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Vegan Power 25K Training Update
As it often does, life gets in the way of best laid plans. Going back to work, a trip to Houston, moving into a new house and all that entails slowed the trail race training a bit. But I am back on track, err, trail and counting down to my maiden trail race voyage at the Vegan Power 25K in Pittsfield, MA on June 16.
I don’t have a coach, or any past experience to fall back on so I am just hitting the woods up in the Berkshires and doing a mix of jogging and hiking on trails with moderate elevation. I am very slow. I am barely breaking the sixteen minute mile mark on these trails so my goal of doing this in four hours may be pushing it. The main goal, as it always should be, is to finish, the four hour mark is stated as my “Super Goal.”
My whole food, vegan diet has been fueling me very well during my training runs. I have been playing around with different foods before and during the runs and with how many days a week to train and so on and so forth. I am feeling pretty good despite an annoying onset of plantar fasciitis in my left heel but other than that I am going strong.
My updates will get more frequent as we get closer to race day. I just hope the race is as much as the training journey has been. Go outside and get dirty people, I’ll see you out there.
Comes a time
As an adult my weight has been as high as 296 and as low as 206. As I navigate through my recovery post open heart surgery I am inundated with a massive amount of numbers. Blood pressure, cholesterol, calories, miles, and so on and so forth.
Back in January when we the feces were hitting the fan one of my doctors mentioned that after the mayhem was over he wanted me to lose 50 pounds. That is a tall order but I am determined to take that number and smash it to pieces.
Cardiac rehab lasted 12 weeks in which I was able to exercise three hours a week under the guidance of nurses at Fairview Hospital here in the Berkshires. I am now left to my own devices with just some help from my friends (that’s you).
In the 10 weeks since completing rehab I have done some hiking on some local trails and walking around the neighborhoods of Great Barrington. I’ve had some bumps and bruises but overall I am feeling good and ready to step up my regime.
We have 23 weeks left before the New Year so instead of waiting until the normal resolution date I am going to move things up and get going. I have been told patients that went through what I did will take a year to completely heal and I do feel some discomfort from time to time but I can work through that. So, here we go.
Weighed in a 216 pounds this morning. When I left the hospital I was 250, some of that was fluids pumped in me post surgery (as you can see in that awesome picture on the right) so I can’t take complete credit for the six month loss. My goal is to drop two pounds a week until the end of the year. Lofty? Sure. Possible? Only one way to find out.
Six days a week I am going to get started with a five miler. Currently I am at a slow jalking pace. Yes, jalking, it is exactly what it sounds like. My plan is to keep that as the starting point with one day off each week and to keep getting faster.
In addition to that I am planning on keeping the hiking going three times a week. I have done some long hikes, for me that is eight miles or more, and seem to get the most out of my body at that distance.
Now for the new stuff. Strength training. I’ve never joined a gym and wouldn’t know where to start. If you have some ideas send them over, but as of now I am leaning toward some weights at home and focusing on my core and rebuilding some muscle that I lost during my recovery.
Joining a gym is still on the table and that could start in September depending on my progress over the next five weeks. I’ll use this spot to post my progress and any other revelations I come across and I enter the next phase of my recovery.