It isn’t officially winter yet, but the weather is already Dickensian in its cold, austere grey misery. Today it was windy (22mph) and I can vouch for every cliche’d adjective that is normally applied, roaring, moaning, whistling, howling: I heard it all, at a volume that made it difficult to hear any cars on the road. It was raining too. I still did my 6.5 miles, knowing that this is how it’s going to be for the next couple of months.
Fortunately my training plan is pretty steady over the next couple of months, averaging 20 miles per week, so I’m not going to have to do anything worse than I’ve done already. Quite frankly, if I managed today’s run, in that weather and on that hill (about 450ft) I think I’m going to be able to keep chipping away at this through the winter building my base and fitness ready for the higher mileage in the spring and then the marathon in May.
Im pleased with my ‘no added sugar’ regime too. Despite regular running through the summer I was steadily gaining weight. (? Muscle gain I thought) Now whether by coincidence or by the simple expedient of no sugar in my coffee, no sugary sweets or biscuits, I find I have lost a few pounds.
The flat bit is where I was in the USA and didn’t weigh myself. I think the main effect of no refined sugar is a stabilisation in my appetite, I’m not hungry all the time. I do get ‘runger’ but then I eat something ‘proper’ and I’m ok. If I really want something sweet I have a ‘naked ‘ bar. They are made from pulverised dates, nuts and fruit so contain unrefined sugars and fats, so yes they are sweet but probably don’t give you that insulin surge.
I think that dropping a few pounds helps with the running too.
Wishing you all happy running out there!