The running program is still sputtering along, but now that I'm done with school (I graduated on Saturday), hopefully I can get into a regular schedule. Along with running, I'm going to implement a weight training program, which I pretty much abandoned when I started training for marathons. With work, school, and a social life to balance, I either ran or lifted weights. By that time I was tired of the same workout routine and running was a new activity to master. Not that I've completely mastered it, but I think I've got it pretty well down.
The bad thing about skipping out on weight training for the better part of a year and a half is that I have lost all the gains I had. My muscle mass has shrunk, I'm flabbier, and to make it worse, I'm heavier now than I was pre-marathon training. It's the eating that screwed me up. The lack of weight training was evident the last two nights when I barely managed to do four sets of any exercise using respectable manly weights. I am probably lifting at 30-35% of what I was doing before. My arms and shoulders are incredibly sore from curling 20 pound dumbells. Now I have to start over. Drats!
The goal is to--hopefully--lose 15 pounds by the Mud Run in the middle of June. I want to look respectable for the Marines. I figure losing the weight won't hurt my running either.
Another goal is to be a better blogger. I think I need to expand the scope of this blog a little bit more to more than document my training program. The only problem is whether I have a life to document. We shall see. Now that I have more free time I ought to be able to do more fun things.