Monday, June 11, 2012
With 5 1/2 weeks left to BLC19, rather than beginning to coast, I am refocusing my attention and adjusting my plan so I can continue to see postive changes in my health and weight.
I have signed up for back to back half marathons, 9/30 & 10/7 and began my training plan last night with a 6.75 mile run in 89 minutes. I have located 5 5K races locally between now and then, the first of whcih is this weekend. I will be running 3-4 days a week and averaging 16 miles/week to begin with. On my off days I plan to get back to biking and kayaking, as well as incorporating ST. My ultimate goal for my back to back HMs is to finish both of them in under 3 hours and at least one of them in 2:45 or less.
One thing I've noticed as I age, (I'm currently 50) is that I can no longer jump right up from a squatting position without the aid of my hands pulling or pushing me up. One of my goals for the next 5 1/2 weeks is to change that. It's not that my legs are weak. My running proves different. It's simply that I have lost teh strength in the muscles for that particular movement. Considering all the knee trouble I've had all my life, and subsequent surgeries, this is just an activity I haven't really focused on. Well I'm focusing on it now.
On the diet front, I have recently incorporated the clean eating concept in to my lifestyle and I will continue to do so, focusing on fruits and veggies, since that has always been my weakest link.
While I have lost 13 pounds so far this year, I am not satisfied with that. So far I have never been able to get below 170 and stay there for any length of time. My WL focus will be on finally changing that. When I began my journey, several years ago, I was just shy of 200 pounds. I got stuck in the 180s for quite some time and the same has been true for the 170s. Well I've overstayed my welcome and will be moving on down the line to the 160s and then the 150s and ultimately somewhere between 138 and 145. Can I do it this year? I'd like to say yes but I'd also like to be successful so I'm not going to focus on the ultimate goal. Instead, I'm going to take it a step at a time. Right now that step is 160ville.
So there you have it, my goals and plans in a nutshell. Sounds simple enough, but we all know that saying and doing are two different things. Rather, for me they have been. I'm about to change that!