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Bentonville Half Marathon 2018

Oh boy, where to begin? Last Saturday I did my second ever Half Marathon at the Bentonville Half Marathon in Bentonville Arkansas. Bentonville gave me a lot a few years ago, and I also wanted to test myself before the Star Wars Challenge in 2 weeks.

My goal was to beat my previous time (3:05:45) and to finish below the 3 hour mark. The one thing I was worried about before race day was the hills of the course.

Those last 3 miles seemed like a killer (they were) but nonetheless I decided to go for it.

The second thing I was worried about (and this happened on race day) was the weather. Arkansas is one of those states that is not prepared for winter conditions like Iowa. And of course, on Saturday it was snowing, icy and cold.

Crew said the race was good to go, and so we started. There were some icy patches here and there but it was not as bad as it could have been.

The final hill was indeed a killer one, definitely walked it out as my legs were killing me by then and adding the incline was not helping at all.

Managed to finish the race in 2:55:47. 10 full minutes below my previous one back in October. I felt great for doing this, yet a little crappy because had I done all my training I would have crushed it more.

What’s next? I took off Sunday to rest and to drive back to Iowa. Not sure about tonight, my legs still hurt a little and I’m really tired but I need to keep up the momentum as we get closer to Disney.

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March 2018 Stats

Third month down, I feel like I aimed a bit too high but it was good in general. I did not meet my goals, and I don’t feel bad about it. As I’ve been doing my PN coaching with Mel I feel like I’ve been learning a lot about myself and my goals and how I really need to take it one step at a time. I did run some more compared to last month and I also got some pounds down, could have been more but I messed up the final 2 weeks of the month and well, it didn’t end as planned.

Anyway, here are my March stats…

  • -2.5 pounds down. No change in muscle mass.
  • 45.03 miles (8.29 more than what I did last month).
  • 9 strength training sessions (My back is killing me!!).

Goals for April

  • Continue to catch up on my miles for my goal of 500 miles by the end of 2018 (I’m almost back on track!).
  • Not mess up after my rest day.
  • Lose more weight and gain some muscle (I’m really tired of yo-yoing and would like to steadily hit 220 and below).
  • Drop of the soda on weekdays instead of every day.
  • 64 oz of water on weekdays with Nuun, plain, or something added instead of every day.
  • Go back to track my foods and be aware of my eatings.
  • Bentonville Half Marathon and Dark Side Challenge!

105.83 miles overall during the year, 394.17 miles to go.

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Tuesday Thoughts…

Today is Tuesday, I’m at work and my mind is racing and trying to do like 34,634 things at the same time (I counted). I got 2 miles last night at the treadmill at the gym instead of the 8 I originally planned to do. The fact that I stayed at home with the wife watching Santa Clarita Diet while the daughter went to sleep didn’t really help.

But anyway, I’m in a good mood today, I’m also tired but I’m in a good mood. I realize that the month is almost over and I have not really achieved all the goals I wanted to do AND THAT IS OK. I had a good start the first 2 weeks and then I crashed and burned, however I think that documenting all of this has really helped me look at my weak points and come up with a better strategy. Tomorrow (or the day after) I’m planning to get a new inBody read and see how my body weight and muscle is going. I don’t have a lot of expectations but I need to get a reading and see where I’m at. Something that I have learned and I’m starting to work on is to go smaller on my goals and avoid the all or nothing mentality. I mean yes, I do want to achieve my goals and we train not to fail, but it is also OK to fail and I need to learn that.

Wife is encouraging me to take a nutrition certification and honestly, I don’t think that’s such a horrible idea. I love the irony of thinking about ME doing one of those certifications, she really believes in me and thinks I can pull it off. I’ll think about it and see how it goes, it feels like a great idea except for the fact that we need to pay up front.

Weather is sort of kind of starting to pick up, we are no longer having freezing temperatures and there’s still some snow here and there but it seems to be improving. If all goes well I’m really going to aim for a long night run and catch up on some more miles.

Goals for the night:

  • Go out for a 6-8 mile workout and think about Bentonville.
  • STOP caring about pace and enjoy the night.
  • Try to leave the house early so I won’t get home at the wee hours of the night.

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All it takes is one day.

One day. One day is all it takes for me to derail and fall off the wagon. Pretty much since the 15th I messed up most of my progress. It all started one night after work when I was stressed and pissed. Didn’t took my breakfast or lunch, drank alcohol at night and started to skip on my workouts.

Kind of got back in track, then the week started again and it was a bad week. A very bad week. I missed work outs, I ate pizza and got back to drink soda, it was shit. Stressed at work, social events, weather, etc.

Thinking about it and looking back I can see that pattern. I can see the pattern of missing one day and then just derailing for a few days. I need to learn to just let it go, skip a day, and then move on. It’s ok to fail. It’s ok to mess it up, and that something that I struggle with. The whole all or nothing mentality.

In other news, one week to finish March, I got 27 out of 64 miles I planned to do this month. I believe if I put my mind to it I can get really close to my goal this month, and it will help me train for Bentonville which is right around the corner!!

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Week 2

It’s the middle of the month and it’s time for check in. I want to say that up until… Monday? I was having a really good week. Was down by about 3 pounds, doing my exercises (running streak is totally off by the way), staying away from soda… then Tuesday and Wednesday came. I’ve been really stressed at work lately and it made me realize how fragile and stress related are my eating habits.

I started to mess up my lunch, and that lead to mess up my breakfast, and so on and on. I still haven’t craved to a breakfast pizza with a Diet Coke and beers at night but maaaan I’m really tempted.

Workout related I’m sticking to my plan and going at it. Started doing Precision Nutrition with Mel and it has helped me out a bit to stay accountable.

I haven’t been at the Inbody yet, hopefully on Friday I’ll be able to stop by and get some measurements to see where I’m at.

Signed up for the Dam to Dam race in June. It will be an almost Half Marathon race and I’m looking forward to do it. I did the 5K version last year and i think it was my best 5K that i remember. Also Bentonville is right around the corner. Haven’t signed up yet but we are already making plans!

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7 days in…

So today is the 7th day since I started to document my progress. It’s been hard and I feel I’m at the point where I typically jump boat and run to get a slice of pizza and a Diet Coke (but I won’t!) or stop by the bar at night after going to the gym (not so sure about this one).

My no soda resolution went out the drain on March 2. The night before I went out with a friend and we drank and that pretty much derailed my whole thing as I was feeling like shit all day on Friday. I had a little more soda on Saturday but definitely not like I was drinking it before. Still, no soda since then so I’m counting that as a win. I’ve also been drinking more and more water so that’s a good thing. I’m trying to constantly stick to 64oz each day (or at least a solid 40-50).

Running wise my streak also went out the tube on March 2. As of March 7th in the morning I’m down 6 miles out of the 60 something I planned to do this month. The weather is also not cooperating much so I started to head back into the gym. Had my strength bootcamp with Mel on Saturday, and I made some progress with my personal workouts. I’m not going to go for a Running streak as I originally planned, but I am going to document my runs separate from my workouts just for the fun of it.

No weight loss in the last 7 days (at least based off my home scale). Will check on the inbody next week as well as some measurements.

I’m still really interested in doing the Bentonville Half Marathon this coming April, but it honestly terrifies me. The cut off time is 3 hours and there’s a horrible hill near the end. I need to do some hill training on the treadmill!

Anyway, these are my March Stats for the first 7 days…

Stats March 2018 Week 1

DateRan at least a mileWorked out64 oz of WaterSoda Free

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February 2018 Stats

One more month down, February is gone and the weather here in the tundra is sort of kind of picking up (let’s not forget that winter here lasts until May).

Considering I took a pause the whole first week of the month, I gotta say things are slowly starting to pick up in some areas. With the weather finally getting better (no ice and no snow on the sideways) and the track at the gym to support me, I’m slowly starting to get some pace and more of a routine which I’m hoping to carry out during March.

Anyway, here are the February stats

  • +2.7 pounds (yeah I know I should obsess over the weight number but it is still a vital). I did took an Inbody scale weight today so, by next month I should have better stats than just the weight.
  • 36.74 miles (12.something more than what I did last month).
  • 8 strength training sessions (as I write this, my arms and legs feel like noodles).
  • No bike this month.
  • 1 Yoga session.


Goals for March

  • Catch up on my miles for my goal of 500 miles by the end of 2018.
  • Start a running streak. (At least 1 mile a day).
  • Lose weight and gain some muscle (I’m really tired of yo-yoing and would like to steadily hit 220 and below).
  • Drop of the soda.
  • 64 oz of water daily (with Nuun, plain, or something added).
  • Include Yoga and Swimming into my activities.

That sounds achievable I believe. I’ll keep on posting just to vent at least and track progress.

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