Sunday, August 16, 2015

August 16

The human body is an amazing yet unpredictable piece of machinery. By all indications I should have been feeling the effects of yesterday's run in my PF but for whatever reason it's been feeling better than it has in weeks with little or no pain. Go figure. Even so, I decided to stick to the plan of using our elliptical instead of running which gave me the opportunity to sleep until 9:30 which meant I got about 11 hours of sleep.

In doing some checking on the interwebz last night it turns out that the machine we bought at Walmart years ago is probably one of the lowest rated units on the market but whatever. It works and that is really all that matters. We don't need anything fancy with a bunch of pre-programmed garbage anyway. Yeah, the stride-length is short and it's a bit wobbly but those my only complaints.

To keep myself from being bored I put on some music; nothing like a little 70s/80s metal to keep you motivated. There's really not much more to say about the effort other than I can see that there may actually be some benefit to using it. As I was going along, especially when I took the resistance up, that I was getting more of a burn in my quads and glutes so it'll be interesting to see how I feel in the morning.

With the first workout of 90 minutes behind me, I have to say I was pleased with the result. I also feel like this will be a nice change as well as keep me out of the heat. One other thing that I had forgotten about is that you can also pedal in reverse. Since numerous studies have shown the benefits of running backwards this will allow me to strengthen other under-used muscles as well.

This won't be the only change in my training either. With the race almost here, it's time to drop some weight. Right now I'm sitting at 155 which is 10-15 pounds heavier than I want to be. Even though we've been wery good with our diet, we do low carb-high fat, I've put on about 5 pounds this month.

To change things up we're going to be doing a Protein Sparing Modified Fast for the next 2 week. Basically, no carbs, no fat and about 9 oz of lean protein daily; that's it. Some supplements are also needed, potassium, magnesium and sodium, to make up for the lack of these in lean meat and we'll also be using ENERGYbits (==>) to help us out here as well.

We have used this diet in the past for a quick weight loss after the success Christine had when she did it under a doctor's supervision years ago, losing 81 pounds in 6 months. I tagged along at that time and lost 40 pounds in 3+ months. I have to tell you though, it sucks. Although it's true that ketosis is an appetite suppressant, that only goes so far especially when you are around food. Fortunately this is only for a couple of weeks.

Time to become a lean, mean running machine.

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