Tuesday, April 22, 2008


I am lovin’ this taper!!!

I have slept EVERY morning until 6:00. Sure beats that 4:00am alarm.

I rested on Saturday. My friend Dawn was in Nashville with her family so we went up to go out to eat with them. My diet went right out the window that night with fries and ice cream. Not good taper food.

Sunday I was not at all in the mood to ride. Getting lazy quick. But I told myself I could eat Fig Newtons if I rode. It was only a 2:30 ride and didn’t really warrant cookies but it got me out there. I ended up with 43.48 miles in 2:25:54 and those cookies sure were good.

Monday was a rest day and my body fat test. I have really been looking forward to this test as a true measure of how I am doing with this diet. My last test was June 2007 and I was at a 26.2% body fat. I went into the test knowing that I had made am improvement. Imagine my disappointment when I found out that my new body comp is 23.7% fat. A loss of only 2.5%. AND of the 19 pounds I lost between test, 10.8 pounds were of lean mass while only 8.2 pounds were fat mass. Lots of room for improvement still.

Today was speedwork. 6 x 400 with 400 RI. I did a 1 mile warm up then picked it up for my 400s. Maybe taper is helping because I had a great run. 400s were at 7:26, 7:04, 7:15, 6:41, 7:01 and 6:34 pace. I ran a total of 5 miles (with warm up, cool down and rest intervals) in 46:06, 9:14 pace.

Tomorrow I rest (sleep until 6:00 again) then Thursday I have my last 3 miles at pace.

The weather forecast isn’t looking any better for Saturday. I really don’t want to run in the rain.


Lisa said...

Channel 5 is downplaying the rain so who knows... I don't trust weather.com anymore.

You will do great!

kmholt7 said...

I'm doing my first 1/2 on Saturday and I'm not really excited about running in the rain either. I keep telling myself that I have done it many times and haven't melted yet! Good luck on Saturday!

TJ said...

"fries and ice cream. Not good taper food."
Really????? I've been doing it all wrong...

Lana said...

Michele, I just don't know that I would trust that body fat test. I'm no doctor, but it doesn't seem feasible to me to have lost more lean mass than fat mass. Are you sure you blew all the air out? I think if I were you I'd ask for a free redo, because it just doesn't sound right. There is no way your body fat is 23% Anyone can look at you and tell that.

TriSonq said...

If you can survive Tom King weather, there is no weather that'll slow you down.

Hope I see you this weekend!

Anonymous said...

Where do you get your test done and did someone set up a diet for you? I am also looking for those items....I need to get lean for a BQ!!

Oh...the CMM weather. Joe told me to think about bailing on the race. What??? I have considered if it's HARD rain, to bag it and go to Cincy next weekend.

We'll keep happy thoughts for Sat...see you soon!


david said...

I really like your training diet. Bring on the ice cream. The NWS is forecasting wind from the NE 5 to 10 mph. That is good news...should keep it cool and low humidity.

We are going to have a great time Saturday, come rain or shine!

Allez said...

I hope the rain hold out for you! BTW, ice cream & fries sound like excellent taper foods to me :-)

Firefly's Running said...

You still had a loss. Work hard, but enjoy the taper.

IronTriTim said...

I'm with Lana, I don't totally trust the body fat tests. I've heard the only true body fat test is where they place you in water and look at volume. At the end of the day do you feel healthy? Also you can't be that unhealthy with sub 2hr half marys and an IM coming up.

Ryan said...

Good luck!!