Doc’s Log #4: Marathons, (Lack of) Motivation, and More

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Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I contributed a personal post and I know you’ve just been itching to find out what I’ve been up to (wishful thinking!). Well, the short answer is in some areas a lot but in others, not much at all.

So let’s get into the important stuff first, diet and exercise…

Well, my eating has been about 65/35, in favor of good. I’ve been eating sensibly and last week I made a change to my current eating style by making a switch to 16/8 intermittent fasting, which is eating all my calories during a selected 8 hour window of the day while fasting the other 16 consuming nothing but water or zero calorie drinks. I do also partake in sugar-free gum because anyone who has fasted knows that it leaves a bad taste in your mouth and makes your breath smell to others too. I’ve stuck to it all but 2 days since I’ve begun 8 days ago. I’m not sure if I’ve gained or lost weight since I’ve begun since I haven’t weighed but I will say this, knowing that my eating is confined to this particular window has actually made me more disciplined. Knowing I can only eat between 2PM and 10PM (my chosen window) makes it easier to stay focused on other things because I know what time I can eat. I will aim to keep this going as many days as I can but like I said if I get an invite out for breakfast or an early lunch or I attend a gathering with food in the morning/early afternoon hours, I won’t punish myself for it or I’ll just make my 8 hour window begin earlier in the day.

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Doc’s Log #1 (Redux): DietBet, Freeze Your Ass Dash and more…

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Good afternoon everyone!

Here is my first official Doc’s Log of the new year…I decided to redo it as #1 because it’s a new year, first entry and I was only one log in anyway so why not start anew (hence the Redux)?

Well, the year has gotten off to a pretty good start. On Jan 7th, I started a DietBet. What is a DietBet you ask? I’ll tell you. DietBet is a website where everyone that is part of the game pays a pre determined wager to be part of the bet. In my game, it was $10. The sum total of every wagers makes the pot. You submit your weigh-in beforehand ( verified via picture with a secret word given only to you to verify your identity that you submit to the site but no one in the game sees it). Your goal is to lose 4% of your body weight. The bet lasts 28 days or 4 weeks. At the end of the time, you submit your final weigh-in. All players who have reached their goal of 4% or more weight lost split the pot at the end of the game. I chose to keep the wager small to gauge interest so it was only $10. By start day, we had a group of 21 people for a pot of $210.

I’m proud to say I’ve reached my 4%. The goal for me was 12.8 pounds and I’m officially down 13.2. Unfortunately this is all me playing catch up because I gained 27 pounds since Thanksgiving ballooning from 292-ish up to just under 320 by New Year’s Day. That’s okay though, it’s in the past and I’m working on it as we speak.

My workouts haven’t been consistent but my diet has been pretty on point. I’ve kept 90% of my cheating to #CheatMealFriday so that’s been good. I’ve only averaged about 2 workouts a week unfortunately. Winter definitely places a damper on motivation, I tell you. The reluctance to leave a warm house go out in the cold air is HIGH.

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My, How Plans Change

The other day I was thinking about a goal I set a long time ago. I want to visit all 50 states. There’s no time limit on it, it’s just something I’d like to do before I die. So far I’m about a 3rd of the way there, 16 states plus Washington, D.C.

Then I got to thinking even further, since I’m not all that far along anyway, how about I take it up a notch?

Yes, I want to RUN A RACE IN ALL 50 STATES. The rational side of me was like “Really, Marc? Who do you think you are, some kind of athlete or something?”

The adventurous side said “Yes, I am!”

The other side said, “I heard that! Go on and do it then!”

So far the states, I’ve notched off in that category are New Jersey, New York, Georgia, and Illinois. As you can see I’ve  barely scratched the surface but I’m looking forward to conquering it. I’d like to knock out at least 2 states a year.

Which leads to my next point and the main point of this post..

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Peachtree and Me: Back Together Again

Alas, it is that time of year again. It’s time for the Peachtree Road Race, my 2nd one overall and my 2nd year in a row! I decided to take a different approach this year and instead of flying down early and doing the race in the end, I decided I would get it out of the way early so I can enjoy the rest of my time down here without having to go to bed early, eat right, or conserve energy. If anything, I’ll be sore tomorrow and Thursday but I booked a massage for Thursday that will fix me right up! I can’t wait for that!

Lately, I’ve been in a bit of a funk as far as races are concerned. I haven’t really felt like distance running lately and if you’re going to do it, it shouldn’t be a chore. To be honest with you, if I hadn’t already registered I probably wouldn’t be doing this. Today though, when I arrived at the Health and Fitness Expo, my feelings about THIS race changed. I  grew excited to do it! I even got to sit in on a workshop with Bart Yasso which was a thrilling experience, which reminds me before I start training for the marathon next year, I’m going to use the Yasso 800s to predict my time. What makes this race so special is the large AND diverse group of people. We’re talking 60,000+ people of all sizes, ages, colors and abilities all pushing for the same goal. It’s a beautiful sight.

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Race # 22 – June 3, 2012: Celebrate Israel Run (4M) Recap

I woke up pretty much in the same head space as last race, feeling really unmotivated. Even in the training for this race and the Peachtree, which is coming up, exactly a month from today, I just haven’t really been feeling running like that. I’ve never really loved running per se but we have a mutual respect for each other. I let it punish me and it makes me fitter. I’m not at the point where I run for pleasure yet but as I get in better shape I believe I could be one day.

But on to the recap…

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Race #21 – April 29, 2012: Run As One (4M) Recap

The morning began as any other typical race morning. Although I was going to go and do what I was supposed to do regardless, I just did not want to go. I didn’t sleep much the night before and I was so close to just not going. I hate when my attitude was like it was that day because it doesn’t make for a good race experience.

But, attitude withstanding, I was set to go. I had my usual breakfast (PBJ on a whole wheat bagel and a banana) and headed to the park. I got to the park a little earlier than usual because other than getting my number early like I usually do, today I opted to pick up my number at the park. I got there about 630 and there weren’t too many people there. I picked up mine and Rachel’s number. She got to the park close to 730 and, shortly after, we had our final bathroom breaks and went to line up. I knew once we got started, I wouldn’t see her until the end because she was faster than me. Coincidentally, she had been feeling the same way. Perhaps we felt how we did because we had just run a race the week prior but we both resolved to just go out there and get it done. It was all part of the big picture, NYC Marathon 2013!

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Race Season Has Begun (April 22, 2012: Run for the Parks Recap)

Run for the Parks

IT’S OFFICIAL! RACE SEASON HAS BEGUN!

Greetings friends, Doc here! Yesterday capped off the beginning of what will be yet another busy race year for me. Last year, I only ran 3 races but considering one was a race I’d been wanting to do for 7 years and the other was my first MARATHON, I’d say it was a major year.

If you’ve read the blog in the past then you know I’m planning to complete the 9+1 again so I can qualify for guaranteed entry into next year’s ING NYC Marathon. I’ve already completed my +1, which is the volunteer requirement, by volunteering at the NYC Half Marathon last month. This past Sunday was my first of 9 qualifying races.

So let’s go to the videotape…

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A Runner’s Reflection (Quote)

2011 ING NYC Marathon

I received the following quote in my e-mail a few minutes ago as the Runner’s World Quote of the Day and it totally sums up my feelings about running the NYC marathon and how I felt afterward as well…read on!

“Standing amid the tens of thousands of runners at the bottom of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Staten Island, I accomplished something that I once accepted as impossible: more than just reaching the ceremonial end of my marathon training, I had become part of a sports team. I don’t enjoy every run, and I definitely didn’t enjoy every one of those 26.2 miles, but I’m a runner now with no plans of quitting. How could I? After all, I can’t let the team down.”

-Jen Ortiz, An Unlikely Runner, Other Voices blog, Runner’s World.com


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Who Runs a Marathon?

Who Runs a Marathon?

[via  Who Runs A Marathon? [INFOGRAPHIC]]

I had the honor of joining this elite group last year. Before it was put into perspective, it seemed like so many people run marathons but in reality it’s less than 1% of the population. Perhaps it’s around 1% if you total up all the people who’ve ever completed a marathon, even if only once, but still that’s not very many people at all compared to the total population. This makes me feel even better about my accomplishment and even more excited about doing it again next year.


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Race Season, Insanity, Lent And Other Goings-On

This blog has been long overdue and I have so much to tell you. Where do I begin? I guess I’ll start with the exciting news first. Today, I am officially be starting this year’s race season! However, I won’t be running today or else I would have already laid down and gotten some sleep. Today, I  will be fulfilling the +1 portion of the 9+1.  I’m volunteering at NYC Half Marathon today!

When I did the 9+1 in 2010, I also volunteered at the NYC Half Marathon. Last time, I was at a water station somewhere around mile 10. Today I have a much cooler job: medal distribution! That’s right, I get to give out medals to the finishers. I’m very excited about that task I must say. And just like that, I’m on my way this year. My first actual running race of the year isn’t until April 22nd though. That will be the first of my 9+1.
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