When I got on the scales at Gold's Gym this morning I was well below the 210 mark. I wondered what my no-shoes weight was, so I kicked off my Sauconies and got back on the scale. It read 207.6 lbs.
My starting weight was 212.6. That means I've lost 5 lbs since I started the Body Success Challenge.
My body feels it today. I've been doing my 60 minute runs in the morning and as a result I'm lethargic most of the afternoon. I'm only a week and a half in and I'm still pretty fat, so I'm hoping that the fatigue fades a little in the upcoming weeks.
When I made the transition from high school runner to college runner, one of my coaches told me that the most important thing to do during the off season (summertime) was to run distance. He said it didn't matter how fast you ran, only how long you ran. When we got back to school and started training with the team, he said the speed would come. Those long runs from the summer provided the foundation for building speed.
That is my philosophy right now. I'm taking it relatively easy, running 5 12-minute miles every day. In a week or two I'll start throwing in some faster runs, some shorter than five miles and some longer. Hopefully by then I'll be under 200 lbs and my knees, ankles, and heels will be able to handle the pounding I intend to give them.