Seeing as Iâ€™m in Malaysia for the next few weeks all my running training is happening on a treadmill. Which I broke today after my first run â€“ a 5ker which I finished in 27.45. Theoretically this is a good time for me but in practice â€“ the treadmill makes things so much easier I should be able to get closer to a 20 minute 5k. See if I can manage that this trip, once the treadmill repair people see if they can replace the partâ€¦ Not that its a cheap treadmill (itâ€™s not) or Iâ€™m a heavy lump (less obviously untrue) but suspect some of the plastic goes brittle in the hot humid conditionsâ€¦
The speed wasnâ€™t inspired by this, but in an interestind sidebar: My Dadâ€™s friend popped over the other night and recommended PACE training for fatburning (which I need, the fatburning not necessarily the PACE training). Iâ€™d not heard of it before and am slightly suspicious of it despite the logic, which is (in part) â€“ you want to get into the fat burning zone and stay there long enough for your body to switch substrates, but not convince your body to switch to creating fat to support the â€˜habit’ â€“ a consequence of which is you should chuck your long distance running/ aerobics routine.
Iâ€™m vastly suspicious of anything that tries to make weight loss sound â€˜easyâ€™ and Dr Searsâ€™ method sounds a bit too good to be true (12 minute workouts etc)â€¦
I need to understand more about human metabolism. I wish Ben Goldacre would write a book about this stuff as between this and the nutrionist stuff he writes about in Bad Science Iâ€™m sure thereâ€™s a bunch of debunking (or at least: rational explaining) of this, Sears, Atkins, and every other populist weight-loss plan we get confronted with at parties so that I could provide a semi-definitive â€“ â€œit sounds great but like too much work for meâ€ or â€œthe science makes no sense.â€
Anyway, I mostly run for fun rather than weightloss (although thatâ€™s a necessary objective for me if Iâ€™m to break a 2hr time for the half this year).