Saturday, December 30, 2017

Last Days for Early Bird Pricing

     You only have today and tomorrow to save some serious coin if you want to run one of the MercyHealth Glass City Marathon weekend events.  Choose from the Glass City 5K, the 10th anniversary Owens Corning Half Marathon, the Yark Subaru 5 Person Marathon Relay, or join me and run the MercyHealth Glass City Marathon.  This race weekend is a blast and caters to the first timer all the way to the Boston qualifiers and everyone in between.  This will be my 6th straight year participating in one of the events and I keep coming back because of the big city race feel with a small hometown feel.  

Let me know if you are going to participate and which event you are signing up for! 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Change Is Coming

Running in the Fat Lane is now
The Tatted Runner

     I have thought long and hard (#) about this and I have come to the conclusion that my time as Running in the Fat Lane, has come to an end.  It is a bitter sweet feeling because it has been such a big part of my life the last 2-3 years, but I have decided to close this chapter of my life and look towards the future.  I was looking for a new moniker that easily expressed who I am in as few words as possible.  I have tattoos, I plan on getting quite a lot more and I run, so it was a no brainier.  To be honest, I was really surprised that The Tatted Runner was available in all social media aspects.

     I am not sure yet what or how this blog will change, I may get more active then I've been or I might just post as I feel like it, but either way, it has been a great sharing my weight loss struggles and triumphs with you all.

Thanks for reading! 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Week 3 Update

     I am two weeks in with my journey back to 173 pounds and I am doing pretty well so far.  I have managed to stay on track for 12 of the first 14 days.  Thursday I a day trip to Indianapolis for a work meeting where they provided lunch, and I dug in a little more than I should have.  They served chicken, roast beef, red skin mashed potatoes and steamed veggies.  I left the steam veggies off the plate and went back for seconds on the rest.

     Yesterday for Mother's Day, Mandy and I ended up at the Melt Bar & Grill, which originated in Cleveland, Ohio and has spread like wild fire around the state.  Basically they are known for making some tasty huge grilled cheese sandwiches with all kinds of cheese and various other ingredients.  I ended up getting the Parma, Italy which was a fried chicken parmesan with marinara, garlic texas toast, mozzarella and parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.  I was a bit of a good boy, I only got a half a sandwich, but it still was a calorie filled lunch.  

     Later in the evening when dinner time rolled around, I made things even worse when we made homemade tacos and nachos.  I could have been a good boy and had one or two tacos and that was it, but I ended up having two plates of nachos and two tacos.  I basically killed almost a whole bag of shredded cheese on my own.  Sad I know!

As a reminder here is my starting point
     Here is my weeks one and two weigh in photos.  To be honest I was a little shocked and how much change happened in these two weeks, but I am not going to complain one bit.  I just hope its body fat that is leaving and no muscle mass.

     Well today is a new day and I am back on the horse.  Long run pace is on tap for today with an estimated distance of 8 to 10 miles.  I'll let how I am feeling determine that once I get out there.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Movin' To The 614

     I know I keep saying I am going to write more then I don't do anything about it.  Well this time I had a pretty damn good excuse.  Just over two months ago I received a promotion at work that required me to relocate to Columbus, Ohio.  While the move is only a little more than two hours from my previous location, the last couple months have been crazy trying to get the house ready to sell, find an apartment, move stuff down and start my new job.

     First the job, as I have stated before in my blog, I work for a Harley-Davidson dealership and the people I work for have added a third dealership to their group and promoted me to manage the entire store and run the day to day operations.  It was something I have been working towards for a long time and Mandy and I were psyched when we got the news that it was in Columbus.  There is a ton to do there and I already know a couple people that live down there, so it made the decision pretty easy.

     Once we had an idea this was going to happen we kicked things into high gear to get the house ready to sell.  Painting, cleaning, fixing some minor things and finding a realtor.  Then I had to drive around Columbus looking for a place to live.  This was no easy feet, as Mandy and I are not ready to buy another house and trying to find a apartment complex that will allow 3 dogs proved to be a challenge.  Thanks to one of my good friends that lives in Columbus, he new someone that manages a complex that bent the rules for us.  For at least the next year our home will be a two bedroom town house that we got with a garage so we had room for storage.  It was pretty damn hard to fit a three bedroom 1.5 bathroom house and a three car garage worth of stuff that has accumulated over 14 years into a 2 bedroom 1.5 bath townhouse with a tiny single car garage.  We did have to get a pretty good sized roll away dumpster and clear out a lot of shit, but in the end we managed to do it.

     The biggest challenge for us now is not having a fenced in back yard for the dogs.  We have to harness them up every time they need to go outside.  What use to take us just a couple minutes to let them out on their own, now requires a solid 10-15 minutes.

     Once we get a our house sold, we can concentrate on finding or new home, but until then we are making due with what we got. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Reverse Course

     I have had plenty change in my life lately, but one of which I am not to happy with at all.  I have been avoiding the scale mostly because I couldn't face to see how far I had fallen in recent months.  It has been easier and easier for me to give into temptation, combined with the lack of any continuity in my daily routine and not having any portion control.  While most if not all would look at me in my current state and not see a fat person, inside that is what I feel like.  I just don't feel comfortable in my body right now and after seeing my group photo with all my co-ambassadors for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon I realized I just wasn't happy with myself anymore.

     With the thought that no matter what it is going to say I have to do something and reverse my course.  As you can see below I have allowed a little over 14 pounds of my history to creep back into my life.  So how do I fix it?  Go with what you know works.  I looked back at my food journal from a couple years ago and made changes to my current grocery list and I've refocused my efforts to measure out and log everything I put in my mouth.  Goal weight of 173 here we come! 


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Glass City Marathon Race Recap

     As I headed out the door for the 41st running of the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon I was both nervous and excited that race day was finally here.  I was excited because it was finally time to start, run and finish the 26.2 miles of this race.  I was nervous because I was going into it with minimal amounts of training and another round of IT Band issues, which was the reason I had to back out of this race the first time.  I knew the pain would set in, I just wasn't sure when, and what I was going to do when it did.

     The weather was picture perfect, and other than being just a little to chilly while waiting in the corrals for the gun to go off, almost no wind and clear skies as the sun came up made for a beautiful start.  I told myself over and over as I made my way across the starting line to run my own race and don't let others control my pace.  I knew that if I went out to fast I was going to be in big trouble so I treated this like it was just another long run, I picked a pace and stuck to it no matter what was going on around me.

     Things were going pretty darn well up through mile thirteen until I got greedy.  I was feeling really good at that point with my pace sitting right around a 10:00 mile average.  I started to let thoughts of speeding up and letting my potential finishing time cloud my judgment.  BIG MISTAKE.  I started to push the pace by almost a minute and it took no more than a mile to aggravate my IT Band.  It was at that time I had to come back to reality and slow things back down.  This is also when the walk breaks entered the conversation as well.  Walking usually calms the pain down in my knee so once the pain subsided I returned to a 10-10:30 avg pace.  I was able to grind out a mile or so before I would have to walk it out for a couple of minutes, and this strategy got me through the next few miles.

     Right around mile 19 I had caught up to my fellow race ambassador, Brian, who was taking a walk break just as I needed to take one as well.  Brian is a firefighter in Sandusky, Ohio who runs almost every race in full firefighter gear.  He originally started competing in endurance events because he was 50 pounds overweight and at risk for heart disease.  He found performing the basic fire ground operations became exhausting and difficult, so he knew he had to make a change.  Did you know that 40%-50% of all In-The-Line-Duty deaths on the fire ground are related to heart attacks and strokes, I never would have thought that with all the other dangers they encounter.  Brian is now in the best shape of his life and runs almost every race in full gear to bring awareness to firefighter health and to raise money for the Fireman Rob Foundation .  I hung with Brian for the next couple of miles as we both would push each other to run just a little more.  It was just what we both needed to get us through and finish at our own pace.  

     So at mile 22 I pushed on at a 11 minute mile pace trying to finish this race without walking anymore, unfortunately that was a pipe dream.  By the time I started mile 26 I had only taken a couple of short walk breaks and was getting pretty tired, but I was so close I could taste it.  I switched up my playlist to a group of songs that would get the adrenaline flowing and push me to the end.  The unfortunate byproduct is I always end up cranking up the pace as well and with just over a half mile to the finish my IT band let me know just who was boss at that point.  Walking wasn't even an option I needed to just stop because it felt like I couldn't even bend my knee it was so tight.  I tried a couple of stretches to loosen things up, but wasn't much help.  About another minute went by when a gentleman I had passed earlier came up and stopped his race to check on me.  I was leaned over trying to massage my IT band and all he said was "come on, lets go get our medals".  I looked up at him, smiled and we started to jog it out together.  

     The last 50 yards was amazing.  Running down the finishers shoot lined with people cheering for people they don't even know like they have known me for years is a incredible feeling and a humbling experience.  I crossed the finish line where the race director, who I've known for years and years, was there congratulating all the finishers gave me a hug and a high five.  I ended up with a finishing time of 4:43:40, which is right about what I was thinking before the race began.  After I received my medal I almost wanted to think that all of the shit I've gone through that kept me from this race until now was because this year's medal was so f-ing badass compared to years past.  The medal was huge and featured some great Toledo imagery showing inside the overall shape of the state of Ohio. 

     Once I felt like I had my feet under me again my parents and I headed down to the after party to get my free commemorative beer mug and a little post race chow.  The live entertainment on stage was a band that is fronted by one of my long time friends from high school who I was also in a band with.  Between songs he started picking a few notes from one of our old original songs then he asked if I wanted to hop on stage for old time sake and hit the skins.  It was a blast to get back behind a drum kit again even if I was tired from running a marathon. lol :)

     In the end, I would have to say other than a few minor little things I would change about the race, you would be hard pressed to find a fault with this race.  The race director, the race board that makes all the decisions, the Toledo Roadrunners club, the police and fire and the hundreds and hundreds of volunteers did an amazing job.  The Mercy Health Glass City Marathon may be just a small hometown event compared to a Columbus, Chicago or Detroit, but man this crew treats it like it is one of the marathon majors.  Every year they seem to make it bigger and better without losing that hometown intimate feel.  Oh and if you are looking for a great race to qualify for Boston, this is it.  A little over 22% of this year's finishers qualified and so could you.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Never Fear, RaceJoy Is Here!!

     With the race just days away I am sure everyone is excited to get to the starting line and get going. Before any of that can happen you'll need to stop by the Health and Wellness expo to pick up your race BIB and your packet of goodies. To pick up your packet you will need your ID and your race number.  How do you get that you ask, well the RaceJoy App is the answer. Download the app, type in the event and your name and poof, your BIB number will appear.  Below is a bunch of great info about all the awesome features this app has to offer you on race day!

Live Race Day Runner Tracking

Mercy Health Glass City Marathon is a Featured Race in RaceJoy — Download the RaceJoy App to Receive Progress Alerts, Instant Results, Live Phone Tracking…

Racejoy AppWith the mobile Mercy Health Glass City Marathon app you can experience: you can fully experience the race. Share RaceJoy with your friends and family and ask them to sign in as a spectator. If you carry your phone, they can track you live and send you audio cheer clips. The Mercy Health Glass City Marathon is once again offering participants and spectators an innovative race day experience with the RaceJoy mobile App. With the App, you can find key information about the race weekend, including bib numbers; schedules; FAQs; places of interest; course maps; race news; etc. We are also offering real-time information, like progress alerts as you cross timing points on the course; and scored results within moments of crossing the finish line. You can have your progress posted automatically to Facebook and Twitter while you are doing the race. Your supporters and spectators simply need to tap the “Timing” button in RaceJoy. There is no charge for them to track your official race progress.
If you carry your phone and want to increase your Glass City Marathon experience, you can do live phone tracking and cheer sending by tapping the “PhoneTrak” button and purchasing the 99cents App upgrade. Spectators can also purchase the upgrade and track you live on a course map, send you cheers and get “NearMe” alerts as you get closer to them. Note: These upgrade features require you to activate tracking in the App within 30 minutes of the race start time.
After the race, you can go to the “Buzz” area in RaceJoy to review your progress alerts and replay any cheers sent to you.

Download RaceJoy & Access Glass City Marathon Today

Note: Please see RaceJoy’s website for further information and important Apple phone settings.
Racejoy App

There is no need to carry your phone for these features since they are based on your bib tag. — See How it Works!

Download Racejoy App for Android Devices Download Racejoy App for Android Devices
  • Convenient Bib Look Up
  • Instant Results
  • Progress Alerts to friends and Family
  • Automatic Facebook Posts
  • Key Race Information
  • Live tracking, Send-a-Cheer in Phone Fun (upgrade features)

See how the Racejoy App works
See how the Racejoy App works

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Check Out The BLING!!!!
Click the picture to Register

     I am sooooo psyched about this year's finisher medals for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon.  While I was bummed I wasn't able to earn the marathon medal last year for the 40th anniversary I don't like it as much as I do compared to this year's medal.  If I have to crawl through the finish line to get one I will!!!!!!

Monday, April 3, 2017

What To Do In Toledo

While Toledo may not be the biggest city in Ohio, it sure packs a lot of stuff to do in it.  Here are three examples of fun for the whole family.  CLICK HERE, for a full list of activities, parks, places to visit, restaurants and drinking establishments.

Imagination Station
      A wonderful facility in downtown Toledo that features a hands-on science museum with over 300 exhibits for children of all ages.
Toledo Zoo
      This year features newly renovated Aquarium houses 3000+ aquatic animals in 178,000 gallons of water – nearly four times the volume as the previous Aquarium.  As an institution with a more than 100-year history, The Toledo Zoo understands the need to preserve the past even as it reaches out toward the future.  The Toledo Zoo is one of the world’s most complete zoos—it’s also the region’s top family destination! Let The Toledo Zoo take you from the Arctic tundra to the wilds of Africa, from the tropical rainforest to the Sonoran Desert and all points between—all in one great day.

Toledo Museum of Art
     The Toledo Museum of Art is an internationally known art museum located in the Old West End neighborhood of Toledo.  It houses a collection of more than 30,000 objects and special one of a kind traveling exhibits throughout the year.  The museum was founded by Toledo glassmaker Edward Drummond Libby in 1901, and moved to its current location in 1912.
   Whether you want updates of how you are doing while you run or your friends and family want to follow along as you traverse the 26.2, 13.1 or 3.2 miles, you can do so with the official race tracker.  With the mobile Glass City Marathon app you can fully experience the race. Share RaceJoy with your friends and family and ask them to sign in as a spectator. If you carry your phone, they can track you live and send you audio cheer clips.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Where To Stay For The GCM

     With the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon rapidly approaching, I thought I would share a little info for those of you coming in from out of town.  Toledo may not be the biggest city in Ohio, but with its rich history and wonderful attractions, it sure does offer some great things for tourists to do.  for driving directions to get to the starting line on race day: CLICK HERE


     Probably the most important thing is where you are going to stay while you are in town.  Well the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon team are pleased to welcome
Radisson Hotel at The University of Toledo as this year's host hotel. The Radisson Hotel is located on Glendale Ave. and is minutes from the University of Toledo Campus.  Below is a list of the top hotels that are relatively close to the starting and finish lines.  If you would like more info about these hotels CLICK HERE.

Radisson Hotel at The University of Toledo
3100 Glendale Avenue Toledo, OH, 43614

101 N Summit St Toledo, OH, 43604
101 N Summit St Toledo, OH, 43604

521 West Dussel Drive Maumee, OH, 43537
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Toledo South, OH
9790 Clark Drive Rossford, OH, 43460
1401 E Mall Dr Holland, OH, 43528
Courtyard by Marriott Toledo Airport Holland
1435 E Mall Dr Holland, OH, 43528
Quality Inn Toledo
3560 Secor Rd Toledo, OH, 43606

Sunday, January 8, 2017

It's Time To Train

     Today marks 16 weeks till the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon.  If you haven't started your marathon training yet, you probably should look to start NOW.  Looking for that right plan to follow, well I can say with 100 percent certainty that there is no one plan that works for everyone.  Whether you are a first time marathoner or this is your 100th time toeing the line, everyone requires a different way of doing it.  Having said that, at the end of the day it is all about getting enough miles in that your body will be prepared for the stress a marathon can put on you.  Assuming everything goes well, I will finally be running the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon this year.  For my training plan, I am literally starting today, which is a couple weeks behind where I wanted to be.  It was my fault as this year I am using a modified Hal Higdon intermediate #2 plan for the mileage, but I am using a customized heart rate training program from Alisha at Elite Physical Therapy to handle my pace zones.   

     First, as I said before, if you are taking on the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon you should be starting now.  This year the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon staff are offering perks for those that choose this race for their first marathon experience.  So if you are thinking of going after 26.2 then this is the place and the year to do it. If you don't have a plan to follow, here is a few of the more popular ones out there.
Hal Higdon - arguably the most popular plan out there.  He offers plans for the complete novice to the most advanced runners out there.  I used a slightly modified version of his intermediate plan when I trained for my first marathon and I am using a modified version of his intermediate #2 plan for this year.
Jeff Galloway Training - To be honest I am not familiar with his plan and never used it myself, but I have heard his name mentioned quite a lot when it came to training plans for beginners so I thought I would list it. - Just another free online program to look at.
Hansons Marathon Method - This is a strategy that I would only recommend to someone who has at least one if not two marathons under their belt and has been running for some time.  I purchased their book and read it cover to cover and was fascinated by their approach.  They buck the trend of conventional wisdom when it comes to the long run we have heard so much about.  To be honest, I have yet to try this method, but I want to attempt it at some point.  The link is to their free basic plan, but I want to caution you, if you want to do their plan, read the book!
For those of you taking on the Owens Corning GCM Half Marathon or the Medical Mutual 5K, your training will start soon, so get out there now and get a few miles under your belt in preparation for your training.  Most of the training programs I have listed have half marathon plans and a couple have 5k plans, but any of these plans can be modified for your specific situation.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Wagon Ran Me Over

     The holidays are over and all my excuses are used up so it's time to get off my ass and reverse the trend.  I had fallen off the maintain wagon a few months back, but surprising I have been maintaining my weight almost the entire time.  It started with forgetting to track every thing I ate, followed by larger portions at meals, followed by more and more "cheat days" and then the holidays.  It started with one cookie here and a chocolate treat there, till I was in all out binge at every chance I got using the excuse "its the holidays"over and over.

     To be honest I was really afraid of stepping on the scale for fear of what I would see.  When I finally got the guts to do it, I was shocked it wasn't worse than it turned out to be.  I was only three pounds away from getting back into my acceptable 10 pound range.  Now, the goal isn't to just lose those 3 pounds, its to get back to my goal weight and then some.  My goal is 170 pounds which means I am working towards a 13 pound loss.  My plan moving forwards is to decide on what my caloric intake should be, track everything I stuff my face with and stick to my workout routine.   So look for the return of Wednesday Weigh In as soon as next week!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Running In Place

     Running in place is exactly how I feel right now in life and literally with the new addition to my training arsenal.  First just to get it out of the way, I feel this way because I have some big changes that are on the horizon for Mandy and myself, but I cannot say anything or move forward till a few things happen that are out of my control.  I am not a fan of feeling like I don't have control of my situation, but I'll just sit on top of this rocket and wait for the launch button to be pressed.

     Now to the real reason for this post.  I have been stressing about my training for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon and how I am gonna get it done.  I'll admit it, I don't like running when its cold, but I am more than willing to do it if I have to.  Due to my life and work schedule the best time for me to run is very early in the morning, and running in the dark when its cold with ice and snow worries me.  Sense I don't want to risk a slip and fall injury and the last time I ran on the banked corner track at the gym I had major IT Band issues, so I was left with one option, a treadmill.  

     In my search for the perfect treadmill I asked for suggestion on Facebook and Instagram, while I got a couple credible suggestions I still had to do a bunch of my own research.  I really didn't want to spend more than $700 on one, however during my research I found that that price only works if you want to walk or lightly jog.  The more I read it looked like $1200 would be the low end to get what I was looking for.  I wanted a mill that had a wide and long running surface, quick access to incline and speed controls and a super quiet motor.  While there were three that fit the bill with really high customer and critic ratings, I eventually decided to go with the Sole F80 for all the reasons I listed, the availability and sale price.

     So far I have had three runs and I performed a heart rate test for my running coach so she can set up my heart rate zones for my marathon training plan.  I have been very impressed with it to this point.  It is whisper quiet and the built in speakers work nicely while watching Netflix on my iPad.  The incline is very smooth when in motion andthe quick access buttons on the hand rails makes changing speed and/or incline so easy.