I’ve been ‘bigger’ for a while

I’ve thought about where to begin this for a while now. But like most things in life there is never really a good time or place to start, so just start.

My whole life I’ve always been on the wrong side of the BMI Chart, which is not surprising considering my expertise in food consumption. But I’ve also been relatively active, swimming competitively for years and then taking up running as a means of shedding some adipose tissue from my frame.

But once again I’m trying to get to a ‘healthy’ weight. After achieving an all time personal best of just over 290lbs in 2010 I signed up for my first marathon and got down to 220lbs in early 2011. I’ve promised myself that I’ll never get that big again, but it’s hard, and it’s a constant struggle.

Since then life has balanced out and I’ve done well to find a happy place. I’ve regained part of what I lost and for the past few years I’ve floated between 240-250lbs. But this isn’t about then – it’s about now.

But this isn’t about then – it’s about now.

After a year of fluctuation weight, and two less than ideal marathon performances, I’m starting to gear up for the next year. Part of that is this blog, which is great for me to vomit my thoughts onto. Also, I’ve signed up for my first ‘A’ race, the Maddog 10k, and I’m focusing on getting my weight down while chasing a personal best come February. 

On Monday I began an 8 week base building period which will lead me from 24miles/week up to 52miles/week. After 9 months of back to back marathon training schedules, the first for London and the second for Berlin, I thought a season of gradual mileage building would be beneficial. I also hope to incorporate a regime of stretching and strength training all leading up to a good foundation to begin a 10k specific programme in mid-December.

Base building is literally some of the most boring running I’ve ever done. It’s simple really, and that’s what makes it boring: keep your heart rate down, keep the pace easy, don’t run too much, stick to the plan. But I keep telling myself it will all be worth it come December when I can start churning out 10k specific sessions and striving for that PB.

So let’s do it. That’s the royal we.