Friday, May 28, 2010

It's a birthday miracle!

Today is my 36th birthday. I got my frist present the minute I woke up. It was a present I gave myself yesterday by swimming 2400 yards in the morning and running 3 miles last night. The present I gave myself was being able to get on the scale and have it read 313 pounds. While my wife is buying me a surprise today, and I'm looking at some bike parts this afternoon, this is probably going to be the best gift I get.

If you look at my race results, you'll notice that I track my weight for every race. A little over 2 years ago my weight was 313 when I did a 5k put on by my then employer. I was still walking every step back then, and my finish time was ~43:00. Last night, I did my 3 miles in 39:59, so an average pace around 13:20 a mile. The first mile I actually did in 12:46, and the next two were a bit slower as I had to walk a little more during each. The first mile I ran all but 2 minutes, and had I been able to run straight through, my time would have been even lower. In fact, stamina is the only thing keeping me from running sub 13:00 miles regularly, as I am apparantly getting faster in my running.

I still have a long way to go, but both the weight loss and the time I put in last night are really encouraging. I've had times faster than last night, but not on a regular basis, and that was all walking, with no running. Last night was the first time I've ever run a mile faster than I could walk it. I know that sounds strange, but it's true. When I'm finally able to run a mile straight, and keep a pace similar to last nights, then I'll be making some serious strides.

The main goal now is to take this 3 mile effort and build on it towards a half-marathon. My best half-mary time previously was ~3:45. If I could average 13:20 for 13.1 miles, that would take almost 50 minutes off my time, and give me a good sized buffer to making sure I can finish Timberman inside the time limit.

- Not going to overdo it today, just some relaxed fun, a nice dinner (I'm wanting a black and bleu salad), followed up with Berryline. They have Blueberry froyo at the Fenway location that I'm a huge fan of, so that'll be tonights dessert.
- I'm looking at parts today that'll take my bike up to the level of a standard road bike. Nothing too fancy, other than integrated brakes and shifters ("brifters") similar to what Rach has on her bike. It'll be a slow process that may or may not be in place for the next race, but certainly by the MA State Triathlon in July.
- We haven't figured out our Memorial Day plans yet, but you can be sure it will involve being outside, and hopefully swimming.


  1. Happy birthday, Ben! Wooooooo! And congrats on getting to 313, doing a strong swim yesterday morning and making noticeable running gains last night! Way to go, enjoy your day!

  2. Happy Birthday!! Enjoy it bud

  3. Anonymous - Thanks for the kind words. I was thrilled about the weight loss and the weekend in general.

    Derek - Thanks pal, I really did have a good time.