Blame it on the music!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
So first to tackle the elephant in the room - the scale. I am baffled by its stubbornness.
In the last three weeks I have burned almost 3000 calories a week; that's some 2500 more than I was burning prior to my new start. I have been tracking fairly diligently (minus last weekend, but I am confident I only went over on Friday and then not by much) and staying within my calorie range, last week at the high end, this week at the low end. I have been getting plenty of fiber, drinking plenty of water...and nothing.
Well, I saw a two pound loss yesterday, but my digits were right back up today. Scouring my tracker for a plausible explanation, I did notice my calories were excessively low on Monday and my sodium was a bit high yesterday, so I am hoping to see more progress tomorrow. Not gonna lie, getting a bit frustrated here, but I will hang in.
I will also be taking measurements tonight (wish I had done this three weeks ago), so I can start celebrating some non scale victories.
Now for my quest to PR at my 5K race next month. I am not one of those purist runners that can easily revel in the plodding cadence of my feet or the hard rhythm of my breath as the miles pass. I am motivated by music; in face, the only time I listed to music is when I run.
I haven't updated my iPod since 2010, so my playlist was much in need of an overhaul. Enter the AHA moment.
I run to the BEAT of the music. If my iPod is loaded, as it has been, with songs of 110 - 120 BPM, I am running at a 13:00 - 14:00 mile pace and therefor my time race time is going to be 42-44 minutes at best...exactly where I came in for my three 2010 races !
So I have organized a new playlist of songs with 130-140BPM, an 11:00-12:00 mile pace, which should, if my theory holds true, ensure a new PR of 36-38 minutes. I just want to break 40:00, so I am hopeful. Training is tonight, so I will start to test my theory. Rock on!