Monday, March 02, 2009


The title above, another line from "Holiday in Cambodia" is fitting, I reckon, when you see the transformation I've undergone in the years since taking up running. The First photo was taken in Singapore (Which is also fitting as I had "more Chins than a Chinese telephone book) in 2000 two years before I ran my first step. You can see that I'd let things go a tad. I was still smoking at this stage, drinking everyday and I ate just about anything I could get my hands on.

The other two photos were taken today. I'm closer now to what I looked like at 20 than I did at 35 years old. I still have someways to go before I feel I'm perfectly fit but you can see that things are moving in the right direction as in the last 3 months I've made even more progress.

Since my 3:03 marathon in Dec 2008 I've lost 10cm off my gut. I've lost 7kgs and gone from 23% body fat to 14%. Knowing this and that I have had a good 12 week build up for my coming March 22nd marathon in Hawaii may help you decide a time you think I can run it.

Some bad news. I'm not running today, broke my 7 week running streak, because I have a very sore lower back (maybe going out in sympathy with Ewen) and yesterday after my 38kms long run, that gave me a 153km week, I developed a sensation of really wanting to take a piss and nothing coming out for 8 hours after the run. Not sure if that had anything to do with the amount of Ks but it won't hurt to take the day off today. In fact I'm feeling better on both accounts now. No need to worry I suspect.

I have a 10K race on the 15th of this month and I'm starting to taper from now so saving any sickness, Hawaii would have to be a PB certainty!


  1. Wow. Hooley doley! Amazing transformation Scott. Thanks for sharing!

  2. That gives a whole new meaning to being a Flasher.

    Watch out for the taper madness.

  3. Well done Scott! You have displayed tremendous self discipline in you training and diet regime. You certainly deserve to do well in Hawaii. Listen to your body now and cruise on into the start line. The 10K is an excellent idea.

  4. Geez Scott, that's some change! I'm also willing to bet that you feel a heck of a lot better too.

    I made the silly mistake of buying a set of "body fat scales" the other day - they measure to 0.1% accuracy. This could become obsessive.....

    Good luck with the taper. Hope it doesn't send you crazy (just think of all the spare time you'll have!).

  5. 7kgs since December!!! What did you do, cut off a leg.

    No I know that I am revising my guesstimate for Hawaii ... 2:52.48.

  6. Touch Wood Scott...nothing is a certainty in this running game. it could be a blizzard on the day :)

    Great efforts you have put in that will not only see you much healthier and fitter but also able to enjoy life with the family & friends so much more. There is a great campaign on TV at the moment about getting men to change their is semi-effective and I wish they would do more. Maybe then Hubby will take notice ha ha

    Can't wait to see what you do the 10k in. Might then reassign an estimate.

  7. yes tesso he cut off a leg. he used to have three.

  8. That's right, "I'm Jake the peg diddle diddle dum"

  9. Come on Jake - it wasn't that huge! Or so I've heard.

    No wonder your wife has to brace herself every time you come near.

  10. Always love a before and after story. Looking good!