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Fitness Friday: Milestones

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We I started working on my fitness Friday post for today I pulled up my running log(pictured above). Added the runs I had done in the month of June and I was surprised to find that I was less than 300 metres away from reaching 1000km run in the last 13 months. It amazes me that I’ve gone that far. Of course all that running has had an effect on my weight, a few weeks ago Melissa put together the picture below to remind me of the change. I’ve been waiting for the right time to share it with the world, and today is that right time.

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Today is July first the half way mark of the year, and so it seem like a good time to refocus on my health and fitness.  So far this year I’ve had some good months and some bad, it’s now time to take a step back and get into a proper rhythm. After I started the month of June running so hard, and ended up costing through the month. I need to get serious moving forward and set some goals and picking some races. My goal is simple, run more and run faster. I want to be running 4+ times a week, but with our schedules I know that would be impossible. So I am setting a simpler goal of at running at least 7 times ever 2 weeks. I’m still working out the distances of my runs but I am thing around over 40k a week. As for the races, I’m still figuring them out. I know I’m going to be running the Half Marathon in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, I now just need to find a race between now and then to run. Perhaps the Acura Toronto 10-Miler & 5K, Toronto Canada. More on that in the weeks to come.

To go with the increase in my running I’m also going to start publicly posting my weight. All year I’ve been struggling with it, after a winter where I gained 15 pounds I’ve managed to get as much as 10 pounds of it off, but haven’t been keeping it off. So now I’m setting my goal My goal is to be under 200 lbs by the end of the year. That’s 26 pounds, in 26 weeks. I’m still working on the widget I’ll use, but for now I’ve added Health & Fitness to the side panel and will be updating it in the days ahead.

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POD: Equipment Upgrades

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Last week before my big 10k run, I found my way to the a couple of Running Room Stores. There I got a bunch of Goo which I shared last week and some other things. It’s the other things that I’m sharing today. My new Running Belt, Hat and Shoes. It’s great to be running with new shoes again and having a belt to hold my phone when I run is so much better. Of course I’ve got some more new running stuff, but you’ll have to wait for another day to see them.

POD: 10k Race Day (57:18.3)

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Today on the eve of the anniversary of my first run I took part in my second  race. The distance was double my last race, the Harry Rosen 5k Spring Run-Off. Today’s race was the Sporting Life 10k. My Time was 57:18.3, only .4 seconds behind Dan’s time of 57:17.9. The running felt great, our pace was 5 Minutes and 44 Seconds a km. Making it the fast I’ve ever run for a sustained amount of time. Now I’ve got 2 weeks to prepare to more than double todays race distance. On May 15th I run the Mississauga Half-Marathon. You can pledge your support here. I’ll be writing more about it in the coming days.

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Running

Harry's Spring Run-Off
Over the last 10 months running has become a major part of my life. It seems to have snuck up on me. It has gone from a chore I was doing to lose weight to something that I really enjoy and miss when I am unable to do it. It has really surprised me how the times when I am unable to run has affected me. Looking forward the next 6 weeks will be filled with challenges but I’m looking forward to them and meeting some of my personal goals for myself.

I’ve never been one who gets down during the winter months but this winter has been hard for me.  I have always been a bit of a night owl and winter has always just provided me with more night. This year it was different and somehow winter got to me, making me feel out of sorts and diet suffered as I turned to snack foods. Though the real problem wasn’t the winter at all, in fact the real problem was that the week after Christmas while out for a 10k or 11k run my knee started to hurt. It took a couple of days before it felt better that first time but every time I would brave the cold for a run after that the pain would return. I handled the physical pain and the emotional pain the way I always do, I ignored it. I paid it lip service by going to the doctor, but I never seemed to have time to follow-up with the sports medicine doctor that I was referred to.

I never gave up on running because I knew it was important to me so every week or so I’d head out to see how my knee held out. First I didn’t change anything about how I ran, I just ran untill it started to hurt and then I would push myself untill I got home and be more depressed than before. Finally, after some time, two things changed: one, I started using a knee brace, and two I forced to take a slower pace. With a slower pace and the knee brace I was able to run 45 minutes pain-free, it was during one of these runs that it hit me how much I’d been missing the act of running.  I have continued running regularly, but the turmoil of the last few weeks has limited my opportunity but thankfully I have tried hard to take some steps to keep focused in the right direction.

Today I take the next step in my running, In less than two hours I’m taking part in Harry’s Spring Run-Off in High Park. It’s a step I’ve wanted to take since last fall, but I always seemed to have an excuse that kept me from registering  for an organized run. Today that all changes and once the race is behind me then the real challenge begins. I have 6 weeks to train before I run my first Half Marathon. That’s 21.1k for in case you were wondering. As I work on this post I have been trying to remember when the thought of running for over 2 hours went from an impossible torture to a doable challenge, but that’s a story for another day. I have been thinking about running this Marathon since the fall, but it wasn’t until last week that I went beyond thinking and registered. It will be just 54 weeks  over a year since the first time I asked my mom to sit with the kids so Melissa and I could give running a try. That day we managed to go 3.17km in 33:54. Today I hope to run 5k in under 28 minutes, but will be happy with any time under 30 minutes. So along with this race today I’m starting a new series of running posts, with weekly updates and tracking.  I’d hoped to have more of it finished for today, along with the refresh of my blog, but life has had other plans. For now Wish me Luck, You can hopefully follow my run on my RunKeeper page.

Project 365-334: Looking in the Mirror 11

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Tonight we have our monthly picture of me. It seemed like a good time to show off my new running clothes, It’s a rainy night and I’ve taken this picture before heading out for a run. I’m not sure if what distance I’ll run tonight. I’m torn between running a quick 5 or 6 km because of the weather or pushing myself to do 12. To find out what I choose check out my Runkeeper Profile Here

Project 365-287: Proof of change

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Today Melissa and I popped into Old Navy looking for a new running shirt. While there we noticed the jeans were on sale, so I thought I would try on a pair. The surprising thing I found was that my waist was down to a 34, back in august I was inspired when I picked up jeans with a 36 waist. So tonight I find myself once again inspired by the waist size of a new pair. The most amazing thing is recently I was cleaning out the closet getting ride of some old clothes and found myself getting rid of a pair of pants with a 44 waist. These were pants I wore last year, and now I’m in a 34. It’s just amazing, but enough blogging for tonight I need to head out for a run…

Upgrading my Running

September is going to be an important month for my running, I want to get out at least twice a week for a run on the street, but also I want to recommit to the Gym. With at least one trip a week, hopefully 2. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing at the gym, but I want to do more than just the treadmill. I am also hopeful that I can take advantage of the nice fall weathered to get on my bike a few times.

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I’ve taken a couple of steps to improve my running. The first was physical, I purchased new running shoes. Shoes that I will only use for running. They are Asics GT 2150 Running Shoes and feel really good on my feet. I got a great deal on them, and I am really looking forward to taking them out for a spin. The second was virtual, and very geeky. I have subscribed to RunKeeper Elite which gives me access to more fitness reports plus will allow people to watch me as I run from the RunKeeper website. While working on this post tonight I received an email from RunKeeper announcing  that the Pro version of RunKeeper has come to Android, this was the one thing I was waiting for.

Tonight will be my first live run with my upgrades. If you’re interested you can follow along at my RunKeeper Profile page. The only question is when will I hit the round. Probably around 10:30, when my mom stops by to sit with the kids.

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Project 365-228: Betrayed…

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Today I headed out for my run like usual. Though it didn’t end like usual, about 2 maybe 3 minutes into my run I feel something in my leg. My calf to be precise, at first I thought it was nothing and tried to run on. That unfortunately didn’t work out. I soon found my self hobbling back home. Before I my leg betrayed me I was having a good run, and after a weekend of overindulgence I really need one. I’m not sure what I’ve done to my leg, if it’s a charile horse or a pulled muscle or something else.  Only time will tell, I just hope that it wont keep me from the gym with Melissa tomorrow night.

Project 365-218: Inspiration

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Today after work the family headed out to Old Navy to check out the Jean sale. I tried on a few pairs and was shocked to find that my waist was down to a 36. It seems inconceivable that when I met Melissa I was wearing a 42. I wonder if I could get down to a 32. I think the vision of losing another couple of inches that inspired me to head out for a run tonight. Check out my run at RunKeeper

Project 365-197: One of the Perks of Riding to work

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Today was the second day that I cycled to work, it has always seemed like a daunting task, because the trip seems like it’s entirely up hill. It’s a gradual slop most of the time, but except for a few place on the ride home I’m heading up hill. Of course that means the ride home is mostly down hill, so it kind of evens out. One nice thing about the ride home is I can take the Humber trail, it adds about 2 km to the trip if I follow it the entire way to the Lakeshore, but it’s a much more picturesque route.