Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Quest to Lose a Marathon

I've been feeling really great the last few weeks and I know I have running to thank for it. Unfortunately, the scale hasn't been much of help and it's really starting to frustrate me. I still have my birthday goal in the back of my mind, but it feels like it's slowly slipping away. I've also been toying with the idea of changing my weigh in days to Monday. I think weighing in on Mondays would keep me more accountable through the weekends, but it also scares me! I hadn't decided on anything until I read this post over at Minus One Hundred. She has just signed up for a "Lose a Marathon Challenge".

Some details for the challenge are as follows: 
- The goal is to lose 26.2 lbs by Sept 17th
- Weigh Ins are on Monday (how convenient!?)
- Small prizes are rewarded throughout the challenge 
- There are over 800 participants!
- You must sign up by June 25th 
- For full details, click here 

This challenge came at the perfect time! I think it was a sign that I stumbled upon it before the 25th. My birthday goal (which I'm still aiming for) is to lose 30 lbs by September 1st (229lbs). The Lose a Marathon Challenge would bring me to 231.3 lbs by Sept 17th. Both of those goals sound good to me, but at the rate I'm going the Lose a Marathon Challenge is more realistic. 

Weighing in on mondays makes me very nervous. I'm going to weigh in this friday and then again on Monday and I'll continue to weigh in every monday throughout the summer. Yikes! We have a lot of weekend plans coming up, so hopefully this will help me stay on track...that is the point, right!?  

The challenge for week 1 is to write out your plan and goals. I'm going to add another page to my blog where I'll post my goals, progress, "before" pictures and my measurements. Stay tuned!


  1. Oh I love that you posted this! I just might have to join the challenge as well. Congrats on your first 5k. How love have you been running to train for this? I just started running and am only on week 2 of the C25K but have found a 5k in August that I want to do. It is a run/walk 5k so I could really do either but I am wondering how long it took you to get where you are with your running. I've never been a runner and I am pretty sure it will take me some time before I can run a full 5k without walking but any info you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a bunch

    1. Hey Ashley! I tried running the past 2 summers, but never got into it and this summer I decided I was going to do it. I started in April, but suffered a groin injury that put me out for a few weeks. So I guess it's been about 2.5 months of running 3x per week. It's not easy, but it does get easier!! I found the C25k difficult because I find it hard to start running after taking so many walking made my legs feel very tired. Instead, I just ran as long as i could at a time. I just slowly added time each week until I could run 30 minutes straight. I hadn't actually run an entire 5k until the race this weekend and I had to take a few walking breaks. I would just suggest that you stick with it and take your time :) Signing up for a 5k is the best motivation as well, so I strongly suggest that you sign up for it and if you have to walk part of it, that's ok! There were a good handful of people that walked the 5k at my race. good luck! :)

  2. I'm so stoked that my favorite blogs are joining the challenge! :) It's going to be fuuuuuun! LOL We can do this!


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