This training stuff must be working

About 15 years ago when I was really fat and unfit and before I got into marathons, ironman and all sorts of other misadventures, I undertook a fantastic program called Body For Life. It was aimed at helping people lose weight & get fit and if I remember rightly you could win a million dollars if you had the best transformation in 12 weeks. The program for me was transformational as I lost a significant amount of weight, got reasonably fit and changed my diet completely.

The fundamentals of the program were sound, there were no fads, just a solid exercise and eating program. And whilst the program was promoted by a supplements company, there was actually no need to actually use any supplements in order to be successful.

The problem was, I simply didn’t stick to it and put all my weight back on and actually got bigger.

Thankfully things have changed these days, as I’m much better at taking control of my exercise and whilst diet is still a work in progress, I continually fall back on the principals I learnt in BFL. (If you’re interested http://bodyforlife.com)

One of the core elements of BFL was to set goals. I had many (climb a rope, run a marathon etc etc) all of which I’ve actually achieved over the past few years, but there was one goal that eluded me. And whilst it seemed simple, I’ve failed many, many times.

It was to complete what was at that time (for me) a speed session on the treadmill

All 1min intervals

  • 6kmh
  • 6kmh
  • 8kmh
  • 10kmh
  • 12kmh
  • 12kmh
  • 6kmh
  • 8kmh
  • 10kmh
  • 12kmh
  • 6kmh
  • 8kmh
  • 10kmh
  • 12kmh
  • 6kmh
  • 8kmh
  • 10kmh
  • 12kmh
  • 12kmh
  • 6kmh

Not too difficult you say, except the slow speeds are done at 10degrees of incline and the faster speeds at 14 degrees of incline.

Now I know for those of you that are speed demons out there, it would be a walk in the park, but for a slow back of the pack runner, this little workout has been outside my abilities. At some point in the workout I’ve had to either reduced the incline, reduces the speed (or both) or take a few seconds breather in order to complete it.

And over the years I’ve come back to this workout many times and failed at every attempt.

So I was completely BLOWN AWAY this morning when after coming back from a 10km run, I thought I’d give it a little try and absolutely blew it away and in fact ran through the whole thing without really breaking a sweat (outside of the very last session) and when the session started again, I just kept going.

Perhaps I am improving after all…….

FOOTNOTE: It wasn’t just Saturday’s run that was good. A run that took me 2hrs11min two weeks ago was knocked of in 1hr33min on Sunday morning. Something must be working.