Sober September

The sobering fact; I’ve put on 14 pounds since this time last year.

At a business meeting Friday someone said “LT you’re looking thick“!  I know he meant it in a good way.  I’m sure of it.  But, for my type A self, it troubled me.

On the flip side, 14 pounds lighter, a different friend said “LT, you’ve got a great looking body . . . for an 8 year old boy“. Ouch!

Somewhere in between “thick” and “boy body” is the answer.
 How this happened?  A year of indulgence.  A beautiful new house, more time on the golf course, and … the wine cellar pictured here. Try a bottle, store a bottle, try a bottle, store a bottle. Repeat.

Each Fat Tire on the golf course – 160 calories
Each glass of red wine – 125 calories

Munchies afterwords – priceless

I resolve to find that in-between-ness by breaking up with Fat Tire and Red Wine for 30 days – Sober September.

Does anyone else have a goal this month?  Share it in the comments section below.

Sofa to 1/2 Marathon in 65 Days Final Post

It’s race week.  It’s time to rest the legs and prepare for Saturday’s race.  If you feel like you haven’t gotten in enough training runs or if your legs feel great – stay off of them.  You can’t cram for a race like you crammed for a test in school.
From Stephen Covey:  
“Can you imagine “cramming” on the farm? Can you imagine forgetting to plant in the spring, flaking out all summer, and hitting it hard in the fall–ripping the soil up, throwing in the seeds, watering, cultivating–and expecting to get a bountiful harvest overnight?Cramming doesn’t work in a natural system. That’s the fundamental difference between a social and natural system. A social system is based on values; a natural system is based on principles. In the short term, cramming may appear to work in a social system. You can go for the “quick fixes” and techniques with apparent success. But in the long run they just don’t work.”
Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 2 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – off
Saturday – Race Day

Sofa to 1/2 Marathon in 65 Days Part 8

Happy Easter
How far do you have to run to burn off your Easter candy?

1 peep                                   1/3 mile

1 marshmallow egg                    1 mile
1 Reese’s egg                         1 3/4 miles
1 Cadbury cream egg              1 1/2 miles
1 dark chocolate coconut egg    1 1/4 miles
(my favorite are the coconut eggs!)

This week: (days 54-60)
Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 4 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 4 miles 
Saturday – 2 miles
Sunday – 8 miles (don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)


A peek ahead to next week: (days 61-65)

Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 2miles
Thursday – off
Friday – off
Saturday – Race Day

Sofa to 1/2 Marathon in 65 Days Part 7

Today is an 8 mile run day.  Why cut back on the miles?  To prepare you for next Sunday’s 13 miler.  It’s the trial run.  Some say you don’t need to get in a 13 mile run before running a half.  If you want to swap that day out for 10 miles, go ahead.  Most full marathon training schedules only go to a 20 miler, but I feel that if you are feeling good then go for it – and time it.  It will give you that much more satisfaction for completing your 1/2 marathon in a couple of weeks AND for setting a new personal best on that day.  The adrenaline, crowd energy, and co-runners will push you faster than you run in your training runs.  Guaranteed!

This week: (days 47-53)
Monday – off
Tuesday – 3 miles
Wednesday – 5 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 4 miles 
Saturday – 2 miles
Sunday – 13 miles (don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)


A peek ahead to next week: (days 54-60)

Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 4 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 4 miles 
Saturday – 2 miles
Sunday – 8 miles (don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)

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