4:30 or Bust: A Quest for Marathon Mediocrity

No, not the D word

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This year, I’ve proved that stepping up the training will lower your marathon time.  I dropped 20 minutes off my time from last year, and I think it was a direct result of running 605 miles from Jan-Oct, rather than the 447 miles I ran last year.

However, there is still room for improvement, and I think the best place to get it from is by dropping some pounds.  I don’t like to dddd, dddd, dddd, dddddiet.  (Jeez, can’t even say the word).  I eat like a pig – very unhealthy.  Snack all the time, eat big lunches all the time, just don’t at all watch what I eat.  I like to say that running gives me the freedom to eat what I want.  In a sense that is true, when I’m running, I don’t gain weight, but I’m also not losing weight.

In the beginning of 2007, I came off a strech where I did very little exercise, and my weight was 235, with body fat of 25%.  After I picked up the running, and started going to the gym, by April, I quickly brought my average weight down to 227 and body fat down to 23.5%.  And I’ve pretty much been there ever since.  Last month was the first time I actually had my average monthly weight below 225 (224.9!!) with body fat down to 22.4%. 

I think it is time to try the diet thing and see what happens.  If I can bring my weight down 10 pounds for the austin marathon, I think it will make a big difference.

To try and help me stay on the wagon, I will not make it a strict diet.  But if I can simply eat healthy breakfasts, reasonable lunches on most days, and snack on fruit instead of junk, I should be able to lose 10 pounds…


Written by SCL

November 8, 2008 at 11:03 am

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  1. Congrats on registering for the Triathlon on time. My co-worker waiting half an hour too long and got closed out.

    I have never done a triathlon before, but hope to do some duathlons and sprint triathlons before the July 26th triathlon. I am going to need to do a lot practice. And now I know who to come to for advice!


    November 8, 2008 at 1:09 pm

  2. […] write more about my diet another time (so far, ehhh), but I’m proud to say that on this visit to Madison Square Park, […]

  3. I am convinced that dieting (I lost over 10 lbs before ny NYC marathon) helped me get even faster than I would have with just training. It’s tought, esp w/the holidays, but TOTALLY worthy it.


    November 30, 2008 at 6:47 pm

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