I’m still running, if you can call it that. I run the East Boulder Trail on Saturdays and Sundays. Mountain trails are out of the question right now. This trail is pedestrian enough for my current skills, while presenting me with hills that give my cardio a workout regardless of how slow I take them. I have to tell you, it’s not fun. As much as I love running, running fat is a painful exercise. I’m doing it though to stay in the game. I won’t always be fat.
I don’t expect to able to run my 3-day October event, the Grand Circle Trailfest. A half marathon each day through Bryce, Zion, and the Grand Canyon. At any time over the last nine years, I could run a half marathon at the drop of a hat. Now, my ability to run a 10K without some walking is questionable. I’ll likely try to defer this to next year. The splash of realism in my face came last week from my doctor. He said he won’t let me run it without agreeing to take some tests first. What a wet blanket. How did I fall so far, so fast? I know how.
Typical story. Lose weight slowly. I lost an average of five pounds per year over a series of years. Then I maintained it steady for awhile at what I think is my sweet spot, 175 pounds. Then, cancer dropped me down to 165 for a couple years, and like everyone else, I’ll admit that didn’t look so good. It did help me to run fast though.
After the 2017 Colorado Marathon, I stopped running almost completely. I went from running on average seventy miles a week, burning and replenishing 3000 calories per day, to running about ten miles per week. Problem is, I kept consuming those 3000 daily calories. A man my age should maybe eat 2000 calories per day. I gained thirty-five pounds in six months. Fuck.
I know enough about nutrition and exercise to understand I need to focus first on diet, then exercise. I’m starting to focus on it. Change for most things comes through routine. I know how to do that. Of course, knowing how and doing it are two different things. At the same time, I’m beginning to work more on my second book, which is essentially a second hobby. And writing is more fun than running fat, so I tend to put more effort into the writing.
But I don’t want to give up running. It’s been a constant throughout my life, with memories all the way back to childhood. Forgive the play on words from the popular running and nutrition book, but I’m going to run fat and eat slow until I return to form. Until I can run six miles again without having to walk every little hill. That 3 day run through gorgeous national parks is probably out of reach this year. That’s fine. I just want to drop a good ten pounds so I can enjoy running in the Colorado fall.