On this 4th day of “slow run” testing on one-hour sessions, I need to try to be a little more careful on diet. I rose up to 2.0 kg at the max yesterday, and the end result was a weight gain of .1 kg. That actually reinforces the idea that 2.0 is a Danger Zone that I should try to stay under. Even hitting that and doing a slow run, I only gained a small amount of weight. Just imagine going up to 2.3 or 2.4. It’s bound to be a disaster scenario.
Note: Ironically, I did hit 2.4 later today. And the results were not disastrous. But keep reading for clues why this probably happened.
This is actually my 38th day of testing 60-minute runs, and that is plenty of time to confirm that this system works fine as far as a typical daily routine when doing faster runs. The issue is whether the slower runs will work. So far, they are doing okay. But I want to get 30 days of testing under my belt for these slow runs.
Today, my first meal and rehydration produced a decent result. I had gained 1.4 kg, meaning a weight of 78.4 and up from the start of 77.0. However, it’s now time to slow down. I am still not very comfortable with these large first meals because they require very small meals (more like snacks) the rest of the day. But for now, I don’t see any way around it. The initial meal and large weight increase each day also includes drinking water after the exercise session to rehydrate. So as of now, I don’t see any way of getting around this. My mind just needs to get used to it.
The game plan for the rest of the day is to have a small snack at around 5 in the afternoon and then mango smoothies at about 8:30 at night. Other than this, I will drink the amount of water that seems necessary to maintain a healthy energy level.
At 2:45, things were going about as well as to be expected. I had drunk some water but still dropped to around 78.1 kg. This is exactly what needed to be done.
It is now getting tough, and I feel like I am starting to starve at 3:15. The plan was to wait until 5 to eat something. However, what I will do is eat two really small snacks instead of one small one. This is my usual practice, anyway. Large meals absolutely destroy my diet.
At 6 in the evening, I rose to 78.8 kg. That was a large increase from earlier, but this is likely a special situation. I ate a whole cucumber, which is somewhat weighty but obviously consists of mostly water. It’s not clear how that is going to affect my weigh-in today. But the final weigh-in is about 16 hours from now. So all of this cucumber has a good chance of being fully digested by that time. I will still have the smoothies, and it might push me over 2.0 kg. But as I said, this is a special situation. I usually don’t eat many vegetables, so the 2.0 kg guideline may not apply to the same extent as it usually does.
After the smoothies and about .1 kg of beef, I weighed 79.4 kg. That is an excessive increase of 2.4 kg. However, most of this is an increase from 1.1 to 2.4 kg through a cucumber and then fruit smoothies. This increase was healthy, but that extent of weight increase might be too much to come off in the 16 hours or so before weigh-in time.
Before sleeping, my weight went down a little to 79.1. Unfortunately, it did not drop that much overnight. I was 78.3 kg when getting up, and this will have to drop dramatically before the run. Otherwise, I will be gaining weight today.
The needed drop did not really happen. I was still at 78.0 right before the run, and that was even after hitting the restroom. I am screwed now. But this will be an interesting result in that the 2.4 is so far above the 2.0 Danger Zone. We’ll see how close I get to even. But it looks like I am going to be about .2 to .4 over.
I finished running and weighed in at 77.3 kg. To finish the day, I went to the bathroom and was 77.2. This is exactly what I predicted before even running.
Overall, I gained .2 kg today. Perhaps a diet with more fruits and vegetables might be better in the long run. As far as today’s results, though, it is inconclusive. I would need to test several days in a row to get a better idea. It may be that I would have digested more in the next 12 hours or so and actually lost weight. Unfortunately, I can’t do this right now because it would mess up my daily tracking. So I will have to test this later.
Total 60-Minute Days: 38
Result: lost .2 kg (77.4 to 77.2 kg)
Total Hard Runs: 34
Result: lost .3 kg (77.4 to 77.1 kg)
includes one break day, one cheat day, and one semi-cheat day
Total Slow Runs: 4
Results Starting At 77.1 kg
Result: gained .1 kg (currently 77.2)