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

Running Log

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.

Year 2, Week 44, Down 80 lbs

Gotta play some catch-up for the last couple weeks.  Last week had five Thursdays which meant five weigh-ins for me but the last one was extremely manipulated since I needed a weight below 223.2 for some DietBet’s I was competing in.  I managed a 222.8 to win my bets but the weight was nothing legitimate so I decided to leave it out of the October weigh-ins plus, it keeps things looking nice and neat with four weigh-ins per month.

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My weight for the first weigh-in of November was at 234.0 and I was pretty happy with that.  Especially since my goal for the year was the low 240s.  I’ll need to stay in striking distance for some diet bets I have going through February of next year.

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by midnight this coming Friday night I’ll need a weigh in of 227.8 lbs.  I’m not overly concerned.  In my mind, I know I can go out one evening and run 4-6 miles, then go to bed and wake up 5 or 6 pounds lighter then what I weighed before the run and I also know I can zero out my carb consumption for a day or two in order to very quickly lose water weight.

My run streak is still going strong and at 134 straight days of running at least 1 mile every single day with a daily average of about 3 miles right now.  It’s a busy time of the year and I’ve got a lot going on so every thing seems rushed.

Last year, in November, December and all but the last day of January 2015 I did not run a single mile – not a single step.  So, even maintaining my daily miles will be upping my trailing 365 day running total which is currently at 685 miles which are entirely from this year.  By the end of February, I should be pushing about 1,000 miles for my trailing 365 days.   …which reminds me I need to update my Training Log page as well.

Future Goals???
I’m not exactly fully engaged and focused and know there will be slight variations in my mindset regarding my running and other fitness oriented goals.  I have a 222 lb DietBet goal for the middle of February and a goal of 212 lbs by July 5th of next year.  I know I want to get a mile in under 8 minutes for the Macklind Mile.  For Running Goals, I’ve done some work looking at maintaining a 5 (or 5+) mph pace through a half marathon distance.  I think that equates to around a 2 hour and 37 minute half marathon.  I’ve easily exceeded that pace in the 5K distance but not for a full hour although I am close.  I’m figuring on 5-6 mph pace goals with various distances.  It’s not exactly setting the world on fire or anything but it would be steady pressure and allow for continued improvement with minimal risk of getting injured.

Since I started my Run Streak on July 1st of this year, I’ll be able to join and be listed in the United States Run Streak Association as a personal birthday gift to myself on July 7th, 2016 and that will be kind of fun.

One of the most interesting things about running every single day is that my days seem longer.  They seem more like 36 hour days instead of 24 hour days.  Several times when people talk of an event that happened yesterday, in my mind, it seems like something that happened a couple days ago.  Overall, it’s been a very, very good thing.

There are some people that it annoys.  And many of those people want to fight me on the issue and maybe point out that injury is inevitable by never taking a day off.  Their words never say to much about me or my situation but it does say a lot about them.  When it comes to the human body, I’m definitely in the top 1% of people in the world when it comes to understanding the human body.   Of course, even in the US that could mean there’s still 3 million people that know more than me but, …none of them have been people who have given me shit about my running, that much is certain.

Incidentally …there are less than a million MDs, under 100,000 DO’s and around 70,000 DC’s in the US …at least, those are the rough figures that permeate my brain.    I’ve got too many tangents going off in my head and need to wrap this up.

Heck, I should have weighed myself again before I blogged all this since, technically, it’s Thursday again and time for another weekly weigh-in 🙂

oh, i did notice something else – it looks like in 2014 I ended the year weighing about 40 pounds less and in 2015 here it also looks like I’m about 40 pounds less.  A little more than 40 pounds each year.  Not too shabby and the nice thing about it – should that trend continue that means 2016 will be my last year with any significant weight loss.  Kinda like finally paying off all your credit cards 😉

 

Down 89 lbs – Year 2 Week 40 Weigh-In

Down 89 lbs – Year 2 Week 40 Weigh-In 🙂

Check it out! 🙂  I’m in the 220s with a weekly weigh-in of 227.2 🙂

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The last time I was in the 220s was back around 2001.  I only need to lose another 3.9 lbs to hit this months 4% diet bet goal weight of 223.3 🙂  Some more long runs and sparse eating should do the trick 🙂

This past Saturday I completed the Frog Hill Half Marathon in Waynesville, Missouri and was pleasantly surprised with a 2nd place finish in my age group 🙂

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And, today – Thursday, October 8th will be my 100th straight day of running 🙂  Not including today I’ve covered 329 miles in the preceding 99 days so I will finish my first 100 days with a daily average of about 3.3 miles per day.  I would love to average 4 miles per day but, knocking out the equivalent of a 5K per day for 100 straight days isn’t too shabby either 😀

 

 

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 38 Weigh-In & Washington DC

I was stunned, tickled to death and pretty happy this morning when I saw a 232.8 staring me in the face when I weighed in.  Last night I weighed in at an even 233.0 and was amazed because of all the eating I’d done during my DC trip this past weekend.  Last night we had relatives stop by from out of town and we went out very late to eat & socialize and I ate PLENTY.  I had a snapshot of my 233 weight and half expected to use that weight because it seemed representative of where I was but thought I’d check my weight this morning and was a whole 0.2 tenths lighter 🙂

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For the month, I’m at 70 miles and need 30 more to hit my 100 miles so there’s plenty of running left and I’m thinking I have a very good chance of seeing my weight dip into the 220s in October with a decent chance of having an average weight in the 220s for October.

My #1 priority is my Running Streak.  #2 is hitting 100 miles per month.  A distant 3rd was increasing mileage by 10 miles per month for 6 months to earn a rarely earned badge on SmashRun.com.  I have found it interesting that I think of these things mainly in terms of priorities as opposed to goals and while these things are priorities specific to my running it made me wonder what my priorities were in my life in general.  This is where things get a bit hazy.  There’s a plethora of other things in my life, so many items that I can’t hold them all in my head at the same time.  I might be able to jot out 4-6 bigger items but more will come to mind given time and only a list or my calendar can help me keep everything straight.

Having said that, I think dropping weight to a healthy and perhaps a visually pleasing level is one of the top priorities in my life right now.  Kind of nebulous, ephemeral and not so clearly defined as a priority in my life.  I wonder if I were to rank the priorities in my life and if my health, specifically my weight was the #1 priority if I could achieve greater results.  This may be a concept ball which needs to bounce around in my brain more before I have any final conclusions.  I may say that family, friends and people would be a bigger priority but, in a way – taking care of myself could be considered a means of respect and love for those I care about because I would assume that people I care about reciprocate and care about me.

I think I can use extremes to help with this point.  If I were strung out on drugs, getting high everyday and always drunk then the people who care about me would be distressed but if I’m at the opposite end of that spectrum and doing well then I would be removed as a source of stress in their lives.  Perhaps at the other end of that spectrum lays hope and inspiration …a much better scenario.

I think of a quote attributed to Padmisambha

If you want to know your past,
look into your present condition;
If you want to know your future,
look into your present action.

I think my train is headed in the right direction.  I’m slow to want to speed up the train or alter its course.  Patience and time are great allies now.  Some people make weight loss and their health a priority via surgery which is a huge decision but also one that represents one of their priorities in life.  My venue consist of running, running every day, hitting 100 miles per month and keeping very little food in my home.  If those efforts take precedence over other areas of my life then I may conclude my physical condition is a priority and supersedes other aspects of my life however important those other aspects may be.

I suppose today’s blog, up to this point is mainly clearing out, organizing, clarifying and cleaning up any clutter in the attic of my mind.  Which …now leaves me little time left to cover my Washington DC topic but I’ll do the best I can 🙂

Washington DC

One thing is pretty certain – I’m going back 🙂  I’ve heard back from the race directors of the Navy/AirForce Half (NAFHALF) that a permit has been submitted for Sunday, September 18, 2016 and I’ve already checked on hotels and found a very appropriate one in the Pentagon City area which includes free shuttle service to & from the airport and is only 1 1/2 blocks from the Metro.

I’ve got a couple pictures from my run and have noticed two things about them.  My gait is much better than pictures from the Lincoln Presidential half marathon last year where I was shuffling along and it also appears that I could still stand to drop some weight.

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Something else I’ve learned in the past couple months is I don’t think I ran any half marathons prior to 2007.  I did full marathons in 1994 and in 2004 but have no record of any half marathons until 13 years after my first full.  As such, I don’t have any spectacular race times for my half marathons.  I really wish I could find data on my first full marathon.  I finished that one in approximately four and a half hours.  The first 20 miles were non-stop running at single digit minutes per mile so I would guess maybe a sub 2 hour half but have no data to support that guess.  The last 6 miles consisted of stopping every couple blocks to squat down so I could keep moving my legs.

Regardless, I’ve still pushed the clock back by beating my best time from 2007.  My time is up here.  I’m thinking next year I’m going to crush the time I got this year.  🙂

Year 2, Week 37 Weigh-In

It’s kind of late Wednesday night but, past midnight so technically this is a Thursday weigh-in.  It’s kind of a fluke I weigh the same as last week but all weigh-ins this week have been in the mid to lower 230’s so this is a pretty representative weight and this also moves my September average down to 234 and I’m AOK with that 🙂

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It’s almost 2:30 a.m. and I’m hoping I can get at least 3 hours of sleep before I have to get moving tomorrow.  I’ll be heading to the airport around 7 a.m. then traveling to Washington DC for the first time in my life and I’m pretty excited about that so, sleep deprived or not I’ll definitely be wide awake to see the sights 🙂

I’ve been pondering some realistic and shorter term goals.  While I don’t have anything left to hit for this year (officially) …any, by officially I mean there are no running goals left that were set at the beginning of the year that remain to be achieved.

However … my biggest priority is to maintain my running streak and my 2nd biggest goal would be to keep up with a minimum of 100 miles per month of running.  The other “goal” i have … I would like to throw in the trash – that’s the one about adding 10 miles per month for the rest of the year.  I just shake my head everytime I think about it.  I don’t know – I’ll be heading back to the Ozarks at the beginning of next month so I could get a really good jump on my miles with that extra time but that also means I have to somehow manage 126.8 miles for this month …idk ….

I did get some unexpected news about the upcoming Chicago half marathon in that as a volunteer – Back of the Packer – we may not be getting a medal.  I do appreciate the kindness of other members letting me stay at their home and a free race  which really helps with the expenses but it’s still a good 9 hours of driving and probably $70 or so in gas alone and I’m not sure if it’s even going to count as a race – i need more information.

…hmmm, almost 6 a.m. now – guess I should pack 😉

Crazy Running Goals

When I first started this blog I had a tagline which read “can a man who can barely run a minute complete a marathon?”  It took a while but eventually the answer was yes and Yes times 3 since I completed full marathons in the months of June, July and August this year.  But a subsequent tagline I had in my head for after completing my 3rd, 4th and 5th marathons was – “Can a man who can barely complete a marathon qualify for Boston?”

Qualifying for Boston – 

I guess that would be Crazy Goal #1.  Of course, one rational reason I had for changing the tagline to the qualifying for Boston reference is unlike the first tag line goal which was achieved within a year, the Boston tagline could keep me going for the rest of my life or, at least a significant portion of it.  I think on blogspot I actually had a blog I’d started specifically for qualifying for Boston and there is a Word document I found a few months back from 2010 which has the pace I needed broken down to the 10th of a mile – 1/10th, 2/10th …all the way up to 26.2 miles and recently, I made up a slightly more rational breakdown of the slightly faster 2016 qualifying times in a recent spreadsheet.

2016 BQ Paces

Maybe such thoughts are in my nature.  Maybe they are in everyone’s nature.  Hasn’t everyone at least thought once about climbing Mount Everest?  Maybe it’s just a reflection of how I see the world or how I’d like to live it.

Why is this goal crazy?  Well, I did a 6 mile training run earlier tonight and had a 13:20 pace.  That particular pace, according to SmashRun.com was my fastest 6 mile run in the past 2 years.  To qualify for Boston, say at age 50, I would need to maintain an 8 minute per mile pace for 26.2 miles and that’s just to technically qualify and not necessarily be accepted.  Heck, my best mile for this year is 8 min 50 seconds.  Perhaps the craziness or absurdity of the goal is a bit temporal based meaning it’s kind of stupid to be thinking of such a vast minute per mile increase at this stage of the game.

Why is it not crazy?  Well, it gives direction.  It gives meaning to Interval training and speedwork.  It’s a mountain that’s maybe 5 or 10 years in the future and maybe it’s something I’ll never attain but even so it still gives a direction and a heading.  Something I read back in 1994 and recently came up in one of my facebook running group replies and also came up tonight in an article I read was that runners can maintain their marathon pace for about 3x their average daily mileage.  If I run 50 miles per week then I average about 7 miles per day which means I’ll run out of gas around mile 21 but, if I run 63 miles per week then my daily average is 9 and should be able to sustain a marathon pace for 27 miles.  For me, this helps give credence and justification for another crazy goal I currently have about increasing my monthly mileage 10 miles per month for 6 straight months… I’ll get into that one down below…

Running 7 Half Marathons in 7 States in 7 Days –

Crazy Goal #2 – This is one I’m looking at for May of 2016.  One thing I’ve learned with my training is that many goals and aspirations don’t always happen as fast as I originally think they well.  I’m not always crazy about this aspect of reality.  I have a half marathon coming up on the 20th of this month – about 5 days away and I thought I would be much leaner than I am now.  I thought I would be faster sooner.  I didn’t think I could do all the training I did last year and not be able to pull off the marathon I was registered for but, I didn’t.  well – whatever – I am improving and I am grateful that I still have enough physical acumen to be able to improve.  The question is, how much can I improve?  I suppose that’s another thing that helps make these goals ….crazy is one word but challenging might be another adjective we could use to describe them.  The Mainly Marathons New England Series from May 15th to May 20th plus a 7th half marathon in Indiana is what’s been in my head.

Advantages to this Crazy goal? – It may be do-able.  I seem to like the fact that there are no training programs out for such an endeavor so I have to use my own brain to come up with ideas and I like that.  It’s another reason to keep pushing up my monthly mileage.  May 2017 might be much more reasonable but …the darn challenge of it seems to have an appeal also in which case it will be much more challenging in 2016 then in 2017.  I really like to travel and see new places and this goal would allow me to visit every state east of New York.  I’ve read great reviews about the Mainly Marathons running series so that could be another big plus as well.  I don’t know – 8 months isn’t the longest time in the world to elicit an overwhelming number of physical adaptations but – therein may be one of the biggest advantages – if I can keep this goal in my head then maybe it can help me be more serious and disciplined with my training.  You know, reach for the moon and even if you miss you’ll end up among the stars sort of thing.

A Sub 6 Minute Mile

This goal exist because of a run we did for my high school football team.  If we ran a mile in 6 minutes or less then we got an extra sticker on our helmets – a freakin’ sticker – maybe a star sticker or something.  I think I got 6:05 but lately my mind has been telling me it was 6:04 – either way, it was just shy of 6 minutes.  This goal is crazy because I’m basically wanting to outdo my performance from when I was a teenager.  Ludicrous, right?

Why do I even think this is remotely possible?  I think partly because I was never a track athlete.  I was a lineman, a weightlifter/bodybuilder type person.  I threw a shot-put and discus during the few seasons I was in track.  I wonder now, if I’m actually training as a runner – even as an “adult onset” runner that maybe I can train to that level.  I don’t know, but this also gives me direction.

Perhaps a tangent here but …I realize there will come a day when I can no longer improve, when my times will slow and then my goals will need to change.  However, in my head, I think the better, stronger, faster I can get now – … Citius, Altius, Fortius – the Latin motto of the Olympics meaning Faster, Higher, Stronger – the better I can get over the ensuing years, the greater the mountain of decline will be.  I’d rather be coming down from a 20,000 ft mountain than a 400 foot hill.  I’d like to have mobility and be able to enjoy life for as long as possible ….hence …these crazy goals.

A Sub 60 Second Quarter Mile

While I was training for my first full marathon in 1994, I wanted to see what it was like to run at a 4 minute per mile pace.  The pace Roger Bannister ran when he broke the 4 minute per mile barrier.  That comes out to running 15 mph for 4 straight minutes.  Obviously, I knew I wasn’t going to run an entire mile at this Olympic pace but I figured I could sprint it for a tenth or two and I did.  I had a sub sprint speed that I kept up for 2/10ths of a mile and pretty much crushed that pace.

idk – this goal is a bit crazy because my current endeavors revolve more about getting back to a 10 or sub 10 minute per mile training pace and that pace would need to be more than cut in half for this goal.  I kind of hate to admit this because it reflects on my age but, I have looked into the local senior olympics and it appears I  could maybe even set a record if I could pull off a sub 60 quarter mile.

Add 10 Miles Per Month for 6 Months

I kinda hate this goal at times and it’s something I’m currently pursuing.  The dumb thing on my part is that I went from around 70ish miles in a month to 107 miles when I started this goal.  That 107 mile month was only the 2nd time I have recorded for going over 100 miles in a month but, the following month I did manage 117 miles (116.75) so now September’s goal is 126.8 miles.  I’m off pace by a fair amount with less than 50 miles in the first 14 days.  I have two half marathons this month which will help but really need to do more.  At my level, the best way I have of pulling off this goal is to get in some double run days with maybe a 5K in the morning and a 5K at night.

On the plus side …If I am to pull off 7 halfs in 7 days in 7 states then bumping up my mileage is probably essential.  Rationally & logically, I know that 10 mile increases when one is already beyond 100 miles constitutes less than a 10% increase per month.  I know that rule is debatable but when you’re already pushing max capacity then it’s one I like to point at to help me say my training isn’t completely nuts.  I’ve already thought about October’s training – should I actually manage to pull off 126.8 this month.  I figured I would intentionally slow my pace down on my long runs and was also looking at another trip to the Ozarks, maybe for 4 days since I remember when I started my run streak on July 1st in the Ozarks and had several double run days.  I also know it’s going to get colder outside and have conceded that I may have to put in some treadmill time at the gym.   But, the gym and weight training is another thing on my list that I’d like to add into my life and maybe that brings up something else that …..well – maybe isn’t crazy but I’ve had a heck of a time incorporating it into my life….

Karate, Running & Weightlifting

Three different venues of aspirations.  I’ve always done pretty well sticking to one at a time and making progress singularly but putting all three together has been a bit of a challenge for me my entire life.  Perhaps cycling could be thrown in there as well although that has not always been in the mix like the other three.

Completing a triathlon or an Ironman could also be nutty goals but those haven’t always been in my life like the other things I’ve mentioned.

I know my lung capacity has always been very close to 6 liters – from high school up through the last time it was checked in chiro school a couple years ago.  I know I’ve had my resting pulse rate in the 30s from being in good physical condition – again, this was back in my teens and 20s but I figure there is some potential there, maybe a fortunate genetic constitution that I’d like to exploit while I’m still alive.

Strength wise – that’s been my forte, if I have one at all but I did hold 7 different state bench press records and have been mentioned in Powerlifting USA magazine a few times and maybe I could give better advice and talk more authoritatively if I were to blog about something I was actually good at – or was at one time but, running is the challenge now …at least one of them.

Reasonable Goals

I know in 2016 I want to get a sub 8 minute mile in the Macklind Mile race.  I did 8:50 this year and I think with the additional year of training and subsequent improvement that a sub 8 minute goal is reasonable.  I don’t really have any other running goals for this current year.  I hit the ones I set already and have only been looking for repeatability in those goals.  My initial mile goal was simply under 10 minutes.  I did that in a race but would still like to hit it in training and I’m probably not too far from away from that goal.  I have looked at things like a sub 2:45:00 half time which should beat my best time from 2007.

hmmmm – other crazy goals????

Beat my 4:30(ish) marathon time – Beat Oprah’s time (4:29) – Sub 4:22:00 time – Sub 4 hour time

These are all marathon times that stick in my head and have been there a while.  4:22:00 is a ten minute per mile pace and sub 4 hours – say, 3:55:00 or so is a 9 minute per mile pace.

When I start talking about time, I recall my previous best performances and a desire to beat those performances.  A sub 4:30:00 would beat 1994 and a sub 5:42:00 would beat 2004.

This is almost the kind of blog that you don’t want to post because on one hand you’re kind of putting it out there – these crazy goals but, on the other hand, I’ve already acknowledged the craziness in the title – Crazy Running Goals.

I suppose dropping excess weight as I have been doing for some 20+ months now is the best thing I’ve been doing to come closer to crazy goals.  I also fully realize the fun that is to be had along the way.  In a recent 5K I averaged something like 11:17/mile so I have a lot of fun and sense of satisfaction to come from any average pace in the 10 minute/mile range.  New distances …which reminds me of an Ultra goal I’ve thought of also – that one would be the Midnight Marathon in Springfield where we would do 5 laps around the Oak Ridge Cemetery (~32 miles) instead of the 4 laps needed for a marathon.

If nothing else – all this tells me that I need to keep training and where possible, improve my training.  There’s a lot of good stuff out there and I’m looking to take the biggest bites out of this banquet of life that I can while I’m still around to consume it.

Year 2, Week 33 Weigh-In

I didn’t end up weighing in until last night but was still in the 230s which is pretty cool.  Recalculating my average weight for the month puts me at 239 (rounded).  That’s not quite as cool and I’d rather have a 238 average.  Of course, had I weighed myself in the morning when I first woke up I know I would have weighed less than the 238.8 so, the reality in spite of the scale reading is probably still an average of no more than 238.  I would like to end this month averaging no more than 238 which represents a 4 lb reduction over last month’s average.  I’m good with that.  the 230s and numbers I’m dealing with now are numbers my mind isn’t wholly used to.  But, I’ll get used to them. 🙂

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This is where data is helpful for adhering to reality.  A 238 average isn’t just a new low or only 4 lbs down from the month before but it is also a 10 lb reduction from the months of May & June and that’s good, solid progress.

Looking Forward – 

I’ve signed up for 5 more DietBets on DietBet.com.  Two of which will take me through February of next year with a goal weight of 222 lbs.  That weight will match my bench press competition weight from around 2001, so that will be turning the clocks back about 15 years.  A longer term HealthyWage.com bet is slated to end on July 5th of 2016 with a goal weight of 212 lbs.  I’m not sure how far back that rolls the clock but I know my high school or teenage years weight was around 195 to 205 so, 212 lbs pushes the clock back pretty far.

Running – 

Most immediately, I leave for Iowa Falls, Iowa today and will run a half marathon in Iowa tomorrow, meet with family in St Cloud, Minnesota after that run then complete a 2nd half marathon on Sunday in Woodbury, Minnesota which will knock off two more states.  I want to “level up” with a group called the Half Fanatics and the easiest way I can do that is by completing as many half marathons in as many different states in a trailing 365 day time period.  I’ve learned the full marathons I’ve completed earlier this year in West Virginia and Tennessee don’t count for the Half Fanatics so I’ll have to redo my map a little bit.  I’m thinking of keeping that map in an album on Facebook where I can update with additional maps as I complete each new state.  I know 30 states is needed to reach the highest level in the Half Fanatics.

Two half marathons in two days puts me at the Jupiter level.  The higher the level, the closer you get to the Sun level.  By doing halfs in different states the following numbers are needed

  • Mars – 13 Half Marathons in 13 different states in 365 days
  • Earth – 16 Half Marathons in 16 different states in 365 days
  • Venus – 20 Half Marathons in 20 different states in 365 days
  • Mercury – 23 Half Marathons in 23 different states in 365 days
  • The Sun – 30 Half Marathons in 30 different states in 365 days

I have learned that DC counts as a state for leveling up and, offhand, I know I’ll have Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Washington DC, New York, New Jersey, Indiana and Tennessee …that puts me at 9 states.  There is a small amount of jostling still needed to pull off those 9 states but I’m already registered for runs in all those states except New Jersey.  I’ll be updating Missouri and Illinois with new upcoming runs that I’m already registered for.

Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana are do-able in April of 2016 as a three day series – 3 halfs in 3 days in 3 states which would bring me up to 12 states.  The biggie is still the New England series which is in May of 2016 which would knock out 7 states in 7 days.  Indiana would be the 7th state and is already counted but I would also be able to knock out 6 new states – namely Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island thus bringing my total up to 18 states.

I have no idea how to pull that all off.  no idea.  But, that’s part of the appeal.  Something new.  Something challenging and I’m sure I’ll come up with answers and solutions as time goes by.  For now, I have a bit of direction.  Maybe I’ll keep a current map in my Running Log tab and ongoing maps in a Facebook album.

Mileage goals are still 117 for this month of August with 10 mile increases in my monthly mileage goal for ever month through the rest of this year.  Again, I really have no idea exactly how to do all that and it’s more than just a little bit intimidating to me.  I am working with a running coach from California so maybe together we can figure something out.

For now, I’m bringing Hope & Desire to the table.  …beyond that I’m just curious to see what this enthusiastic novice runner can accomplish 🙂

Oh – as of yesterday, this blog update also comes with my completion of 50 straight days of running.  During that running streak I’ve covered 157.75 miles which averages out to a little better than a 5K per day with 3.155 miles per day, on average. 🙂  After this weekend, that average will be up to 3.4 miles 🙂

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!  😀 😀 😀