Weekly Recap 11-19-12 to 11-25-12

Well I would say I did a good job of not letting the holiday interfere with my training and workout schedule.  I ran Thursday morning before I headed out of town to go eat, and even tossed in an extra spin class on friday as a little extra burn.  Besides that, just a pretty normal week.  Last week of training before the Mistletoe half, had my long run today, and now cruising through another taper week before another pretty long run on Saturday.

Starting weight – 240.2 pounds
Monday – REST
Tuesday – Run – 5 miles
Wednesday – Spinning – 50 minutes + Yoga – 60 minutes
Thursday – Run – 5 miles
Friday – Spinning – 50 minutes + Weightlifting – 30 minutes
Saturday – Run – 3 miles
Sunday – Run – 10 miles
Total mileage – 23 miles
Ending weight – 240 lbs (0.2 pounds lost)

So, a tiny little weightloss this week, but when you’re expecting a gain, this is good.  I know I ate like a pig on Thursday, but I did run before hand and it was my only meal of the day, so it shouldn’t have been THAT bad.  According to MyFitnessPal (estimates) I’ve worked out this week for 477 minutes, and burned 5722 calories.  That’s more than enough for a two pound loss, so the problem must be in the eating and not in the exercising.  I adjusted my settings (since it never auto adjusts like it’s supposed to) and MFP dropped my calories significantly down to 1620 a day, so I’ll have to severely adjust what I’m eating and start watching my carb to protein ratios again.  Less carbs, more protein.

Something’s gotta give.  I’m at a net gain of almost 3 pounds for November.  And today was my last November weigh in, so that’s “official” now.

Crazy stuff I eat now.

Ok.. so it’s not really crazy.  In fact most of it is pretty mundane.  I’ve written on this blog before about changing the way I eat and how I changed a lot of my diet, but I got to thinking about stuff that I eat a lot of.  These are my staple items, things I almost ALWAYS have in the house.

Bananas: I’ve always liked bananas, and we always had them in the house growing up, but now I eat a whole lot of them.   I have one every morning with my breakfast and if I get in the mood for a peanut butter and banana sandwich (which is often) that will be my second one of the day.  Great source of calcium and potassium, and compared to other fruit, dirt cheap!

Peanut Butter: Speaking of peanut butter, this is something else I always have on hand.  My go-to long run/race morning breakfast is toast with peanut butter, something to fill me up and give me energy without sitting heavy on my stomach.  I just restocked my peanut butter supply with the two pack of 48 jars from Costco… Jif Extra Crunchy only please.  Great source of protein, healthy fats and minerals.

Apples: Like bananas, I grew up with apples in the house and would have one occasionally, but now I always have a bowl full of them and bring one with my lunch to work every day.  I like a lot of the “new hybrids” that have become popular recently (growing up we had two apples… red and green), I prefer Gala’s the best, but I also love Honeycrisps (expensive and hard to find) and Pink Lady’s and Fuji’s are also good.

Ground Turkey: I won’t lie. This was a tough transition.  I don’t know why, but something about ground turkey just seemed…. strange.  Once I got used to it though this was a no brainer.  It’s healthier than beef by a long shot, and oddly enough for something healthy, it’s CHEAPER. At 3.79 a pound the 93% lean turkey is about the same price as the nasty 70/30 beef. I mostly use this to make tacos, but sometimes brown it up for spaghetti sauce.

Frozen steam in bag corn: This is a recent discovery that quickly became a staple.  I had tried steamed frozen peas and green beans and just didn’t like them that much, but I had heard that frozen was better, and also as soon as I started watching my sodium intake, canned veggies were out right away.  I discovered the Lowes Foods brand of steam in bag whole kernel corn is REALLY good, and I’ve never even really liked corn that much.  It has one ingredient… Corn.. which is always nice to see, and no sodium (or a negligible amount of natural sodium like 20mg).  Even though I usually add a little bit of salt and pepper, I am in control of what goes in it, and it’s not a million mg’s like canned veggies.  Plus a half a bag (2 servings) is only around 120 calories.

Tilapia: I’ve started eating a lot of fish, and I knew I liked tilapia from when I had it at Bahama Breeze in Raleigh (of course anything would be good pan fried in butter with a shrimp cream sauce) and so when I found it at the store I decided to give it a try.  I used to coat it in breadcrumbs the way my Dad used to make baked catfish, but now I just bake it in the oven with a healthy shake of lemon pepper and that’s really good.  This has pretty much become my protein of choice, since I buy chicken when it’s on sale, but often enough chicken is way too expensive.  I buy it frozen in individual little packets, so I can pull out two fillets and thaw them and then bake them up quickly in the oven.  Quick easy, low cal dinner.

Weekly Recap 11-12-12 to 11-18-12

Got back into the full swing of training this week. Made sure everything felt good and it did, increased my mileage to include a Saturday run and then a long-ish run on Sunday.  Missed my Wednesday spin since I had a work dinner that night, but hit all the other usual workouts.

Starting weight – 240.6
Monday – REST
Tuesday – Run – 4 miles
Wednesday – REST
Thursday – Run – 4 miles
Friday – Weightlifting – 30 minutes
Saturday – Run – 4 miles
Sunday  – Run – 7 miles + Yoga – 60 minutes
Total Mileage – 19 miles
Ending weight – 240.2 (0.4 pounds lost)

Well… a loss is a loss is a loss… but kinda disappointing after the huge gain last week, and next week is Thanksgiving, which while I don’t plan on totally pigging out, it is a change in the routine, so not looking good so far for the month of November.

Glad to get back to normal mileage.  2 weeks until Mistletoe half.  Gotta keep those miles cranking.  I’m at 629 miles for the year so far, which puts me 103 away from my goal of 732 (2 miles a day).  I should hit that as long as my weekly mileage stays around 20 miles a week.  If I don’t hit it I’ll get damn close.

Hebrews 12:1

I’m not a church going man, and not a Bible scholar, so this post is not meant to be preachy, but I think it’s appropriate, so bear with me.

I had seen a quote on several running websites that I was fairly certain was Scripture, but it kinda resonated with me.  And the quote was this…

“and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us”

I Googled the phrase and discovered it was in fact a Bible verse from the letter to the Hebrews.  When I Googled Hebrews 12:1 it directed me to a website that gave several different versions of the verse based on the translation.  The translation from the New American Standard caught my eye and I really liked it because it used the word “endurance” instead of “perseverance”.  Here is the full text.

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”

Bible study aside, this is a pretty powerful phrase if you look at it as the “race” is life.  Which I’m sure is the original intention.  Life is in fact an endurance event. There is no shortcut, no easy way, you have to endure.  Until the finish.  Which in this case, the finish is pretty final.

Even if you don’t believe the Bible, if you look at it from a non-religious standpoint it’s still pretty powerful.  You have to have endurance.  But you have to learn endurance, you’re not born with it.  A lot of bad stuff can happen to you but it’s not the “end of your life”.. your race is not yet run, your life is not over yet.  Keep running.. keep living.. keep going.  Don’t stop.  Don’t give up.

The only thing that would  be more appropriate is if the letter was one chapter longer and this was Hebrews 13:1.

You might be a runner if….

These are observations I’ve made about myself… I’m sure they apply to runners all over the world.. feel free to add your own!

You might be a runner if….

You walk by someone and glance down to see what kind of shoes they are wearing..

You recognize lesser known shoe brands like Brooks, Saucony, Mizuno and Newtons (they are huge in the running community but not “shoes” in general).

You can translate miles to kilometers in your head…

You know who Meb Keflezighi is….

You grab your friends at the Expo and point out the Boston Marathon medal laying on the table…

You drive by someone running on the side of the road and you offer some words of encouragement, knowing full well they can’t hear you…

You track the miles on your shoes more closely than the miles on your car..

You schedule races 9 months in advance… (guilty)…

Christmas and birthdays mean new running gear…

And the number one way you can tell you may be a runner…

No matter how fast, how slow, trail, treadmill, road, race or casual…. YOU RUN.

Weekly Recap 11-5-12 to 11-11-12

Well, I stumbled through a half marathon recovery this week, tried to jump back into it too fast and paid a price.  Tuesday’s two mile run felt fine, and Wednesday’s spin and yoga combo wasn’t too bad, although I was dead tired about halfway through yoga, but then Thursday crashed hard, tried to go for 4 miles on the treadmill, even dialing the speed back to go “easy” and barely made it to two. My legs were gassed.  Friday I did upper body only and Saturday I did nothing at all.  I ran a slow slow 5 miles this morning and felt surprisingly good, so hopefully things are getting back to normal.  Rest tomorrow and then we’ll see how it goes on Tuesday.

Starting Weight – 237.2 (from 10-28-12)
Monday – REST
Tuesday – Run – 2 miles
Wednesday – Spin – 50 minutes + Yoga – 60 minutes
Thursday – Run – 2 miles
Friday – Weight Lifting – 30 minutes
Saturday – REST
Sunday – Run – 5 miles + Yoga – 60 minutes
Total Mileage – 9 miles
Ending Weight – 240.6

So, a 3.4 pound gain over the last two weeks.  I’m not surprised at all to see this, and honestly it’s not as bad as it could be.  I really let myself go last weekend, some of the eating and drinking was justified by running the half marathon, but some of it was not.  Then, as I had to seriously cut back on my exercise this week, I had a hard time staying under my calories since I wasn’t getting the extra burn, so I over ate several days this week.  It was what I normally eat (since most of my meals are planned in advance and I eat the same stuff repeatedly) but I didn’t have the exercise to balance it out.  Still well under 250, so I’ll take that any day of the week, and try not to let this bother me and just get back to work.

Virtual Half Marathon?

Yesterday I applied for the Hot for the Holidays virtual half marathon.  What is a virtual half marathon? It’s a race organized online, and the participants run the distance wherever they live and may or may not report the time/mileage to the race organizer, if required, and then usually get some swag in return, sometimes a medal, maybe a shirt and some other goodies.

I considered a virtual half the weekend before the Raleigh half, which was attached to a real race, the Halloween Halfathon in Florida.  The deal for that race was that the 4 days of race weekend thu-sun, to run 13.1 miles and then you would get mailed a medal.  You didn’t have to run the whole 13 miles at once, you could break it up into any combination of miles as you wanted over the course of the 4 days.  This caught my eye since the weekend before Raleigh I would be running 4 and then 10, and so could accomplish this without messing up my Raleigh training schedule.  I hemmed and hawed about it for a while, and decided not to do it for a couple reasons.  The fact that you could break up the mileage was convenient but it also meant you weren’t actually running a half marathon.  The registration was also about the same as a 5K, I believe 40$, which is not bad for a half, but I don’t think I had it at the time, and I kinda felt like I was just “buying” a medal.  I wasn’t earning it.

For the Hot for the Holidays virtual half, of course it’s basically the same set up, but I don’t feel like I’m “cheating” on this one since the time frame for this virtual half (Thanksgiving to New Years) is wide enough to include one of my real half marathons, the Mistletoe Half on Dec 1.  So at one point within that time frame I will be running the full 13.1 at once and not breaking it up into chunks.  Also, the registration for this race was only 20$ which was easier to swing than the Halloween Halfathon.  The organizer of this race is raising money for a Florida shelter for homeless and at risk youth/teens the Covenant House, and if she raises over 600$ she’ll get to run the Walt Disney Half Marathon (which I will also be running!) as part of the Covenant House Home team, so I had to help her out with that right?

A 20$ donation to a worthy charity and earn 2 medals for my next half marathon, one “real” and one “virtual”? Sounds good to me!

  • About Me

    I am a recent graduate in Food Science (NC State, 2009) and I work for a major food manufacturing company. I love food, but I can no longer eat anything that crosses my path. About 24 months ago I begin a serious struggle to get my obesity under control and reduce my chances of developing Type II diabetes. Since September of '09 I have lost 50 pounds and I still have a long ways to go. I've started eating better and exercising more, including taking up running.