I attended a workshop on Saturday to find out where I was lacking, because I was starting to experience an overall lack of energy, a little bit cranky, reduced motivation and I was struggling with an upper respiratory infection.
Here I thought I was doing so well with my training, my diet, my (small amount) of core work, nope, the machine saw right through my smoke screen.
My days of beer swilling, cigar smoking, scarfing back processed meat sandwiches while sitting at the computer blogging have caught up with me!
KIDDING...well, about the meat sandwich anyway, hahahaha
My body composite proved to be catastrophic!
Body Composition Analysis consists of;
- Lean Body Mass
- Body Fat Mass
This is where the machine found that my body is catastrophic and I need to lose 20 lbs.
Let me explain.
Technically all of the above should either align on the bar graph OR your Lean Body Mass should exceed the other two. That is your ultimate goal....however, my Lean Body Mass was less than the other two. In essence creating a " C " (catastrophic) shape when you connect the graph bars....Body Water Balance
- Intracellular Water
- Extracellular Water
= Total Body Water
I wasn't too bad here.Obesity Diagnosis
- BMI was within range
- Percent Body Fat was over the normal range (Darn that extra glass of red wine isn't helping!)
- Right Arm
- Left Arm
- Right Leg
- Left Leg
My trunk needs work. More plank, more crunches and more core work all round!
My legs are strong from all of the running!
It really was a fantastic workshop, well worth attending, I learned so much about fueling for the longer runs. Things that you think you know, but don't put into practice.
I was lacking enough carbohydrates to get me through the long runs. Plus, because of my body makeup, I need to eat more often during the day than what I was. Smaller portions but more often will help me keep my blood sugar levels on a more even keel this will help me with the longer runs since I am now considered an "older runner".
Between getting enough Carbs (which I wasn't), hydrating properly (which I am) and better meal planning, there has already been a noticeable difference in my overall feeling of well being. EEEHHHAAAWWW!
My long 29K run (which actually ended up being 26+K) on Sunday was a really good strong run, which I recovered from easily.
Tonight Jen and I ran a 7K tempo run and we took almost 5 minutes off of last weeks time....something is working!!!
There are seven weeks until race day and a lot more miles to put in. The days at the gym are paying off as well. I've been trying to get at least 35 minutes on the eliptical and 45 minutes on the bike at least twice per week. I find it less stress on the hips than pounding the pavement.
I'll keep you posted and let you know how it's working out!
In the mean time, it's omega3 eggs, soya chocolate milk and tons of fiber rich foods.....
Because this is what I want to look like on race day!!!
Life's fun if you don't weaken, enjoy the journey one carb filled step at a time!