Ending Slow 60-Minute Running Sessions Test Early

Day 419

Today, my first meal was a little bigger than usual and included a lot of water. Nonetheless, at 4:30 in the afternoon, my weight was 78.6, which was 1.2 above the 77.4 starting weight. If I am careful, I have a good chance of staying below my Danger Zone mark of 2.0 kg.

However, I am drinking some coke today. If I overdo it, this could be a problem. Certainly, a liter of coke would be bad. LOL. I’ll try to drink it in moderation even though there is a liter bottle in the fridge.

That last meal was really bad, although a lot of it was from coke. It remains to be seen how harmful that will be since a lot of that is going to digest quickly. But I rose to 79.8 or so for the last meal, and that was an increase of 2.4 kg overall. That 2.4 is .1 kg more than yesterday’s max increase. I am now in danger of gaining substantial weight 2 days in a row.

I am at a low point on motivation only 2 days after feeling great about these slow 60-minute runs. The interesting thing about that, though, is that I have said for a while that any experiment using Pentamize tracking should include at least about 3 weeks of tracking. Even a week or two weeks could be substantially off the average due to short-term factors. At the end of 2 weeks, I was looking pretty good with these slow runs. Even though my weight was up overall, I was making a nice recovery from a cheat day. That recovery has been the best thing about this test. But yesterday was definitively the worst day, as a max increase of 2.3 (moderately bad) produced results even worse than expected. I was expecting a gain of up to .4 kg or so. But the .7 is not something that I was expecting, and it calls into question this whole test. I will have more on this and make some decisions after tracking slow runs for 21 days. That is 3 more days if counting today.

I have gone off the rails now, eating again. The slow 60-minute runs are probably over now. I don’t think I can do this anymore. Read tomorrow’s blog to see how I am going to proceed. I will still be doing some slow runs, but only when it’s appropriate. When it’s not appropriate, I am going to be forced to do a little more. In most cases, that will probably mean running a little longer because running hard is not something my body can handle on a regular basis. In short, it’s time to get back to modifying my exercise based on the needs at that time instead of rigidly sticking to a specific routine. I gave it a good try, but I can see this isn’t going to work.

My weight had an average drop overnight to 78.9. The meltdown is almost complete now. There is absolutely no way I can recover from this, and I don’t see any path forward doing slow 60-minute runs only. So I am almost definitely going to suspend the test and call it a partial success and partial failure. This will be explained in more detail in the next blog post. However, I will do my last slow run of this experiment today and then do my AAR (After-Action Review) in tomorrow’s blog entry.

A Little Later

I changed my mind yet again and decided to take a break day and end this slow 60-minute run test. It’s just pointless to continue. I’ll wrap it all up in tomorrow’s blog. But there is no reason to beat a dead horse. I am not going to be successful at weight maintenance with nothing but these slow runs unless they are longer than an hour. I tried, but the amount of diet discipline required is too much for me to handle.

I ended today at 78.6 kg, which is an increase of .9 kg. However, that was without any exercise session at all. So the increase was expected. Final numbers for this test are in tomorrow’s blog (Day 420).

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