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.
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 😉