It’s been 2 months since I last got weighed and poked and prodded by nutritional therapy students at the University of Westminster. I have been working with them intermittently since June and have made some very small, but very effective, changes to my diet and training. My aims was simply to run faster, but this has meant learning how to eat to train and reducing my body fat composition.
Regina last weighed and measured me at the end of October and noted that I was continuing to improve after the summer’s experiment. I was 73kg and my body fat had finally started to reduce, measuring 27.7%. I set myself a few optimistic targets for the remainder of the year, which included lowering my body fat to 25%, the upper limit for athletic-lady-types and getting as close to 70kg as possible. Well, readers, I am pleased to announce that I have acheived two of my goals! On Friday afternoon I discovered that I am now only 24.5% fat – an enormous improvement! And I have also lost another couple of kgs in the process, weighing in at 70.5kg now. My other goal was to consistently run sub-49 minute 10Ks and, well… as we all know I have smashed that one too.
I am so thrilled that my body composition is squaring up to one far more befitting of an aspiring runner. The only problem now is that my running tights keep falling down…
Here is a rather amusing illustration of my racing weight challenge in 2012. On the left is a picture of me after the Berlin Half Marathon in April. I felt super fit during this training cycle. On the right is a picture of me after November’s Regents Park 10K. Same outfit, a few pounds lighter and a few minutes faster.
This leaves just one of my 2012 goals as yet unacheived: the press up. Damn my lack of upper body strength… I can see that the press up challenge will be carried forward into the New Year.
The next part of this racing weight challenge is going to be maintaining my new eating and training habits. I’ll keep y’all posted with updates on my culinary disasters.