I figured I would do another 10 miles today, and it would be slower. I was wrong. Actually ended up 6 seconds per km faster! (10 seconds per mile) I’m very glad tomorrow is a training off-day. My body is beat! I think if I had ran the same route I did yesterday I wouldn’t have been as fast, today I did keep it a little flatter. But I was so tired I thought I would still be slower. I’m getting impatient in getting to the point where back-to-back 10 mile runs are no big deal to me.
But it’s Sunday, it was the end of a big running week for me, it’s the end of a big running month. I was just blank the whole way. All I could focus on was the discomfort and trying to keep good form, move my hips more, make sure I don’t get injured. Today was all about just staying focused on the task at hand, being in the moment.
I’m almost half way through the weight I put on over the last few months, about 4kg (9 lbs) down. Need to go a bit further and then I can relax. But I’ve decided I need to use a food diary every day, all the time. It’s just the way it has to be. I tried to just be disciplined without filling out a diary every day, really at every meal so I didn’t forget anything, and it clearly didn’t work.
The most important thing about keeping any diary, particularly food and fitness, is 100 percent honesty! If you say “well that didn’t count, that second helping of x wasn’t THAT many calories, that chocolate bar couldn’t have had that much of an impact.” I got news for you, it did, it does, and it definitely does. Yes alcohol has calories, yes so do soft drinks. “Empty calories” doesn’t mean your body doesn’t process it and use it for energy, it means there’s no nutrition, only energy, so if you’re not burning them off, they are being stored as energy in your body (fat). That is the reality of the situation. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow your metabolism is. It’s all an equation. If your output of energy is greater than your input, you will burn fat. There comes a point where you have to hit stasis. Where your input and output are about the same on an average day. My problem is that if I don’t pay attention I overeat. I always overeat.
I really love food, I think about it all the time. Everyone has their own problem, that is mine. I always want to cook the next great meal, I always want to find the best way to make something taste excellent. No matter what I’ve gone through, no matter how I feel about things, I’ve never sacrificed taste and eating well for my health. I still always enjoy my meals and I will continue to do so. What’s the point of life if you’re not enjoying what you are doing? Eating is one of the most important things we do next to breathing and drinking water.
So that’s where I’m at today. I’m feeling good even though I’m really tired. I’m on the right path, and I know how to stay on it. You have to face up to what the problems are and deal with them in reality. It’s true in fitness, true in politics, true in life. That’s just the way it is.
Have fun, keep running, and remember; if Gil can run then so can you!
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