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Update No. 7 – Back in training 2014: Preparing for a 10-miler, a triathlon & a half-marathon May 3, 2014

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One last update before Sunday’s Broad Street Run

I should begin by saying that this was a strange week for me. Monday morning, I woke up and realized I was slightly numb on the left side of my body and face. I went to the doctor that afternoon and there was some concern that it could be stroke-related. However, since everything else (blood pressure, pulse, oxygen, etc.) was normal and I’m in generally good health, the doctor just told me to take an aspirin a day, get a brain MRI and get some lab work done.

I made the lab work appointment for Wednesday morning. On Tuesday morning, the doctor’s office–having trouble getting my insurance to cover the MRI–asked me to see a neurologist for two reasons: 1) another opinion, and 2) the neurologist might have better luck getting insurance to cover the MRI. I wound up making an appointment for Wednesday afternoon.

However, before that happened, my right side started going numb Tuesday night so I went to the hospital. Again…everything checked out normal, including a CT scan of my brain. I was told to just go ahead with my Wednesday appointments.

Well, the right-side numbness was mostly gone by Wednesday afternoon, but I still feel a bit of numbness on my left side. It’s definitely not normal, but it’s not as noticeable as it was on Monday. The good news is that the doctor at the hospital and the neurologist both find it very unlikely to be stroke-related. The bad news is that no one knows what exactly is causing it. Things like MS, Lyme, and a pinched nerve are still on the table, I guess, but the neurologist doesn’t think those are likely either. Anyway, I should be getting an MRI at some point next week and then going for a follow-up visit to the neurologist…but it seems like there is nothing seriously wrong with me (he types, somehow, with crossed fingers).

Now, you may recall in my last update, I mentioned that my left leg experienced some numbness early into my 10-mile run on April 24. This is something I’ve felt in the past while bike riding or running, but not for long periods of time and not on one entire side of my body and face. But is it related? Who knows at this point? It seems odd, though, that it’s my left leg and the left side of my body that this started with.

All that being said, I still plan on running in Sunday’s Broad Street Run. In fact, because I still felt good–despite the left-side numbness–on Monday, I went on 4-mile run prior to my doctor’s appointment that went rather well. I followed that up with a pair of 5K-distance runs on Thursday and Friday. I used Thursday’s run to push myself a bit and wound up recording my fastest-ever 5K time at 26:17. I took it pretty easy during Friday’s run, which I completed in 28:15.

Until a couple of weeks ago, my goal was to finish the Broad Street Run in 1:40:00 or less. But I’m getting more and more comfortable running long distances closer to a 9-minute-per-mile pace, so I’m aiming for a sub-1:35:00 finish now.

After the Broad Street Run and all these follow-up tests and exams, I have to get back to training for the Atlantic City Triathlon on Sept. 14, and then the Trenton Half-Marathon on Nov. 8, 2014. (See the January 18 update and original post below for background information.)

Please see the Training Tracker below to follow my major training swims, rides and runs. And, again, I apologize for not yet having a chance to reverse the order of the tracker so that the more recent results are at top…hopefully, I’ll get to that for the next update.

1/18/2014 UPDATE:
Earlier this month (see original post below), I wrote about training for my first half-marathon, the Trenton (N.J.) Half-Marathon taking place Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, and my other goal of reaching a target weight of 168 pounds.

Well, when I wrote that, I was also eyeing another ridiculously ambitious goal…competing and finishing in the Atlantic City International Triathlon on Sept. 14, 2014. However, I was still waiting to hear back from the organizers regarding a question about my bike. Well, I was given the information I needed and have officially registered for the event, which includes a one-mile swim, a 20-mile bike ride and a 10K (6.2-mile) run.

I’ve never done an official half-marathon before, but at least I’ve run 13.1 miles in training  so I know I can do it. I have completed a swim of around a mile, have ridden 20 miles on a bike many times before and have 6.2 miles several times. However, I am in no way ready to do all of these in sequence at one time, but I’m learning as fast as I can how to get myself trained and conditioned for it.

So I must revise the 2014 fitness goals I listed in the original post. They are now: 1) get weight down to (and stay at/near) 168 pounds, 2) complete the Atlantic City International Triathlon, and 3) complete the Trenton Half-Marathon.

Wow…when you write it all out, it looks daunting. What was I thinking? Oh well, nothing to do now but to get in shape and ready to compete.

At the bottom of each of these posts, you will find a training tracker so you can follow my progress.

Original Post – January 9, 2014:
Last year, I tracked my training for the Trenton 10K, which took place Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. It was the first organized race I have run other than a 5K. I finished the Trenton 10K with a chip time of 59:46.399, and my goal was to finish in less than an hour…so mission accomplished.

But as I watched the half-marathon runners start their race that morning, I regretted not being more ambitious with my running goals. After finally shaking off a persistent head cold I came down with the day after the race, I mapped out a route and completed a test run of 13.1 miles in 2:27:27—and, admittedly, that included about a half-mile of walking.

Now that I know I can do it, I want to announce here that I have registered for the 2014 Trenton Half-Marathon, taking place Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.

I also want to use this opportunity to finally get into the proverbial “best shape of my life”— a sports cliché used by so many aging veterans heading into training camp. The holidays and two bouts with colds have basically put me back to square one as far as conditioning is concerned, but next week I’m going to start getting serious about working out everyday and tracking my caloric intake. And, of course, I’ll be tracking my training runs here on the blog.

In addition to training for the half marathon, it is my goal to finally get down to 168 pounds, which means losing about 23 pounds. I had lost 35 pounds back in 2006 after a false heart disease scare, but my weight-loss efforts stalled at 173—leaving me five pounds shy of my goal. Unfortunately, I gained nearly all of the weight I lost back again within the following year and have only been able to lose about 10-15 pounds a couple of times since then.

So…those are my two main goals for 2014: 1) complete the Trenton Half Marathon, 2) get down (and stay at/near) 168 pounds.

Training Tracker
I’ll be posting updates on my progress here every so often. The table below includes my swim/bike/run distances and times during this training period. Items in bold are personal records or other milestones. Also, I finally reversed the order of the table so that the most recent activity is at top…

Date Swim/Bike/Run Distance Time
5/2/2014 3.1 miles (run) 28:15
5/1/2014 3.1 miles (run) 26:23 (5K-distance personal best)
4/28/2014 4 miles (run) 35:44
4/24/2014 10 miles (run) 1:39:04 (10-mile personal best)
4/22/2014 5.02 miles (run) 50:18
4/21/2014 5.02 miles (run) 46:38 (5-mile personal best)
4/13/2014 3.1 miles (run) 26:57 official chip time – Barnabas Health Lakewood BlueClaws 5K
4/9/2014 3.14 miles (run) 26:52 (26:35 personal best 5K time)
4/2/2014 3.11 miles (run) 26:51
3/27/2014 10 miles (run) 1:45:49
3/21/2014 15.25 mile ride followed by 6.21 mile run 59:25 (bike)/1:05:14 (run)
3/11/2014 18.46 mile ride followed by 3.11 mile run 1:10:09 (bike)/30:40 (run)
3/6/2014 6.21 miles (run) 58:45 (10K personal best)
2/21/2014 6.21 miles (run) 1:01:34
2/11/2014 3.11 miles (run) 30:55
2/10/2014 1.02 miles (swim) – 72 laps (25-yd pool) approx. 40 minutes
2/6/2014 1.02 miles (swim) – 72 laps (25-yd pool) approx. 40 minutes
2/4/2014 0.57 miles (swim) – 40 laps (25-yd pool) unknown
1/31/2014 1.14 miles (swim) – 80 laps (25-yd pool) approx. 1 hour
1/29/2014 1.02 miles (swim) – 72 laps (25-yd pool) approx. 50 minutes
1/27/2014 0.71 miles (swim) – 50 laps (25-yd pool) approx. 40 minutes
1/24/2014 0.37 miles (swim) – 26 laps (25-yd pool) approx. 30 minutes
12/5/2013 13.12 miles (run) 2:27:27 – longest distance run

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