So Dr. Phil really inspired me. After my awful November Calendar:
I ran much more in December:
I upped my normal mileage from 3 miles to 5 miles. Long about December 28th my legs were really starting to stay sore for a couple of days past running. Then I noticed my mileage for the month, over 50 miles. That's double what ran in November. That made me happy. I was hoping to get a six mile run in before the end of the year, but I came down with a rotten head cold and the weather SUCKS. It snowed Wednesday morning and was too slick to run outside. I attempted a run today, but got caught in a freak sleet storm, so I only made 3 miles. I'll shoot for 6 on Saturday, and if I make it, I'll sign up for the St. Louis half marathon in April.
Less Of Me to Love
I've noticed my clothes have been fitting better. For a long time we didn't have a scale, so I'm not sure what I topped out at, but I think a safe bet is somewhere in the 230 lb. range. I started noticing my clothes fitting better, so I bought a scale. I'm down to 213 lbs. Now that I finally have a scale, I've re-read the Hacker's Diet. The whole premise is your body is 75% water and your weight at any given time is a reflection of how much water is in your body. A night with a bag of salty chips will cause you to retain water and weigh a little more the next day. To solve this, you monitor your weight on a daily basis then run some fancy math to calculate a weighted average. Then you monitor your trend line to see if you are gaining or losing weight, and to see what your calorie excess/deficit is. It's easier to show you:
A daily deficit of 500 calories will lose you a pound a week. I haven't started on a diet yet, I've basically just been logging how my weight is acting without a diet. I'll probably start by cutting out soda/vitamin water after the first of the year.
Look, Ma, I Have a Running Blog
I had an odd thing happen to me over Christmas weekend. One of my cousins referred to this blog as my "Running Blog". I'd never really thought of this as a running blog before, but looking through my latest posts, it kind of is. I'm not saying that's all I'll ever post here, but maybe this blog has found a purpose. The name even kind of fits. I've found quite a few running blogs that I've been following over the past couple of months for inspiration:
This girl is crazy. She's an ultra-marathoner. I'm focusing on just a regular marathon someday, but this girl is a huge inspiration.
This dude is funny. His writing style is a lot like mine.
This was not what I thought it was going to be. The MegaNerd is actually a chic. I would have figured a dude. Anyway, she's about ready to run her first marathon, so she's about a year ahead of me on running. It looks like she can cook up a storm, too.
The Booze Hounds Inc. Running Team
Booze. Running. Need I say more?
New Year's Resolutions
Putting more resolutions to digital ink. My three health related resolutions this year are to a) lose about 40 lbs, b) run a half-marathon, and c) do the hundred pushup challenge. I'm really not looking forward to the last one. I hate, hate, HATE pushups. I'm trying to recruit some coworkers to try this with me.