Monday, August 31, 2009

Weigh In & First Walk with Dream Team

Weekly weigh-in: 526 lbs.
Loss: -10 lb.
Total loss: 106 lbs.
Emotion: happy

Alright, I'm back on track. Last week was a great week!

We had our first walk/run group training session yesterday. Coach Danny Haralson told us what we need to be doing everyday. We had a good turnout of aprx 25 people.
Here's what Coach Danny told us:
  • Run/Walk at your own pace. Speed is not important. Remember the Tortoise and the Hare.
  • Keep your eye on your goal (finish the half marathon)
  • The 1st week you should walk/run 4-6 days, and you should walk 1/8 mile, then jog 1/8 mile until you have put in one mile. Then walk 1/4 mile to cool down.
  • Rest at least one day! Don't run 7 days a week!
  • Shoes are ultra important. 95% of injuries can be prevented by having the correct shoes. If your shoes are older than three months, get new shoes. Also, get RUNNING shoes. It's best to go to a store like The Track Shak. They will analyze your walk to determine the best shoes for you. Mention Danny's program for a 10% discount at Track Shak.
  • It's always good to have a carrot for running. Our carrot was free beer/water. That's our motivation.
Check out Danny Haralson's blog at - Danny has run over 50 marathons and he is a certified running coach. He has an excellent program at

As we started the walk for our training, Danny told me that he's gonna time my lap. I walked the entire 1/4 mile lap instead of alternating walking and jogging. I walked the 1/4 mile in 6 minutes, and put in another 6 minute 1/4 mile.

Danny told me to alternate my walking distances every day. For example, day one walk one mile, day two walk half a mile, day three walk 1.4 miles. This way my body won't know what distance I'm gonna walk. It'll be fooled into thinking that every walk's gonna be a long walk. This will burn max calories per walk.

I'll be walking every day and working out every day. (Of course I will have a rest day)

Everyone loves having the beer as the carrot for out group runs. Of course, I drink the water because I've got that big carrot in April next year. Do you have a carrot?

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  1. You are doing great. I think it's wonderful you have a walking group. Keep up the good work!

  2. Way to go Stephen, it's all about keeping the course even if we had a rough week the week before. You are doing a great job, congrats on the big loss!

  3. P.S. To answer your question, my carrot is Europe in the winter! Gotta keep my eye on the prize. :)

  4. Look at yoU! Great job this week!

    I am glad you are enjoying walking/running so much! I am doing a half marathon in 6 weeks; the training is hard but the feeling after finishing a long run is worth it! My long run was 8 miles this week!

    I love the idea of having a "carrot!" I'd have to say mine is new clothes. I always used to be a shoe junkie because I couldn't find cute clothes in my size. Now that I've lost 100 lbs though, I am all about the clothes!

  5. Stephen, 10 pounds is awesome! Way to go!

  6. My carrot is an actual carrot. How ironic is that?

  7. Man, it is great to see you doing so well! The transformation continues...keep up the good work!

  8. Just found your blog and Love It!! I'm currently training for a 5K and I'm looking forward to following your 1/2 marathon training.

  9. I'm jealous at your ambition to do a half-marathon, I just walked 3 miles for the first time in my life, adding ~10 miles to that is inconcievable.

    My carrot is to fit into a roller coaster at cedar point next summer!

  10. Way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Doesn't it feel great!!! Keep it up!!!

  11. Congratulations!!! This is awesome news. My carrot? I've had so many already---Hmmm, I'll have to think of that a little more.

    Great post.

    My best always

  12. Congrats on hitting the 1/3 mark on your big Race Countdown!! I think that's awesome!

  13. Keep up the great work. Part of the formula for success is having a great support network to reinforce your inspiration and motivation. From the comments on your blog, you certainly have that part in place.

  14. awesome weight loss!! must be a great feeling to see it is under 200 pounds to get to your goal next year!!! keep up the good work; your training sounds good too!


  15. Well done on the great loss this week!

  16. My carrot is health insurance. Keep up the good work!

  17. Way to Go - keep that carrot in the forefront!

  18. You're doing great! My carrot is my trip to Europe at Christmas. I really want to comfortably fit in an airline seat.