Carolina John over at Smoke Training has been doing a series about how he got fast. You can read part 1 & 2 here. Part 1 is all about trimming down so you can speed up. It makes total sense and had actually been somewhat on my mind since shortly before his first post.
You may remember that I recently ran the Greek Fest 5k averaging 9 minute miles. I ran the first mile in just over 8 minutes! It was so exciting to see that potential, but I was 100% tapped out at the end. I had nothing left to give.
This is what I looked like pre race.
And here is what crossed the finish line.
I could blow this up and doodle all over the problem areas, but I think it's clear that this is MY wide ass bouncing in the wind, cottage cheese in tow.
I don't want you to think that I'm being really hard on myself. Or that I compare this photo to magazines in search of the perfectly sculpted ass. Truth be told, this ass doesn't look all that terrible in a pair of jeans. But I've begun to feel this ass weighing me down more and more when I run, along with the love handles. I really wonder how much extra energy I'm using to lug around these extra pounds.
It won't be easy at all to trim up and I want to go about in the right way. I purchased Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald, and I'm trying to learn all I can about proper nutrition.
A major obstacle that I face is my culinary counterpart. For example, my husband just smoked a giant piece of brisket. A huge slab of seasoned, falls apart, beef currently sits in the fridge wrapped in plastic and someone has to eat it. It's delicious and I love/hate it. I mentioned to my husband that maybe we should cut meat out of our diet except for a couple times a week. The idea was not well received.
After the brisket is all gone I shall begin a grand master plan for trimming up my thighs and hopefully our out of control grocery bill. Yay, for meal planning spread sheets!
As I typed "after the brisket is all gone" it made think of this song