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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28/03/2014 at 11:28

Cracking weight loss result Pegasus! And I bet it feels good to look forward to running! And I like the "See how far I get" aproach. Running just for the sake of running is awesome!

I hadn't weighed in for 2 weeks. Its been a busy couple of weeks socially, so I was a bit scared. I wasn't going to weigh myself today, and do it next week instead as I thought I'd put on a bit. But changed my mind and I lost 1lb, which i am delighted with!

I'm now at my equal lowest recorded weight.

Things have plateaued a bit recently but I'm hoping a final push can get me at least 2 more pounds off before the marathon. And now I have some renewed motivation.

Next big target after the marathon is the Bupa London 10k in 8 weeks. My mission is to be at goal by then! 

Running wise, I did a 30minute tempo run last night, and exceeded all my expectations. Averaged 7m36 a mile! Delighted! Mainly downhill admittedly but a great confidence booster for my post marathon "10k Season" (I've signed up to 5 so far over the summer!) and looking to set myself some solid PBs at 5k and 10k.

Edited: 28/03/2014 at 11:32
30/03/2014 at 23:07

Some great work going on here guys! I did the Water of Life Half last weekend with my mate and jogged round in an easy 2:19 but did the Paddock Wood Half on my own today and baggaged myself a PB of 1:53, very chuffed!

31/03/2014 at 09:26

Well done Stevie, thats a blinding time! Well done.

My weekend runs were an easy 30 minutes on saturday morning and then the Yeovil Half yesterday. Much like Stevie I just jogged round with a couple of mates who were in rabbit onesies. And it was a hot day, bless them. But I got them through it. I crossed the line in 2h22m00s ahead of them to capture the finish line snaps of them.

3 x 30 minute jogs left between me and the marathon.

31/03/2014 at 13:31


Great runs everyone!! aaaaargh I'd be biting my nails by now Matty lol! 

Weekend went off piste for one thing or another but I did my first 5k run today!! In 36.53mins, on my hilly route & had to double up some of it to get the distance in. Not an astounding time but really chuffed & I know I can knock time off that esp on a flatter route. So I'll be running 5k now on different routes aiming to improve times for a few weeks & then look to upping the distance 

Can I call myself a runner now Lol?!! 

01/04/2014 at 08:54

I'm surprisingly calm at the moment. Just going through the packing process, making sure everything is printed and in order, making sure I have everything i actually may want or need. I'm feeling quite confident today. But then tomorrow I'll probably feel like I won't acheive my goal! This is the Taper Madness they often refer to!

Brilliant work on hitting that 5k milestone and thats a fantastic first time! You definitely earn yourself the title "Real Runner"

02/04/2014 at 15:48

Best of luck with the "big one!" Just incase you are not on again until after the event, I'm positive you'll do brilliantly after all the training........enjoy & let us know asap how it goes 

Did another 5k today, slightly different route & a 33.05min time, chuffed with that! Think it's time to go do a Parkrun very soon 

03/04/2014 at 13:51

Thanks pegasus! My last little run before the big day is these evening, and easy 30 minute jog. Then thats it. Finito. Done. 

Will put one last post up tomorrow I should think and lay out my goals and aspirations. Flying over on saturday morning. So excited!

parkrun this saturday, you won't regret it!!

03/04/2014 at 21:02

I bet you are & I expect you can't believe its on Sunday either!!!

Off on a weeks hols on Saturday but taking running gear as I know there's good routes & there's also a Parkrun ..........yes I'm now officially a running nut!! 

04/04/2014 at 12:26

Good plan pegasus!

Right this is my last post. My next reply here will be as a marathoner! Have a good weekend running everyone

06/04/2014 at 00:22

Have a brilliant time & enjoy your first marathon, looking forward to hearing all about it 

Edited: 06/04/2014 at 00:22
14/04/2014 at 12:00

I've not posted in 10 days - where have you all been? No slacking in my absence I hope!

I had the most amazing time. Not only did I beat my 4 hour target, which I was ECSTATIC with, but I proposed to my girlfriend at Disneyland. And she said yes

The first 18 miles I have to say I massively enjoyed! So much support it was unreal! Wearing a GB vest with my name on got me so much support throughout the course I couldn't believe it. I managed to largely stick to game plan. Around 9m/m and even had the audacity to catch up and slow down when I missed a split. I played a blinder those first 18. Garmin started going a bit screwy after the first 18 though and had to revert to pace band. There was a disco tunnel which was fantastic! And I have to say, the entertainment en route was just fabulous. I really enjoyed every pace of that first 18 miles. The missus was at every 6 miles giving me something to look forward to and these were perfect for me. Shame I didn't have her at 24 - more on that in a bit!

18 to 22 were obviously tougher but I managed to keep my pace there or thereabouts. Slowed up a bit. Water stops became tougher as people were falling by the wayside. It became tougher as I spent so much time weaving around people. Latched onto a fellow Brit for a few miles here too and we kept each other honest. Toward the 22 mile mark I started flagging. Mentally I was saying 'just one more mile at this pace and I'll let you finish with 9.30s...' And it seemed to work.

22-24 was utter carnage. Runners were falling by the wayside left right and centre. The last water stop was a standstill. I had to hydrate and fight through them and managed to clear through it OK, just.

24-finish was just a blur. I'd been responding to every cheer of 'Matty' for the whole race, but from this point I could barely raise a hand. Looking at my watch my pace had dropped. With half to go it was touch and go if I'd hit my target. When I passé the last sign I just gave it everything I had left. I crossed the finish line rocking the mobot and then stopped the watch. An unconfirmed sub 4 by about 40 seconds. It was enough I had decided that the chip time would be near enough to class it as 'goal achieved'.

Then I laughed. Then I cried. Then a mixture of both for the next 10 minutes as I made my way through the finish chute. I saw the missus who had been tracking me, along with my dad in the UK, with the app.

Final time of 3h59m12s. In the process I passed over 9000 people. I can't describe the elation I felt, it was like nothing I have ever experienced!

My marathon can be summed up in the video I made. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10154032920210634

Had a week of no running, eating Junk and drinking booze. This is called "Marathon Recovery!". Back to the grindstone from today though. Have a stag do this weekend but other than that its getting my head down to hit my next weight target. Half a stone to take my sub 15 would be nice!

How is everyone? How have you gotten on?

16/04/2014 at 11:45

Oh wow so chuffed for you Matty on both counts, how amazing you must feel to have done the marathon sub 4 & to now have a fiancé, huge congrats . Sounds like you had an excellent run & especially for a first marathon you should be ecstatic with that brilliant time!! Just goes to show how much hard work you put in . Liking the sound of your recovery lol!

I've been on hols but still put in two 5ks & a Parkrun! Parkrun I found tough after a week of eating, drinking & late nights but I managed it in 32.57 which was my best time yet, my son did it too & beat me by 30secs, chuffed for him as he does no running except at school. 

Back home now & have a blasted cold so I think that contributed to feeling knackered, going to get rid of it & then back on the diet & start to up the mileage. 10k is looking pretty hard for me atm but onwards & upwards!

16/04/2014 at 15:41

Thanks Pegasus All in all a pretty monumental week in my life! 

Brilliant work, you've now got an official PB to beat next time! Well done to your son too, parkrun can become a bit of a family affair! Doubly good work considering you were on holiday!

I spent the week after Paris eating rubbish and drinking bubbly so running the last couple of days has been pretty tough for me too.

10k? You're already halfway there! Think positive


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