I decided some months ago to lose weight the hard way, by running fast and without ephedrine. Now it’s time to give you a feedback.
Running Plan: Faster, Harder
I don’t know where to start…
OK, let’s see the running plan first. Each running session is approximately 1 hour at moderate pace when the goal is cardio training, and 45 to 50 minutes when we train in the so-called “threshold” zone to increase our speed. Yes, we are running even faster now… This is due to two new colleagues, young, trained and running really fast, who push us to raise the bar and honestly I am reaching my limits 🙁
Our running route is always the same so it’s getting a bit boring but on the other hand it’s good the have the same reference each time (to see immediately how we performed on this session) and also it’s good to exercise outdoors instead of running on a treadmill.
Of course I stopped the running sessions when I was on vacation with my family in Japan and South Korea and I started again the first week back in the office.
Lesson learned: when you start again, you have the feeling to start from zero… It has been as hard as the first time, months ago. I don’t know why but it seems that your body doesn’t remember all the efforts you’ve done before and you have the feeling you’ve lost all the benefits 🙁 Plus the fact that we are running faster! These young guys will kill me 😉 I know it’s a stupid ego thing but I can’t help it, I have to show them that I can do it. And my secret dream would be to beat them! To wait for them after the finish line, me relaxed and them exhausted, I would ask them “Is it ok? Should I reduce the pace and wait for you next time?” Hmm, stupid but so good 😉
OK, seriously now. The good news is that you “recover” quickly: after a few running sessions only you reach again the level you had before the break. I had the same body/muscle aches as in the beginning, but only during the first two sessions, then it went fine. So my recommendation: either don’t stop running during your vacation 😉 or if you have a break (something like one month), don’t be surprised or discouraged when starting again, don’t let down, just stick to your running plan and it will be fine after a few sessions.
Weight Loss Results: Mixed Feelings
To be honest my bathroom scale didn’t show much difference until now 🙁
I have probably increased my muscle mass (legs) but frankly I have no impression of fat loss. Especially in the midsection… I know from experience that you can’t target a specific body part for weight loss: when you really burn fat, you lose it throughout your entire body. I’m not really disappointed but still. All these efforts and this stupid scale can’t see it?
OK, let’s be positive now.
- I know that increasing my muscle mass is the good direction for future weight loss: it will increase my metabolism and I will burn more throughout the day, with or without exercise.
- Another positive aspect is that I got several feedback from people around who saw a difference 🙂 Probably from the face, because I essentially got feedback from colleagues who don’t see much of my body except the face 😉 I have kept the same clothes so I guess the global appearance didn’t change, it has to be a slimmer face, maybe less roundness from the cheeks and jawline?
Next Step: HIIT
Our next step in this running plan is to introduce some HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). The rest of the running team wants to increase speed as a primary goal, well, for me it is fat burn! I know all the weight loss benefits that come with HIIT so I agreed with the plan, even if I didn’t tell them about my true motivation! Regarding speed, it’s always good for the ego to know that your stats have improved but I have no special ambition to win races so I don’t care 😉
What I appreciate with the coming HIIT sessions is that it will boost my fat loss results with less time running: I already experienced it successfully years ago, your metabolism gets a serious boost not only during the running session but 24 hours after, you still burn fat at high rate. The last good point is that it’s the right moment to do it, as I don’t take ephedrine currently: no ephedra, no EC stack, nothing 🙁 Believe me, the temptation is high… I resist because I want to go to the end of this experience (first time for me) to see if I can get the same results as I got years ago with ephedrine and running at (very) low pace. The good point of doing it without ephedra is that it allows me to take part to the coming HIIT sessions. Knowing the risk of side effects when you combine ephedrine and HIIT I would never take such risk and that would mean running at my own pace, far behind the rest of our team, it would be hard to explain…
Conclusion So Far
No change at this point, losing weight that way is really hard. If you compare it to the fat burn you get with ephedra and cardio, it’s a no-brainer. Wait and see…
That’s it for the moment! Next time I will tell you about my new plan regarding diet: I really want to boost this fat burn and the quickest way is to combine a smart diet to these exhausting running sessions.
And I also have to do a special post on my running watch because I love it 🙂
Keep in touch,