Last year, I had a great half marathon PR, ran my first full marathon, and found my ideal race weight. Somewhere along the line, I lost my way and started overindulging with food. I also stopped doing my core workouts and strength exercises when my marathon training began in August 2015. I became less flexible and gained 27 pounds. Basically, I became more injury prone.
I decided after my full marathon that I was going to get back to my ideal race weight, which is around 168 pounds. I started my journey on January 1st, not as a New Year’s resolution, but I just wanted to wait until after the holidays since I wanted to still be able to enjoy the holiday food and goodies. My office makes some awesome holiday treats!
I decided to take a few steps to get more fit and lose that weight.
- I started following the Paleo Diet (for the most part).
- I started a Facebook Group (Getting fit with RWI) where we do Workouts of the Day to strengthen our core and stay accountable. Feel free to join the group.
- I joined a DietBet.
- I signed up for some half marathons and the California International Marathon.
The results started becoming visible really fast. I lost about 7 pounds in the first week and was down 10 pounds overall after the first 2 weeks. This was mainly due to my elimination of diet soda and following the Paleo Diet.
I was following my Hal Higdon Advanced Half Marathon training plan and set a new Half Marathon PR by almost a minute. I am now training using the Run Less Run Faster plan for a 10 mile race coming up on May 15th. I am also cross training on my bike 1-2 days a week. The Run Less Run Faster plan has really helped. I ran a 14 mile training run at 10 seconds/faster per mile than my fastest half marathon pace and I didn’t even have the race day rush to help out.
I have lost a total of 23 pounds in the first 3 months of the year. I am down to under 170 pounds and am okay with where I am at, although losing a few more pounds would be okay too. I have taken my Body Mass Index from the “High” range to the “Normal” range and have dropped almost 4% off of my body fat percentage.
The results really are apparent in my running though. I can run longer, at a faster pace, and at a lower perceived level of exertion. Basically, it is way easier to run and I feel better when I am doing it. I am less injury prone because of the reduction in weight and the incorporation of stretching and cross training. I am becoming a leaner, meaner Brian. I have some big goals for the year and can’t wait to keep breaking through barriers. It is all about progress, not perfection. Sticking to my routine has been huge and I hope that my story will inspire at least one person to make a change as well