Monday, February 6, 2012

Finding Success

A week of planned runs completed. A weigh-in without a weekend bulge. Waking up early to work out. Yes, the past week was filled with success.

I entered the weekend with two runs on deck, a three-miler and a four-miler, for a weekly total of 13 miles. Saturday nearly got away from me before I managed to slip in a neighborhood run before heading out for the evening. Then I had to wake up early on Sunday to fit in my trail run before a full day of visiting family and playing banjo at my monthly jam session.

While I ate terribly last night, my weight this morning was 175.7 pounds, which is about a half-pound up from last week's initial weigh-in. My BMI is still above 25, but it's trending downward to the "normal" level.

This morning I made myself late for work by conducting my core strength workout. I still mostly complete a shortened version of this routine after my runs, but I'm trying to add one off-run day of exercise. My efforts today were a good start to the week.

On deck is another increase in mileage. Four runs for 14 miles, with one being a five-miler, tentatively planned as a trail run. As you might have noticed, I'm only increasing my weekly mileage by one every other week. This pattern will continue until I reach 10 miles for my long runs, and then I begin my marathon training plan, increasing at a more aggressive rate.

One final noteworthy success last week came in the form of speed. Three out of four runs were completed at a pace under 10 minutes per mile. That fourth run? My weekly trail run. Not too shabby. Let's make it another good week.

7 comments:

Sun Runner said...

I'm going to catch up to you...I'm hovering at ~189 lbs, hopefully just a stopover on my way back down to less than 160.

Running 10 miles yesterday will undoubtedly help.

Al's CL Reviews said...

If I would stop eating everything under the sun, I probably could lose some.

misszippy said...

February is apparently your month! Good job. I think now that you are rolling, it should be easier to continue.

Jamoosh said...

Let'shope the one month with the fewest days isn't your best month. Take the momentum and continue to improve!

Carolina John said...

Distance and speed? Nice! Slow base building will pay off exponentially come marathon training season. Your patience will be rewarded.

TNTcoach Ken said...

I love it when a plan comes together........

B. Jarosz said...

Excellent work!
I like your plan of slow increases in mileage. It took me years to figure that out.