- I have had a lengthly recover from a tight IT band that kept me from racing the Woodside Ramble 50K - Spring Edition in April. I volunteered to work the race instead.
- My training has been inconsistent.
- I have gained 15 pounds.
- I have had long hours and work
- Responsibilities at home taking care of the little ones.
At the end of October, with about six weeks to go before the Woodside Ramble 50K Winter Edition, I figure I should make a decision. A 50 kilometer running race in the mountains should not be taken lightly, and I was deciding whether to run or not. “Maybe I’ll just volunteer this year,” I thought.
Be then I decided, to go for it. I set a few goals for the final six weeks before the race. I decided to see if I could achieve those goals. If I could achieve the goals below, I would run the race.
So here they are:
- Lose 12 pounds - drop 2 pounds per week through the six weeks
- Eat 1,400 calories per day + workout food
- No eating after 6pm, unless I do an evening run (still stick to daily calorie goals)
- Record food every day
- No booze before race day
- Run one 21 miler
- 5 weekday trail runs of 10 miles
- Complete peak week of 50+
- At the end of week three I weigh 170.2 (I started at 175.5)
- I have run 3 ten mile trail runs
- I am on track this week do to 52 miles (we’ll see how Saturday and Sunday go)
- Oops. I had one beer at an event in Palo Alto two weeks ago.
I have made losing weight a priority, figuring if I am not quite as fit as I need to be, I can make some of that up by being light. I hope that pays off to a smooth race and a strong finish.