Thursday, November 30, 2006

Ramping up!!!

Another month of fairly consistent training was brought to a close this morning with what was supposed to be a 5 mile run. I DID end up giving back 2 miles to Hal. That was the 2 miles I 'borrowed' this last Saturday to complete the full Tour de Memorial. I was nearing the end of the Memorial park loop this morning when I ran into an old friend (not literally) and we just had to stop and catch up a little. Oh how I look forward to the day when I can actually RUN WITH FRIENDS!!! at a pace where I can actually keep up. Patience!!! This was the same friend that kept me from cheering on June at the Turkey Trot 10K finish. We haven't seen each other in 14 years and now we've accidently run into each other twice in less than a week (not literally). Anyway, we talked for 15 minutes and by that time, I didn't feel like doing the last 2 miles so I cut it short after 3.

Now, I can finally post November's totals. Drum roll please!!! This month, I passed the century mark for the first time with 117 miles. I almost got there last month but was 6 short. Here are my monthly totals since July when I started using this log:

If all goes as planned, I should peak in December at around 145-150. Makes for a nice little graph if you ask me.

There may be something wrong with my Garmin. Lord, I hope not!!! It was very disconcerting running without it this morning. I had it on the charger all day yesterday but when I turned it on this morning before my run, the batteries were still dead. I hope I just need to wipe off the contacts on the cradle or something. I'm not too worried about it because I know Garmin will stand behind their product but to go without it is kind of annoying. I've really gotten addicted to it. On the other hand, it was kind of freeing to run this morning without it. I had no idea how "well" I ran but you know what? It really doesn't matter what the pace was. If it makes you breathe hard, it must be good for you.

Lastly, I'm having a hard time getting my "calculated" weight that my spreadsheet figures out to catch up with my acutal daily weight, measured on the scale. My measured weight this morning was 293 but the spreadsheet says 297. Who cares I guess. I'm still headed in the right direction and seem to be well past the 300-305 plateau that I was at for the better part of October. I don't want my energy and nutrition to suffer between now and January 14th but I'd like to lose at least another 10 lbs by then. So, I'll continue to walk that tightrope between taking in the right amount and kind of calories to lose weight and eating enough that my running doesn't suffer.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

For a Sunday 25K or longer, I start carbo loading on Thursday evening.

It's not consoling to tell myself the reason I didn't finish the race was because I didn't want to eat too many carbs because of the calories.


doug

JustJunebug said...

agree with doug. 2-3 days before...i actually do 2 days...the night before wont do a bit of good (or so it never did for me); i actually eat light the night before.

Barbara said...

Vic, I've had good luck with Garmin's customer service the one time I needed them. I thought mine was dead, but they told me to hold in the on/off button (the little red circle on the bottom to the left) and the reset button (between mode and enter; also says lap on it). I kept them pressed in at the same time for a few seconds and that turned it back on.

But if that doesn't do it, I can definitely recommend their customer service....

Crosstrain said...

Wow Vic, with that mileage you are putting some serious time in training. If you look at the time running, you probably were running more than 24 hours in November! I think you win the hardest working running blogger award.

David said...

It is funny how we become slaves to modern technology!! I always enjoy those (rare) runs without the Garmin and the Ipod - sometimes I just need some time away from Britney Spears and her jammin' beats!

Way to go on your weight Vic! Your training and your weight are inversely proportional...While your miles keep adding up, your weight keeps dropping! I cannot wait to see your marathon debut!

TX Runner Girl said...

Can I just say WOW??? 117 miles is awesome! As for the carb loading, I also start about 2 days before and finish my carbs at lunchtime the day before, then do a light dinner that night. It seems to work for me!

Running Rabbit said...

Can you teach graphing to my 4th graders? Congrats!! :-)

J~Mom said...

Ack, I hope your Garmin is ok! Congrats on all those miles, I know it feels great!

Matt said...

Great Job Vic,
Youve already got good advice for the Garmin.
If you are using the spreadsheet I am used to (the one from Dead runners society) It uses a formula that tries to account for any weird entries such as a sudden weight loss due strictly to water weight on a dehydrated day. As you get closer to your target weight and your weight loss slows down the spreadsheet should catch up.

Steve said...

We all know that Vic Rocks! But it's worth repeating!