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June 26, 2019

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Georgetown,TX,United States

Member Since:

Jun 08, 2019



Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Running Accomplishments:

2 miles - 15:57

Half Marathon - 2:12:42


Short-Term Running Goals:

Finish a marathon by December 15, 2019

Long-Term Running Goals:

Finish a half marathon at a 7:30 pace

2 miles in 12:30


My first name is Pachev not the last :D

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Miles:This week: 5.40 Month: 43.58 Year: 43.58
Asics Nimbus Lifetime Miles: 121.00
Addidas Ultraboost Lifetime Miles: 49.23
Total Distance

Another 2 mile run with 2 planned stops. Started out at 9min pace; should've slowed down. First mile 9:11, second mile 10:12. Finish 19:23 total time; 10 seconds faster than yesterday. Tomorrow I'm going to try to even out the splits so there's not such a huge gap. Maybe a 9:40 first mile and 10:00 second mile or vice versa. 

Asics Nimbus Miles: 2.00
Weight: 218.40
From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Jun 12, 2019 at 12:45:43 from

It is a big plus that you were able to run 9:11 without significantly dropping the weight. This means this was accomplished through the improvement of aerobic system and/or muscles - I am thinking the aerobic system played more of a factor, though. At this point the weight is not coming down very fast because you are replacing fat with muscle and muscle weighs more. But I imagine in a few weeks you will be down to 200 lb, and 10:00, and even 9:00 will become very comfortable.

Once your second mile with stops is sub-10:00, then take out one stop and work on the second mile being still sub-10:00. Then take out the other stop. Once you get to the point where you are trying to run 2 miles with no stops, see if you can alter the course to avoid the 5% climb.

From PJ on Wed, Jun 12, 2019 at 19:05:19 from

Thanks for the kind words and inspiration. I'm averaging about 2.5lb loss a week which is slower than I thought but I can't complain. My diet is right, and I'm getting enough sleep so I think the weight will sort itself out. I'll continue following your advice on the runs!

At this point, would there be any benefit in doing extra work after the run? It feels like I could do some more.

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Jun 12, 2019 at 19:23:05 from

Let's work on getting through the run without stops first just to be safe. Remember the principle of steady vs heroic - steady wins. It is better to be 5% undertrained than 5% overtrained. I think 2.5 lb a week is just right - the fat is going away and is being replaced by the muscle, but initially when you are building a lot of muscle mass, the weight loss will be very small.

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