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 :)

weigh in progress

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

weight chart

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.  :D

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 :)

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2015 Week 12 Weigh-In

We’re down another 3.2 lbs from last week and down 8.8 lbs from two weeks ago but don’t begin to think that’s anything miraculous.

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We need to keep in mind that my weight went up two weeks ago and the week before that I was at 267.6 so we could also say I’ve lost 3.6 lbs in the past 3 weeks.  It’s a perspective thing.  Too many people trying to lose weight are short-sighted – nearsighted or live in a constant state of myopia – they only see the short term and not the big picture.  Weight loss is not linear, it does not follow a straight line.  If we had an accurate enough scale, we could probably record weight changes by the second and certainly by the minute.  Hourly our weight will change, daily and certainly weekly.  I have my averages for each month in my Running Log tab and for March we’re at an average weight of 268lbs so I’m down 4 lbs from last month’s average.  As an instantaneous snapshot of weight, the 264.0 represents a weight that is less than my average for all of last year so, we’re moving in a good direction.  Current efforts which include the same kind of effort that was put out during the week when weight was gained are bearing fruit and should be maintained and continued.

In all these DietBet’s I’m in there isn’t a day that goes by where somebody isn’t lamenting the fact that “they gained a pound this week”  It’s like the 12 or 15 lbs they lost over the preceding 6 week’s no longer matters.  It’s a crappy way of thinking and an attitude that is detrimental to any long term plan of success.  That mental attitude and the psychology behind it is probably something that needs to be changed and worked on more than the diet and exercise aspects if any real success is going to be achieved.  Mentally fertilizing and growing the perceived failures while ignoring the success and what’s working only heightens the probability of quitting while diminishing the likelihood of continued, long term efforts.


 

Right now I’m 5 for 5 with my DietBet’s and only need a weight of 264.3 for this Saturday’s weigh in so it’s looking good for going 6 for 6.  The following week I’ll need to reach 260.2 in order to win my $100 monthly bet.

For now, I’m well ahead of the game compared to last year when I didn’t have a single recorded run until March 26th and, as of today, I’ve managed 18 runs totalling 52.5 miles.  We’ve got a local 5K coming up this Saturday and then the much awaited Bridge & Dam 10K the following week at the Lake of the Ozarks!


 

Some of my main current ponderings deal with the end of April and whether or not to partake in the Nashville Country Music Marathon on Saturday, April 25th.  There’s also a local 5K on the same day which would be much more financially friendly although not nearly as exciting or fun :)

The following day – on Sunday, April 26th is very interesting to me.  There’s a Duathlon consisting of a 1.5 mile run then a 10 mile bike ride then another 1.5 mile run.  The shorter distances make it ideal for a newbie like me.  I don’t recall ever doing a multiple sport event before.  I think it would be a neat challenge to knock out a half mary the day before in Nashville then get up the next morning to another event like the duathlon.  Right now, the local 5K doesn’t increase in price until the 10th of April so current thoughts are to make a more informed decision after the Lincoln Presidential Half on April 4th.

One amazingly cool run is the Moonlight 1/2 in Springfield, IL – it is entirely run in the 300+ acre cemetery where President Lincoln is buried.  If you’re running the full marathon then you start when you want and the winner is the person who finishes closest to midnight.  That might be a neat way to get in my 3rd full marathon since time isn’t much of an issue – just endurance.  No GPS or phones are allowed on the course and everyone wears a glowstick around their neck.

St Pat’s 5 Mile Run & Hot Water Analysis

St Pat Banner

I have a part time gig working at a pizza place where we make our own dough.  With each batch of dough we need 3 gallons of water at a specified temperature.  I suppose the math part of me comes out and I look at the water going in the bucket as the independent variable and the overall temperature of the water in the bucket as the dependent variable.  If the water in the bucket is 84 degrees and the water going in is 92 degrees then eventually the overall temperature of the water in the bucket will go up.

My current efforts as tracked on Nike+ are like the independent variables in my personal running equation and where I end up ranking in various runs is like my dependent variables.  Basically, where I’m ranking in my runs is kind of cold but I’m working to add HOT water to the mix to bring up my rankings temperature :)

A picture taken from my Nike+ website page might help better illustrate the hot water going in.

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Since the miles I’m putting in are more than the Community average, I conclude I’m putting in water that’s hotter than what’s already in my running bucket.  To see what temperature the water is in my bucket then I only need to look at my ranking in a previous run.  Below are my results from last Saturday’s (3/14/15) St Patrick’s Day Parade Run.

st pat ranking

Overall, we see I came in 6,784 out of 7,551 runners.  If we divide those two numbers we can obtain my percentage ranking or 89.8% which is to say I did better than about 10% of the runners participating in that particular race.  So, the water in my running bucket is a bit on the cool side.

To be honest, this is still an improvement over last year.  I was entering my half marathons into a running log on halffanatics.com and when I looked at the specifics of my runs last year via athlinks.com most all of my percentages were in the 90’s, sometimes as high as 98% or 99% which means I only did better than 1 or 2% of the other runners in those particular races.

The size of the runs has a lot to do with how I’ll place overall.  With bigger runs, you get a lot more people doing the runs just for fun and who don’t specifically train to get better at running.  In the Nashville, Country Music Marathon last year, for example, there were 19,149 people who did the 1/2 marathon distance and I came in 16,842 or at the 88% mark.  But, in smaller runs where you get mainly hard core runners such as last year’s Washington, MO run there were only 120 runners and I was 99%.

The overall running goal I came up with in my head last year was to eventually work my way up into the top 50%

hmmmm… reality has a way of keeping us humble.  Looking at my next to last place finish for last year’s Washington, MO run I noticed that was also a 5 Mile run and nearly 2 minutes faster than what I got this year.  But, to be fair, that MO run was in August of last year which was well into the running season and during a month where I had knocked out 100+ miles in training.  It’s really amazing how much effort and time needs to be put in to make improvements with running, at least for me anyway.

Last year at this time I still had zero miles in the books and my first run didn’t occur until March 26th.  Currently, I have 52.5 miles logged over 18 runs this year.

Since I broached the topic of humility, I’ll share one more picture.  When I registered for this years Macklind Mile, I saw, for the first time, pictures from last years event and while scrolling came upon the following picture.

I saved this picture with the filename, "cute little girl humbles me.jpg"  :)

I saved this picture with the filename, “cute little girl humbles me.jpg”  :)

I’m the lumbering guy in the yellow shirt and blue shorts up to the right who’s trying to stay alive and is hoping he doesn’t have a heart attack upon completing the run.  She’s kind of joyful looking and it’s probably no different to her than just being outside and playing.  Sort of like the running is so natural to kids and, i guess, used to be for us too. Now-a-days …running is so rare that we document and log the events using GPS and apps on our phone – blog about them, share the accomplishments on facebook or Instagram.  How different it was back then, when we were kids.

 

Week 11 Weigh-In

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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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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 Week 10 Weigh-In

It looks like the status quo of weight loss is being maintained and, after 5 consecutive weeks of drops we have a gain to this morning’s weigh-in of 272.8lbs.

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Why do I say status quo?  I say it because in three previous 12 week contest with over 1,000 other competitors, I’ve ended up placing 1st, 3rd and 4th so, I did about as well as a person could do and often better than most and in each one of those contest there were 3 times my weight would go up in each 12 week period of time.

To be honest, I’d forgotten this was Thursday and time to weigh in again.  I got an email this morning from DietBet stating that Round 1 of one of the 6 month bets was over and I had 48 hours to weigh myself, take pictures then submit all that good stuff to dietbet.  The email said the weight goal I needed was 272.8 lbs and it just so happened I hit it right on the button so I took the pics needed, submitted, got the weight verified and now …I’m one of the official winners of this Round 1.

Now we get to have some fun!  There’s finally a challenge!  Besides those two Six-Month bets I have going on, I added a single 4 week challenge that ends on the 28th of this month.  I’ve got $100 riding on this bet and will need to be at 260.2 lbs by Saturday, March 28th – a full 12.6 lbs less then I weigh today in only 23 days :)

Thus far, I am undefeated on DietBetter.com – 5 for 5 which includes three 1 month challenges where I was to drop 4% of my bodyweight as well as Round 1 (the first month) of two 6 month challenges.  Let’s make it 6 for 6 come the 28th of this month :)

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 :)

2015 Week 9 Weigh-In

In spite of a pizza before bed last night (and the night before) I’m still down 2.2 lbs from last week with a weight of 267.6 and have an average weight for February of 272.

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It is an odd and different situation to find myself “underweight” according to these DietBet games.  The only real reason I have for not letting myself drop too much is because of another one month long 4% diet bet challenge which starts on February 28th …and …holy cow – I just checked that game and it looks like the initial weigh in is …NOW.   I have between today and the 28th to weigh myself in for an initial weight.

My unique weigh-in word is FOOTBALL.  I like that :)  I don’t have time before work to take care of this but, it looks like I’ll need to drop another 10+ lbs or so between that initial weigh in and March 27th.  That will put me down to 257 lbs.  These weight drop goals are pretty small and it does look like I’ve had 5 consecutive weeks of dropping weight.  In previous 12 week “mad dash” weight loss contest there are usually 3 times where my weight will go up or stall.

I’ve updated my Running Log tab and have 17.5 miles of running in for the month.  I also spent some time a few days ago updating my individual runs with some extra thumbnail pics.

I do have those two 1/2 marathons coming up in April and I remember well, after my Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon last year my legs were totally spent after the 13.1 miles and had them packed in ice right after the run because there wasn’t any formal training before hand.  I’m looking to avoid that this year and would also like to beat whatever time I got last year.

I did a 2.5 mile run yesterday and was testing out a new 1/2 marathon run strategy.  In the past, I got one of my best (recent) times by chunking the race into 5 minute run/walk intervals.  One great thing about jogging a minute or two every 5 minutes is being able to pass people throughout the entire race (assuming you start at the back of the pack which, I normally do)  because nobody else jogs at all in the back of the pack, especially towards the end of the race.

With this strategy, I am considering jogging the first and last mile and doing 5 minute intervals in the middle 11 miles.  As I progress throughout the year, then I’m thinking I can increase the beginning and ending run times thereby minimizing the 5 minute interval times.

For now, my goal is the same as last year – to simply finish a half in under 3 hours.

(Calculator out…)  3 hours times 60 minutes per hour…. 180 minutes …divided by 13.1 … equals …13.74 minutes per mile or, about 13 min 45 sec per mile.

I should be able to do this.  I let myself jog at a more normal pace yesterday since I wasn’t trying to maintain my jogs for any great length of time or distance and that equated to speeds ranging from 5.8 to 6.2 mph or, about 12 minutes per mile.  I’ll just need to keep aware of not letting my walking intervals get too slow.

Looks like a pace of 13.75 min/mile comes out to a pace of just under 4.4 mph which is a fairly brisk walk but, doable.  I just need to build up the endurance between now and April 4th …probably need to request off from work as well ;)