Sunday, May 23, 2010

Prime Candidate

My most recent poll closed today. I asked you all if I should enter a half marathon and a whopping 74 people responded to my question. Nobody answered with the ‘yes, but just if you have a coach’ nor the ‘ha, ha, ha! Not a chance’ options. Out of the remaining three possibilities, the ballots were cast as follows:

17 votes for 'is it tomorrow? Go for it' accounted for 23.0%
55 votes for 'absolutely, with proper training' accounted for 74.3%
2 votes for 'you may want to think smaller' accounted for 2.7%

Well, I would say that the overwhelming opinion is that I can manage such an event and I am so appreciative for the (literal) vote of confidence. I still haven’t made up my mind completely about whether or not I will actually commit to something of this magnitude, but I have now finished my second week of training towards such a goal. Monday’s run will probably be the last deciding factor since it will be the longest one I have done to date. It will have intervals, but these farther distances are generally very trying and – quite frankly – a bit boring. I think that’s one of reasons why practicing such long runs are important though. It will help prepare me for the mental battles I would likely face if I do choose to go ahead with a half marathon.

- 8 glasses of water
- 1 wrap on a soft tortilla shell with deli ham, grated cheese, dried cranberries, spinach, fat free Miracle Whip, mustard, and pepper
- 3/4 cup fat free strawberry yogurt with 3/4 cup Multigrains cereal
- 2 cups strawberries
- 1 pan-fried banana and light peanut butter wrap on a soft tortilla shell
- 1 1/2 gala apples with cinnamon
- 1 cup heated tuna salad with grated cheese, grated zucchini, onion, mushrooms, fat free Miracle Whip, mustard, and pepper

- 30 minutes of jogging with a 5 minute walking warm up and a 5 minute walking cool down


  1. Marathons must be for those that absolutely love to run. My hubby runs all the time and when I asked him if he would ever run in a marathon he said, "never". I asked him why and he said that he doesn't like running that much. And I don't either right now, but I hope to like it more as I do it. But for those of us that have or are losing weight it is so much more than a "good time" or "an accomplishment". The fact that you are even considering a half marathon really says just how far you have come. You can do it!

  2. Mine's in 4 weeks. couch to half marathon in 15 weeks. YOU CAN DO IT!! I've still got 49 pounds to lose, I'm only JUST below 200. I have every excuse in the book. Kids, life, job, weight, metal issues (I hate running is a biggie)...but I'm pushing through.
    You have inspired me - with your breakthroughs, your weightloss, your attitude. If I could return the favor, if only in this one tiny thing...please allow me. Sign up for one. You're a determined person, you could and would do it.

  3. Hi 266 - I haven't commented for a long time but read you still most days. I realized just this afternoon (Sunday) that I hadn't checked your Saturday weigh in. I just want to tell you that while I know you were really wrenched about the gain, it's the first gain you've ever registered on a weigh in since starting your journey. I've never seen another person go so long and not have even a few tenths of a pound gain.

    Your success has been due to your relentless hard work and honesty. I'm not worried about you at all. If anything, I suspect your resolve will be even steelier now! You're an inspiration. And welcome to the REAL world of weight management. This is just how it is, even for superstars...once in awhile despite our best efforts we can't be perfect. I know you in know way strive for perfection, but I just want to throw my increased support your way.

  4. Do what you think is best for you.. whatever that may be. No harm in changing your mind if you find it is not for you... follow your heart!

  5. Wow! Great commentary tonight, folks.

    LauraLynne, I hestitate to jump the gun before I am sure myself, but you are so sincere and confident that I can do it. I know that signing up doesn't mean I have to run the whole thing, nor that committing to a half marathon means that I have to finish it in a certain amount of time, so... done! Provided I can find the finances to do it (the one I am looking at is on June 27th and the registration fee is about $80), I WILL sign up! Thank you for beleiving in me!!!

    Leslie, perfection is so boring! ;) I will definitely take your words to heart!