Sunday, July 31, 2011

Demolition Day aka Founders 5K


Yesterday was the Founders 5K in Prospect Park.  This was my first time racing in my hometown of Brooklyn, NY!  My prior PR for the 5K distance was 49:19.  It had been a while since I ran a 5K, so I was shooting for a sub 44:00 finish time.


Before the race at the Start


The first mile felt really good, I decided to ditch my usual intervals and just run and take short walk breaks as I felt necessary.  When I got to the Mile 1 marker I almost did a double take, 12:25??  My fastest mile EVER!

The second mile was the hardest of the run because there was a really big hill that I wasn't expecting.  This hill had a LONG and STEADY incline that just never seemed to end.  I asked the guy at the 2nd mile marker when the hill was gonna end, he didn't sound like he knew so wasn't very encouraged!  I wound up finishing mile 2 in 14:29.

The 3rd mile wasn't too bad, but I knew the hill during the 2nd mile took a lot out of me, but I had enough energy reserved to make sure I finished strong.  3rd Mile time 13:42.

Official finish time was 41:33!!!   DEMOLISHED my prior PR and my goal of 44:00!!!





I went to my Weight Watchers meeting when we got back, and figured Id kick the scale's ass too while I was at it.   Down another 1.4lbs, bringing my total weight lost total to 205!! 

Here I am wearing a jacket I bought in size LARGE!!  My first time wearing anything without an X in front of it in 20+ years!!




Saturday, July 16, 2011

A Milestone Day!



This morning I ran the NYRR Run for Central Park 4 Mile race.  The race start was at 8AM, so woke up early around 4:45AM.  This morning was a BEAUTIFUL morning for a run, cool and no humidity!

CPC Tent
When we got to the race, we met up with my friend Amy who was volunteering at this race.

Amy and Me
Also met a few other people before the race including these folks who were looking ready for a great race!




Last time I ran this course, I finished in 56:42 with a 14:10 pace.  My goal for this race was under 55:00 with a sub 14:00 pace.




The following were my splits as per my Nike GPS

Mile 1 - 13:11
Mile 2 - 13:04
Mile 3 - 14:19
Mile 4 - 13:30

Official Finish time 54:45, almost a 2 Minute PR with a pace of 13:42!! Wooohooooo!!!!

Here I am coming into the finish, as well as a video shot by Amy as she was cheering me on!




video

Then after we got home, I went to go for my weekly weigh-in at Weight Watchers and I lost another 3.2 lbs!  Ive now lost a total of 202 lbs!!!!!

My Weight Watchers Charms

Screenshot from my online tracker
Certainly a milestone day!!!!!











Thursday, July 14, 2011

What a Day! Walking, Climbing, Flying!

I went into the city with my wife Gail today at around 11AM.

First we went into Central Park to meet my friend James at his restaurant by the remote controlled boats and had a great lunch and catching up with him since I hadnt seen him in about 2 years.


On the way to meeting James, I saw a great looking tree and a branch to use to take a great pic of Gail, was fun getting her up on the branch!


After lunch we walked thru the park which included climbing a number of hills on the way.

We then went to the Museum of Natural History to see a bunch of dinosaurs, I hadnt seen them since I was a kid, and guess what, they didnt look like they aged much since the last time I saw them!



After the museum, we then went back into the park to walk some more and get back to the east side to pick up my shirt and bib for saturdays race.

So now we headed down to 67th and 3rd, and by that point we had been walking for about 6-7 hours and around 10 miles total if not more, what did we do???

We went to Flywheel Sports where my friend Jesse Alexander is an instructor.  For those who dont know about Flywheel, its "like" spinning but 100x better!  Its a 45 minute workout that totally kicks your ass and i kid you not, I felt MORE energized after that class then when we first walked in!  Thanx for the great class Jesse!

I forgot to take a pic while we were at Flywheel so Im posting this pic of Jesse with another happy Flywheel client!


This was definitely a great day all around, and for me, I had so much to be proud of!  The fact that I made it thru this day feeling the way I did, it just made me remember why Im doing what Im doing.  This is a lifestyle that I missed out on for too long, not anymore!


Monday, July 11, 2011

What does 400lbs lost look like???

Gail at 175 lbs


Melissa at 394 lbs
Me at 476 lbs


                                                        






The 3 of us today
Melissa @ 242 lbs
Me @ 277 lbs
Gail @ 129 lbs