Low Run Result And Pretty Poor Diet Discipline Do Not Make For a Great Day

Day 464

Today turned out to be destined for a failure. Basically, nothing went right on any level. Despite that, I did manage to limit the bad results to a weight gain of only .2 kg. While a weight gain on a 90-minute run day is always bad, it could have been a lot worse. This halts my recovery. But as will be seen tomorrow, I am making a very big comeback on the very next day. Read tomorrow’s blog post to see how well I end up doing.

Even during a recovery period, there are some bad days that you have to endure before making the full recovery. I have always recovered so far, except that I have not actually maintained all that close to 75.0 kg, which is my target weight. However, I have always gotten back down to the 76 range. Getting to the 75 range has proven to be very difficult, but I am happy to stay close to it because 2 to 4 pounds is not a big deal.

Yesterday was my first really good recovery day from Christmas. I lost .6 kg and was hoping to double up and have another good day today. But nothing went right.

First, keep in mind that I will sometimes sacrifice by eating a little less than desired. However, when I really feel like I need more food, I will eat it even if it comes with the risk of gaining weight. I am not talking about cheating here. I am talking about truly feeling that I need the food to have enough energy for the rest of the day. Today was one of those days where I felt like more food was needed. I got up to approximately 80.2 or 80.3, which is 1.9 to 2.0 kg above the start of 78.3. Since 2.0 is my Danger Zone mark, I was already at risk. However, some decent overnight weight loss and a decent run can still produce a breakeven day or a little weight loss.

As I said, nothing really went right today. When I woke up, my weight was 79.2. This was the only decent factor of the day (overnight weight loss is a key factor in the results). I dropped close to 1.0 kg overnight, which is pretty good and better than average as of late. At that time, I had a chance to break even by losing .9 kg on the run. So I had a real chance to break even and some chance of even losing weight at that time.

The day ended really badly, with a weight lost from the run of only .7 kg. That is about as low as it gets. It was a pretty slow run and maybe a little less than average. 2 years ago, I would not dream of losing only .7 kg when running 90 minutes. I used to average 1.5 kg. But that has changed, especially when it is cold outside. The .7 dropped me to only 78.5 kg. Then, almost shockingly, I went to the bathroom and still weighed in at 78.5. That was the end of the day, so I gained .2 kg.

Looking back at today’s results, all I can say is that really bad run result is what hurt me the most. It’s like my body was refusing to cooperate. But maybe there was some physiological need there to retain water or something. So be it. I’ll move on and keep doing the same thing. The results will come if I keep up the hard work.

Results Through Day 24:

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
Day 4 – 89 minutes – lost .2 kg – 77.0 to 76.8
Day 5 – 75 minutes – gained .3 kg – 76.8 to 77.1
Day 6 – 90 minutes – gained .5 kg – 77.1 to 77.6
Day 7 – 90 minutes – lost .9 kg – 77.6 to 76.7
Day 8 – 90 minutes – gained 1.5 kg – 76.7 to 78.2 (cheat day)
Day 9 – 90 minutes – lost .1 kg – 78.2 to 78.1
Day 10 – 90 minutes – lost .7 kg – 78.1 to 77.4
Day 11 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 77.4 to 77.6
Day 12 – 90 minutes – lost .4 kg – 77.6 to 77.2
Day 13 – 90 minutes – lost .4 kg – 77.2 to 76.8
Day 14 – 90 minutes – broke even – 76.8 to 76.8
Day 15 – 90 minutes – lost .2 kg – 76.8 to 76.6
Day 16 – 90 minutes – gained .6 kg – 76.8 to 77.2
Day 17 – 90 minutes – lost .2 kg – 77.2 to 77.0
Day 18 – 87 minutes – lost .1 kg – 77.0 to 76.9
Day 19 – 84 minutes – gained .1 kg – 76.9 to 77.0
Day 20 – 0 minutes – gained 1.7 kg – 77.0 to 78.7 (combined cheat day and break day)
Day 21 – 88 minutes – broke even – 78.7 to 78.7 (odd cheat where I actually broke even)
Day 22 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 78.7 to 78.9 (partial cheat day)
Day 23 – 90 minutes – lost .6 kg – 78.9 to 78.3
Day 24 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 78.3 to 78.5

gained 1.7 kg (3 cheat days, a partial cheat day, and one break day)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 163
1997 minutes total
average run time – 83 minutes

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