So after getting good sound advice from other runners and from people whose advice I trust very much I took all of yesterday off. No weights, no bike, no exercise period and boy it paid off.
This morning I rose at 5 am and hit the bricks. I changed my route slightly to eliminate a short but extremely steep hill and that helped. I ran 2.25 miles in 27:26. That would be a personal best pace for me of 12:11. So I think this new 2+ miles route is a bit better. there are still hills, but just not that one that I dread. Lets put it this way. from one house to the next on the block that this hill is on I would say there is a 10 incline. So maybe 10 ft incline over 70 ft or so. I am sure I could figure the grade, but what I know is that it is killer for me. But I learned something else today.
During the last 2 tenths I started to lift my knees a bit more. This created more speed and longer strides at about the same cadence (not sure if that is a running term, but I am using it anyway). So I get away from the straight leg shuffle and look more like I am running. The other thing this does is keep my breathing under control because when I run things move (my excess girth) and if they to quickly breathing becomes extremely labored in a big hurry. So I will try to lift my knees a bit more on tomorrows run of 2 miles. then Monday will be an off day with some lifting.
Tomorrow I will do my run and weigh in to see if I made my 299.8 goal. I will post tomorrow afternoon to let you know. And maybe I will take a picture or two. I think I can safely say that the progress is not going to vary to much over a few tenths of a pound if I don't make it.
Question for the runners. You run and that conditions your legs for sure but if you lift do you ever do any strength training for your legs? I have been just working on upper body strength training and not doing anything with my legs. What do you guys do?