Sunday, 6 November 2011

I'm still breathing...

Yep, I know, AWOL again.

That's not usually a good sign with me - it usually means I'm not doing much in the way of exercise and am eating my way through a Thorntons warehouse.  Not this time though: it's actually all going okay.

By way of an update:

  • I've lost 17lb since the late summer weight peak
  • I started running - very carefuly - 3 weeks ago
  • Longest run is only up to 7.5 miles and this week was the highest at 22
  • Exercising consistently 6 days from 7
  • Have recorded food intake every single day since the end of September
  • Achilles is holding up okay - no pain uless I squeeze it
  • I've entered Paris marathon again!
Plan from here is to carry on with the weight loss until Christmas then knock a bit more off after Christmas (along with any festive gain).  That should take me 9lb lower than I was when I ran Paris this year.  I'm already lighter than I was this time 12 months ago.

Training wise its a gradual increase to 30 miles a week by early December, and a long run of about 11.5 miles.  No speedwork, no hills.  Then I'll have a crack at following the Pfitzinger & Douglas 18 week 'up to 55 miles a week' plan.

Right now I'm cautiously optimistic of making it to the start line in April.  If I do I'll stand a good chance of a PB.  If I don't make it then so be it.  At least I'll have carefully given myself a chance.



~Jessica~ said...

Bloody hell, Rob, that's fantastic :D

I have been running but also eating my way through a Thorntons Wearhouse so one has cancelled the other out :P

Congratulations on the weight loss and getting back to running - I have no doubt you'll smash your personal best, provided you don't overthink things and become Mr.Anxiety again!


Maria said...

Excellent on the weight loss Rob, and nice to hear from you again,. Good news about the running, glad you are getting back to it gradually. And exciting news about Paris!

BabyWilt said...

You've been silently plotting and planning and executing I see, all good stuff too. I'd say you have a solid plan there and its great news that the a achilles is behaving.

All good my side, I got a ballot place for VLM and after the family had resuscitated me I found a plan and am working at making the starting line to finish in whatever time I can :-)

Manj said...

You don't know it, but this post is a huge kick up the backside for me. Thankyou :)

Oh,and welcome back!!!