Fat to Fit - Time for change? Me, too!

Lapsed runner and foodie, almost 4st overweight , seeks like-minded souls for mutual encouragement to get back into shape

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11/03/2014 at 08:55

Forgive me forum for I have sinned.

Sunday.....Zazazabazaar's in Bristol. (all u can eat + me = carnage)

This Friday....Cheltenham races (Gold Cold) Guinness o clock!!

I live about a mile away from Cheltenham race course so my jogging adventures may well come to a complete halt for 4 days now due to all the p*ssheads walking around (me lol).

Back on it Sunday .

Sorry to hear about the back pain Matty.

12/03/2014 at 10:15

Had a recovery run last night - 6.8m nice and easy. Back not too bad.

I think I have worked out the source of the pain - Fixing a fence panel with my step dad. We had to lift the panel up over the posts and slide it in the gulleys. Of course, it needed to fit snugly - well it fit a little too snugly and we had to throw straps over the top and pull down on it, the panel moving an inch at a time per side, for about 5 feet. Obviously strained some muscles I've never used before!

Another 5 easy miles tonight. Hopefully everything will be fine for a good crack at the Fleet half this weekend!

12/03/2014 at 12:48

Lol gaz sounds you're having fun & why the heck not!!

matty glad the back is better & good luck for the half at the weekend!

wk6d2 done this am, not too bad still struggling a bit on my 2nd hill but the time was down a minute so chuffed & I can't believe I've made it this far! 

Still running with mum too & I did 25mins in the town myself on Sunday which wasn't easy but easier than my route. Also I've signed up for Race For Life 10k in June, nuts!!!! I plan to do some park runs before then once I can run the full 5k 

13/03/2014 at 10:44

Well done Pegasus, the hills will get easier eventually! Congrats on signing up for RFL too, the parkruns will be a good warmup for it

Another run at easy pace yesterday, almost 6 miles.

I've lost a bit of motivation for the training. Probably due to the fleet half being on sunday. So I'm treating this week like a mini taper. Meant to be doing a Steady paced run tonight but am going to do it as Easy pace instead, save myself for Sunday.

17/03/2014 at 08:55

Long time no post! Where is everyone? Hope everyone has been busy training

I ditched thursdays run. My legs weren't up for it. But it was the best move I ever made. They felt fantastic after a 2 day rest!

1lb weight loss logged on friday

Saturday paced Mrs Matty to a sub 32 parkrun PB which stretched the legs nicely. 

Then came sunday. Fleet half. Was intended to be the middle part of a 20m long run. I arrived in Fleet, did a 2 mile warm up run then headed to the runners village. Here follows my review of the event.

What a wonderful day. The weather was glorious, though a couple of degrees lower would have made it a bit more bearable.

The runners village was well set up, with refreshments, stalls, and most importantly an amazingly well organised bag drop and collection!

Goody bag was excellent too. Sports drink, raisins, chocolate biscuit, cereal bar, sweets - all the things you need after a race. The medal though was a bit disappointing. It was really small. Nicely crafted and good weight/quality and the design is good but would benefit from being bigger.

The course is fabulous. Mildly undulating, there are a few "slopes", mainly to go over roads and railways. Nothing too taxing though. The course is designed to run through the town centre 3 times and the support there was MAGNIFICENT. The town came out in full force it seemed.

When out of the town centre it was more sparsely populated, but thats to be expected, though there were still people all over the place and plenty of kids on jelly baby duty.

There were some great spectator hotspots (Pubs!) which looked to have opened early and also had a great presence at key parts of the course. However, the slope at about 12.5m was horrible!! But thats personal as I was shattered

One of the best events I've ever done. I smashed my PB by 11 minutes (Set in Cardiff in October). Difficult to work out how much of that is attributed to the course though as I trained much harder for this (In prep for the Paris marathon) and have lost a lot of weight, but definitely quick enough.

Highly recommend this race.


Yep - an 11 minute PB! 1h48m35s and I was delighted!

17/03/2014 at 18:30

Hi everyone! Oh wow matty that's a huge chunk off your time, well done on the run & the PB 

Had a great run on Saturday managed to run up both hills without walking just slowed the pace right down & ran further than ever so was chuffed! Starting week7 tomorrow, lost 1lb this week & I stopped smoking!!! Not expecting to lose this week but that's ok as its better to have quit the fags......chuffed 

18/03/2014 at 00:11

Well done Pegasus, improvement on multiple fronts!

Excellent job Matty, a well deserved result! Fleet is one of my favourites too, ran it in 2007 and 2011.  

My training has been going well (apart from six days with no running whilst on a romantic break with Mrs. SB last week) and I've got my first half for three years on Sunday. It's The Water of Life Half in Marlow and then I've entered The Paddock Wood Half a week later! Could be a busy fortnight ahead!

Happy running everyone.

18/03/2014 at 09:03

Pegasus - Many congrats! I've been off the fags for just over 2 years now, best decision I ever made! 

Stevie - Back to back halves, I quite fancy doing that myself! I assume only one of them will be "raced" or are you going for consecutively quicker times?

18/03/2014 at 09:18

I think "raced" could be pushing it slighty!  Sunday will be a real "suck it and see" run, no particular time target, just to finish and see how it feels.  I'm running with a mate of mine so going to treat it like a sociable long training run. I'll then take a view on Paddock Wood and decide on if I want to set any particular targets.  I've actually got another three halves booked in for 2014 so I suppose I would love to get near (sub!) 2 hours before the end of the year.  We'll see how it goes!

18/03/2014 at 11:12

You are a runner entering a race! You are a running racer

21/03/2014 at 09:05

Well I'm tapering now, so I've been ramping down the milage while training to maintain some intensity. 

Tue: 5.3m @ 11.20m/m - Ran with the missus who is just starting out and was just the right pace for my legs to recover after fleet

Wed: 6.3m @ 8.41m/m - Steady state run to get the legs moving a bit - I was quite pleased to maintain the pace I did given sundays exertions. Made me feel really confident for Paris.

Thu: 6.07m @ 9.58m/m - This was a series of hill repeats with a mile or so either side of 6 reps of the biggest steepest local hills. Again, pleased to have come out unscathed

Fri: 5.7m @ 10.11m/m - This was meant to be on Saturday morning, but we have a family wedding in Basingstoke this weekend. So I moved it to today which meant a 6am start! (Not my best time of the day) but was another nice recovery run.

10 mile LSR scheduled for Sunday, then next week gets even easier. Hopefully my legs will be fully charged for the 6th April!

25/03/2014 at 08:49

Well, following a weekend of overindulgence, I skipped the 10m LSR on sunday. I had a hangover and a horrible headcold so I elected to do it yesterday, still with a bit of a headcold, but better (And a bit better yet today). I have to say I found it much easier than I expected to! About 10m/m which was quite pleasing.

This second taper week sees my distance slowly drop until next week my plan looks positively barren!

Tonight: 40mins intervals (5 x 2m30 @ 7m/m, with 2m30 recoveries)
Tomorrow: 40mins easy
Thursday: 30mins Tempo
Saturday: 20mins Easy
Sunday 13.1m Easy - Yeovil Half Marathon, though I am not racing it, just completing it at slower than long run pace.

Tuesday: 30mins Easy
Wednesday: 30mins Easy
Friday: 20mins Easy

Then its the marathon! I'm only 8 runs away from a marathon! Eeek!

26/03/2014 at 09:31

Bang on with my intervals last night. Right in the right pace zone (A couple were a bit quicker!) recoveries felt good. Just the right distance for a taper session I think. 

Looking forward to the recovery run with the missus tonight

26/03/2014 at 12:00

Way to go Matty! Can't believe your marathon is nearly here, what date is it?? 

Stevie, how did the half go?

put on 2lbs last week & kinda lost my mojo a bit but two weeks off the fags now, chuffed  Back running this week with renewed enthusiasm & just done wk7d2 so nearly at the end of c25k. I'm not going to manage the 30min 5k in another week but I don't care so long as I can run the whole way!

Next thing is training for the 10k, any good plans out there to progress to?? 

26/03/2014 at 14:10

Sunday 5th April

Tremendous Pegasus! 2 weeks fag free is excellent! 30 minutes for 5k is quite ambitious anyway for a beginner I think. It's a guide more than anything and a couple of minutes over is still a huge achievement! The key is the distance is getting nailed

Look for "Bridge to 10k" - These programs are designed specifically for "Graduates" of C25K. Though it might be worth spending a couple of weeks just consolidating what you already have! 2 weeks of 5k running without walk breaks will do your confidence WONDERS for the next stage and make it it that bit easier. Get down to parkrun and set yourself a time to beat!

26/03/2014 at 22:30

Oh wow just over a week then, are you excited or bricking it?! I think you'll do great & I take my hat off to you, shall look forward to the report on it 

Thanks for that, really sound advice & I shall get a few weeks of doing 5k under my belt & if I'm brave enough try a park run! Will def get a kick out of just running without the app in my lughole lol! Then progress to the 10k plan, off to google it now 

27/03/2014 at 09:02

I am actually excited now! I'm excited to get it over with at least, its dominated my life for 4 months so it will be nice to have some free time back. Planning the next few months to run much shorter distances, but quicker to try and build some speed and work up to another targetted half in the autumn, probably Bristol to try and shoot for Sub 1h40.

Because I'm doing shorter distances I can do them at lunch times which means when I get home I can spend time with the missus who I think has been feeling like a marathon widow!!

27/03/2014 at 10:27

Brilliant it will be a huge achievement for you, it must be really hard committing to the training for a marathon for sure! I bet it'll be lovely to chill for a bit afterwards & spend time with your other half. I'm lucky that I work from home so run during the day when kids at school & hubby working, except a weekend when stuff is planned taking my run into account lol! 

27/03/2014 at 10:33

If you are planning your weekend around your runs you can consider yourself a fully fledged runner in my view!!

28/03/2014 at 11:09

I'll take your word for it Matty!

3lbs off this week so that's a relief, the 2 off that I put on plus 1, 1stone 1lb since started running yay! Running tomorrow & looking forward to it, I'm just going to head out & see how far I get 

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