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Old 01-14-2006, 11:27 AM   #1
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I've recently began to run again after a long layoff...one that wasn't quite as enjoyable of a layoff as one would hope, but that's another story. Anyways, during my time away from running or doing much of anything that required running, I put on ..ohh...20 pounds or so. Anyways, here's the point. Being 220 pounds isn't that bad for me, but hey, I'm getting old and it's time to get in great shape and stay that way so that I won't randomly die some day from a massive coronary. Well, my drinking binges in college may help to cause that anyway, but once again, that's a different story.

Anyways, whenever I had to stop running a few months back, I was up to running 6 miles 4-5 times a week. That was nice, but I still wasn't where I wanted to be because my diet included eating out 10-15 times a week (my main choices were Wendy's, McDonald's, Chik-Fil-A, etc, etc). So, here's my goal. To run a marathon by the end of this year. No, I don't like running, but it's the easiest way to get into shape and stay in shape.

Where am I at now? Well, I've only been able to resume running for a couple of weeks, so I'm pretty much at ground zero. I ran a mile for the first time a few days ago. Yesterday and the day before, I ran 3 miles both days. I know that once I can get back to where I'm running 6 miles 2-3 times a week, I'll pretty much be able to knock out 10 miles at least once a week. When will I b at 6 miles 2-3 times a week? Well, weather permitting, sometime around mid to late February.

Anyways, this thread is just for me to keep up with what I'm doing. If I put it in 'writing' where others will see, it'll motivate me to keep up with the running..but more importantly, it'll motivate me to see the goal and cut out alot of the eating out... Hey, I just need others to see it so that it'll add a little more incentive to getting to where I want to be.

That's all... laugh at me for being agay and running,..that's fine.

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Old 01-14-2006, 11:32 AM   #2
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..as I'm typing this, I'm eating homemade lasagna with extra cheese, extra sausage, and extra hamburger meat.
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I just ran the NYC marathon in November. It was tough and the long runs on the weekends were slightly brutal. I started running 2 years ago and prior to that, despite always being an athlete, I was a terrible runner. I hated it. Would run a mile and stop. It seemed torturous. Still don't love it, but I do love how it makes me feel. However crossing the finish line was one of the great experiences of my life...truly a great, great experience.

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Good luck Murphy! (Start with putting the lasagna up )
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Murphy, you suck. Get out there and run lard a$$!






Did that get you on your running shoes and up and running or what?
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actually, I just got through dissecting a pig...I'll run in a bit.
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I heard somewhere that Olympic runners have significantly reduced life expectancies. There might be something after all to that idea that your heart only has so many beats in it.
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From everything that I've read, distance running generally adds to your life expectancy.. looks like the average is around 3 years, but that obviously depends on numerous factors.
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Muprh, I went on the Abs Diet Challenge through Men's Health about this time last year and dropped 25 pounds in about two months or so. It was really easy to do and I've been able to keep all the weight off. I highly suggest the diet, as it's really not a diet as much as it is a lifestyle change. Plus it mixes in the weights/cardio that help build the lean muscle. Anyway, I know my eating habits were horrid, so if I can do it, I'm positive you can. Good luck!
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I don't really need a diet. I was unable to play sports, run, jog, or pretty much anything for several months. Now that I can, the 15-20 pounds will easily come off. But, the running thing is more or less me doing something that I hate doing just to prove to myself that I can ...and running a marathon would pretty much be about the ultimate goal as far as running goes.

But thank you for the suggestion. I've always been a bit up and down, but it comes off rather easily whenever I decide that that's what I want to do. With that being said, that #4 SuperSized at McDonald's that I had for lunch was damn good.

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wow! quite the ambitious goal Murph! I used to run, and I loved it! I never ran more than 3 or 4 miles at a time though so I can't imagine doing a marathon. you actually have inspired me to start jogging again. when I was in my best shape, I beat my dad in the turkey trot in Dallas (which was a big deal because he too is a runner, and I was always the "smart kid" while my brother was the athlete!). that was only a 5k. maybe I'll make it my goal to run in the turkey trot at Thanksgiving. We could support each other? I've been pretty sedentary the past couple of years, and my body is now starting to feel the effects. I have high blood pressure and would love to bring it down!
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i believe in you murph =]

kinda makes me want to get up from my couch and start doing something active

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I don't really need a diet. I was unable to play sports, run, jog, or pretty much anything for several months. Now that I can, the 15-20 pounds will easily come off. But, the running thing is more or less me doing something that I hate doing just to prove to myself that I can ...and running a marathon would pretty much be about the ultimate goal as far as running goes.

But thank you for the suggestion. I've always been a bit up and down, but it comes off rather easily whenever I decide that that's what I want to do. With that being said, that #4 SuperSized at McDonald's that I had for lunch was damn good.

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whatever you do, listen to your body

if you want get in shape and become/stay healthy, do yoga and/or taiqi

deep breathing and slow movements is the best you can do for your body

endurance sports only get you that far

the former German foreign minister (Fischer; now on his way to a teaching job at Harvard) started running after he became one of those fat politicians, he ran a few marathons and lost about 60 pounds (or more, can't really remember; he was really slim at one point) in the process. After stopping running and starting indulging in French cuisine again, he soon turned back into the fat suit in no time...
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Dude, I have no interest in yoga. I'm not a Democrat.

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Just for reference, how tall are you with a weigh of 218lbs?
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whatever you do, listen to your body

if you want get in shape and become/stay healthy, do yoga and/or taiqi

deep breathing and slow movements is the best you can do for your body

endurance sports only get you that far

the former German foreign minister (Fischer; now on his way to a teaching job at Harvard) started running after he became one of those fat politicians, he ran a few marathons and lost about 60 pounds (or more, can't really remember; he was really slim at one point) in the process. After stopping running and starting indulging in French cuisine again, he soon turned back into the fat suit in no time...
The thing is: he lieks to eat, he didn't stop running, even throughout his election campaign he ran 1 1/2 hours a day.

Anyways, I'm gonna start preparing myself for a half marathon (13 miles) in a couple of weeks. But I don't wanna los any weight, I'd rather gain some weight, which is pretty impossible while I'm still in school, because I just don't have any time, whatsoever.
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Congrads to you on your goal to take care of your health, and to live longer. It never hurts to learn a little more about eating habits and exercise. I lost almost 20 lbs this past year with Weight Watchers, and my whole food-lifestyle has really changed (have kept it off for 8 months). A few of my friends and I are getting together for various running events in Dallas this coming year. I haven't worked out much since spring/summer of '03, so I'm starting out with the short distances. We have a 5K run in February, then a 10K a couple months later, then a half marathon in the fall(we shall see!). It really makes a difference when you know someone else is training to run an event with you (or showing interest in your progress), and we update each other on our progress and new ideas (on a website like this one). Yoga rocks by the way (even for me, a novice).
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Smiles, you lost 20 pounds? I thought you barely weighed over 20 to begin with.

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wow Smiles! that's awesome! I have done Weight Watchers before and was very successful. I'm thinking about doing it again. I just wish my husband would do it with me. It's hard to be eating different things, but he hates anything that is remotely healthy so that's a lost cause. I just know I'll be a widow by the time I'm 40! But I guess if I'm going to be a widow, I might as well be a skinny, healthy widow!
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Well, went 4 on Tuesday, 4 on Wednesday, and 5 on Thursday. I took yesterday and today off. Tomorrow I'll go 4-5 depending upon how I feel.
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...surprised myself and went 6.
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lost any lbs yet?
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I have also began to get back in shape but i never really lose weight because i do weight workouts too. I am working out with the vague notion that i might walk on as a fullback at UT this summer though i doubt it (Im not one of those uncle rico idiots who thinks they could start anywhere) but mainly, just the vague goal gives me a reason to work out. I do about 5 miles a day on an eliptical but have actually gained 1 lb since i started working out 3 weeks ago. That goes with the weight workouts though. 3 on 3 full court basketball is the best cardio workout there is. (The less people who play the more you have to run)
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Yeah, but for 3 on 3, you gotta go half court. Gotta have at least 4 on 4 before you can consider going full court.

Yeah, down to 215 Sike.
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we do it with 3 sometimes which i like because honestly im not that great. (I cant dribble that well.) But i can run and jump which leads to scoring in the open court though it can get a little hectic. I suprise people who havent played me because i do weigh 245 lbs but i have decent speed and I am REALLY quick side to side.
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For those who may be interested:

A decent place to log your activity and compare your workout intensities and times is www.presidentschallenge.org
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Old 02-01-2006, 11:10 AM   #33
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4 and 3 the past two days...wearing down quickly because of lack of eating before running. I skip breakfast alot of times, so it's difficult to run at around noon if you haven't eaten since 8 the night before.
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Yeah, i have gone a little away from running and now am playing basketball more. Best of 5 4 on 4 full court basketball to 16 every night. Smiles thanks for the link.
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Ok..so you people suck on the whole accountability thing.
Well, by mid February, I had reached my goal of running 6 miles 2-3 times a week. So, I moved on to the next goal in my journey to running a marathon sometime before the end of the year.

My goal now is to reduce my per mile time. But, I'm also re-tooling my running style. I've always ran too much on the balls of my feet with shorter strides. Well, that's not conducive to repetitive long distance running. It also makes it difficult to drastically reduce my time. Basically, I was using too much of my lower legs and not enough of the upper legs in the jogging process. So, my calves would be so sore the next couple of days that it was difficult to put together a week of 4 solid runs. That used to not be a problem, but I'm getting old I suppose. It's just time to lengthen the stride a bit.

So, I'm working on lengthening my stride and increasing my pace. Here's my plan. For March and April, I'll be using a different workout plan the majority of the time. Initially, it involves running individual miles each under a certain time. So, for now, I'll run 1 mile under 7 minutes, walk a lap, run another mile under 7 minutes, walk a lap... you get the picture..do that 4 times. After I'm able to consistently do that relatively painlessly, I'll step up the workout again. I'll run 1.33 miles, walk a lap...1.33 miles..walk a lap and so on until I've ran 1.33 miles each under 9:20 seconds 4 times... then up to 1.5 miles 3 times (then 4 times)... and 2 miles 2 times (then 3)... and so on until I reach the 6 mile mark again...

Anyways, I just wanted to update the progress. I had to go through a similar workout routine in high school. It was a little more intense with the base mile time at 6:00 minutes to around 6:15. But, this isn't about competition at all (it wasn't about that for me in high school...just forced to do so)... this is more about accomplishment.

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I thought about this thread the other day. My friends had the bright idea of playing 2 on 2 full court basketball. They are in hs and they were basically using it as a fastbreak drill but man i thought i was gonna die. We played 3 games and my team won all 3 though. That said if you get a chance to play 2 on 2 full court bball. Dont. Its fun but unless you all 4 players are in amazing shape it turns into a series of 2 on 1s and 1 on none breaks.
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I've played 2 on 2 full court..when I was 8.
It's not remotely fun...It becomes a game that doesn't resemble basketball.
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Like i said they were using it as a fastbreak drill. It can actually be fun if everyone is in good enough shape. I just went along with it bcus i wasnt doing anything else.
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Murph, you inspired me to get my lazy ass up and do some cardio as well (I'm about 6'1, 175-ish). Problem with me is I actually lose weight (hyperactive metabolism) if I don't work out so it's hard for me to tell when I'm really out of shape. Did about an hour on the bike yesterday in the gym downstairs to the tune of 12 miles and about 30 min. of rowing. Sore as sh*t but feel pretty decent about myself.

Keep it up dude! We're increasing our longevity!
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Well since this thread is about accountability someone other than murph should bump it. Thus i am bumping it. How goes the running murph?
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