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ParrotHead
11-13-2008, 14:04
The Mrs and I got a treadmill last Spring. I started out doing the 20 minutes at 60% of my max heart rate. Then 30 mins, 40 mins @ 75%, 80%, ... At the end of the summer we vacationed at the NJ shore where I was running the boardwalk every morning (2.5 miles each way for a total of 5 miles). Then once home, 6 miles at 80%...

I've dropped 10% of my weight and last weekend I ran 10 miles. There is a 1/2 marathon next May (Lehigh Valley Half Marathon (http://www.lehighvalleyhalfmarathon.com/)) which will be close to the anniversary of when we got treadmill. I can't believe that I'm actually considering it.

loudgonzo
11-13-2008, 14:25
Congrats!

gNats
11-13-2008, 14:33
WOOHOO! Congrats on your major success! Good luck with the marathon if you decide to participate! :smiley32:

MSilvia
11-13-2008, 14:34
Well done!

dallasdivergirl
11-13-2008, 14:37
That's great! Keep up the good work :D

texdiveguy
11-13-2008, 14:42
Nice job!!

Foo2
11-13-2008, 15:01
Awesome Parrothead!!! Keep up the good work!

Skred
11-13-2008, 15:05
Congrats, that is definitely worth bragging about!:smiley32::smiley32:

Were you a competitive runner earlier in life?

cajunfla
11-13-2008, 17:52
:smiley20: Wonderful!! keep it up. Do you and your Mrs ever attend the annual MotM parrothead convention in Key West?

FishFood
11-13-2008, 18:10
Good self discipline!! Keep it up!! :smiley20:

Empacher
11-13-2008, 19:07
awesome!

James1010
11-13-2008, 20:22
You the man!!

Wetnurse28
11-13-2008, 20:25
I would want to brag too. Way to go. That outta knock down your air consumption too.

monant
11-14-2008, 09:06
Outstanding! You made a major lifestyle change for the better.

JimHar99
11-15-2008, 05:10
Good job. This inspires me go back and start using mine again.

maverick
11-15-2008, 07:47
Way 2 go!!!!

ParrotHead
11-15-2008, 09:05
I've dropped 10% of my weight and last weekend I ran 10 miles.

That was a single run of 10 miles on Saturday morning. I found a great website MapMyRun.com (http://www.mapmyrun.com/) which is like a google map, but you can draw along your route and it calculates the distance. Also, folks publish routes that they run. I actually just typed in my city/state/zip code and it showed me a number of routes around my town. There is a 5 mile route that (basically) runs right past my front door. Its one of my favorites. So last Saturday, I just ran it twice. MapMyRun also has a sister site MapMyRide.com (http://www.mapmyride.com) for those on bikes.

Now, the only problem (and its a good problem!) is that none of my suits and dress clothes fit. I had to take everything to the tailor to get altered. He said I went from a 42 to a 38 suit size.

I have signed up for a couple of 5k runs in my area over the next couple of months. The first is a "Turkey Trot" that takes place on Thanksgiving morning and the other is a New Years Run. Those are only 3.1 miles, so its more for the "commitment" and experience of the race. If those go well, and I can keep the distance up over the winter, then that half marathon (13.1 miles) may happen.

Thanks again for all the support!

ParrotHead
11-15-2008, 10:47
Congrats, that is definitely worth bragging about!:smiley32::smiley32:

Were you a competitive runner earlier in life?

Nope - I was a coach potato earlier in life :smilie39:

ParrotHead
11-15-2008, 10:49
:smiley20: Wonderful!! keep it up. Do you and your Mrs ever attend the annual MotM parrothead convention in Key West?

Nope. sorry. I've gotta google that one, though.

SynCitizen
11-15-2008, 11:52
Congratulations on your sticktuitivness!

scubajane
11-15-2008, 16:02
sorry to hear of your loss. I'll be glad to cut a slab off of my **** and send it to you. feel free to keep it I really don't need it.

teog
11-21-2008, 13:08
Congrats, I couldnt imagine running 10 miles nor would I ever want to, but its awesome that you have reached that goal.

drako
11-22-2008, 09:32
Your an inspiration, keep on running man!
Which reminds me I have to go to the gym....My boss runs several marathons a year and throws it in my face.

Daved
11-23-2008, 18:23
So what is the secret? I start an exercise program---and well---I needed some place to dry the sweaters on and the tread mill was there. How do you stay focused long enough to see results?

teerlkay
11-24-2008, 09:39
Brag it up!! You've earned the right!! Congrats!

ParrotHead
11-25-2008, 18:18
So what is the secret? I start an exercise program---and well---I needed some place to dry the sweaters on and the tread mill was there. How do you stay focused long enough to see results?

Three things, really:

1. Getting into a routine: When I started with the treadmill (which is laughing at me from the corner right now because I didn't run today), I would get home between 5 & 6 and hop right on it. Its parked in front of a TV and I would just try to get distracted in a Law and Order or anything else. For me, the distraction is KEY.

Once I was running outside, AM became my favorite running time. I would wake up a bit early (not easy for me - I'm a slug!) and run. This was best in the late Summer and Fall.

2. I'm a gadget freak (I guess we all are - how can you dive and not light cool toys?) I got one of those watch heart rate monitors (mine is the Polar). This one actually feeds your exercise data up to a website (https://www.polarpersonaltrainer.com) where you can log details about the exercise (run, walk, how far, treadmill vs outside, etc.). The watch itself records the calories burned and time and some other details. Once you add miles ran, the website can be used to track your progress. As an example, as of last week, I have run a total of 328 miles! I love logging the info and I don't consider myself "exercised" until I upload the data and log it. That's just me; but it gives me closure on the workout.

3. Lastly as a geek (yes, I'm one of those too) I learned from Google that 3500 calories burned equals one pound lost. When I started, one of the websites (or was it the manual from the treadmill?) said all you have to do is burn 250 calories a day AND avoid 250 calories a day. 250 x 2 x 7 days = 3500 calories in a week. Skip a day here and there, and its closer to every 10-12 days for me. This is how I started, then I just ramped up, as I said in my first post. The easy part was the 250 calories burned/day (this is a 20 minute walk or easy jog on the treadmill). Avoiding the other 250 calories is a bit harder, but bring your lunch, loose the pizza/burgers/fries/soda, and its do-able. Now when I run - I usually run 6 miles which equals 700 calories for me. I do that for 5 days, and there's my 3500.

I hope this helps,