It’s a simple formula, right? The less weight you carry the faster you should run (or the easier it should be to run further). Well, at least that’s my logic.
For some time now I’ve realised my weight has been steadily increasing. We all know the signs – abs (if I ever had any) disappearing and turning into a paunch, trousers too tight, etc. etc. I know why of course. For the past few months I’ve been over-indulging and not getting enough exercise. Two runs this year (of about 9k / 5 miles each) do not constitute a fitness regime – especially with a marathon to run on April 9th…
One of the problems was that I had no idea how much weight I’d put on, as we have no bathroom scales. That is, until last weekend when I bought some. So this morning was the day of reckoning – and I weighed 77.7 kg or 171 lbs or 12st 3lbs. This may not seem much to some, but my standard weight (when I was younger and more active and had scales available to measure) was 70 kg or 154 lbs or 11 stones. So that’s an increase of about 10%, which is quite a lot to cart around a marathon.
So, in the hope that my logic is right, here’s the plan: (I’m sharing this with you all to make sure I stick to it… )
I’m aiming to lose at least 0.1 kg per day between now and the 4th April*. That’s about 5kg or 11 lbs in total. However, ideally (and we all like stretch targets don’t we?) I’d like to lose 1kg or a little over 2 lbs per week, making 7kgs or 15.5 lbs in total.
How am I going to achieve this target? Firstly, by cutting out that slice of toast for breakfast and biscuit(s) with my coffee in the morning, then no cake with afternoon tea and finally by reducing my evening beer/wine intake. Plus, of course, I plan to get out there and do some more running! Tomorrow, I’ll be in my old stomping ground of Vevey (where there’s no snow on the ground) and I’ll be doing a long(ish) run along the beautiful shores of Lac Léman (aka Lake Geneva to some).
*I will be updating this blog every Tuesday, from now until the 4th April, to let you know how it’s going. Wish me luck!
As you may know, I don’t like to post anything without a picture, so here is a view of (the eastern end of) Lac Léman, taken from our old apartment in Mont Pèlerin. Vevey and the Nestlé HQ are in the middle at the bottom, with Montreux towards the end of the lake on the left.