Why do I do this...

Why? To be better...

1. I promised (only a few people will know what this means, and if you don't, you will).
2. I am better than this.

Personal Bests

Santa Race November 25, 2012
5k 30:51 min/sec 6:11 pace per km

Boxing Day 10 Miler December 26, 2012
16.09 k 1:42:22 hr/min/sec 6:23 pace per km

Road 2 Hope Half Marathon November 4, 2012
21.1k 2:16:41 hr/min/sec 6:27 pace per km

Road 2 Hope Marathon November 5, 2011
5k 34:18 min/sec 6:52 pace per km

Around the Bay March 25, 2012
5k 32:07 min/sec 6:26 pace per km

Burlington Runners Good Friday 5k April 6, 2012
5k 31:22 min/sec 6:22 pace per km
(Garmin Race Time 5k 31:12 min/sec 6:14 pace per km)

Imperial Glass 4/8K Grey Cup Run November 26th, 2011
4K 26:55 min/sec 6:44 pace per km

Non Race Personal Bests

2.4km 13:19 min/sec 5:31 pace per km
July 17, 2012

5k 28:13 min/sec 5:40 pace per km
Nov 15, 2012

10k 1:02:25 hour/min/sec 6:15 pace Aug/29/2012

Challenge Start: July 18, 2011
Start Weight: 286 lbs
Current Weight: 208 lbs as at November 11, 2012
Total lost: 78 lbs
Goal Weight: 197
Last Cigarette: June, 2011

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Weekly Roundup Ending 01/15/2012

So I have made it to mid-January with resolve and common sense intact! I think!!

The Good
  • 8 hours complete on the road or gym
  • 5 gym workouts
  • 5 strengthening workouts...2x lower body 3x upper body
  • decided that I need to rest my foot
  • 5 cross training workouts elliptical or stationary bike
The Bad
  • only 16km completed on the roads
The Ugly
  • still not tracking calories
  • still not icing my foot

So overall I am pleased with my intensity, and I am starting to feel it (muscle/strength changes). Officially I am back to my pre Xmas weight of 246 lbs, and I am feeling momentum downwards!!!

Sundays run was awesome for the first two KMs and then the foot..the damn foot!! My intention was to go to ten KMs and if I felt good to go to 13, but I opted to do the right thing...STOP (its a miracle)!! lol It was disappointing but it really felt like it was going to get bad so common sense finally intervened!!

Today at work, I thought, I have worked hard, may be its time to take a night off, and so I did. I feel extremely guilty and my foot still hurts. LOL The foot is asking to take the week off from running, and just cross train, and we have an agreement, if its not better I am going to see if orthotics (sp) will help. Will it? I hope so!! Or just get better damn it!!

Foot placement just changed the pain; I really hoped I could resolve it my self but so far no such luck. The elliptical and or bike does not seem to make it quite as angry so that's the plan for this week. The benefits from the weight training are numerous, so this might be the break I need.

I saw an article on breathing this week and having been a brass player in the past I am going to put some things into practise that I would like to share later in the week that will make training easier even at heavier body weights.

To another week of progress!!!


  1. Determination and persistence are gonna get you there. Just keep going. Resting isn't stopping and you're not even resting, you're just changing it up. The foot probably hurts less because there's less impact on the elliptical and the bike than in running and especially running outside.

  2. Your list of 'the good' outnumber the other ones and that is a great place to be! yes, it is. Congrats and here's to another great week in the books!! :)

  3. I hope your foot is felling better soon. Good Luck.

    1. Thank-you Todd. I am finding that this is one of those injuries that does not just go away.

  4. I read your 2012 goals and am excited to see how your year goes. Throughout school I was never an ace in phys.ed either. What we do with ourselves nowadays matters so much more. You are doing great things to make a turnaround. Take it easy on your foot, let it rest now, so you can be a better you later. There are other means to get your workout in without doing damage, and biking is a fantastic alternative without the impact. Resting isn't giving up, don't confuse the two. Have a great week!

    1. Great point! I used to confuse the two and give myself an excuse to quit. This week I have my new plan of attack to mix the workouts up, so that it is less impact on the foot.