So, this week happened to include a major holiday. A major holiday typically marked by things like big meals. And candy. So much candy.
Weekly Gain / (Loss): 1.0 pounds
Total Gain / (Loss): (52.6 pounds)
Weekly Mileage: 22.37
And, given the aforementioned major holiday, this was not a surprise. Any gain is always a disappointment, but I’m not devastated here, because I somewhat expected it. I am clearly on a plateau – I’ve been basically the same weight, plus or minus 2 or 3 pounds, since the end of July, so five months now. That’s mostly a food phenomenon, and I know it. BUT – we’re through the holidays now, which makes keeping the eating under control easier … and the mileage is getting ready to ramp up. So I’m optimistic.
On a positive note, that was a new record for my weekly mileage. I also set a record for longest ever run – 14 miles this morning. Overall, I was very happy with the run – the half marathon split would have been a PR by nearly 15 minutes – but the last mile was a shuffle. What that run did for me was demonstrate two things: 1.) how much stronger I am than I was, and 2.) how far I have to go. After mile 14, the thought of going another 12 (point 2) seems … out of reach. Gotta keep working.
The mileage officially starts ramping up now – barring injury or something crazy, I’ll be doing 30 mile weeks within a month. Coupled with a re-doubled focus on food intake, and I’m thinking that I can get some momentum going on the weight loss – which will make those miles seem easier.
Incidentally – I’m not a New Year’s resolution kind of guy – but look for a goals-type post coming up. A preview – regular blogging is a goal.