There are No Shortcuts

Three months ago I set myself a goal to run a 5km in under 30 minutes.  It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years (I’ve now been running, on and – sometimes for a year or more -off, for about 10 years), and only come close when I was at my previous lightest in 2012: a year in which I ran 5 half marathons.  On Saturday I completed that goal:  Strathclyde Parkrun in 29 minutes 44 seconds.  I really, really wanted this one…

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I have a bee in my bonnet though.  I often feel like we live in a society where everyone is looking for a quick fix.  And the truth is, for most things – and particularly for fitness and weight loss – there are no quick fixes; no shortcuts.

So, since I set that goal I’ve lost 8kg in weight, and I’ve trimmed just short of 5 minutes off my 5k running time.  But what did it take to achieve that?  I thought I’d try and illustrate the effort and commitment I’ve made.

According to my Garmin, I have:

  • Run 100km (I was carrying a calf injury for 2 out of the 3 months).
  • Cycled 131km- mostly indoors (it’s been cold up here!)
  • Spent 42 hours in the gym
  • Burnt a total of 58,000 active calories in 128 hours
  • Averaged a calorie deficit of over 500 calories a day, or a total of over 50,000 calories for the 3 months.

Is it worth it?  Yes, yes and yes again!

And next?  Well, I still have two goals to complete before the end of April:  Back squat 70kg or more, and do 5 push-ups.  I’m getting there with both, but also looking ahead.  Next for the running me?  A 10km at the same pace, of course!  I’m going to give myself the whole summer for this one, and try to use it to establish a training regime I can maintain through my busiest season, to carry forward into next year’s marathon training.  There are a lot of miles to go until then, some of them will be tough, I won’t want to do some of them, but will it be worth it?  Yes it will!

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