Week 1 (June 26 – July 2nd 2017)

Today marks the first week of a roughly 12 week training program I’ve started to try and improve my fitness prior to the Chicago Marathon later in the year.

I realized that after doing a bit of reading that I was neglecting to do any base training and only really running once a week at maximum heartrate (zone 5).

This ultimately meant I wasn’t building on the aerobic base needed to improve the fitness and also not helping at all to lose any weight (I’m sure all that beer didn’t help too!).

So for the next 12 weeks there will be no beer, at least 10,000 steps every day and following a level 3 marathon training plan from Garmin.

Below is the first of the weekly series I’ll publish every Sunday looking back at the week gone.

Week 1 (June 26 - July 2nd 2017)

I basically have 3 goals:

Weight Loss – Get down to 80kg

Fitness Increase – Increase my VO2 Max from Fair to Good (see below)

Speed increase – Break the 8min/mile, ideally getting to 7min/mile.


That’s all for this week.