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Monday, July 11, 2016

We the Runners - 5K and 10K - 2016

It seems appropriate to run a road race on July 4th.  What a pleasure it was to have Joshua and Gabrielle join us for this activity.  Joshua and Gabrielle ran the 5K while Debra and I took on the 10K.  Alexis, Gabrielle and I ran this race back in 2013 and it was nice to revisit this well organized race; along with participation from Debra and Joshua.  Gabrielle and Joshua ran together and kept each other motivated through the run.

Joshua's 5K Race Results:
Joshua's field was highly competitive as these numbers indicate.  I think he did very well for a young man who doesn't run on a regular basis.

Gabrielle's 5K Race Results:
Gabrielle missed the podium by one place.  Like Joshua, I am impressed with her showing given that she doesn't run regularly.

Debra's 10K Race Results:
This was Debra's first 10K race.  I am continually impressed by Debra's drive for road races and impressed at her showing at this race given our slack in training leading up to this race.

Jason's (my) 10K Race Results:
I achieved a PR!  This is the first race that I got dead last in my age division.  In all honesty, I ran poorly because of my weight gain and poor training leading up to the race.  The hot and humid condition on the course didn't help.

On a positive note, I wasn't last for the entire field:

Sunday, July 3, 2016

[Week 25] Stuck in a rut

Plateaus often imply that one has achieved a certain level before flattening out.  The rut is a place that one slips into and finds it hard to break free.  I've hit a low on fitness, nutrition and motivation.  It's now clear that I am past the point where I'm going to hit my vacation goal of 250 lbs., and the first goal missed for 2016.  There's something familiar about this place. My hardest grind right now is running.  I've got a 10K on July 4th and behind in my running routine, and the extra weight is making running quite the labor.  On a positive note, I'm still fit enough to enjoy various activities like Geocaching, assisting in the home moving of friends and other physical activities with family which I had previously found difficult at 317 lbs.

Stats for the Month of June:
  • Current weight: 276 lbs
  • 1-Month weight-loss: -6 lbs
  • Total weight-loss to date: 43 lbs 
  • Continuous run: It's hard to say -- we're doing 4-mile runs during the week and 5 to 6 on the weekend but we're not consistent enough to demonstrate achievement.
  • Total Miles: 57 (down again for this month and the lowest amount so far -- it's clear that this number will have to go up to meet the fitness goals of longer miles.)