Saturday, February 14, 2009

Yes! 12 miles, I win.

Those two days of rest paid off. I ran 12 miles this morning!

I was only supposed to run 10, and not 12 for another 2 weeks, but screw it, I felt good so I kept going. I ran it in 1:48:30 which is averaging a 9:03 mile. That's a minute below my goal!

My training schedule didn't even have me running 13, but I think I'm going to ramp up the next two long Saturday runs and make the next one 12 instead of 11, and the next one 13. Then the next few weeks will be a recovery mode before the actual race. If I'd of gone another mile today and kept the same pace I would have completed a half marathon in less then 2 hours. I think that is awesome for a first timer , let alone someone who never ran at all a year ago, and I'm really happy with myself because I now KNOW I can do it.

Originally my goal was just to finish, but now that I know I can I plan to get under 2:00:00 in the actual Half Marathon.

For now though, I gotta go soak my feet and stretch a bit more. Overall I feel pretty good though! RAWR!!!

P.S. One interesting fact I just calculated based on my average heart rate, average speed, time and weight; Calories burned: 1,960!
Kinda crazy. So if you want to lose weight just run 12 miles every day.


Ripx180 said...

Nice man!!! 2 weeks ahead of schedule too. wowzers 1900 calories, what allot of people eat in a day. Is your weight coming down more with all the running?

Brian said...

No, the weight is still around 214-ish. However my clothes still fit the same as when I was averaging around 204 except that some of the sleeves are tight, so I think I have put on some muscle along with maybe some fat. I can tell a visual difference in my legs as well.

I don't really think it's possible to eat at a caloric deficit with all the exercise I've been getting. I'm hungry all the time! I'm just trying to keep it healthy as possible, but I don't always succeed at that either.