All the above things are related. Probably in a more mundane way than you might expect but that’s not the point: it makes for a good title!
So up today is this week’s weigh-in. I lost a lot more than I expected it has to be said. 3¾lbs off takes me down to 14st 4¾lb now. In pounds, that’s 200¾lbs, meaning that I just need to lose one more pound to get down below 200, so it’s a pretty significant shift coming up.
Having evaluated my final target and where I want to finally end up, I have for now at least, set myself an ultimate goal of 100lbs lost overall and that means I need to lose just over 42 more pounds. It’s quite difficult to set final goals from this point, especially when I don’t recall being in a healthy weight at any time if I’m honest. At my current target weight I would have a BMI of 22.5 and be in the middle of the “healthy weight zone” so it seems like a sensible place to aim but at some point, muscle gain from all the training will likely overtake loss of weight from fat reduction so it might not be plausible. Until I get into my healthy weight zone I won’t have any idea of how low I can go without having a ribcage poking out like an ivory glockenspiel. If there is a risk of that I’ll be switching to maintainance mode. Anyway, the main point here is that I’ve set an endgame target now, so the weight loss part of my journey here is on the home straight.
What of my second big goal then? That, for those who need reminding, is being at a point where I can run organised races and I’ve been in training for a few weeks now. Sunday is my preferred day for my big street run, with much weekday training taking the form of treadmill running and good old fashioned lifting so today was my “big one” of the week.
I find that when I’m running, I like to have something to listen to that keeps my mind occupied, so I listen to podcasts rather than music. Today I went with the latest episodes of The Albion Roar (A Brighton and Hove Albion podcast) and Nerdivores which is a podcast about Magic the Gathering: A collectible card game made by the same people that make Dungeons and Dragons. I might be getting to be a bit of a fitness freak, but I am still a geek at heart and I still love to fling bits of cardboard at other bits of cardboard.
I’m not hugely enthusiastic about the time yet, I’m still pretty slow, but I’m defintely happy with the distance: I ran 4 miles today, which puts me at 6.4 KM and that’s the longest I’ve ever run in one session without stopping. Well, I say without stopping. I did manage to get a little lost on the way and had to stop to ask this fella for directions:
He wasn’t very helpful, but he was beautiful. He had some friends too:
They weren’t very helpful either. I asked all of them for directions and in response they ate some more grass. Still, they were also pretty. What I had done here, was I’d inadvertently stumbled across a pony sanctuary! It’s cool little things like this that make the running even better for me. I’m not just getting fitter now I’m doing this, I’m finding things I would probably have not otherwise found. If I wasn’t taking random turnings looking for places that seemed cool to run then I wouldn’t have gone down that road but I’m glad I did.
A little googling on my return home tells me that the site is called Ponderosa Pony Rescue and they take in ponies that have had a hard time of things to try and find them forever home. How anyone could abuse an animal is beyond me, but clearly they do or such charities wouldn’t need to exist. Anyway, they are, it turns out dearly in need of funds and volunteers so if you want to help them out, there’s no more blog and nothing more to see here today so have a look at their website here: http://www.ponderosaponys.co.uk/