After one month of running, and improving my diet I am feeling a lot better than the previous month. To be honest, I am feeling a lot better today than the past several months. In one month, I lost 4.9 kg (10.8 lbs) and reduced my body fat percentage by four points. Since my runs were on multiple courses, terrains and a mix of street and trails, it’s impossible to know how my pace has changed. If I look at the 4-week chart in dailymile, it appears that pace is trending in the right direction though 🙂
In one month, I lost 4.9 kg (10.8 lbs) and reduced my body fat percentage by four points.
Diet and Exercise
I didn’t follow a training schedule or plan, rather I just went outside and ran and made sure to record the details using the Nike+ Run Club app. At first, they were short runs (1-3 miles), and as my body got healthier/stronger, they became longer runs (5-8 miles). For me, running in the morning after a shot of espresso and doing some reading tends to be my pattern. However, I did a handful of evening runs too. Variety is important, and sometimes life happens, and you react accordingly.
I took a similar approach to my diet (no plan), however, I was very diligent in counting calories using the Lose It! app. Beyond one significant change, I didn’t care what I ate or drank. Since August 1st, except for two mouthfuls, I have eliminated pop from my diet. There were a couple of times, when the weather was brutally hot that I thought about having a nice cold bottle of cola, instead, I simply had ice water and moved on with life. After a few minutes, the desire went away.
The first-month goal was simply to “get back” to running and consume a proper amount of calories a daily basis. I could repeat the goal in September and continue to work on changing habits, but, I’m thinking bigger and slightly longer term for the next goal, hence this blog post title. I checked the ultrarunning sites looking for a 50K or 50 miler. Most of the events have already taken place this year or are about to be held in the next few weeks. I need to keep moving forward, but, planning six, eight or twelve months out is too far in the future. I settled on selecting a date three months away and running a Personal 50K on a marked trail. It will be challenging, the date I picked is December 1st, and the trail has 7,200′ of elevation gain. Based on a training plan that I used several years ago, I came up with a plan to reach my goal. I modified it so that my long runs will be on Friday’s so I can spend more time with my family on the weekends.
- dailymile (a social network for runners)
- Fitbit Aria 2 (I have the original model)
- Lose It! (Food Tracking Made Easy, aka calorie counting)
- Nike+ Run Club app