If I were doing Mardis Gras, I would only be a couple of weeks away from race day. Instead, I am still pondering what races to do and seem incapable of picking one. Nothing is really speaking to me and I am a bit nervous that I’m only up to 17 miles in the long run and that wasn’t anything to write home about. I think I may end up doing Mercedes in Birmingham just by default since it’s the easiest option for us. I’m also considering a trail marathon and a trail ultra marathon in February and March.
Another thing holding me back is that I had hoped to race at a lower weight. I am 3 pounds away from my FIRST goal weight, which is just to be under 140 (I’m at 142.1). It has taken forever and a day for me to go from 160 to 142, MUCH longer than I thought it would. It’s been 5 months since I started eating a ketogenic diet and while the weight loss has been effortless, it’s been slooooooooowwwww. But I think I finally made a breakthrough that I will share in another post and and happy to say that while I was stuck around 145 for a couple weeks, I’ve been losing very steadily again for the last 4-5 days with an important adjustment to my macros.
Back to training. I ran 39 miles last week and all my runs were decent. I’ve made the switch to a different run schedule. I am now doing the following:
Saturday: Long Run
This schedule is geared a bit more toward ultras, which is why I made the switch. I’m only on week 2 but I am enjoying it so far. It’s preventing me from bumping up past 17 miles in my long run but it’s a safer way for me to get up over 40 miles per week. 17 miles as a long run in a week where you are only running 34-35 miles isn’t the best idea anyway.