Run Log Updated & 30.6 lbs to $2,096

10 weeks and a couple days from today I have a two week window to weigh 212 lbs, in which case I’ll win $2,096 from HealthyWage.com.

I hadn’t updated my Running Log since last August but now have my miles filled in through April ’06.  My run streak is in tact and as of yesterday I’m at Run Streak Day (RSD) 298

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I count on my Nike Plus app synced with Smashrun to keep track of my streak now since it can be a bit cumbersome to make out a post for Instagram everyday to keep track of my running.  If anyone is interested I can be found on Instagram at @drdukowitz

I have 6 months worth of question marks for my weight in my Running Log but, I really don’t mind because I don’t necessarily want to have to keep track of my weight every day or even every month of my life (if i don’t have to) but, I did weigh in yesterday for another wager going on DietBet.com in which I needed to weigh no more than 243.8 and I beat that by a bit over a pound with a 242.6 weigh-in.

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I don’t think I’ll have time for all the cropping and edits to make nice charts so readers will just have to deal with my feet being in the pics.  Regarding the Log which I keep under my Running Log tab it’s not too shabby

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Last year I kinda got huge into running and while there are still ambitions there, my priority focus is definitely body weight mainly because if I don’t make my 212 weight then not only do I not get a $2,096 prize but I’m also out the $756 I put up to make the bet.  I have to say it’s a lot easier with other real & local people that you know you are going to meet up with after 12 weeks like was the case in the local Lose to Win contest I was in.  There’s a much higher degree of competition which, for me, fuels a lot of activity and motivation.  However, this will still be a good test.

Looking at that log, it appears I’ll need my average weight to drop a decade with each successive month.  May will have to average in the 230s, June in the 220s and July definitely in the 210s.

One motivational aspect I’ll use is working to obtain the 3rd rarest running badge available on Smashrun.com which is the Towering Stairs badge.  To get it, I’ll need to increase my mileage by at least 15 miles per month for 6 consecutive months.  I made a go at it last year but was starting with mileage well over 100 and would have needed to work my way up to 165 miles or so during the 6th month …something kind of ridiculous, at least at this stage of the game.  Anyway, I have another shot at it here.

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My next run is a half marathon in Nashville, TN this coming weekend so I’ll be sure to have all the miles I need in for this month.  After that, I am registered for a half marathon in Geist, Indiana.

I’ll just have to keep posting because this stuff isn’t always on my mind and a big challenge now is simply maintaining awareness of this 212 goal in spite of everything else I’ve got going on.

My next scheduled weigh in is for Tue/Wed the 26th/27th of April so maybe we’ll see a number less than 242.6 and since I’m blogging and have this on my mind, I think I can sign up for another 1 month 4% weight loss dietbet and use that 242.6 weigh in as a new starting point …..calculating……that would mean needing a 232.9 weight or less in 4 weeks.  I guess the weather is nice enough to get out and run more often now….

OK.  We can only be in three 4% 4 week bets and three 10% 6 month bets so I only had room for one more game and found Mama Laughlin’s DietBet which starts tomorrow and my last verified weight of 242.6 was able to be used as my starting point.  I have two more of those 4 week dietbets ending this week, one in two days and one in three days ….looks like those two weigh-ins overlap on the 27th so….well, honestly, I don’t want to lose too much in the next couple days or I might get a goal out of reach ….or, maybe just let the chips fall where they may and put ‘er into high gear to help make my 212 weight asap.  I’ll post again Wednesday with updates.

btw – This latest DietBet I joined has 1,916 players (more pending) a total Jackpot of $67,060 and only $35 to join.  I was given a link directly to the game if anybody wants to join —> http://diet.bt/9iCOzw

 

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Loonies Midnight Marathon Review

I’ve started writing some reviews for BibRave.com and below is my review copied from that site starting with OVERALL.  A few additional pictures have been added towards the beginning which are not found on the BibRave review.

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BibRave Review:

OVERALL – This is a great race and run very well by the race directors. Starting at midnight the race is unique and can pose an extra challenge if you are traveling a long way to get there. For me, my Friday started out at 4:30 in the morning …with a short 1 mile run to keep up a running streak and after a 6 hour drive to my hotel in Cookesville, TN my attempts to get even a couple hours sleep before the race did not happen. The packet pick up is from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. that Friday night with the race starting at midnight. by the time I finished the run I’d been up well over 24 hours straight. Getting there a day earlier may be something to consider if traveling a great distance.

The Loonies race is limited to 300 people and a little over an hour East, South/East of Nashville, TN. I signed up rather late since I was scrambling to qualify as a Marathon Maniac so Cookesville, TN was the closest hotel I could get. I stayed at a Best Western/Thunderbird Inn and was very happy with the hotel. The drive was a pretty short 30 minutes to the start of the race.

T-SHIRT/SWAG – Very high quality. Such high quality that I almost felt as if I was relation to a rich little family. Super nice tech t-shirt and a Loonies hat which is very nice and not something usually received. The medal is probably my favorite ever, 2nd only perhaps to the first marathon medal ever received some two plus decades ago.

AID STATIONS – After the initial 1.2 mile loop, there were five 5 mile loops with 3 aid stations which all featured water and gatorade. If you want or need GU, you’ll need to bring your own. I finished towards the end and there were about 30 pizzas ready & waiting for consumption as well as an ample amount of snacks and typical post race food.

COURSE SCENERY – The course is ran starting at midnight so there isn’t too much to see other than the dark lit town of Livingston, TN which isn’t so bad. Along the start of the race we run by each lap there is a row of vehicles – tents, RV’s and people cheering on their loved ones running in the race and it’s always fun to get a constant influx of cheers and applause every lap. That is a benefit of lap structured marathons. With more typical long route marathons you may see a bunch of support at the beginning and the end but you’re pretty much solo in the distant miles.

Another interesting part of the course was the starting point and which had a little loop to run and the farthest portion of the race was a little loop and those two loops were connected by a couple shared miles where you could see other races in an out and back type fashion. Think of two circles connected by a line, that was the course 🙂

EXPO QUALITY – No expo.

ELEVATION DIFFICULTY – One short area of the race had a bit of a hill but, after a couple laps you barely notice it anymore. Mostly flat terrain. There were 6 people in the 2015 race who qualified for Boston as the race distance is certified.

PARKING/ACCESS – Very easy and ample parking for all – runners and spectators alike.

RACE MANAGEMENT – High Quality. Not only was my experience positive for this 4th Annual race but everybody else I talked with who had run in previous years all had positive comments.

My original BibRave review may be found at http://www.bibrave.com/races/loonies-midnight-marathon#.Va1wq_m6fkg  (link opens in new window)

Week 16, Day 1 – 2015 CMM – Running Log Updates

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Registration for the 2015 Country Music Marathon in Nashville Tennessee on April 25 is now open!  Click on the bold faced underlined link and use Code ROCKCMM15 to save $15.  That code is good until 11:50 p.m. on July 25th so, not much time.  The regular price is currently $90 for the half marathon and $95 for the full marathon.  The Rock n Roll series runs are not cheap but this one was a blast in 2014 and I have nothing else planned in April of next year so I’ll probably sign up.

I’ve been having some fun with my Running Log tab and added pictures of both of my previous Full Marathon runs from 1994 and 2004.  I don’t think internet browsers came out until 1995 and I have yet to find any proof that I ran that full marathon back in 1994 other than that medal.  I also posted my first VP Fair 10k run medal from that same year back in ’94.  A few years later I finally realized that we got the same medal regardless of whether we did the 10K or 3K so, I became economical and did the 3K from then on out …. I’ll be honest, I didn’t realize it was a 3K and always thought it was a 5K but, the medal says 3K so … who am I to argue 😉 🙂

I’ve also updated my Monthly Average Statistics also found on that same Running Log tab.  I’ve started to realize that whether I run 3, 5 or 10 miles that at least one of those miles needs to be a decent time in order to keep my “Fastest Mile Average” metric improving.  Which, I suppose is another way of saying that I’m learning to play my own game.  😉

The Fastest Mile column is new and kind of cool.  The statistics shown are from my Sports Tracker app.  The averages from May to June actually went down slightly which can be mildly annoying but, with the addition of that new column I’m able to see a ray of sunshine with an improvement in my fastest mile of over 2 minutes.  That time had two things going for it – 1) it was a race and 2) the race was only 1 mile long (The Macklind Mile)

I’ll have to get to a track by the end of this month to see if I can improve upon that time.
July has been a bit different.  My average distance is over 2 miles more than the previous month and Average Duration has also increased by over 1/2 hour.  So far, the average of my fastest miles for each training run is under 14 minutes as well, coming in at 13:41 per mile.

I almost feel a little desperate to see those numbers drop faster because of the impending Marathon on November 1st.  I often do calculations throughout the day and, for easy figuring, I look at this last 10K and to make the numbers nice think about 6 miles in 1:15 or 12 in 2:30, which means 24 miles in 5 hours.  That’s a heck of a long time and I scarcely have any runs beyond the 6 mile range right now.  The 35 mile bike ride took the place of an 8 mile run but, I do have 11 miles scheduled for this coming Saturday and I’ll have some help from the Rambling Walkers – whoever they are 🙂  It’s at Babler State Park in Missouri so I’m sure some hills will be involved.  At least I’ll get it done early.  I do want to have a bit of a strategy in place and might brush up on the Gallaway strategy of walk/run to help me get through it.

I want to be better than I was 20 years ago and I think that’s possible in terms of running.

That reminds me again of that quote by Bill Gates that most of us overestimate what we can do in a year and underestimate what we can do in 10 years.  I need to get through this upcoming Marathon, it’s not something I take lightly.  Even with that 2015 Nashville run I mentioned earlier, I’m only looking at the half marathon.

I do think maybe if I keep up my efforts that sometime next year – 2015, I’ll really be able to run some races and do them better than I’ve ever done before 🙂

2014 Marathon First One

Falling Short

I’ve talked with many ex-smokers who have said that even though they quit, that craving never goes away.  I think of this because most of my marathon thoughts have to do with the first one I ever ran which was back in 1994.  I didn’t train and basically walked my 2nd marathon in 2004 so there wasn’t much in the way of opportunities to form many indelible memories.

1994 is entirely different …memories of the training, memories of the run.  Maybe it was back in ’94 when I became addicted and even though I’ve been an ex-runner more of a runner over the last 20 years, just like the ex-smoker – that craving from running never goes away.  There is a local park with a 1.5 mile track and markers every 0.1 miles.  I remember the first time being able to run completely around that track without stopping.  It was also at that track, after deviating off the path for a while then coming back that I ran my first hour non-stop.  I remember wanting to know what it was like to run at a 4 min/mile pace like Roger Banister so, I figured that was 15mph and was actually able to bury that speed …for 0.2 miles anyway.  For me, that pace was just shy of an all out sprint and took place about two weeks before my first marathon.  I remember one of my last long runs.  I went out the night before with a can of white spray paint and a car full of water bottles.  The run started at the water tower of a local mall and ended at a VFW post & campsite with a lake about 15 miles away.  I drove that course and stopped my car every mile, then got out and spray painted the mile number on the road and left a couple of bottles of water next to the number.  I remember at mile 13 one of the water bottles had tipped over and emptied out.  It was rough looking forward to water only to find none.  My car was waiting at the parking lot of the VFW post and a kind elderly couple who lived at the site gave us some water and a bite to eat.  

The run itself was great up until the 20 mile marker, up to that point it was pure running.  Whatever family lived around the 20 mile marker had tables set up out front with food, it was the first time I stopped running and grabbed some food to eat – I think I stopped, not positive about that part, I am positive I ate food and very shortly thereafter my legs stopped working.  It’s like they seized up and wouldn’t function properly.  I was afraid I might be out of the race but, I found if I squatted down then stood back up that was enough to get my legs moving again, at least for a block or two then I would have to squat down, stand up and continue jogging.  That went on for most of the remaining 10k of the race.

I’m guessing my pace was somewhere between 10 and 11 minutes per mile.  

I’d like to beat all that.  It’s what I think about.  I know I mentioned things I need to do for karate, masons, getting my chiropractic license but, the one thing that seems to dominate my mind more than anything is being able to run longer and faster. I want to be able to hit those milestones I did 20 years ago.  I want to run around that track at the park non-stop.  I want to run for an hour non-stop again.  I want to best that 4 minute per mile pace, even if it is just for 0.2 miles.  Ever since high school, I’ve wanted to run a quarter mile in under a minute.  I think, if I was on a regular track then I may have been capable of doing it that day I toyed with that 4min/mile pace.  My best mile time in high school was 6:04 so I would love to break that 6 minute mark.  I was a lineman on the football team back then so, it was the fastest time of the linemen but beating that 6 minute mark was something that was needed to get an extra star on our helmet.  

Some thoughts in my head are positive about the training and my ability to be able to complete the upcoming marathon while other thoughts lend themselves to doubt.  I like that I still have over 6 months to train for the event but, when I look at the numbers – only 186 days away – 185 days away in about 15 minutes and realize how much farther I have to go then I wonder….

I like that my pace at Nashville was 14:41 because it looks like it’s within striking distance of that 10 min/mile pace.  I know when I’m actually running that my pace is better than 6 mph but, I can’t keep it up that long – that time is still being measured in minutes…. 

There is a race in three weeks, May 17th I’m looking into.  They have a half marathon with a 3 hour time limit but, I’m not really cut out for accomplishing anything overly noble in those half marathon runs and was thinking of tackling a 10k while still adhering to my 5 minute interval program but, maybe pushing it a little bit and maybe doubling the amount of time i was running in Nashville.  Maybe 1.5 or 2 minutes of running every 5 minutes.  I have times of 1:29:33 and 1:30:19 for the 10k splits in the Lincoln Presidential and Nashville CMM runs respectively.  Maybe I could take 8 minutes off those times?  

It’s almost funny or, perhaps ironic, that I mentioned needing to do more and be better with Karate and the Masons in my last post because, I never made it to my weekly Masonic meeting last night and didn’t make it to karate tonight.  It reminds me a bit of what we learned in school about nerves dying.  Just before a nerve finally dies it sends out one last burst of impulse, kind of a last ditch effort type thing.  If a person’s optic nerve was dying about the same time as the rest of the body then that last burst might account for the white light that people have reported seeing before they died.   (then somehow being brought back to life so they could recount the story)

I’ve noticed this phenomenon before though.  When I’m doing well, I want to do better.  But then upon trying or wanting to do more and specifically after writing it down, it seems …more often than not, that’s when I’ll fall apart a little bit on those very things I said I wanted.  

Idk – (that’s “I don’t know” for you non-texting type people out there)  Today, I was just exhausted.  I added a few more lawns to be cut today than I originally had on my schedule so, from 9:02 this morning until 4:10 this afternoon I was cutting grass and except for one quick stop at a local gas station to use the restroom and my drive time from one job to another, that’s pretty much what I did all day – cut lawns.  According to my fitbit that I wear on my wrist I covered over 12 miles today and today was an OFF day for training.  I’m just currently exhausted and at 7:30, instead of being at karate, I found myself in bed only to wake 3 hours later dying of thirst.  Since waking I’ve had 1/2 dozen strawberries, 1 orange and 3 bottles of water in addition to writing a few pages here.  

Falling Short – this was an initial thought I had and maybe stems a little bit from that saying about “shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land among the stars”

I’m thinking the moon would be what I’m shooting for, that marathon run on November 1st down in Wynne, Arkansas but, the stars would be things like running that 1.5 mile path non-stop – being able to run fast – running for an hour non-stop and I do have a half marathon I’ll be doing with my brother about two weeks prior to my marathon attempt.  He mainly runs for fitness and doesn’t do too many organized events but we keep each other abreast of our training and I know he’ll knock out 3 or 4 miles at around a 9:17 pace and he’s already picked out a training program so he should do *very* well in his third ever half marathon.  It’s the St Louis Rock n Roll Half Marathon, I think on Sunday, Oct 19th – two weeks before my marathon run.  But, if I can run that half in 2:25 or less then I will also qualify for the Pikes Peak Ascent (wave 2, i think) in 2015.  Gotta finish that Ascent in 6 hours or it’s like you never existed.  And, finishing that event in 6 hours or less is the only way to get a finishers jacket.  I want one of those jackets.  It’s kind of like getting one of those Boston Athletic Association jackets that you might see one or two people wearing at any big event.  

I guess the moral of this story is that I can’t be afraid of failing or falling short of my goal because there is so much sweet fruit to be had along the way.  I can not use the possibility of failing be any type of excuse for not trying.  I didn’t even like writing that last sentence.

If I take my training seriously then I may be entitled to serious results.  I spent a great deal of time during my drive down to Tennessee thinking about the whole concept of being serious and thereby taking responsibility for the results we obtain in life.  That’s a whole other blog I was thinking about writing.  

Anyway, so far so good with the current training.  I remember back in the Summer of ’94 I took a running class offered at a local university which met 3 days per week, Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 a.m.  I ended up entering my first 10k that Summer and a few months later completed that first marathon of mine.  So, I know it’s possible to complete a marathon with less than 26 weeks of training but that was 20 years ago also and I have a more vintage body to do this with.  

Currently, I am in week 4 of the 26 week program which means 30 minutes of walking/running tomorrow.  AND – that training program officially starts next Monday 🙂

Nashville, TN! #RunCMM – Amazing Place, Amazing Race

I’m not sure where to start – I could have used an extra day before the race and definitely an extra day after the race to party it up some here in Nashville, TN.  This place is pretty awesome and extremely clean from what I’ve seen and that includes everything I saw when getting lost while trying to leave the city to get to my hotel out in Goodlettsville (about 9 min from the city ….34 minutes taking my route…)  😉

Marathon Mental Fitness – 30 min talk by Kevin Leathers
Kevin gave his talk on Marathon Mental Fitness at 3 p.m. at the CMM expo – 
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I did my best to jot notes on my phone so…. here’s an excerpt of the text messages I sent myself 😉

  1. You have to get comfortable being uncomfortable.  This may be a tenet for life and living.  It reminded me of a book called The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck, MD.  Product Details
    I have a few copies of that book and, in the past, I know I’ve read the first few pages literally dozens and dozens of times.  I believe the first words in that book are “Life is Difficult”  There’s also an asterisk right after that which refers to Budda and suffering… but, the gist is that once we can accept that life is difficult then we can transcend that fact.  Anyway, the first thing Kevin said was to get comfortable being uncomfortable.
  2. “Your brain gives out miles and miles before your legs do.”
  3. “What story do you want to write?”  Here Kevin was talking about the story you would tell after finishing your marathon.  He said the average person would have between 3 and 1,000 self conversations about the run once they are finished and he challenged people to think ahead of time about what kind of story they wanted to write.  Do you want to write a story that says you walked at each water station or that you kept running right through them?
    This made me think of that poem by Walt Whitman, O Me!  O Life! which was also used in the movie, The Dead Poet’s Society – “that the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse”  What will your verse be?
  4. “The wall is a myth.  It’s always self inflicted”  Apparently with today’s modern training and nutritional methods nobody ever needs to “hit the wall” again as long as they are properly trained.  I’m not sure if I exactly understand everything here but – Kevin does have a website where we may be able to learn more – http://www.cantstopendurance.com/
  5. Running causes us to be physically fortified and then he said something about being mentally fortified
  6. Generally speaking, our harshest critiques are ourselves but when it gets time to race then we need to be our biggest cheerleader – maybe that is what he said about being mentally fortified 🙂
  7. WIN against those voices in your head.  
    I kind of alluded to those voices in a previous post and was almost apprehensive even talking about them but, Kevin seems to understand.  All those voices that put us down, the doubt, contributors to low self worth – those kinds of voices – shut them up!  Complete your race & win!  🙂

73 year old Don Write – Multiple Myeloma – Running his 81st Marathon Tomorrow!
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Don Write is pictured above, he ran his first marathon in 2002 after his 60th birthday!  Tomorrow at the Country Music Marathon Don will be running in his 81st marathon at the age of 73!  Two weeks after he ran his first marathon Don was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (MM) – ….this is where my brain goes off in tangents since MM is one of the things we cover a lot for our board exams.  If anyone is reading this….idk, …there’s still docs out there that rely on the presence of Bence Jones proteins to dx MM but I have read (and learned in school) that Bence Jones has about a 40% accuracy while electroimmunophoresis is accurate about 92% of the time.  Look for an M spike in the IgG …if i recall correctly.  MM – like MnM’s (the candy) – all the same size, as are the punched out lesions in the skull visible on x-ray.
I think Don mentioned on the news tonight that the mean survival rate is about 5 years with MM, I really don’t remember but, he’s more than doubled that estimate.  
ALS – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s dz) has about a 5 year survival rate – it’s both an upper and lower motor neuron disease (dz).  I had an uncle pass away from ALS a couple years ago.  I remember hearing they had one drug that can help give a person an extra three months…

This place is pretty incredible.  It’s a very clean city.  I had thoughts of heading over to Memphis tomorrow night but keep hearing bad reviews about the place.  My main intention was to get over to Wynne, Arkansas to see where I’ll be running the upcoming marathon on November 1st.  However….just because Nashville and Memphis are in the same state and Wynne is just west of Nashville, it’s still a 4+ hour drive to get to either location.  …I wouldn’t mind staying in Nashville an extra night but, with fiduciary responsibilities being what they are I might have to jet back home tomorrow after the run.  

Yikes!  It’s after 10:30 and I need to be getting up at least by 4 so I can head back to the city and find some parking.  Not sure if I mentioned this before but there are over 30,000 people signed up for this run tomorrow.  I’ve done some other Rock n Roll type half marathons in the past but never quite as big as this one.  I’ll be starting out in the 35th corral (out of 40) and, even that was with a pretty optimistic time of 3 hours.