Early in 2012 I registered for the Hudson-Mohawk Marathon. It’s an honest 26.2 course in my neck of the woods – just an hour away in the cities of Schenectady and Albany, New York. The H-M is held in early October so as the frigid months of January, February, and March of 2012 passed I slogged along on the treadmill at a moderate 17 mile a week pace and gratefully transitioned to the roads as Spring bloomed.
I spent some time learning about marathon training. I became conversant with terms like “tempo run,” ”long slow distance,” and “VO2max” etc. etc. I designed my own training program after reading everything I could get my hands on. That training program was modified many times. (Modifying my training program seems to be a never ending process as I have done the same thing with the one for the New Jersey Marathon) as I learned more and became better at listening to my 60-something-year-old body. During the summer I added a new element - speed work at the local high school track which is only a nice warm-up mile away from the house – usually once a week.
Of course I was tracking my weight all this time consistently weighing myself after every run. Below is a chart that reflects my post-run weight from Jan. of 2010 through the present. (Red is 2010, green is 2011, blue is 2012, purple is 2013) You can see that in 2012 after an initial frustrating four month ”float” between 163 lbs and 165 lbs the digital numbers on the WW scale finally began to creep down as I entered the higher mileage weekly totals. The only thing I was doing to help from the nutrition standpoint was a little portion control.
You can see that the higher mileage and portion control began to have an effect in May. My weight bottomed out just under 155 lbs the week of the marathon. Of course, that was my POST-RUN average. My actual weight when I stepped to the starting line for the Hudson-Mohawk Marathon was 159 lbs.
Notice that my weight began a steady climb following the race as I eased off on mileage and we entered the holiday season. I was also dealing with the disappointment of running 4:10:53 in the marathon when I had visions of being a half hour faster (see previous post “Disappointed not Defeated”). But I am persistent and resilient so I reviewed the mistakes I made on race day and resolved not to repeat them; thought about how I could improve my preparation for the next attempt at qualifying for Boston, and plotted a campaign for the new year. This new campaign would feature an assault on a marathon but with better training focused on my weaknesses and a nutritional plan that would shave off additional pounds.
My next post on weight loss will discuss what has been working for me in my new nutritional plan, my struggles with it, and my actual weight goal.