Well, on two separate summers, for 3 months my day looked like this:
Originally Posted by canuck416
5:30AM wake up, put tent and belongings away while eating breakfast
6:00AM hit the trail. Do not stop moving unless I need to use a bush or refill mywater bottles. Eat while walking.
6:00PM cook some dinner. Put dinner in backpack and hike another hour or two.
7:00-8PM set up tent, lie down and eat dinner, total up daily miles and write in journal something like 22, 28 or 31.
Get up and do it again for several more days. Spend 2 days washing up, buying more food, having some restaurant meals and repeat.
Lost 15 pounds or so in first month. Held steady after that. The final month of the second summer I started to become capable of gaining back the 15 pounds while putting in those 30 mile days.
I've tried Phil Maffetone's method. It's really very very slow. I really struggled to run that slow. I did enjoy going out for super long "runs" but nothing about my body changed.
Weight training is the only thing that's changed my body significantly. I do tabatas on an stationary bike once a week, too. I'm not sure if that helps or not.
Most of the changes in my body are hardly noticeable by anybody but me. I've tried to take progress pictures but they do not show anything that looks any better than a year ago.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Heaviest squat: 180 x 2. Heaviest Deadlift: 230 x 2