Here's the skinny: I've been near 300 lbs. for years and need to lose weight. I'm married to a wonderful lady, and we have a family. One of our boys often asks if I'll run with him. I've always had to tell him, "No." In August of '09, my wife learned about a couch-to-5k running program, and I agreed to try it with her. This blog chronicles our progress on that training program. I hope I'll soon be able to surprise my son by telling him, "Yes, I'll go running with you!"

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Im back

Its been a long month! Technically I was cleared for running as of last Wednesday, but I wasnt able to get out to run. Some of it was timing, first week of school and all but most of it was fear.

Strange, I know, but I just had this mental block. It wasnt that I was afraid of hurting myself, my body felt fine, but moreso afraid I couldnt run anymore. It all seems a tad silly now. So after battling the inner demons, I conquered my first run today.

I only went 2.3 miles at 11:15 pace, which is right in the ballpark for me timewise. You wouldnt realize I hadnt run for a month until you looked at my heartrate. Thats where it really showed! It averaged 200!!!!! I typically have a lower heartbeat, so this was a bit surprising. I am fighting off a cold still, so breathing was tougher. I didnt feel like I was going to die and my chest didnt hurt so I kept on running. By the end of the 2 miles, it was down in the 170s. I wonder though, if the strap just wasnt reading right. Even for not running for a month, it seemed really really high. My max was 239!

In addition to running this morning, I got away for a bike ride this afternoon.
I had taken a short nap and was feeling like a ride, so I did. I went 8.15 miles. At points the wind made it a much harder right, so I adjusted my route, so I had the wind at my back. Nothing like going all out for exercise!

We have 3 boys in cross country this year. Although N, my 2nd son, fractured his foot at the beginning of the season and is still out til at least next week. Z is in his first year and is running junior high. J has been running for several seasons and is running varsity. J pulled a 19:15 at his last meet for 3.125 miles and Z pulled a 14:30 for 1.8 miles. They both did really well. This was only the 2nd meet of the season, Im looking forward to seeing their improvements as the season continues.

Keep on running folks
Mrs. F

Friday, September 10, 2010

weight Check 9/10/10


Three weeks ago Friday: 280.5
Today: 275.6
Gain/Loss: -4.9
Goal:Cumulative: 210.0
Pounds to lose: 65.6
Comment: Woohoo! Having that cold really helped.

Mrs. F

Last Friday: 149.2 lbs.
Today: 149.0 lbs.
Gain/Loss: -.2 lbs.
Goal: 140.0 lbs.
Cumulative: 33.8 lbs.
Pounds to lose: 9.0
Comment: I was disapointed in this weeks weigh in. Several factors including overeating on the weekend, not exercising and the lovely water weight likely contributed. Im cleared to run but have yet to get out there. Im hoping tommorrow is the day I conquer that obstacle. Its a little intimidating to contemplate running again after a full month off.