This week was tough. Having decided not to do any events and focus on weight loss this year I stupidly found myself in the portaloos at the Brighton marathon. (Its easily done!) Carrying an extra 15 kilos and not having trained it was probably a rash decision to run at all but I had organised a charity place for Matthew for his birthday present last year and as an afterthought decided I might as well get one for myself. Although I know, without any doubt that the absolutely worse thing I can do for steady weight loss is a big unplanned run, I still dragged myself around half the course. I rationalised this in my own head as being 'sensible' as I wasn't going to do the whole thing. So I finished in time to cheer Matthew over the line with a brilliant time of 3:34 (although he had a grumpy face about it being over 3:30). The downside comes the next day, being over weight and under fit even running a half marathon sends my body into shock. The impact of running-stress and inflammation I know from many similar experiences is water retention which in my case equals a ridiculous short term weight gain. I know it will come off, I know it's only water, I know it was my own fault but it's still a bit disappointing to eat really well and exercise and yet and still gain back over a couple of kilos overnight. So really, REALLY no more big runs until I'm fit enough. Short, sharp intervals for the next few months and gradually building up the distance as I get fitter. I must resist the temptation to rush to the end of my 52 week plan when I should be focused on realistic targets like running 5km without stopping in a good time. I know that training hard for events and weight loss are theoretically possible and for some people it might be the right way, but for me my body seems to get confused with one step forward and two back. The best way for me to lose weight is to play the long-game and be gentle and patient; nice food, gentle exercise, routine and structure. Small targets and achievable goals and my body gives up the weight slowly but surely, (hormones, holidays and other female contrariness permitting - well I'm sure that goes without saying!)
Happy Anniversary Jennifer! 52 weeks!
April 2, 2015
I am really quite surprised that it's been over 10 weeks since Paguera. How did that happen?
I vaguely remember doing some training soon after; cruisi...