Six weeks ago I blogged that I was reading this book and it might change my life:
Well, two days later I fell, got a concussion, and my identity as an athlete was shaken, my perspective changed, and my athletic goals suspended. Since then I finished my half marathon training plan as best I could without my running group and having missed 2.5 runs. Changed my training to allow for running daylight hours only. Then I completed a half marathon -- not fast, but completed and completed happy.
Now back to the book. First, I have decided it isn't really aimed at me. It is written for endurance athletes. During my half marathon training, I probably only qualify every other week for a couple months, as my training plan only has long runs every other week. Even then since my long runs are all run-walk-run probably only the run part qualifies as intense enough. And even then I am a half-fast 65 year old runner; overall, I'm not a fast runner. So I think I must read this book understanding that I am not the primary target for this program.
That said, the author has convinced me that I could run faster if I either: 1) lost weight or 2) lowered my body fat percentage. His formula said my best running weight would be 122 at this body fat percentage. I think he's probably right. I ran my best 5K when I was 8 pounds less than I am now. I haven't decided if it is worth it. I can maintain around 132 pounds with not a whole lot of struggle, but when I tried to maintain at 126 it was a struggle. Every day.
I enjoyed reading a lot about elite athletes and what they eat. But seriously, not really relevant to me.
I did go out today and buy fresh beets at the produce stand. Fitzgerald lists "beets" as the number one food on his list of staple foods. I have not been eating beets regularly, but that would be no problem. On the other hand, he is promoting whole milk as less processed than skim milk. Hmmm. He says he hasn't drunk milk since he was a kid and he doesn't expect us to. Well, I lost weight on Weight Watchers. I drink 3 glasses of milk a day (or yogurt or cheese servings). If I changed to whole milk, that would be 210 more calories a day. NO. I'm not sure about the saturated fat. May not be as bad for us as originally thought, but my cholesterol is now normal. Not sure I want to mess with that either. Perhaps for the endurance athletes this books is really meant for those calories would be fine. And, incidentally, in one of his recipes he chooses skim milk as an ingredient.
Now I must confess, I read the beginning of the book fully and then kept turning ahead trying to figure out where it was going. It kept saying it would explain. I got frustrated. So I kind of ended up skimming some of it. It might be worth it to read the whole book. Perhaps I should read the whole book before I review it!!