Sunday, July 13, 2008

summer break

It feels odd now that I don’t have a scheduled event for a couple months when I’ve been used to running in an event every 2 weeks or so. But I do have a goal this summer & that’s to lose weight – so far 6 pounds in about 2 weeks on my way to 15 pounds. Right now I don’t see a problem with reaching the goal, although I can tell the body is adjusting quite rapidly to the different diet by becoming more efficient & changing the metabolic rate -- so the weight loss won’t be as easy & it will be at a slower rate as the summer progresses.

I’m having mixed feelings about the works I’ve started at the gym to help my back. I don’t know if what I’m doing is aggravating the condition or that I must first endure pain to help. I feel if the pain is muscle pain, I’m on the right track – if the pain is in the backbone itself, it means I’ve done something wrong or I’ve overdone it. It’s a very tough thing to get right.

I worked about a half a day yesterday on the Siltstone Trail in Jefferson Memorial Forest – very satisfying work knowing that I’ll be running on the very same trail during Louisville’s Lovin’ the Hills 50k next February. This new segment at Jefferson Hill is very close to opening up. Yesterday I concentrated on grubbing out small tree stumps & roots – a good workout for the back.


Jeffro said...

Six pounds in two weeks is awesome!

Josh said...

Nice job on the weight loss. And thanks for the trail work! Hopefully I'll be right there running those trails with you come February!

ed said...

Thanks for the encouragement!


I’ve thought more about what you said about “core strength”. I'm in no condition for push ups on the trail, but I am making an effort to work on a little bit of everything at the gym since I’m now making regular visits for my back – thanks for pointing me in the right direction.


Good to hear you’re improving without problems. Those speed works are really GREAT – I’m envious of your training discipline & patience. I’ll have to get to an outdoor track & get some works in myself. The gym I go to has a rubberized running loop (14 laps/mile) where it’s a cool 70 degrees, but I haven’t gotten used to the sharp turns & unchanging scenery.

You’re right about Muscatatuck – you have me down pat.