Another 2.2 pounds lost and new half marathon training plan

Weighed in on Friday and found I had lost another 2.2 pounds. So I’m down a total of 28.6 pounds now! All my pants are MUCH looser and fabric bunches up when I tighten my belt. I suppose it’s getting to be about time to buy some smaller pants. I do sort of want to hold off until I’m closer to my final weight so I don’t end up buying two wardrobes, but it may be unavoidable to some extent.

I went for a 2 mile run on Saturday to try out my new shoes. They don’t feel bad; just a touch too tight around my little toe. I’ll give them a few more runs and decide if I want to use Running Warehouse’s 90 day return policy. I didn’t really do any other running this week because I was so busy with school work. Unfortunate, really.

I did purchase a half marathon training plan from Running Wizard, a website by the same gentleman that makes my primary running log, Running Ahead. It generates customized training plans based on Arthur Lydiard’s training principles. Due to my downtime running and my slow half marathon last fall, my plan does not utilize all of the segments that Lydiard teaches. In fact, I’m just getting 14 weeks of aerobic base building, 4 weeks of anaerobic, and a week of tapering. And the longest run is just 8 miles. But I’ll be running 5 days a week at much slower paces than I’m used to.

Seeing how I always end up injured, I’m thinking this will help bring some needed discipline to my training. I think that I try to run too fast too soon (and I’m too big!) and end up getting various lower leg injuries from just doing too much. The negative of this is that I’m probably not going to be able to do the Indy Runners summer training program because my Saturday distances will be much lower than what they’ll be doing. I’ll give it a shot and see how I do. I start the plan on June 17. Any amount of success will be met with me buying a second plan for the Carmel Marathon next April.

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