Gaining Weight During The Final Few Weeks Of Marathon Training & A Great 7 Mile Run
Some of you have asked about my weight loss progress in October. If you remember back in August and September I was trying to go below 200lbs.
Well I’m here to report that I’ve actually gained weight again.
I’m up to 208lb from 203lb at the end of September. It’s all a bit disappointing but I’m not that concerned as some weight gain is expected in the last few weeks of the marathon.
The most important thing is that I’m feeling strong and angry at the minute.
And I’m starting to eat better again.
My problem is that I tend to lose interest in weight loss once my progress stalls or reverses. Then it becomes a real challenge and I become even more disheartened.
It’s always best to face it down whilst it’s still manageable. That’s what I’m doing now. 208lb is far from the end of the world, in fact I’m still 2lb lighter than I was when I ran my personal best in Belfast.
Keeping the running going.
I went out this morning and recorded a great 7.3 mile run in 63 minutes. The aim of the workout was to test my pace for the marathon on Monday.
I agreed that I would set out to run the Dublin Marathon at a minute mile slower than my pace today.
Why? Well I enjoy picking numbers out of my ass.
I managed an 8:39 minute/mile overall which I was delighted with. I also ran another sub 8 minute mile too!
I’ll go out aim to keep a 9:45 minute/mile going for as long as possible and I should be able to achieve a personal best without any difficulty if everything goes well.
I’m confident that all of the hill work will see me through.
I’m hoping that I’m not in too much pain after Monday though, I really want to get back to running on the hills before Vegas. I’m addicted to all of the fresh air and the thrill of conquering the bastards.
Nothing beats the sensation of finally hitting the brow of the hill.
Marathon tracking fun
I’ve also set up live tracking on my @angryjogger Twitter account, so if you’re interested you can track my progress and heckle me online on Monday morning.
I’ll do my last run on either Friday or Saturday. If it’s on Saturday I won’t run any more than 4 miles or so.
It’s important that I’m well rested for race day!