This week is my first week of training for a sub-65 minute 10K. If we have moved by then, I have my eye on a 10K in Reston. If we’re still here, I’ll run the local group’s monthly 10K (they almost always offer 1 mile, 5K, or 10K.) My PR for 10K is exactly 60 minutes (with my usual slapdash “training.”) I think I’ll be best off if I stick with distances of 10K or shorter until I am within 10 pounds of my weight loss goal and within a couple percentages of my body fat goal. Right now I’m eating at my estimated BMR + exercise replacement. That should give me a deficit without backfiring.
This week, I’m going to work on running, yoga, taking my vitamins, eating the right amount of food, and getting enough sleep. I do want to figure out how I can sneak kettlebells and deadlifts into my plan. I also need to look at my hydration. I suspect I tend to overhydrate. Even though I didn’t drink during the 5K yesterday, I drank plenty before and after and I have felt waterlogged for most of the weekend. Waterlogged and tired– I have slept a lot this weekend. My muscles feel slightly better than I would expect– I will definitely be able to do Tuesday’s easy 2 mile run– but I still feel weird. Also, when I look at my Green Bay pics from 2010, I notice swelling. I’m not sure if that’s just because I was 20 pounds heavier than I am now or if it’s because I was overhydrated, but it’s something I need to watch out for. I always assume that because I have problems with heat, that it’s impossible for me to overhydrate, but I’m wondering if I might be better off going the other direction. It’s something to talk over with a coach once I get to the point where I don’t feel ridiculous hiring one. (Like when I run a 50-minute 5K.) Here is an interesting article about the book Waterlogged, which I think is about overhydration in athletes.
I’m excited and curious about this new stage of my running life. While I have focused on running longer, I have never worked hard on running better or faster. I wonder how fast I could be if I tried?