Run: 3 Miles
Tonight we reserved our hotel room in Richmond for the big 26.2! For those that don't know, the reason I picked the Richmond marathon is because I grew up on the southside of the city. I still consider Richmond to be a home away from home and the perfect location to complete my goal of running a marathon.
Well, I have a few nagging injuries to report. Way back in 2004 while lifting weights I strained my shoulder and while I wish I could say I did it trying to bench 500 pounds I actually was just resting on the decline Hammer Strength Machine and reached up and tried to pull up my body weight from one of the bars above....stupid! Not smart and I strained it pretty good. Yesterday in the gym while doing my dumbbell shoulder press I felt a twinge and realized I tweaked it again. Not quite as bad as last time but I'm not taking any chances. I'm not going to stop strength training but I will lower the weight on several exercises that work that muscle group. I also tweaked my back its not to bad and I don't have any pain when running but I will be keeping an eye on it. In fact I skipped my strength training for today and will just move it to Friday. I'm going to continue the 4 day a week strength routine while my mileage is still low but as soon as my mileage starts to increase I will drop my strength back to a three day a week full body routine and then eventually in the final weeks it will be a two day a week full body.
Started my run at 9pm tonight and enjoyed all three easy miles. One thing I've noticed going in to my second week is that I'm really finding a good rhythm when I'm running. Not very fast but a good comfortable pace. Also, I don't map out my runs I just strap on my Garmin and run. My routes are always different and when I hit my distance no matter where I am I just stop the time and do a slow jog/walk back to the house, good way to cool down. For me though I enjoy changing the routes as I get bored very easily and this keeps me on the straight and narrow.
I've seem to hit a little plateau on the weight loss stuck right at the 198/199. I'm going to increase my calories over the next few days and then drop them back down to see if that will help stimulate additional fat loss. Not only has the scale weight stalled but the inches have stalled as well so zig zagging my calories may help out. I will just add an additional meal each day in the 200/300 range for three days and then just pull those additional meals away the next three days. I will also keep my water intake above the gallon a day mark. Today I hit about 192 ounces.
Tomorrow will bring strength training at lunch and then another 3 mile easy run in the evening. I hope everyone has a great Wednesday morning, mine will be very busy. - Jason