Challenge #1 / 10 Miles In 5 Days

I really feel like I’ve been half-assing it on the running front. My progress has been positive, but I really don’t feel like I’ve been pushing myself hard enough.

To change that I’m setting, what would be for me,  a ridiculous mileage goal.

10 miles total by 11:59 PM Saturday.

Not sure if I’m gonna run 2 miles a day for 5 days straight or run a couple 3 mile days. Look for daily progress updates.

Anybody else up to the challenge?

Running Day 2015/07/09 I've been living a very sleep deprived life lately and kind of overslept this morning. Not going to beat myself up over it as I only got 4 hours the night before. I still suited up and ran a mile. Lungs were achy. Still glad I did what I did though. 58 days until my first 5K. image image

Milestone Report: Now Under 300 lbs

It’s been two months since I started running and about eight months since I started working towards eliminating refined sugar from my diet. It’s hasn’t been easy, but it’s definitely been a rewarding process.

One of those rewards is being able to share that, for the first time in over a decade, I weigh under 300 lbs.

While I don’t personally see it in the mirror, I feel it in my clothes and my health. My pant size has gone from a 56 to a 48, shirt size is a 3XL from a 4XL, and my blood pressure meds have been cut in half.

I know most people end up gaining the weight back. Continuing to run is the key to me losing more weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

This may be a major milestone, but I know I’m just getting started.

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Left: June 2014 Right: June 2015

Supporting Chubby Knees

Being a runner weighing over 300 lbs I’ve had to find ways to add  support for my knees. I’ve tried a number of devices and thought I’d share the results.

Here’s the disclaimer; I am not a doctor,  orthopedist, sports medicine specialist, wizard or sage. Consult your health care professional on this stuff.

Pro Compression Sleeve

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This thing is a turd. There is no hem at the ends so the sleeve rolls down right away. Also, the one seam it does have runs right up the middle of the knee. This causes pinching when the joint is bent. I’m not even going to tell you where I bought this thing. Best avoid it.

McDavid Compression Sleeve

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This thing is way better than the Pro one. Notice the seams follow the curve of the knee. No pinching with this thing. Another bonus is that it comes in a XXL. Still folds down a little when I run but is great for recovering after a run. I got this at Sports Authority for about $19.00.

KT Tape Pro

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This stuff is too rad. Basically it’s adhesive and elastic strips you apply to the problem joint to build support. It’s definitely one size fits all. Here is how I use it:

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An application will last me three to four days if I trim my leg hair. You can shower in it too. I’ve found it at most sporting goods and big box stores but Amazon has the best price on it.

Visit their site and you’ll find a bunch of application videos. http://kttape.com

Hopefully you find some of this useful. Questions? Leave me a comment below!

Can’t stop. Won’t stop. (Did stop)

What a crummy run. As a man with lung disease I have trouble running when the air quality is crap. That was the case today.

As I’m running and struggling to breathe because of smoke in the air I turn a corner and literally run into three firefighters (BTW while I’m sure they were handsome dudes they looked nothing like the ones you see on calendars). Apparently  a fence burnt down this morning in my hood.

Long story short after 1.69 miles I thought I just couldn’t run anymore. I only had 0.31 miles to go. After a bit of a walk I got the rest of my two miles in.

Not really stoked about today’s run,  but it’s totally motivating me to do better next time.

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