Hello everyone. I'm new to the forum having signed up for two main reasons; to log/track my marathon training progress and to seek as much advice as possible from more experienced runners.
The event I'm preparing for is the Great Stirling Run 28/04/19, 25 weeks away.
Although no stranger to jogging 3-5 miles distance at a pace of around 10 min per mile, my lifestyle has gradually worsened over the years to the point where now I weigh around 18st 5lbs at 6 ft 2, so BMI is 33 (Heaviest was 19st 3lbs about 6 months ago although have managed to lose a bit throughout this summer with some gentle dieting and jogging).
My weight loss has plateaud recently, mainly because I continue to guzzle alcohol most nights and remain a very inconsistent dieter.
In the weeks I can put things together, such as good eating and a few jogs, I lose 2-4 lbs, only for a poor week to follow and so on and so forth.
So the point of signing up to the marathon is to give me something to focus on every day, and committing to something as extreme as a marathon might just be the way to do that.
I want to....
1. Get my race day weight to 14 stone (healthy), so a weight loss of approx. 60 lbs in 25 weeks, or 2.4lbs per week to be precise
2. Run the marathon sub 4hr, so 9.15 min/mil, although venturing into the unknown, this might seem arbitrary
3. Progressively work on reducing my alcohol intake, the antagonist in my story!
4. Stabilise my diet (I've already worked out my BMR, weekly calorie deficit budgets etc)
5 Shake of a calf strain that I picked up last week on my last jog!!
6. Share my progress with you all via this thread
If you stumble across this thread, I'd love to hear any comments or advice you can offer me. I'm think skinned so don't hold back on criticism!
I'll try and post when I've got something interesting to say but from a selfish perspective, I want to use the thread to keep myself honest and accountable along the way.
I've given some thought to my preparation and outline is below
Weeks 1-5 ; Adjustment - Get the basics right, stick to meal plan, reduce alcohol intake significantly, gentle re-introduction to jogging once over calf strain, get to 5 miles at 10 min/mil by end of period
Weeks 6-10 ; Momentum - Negotiate Xmas/New Year by adhering to new lifestyle. Focus on introducing longer easy runs on a Saturday and progress to 8 miles by the end of this period although with no real pressure on pace at this stage
Weeks 11-25 ; Training - Follow a typical sub 4 hr marathon training programme.
Finally, I'd love hear from others who are planning to run this event !