A week and 1/2 down, 16.5 weeks to go........a quick breakdown of my first training week for the 50 mile race 3/5/2011
TRAINING: I did some type of cardio all 7 days. I did not do a whole lot of trail running as I was coming off of a 3 week off cycle and I wanted to get my body back into the swing of regular running. Monday I biked 30 min, Tuesday walked on treadmill 40 min, Wed ran a bit, etc. I ended up with 320 minutes of very, very easy cardio and 2 weight workouts. My "long" run for the week was 70 minutes of easy trails. Not a bad start, felt great and feel really motivated to start this program. I also did some road running, which reminded me how my body does not like road running but it is definitely much easier to get a quick one in when you don't have a lot of time. Did an interesting road run this AM: Ran 45 min at 6:30am to a meeting at Elans on Ashford Dunwoody Rd. Had the meeting, coffee and a whole grain bagel, then ran another 45 min home!
Body weight and composition: Started this plan at 204lbs and 15% body fat. Goal is to drop about 1lb per week of mostly body fat, keeping as much muscle tissue as I can along the way. Unfortunately, I know way too much about human physiology (just enough to be dangerous as they say) so I know that when my running gets above 500min per week and long runs are in the 4-6hour range, keeping all my muscle will be impossible - unless I can get my hands on some legal Growth Hormone (joke). Oh well, dropping a ton of muscle worked really well for Lance, maybe I can do the same (no, I am not comparing myself to Lance Armstrong and no, I definitely am not looking to get Testicular Cancer :-)
Until next week, feeling very blessed to even be able to attempt this journey!