Yesterday was 'Day 1' of an 18-week training program (Hal Higdon Intermediate II) in preparation for the Oct 9 Hudson-Mohawk Marathon. All over the US and elsewhere, thousands of other marathoners and would-be marathoners also put a tick-mark at the end of the first day of training for the Chicago and Portland Marathon and several others. Here we go!
The scale hit just a tad over 168 lbs this morning, which means that I am 7 pounds lighter than I was about 7 weeks ago, at the start of the '150 or Bust' program. Clothes are starting to fit better, the Accu-Measure fat caliper reading at the sacro-ileum is getting close to 20mm (down from 28mm), and we are heading in the right direction. Down!
Week 1: -1
Week 2: -1
Week 3: -3
Week 4: 0
Week 5: -1
Week 6: -1
Week 7: 0
Starting weight: 175
Current weight: 168
Seven pounds may not sound like an awful lot, but pick up a 7-pound sack of potatoes and ponder whether you'd prefer to run with or without it slung over your shoulder, for all of 26.2 miles. Easy call. Now imagine running that distance with or without three 7-pound sacks!
Running generally has been going pretty well: the calf issues are mostly a thing of the past and the nagging plantar fasciitis seems to be under control. Last week's total mileage was 30.5. For the year to date I just topped 500 miles last Sunday. Also walking quite a bit more; a mile before the daily run and about half a mile or so most evenings, with Daisy.
150 or Bust: 49 days down, 124 to go.