Wasatch 100 Diet Plan – Mile 64 – Down 26.5 pounds

Diet Planning – More Than a Mind Game

Losing weight is tough for me.  My body wants to weigh 165–170 pounds even when I’m training hard, putting in 60-70 quality miles per week.  The problem is, I’m only 5’9” and have a medium build.  Ultrarunning science says the lighter you are, the faster you can run.  Back in the olden days (1985 – 1992) when I was a serious contender at the Wasatch trail run, I tried to hit the starting line at 148 pounds.  Getting that light required dieting despite my high training volume.

My 100 day, 100 mile diet plan is more than a mind game.  Take a look at the Mile 63 page from my diet plan log.  I ate 1080 calories and had a good carbohydrate and protein balance with just a touch of fat.  Not much food, is it?  I exercised for 1 hour, 20 minutes – slowly recovering from my hamstring reattachment surgery.


 Wasatch 100 Diet Plan at Mile 63 - Calculations

Notice the figures at the bottom right hand side of the page.  I estimate that I burned 2329 calories yesterday.  907 calories were BMR – base metabolic rate (14 hours x 65 calories); 900 calories for 8 hours of office work; and 522 calories for the day’s workout.  My caloric deficit was 1249 calories.  A pound of body fat contains about 3500 calories, so I should have lost about 1/3 pound of fat.

Getting these figures requires homework.   Here’s a link to my favorite website for calculating calories burned:


Now for the mind game part…the Wasatch 100 Mileage and Elevation chart for my diet plan.

Wasatch 100 Diet Plan Mileage Chart - Tracking


Since I’m kind of anal about things, I enjoy recording the day I pass each waypoint on the course.  Today, I’m headed up the trail toward Dog Lake (mile 64.55) and am probably exactly where Chuck Jones passed me to take the lead on his way to breaking my Wasatch 100 course record in 1986.  See why it hasn’t been hard to stay motivated and keep up with my Wasatch 100 diet plan?