Time: 61 Minutes
Distance: 8.2 KM
100 DAYS! I am 100 days into my run! WOW.... Who would have thought I'd have lasted that long.
So on this milestone, I took my total count to over 600km, which is 1/5th the total distance. Obviously the main problem is I am almost a 1/3rd almost through my run. But anyways, lets not dwell on that, there is still a long way to go. So lets look at some of the stats so far...
(BTW I write this as a country music singer is filming his music video outside my office window).
So in 100 days I have run a total of 69 days. I probably should be around the mid 80's. I've had to take a few days off here or there due to illness and health problems but seriously, 69 runs is pretty huge!
But what does 69 runs equate to? Well I have spent 4546 minutes running, which is around 75-78 hours. I have burnt 68 807 calories! Jeez thats a lot. To put it into perspective, that's about 208.5 Macdonalds cheeseburgers... So I have burnt off the equivalent of eating 2 burgers a day. Oh man those burgers would go down so well right now.
So my average runs are interesting. On average I have run 8.8km each run, in around 65 minutes. So that's about 8km/h or so and during that run I burn basically a 1000 calories.
Health wise, which is the primary goal of this run(apart from charity), things are a million times better. I have lost weight, probably somewhere between 5-6kg (11-13 pounds). It's not as much as I have hoped, but over the last several weeks or so, I have lost around .5-1kg a week, and I am only 2kg away now from my first major weight goal. But apart from losing some fat, I have put on a stack of muscle and really toned my body. The last day or two especially, people such as my girlfriend and mother have both seen me in somewhat tighter clothing and commented on how I look a lot slimmer. Now they aren't the most impartial judges, but I see the differences too. When I last measured myself two weeks ago, I had lost a total of 13cm (5 inches), which breaks down to 14cm (5.5 inches) off my torso and gaining one cm around my legs. I think I have probably dropped a cm or two more since then.
It's these stats that show you whats going on with my body. When I measured myself several weeks after starting, I had lost several centimeters off my thigh, only to have put them all back on. So whats happened is, I lost fat off my legs, then slowly replaced it with muscle. On my torso, which doesn't work as hard during the run, I have just lost fat and not really replaced it with muscles.I think apart from eating healthier the last few weeks, I have probably reached the height of how big and strong my leg muscles will get- as such I am probably not putting on muscle any more and instead simply losing fat(thus the weight loss has finally kicked in)
The greatest fact is this- I am now the fittest and lightest I've been in probably 3 or 4 years. Fingers crossed it keeps going.
I am a million times fitter than I used to be. I never imagined myself as a runner, but now, when I am out on the streets, I love it. My legs feel so strong and ultimately, I feel happier and healthier than I have in years.
So 100 days down, I am very happy. I am questioning if I will be able to make 3000km in the allotted time, but I never imagined 100 days ago that i'd be enthused to run a marathon, yet on the weekend, I basically ran a half marathon just for kicks, and I am going to do it again this weekend. I also have 2 marathons on my calender to run this year...
This whole run has changed my life. Just remember though, if you like reading this blog, or you are inspired by something so simple, do 2 things for me.
1) Let me know as I love hearing stories of people getting healthier!
2) Donate some money to some worthwhile cancer research companies. Remember, raising money for them is a massive goal of my run and every dollar counts. So donate a few bucks if you can!