Training Week Recap – Weeks 19 and 20

Obviously I didn’t get around to blogging last week but I’m here now. The last two weeks I ran differently and I did see some improvement in how I felt in general. I am staying right at 25 miles per week but taking more days off, so each run is longer. I feel like I’m suited to longer runs, so this is working fine for me. Last week I ran 5 days and the runs were 2, 2, 6, 7, and 8 miles ( I kept the long run shorter than the week before since I was changing my training style that week). This week I will end up running only 4 days and my runs were 6, 6, 11.5, and whatever I decide to do tomorrow (probably 2-4). I kind of miss running every day or 6 days but I also feel like running longer has helped me the last two weeks. I’m seeing a good drop in my overall pacing and my runs feel good (even my 11.5 miler today was a “boring” run in the sense that I had no issues at all).

My run today was 11.5 miles and took me 2:02. No food or drink during the workout and I had one mug of BPC right before I left. I did a nice loop course from my house that I had never done before and I enjoyed it. There were a few tough hills but I only had to walk the first one.

I’m very much still undecided on whether to do the marathon or not. My son will be graduating from basic training the next weekend in Oklahoma. That’s a lot of traveling in two weeks. Also, my biggest problem with the marathon training remains the lack of weight loss. I haven’t lost any weight in a few weeks and I’m very frustrated with that. I don’t have ANY desire to run a marathon as an overweight person. I have a desire to be healthy and lose my baby weight and marathon training is not helping either of those goals. I told Andrew today that I will be running a half marathon at the beginning of December and I might stop there, mileage wise, and go back to focusing on my weight and how I feel. He keeps reminding me that I have to decide what I want more: to run a marathon or to lose the rest of my baby weight. He is right, of course, but it’s hard to give up marathon training when I said that is what I wanted to do. I LOVE running and running races but not if they leave me overweight and tired all the time. Sigh.

I wish KNOWING what the problem is helped me to solve it, but in this case the problem is that I can’t create a good enough calorie deficit to lose weight when my run volume is this high. Hunger is hormonal and there is no fighting hormones.

Next week I’ll be doing much of the same as the last two weeks. Maybe I will bump my weekly mileage up, maybe not. I’m trying hard to drink a LOT of water this week to see if that helps me get under 150 pounds before my period starts. I’ve been hovering between 150.5-152 for weeks now and I would absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE to be in the 140s. But I know if it doesn’t happen in the next week or so it will be another 2-3 weeks before I have another shot due to monthly hormone fluctuations.

I guess that’s all for now!