VCM Training Week Three: Start Strong, Finish Strong


OK, a little delayed on this recap of last week.  But here it is.  Week three of training!…

Here’s what I had planned:

The reality? Let’s just say this week started and ended well…

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Results Are In! My 28-Day Challenge with Composition ID

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Twenty-eight days ago, I did my first DEXA scan with Composition ID, a body fat composition testing company here in DC.  Since then, I’ve made a few tweaks with the aim of reducing my body fat percentage and lowering my total weight, outcomes that I am hopeful will improve my marathon times.  Today, I went in for my second scan…  Just like the first time, it was super easy and painless, and Tiffany even provided all my results in a nice email attachment.  But anyway, the results… drum-roll please…

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AVL Marathon and 30-Day Challenge Check In

As you know, I ran the Asheville Marathon this past Sunday: recap here.  After the race, it was time to recovery but also to really dig in to my 30-day Composition ID body fat challenge, which started last Thursday (and it’s actually 28 days, not 30).  Oh, and what about that whole “2016 miles in 2016” thing?  This post provides an update on ALL of that, plus a surprise I got in the mail this week…

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Body Fat Measurement with Composition ID

Weight.  We all know that weight is just a number… that in addition to not telling us anything about a person’s worth or talents or soul or beauty or likelihood of landing on the cover of Sports Illustrated, it also doesn’t tell us all that much about their health.

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That’s me!

But I’ve been writing for a while about thinking about trying (notice how this sentence is worded…) to lose a little weight because doing so is likely to help me race faster — less  weight to haul around, less energy needed.  Of course I don’t want to lose my muscle in the process; I’d want the weight to come from fat.  I’ve posed some ideas about how to execute this “plan,” but it’s all been sort of esoteric, with no concrete goals and, more importantly, no data.  Until now!  (I know this is exactly how I intro’d my last post; this is my new set-up for all my blogs. JK.)

This morning, I had my first DEXA body scan at Composition ID!

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