"Two stone off" 2013

Support for losing weight in 2013

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20/03/2013 at 09:13

The Two Stone Off thread has been supporting those of us carring 'extra energy storage' since April 2011. The weight has come and gone (and in some cases come again) and so have the characters. One thing that was constant however was a fantastic level support and motivation from fellow runners.

It seems somehow fitting to start afresh as the posting started to decline towards the tail end of last year, so here we have a thread dedicated to supporting runners looking to lose a bit of weight (doesn't need to be 2 stone!) in 2013 and monitoring progress (both in terms of weight loss and running).

Post here if you want to join in!

Edited: 20/03/2013 at 09:17
20/03/2013 at 09:23

I am 14st 2 and need to be 13 st 4

Strange enough just got a marathon PB whilst one stone overweight, can't wait for later in the year, I have many Marathons this year but hopefully with a stone less I can take another lump off sometime. 

20/03/2013 at 09:37

Welcome EKGO! Many marathons sounds like you have an active year planned!

I too am targeting 13 st 4 with a starting weight of 15 st 6. I lost 4 stone starting from 17 st 10 in 2011 and so know I can do it, just need to sort out my eating and get active again after a fairly lazy winter.

20/03/2013 at 10:08

Room for one more?  I've gained half a stone in a few months and already had that amount to lose so hoping for about a stone to a stone and half

20/03/2013 at 10:09

Hello ..... this sounds like a good idea...

So i lost 2 1/2 stone in '"2 Stone Off - Part 1' (thanks in part to the support of the likes of Dan, Grant and all..) and am at a similar weight EKGO wanting to lose 1 stone. I did an almost respectable marathon time in October 2012, but would like to go into Chester Marathon 2013 with a stone less...






20/03/2013 at 10:21

Heyy I think I need to be on this thread! I'm currently at 12st (after losing 2.5st last yr) and need to drop another 2st. I've been trying really hard this year by exercising and eating really healthily......

However my weak point is I love a glass (or 2!) of red wine when I get home from work. :S this means that despite being really good with my food and exercise I can't seem to get below the dreaded 12st barrier


20/03/2013 at 11:30

Oh excellent: we're back. Since we were last on, I've been focussing a bit more on speed work (trying to get my parkrun time down), and tri-training. Doing my first tri in May, so doing a lot more swimming and cycling than previously. Feel a fair bit fitter, but still need to shift some of the 'extra energy storage' (love it, Grant): two stone lighter would be a great help (those tri-suits are pretty unforgiving!). Also doing Chester this year, Andy.

Diet: keeping off the booze pretty successfully, but I was never much of a drinker, and trying to be good with other stuff too. Just a bit frustrating that I am training more than I have ever done, but still have a couple (maybe 3) stones to shift.:  3 or 4 runs a week: total mileage around 25 miles, with a fair bit of this interval or tempo runs; two bike turbo trainer sessions (hard work!); one or two swims a week. I guess it is time to really focus on the diet.

So, I shall weigh myself today, and set my weight target for Chester in October. Just some stretching and core exercises today, I think.

20/03/2013 at 12:00

I'm targeting 18 marathons and Ultras this year (2 down and next one on Sunday) but Chester is when I expect to be 13 st 4 and run maybe under 4:15, not earth shattering but it will do for me, currently 14st 2 and 4:29 last Sunday in Rome  

20/03/2013 at 12:18

WOW, EKGO: impressive stuff. Is the weight coming down with all this activity? Looks (from your profile) like you are just a little quicker than me: perhaps I'll try and get you to drag me round at Chester. 


Out of interest, where was your 5K PB set? You are 4 minutes quicker than me there, but my 5K time was set on a fairly lumpy parkrun course. Your 10K is about the same as mine, and you are a bit quicker (3 mins) at half-marathon. But 4 mins at 5K is (I reckon) a pretty big difference.

20/03/2013 at 13:05

Hi Dan my 5k is seriously slow right now around 27 mins, I've gone back to Parkrun to get moving again, marathon training does nothing for speed! I did 22:04 in a fun run back in 2009 in Preston one of those early evening ones. That was way before I took to Marathons and Ultras. Funny thing about the weight, in 2012 I did 12 marathons and put on around 10lbs gradually over the year. Chester is a great event I did it the last two years and signed up again straight away.

20/03/2013 at 13:18

I'm convinced that it is very difficult to actually lose weight whilst running marathons. Two factors: increased muscle mass counteracting fat loss (which is fine), and either delibrately or accidentally increasing calorie intake. Interesting point about marathon training & speed. I am determined to include speed work in to my training for Chester: planning on running (slowly) the 6 miles to my local parkrun, running it (as fast as I can manage), and then running home. LSR, speedwork, and a docking great big hill on the way home, all in one go.

20/03/2013 at 13:52

I made the mistake of going for Long slow rather than mixing it up, hence my return to Parkruns, I am aiming for under 24 mins this summer but it seems a good way off

20/03/2013 at 19:16
Hello, interesting debate already,.. As I think I said in the old thread many times, marathon training and weight loss isn't easy, your body quite rightly seems to crave the extra fuel. At first it seems to come off me, but as I hit the big long runs it becomes difficult and last year in the run up to Chester I even put on a couple of lbs of 'extra energy storage'. Losing the weight before marathon training kicks in is the key for me.

Similarly here, I'm aiming for 4.15 at Chester, after 4.28 last time, and also using Parkruns for speed. I got down to 24.12 at 5k last year, but hovering around 26 now. My main problem is converting 5ks into my equivalent Half Marathon times, where my PBs poor if you look at comparison guides. And another stone off will also help...

Hello GingerG, welcome, well done on the 2 1/2 stone, my weakness is also wine to destress, any running goals to compliment the weight loss?
20/03/2013 at 20:35
Hi Andy. I'm doing a 5k run in may, and 2 x 10k runs in June and July. I'm also planning to do a sprint tri in August so hopefully all the training for those will help shift the extra pounds.

I'm envious of all you guys when you talk about marathons and half marathons! I only started running just under a couple of months ago so still at the walk/half arse shuffle stage.... Oh to be able to run for a decent period of time without dying!
21/03/2013 at 01:50
Ginger: I bet you've seen a major difference in your running stamina already. If you want to aim for marathon distance (and it isn't the be-all-and-end all), then it is just a case of following a training plan, though I would move up the distances gradually, as you are doing. Parkruns are also fantastic motivation - do you have one local to you?
21/03/2013 at 07:03
Yes parkrun is just the best thing ever, theyre just so low key and friendly, and perfect for building up from scratch.

And Ginger, we've all been there, aiming for a 10k in June sounds ideal, I can't believe I am sitting here casually discussing marathons given where I came from, but I'm envious of the Sprint Tri, I would love to do one, but my swimming is just terrible! And I'm scared of falling off bikes...
21/03/2013 at 15:02

You lot are already making me feel very unfit with all this talk of marathons and tris! Hello to all the new faces!

I just started back running on Saturday for the first time since September, back to the tried and tested Couch to 5K plan to get my legs (and in particular my left knee) back into the swing of things. Thought Week 5 was a good place to start so planning to go out for 20 minutes sometime today. Was meant to go at lunchtime but put off by the snow outside so had a cup of tea and a hot cross bun instead! As long as that is the only sweet treat of the day I am not too bothered...  Planning to go out just after 4pm instead, it does still look chilly outside mind you...!

Should be back up to running Park Runs in a few weeks, I agree with both Andy and Dan, they are fantastic for motivation. I can't think of a better way to start the weekend!

Oh, and btw EKGO, 27 mins is not seriously slow!  My PB is 27 mins 10 secs and it felt like I was flying around at the time!


Edited: 21/03/2013 at 15:04
21/03/2013 at 15:28

Ha ha yes It's all relative, It's not slow for me right now, I'm killing myself to get to 27. daft thing is when I did a marathon last Sunday my 7th 5k split was quicker than my PB for the year

21/03/2013 at 17:52

Hi guys! I want to be in!!

Ideally would have exactly that 2 stones to lose that has crept on in the last two years. Did my first half mara last September but had bit of blues after it and haven't run very consistantly since and only very short distances. Planning to start building up consistant weekly mileage next week. Have been very unlucky in pulling my quads and spraining my ankle at the start of this month so no running for 3 weeks now. 

Have also started eating better although we always cook from scratch and eating smaller portions. Somehow I used to manage the same amount as bf who's 3st heavier so no wonder I piled some pounds on. My weakness is cola at the moment. Just don't seem to want to let it go but I will have less/finish having it soon.

I have no running related goals at the moment although thinking about doing the same half mara in September but it all depends how the running starts going. Will do parkruns again soon but as I'm only running 3 milers at the moment, I want some more miles in my legs before joining back in.

Edited: 21/03/2013 at 17:55
21/03/2013 at 20:32
Evening Mikasa, you're very welcome, and there nothing worse than being held up by injuries, very frustrating. 2 stone is definitely achievable. Which half marathon is it in September?

And welcome Cinders, I missed your post earlier on in the flurry of early activity, sorry, 1 1/2 stone sounds like a good target. Any running goals to go alongside the weight loss?

I've got Wilmslow Half on Sunday but am already looking at the gloomy snow forecasts and wondering whether I'll make it.
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