Year 2 Week 38 Weigh-In & Washington DC

I was stunned, tickled to death and pretty happy this morning when I saw a 232.8 staring me in the face when I weighed in.  Last night I weighed in at an even 233.0 and was amazed because of all the eating I’d done during my DC trip this past weekend.  Last night we had relatives stop by from out of town and we went out very late to eat & socialize and I ate PLENTY.  I had a snapshot of my 233 weight and half expected to use that weight because it seemed representative of where I was but thought I’d check my weight this morning and was a whole 0.2 tenths lighter 🙂

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For the month, I’m at 70 miles and need 30 more to hit my 100 miles so there’s plenty of running left and I’m thinking I have a very good chance of seeing my weight dip into the 220s in October with a decent chance of having an average weight in the 220s for October.

My #1 priority is my Running Streak.  #2 is hitting 100 miles per month.  A distant 3rd was increasing mileage by 10 miles per month for 6 months to earn a rarely earned badge on SmashRun.com.  I have found it interesting that I think of these things mainly in terms of priorities as opposed to goals and while these things are priorities specific to my running it made me wonder what my priorities were in my life in general.  This is where things get a bit hazy.  There’s a plethora of other things in my life, so many items that I can’t hold them all in my head at the same time.  I might be able to jot out 4-6 bigger items but more will come to mind given time and only a list or my calendar can help me keep everything straight.

Having said that, I think dropping weight to a healthy and perhaps a visually pleasing level is one of the top priorities in my life right now.  Kind of nebulous, ephemeral and not so clearly defined as a priority in my life.  I wonder if I were to rank the priorities in my life and if my health, specifically my weight was the #1 priority if I could achieve greater results.  This may be a concept ball which needs to bounce around in my brain more before I have any final conclusions.  I may say that family, friends and people would be a bigger priority but, in a way – taking care of myself could be considered a means of respect and love for those I care about because I would assume that people I care about reciprocate and care about me.

I think I can use extremes to help with this point.  If I were strung out on drugs, getting high everyday and always drunk then the people who care about me would be distressed but if I’m at the opposite end of that spectrum and doing well then I would be removed as a source of stress in their lives.  Perhaps at the other end of that spectrum lays hope and inspiration …a much better scenario.

I think of a quote attributed to Padmisambha

If you want to know your past,
look into your present condition;
If you want to know your future,
look into your present action.

I think my train is headed in the right direction.  I’m slow to want to speed up the train or alter its course.  Patience and time are great allies now.  Some people make weight loss and their health a priority via surgery which is a huge decision but also one that represents one of their priorities in life.  My venue consist of running, running every day, hitting 100 miles per month and keeping very little food in my home.  If those efforts take precedence over other areas of my life then I may conclude my physical condition is a priority and supersedes other aspects of my life however important those other aspects may be.

I suppose today’s blog, up to this point is mainly clearing out, organizing, clarifying and cleaning up any clutter in the attic of my mind.  Which …now leaves me little time left to cover my Washington DC topic but I’ll do the best I can 🙂

Washington DC

One thing is pretty certain – I’m going back 🙂  I’ve heard back from the race directors of the Navy/AirForce Half (NAFHALF) that a permit has been submitted for Sunday, September 18, 2016 and I’ve already checked on hotels and found a very appropriate one in the Pentagon City area which includes free shuttle service to & from the airport and is only 1 1/2 blocks from the Metro.

I’ve got a couple pictures from my run and have noticed two things about them.  My gait is much better than pictures from the Lincoln Presidential half marathon last year where I was shuffling along and it also appears that I could still stand to drop some weight.

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Something else I’ve learned in the past couple months is I don’t think I ran any half marathons prior to 2007.  I did full marathons in 1994 and in 2004 but have no record of any half marathons until 13 years after my first full.  As such, I don’t have any spectacular race times for my half marathons.  I really wish I could find data on my first full marathon.  I finished that one in approximately four and a half hours.  The first 20 miles were non-stop running at single digit minutes per mile so I would guess maybe a sub 2 hour half but have no data to support that guess.  The last 6 miles consisted of stopping every couple blocks to squat down so I could keep moving my legs.

Regardless, I’ve still pushed the clock back by beating my best time from 2007.  My time is up here.  I’m thinking next year I’m going to crush the time I got this year.  🙂

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Year 2, Week 35 Weigh-In

This has been an interesting week.  This past Monday I saw a weight in the 220s for the first time in I don’t know how long ….

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That 229 weight was after a lot of running and a bit of sleep but still a nice preview of things to come 🙂

I took my official Thursday weigh-in at the end of the day for a nice 236 which helps to solidify my place in the 230s which is well beyond what I was shooting for at the beginning of this year.  The next morning I was 234.2 so I am on course for another month in the 230s and should have an average weight maybe 3 or 4 lbs lighter than last month 🙂

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I actually set a 5K PR (personal record) this past Saturday (8/29) and thought of the many people on DietBet working to improve themselves.

Changing oneself, dropping weight or improving as a runner can be such a long, arduous process.  I’ve been fortunate and grateful that I am still able to improve.  I am very grateful.  However, the timelines in my head, the pace at which I envision improvement has always fallen short of the reality.  Maybe not by much, a few months perhaps, maybe more but there’s no cheating reality.

I guess a key to success is in bolstering hope while minimizing discouragement and continuing with persistent efforts.

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For me, that 5K represented an expression of hope and something I wanted to share.  It represents 20 months of training that started in January of 2014 with a few hundred miles of walking and culminating with nearly a 1,000 miles of running thereafter.  It started with a body weight of 316.2 pounds and barely able to run 15 seconds.  So, while a 5K in 34:25 is below average or mediocre at best in the world of runners, it was huge for me.

There will come a time in our life when we won’t be able to improve our times anymore.  I don’t know exactly when that will be for me but, for now, my goals are still fraught with improvement.

Year 2, Week 31 Weigh-In! :)

I am thrilled & tickled to death over this morning’s weigh in.  I didn’t even realize Thursday was upon us so this weigh-in is very candid – and yes, I did skip my week 30 weigh in.

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Well folks.  I’ve recently “upgraded” to Windows 10 and once all the bugs are figured out it will probably be a pretty good operating system.  I spent about 2 hours last night after the Win10 upgrade upgradeing the upgrade with drivers just so this great new operating system would recognize the fact that I have a 2nd monitor plugged into my laptop.

For whatever reason, there are still gliches with pictures and the pics I would normally post with my weigh-ins are all showing up as broken links.

Essentially – I weighed 239.4 today which is the exact same weigh in I had 2 weeks ago but I am extremely happy about it.  You have to understand that dropping weight is NOT  a linear process and that’s part of the reason I predominately concern myself with my monthly average and never get too worked up over any single weigh-in.  What’s most important is the overall direction in which you are heading not what any snapshot static weight says on any particular day.

During this process, we may see glimpses of what lies ahead.  Two weeks ago I saw a glimpse of the direction I was heading but today we may start to take this new low weight as a part of reality.  It’s real.  This also gives me a pretty firm foundation for a belief that I could actually have an average weight this August in the 230s which in itself is pretty remarkable.

That Loonies Midnight marathon I did a couple weeks ago really threw me for a loop.  Running 26.2 miles during a time when you’re body is normally used to sleeping is a formidable challenge.  I had a host of 1 mile runs leading up to that marathon and I’ve had mainly 1 mile runs since, with a few 5k distances thrown in.  I’ll be getting some longer distance runs in this month and believe over the next couple weeks we can see even lower weigh-ins.

Gotta run –

oh & btw- the running goal for this month is 117 miles – also I’m on a running streak, 36 days straight now and I’m looking to make that streak 62 days on August 31st.

and – I’ve taken on a VLOGGING challenge – a VLOG is a video blog.  I’m doing something called VEDA which stands for Vlog Every Day in August.  I created a new channel on YouTube called … i can run a minute and have been vlogging and learning on that channel.  i really do have to run but will probably try to embed some links or videos in upcoming blogs.

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Year 2, Week 26 Weigh-In

Yesterday morning my weekly Thursday weigh-in put me at 241.6 which I believe might be the lowest weight I’ve recorded since I started taking measurements in January of 2014.  For the record I’ve uploaded all three of my weekly weigh-ins to my About Dr Scott tab, all of 2014, the first half of 2015 and what I have so far of the second half of 2015.

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My average weight for this month is now standing at 243 which represents a good change from the previous month’s average of 248.  I’m not sure if I’ve talked about this too much but I see getting overly emotional about the scale changes as more of a symptom of a problem.  Hitting my final two weigh-ins of July in the 240s will be a good success and a final average in the low 240s or under 245 will be another success.

about 18 1/2 hours from now I’ll be embarking upon another marathon.  It’s about a 5 1/2 drive to get to this marathon so I’ll be leaving home within the next 5 hours or so. I will have to get some sleep in before midnight tonight otherwise I’ll find myself in mile 20+ of a marathon 24 hours from now after being awake for 24 hours straight.

I’m in a Running Group on facebook called July Fun Pick One 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100?.  It’s a name that doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue and the name of the month switches with every month but it’s been extremely helpful with my running.  The premise of the group is simple, everybody picks a mileage amount at the beginning of the month they want to hit for that month then post their runs everyday along with how they are progressing towards their monthly goal.

for me, it’s 62/100 which means I’ve gotten in 62 out of 100 miles for the month of July.  It’s probably the most inspirational group I’ve ever been a part of.

I’ve learned about Run Streaks from that group, simply running every day.  There is an organization called the United States Running Streak Association (USRSA) (http://www.runeveryday.com/) and they maintain an active (and retired) list of everybody’s run streak on on their Official USA Active Running Streak List.  The top two people on that list have run every day for the past 45+ years.  There are 106 people on that list who have been running daily for over 20 years.

We have one guy in our facebook group, Marvin, who is on a quest for 1,000 days straight and another really nice guy from Arkansas who will be on his 199th day straight today.  I decided to try a run streak for the month of July so I’m at a 16 day streak right now and, I have to say, I’ve been getting some pretty favorable results.  It only takes a run of any pace, of at least 1 mile to maintain a run streak.  I’ve been noting my Streak with an extra notation on my Instagram post with RSD16 which stands for Run Streak Day 16.

Partly, it’s a mental game.  The time required to cover a mile isn’t much – scarcely over 1% of a person’s day even for the slowest of people.

Hitting the road and running or walking for even an hour is only about 4% of a person’s day but, I prefer to look at it as having 96% of my day SuperCharged.  Giving myself 96% of a day that is going to be more productive and happy.  There’s no guarantee everything is going to be great throughout a day of life given a run but I do believe there is an enhanced propensity for things in life to be better, to see things through a clearer lens and, should things be bad, to help lessen and soften those blows and allow a person to be able to better handle tough times.

This Run Streak notion also goes back to a book I read through in high school called Red Gold – that Soviet Training book and it mentioned doing something everyday regardless of what it is – I’ve given the example they gave in the book of touching a light bulb everyday so, it can be something innocuous.  Some of the best attempts I had with this type of psychological training has been with games in the past.  Last year, I had a 152 day streak with a website called duolingo.com which I used to help study the German language.  Sometime in August that website is slated to have Russian available which I’m also interested in so I may start another streak with that language.

A running streak though… now we’re getting into something abundantly useful and pragmatic.

Speaking of streaks – there is something called VEDA coming up which stands for VLOG Everyday in August and VEDA is also used for April as well.  I’ve created a new channel on YouTube called i can run a minute to use for this new VLOGging venture.  I still want to beef up the teaching videos I have on my regular YouTube page but, it does take a certain skill set to put up a video and I have been learning a lot lately.

The administrator of the Slow Runner’s Club on facebook is a guy that goes by the name of Zen Runner and he is hosting a group of us in yet another group called ZENVEDA.  He’s expanded the VEDA concept to also include blogging and podcast as well as VLOGs.

Well, it’s time to focus and take control of this brain of mine.  A few hours of work and last minute prep, as well as a quick one mile run to keep my run streak alive is all that’s between me and a quick trip to Livingston, Tennessee.

 

 

2015 Week 25 Weigh-In!

My week 25 weigh in will conclude the first half of 2015.  Based on the average monthly weight I have posted under my Running Log tab, I started January at 278 and am concluding June at 248 so, an even 30 pounds lighter 🙂

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Another thing you might notice for my average monthly body weight is that May and June are BOTH at 248 lbs so ….. we may conclude that I didn’t lose bubkis – zip, zilch & nada since last month.  well….LOL

What can I say?  I didn’t gain anything either!  🙂  I did a lot of traveling over these past two months …glancing at my calendar I see trips to…..

  1. Springfield, Illinois
  2. Ottawa, Illinois
  3. Chicago, Illinois
  4. Lake Ozark, Missouri
  5. New Jersey
  6. New York
  7. Minnesota
  8. West Virginia
  9. Kentucky

For running races (I’m curious now….)  I had

  1. Law Day 5K (Belleville, IL)
  2. Moonlight Marathon (Springfield, IL)
  3. Starved Rock Marathon (Ottawa, IL)
  4. Chicago 13.1 where I was a Back of the Pack pacer
  5. Hatfield McCoy Marathon (started in KY, ended in WVa)
  6. GO! St Louis All American 5K – took 5 min 25 seconds off my time from last year!
    still due in June ….
  7. Macklind Mile (St Louis, MO)
  8. Pride 5K (St Louis, MO)

It was actually fairly slow in terms of running compared to the previous 2 months.  I have won 24 straight Diet Bets on DietBet.com which is pretty cool but, getting tougher.   I have three more rounds of weigh ins for a 6 month diet bet I’m in which will require upcoming weigh ins of

  • 239.8 on July 1
  • 237.1 on Aug 1
  • 234.5 on Sept 1
  • 234.5 on Oct 1 ….just gotta maintain the final weight for the 6th month….

I’ve had to do some extra thinking with regards to these weights in the 230s.

On July 10th & 11th I have two bike rides scheduled.  A Tour de Belleville (15 miles) and the following morning the Tour de Donut (kind of a blast and 34 miles long).  Then, there’s the Loonies Midnight Marathon on July 18th.  These marathons create a bit of a challenge because I eat pretty healthy leading up to the runs – extra carbs/pasta and so forth as well as extreme hydration but, that’s pretty much it for the month, a couple bike rides and one really long run from midnight until the sun comes up….should be VERY interesting.

I did manage to get in 3 lifting workouts in over the past week.  I noticed in the week after my Hatfield McCoy marathon that I got kinda light – very low 240s and my chest looked kinda flat.  I’m no Arnold Schwarzenegger or anything but I am used to seeing some muscle on me and that had really gone away.  Generally speaking, if I haven’t been lifting for a while I usually will put on about 4-6 lbs in the first week of lifting and that’s part of what’s going on weight-wise.

Looking forward…..
I’ve been away from karate for the first 6 months of the year and will probably be getting back into that for the 2nd half of the year.  There’s still only one belt between me and black so, there’s a decent chance I could notch up another belt by 2016.

There’s plenty more to share but …I have about 35 minutes of battery left on my laptop and find myself without electricity again for the 2nd time today due to storms.   But, I am working on a map…. 🙂

 

Week 24 Weigh-in of 2015

I first touched the 240s in week 16 (April) with a weight of 248.  May was my first month with an monthly average weight in the 240s.  I only have two weigh-ins this month and they average 248.5 lbs.  However, today’s 245.0 is the lowest recorded weekly weigh in I’ve had all year.

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My lowest weekly recorded weight since the beginning of 2014 occurred on April 10th of last year with a very manipulated weight of 244.2 – one week later (after my 12 week contest was over) I weighed 260 and strived to maintain that weight for the remainder of the year.

I’ve got a few ways to win here –

If I maintain and weigh the same next Thursday, ie 245 then I’ll have an average weight for the month of 247.  If I drop another 0.8 lbs or more then i can equal or better my lowest weight since I started recorded my weekly weigh ins – and that started 76 weeks ago.

I think lower mileage runs could help a lot and mainly because they will be very low stress to my body relative to the nutty 26.2 miles done this past Saturday.  I’m not exactly sure what my normal or relaxed weight is right now but I’m guessing it may be a bit less than 245.  Kind of have to wait & see.

I’ll have to hit a weight of 242 next week for an average of 246 (rounded).

I added my two marathon medals to the lower left corner of my weigh-in wallpaper.  That’s 2/3rds of the initiation needed to join the Marathon Maniacs club.  🙂  July 18th will be my third and final marathon needed to join the maniacs.

On July 1st I have a Round 3 weigh-in for the most challenging of my 6 month, 10% weight loss challenges ….I’ll need to weigh in at 239.8 lbs or less.

Mentally, I think I can benefit from some time in the gym.  There is a decent chance of getting in 6 gym workouts during the remaining days of this month.  I’ve been at zero for the preceding two months for gym attendance.

Gym time and shorter runs may help a great deal with my mental recovery.

I have two 5K runs and a single 1 mile run before June is over.

For right now – i need to keep patient as well as keeping up some light pressure towards my goals.  I should have greater clarity of vision in the next 2 weeks.

 

Two Marathons & One Half in 8 Days

In this blog:

  • Two Marathons & One Half in 8 Days
  • Week 19 Weigh-in

 

7 days, 18 hours – from 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9th until 11 a.m. Sunday, May 17th.

I think it started out with a single half marathon, the Moonlight Marathon, in Springfield, IL on May 9th.  Then I heard my LPHM pacer was pacing a back of the pack group at the Starved Rock Full Marathon in Ottawa, IL on Saturday, May 16th.  So, I signed up for that run as well.

Then I learned about a new ranking system within the Half Fanatics and Marathon Maniacs …two groups which are dedicated to running nuts.  I’m already a Half Fanatic (#10814) but, for people who are able to qualify for both the Fanatics and Maniacs there is a title known as a Double Agent.  The minimum requirement to become a Marathon Maniac is to either complete 2 Marathons in 16 days or 3 Marathons in 90 days.

So….I chatted things out a bit with the race director of the Moonlight Marathon and I bumped that up to a full mary to meet the Maniac requirement and then get relisted as a Double Agent.

Then, this past Monday, I’m at my usual park looking to knock out an evening 10K and get an email before my run that there is a spot open with the back of the pack pacers for the Chicago Spring 13.1 event on May 17th.  That race has been sold out since March 14th and not only did I have a chance to get in but, I was able to get in for free 🙂

It took two miles into my run to make a decision and reply that I would take that last spot available.

1994 was my first full marathon – 2004 was my 2nd.  I was intimidated enough by the full mary coming up this Saturday and I have absolutely no idea in the world if I’ll be able to walk the day after my 2nd full in 8 days.  Literally doubling my number of fulls …from 2 to 4.

As long as I don’t break, I should be able to complete the full this Saturday night.  I’m almost apprehensive about even posting this because I’m so far out of the norm that I have no idea if this is all even possible, especially doing a half mary the day after a full.  The best I can think of doing after the Starved Rock full (besides eating soon after the run) is to get a couple bags of ice and soaking my legs in an ice bath, 20 minutes at a time to help reduce any inflammation.

I just looked up the Chicago 13.1 course for the first time and it looks like an out and back course which runs just east of Lake Shore Drive along the Lake Michigan.  Should be flat anyway.

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One thing at a time.  For Saturday, I picked up the mandatory headlamp earlier tonight.  Found my biking shorts, CEP compression socks are washed & ready to go.  Ate first round of pasta a few hours ago, maybe 300-400 grams of carbs right there.  Doubled up on supplement packs over the past week and am constantly drinking water – enough to make sure my urine is clear, especially on Saturday.

I haven’t had any of the traditional 15-20+ mile long runs so, all my toenails are still attached, which is nice 🙂  I’m looking for the lowest intensity possible this Saturday night.  I’m pretty confident that I’m good for 18-20 miles.  The last lap through the cemetery.  The last 6.55 miles will be very interesting.  I’m going with the Brooks Glycerin for the two full mary’s because the New Balance are getting a little loose feeling and want to avoid blisters.  Got athletic tape and will probably go along the balls of my feet as well as a single wrap around the ankles and crossing anteriorly to meet up with the balls of my feet tape.  couple bandaids in the appropriate spots (marathon runners know what I’m talking about)


 

 Week 19 Weigh-In
omg, I’m tickled to death with this week’s weigh-in.  🙂  Officially, and to the uninformed eye, it might look like I gained a pound ….LOL  it’s really getting funny to me to even comment on bland, all-inclusive weight because it means so little.

I had two DietBet weigh-ins this week, one on Tue and one on Wed and my confirmed weights were 252.4 and 247.2 respectively.  Those would be my 14th and 15th straight wins.  And – check out my late night snack last night….

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I weighed 251 after that meal.  In the past I probably could have eaten the entire box (3200 kcal) worth of spaghetti.  I thought of just eating half but ….there was a LOT so, I ate a little over 1/3rd.

Anyway, here’s my nifty new Weigh-in Wallpaper –

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I added pictures from two additional runs.  Below the future car are two pics from my last 5K.  I like that one because it represents busting my butt.  I actually had a kick at the end of that race.  There were two people in front of me in the last quarter mile.  Normally, that wouldn’t matter to me because my gas pedal was already to the floor and I wasn’t going to go any faster no matter what, my engine was already topped out …reminds me of my first car, a 1977 Plymouth Arrow which had a top speed of 72 mph…

Anyway, I had another gear and was able to pass both people in that race.  The lower right hand corner pic is from the Lake Ozark 10K and shows me running past the finish, nobody put a medal around my neck as is being done with the lady in pink, I grabbed the medal and kept on running 🙂  That’s what love looks like.  Then I added a goofy pic with my brother at the GO! St Louis half marathon.  I kept that picture small so as not to scare little kids….

What I’m tickled about though is the fact I’m starting this Month out in the 240s which means the probability of having an average weight this month in the 240s is – numerically speaking – outstanding 🙂

Those three pictures on the left that have been part of my Weigh-In Wallpaper for some time now – those remind me of a difference between endorphin and enkephalin.  I think of endorphin as something more readily obtainable such as is often associated with a runner’s high but enkephalins I have more closely associated with achieving a long term goal and victory.  My time in the St Louis 1/2 mary was faster and much easier to achieve but, in that race I only had a sub-goal of simply repeating what I had already done the week before – ie, anything under 3 hours for my finish time.  The first 1/2 mary of the year being under 3 hours – that was very hard and was one of my goals from last year which never was obtained.  so – enkephalin.

The pics engender everything from determination to love and everything in between.

….pondering ….it’s been 11 years since my last full marathon so…. and …. enkephalins are involved with nociception modulation – recalling that nociception is what pain impulses are called before they are interpreted by the brain so… during the last 6.2 miles when I’m in the most pain from this upcoming full marathon, I may also be generating some nice endogenous opiates to help quell that pain.  YeeHaw! 🙂