Monday, April 7, 2008

The Big Week Ahead

First, a recap of March, just a bit late.

Hard to believe it but I ran 134.5 miles in March. Wow, that's a big number. Goes right nicely with 5.3 pounds lost. A great month, I'd say. Year to date totals of 287 miles and 7.9 pounds loss. I'm finally above the average mileage I'll need to hit 1,000 for the year.

I'm not sure what more I can say about last week. Just 11.6 miles with a training goal of 33. Before two weeks ago, I was pecking away at my training plan deficit. I had been running about 9 miles short, almost since the first week. No, there's nothing magical about getting all of the miles in, but given the sheer number on the plan, I really wanted to get it at in. Down by 34 now, that will be tough to make up. This week's plan is 40 miles, including a 20 miler on Saturday and then its 3 weeks of taper leading up to the big day, just 27 days away.

Without the exercise, the scale went up, too. Up 0.6 pounds to 234.2. With all the miles this week, I'm hoping to take that right back off.

Deb asked me the other day "what's next?" Good question. I realize that my success has been best when I've been training for a next event. I'm sure I'll pick up a couple of little ones over the summer, but maybe I do need to shoot for another big one in the fall. I'm determined to hold off until after Frederick to see what will be next.

Thank you all for the comments on my before and after pictures. I look at them and I'm totally amazed by the change. Was I really that big? Yes, I guess I was.



Andrew is getting fit said...

I haven't been doing this long but I would suggest you just write the lost miles off. You don't want to get carried away and injure yourself just before your big event.

Like you, I find having events to prepare for extremely motivating.

J~Mom said...

It's so tough for me to keep focused without an event. I totally understand that!

K80K said...

I agree with Andrew. I would probably just forget about the missed miles so you don't overdue it before the big event. I can't believe it is so close already! Feels like just yesterday you announced you were running it.

Can't wait to hear what you choose next. I am just like you and Java that I need to have that next event in my sites.

Rob said...

Great job on the miles and the weight loss.

Dan Seifring said...

Incredible monthly numbers Jeff.

Sign up for NYC.

or Check out check out the elevation on this one.

Pokey said...

Ahhh, the "what's next" often perplexes me :) I totally need an event too!

Your pictures are fantastic, by the way. I never cease to be amazed at how far you have come!

Kim said...

Congrats! You're doing awesome!!