Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Just Can't Get Enough!
8 weeks now until the running of my goal race in Nagano, April 17th, and yesterday I got out the DVD that was taken and kindly given to me by the organisers the last time I ran there. It was taken of me running at each 10K point and the finish of the 2007 Nagano Marathon.
The first thing I noticed was just how much heavier I was. Although my time wasn't bad, 3:20:56, I look like a Clydesdale and was badly foot striking at all stages except for the "sprint" finish.
Also I noticed how fit all the people running at my pace looked compared to me. I take this as I sign of some talent but really at that time I thought I was just as fit or fit enough. Interesting how time will change ones perspective on these things.
Anyway I figure if I could do 3:20: there in 2007 in that shape then it is possible to do much, much better now in 2011. But while this looks more than possible, I need to still get into better shape weight and body fat percentage wise before I can be confident of a PB there in April.
Yesterday I was also looking at the bios of some the elites that will be running in Tokyo this weekend and noticed that all of them, of around the same height, were 5 to 10 kgs lighter than me! Now I don't seriously think I could get down to their level with regards to weight, body percent ratios but I want to get down to 57kgs from my now 62kgs and reduce my BF% to under 10 from my now 15.3% (Can this be done safely in 8 weeks?).
I know I have weight to lose, I can grab a good handful of belly fat now and I still resemble a bit of a pregnant pup naked, in profile. Although I'm keen to fix this I'm going to have to watch that my increased mileage and reduced diet doesn't result in poorer training performance and increased risk of injury. Still, all the same, something has to be done!
I know that there are those that will say that if you train "right" the weight issue will take care of itself. Yet, it has always remained a problem for me and it is clear that unless I can get somewhere near to the elites on these measures I won't get anywhere near them on the measure that counts to me now, ie race times.
This time I'm not going to make the mistake of thinking that better training is all it takes to run better. I'm running very well at the moment, and believe I could run PBs but not if I continue to drink without limits on weekends and eat like every meal is my last! This is hard as, I believe, the thing that makes me/us good at running is our obsessive natures but it can also be the cause of our destruction when it comes to calorie control.
What are your thoughts?