Jeff's running problem is not his weekly mileage. He runs plenty of miles every week. His done that for years and years. His issue? It's his weight. He has a few too many pounds to haul around the streets and trails. You can only run so fast if you are overweight. And racing is extremely hard with a few extra pounds...and if it's more than "a few" pounds, then you'll truly struggle in races. Jeff needs to lose weight. He knows it. But the motivation hasn't been there to make a lasting change.
My problem? Didn't think I had one, but Jeff says it's lack of consistent moderate miles every week. According to Jeff, I should be running 40+ miles per week. Week after week. Mostly aerobic fat-burning, with about 20% in the faster zones (marathon pace and faster). I suppose that's a reasonable plan. If I want to run marathons and ultras, I should run more miles. I've known that for some time, but haven't been motivated. How might that change?
So, Jeff needs to lose weight and I need to run more miles. Simple, right? How could we motivate each other? On that drive back from KY, Jeff proposed a challenge. 40 for 40. Jeff would lose 40 pounds and I'd run 40 miles per week. I could work up to that 40 miles, then hold it for a minimum of 8 weeks. During that time period (about 10-12 weeks), Jeff would lose 40 pounds and sustain the weight loss. Hmmmm...40 pounds for 40 miles. 40 for 40. Let's do it!