Running For Weight Loss – 0.7lb Loss In Week 3 Of Ultramarathon Training.
I’m sorry that I’m late with this post tonight, I was eating some of my long run Haribo in bed and I lapsed into a sugary coma and slept for around 3 hours.
And I thought I was getting my shit together….
Anyway I weighed in today at 209lbs. That’s down 8 pounds since the start of the month.
That’s only a 0.7lb loss from last week but I’m pretty certain I’ve gained muscle from all of the hill running.
My clothes are fitting better which is always the best indicator!
Here is this week’s shot of me looking dour and uncomfortable.
- I’ve never felt this strong before as a runner – For a while I was wondering if all of the hill training was paying off. Now for the first time I can see that I’m much stronger towards the end of runs. I managed a 7:14 mile in the final mile of my 10 miler on Friday. The crazy thing is that I was actually increasing in speed towards the end. According to my Garmin Connect stats my best pace was 5:55 min/mile for about 50 foot. Wow.
- My mileage is gradually increasing and my body is reacting fine – I’m abiding by the 10% rule weekly increase rule and remaining patient. In week 1 I ran 54 miles, in week 2 I ran 59. This week I’m wanting to reach 60 but I don’t care if I go much higher than that. I’m gonna aim for speed over distance on the longer run tomorrow. I’m still aiming for a sub 4 hour marathon in the spring and to do that my easy running pace must increase to the bare minimum of a 9 minute mile.
- I have been content this week – I no longer sit around for hours on end in a depressed state. If I’m down I’ll fire on a show that will make me laugh. Thanks to @thepauldoherty for telling me about Jackson Galaxy and ‘My Cat From Hell’. Fucking hilarious and I’m pretty certain he eats the unfixable cats.
- I really wanted to give up on my long run on Wednesday, but I didn’t – I was struggling so much on the hills that I was close to backing down and running in the opposite direction. I remaining focused on hitting the top and slowed my pace down to a 11:30 minute/mile and coped. I concentrated on how I’d feel if I did give up. I hate that deflated sinking feeling. I’d rather run through the discomfort and achieve peace of mind.
- I’m sleeping better – I’m starting to worry that I’m sleeping too much though. I spent the start of the month in a huge panic as I wanted to make good progress with the book but it came at the cost of sleeping at all. Now I’m starting to find a balance.
- I’ve agreed to buy myself some new shoes – I know I’ve been sceptical about the ‘rule’ that says you have to change your shoes every 300-500 miles, but I’ve got to the point where I need a new pair. My New Balance’s have seen better days. Every time I run, a stone finds it’s way into my left shoe and I have to either stop to let it out or run on stubbornly like I did today and shake it out once I’m home. I’ve already put between 800-1000 miles into these shoes so it is time for a new pair.