Maintaining Forward Progress With My Weight & My First 60 Mile Week In Quite Some Time
At the end of last week I weighed in at just under 203lbs. My goal in the next week is to finally get beneath 200lbs and then never go back above it again.
My problem in the past has been that I’ve set 210lbs as my absolute maximum weight. When I hit 210lbs I always feel pretty fucking awful. My running tops don’t fit properly. I want to run less. It’s just not a nice place to be in.
According to the BMI chart 200lb is the heaviest I can be without being in the overweight category. That’s why I’m setting this as my target and I’m gonna hit it by the end of Sunday.
I’ve tried to hit 200lb before but I’ve always failed. This time will be different. I’m building momentum with my running and my diet. If I stop now and congratulate myself with a feast of fucking Pot Noodles then my weight will go up again and my fitness will decrease.
To achieve the goal I need to maintain a calorie deficit of 1,500kcal per day. I plan to do this by eating 2,500kcal and doing the equivalent of a 10 mile run every day.
This might sound unrealistic but I did manage to cover 60 miles last week without much trouble. I know I can do it.
Altering my mileage goals.
My weekly mileage goal has also changed. I always considered a 40 mile week to be a great week.
It’s time to move beyond that now and try to hit 50 as regularly as I can. I’m not gonna focus solely on mileage totals either. I want to complete a long run above 16 miles every week. I want to do speed sessions as least twice a week.
July has been the hottest month that I’ve ever ran in, yet at the same time I’ve covered 215 miles at an average speed of 6.5mph. That’s quite an accomplishment.
I’m hoping to hit 200 miles again next month. From August onwards it will be easier to run more quickly as the temperatures will be lower here in London and I’ll have all of this mileage behind me!