We’re now six weeks in to my half-marathon training. At the end of yesterday morning’s 6 mile run I am now at 22.2% finished with the program. That’s a decent chunk, really, but I still have such a long way to go. And that 6 miles wasn’t easy. I am very grateful to both Freyr and the mighty Thor as we were under a flood watch from 8am to 8pm yesterday so on Friday night I decided to put my long run off until Sunday. I hate putting it off until Sunday because that usually means my feet will be too sore to go to the gym on Monday so in the spirit of setting a good example for my wife and friends who are also working to better themselves, I decided to go out even if it was pouring rain. When I woke up on Saturday morning I saw on my weather app that we were going to be clear between 8am and 11am so I laced up and took off on a route I don’t normally take for long runs since my usual route would likely be flooded. I knocked out run of 6.01 miles in a slow* 01:18:17.
So I only run two days per week. Some would say that’s not enough while training for a half marathon but I beg to differ. I guess it depends on what your goals actually are and if you’re wanting to improve your running only then, yeah, two runs is a little on the light side. I’m trying to round myself out a little bit more, however. In addition to my two runs per week I’m still attending Title Boxing Club three days per week and have recently spoken with a trainer about the possibility of becoming a trainer there, myself. That possibility in and of itself is enough to keep me moving forward and staying strong but there’s still more. This week I’ve added a four-days a week weight training program to be the cherry on the top of my day, an extra 20 minutes or so of exercise to add a bit more muscle and definition as I focus more on reducing my body fat percentage and losing some more weight.
I don’t think I mentioned it last week but I do intend to lose some more weight. My “Health Coach” (rant about that sometime in the future) told me a while back I didn’t need to focus on weight loss anymore as much as body fat percentage and so I’m taking that a bit more seriously. Presently I am 19% body fat which is a lot better than I thought it would be. I also realize a body fat percentage is a pretty meaningless measurement just like body weight is but it’s a pretty good way of determining actual progress verses body weight or the dreaded BMI chart. At weigh in last week I was a bit heavier than I realized at 228 lbs. Today’s official weigh-in for the week, however, has me at 222 lbs and I’m happy with that.
In addition to the hard work I’ve started paying more attention to my eating habits, sacrificing most grains and sugars for a more paleo-inspired diet (though I hate to refer to it as “diet” because diets are meant to fail and I also sort-of hate the term “Paleo” because it’s pretentious). While I’m currently missing biscuits and breads and have had a killer craving for fast food french fries lately I’ve found that this cleaner approach to eating is tasty, surprisingly easy, and actually effective. I’m hoping to hit 200 lbs by the time my half rolls around next April.
Speaking of goals for next year, I’ve decided that I’m going to participate in a mud/obstacle run in 2016. I have my eye on a few – Spartan has stops in Nashville, Atlanta, Asheville and Charlotte. Warrior Dash has stops in Huntersville, Locust Grove, and Pulaski. Tough Mudder has Doswell, and Sparta. I’m game for either of these and they’re scheduled throughout the year. I’m definitely looking to do one and I’m also definitely looking for someone to do it with me. Any takers?
*Before I add my weekly table I’d like to address a comment I made a bit earlier about my 01:18:17 6 mile time as “slow”. I had read a pretty nice article on Run Haven a few weeks ago about the importance of not “just”-ifying your races. We have this idea ingrained in us that when we’re talking to other runners that our times/distances are inferior so we use phrases like “I’m just running a 5K” or “my time was a slow 01:18:17” or “I’m only running twice per week”. If you’re in a group of serious runners chances are that IS a slow run, that IS maybe the worst time in the group, that IS probably the shortest distance in the group, but by using those terms you’re limiting yourself, degrading yourself. You’re out there running – you’re moving your ass – so many people are doing the opposite, in fact, I’d say it’s the majority of people, but not you. You’re out there doing it. So what if you’re only running 5K (or less) and so what if your pace is 15 minutes, you’re doing it – you’re accomplishing something – and that makes you legit, that makes you a runner, nothing limited about it. I strongly believe we should all knock that “just”, and “only” out and I’m trying very hard to start with myself. I use “slow” before my time so as to justify the poor pace in comparison to other, much faster, more seasoned runners, but the truth is: I’m a runner, and the fact that I put those shoes on and get out the door is a sweet accomplishment no matter the distance, no matter the pace.
I’m done being inspirational (for now)
One more thing before my table, I’m going to start including my weekly mileage and pace as inspired by a challenge from my friend Rachel at Running Not Racing.
|This Week’s Mileage:||8.02 Miles (12.91km)|
|This Week’s Avg. Pace:||12.13 min/mile (7.54 min/km)|
And, finally, the YTD and a picture of me and my boy:
|Time Period||Total Distance|
|Runtastic Runs (1/1-4/15)||56.51 Miles|
|5k-to-10k (4/15-6/21)||87.52 Miles|
|Runtastic Runs (6/23-Present)||115.41 Miles|
|Total Yearly Miles:||259.44|
Miles Left Until 2015 Goal (350 Miles): 90.56
2015 Race Times
|Calhoun’s New Year’s Day 5k 2015||No official time|
|Zen Evo Chocolate Lover’s Valentine’s 5K 2015||33:10|
|Barley’s St. Patrick’s Day 5k 2015||34:34|
|Covenant Health 5k 2015||33:39|
|Pilot Fireball Moonlite Classic 5k||33:05|
|The Man Run 10K||01:12:43|