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A Running Guide for the Overweight Runner

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Challenge Information. Half Marathon. Training Questions.

Are you up for a Challenge?

I told you all about the weight loss challenge that I hosted and took part in. I told you that I lost 17 pounds total in 6 weeks!!!

Today, I’m telling you that you have the chance at joining the 2nd weight loss challenge that I am hosting!

It is a solid atmosphere focused at losing weight healthily and for good. Discussions are held, questions are asked and answered (to the best of our ability), and struggles and successes are shared.

The 1st weight loss challenge had a total of 13 participants. Those 13 challengers combined lost a total weight of 133 lbs!!!!!

Can you believe that?!

I love those results.

The entry fee is 10 dollars and the person that loses the most percentage of body weight – wins all of the entry fee money. It’s a pretty solid winning! I will be capping the challengers off at 20 participants this time around.

Do you want to take part in this challenge?! You need to go HERE to the Facebook group and become a member. Roam around and see past challenger’s successes and struggles and see if it’s something you want to be a part of. Remember, only 20 people are going to be entered into the 2nd challenge! Don’t delay for too long.

The challenge starts on this upcoming Monday. There are specific rules and weigh-in procedures to be followed each week. It is six weeks long and can be the jump-start that your weight loss needs!

I will not be participating in this challenge, nor will the last challenge’s winner. We would like to help out with encouragement and any insight we may have for the challengers. The group will be turned private at the start of the challenge – so no one will see your weigh-in pictures unless they are a member of the group.

Are you up for it?! Go check it out here!

Half Marathon - here I come.

In other news, I’m going to start training for a Half-Marathon! I’m pretty excited about it. A few questions for you to answer for me.

1. Should I continue with the p90x while training for the Half?

2. Do you have a meal plan I should follow?

3. Any tips or suggestions from you all that have ran a half marathon or marathon?

Let me know what you all have in mind. I need all the help I can get too!

What is the greatest Work Out/Fitness thing you have accomplished?!


Alexandra said...

I wanted to join the challenge this time, but I don't have 6 weeks before I leave for Romania. If you have another one after I return, I'll probably join. :-)

Stronger.Faster. said...

1. Probably not as regularly. Run 3-4 times a week, so P90X 2x a week.

2. EAT HEALTHY AND LIGHT. Try to find your protein from lean sources instead of red meat. So beans, fish, chicken... eat clean. Light. Clean. Light. (you get the idea). Also it would help to lower your sugar intake and pop intake ad up your water intake.

3. oh man. Find a good training plan. has some good plans that you can set up for yourself in their coach section. I found when i was training, that if I ran 3 days a week I had no problem with my knees, but if I added a 4th it gave me troubles. Pay attention to your body because it will let you know what you can handle.

You are going to do great! How long are you giving yourself to train?

Paula Rodriguez said...

Oh, I'm scared to join the challenge. I have the toughest time following through... hmmm I need to seriously think on it.

Seth, this is a great challenge and I'm so proud of you for pushing forward with your running. Great job....

kaitlin said...

Eat some good carbs the couple days leading up to your long runs. And don't skip your long runs!

My other advice would be to find a training plan that works for you (personally, I like Hal Higdon's stuff), and start it a few weeks before you need to. So if your plan is a 12 week plan, start it 14 weeks out from the race - then if things come up, as they are bound to do, or if you get sick or injured, you have a little bit of a cushion to rearrange your training schedule. I've done this for all 3 half marathons that I've done, and I have been glad for the extra leeway each time.

Make sure you have good shoes that you have been fitted for.

And I guess just have fun! =)

cmoursler said...

I'm not going to be doing challenges for the next few months..but it sounds like a good one.
I heard someone say that even if you never run at all, do p90x and then after 8 or 9 weeks, attempt a can really run.
Just a thought.
Good luck with your new endeavor.

Jessica @ Food for Thought said...

mmm...a challenge may be what the Dr. ordered for a weight-loss kick in the pants. I may just join...

I don't have any 1/2 marathon advice to offer (b/c I've never ran one myself), but I just wanted to tell you that you rocked the socks off your 5k---you will do great a 1/2, too!

Patrick said...

What is the name of the facebook group? I use the link but it just takes me to the facebook home page. Not certain I'll join but I'd like to at least look at the group page on FB.

What is the greatest Work Out/Fitness thing I have accomplished?! That is an easy one for me, the VOLKSLAUF... ( This site says this event was started in 1997, perhaps that is true for the organizers of this particular site & event. But VOLKSLAUF events have older roots as I did it in 1987.

*Whitney* said...

For me the greatest workout that I accomplished came just last night. I completed W5D3 of the C25K program. I've never run 2 miles straight in my life until last night! I felt so empowered after running it! I still can't believe I did it!

Sayre said...

When I first started dating my husband, we were very active. Bike riding, walking and rock climbing were our dates. I don't know what I weighed when we started, but by the time we got married I was a very strong 147 lbs. LOTS of muscle. And then we settled into everyday life and now I'm 235 (or thereabouts). Back then, rock climbing was what we did - we went on vacations to do it and had a blast. The first time I made it all the way around the Round Room at Hueco Tanks was a real accomplishment to me!

Staci Dombroski said...

I loved the Furman First training program for my half :) Also, I would do the P90x, but tone it down just a little bit. I would not do it everyday. The cross training is an excellent way to help you. I think the plyometrics helped my speed a little :)

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Helen said...

I've done a myriad of distance races so here are my opinions based on my experience:

Hal Higdon has some of the best plans out there. He has them for all levels. You can have a normal life and train hard.

P90X? Not so much. When you're training for distance races, you have to concentrate on the running with only a couple days of cross training or strength training. So maybe a couple days.

Nancy Clark has the best nutrition resource guide on the market. There are formulas and such to figure out what to eat and when and how much. It's a constant go to book when I'm training.

Runner's World also has a ton of information on training and nutrition.

Or, if you have specific questions, email me and I'll be glad to answer the best I know how.

Good luck & remember to have fun!

Missy said...

I know nothing about training for a half, but I'm sure you'll do great.

I stopped by your FB group and looked at the pictures from the last challenge. Congrats to all involved! Great success!

Melanie said...

To avoid injury, do not up your miles too fast. Remember running is 90% mental, visualize while you run. Everyone has a distance they think they could never run, for me it was ten miles. Once I ran that, I realized I could run anything.

Juli's Journey said...

I am leaving for New York in 4 weeks, otherwise I would definitely do the challenge. I will next time. I might be ok with the pics by then. I hope. :)

Shelley said...

When are you going to do the half? I'm planning on doing my first half in November and am just now looking into training plans - Hal Higdon comes highly recommended so I'll probably do that one. Congratulations on that decision - it's a big commitment!