Saturday, April 25, 2015

Captain Awesome's Revel Ready Challenge

As I shared yesterday, I am facing my recent weight gain head-on and challenging myself to get back on track. I tend to do well when I create a plan, and this one is a monster!

No surprise here, but I am using a S.M.A.R.T. goal to increase my chances of success. That means the goal is specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time-bound.


  • Specific: I will reach my goal weight of 170 pounds by following my nutrition and fitness plan.
  • Measurable: I will lose two pounds per week.
  • Achievable: I have what I need to reach this goal - the time, the resources, and the support.
  • Relevant: The weight I have gained is adversely affecting everything for me right now, so focusing on my health is the most important thing I can do right now.
  • Timebound: My next full marathon is Nov. 7th and I need to be in peak condition for that.


Over the next few days, I'll share all of the details. But in general, I have set up myself up with a daily challenge that covers nutrition, running, strength training, and accountability.

The first stage is my 30 Day Reset. Every single day, I'll earn points by staying within my calorie range, running a combined total of sixty miles, completing my weight training circuit, and blogging and posting updates.

It's a big challenge, and it would be very difficult to maintain this level of intensity for the long run. But as a kickstart to get me fired back up again, it's perfect.

Tomorrow, I'll outline my nutrition plan. It's the foundation of successful weight loss. But first, a little peek at the marathon I'll be running in November.

It's the Revel Canyon Los Angeles Marathon, and it may be one of the most beautiful courses of any marathon out there.  It's run through the Angeles National Forest, featuring a downhill slope and the unbelievable beauty of the San Gabriel Mountains.



Beautiful, right? And the downhill slope over the majority of the course absolutely plays to my strength. Some people don't have the knees for downhill, but I love it. Dare I say it, I am going to chase a PR on this course.

I'm back, friends. Captain Awesome is back.