Tuesday, April 26, 2011

It's Killing Me!

Got in some great workouts over the weekend. I did a total of three over two days. I went out Saturday morning for a 4 mile run and then went to the gym with my wife and just rode a stationary bike for 30 minutes while there. On Sunday morning, I went out and got in another 4 mile run. I have got to admit though that the heat is killing me. I will just have to get used to it.

No loss or gain this week on the scales but I’ve adjusted my Lose It! plan to one pound per week instead of two. I didn’t feel like I was getting enough to eat so it will take me a little longer to lose the rest but that will be alright.

Didn’t really have anything to write about today but will try to come up with something before next week. Have a great one and will see you next week.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Why Do You Run?

I was asked a couple of weeks ago a friend, we’ll call him Harold since that is his real name, why we got together and ran. At the time I really didn’t have an answer but the more I thought about it the more a realized why I do run.

After thinking about it, I asked Harold why he liked going to car shows and he said, “So I can show off my hard work.” I said, “That’s why I run.” I know that cleaning and shining up a car is different than running but really it’s not all that different. Harold works hard to keep his cars clean and making them look good for the judges. Of course, as runners, we are “judged” on our time when we cross the finish line.

Another reason I run is because it relieves stress. Harold also told me that it helps him relax and get rid of stress while he is working on his cars. Although I don’t find running relaxing during my run I do feel relaxed afterwards.

The main reason I run is to stay fit. I don’t think that I’ve ever been as fit as I am right now in my entire life. I intend to keep it that way too. I’ve worked too hard and come too far to go back to my old ways of living.

I wrote on Facebook earlier that I had two things to share that I think are pretty big. The first is that as of this morning I reached the 200 mile mark for the year and I still have a few more days left in April. As of now, I have ran over 40 miles this month alone.

The second thing that I wanted to share is that I am officially under 200 pounds. I don’t think I have ever said how much I weigh but as of this morning I am down 41.6 pounds. That leaves me with only 9.8 pounds to lose to reach my goal.

That’s going to do me for this weeks. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget that the Coke 10K is coming up on May 7th and Rob will be joining me that morning for breakfast and we will be walking to downtown Corinth to the start line. This is another race that I’m really looking forward to running.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Andrew Jackson 5K Run Pictures-April 9, 2011

My biggest fans
Almost finished

Had to get rid of the cap
My new t-shirt

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I Finished!!!

This past week has been great! I didn’t get a lot of miles in but I did get to run a race and spend lots of time with family and friend. We checked the kids out of school early this past Friday and went on up to Jackson. We went shopping and then went and check into our motel and did a little swimming. While at Target I bought me a new pair of running shorts and a bright yellow running shirt. No I didn’t wear them to the race. You should always wear clothes that are well broken in to race.
We all got to Union University about 7:15 and I started looking for the Start Line. After seeing the half marathoners off, I did ask one of the officials where the start line was and we went on over there. After some last minute stretching, we were finally ready for start time. I lined up near the back and finally we were off. I was off to a good start and about the one mile mark we came upon the water station. I grabbed a cup and drank about half of the Gatorade and I was set. I asked for water the second time around but they didn’t have any so I passed it up.

After making the last right turn to the Finish Line, I knew I had made it. When I got closer I couldn’t believe what I was seeing on the clock. I finished in 33:50! I had never run 3.1 miles in under 34 minutes. I was proud. I had finished my first 5K and couldn’t have been happier. I’m glad I got to share this time with my family and with Rob. I was good having all of them there.

We had a great lunch at Olive Garden too.

Still the scales are being good to me. No loss or gain. I guess that is better than gaining though.

My friend, Amy, completed the marathon up in Jackson this past weekend too. On Sunday, I got up and ran a short 3 miles and she posted on Facebook, “Shouldn’t this be a rest day?” She later told me that she couldn’t have ran 3 feet much less 3 miles. I did tell her that if I had ran as much as she did then I wouldn’t have been able to get out of bed. Amy, you did great!

I would like to take this time to thank Amy, Chris, Joy and Koach for all help and encouragement that you have given me the last six months. I realize that I did all the hard work but their encouragement and inspiration made it so much easier. Thank you all so much!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this weeks post.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What Was I Thinking

I’m getting this out on time this week because I have the time and will be busy the rest of the week. I had a great week last week but didn’t do much in the beginning. I went to the gym to run on the treadmill on Tuesday but cut it short to 1.3 miles because I just didn’t feel like running. Of course, if I didn’t run every time I didn’t feel like it I would get much running done. I don’t like to get up early in the morning and I really don’t like running in the evening either.

Saturday and Sunday were beautiful days in my part of the country and I took advantage of both days. Since I’m running the Coke 10K on May 7th, I thought I would give the course a test. I drove downtown to pick up a map and after I had warmed up I started running. Even with the map I got lost. One time I took the wrong street but got back on course and another time a didn’t make a turn I should have but back tracked and got back on course. I ended up with 6.3 miles on Saturday.

Since I don’t live far from where the course crosses Main St I decided to just walk from my house to that point and start running from there. I would have plenty of warmup time and could stretch too. I didn’t get lost on the course on Sunday and had a very enjoyable time outside and got in 5.5 miles. I barely made it to band practice. Guess I need to get up a little earlier next time.

If you just want to get a feel for the course you can pickup a map right across the street from KC Espresso. Just start going north on Fillmore and follow the marks on the pavement. It is well marked and does have some hills but it’s a fun course.

As you may recall, last Thursday I had decided to not drink any soda for 90 days. I almost messed that up last night. The place I ate at was something like a Ryan’s, and is owned by the same company, but you have to fix your own drink at the “drink bar”. I went to the bar and fill my glass with ice and diet Coke. Before I even got it to the table I told myself, “You can drink that!” I sat the glass on the table and went back and fixed me a glass of tea. I almost forgot.

As of today, I have logged 170.7 miles this year and a total of 304.4 miles since I first started my journey just over six months ago. According to Runkeeper, my next activity will be my 100th and I am closing in on 45,000 calories burned.

The scales aren’t worth having. I only lost .2 pounds this past week but that give me a total of 40 pounds lost so far. I have already went from a 36 to a 34 size jeans and the 34s are getting loose on me too. Will probably be a little while before I have to get me a pair of 32s though.

I’m really excited about this coming weekend. Not only is my first race going to take place, I am going to get to spend some time with some friends. One that I haven’t seen in a while and she’s coming all the way from Colorado! Can’t wait to see you, Christina! Rob is also coming up from Tupelo. Hopefully we can find a place afterward that will put up with us.

For the record, my time goal for this 5K is 36:30. I will have pictures and video on Facebook and also have some here too. Excited!

Thanks again for stopping and will see you again next week.