I Hate Running — How About You?
This is a daily journey journal. Say that fast 10 times. A journal of what I eat, when I eat it, what I do, and when i do it. You will find my exact eating times and as close as possible eating amounts. If I eat a Snickers bar, you’ll know it. If I don’t finish my plate of pasta, who knows if it’s five-eights or one-third serving — I’ll do my best. You will know exactly when I run and exactly how many miles thanks to all of our good friend GPS.
I decided about 2 decades ago to run a marathon, but with one minor hurdle. I hated to run — barely liked to walk to the store. I’m not a big guy. I still fit comfortably in airplane coach. I’m not a lazy guy. My wife and I keep a tidy house. In fact, I actually have 3 businesses, 2 of which are established and my third has made it past the planning stage and into development.
It’s just for years, I didn’t see the point of running, especially paying to run. Don’t get me wrong. I do exercise regularly. I don’t have the shirt to prove it, but I’m a P90X graduate and an Insanity undergraduate. Yeah, I skipped a few classes here (sorry Shaun T)
So what’s the point? I made a public declaration years ago that I will run a marathon and it’s time to pay up — finish what I put into words. The point ultimately is two-fold — finish what you start and it’s never too late.
And, there is a third point and one that is dearest to my heart. What’s the third point? All younger brothers can relate. Click here for the third point
Food for Thought – Marathon Food Plan
From A to Z, Apples to Zucchini, you’ll find a specific list of everything I eat, when I eat it, and sometimes how I feel after I eat it. I’ll give you a detailed nutritional roadmap with the underlying belief being, if it works for me, it can work for you.
If you want to Run 26.2, it will work for you. If you want to Walk 1, it will work for you. My goal is to give you the information so you can make it a revelation in your daily food choices. You’ll find that I eat Herbalife shakes in the morning and by the evening, I’ll be enjoying my share of gourmet pizza. If you ever said to yourself, “I can’t just eat shakes all day long” and used this as an excuse for not wanting to change your first meal, this is definitely for you. Why? Because I don’t eat shakes all day long, but I still maintain a healthy weight and an energetic spirit.
Eat, drink, and be merry is a motto from yesteryear. Oh yeah, I said yesteryear. It’s time to update this and say be merry, eat smart, and drink responsibly. Probably won’t be seeing any bumper stickers with this on it any time soon, but mainly, celebrate YOU and don’t let food push you around any longer. It’s time for all of us to take a stand against cookies.
It isn’t hard to make easy choices if you set your mind to it and these daily food journals will show you that shakes and pizza can co-exist.
Run Forest Run – Marathon Training Plan
This is my first marathon and probably my last. My physical therapist actually said, “You know running is the worst thing you can do for your body.” Normally I wouldn’t pay attention to such dream-stealing advice, but considering my PT is an avid hiker and active adventurer, his words carry more weight (pun intended) than a doctor telling you to lose weight while that very same doctor tips the scales at 300 pounds. Plus the knee brace I now use as a fashion accessory tends to agree with Doug the PT.
Why my last? The actual race will take 4 hours. Is that a good enough reason? Don’t misunderstand. I definitely won’t stop running. That’s not the case at all. In fact, I have fallen in love with the shorter distances. 10Ks are way too much fun to stop participating in and I might even be persuaded to run 2 half-marathons per year. But yes, as of right now, I have no intention of ever running another marathon. I welcome your persuasive input, but this will be it.
So, in the meantime, 2013 has been an incredible year of training. I’ve run 3 half’s, a few 10Ks, an 8-mile, a 10-mile, and countless number of training runs. Let’s just say I’ve already gone through 3 pairs of running shoes so according to my App, I’m nearing 800 total miles. And I was running before I actually discovered an actual plan would be helpful so I’d say I’m over 1,000 total miles.
This website is designed to help the first time marathoner and probably last time marathoner. I can’t be the only one. I use RunKeeper’s helpful training free App and will show you my progress as the marathon approaches.
The objective is 26.2 miles, but the goal is to finish what I start and learn some lessons in the process. With all that quiet, alone time on the road, one can become a regular Dalai Lama and learn life lessons from running.