GPdrums || Marathon Drummer

Busy Weekend, Noticing the Diet, & Pace Poll

Posted in Marathon Training by gpdrums on January 4, 2009

What is your recommendation for a 39 year male currently at 260 lbs but aiming for 200 by May 31, 2009 for the San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon?


I’m a day late posting, but I did complete a 3.1 mile run on Saturday morning; thus, I completed 100% of my weekly training goal. My pace was pretty good (for me) for the first mile and a half. I walked a few, then I did some interval training for about a mile and a quarter. I ended up with an overall 13:50 pace, which is slower than I’ve been going in the past couple of runs. I attribute my slowness to the steak dinner the night before topped off with some Coldstone.

We’re in the process of moving at the end of the month, and my wife is having a major surgery tomorrow. So, we’ve had a busy weekend trying to get as much prepared as possible. My wife will be out of commission for at least 6 weeks. Needless to say, this was the last weekend we had to do the things together that we needed to do. In all that, I took note of how crappy I felt during my run Saturday morning, so I made of point of picking up some better food at the grocery store today.

I know what to eat when  training, but the fact is, you have to prepare in advance for best results. I’m now stocked with oat meal, eggs, fresh fruits and veggies, tuna, yogurt, protein powder (for gym days), water, green tea, wheat bread, and so on. I’m two weeks into this marathon training now, week 3 starts tomorrow, and for me, the 3rd week solidifies a habit–in this case, a running habit–so I might as well eat right.

Even though I’m in pre-training, I’m going to add weight-lifting to my two rest days–I’ll have 1 day off per week instead of 2. Instead of focusing on bulking up, however, I will be focusing on toning. I’ll be doing high reps with light weights. I’ve already dropped about 8 pounds in the last two weeks–and that’s without watching my diet–I reckon I’ll drop a lot more over the next 6 weeks. I tend to plateau at 230–I’m aiming for 190-200 by May–but I think I’ll shatter the plateau with all the running.

I know from experience changing my diet will only enhance the weight-loss, give me more energy, and improve my running time–my mile was 9:30 just 2 1/2 years ago. My plan for my first marathon is to run a 12 minute pace–I don’t know if that’s considered slow or fast for a first timer. I’m open to suggestions here.

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