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