Lately, my running has provided few highlights and fewer accomplishments. This past week marked the end of that trend. Four, count ’em, FOUR things went very right this week: mileage, long run, weight loss, extra sessions.
First and foremost, I didn’t travel this week so it allowed for some focused mileage. The total for the week was 57. This followed a nice 48 week. This one we’ll back off a little (46 ish). In my younger days I tended to build for three weeks and recover for one, now I move to a two/one ratio. So 45-46 this week and then back up.
Next, the long run. I went 14 yesterday. Granted 14 is not 20 or something, but I haven’t been that far in a while. In fact, the last long run of a similar distance was the 15 on Magnolia Road back on March 6 (see: http://runspittle.blogspot.com/2016/03/magnolia-road-lives-up-to-its.html). Don’t get me wrong, it was not easy, smooth, or anything like that. It was, however, 14. I’ll take it. 12 this week and then up to 16-17.
In 2015, I lost a lot of weight. Unfortunately through an injury, the holidays, and a complete disregard for any semblance of discipline, it has all come back. Last week, however, I dropped 7 pounds (actually 9 in the last 10 days). Understanding that this kind of rapid loss is not sustainable, and while I am not believing that slimness is just around the corner, I like progress and am happy to have made some dietary changes that reflect my concern for my well being for the future.
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Finally, I hit the strength and core program. Like most other workout oriented things, consistency takes discipline. The thing is this: I have no idea what makes this particular thing so challenging. All I have to do is walk downstairs. Everything I need is there. No trip to a gym, no fighting for a machine. Worse yet, once I begin, I love it. So three workouts down, I strive for consistency.
That’s it. A rare good week. Hoping to make good weeks the norm.