February 23, 2004

Battle of the Bulge


I was recently accepted into the 2004 New York City Marathon and have to start thinking of my training soon. I've read a lot of training guides and none of them factor in wedding planning when budgeting per-week mileage.

L and I are off to Chicago again on Thursday for two parties and lots of eating. So much in fact, that I view this week's trips to the gym not as training for general fitness, but as a means of protection agains the many calories to be had this weekend. My friend, newly married this fall, offered this helpful advice in fighting the fat:

"Chug 1 and 1/2 liters of water in the morning, again in the afternoon, and again at night.  You'll feel so full, you won't be able to eat as much during the day.  You will, however, be in need of a toilet every hour but that's the price for less poundage."

Posted by The Groom at February 23, 2004 12:03 PM

I'd prefer not to have to go to the bathroom every hour, especially during a party, but whatever suits your fancy. Also, when the training regimen starts, I cannot imagine that a few extra pounds that you put on now will affect you down the road. You will lose it. When I was training for the marathon, pre-children, my wife said that I was the thinnest she ever knew me. It is grueling though, and unless L is going with you, it is a lot of time apart. That was hard. But, in the end, I did not get into the marathon and stopped training the day I got the rejection notice. Fortunately for me, it did not affect my figure!

Posted by: jt at February 24, 2004 11:01 AM