January 20, 2013


Week of Jan 14 ~ 20

Struck down by the norovirus, which you don't want to get, unless you REALLY want to lose weight, but even then...no, you don't want it.

Rest. Snow! Quite a bit for Tokyo....

Norovirus. Came on suddenly late Monday night. From initial strange feeling in my stomach to being in   serious pain, doubled over, vomiting, was only an hour. Then constant trips to the bathroom, every 30 to 60 minutes for like 10 hours. Stomach was very painful for 6 hours, then still hurting for another 18. Stayed in bed all day.
Got it from my wife, who had it for 3 days up until Monday. Don't know where she got it.

Feeling quite a bit better, but still not 100%. Ate a little for dinner.

16k at an easy pace but didn't feel too bad. Bicycle path still icy in 6 or 7 places.
Weight: 60.1kg. Had been 62.5. Wanted to get down to 61, which had been proving difficult. Thought 60 was out of the question. So, one silver lining. Now have to keep it down.

Relapse. Drank a breakfast shake with milk, cream, egg and coconut milk - too rich on the stomach. Didn't feel good all day.

15k. Very slow - felt weak.
Weight: 60kg
By the way, the high-fat diet is being shelved for a while. I can eat ham and small sausages with toast, but have no appetite for large sausages or cheese (had been eating huge amounts of cheese).

9:30am - 20k. Hate morning running but had no other time. Surprisingly, felt quite good. 5Ks out in 27:55/26:55, then back in 24:49/24:54. Took a 200m walk break in the middle, but the knee felt fine running 10k at a time.
Weight: 59.8kg

Had an interesting anecdote from triathlete Chris Parry on the high fat diet. He had been doing it "somewhat" for a while, then did 4 days very strictly. The next day he did a hard 5-hour bike ride inside (bike stand) and felt great. Did not get fatigued. Even felt good at the finish. NOT the usual result. Decided he had really gone into fat burning mode and it gave him plenty of energy. So I'll try to work my way back onto the diet. My secret weapon for Boston.


  1. That sounds terrible. Like Scott brown must feel after a meal of blackened fish.

    Interesting about the high fat diet. Let us know if you hear of any other 'pros' using it.

  2. Norovirus does sound nasty! You forgot to mention that that virus kills people! You did particularly well staying alive. So onwards to Boston, what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger they say!

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