I am hoping to use this plan to build for my first 10 K race (May 21). My gola is reall yjust to finish, which I know I can do and have perhaps a sub 55 mins time. I am pretty much a running newcomer with a background in rugby and football. That makes me larger framed than your typical runner.
I find it unusual that the program requires a 9-12 mile easy runs on weekends. For a 10 K race, this seems like overkil to me. Assuming this is an endurance builder in the program. In my opinion, if I was running 10-12 miles on a weekend, I'd shoot for a half marathon. Perhaps naively.
I currently run about 25 miles per week. Guessing I'd run a 55 minute 10K. At that pace my easy 10 mile run might take me almost 2 hours. Is this the idea?
Ultimtely, I think I'd like to work towards a half and possibly a full marathon. Just to say I did it. By the way I'm 43 years old.
As coincidence would have it, my diet consists largely of apples, oranges and rice cakes during the week day mornings. I might have a bowl of soup or even a pita wrap with white meat and salad for lunch. I usually chuck some hummus onto that pita which is not the greatest for fat, but who cares? Mustard is a good replacement. I usually have that on there too. I try to keep my fat intake to 65 grams or less, but don't think I count this too well, to be honest.
My wife is home on the weekends (all day) so this usually means she prepares lunch and supper. Compared to my weekday regimen, I am then feasting.
I run around 5-7kms per day. Jog, I think, is the correct term, as I am only doing 6kms per hour, or 10 minute miles.
The net has seen me lose 10 lbs in just about a month. I started at 205 lbs (14st9, I think), and I am now at 195lbs.
One motivator for me is to live longer. As a 43 year old father of a 1 and 3 year old, and hoping to have more kids soon, it makes sense for me to want to be around when my kids turn my age. That would make me 80 plus years old.
While I cannot turn back the clock and have my kids at a younger age, I can perhaps make the clock tick a little longer by reducing the gut I have, and keeping the heart in shape with a little exercise.
Big Stew, my weight loss story is pretty similar to your own, other than you are taller than I am.
43 years old, and at 5' 10" tall, I started out at 205 lbs. I have whittled myself down to 195 in just under a month. My belly button measure went from 39" to about 36.5. I attribute all this to some sensible eating (a ton of apples and oranges), portion control at meal time etc. and running.
I started out doing just over 4 kms per day, and have increased that to 6.8 KMs as of yesterday. I do about 6 minute KMS, so I am no mean runner.
My target is to get to about 185 LBS by May 25th. Still well over the recommended for my height (174LBS), but I consider myself to have a muscular build after years of rugby. I'd be very happy at 185lbs.
A recent disappointment is that lately, my weight loss has tapered off, and I actually gained a pound or two while still at my exercise. I will add that my diet falters on the weekends (not to a great degree) when my wife does the cooking. I am pretty rigid during the week days. It may also be a result of my body being dehydrated at my weighins. While I do most of them in the AM, I think I am a little short on water and 195lbs is a pretty good indication of my size.
Interested to hear any other theories on average weight loss.