Week #6

Distance Pace Weight
Last week 36.9 km 5:39 min/km 101 kg
This week 39.3 km 5:47 min/km 101.1 kg

Highlights of this week:

  • First real long run putting 100+ min run under my belt
  • Survived first hills workout with the Den
  • My “easy” runs are getting pretty fast

On paper the numbers don’t look that great as they seem to indicate that I did not lose any weight and that I actually slowed down in my average pace. The pace was really dragged down by the Tuesday hills workout and weight wise I do not care too much as I am feeling very good.

The 6 week mark always felt kind of important as this is usually the point where I start feeling comfortable running. Where it is not hard getting out of the door and I know I can any distance if I adjust my pace accordingly. And yes, all the this things are starting to come together again. Now, the challenge is to stay on the wagon as long as possible. It is time to start planning some races…

Week #5

Distance Pace Weight
Last week 33.4 km 5:53 min/km 101.5 kg
This week 36.9 km 5:39 min/km 101 kg

Highlights of this week:

  • Attended the clinic again. Ran with the 8:30 group, but I think I will try 8:00 group coming Tuesday
  • First “long” run this week and it was hard.

It was a good running week and now I have hit my target volume 5 weeks in a row. I really hope I can keep this up. I am also starting to notice my weigh loss a little which is a good sign.

Week #4

Distance Pace Weight
Last week 30 km 6:09 min/km 101.8 kg
This week 33.4 km 5:53 min/km 101.5 kg

What can I say? I am still on track and in line with my training plan. Running is starting to feel a little easier, but I still feel hills pretty badly. I am also proud that I ran with the clinic this week. Definitely will try to make this a regular habit. Next week will be interesting as I will bump up my Sunday run from 12 to 15 km. Still not really a long run, but I am slowly considering the extra time on my feet.

Week #3

Distance [km] Pace [min/km] Weight [kg]
Target 30
Actual 30 6:09 101.8

Third week was still on track. Hit my distance goal easily. Pace was a little slower, but that was mainly due to my easy run on Saturday – otherwise I would have easily been < 6:00 min/km. Nice to see that my body is actually noticing a calorie deficit and accordingly I am starting to see some weight loss. I will likely lose some more until I hit my first plateau.

Otherwise this running week was fairly uneventful. I am very happy to see Amelie starting to pick up running. She did well at the cross country mini-meet and she is asking to run with me on the weekends. I hope she will find running to be passion in the future to come…

Week #2

Distance [km] Pace [min/km] Weight [kg]
Target 28
Actual 28 6:00 103.3

Second week was right on track. Both the faster pace and the non changing weight are kind of expected. In the past it always took me 4-6 weeks of running before seeing a consistent drop in weight. No real targets for the next week aside from hitting a full 30km total.

But the really story for this week are the wild animal sightings. Both a cougar and a bear family within 3 days is pretty unusual. But perhaps I perceive it as unusual because I haven’t been running at all lately. In any case, it was nice to have these kinds of encounters. Let’s see what the following weeks will expose…

Week #1

Distance [km] Pace [min/km] Weight [kg]
Target 26
Actual 26 6:26 103.2

As good as a first week can go, I guess. Pretty happy that I hit my target of 26 km for this week. Next week I am going for 28 km and I will try to break under 103 kg. No real formal weekly targets, probably will see how this month goes and then set some goals for October. Still need to work on getting out in the morning for my runs. At least on Wednesdays and Fridays. Apart from that I will play it by ear…