Posted: 19/07/2015 at 11:08
It has been exactly three months since I restarted running, so here's a quick review of improvements achieved so far:
- Weight: reduced from 196lb to 178lb, which puts me back into the “healthy” BMI range
- Body fat: reduced from 28.8% to 23.6% (measured on the same scales for consistency)
- Waist circumference reduced by four inches.
These measurements put me roughly half-way to where I want to get to, hopefully by the end of the year – though it may take longer.
My weekly mileage has steadily increased and now stands at 28 miles. I'm training by heart rate for all of my runs at the moment and can see a steady improvement in my pace. I do five runs each week including a midweek speed session (e.g. 6m including twenty minutes at lactate-threshold), and my “long” run is now nine miles.
I'm planning to maintain 30-35 miles per week for the next couple of months. I've booked a half-marathon in early December and will begin specific training for that in September. I've also got my eye on a spring marathon next year - I can begin training for that two or three weeks after the half-marathon.
The result of my CT scan was “no significant” heart problems. Which, when I probed a bit deeper meant almost no sign of any heart problems at all, and nothing that would warrant any form of treatment. My higher cholesterol reading means that I will be recommended for a course of Statins, but I may request a further blood test since my lifestyle is completely different from when I had the test performed a few months ago.
I have a new colleague at work and we are working well as a team. I've also just completed the last of my additional work that I was doing on top of daytime work and have a very happy client. I've been struggling to keep up with my OU degree, but have good marks from my assessments so far. My next priority is to catch up on my study backlog and submit the final assessment before exam revision commences.
It has been a while since I have been able to say this...
I'm happy with the way things are progressing right now!