Gained a Little Weight After Cutting Run Short

Day 443

One of my weaknesses today was not being more resolute about what needed to be done in terms of exercise to at least break even. I found myself too far over at run time, needing to probably run at least 70 minutes to break even. But when I got back close to home early, I got a little lazy and ended at about 64 minutes. That 6 minutes very well could have made a difference. Nonetheless, it was a small mistake on a day where I at least shaved another 26 minutes off of the max of 90. However, the bad result of a weight gain of .2 kg means that I will probably need to run 90 minutes tomorrow morning.

I like the flexibility of this 100-day test so far (this is only Day 3), but flexibility does not mean stupidity, laziness, or lack of discipline. I already know that laziness is not going to cut it when attempting weight loss or maintenance. And while I had a pretty good run of 64 minutes and would not ever use “laziness” to describe that, there was a slight lack of discipline that I need to be careful to avoid when moving forward with this test. 70 minutes was my estimate of what was needed, so I should have finished up those last 6 minutes. I can always make this up by running more the next day, but that’s not a good habit to slip into. It can lead to having to do more 90-minute runs than necessary to make up for bad days.

The real killer today, though, was that my run result was just bad. I was 77.8 before running and still 77.2 despite having a fairly hard 64-minute jogging session. My heart rate was up to about 140 at the end. This seems like it should have produced a weight loss of at least .7 or more. A loss of .6 was definitely lower than expected. But the cold weather and hard wind may have played a role in that result.

Using my new flexible exercise scheduling, it looks like a 90-minute run is in order. I am now .2 kg over the starting mark for the 100-day test. That is not a particularly bad start, though, all things considered. I have only run 90 minutes on one of three days, and today was only 64 minutes. All this means is that 90 minutes is probably necessary a certain portion of the time. What portion that is is not clear yet.

There is a possibility of running less than 90 minutes again in the morning. This depends on what I weight at that time. So if I lose plenty overnight, I may be able to run less. However, I might go ahead and run 90 if my body and mind feel up to the task. I don’t hate running that long all the time. The loathsome part is doing it every day for an extended period.

Here are the results of the first 3 days:

Day 1 – 90 minutes – lost .2 kg – 76.8 to 76.6
Day 2 – 70 minutes – gained .2 kg – 76.6 to 76.8
Day 3 – 64 minutes – gained .2 kg – 76.8 to 77.0
overall gained .2 kg
minutes saved from max of 90 – 46
average run time – 75

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