In last Thursday’s post I hurriedly summarized the end of the year and circumstances that developed as I headed into the end of the year. As I headed into December of 2015 I found myself injured and getting slower. I decided I needed to take some time off and heal up. I assessed the issue and determined a few possible causes, all of which I figured would heal with time. Mixed with no activity and terrible eating habits, I finished up 2015 at a whopping 310 pounds, my heaviest weight since 2013. Without running or a goal to strive for I was lost.
As January started I decided I would take advantage of the time off and focus on slimming down and building some muscle mass. I carefully planned a weight lifting regiment that would put little strain on my injury. My diet remained the only challenge remaining. I saw a good friend of mine shed some major weight with a ketogenic diet, and had started coaching others through the process. The idea of a ketogenic diet relies on eating less than 25 grams of carbs a day and getting a good balance of protein and fats for the remaining calories. The weight loss results intrigued me, but I became more interested in its potential fueling capabilities on long runs.
Armed with new knowledge my diet underwent a ketogenic overhaul and my workouts went from cardio heavy to weight lifting heavy. I found I could swim and cycle with minimal pain. By the end of January I was lifting weights in a twice a week split mixed with spin cycle and swimming workouts peppered in. But I realized I still needed a larger goal than just weight loss.
My injury restricted my ability to run, but I found swimming put little stress on the injury. A few years ago I swam frequently for triathlons, my longest involving a mile in the ocean. I decided my goal for the first part of this year would involve swimming a 5k open water race, something I could train for while I healed and lost weight. I chose my event (there are not many to choose from in GA) and then put together a plan. I found reason to hit the gym and to train.
Eventually I visited the doctor and was diagnosed with a pinch nerve in my Lumbar. Armed with the knowledge of the injury and numerous visits the physical therapists I am healing up slowly. I figure I should be able to run again and maybe train for a fall race. At this point I am focussed on the 5k open water swim and maybe a few light runs. I do not think I will return to running where it consumes my life as much as it did last year. Less is more is now my motto. … less is more.
So now I think I have done a fairly quick job at catch up and maybe I can share some of my crazy adventures I missed sharing last year and new adventures I am having this year. This weekend I finished a big swimming mile stone on my way to my open water 5k, more on that in a later post. Great to be back.
Til next time…