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Day 148 – 150 – 150 Days!!!

November 21st, 2013 by

I have reached another awesome milestone! I am now 150 days into my weight loss and lifestyle change program. It hasn’t always been easy but I have managed to stick to my planned program and with each passing day of hard work and dedication I am closer to my goal. At this moment I am over 100 pounds down and I feel happy and healthy. 150 days has flown past and I know that the next 150 will do as well. It didn’t take long for real results to become noticeable for myself and others around me. I extremely proud of myself and am confident that I will reach my goal of running the London Marathon which is now 143 days away.

I have mentioned previously about my concerns with injuring myself leading up to the marathon and the issues that I have been having with shin splints. I have done a lot of research on how I am going to reduce the pain caused by running and push on to longer distances and higher intensity. I have been doing exercises and stretches, and although they have helped I was still experiencing severe discomfort. Therefore I went back to the drawing board and did some more research which lead me to look at my running style to see whether any changes could be made. I spent time on YouTube and looked at different theories on what the best and most efficient way to run is. I watched a video by ‘Born to Run’ coach Eric Orton on foot strike and knee drive http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_aqCiziTaw which made a lot of sense so I decided to implement this technique on my next run and it has improved my running ability massively. I am so happy that I am finally able to push myself without being in agony with my shins!

Day 148 - 150

The snow finally hit Almaty, I haven’t sorted my gym membership out yet so I ventured outside to see if my usual route was affected by the snow and ice on the ground. The problem is not so much the snow but the thick layer of ice over the pavement that develops due to people continually walking over it causing it to become a death trap! However I managed to find a strip that had been cleared by a snow plough which meant I was able to run up and down the same stretch of hill, not ideal but I still managed to hit my target which is the most important thing. I am away on business at the back end of the week but over the weekend I will sign up to my local gym and move my training into a safer location. I am not looking forward to endless hours training whilst staring at the same spot on the wall but it is the only option I have when I am snowed in! Does anyone have any ideas on how to reduce the boredom of long distances running on a treadmill?

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