"There's only one hard and fast rule in running: sometimes you have to run one hard and fast."

Friday, April 29, 2011

Less Ill

A quick health update: I lost 8 pounds in 8 days (regained one yesterday), none of it water weight (I was drinking huge volumes of water). That seemed impossible at first, like watching "The Biggest Loser" when someone drops something like 30 pounds in one week. Going from 158 lbs. to 150 in one week, without exercising? That's a calorie deficit of 3500-3600 per day; I was managing to take in maybe 900-1000, so I had to be burning 4500 per day when not running a step. Apparently, fever and pacing all night rather than sleeping can do that.

I'm back to sleeping through the night, more or less, and eating almost normally again. Once I stop going through a box of Kleenex every other day, I'll be back to healthy. I may run tomorrow, for the first time in 10 days.

One of the things that I thought about was training schedules (of course). Here's the latest idea, turning what a lot of others are doing into my own:

M: 0 miles, strength and flexibility training
T: 75 minutes, with strides
W: 2.5-3 hours, on hill, doing Daniels' Q2 workout (marathon plan A)
Th: 75 min. with strides
F: 0. Strength, flexibility
Sa: 4-4.5 hours, trail, Daniels' Q1 workout
S: 2.5-3 hours

I've got three weeks before the year's first race! From the looks of it, the masters race is between me and John Hopkins.


Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Johns Hopkins? You're racing a whole university? THAT'S insane!

Might I suggest racing Gerard Manley Hopkins instead? I hear the "Manley" part was pretty ironic and that he gave a lot of thought to changing it to "Girley".

As for your weight loss, you should write a diet book. Your method of quik-wate-loss seems no more irresponsible to me that what you'd find in most diet books that somehow get published.

Anonymous said...

I would suggest Anthony Hopkins...or all the Johns from the town of Hopkins, but what do I know?

Bill P.

SteveQ said...

I don't make fun of people's names; growing up, about once a week someone thought calling me "Nestle" was original. I'm sure Mr. Hopkins feels the same.