Update: I just got back and it went great! I took it easy and will try for a faster pace next weekend at the actual race.
Bad news: I have lost NO pounds since I have been running. I think it is due to three factors:
- Increased running has also increased my appetite, so I have not been disciplined in counting calories. I also am not having as much fruit and veggies.
- My running mileage is decent and feels like quite a workout (about 11 miles per week) and I am doing two days of cycling for about 40 minutes per session. But maybe daily runs would be more intensive?
- I am also in week two of the One Hundred Push-Up Challenge. With this work and my increased running miles, I can feel that I am getting stronger. Can I attribute some of this to the "muscle-weighs-more-than-fat" theory that every newbie exerciser depends on?
If weight loss, were the only goal, I know how to do that. 1,500 - 1,700 calories per day, every day. I have done that and been very successful, with very little exercise. But it is not as fun as the workouts and I am just more in the mood for pushing myself with races, etc. After this 10K, I will train for a half-marathon, which will require more mileage. As I ramp up, I'll decide if/how I should adjust my nutrition or weekly mileage to accomplish some weight loss.
I hope everyone is having a good weekend.