time in a 12 week period but, this contest is different.  12 weeks was never long enough to actually get lean or even down to a decent percentage of bodyfat.  BMI scales don’t really apply to me because I still have a fair amount of residual muscle from benching over 500 pounds and scarcely anybody ever builds up that amount of strength & muscle so, those norm BMI scales are for more average individuals.  Funny – it wasn’t until just now with this blog entry that I considered again basing an overall weight objective with body fat percentage.  anything below 20% – something in the teens – even high teens would be good for me.  Especially since I’m probably around double that 20% mark currently.

I’ve mentioned previously an initial weight objective in the lower 240s for this year and I am quite happy with that weight.  I can wear a lot of clothes I own at that weight and don’t mind jumping in the pool ..etc

But, there are personal goals such as qualifying again for the Pikes Peak ascent and finishing that run in under 6 hours or, running a sub 2:30 half marathon which, is what’s needed to qualify for Pikes Peak.

and this HealthyWage competition can be any time frame I choose – anywhere from 6 to 18 months….  so, …. less than 240 is where we start getting into uncharted territories which on one hand can make things intimidating and on the other hand can make things exciting.

A final weight of 200-205 is about all my mind can deal with.  So, if i choose to lose 88 lbs that would put me at 204, just under the top end of what my mind can see.  Considering other weight loss objectives of 78 or 68 pounds would yield a final weight of 214 or 224 and, naturally either one of those would be fine as well.

The money is not a tremendous motivator for me and, in many ways would serve the same function of this blog in terms of helping me pay attention to this situation as opposed to ignoring and forgetting about it.  Competition with other people DOES motivate me and helps to bring out my best efforts.  With over 1,000 other people in previous contest – most are average joes but, there are some spectacular people in terms of effort and determination.  During one contest I walked just shy of 100 miles in the first two weeks.  I took 3rd or 4th place in that contest.  They guy that won did some outrageous number of spin classes – something like 124 during the 12 week period and there’s only 84 days in 12 weeks so I talked to him after the competition and he admitted to doing double spin classes on many of the days.  He would spin for an hour before work and again for an hour after work – just amazing effort and focus to keep that up for so long.

People tend to become a part of what they’re around so, in my competitions I would know there are people like that out there and would align myself with those people.  Knowing there are people busting their butt as much as I was or even more.

As far as competing against myself, I have my run mileage and weight data from last year which is nice but not nearly as exciting.

So, do I push myself to shoot for a 204 weight or make things easy on myself and go for a much easier win with say, a 244 weight?

I’m not sure at this point but my inclination is probably summed up by a quote from Thomas Carlyle, “Make no small plans, for they haven’t the capacity to stir men’s souls”