The Lay of the Land on Week 2

I had a great day of working out today. The morning's workout was delightfully challenging, and the evening's easy run was pleasant and relaxing. Mentally, I'm starting to feel myself getting into good physical shape.

It's a funny feeling, because I was already in good shape. But when the body starts to change, the mind understands what's going on. I have said in the past that when a person gets in really fantastic shape, their brains also benefit. In my experience, top-tier athleticism (for oneself) mentally feels as though the world is moving in slow motion. It's an unparalleled high. If you're interested in experiencing a feeling like that yourself, I encourage you to take up the challenge and commit to my 18-week training regimen. It just might change your life.

But has it changed mine?

Where I Am, Day 7:
  • Weight: 151.6lbs. (I should point out that I do not anticipate losing any weight while training)
  • Estimated Body Fat : 16.4%
  • Estimated Bone Mass: 7.9%
  • Estimated Water Mass: 61.0%
  • Average of All Blood Glucose Readings for the Past Seven Days: 9.89mmol/L (includes postprandial readings)
I note here that my blood glucose is notably lower (3%), however three percent is within the margin of error for a home blood glucose monitor, so I'll take this with a grain of salt. Perhaps of more interest is the fact that, measured by the standard deviation of blood glucose readings, my blood sugar control has already improved. I attribute this to the fact that I am working out twice a day; no one workout is disruptive enough to cause a huge swing in my blood sugar.

However, it's also conceivable that I take a bit too little daily basal insulin, and the twice-a-day workouts are chewing up more blood sugar than I otherwise would.

All in all, things are going well for me. How are you doing?


  1. I feel great after race day and am going to fly headlong into this workout schedule. It's a LOT for me, so I am not sure if I will hit 100% of the work outs, but I only did o.k. in the half due to lazy training habits. I am going to do my best to stick to this plan, improve my form and look for a sub 1:40:00 half marathon at both the Army Half on 18 Sep and the Montreal Half on 25 Sep. Thanks for all the information and motivation!

  2. Awesome, Phil! Are you starting at Week #2 or Week #1?