Training – Annual Summary 2009

Annual Summary 2009

Device: Garmin Forerunner 405

Annual Totals:
Total Miles: 1,359 Miles Weight: Not Recorded Races \ Events: 20  WAVA: 72.81
Training by months:
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Miles 137 100 163 95 112 98 121 141 114 93 85 101
Weight (lb)
Notes
1st Marathon - 02:57:37
1st Marathon – 02:57:37

The year of my first Marathon. After running consistently and joining my local running club Wimborne AC I took the leap and entered the Paris Marathon. This saw my training take a step up and I regularly clocked up more than 100 miles per month. As the training picked up my target time also changed from originally wanting to go sub 03:30. This target tumbled and I took the bold step to start the marathon at sub 03:00 pace.

I can’t quite explain the feeling of hitting the finish line of your first marathon, and the added joy of meeting your goal time but it did not go without its ups and downs. I can’t really recall miles 23 – 26, I know my vision was blurred in the final miles and I can only imagine I was weaving (stumbling) but I managed to keep it together to finish in 02:59:37 and destroy 2 steak meals for lunch and dinner, well while in Paris why not!

For some reason I also entered the inaugural North Dorset Village Marathon the following month, having taken it easy between I finished in a pleasing 03:35:52. I was hooked on Marathon running! And completed a further two marathons in 2009, the New Forest Marathon (03:25:26) and the Abingdon Marathon (03:01:34).

Diet & Weight

No changes in my diet, eating more post running but really diet wise – nothing changed.

My weight was not recorded from 2009 – 2010,  but it fluctuated between 170 lb – 185 lb hitting a point were I was eating more calories than burning when not running.

Training – Annual Summary 2008

Annual Summary 2008

Device: Garmin Forerunner 405

Annual Totals:
Total Miles: 779 Miles Weight: 184 lb – 170 lb Races \ Events: 17  WAVA: 70.35
Training by months:
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Miles 59 47 50 37 57 89 67 66 71 89 95 50
Weight (lb) 184 179 177 172.4 170
Notes
Bournemouth Bay Half Marathon 2008
1st Half Marathon

Main goal for 2008 was to try and run 50 miles per month giving me an annual total 600 miles, following a up and down start but with my fitness improving I was able to complete at total of 779 miles. I also had my first issues with pain in my right knee, this was quickly diagnosed as the onset of Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS or ITBFS, for iliotibial band friction syndrome. This was caused by my flat feet and after some sessions at the Ferndown Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic I was advised to move from a neutral shoe to a stability shoe that were fitted for me at Bournemouth – Up and Running.

I ran my first Half Marathon at the Bournemouth Bay Half (1:41.22) in March and a few more local races from 5k to 10 miles on the road plus The Beast in the Purbecks. And reducing my 10k time down to 38:20 at the Christchurch Christmas 10k.

Diet & Weight

Again as with 2007 diet wise nothing really changed, still enjoyed drinking. The portion sizes did decrease slightly but nothing dramatic.

Weight continued to drop, finishing 2008 weighing 12.1 stone, just under a stone less than 2007.

Training – Annual Summary 2007

Annual Summary 2007

Device: FetchEveryone Route Planner, Garmin Forerunner 405

Annual Totals:
Total Miles: 355 Miles Weight: 244.4 lb – 182.8 lb Races \ Events: 8 WAVA: 65.93
Training by months:
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Miles 43 61 96 41 40 41 33
Weight (lb) 244.4 197.2 192.4 182.8
Notes

So the journey started in June 2007, very much overweight since packing up football and smoking. My weight had steadily increased to 244.4 lb (17.45 stone \ 111 kg) in line with my exercise and any sporting activities decreasing to zero. My brother suggested I try running (jogging) and introduced me to a fantastic website FetchEveryone. With a interest in IT and stats ‘Fetch’ gave me an easy way to record my progress and improvements not only in weight loss but soon, my new found addiction, to running. See my full FetchEveryone Profile.

In August I entered my first race the ‘Everton 10k’. I loved it! Having set myself a target to finish inside 55 minutes I surpassed all expectations finishing in 45:35 in the top 60 and that was it – I was hooked. I went on to complete a further seven events ranging from 1 mile to 10k.

Diet & Weight

Diet-wise nothing really changed, I was still drinking most nights and enjoying all normal foods. I would point out I was quite a healthy eater and cooked from fresh ingredients however my portion sizes were massive and I did fall foul to the occasional takeaways and fast food when traveling with work.

Just due to the running my weight dropped (this is normal when you add running into your lifestyle) and I finished 2007 weighing 13 stone, a decrease in 4 ½ stone in 7 months and a little better for my  5ft 11 frame.