Tuesday, January 27, 2015
1. Look around the gym. Most of these people haven't broke a sweat. If you don't leave the gym drenched in sweat, you ain't working. ----Joe
I now take at least one change of clothes to the gym so that during my workout, I can change my shirt. My goal is to make it soaking wet. ewwwwwwh. In case you are wondering, there's probably over 400 pounds of weight loss in the picture.
2. Celebrate every mile. ----Phil
Look at me every time I pass a mile marker. I've got a smile on my face or shouting out something. Every mile is a gift from God.
3. Somewhere out there someone is living the life you want to live and accomplishing the goals you want to accomplish. Why can't that someone be you? ---me
You always hear about people doing what you want to do. What is stopping you from being the one people are talking about. Sure it will be hard work, but it will be worth it.
4. When you don't feel like training, train anyway. ---me
It's amazing how I used to come up with excuses of why not work out. I finally told myself it didn't matter what I felt like, workout anyway. I soon learned the difference between soreness and injury.
5. When someone tempts you with a donut or some other food you know you shouldn't have, use the line "I'm on a medically supervised diet." ----Tonya
This worked great during Christmas and Thanksgiving. It also works when you don't like someone's cooking.
6. Be careful the words you say to yourself, the stories you tell yourself, the names you call yourself Your mind doesn't know the difference between the truth or a lie. It will believe you.---Chris
This comment became important in my training. I used to say I hate hills. Now, thanks to my friend Jim, I just call them inclines. Well, almost all of them---Noelton is still a hill.
7. God can do more through you and with you than you can ever imagined. ----preacher
I never dreamed I would make that much progress in 5 months. When training began with the Biggest Winner team, I was a 3:00:00 plus half marathoner. About a month away from the half, I ran 10 miles at a 10 minute pace. I was going as fast as I could. At the race, I did a 9:12 pace for the half. Sure, I missed the sub 2:00:00 half by 38 seconds, but who cared? I was now in the pack. A year later, I broke 2:00:00.
8. For every pound you lose, you get 2 seconds faster per mile. --the internet.
I have no idea if that was true. It motivated me to lose 75 pounds.
9. You need a nickname. How about Flyin' Bryan?
What you call yourself is important? Your mind tends to live up to what it's told. So, being Flyin' Bryan tells my brain I need to go faster. Be careful what you call yourself. Your brain is listening.
10. If you do all of this and never give back to anyone, what have you gained?
I am committed to giving back. If you stalk my race times, you will see a lot of inconsistency, especially in the last year. Many times, I am running a race with a friend, trying to pace them to help them become better. Now, if you look at my marathon results, I'm just haven't figured them out yet!
That's enough for today. More thoughts tomorrow. I will tackle the issue of my eating habits as well as other insights I have.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Here's a link to the short version of my story.
Friday, December 26, 2014
I can't wait for the new year. Tomorrow is the last long run of the year. My goal for next year: I want to log 2015 miles. (That's 40 miles a week if you do the math.) I know that sounds a little crazy. Then again, so does running 7 marathons in one year. This is the year of building endurance. It's the year of establishing a base so that one day I can break that 4:00:00 mark in the marathon one day.
Before you look at my racing schedule, there are only two races on that schedule that matter: The Covenant Health Marathon and the Dirt Circuit 12 Hour Endurance Race. Those are the ones I'm training for. The rest are more or less training runs or fun runs. Most of those marathons on there are to train for the Dirt Circuit in the fall where I plan on logging 50 miles in 12 hours! To do that, it's a whole different kind of training.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Today was the Family Thanksgiving Reunion. It was strange to have relatives that you really don't know asking about how your marathon went or talking about how they have watched you on television. It's really weird when you show up and realize you know someone, but can't figure out where from. Then, you realize one of your former basketball managers married into the family.
I must say that I am kind of glad to be fading into the background now. It's going to make what's coming this next year an even bigger surprise. Hopefully, people are going to be wondering where did he come from.
My goal for the next month is to work hard at cross training doing lots of cardio and strength training.
Today was a rest day: Six miles of walking.
With the holiday season coming upon us, it's important to have a few lines ready to avoid having to eat everything I sight....
I'm on a medically supervised diet.
I'm training for a marathon.
I have to save room because I'm going to another dinner later.
Believe it or not, those lines work.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Found it on Pinterest:
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
I found this Pinterest where I discovered millions of words of wisdom for runners. Let's just say this is my plan for the next 143 days. Day by day, my goal is to make those little changes. I know I can do a 2:1 run:walk ratio at about a 7:40 pace. For the next twenty weeks, my goal is to slowly increase that ratio so that by race day, it's about a 45:1 ratio. I've got to slow down a little bit to take in some Clif Shots Gels. I like the vanilla because it reminds me of eating icing out of a can. Now, I'm sure it's not exactly the same, but I have eaten icing in forever. So, this is as close as I get. If I'm running at the right pace, I should enjoy one of these every 6 miles!!!! I can't wait.
Today's goal: Extend my run walk ratio to 2.5 to 1. We'll see how that goes. It's hard to imagine what I do today is going to make a huge difference on March 29th.