Happy Lemonade Day!No idea what this tape is about… you can see it for yourself on 14th and Florida Ave NW. I spotted it on my way to CrossFit! Clearly Anthony takes these workouts a lot more seriously than I do…Speaking of workout buddies, last night I got to meet Megan! Our blogger date was made complete with froyo and lots of talk about the internet.We also went on a walk and checked in on the sidewalk rug situation. Still going strong.Megan started her blog as a way to help track weight loss and training. Although I did not start this blog as an outlet for weight loss, it’s a topic that often comes up. I’ve been asked more than a few times whether I lose weight when training for a marathon. I mean, I’m running 50-70 miles a week… that’s a lot of calories burned, right? There is a long, lengthy answer to this question, but the answer (for me personally) is no. And — to get this out of the way at the beginning — I’m totally comfortable with this answer. I don’t expect to lose weight when marathon training nor do I think I need to. I’m happy with my weight and don’t view running as a weight-loss tactic. My weight stays exactly the same whether or not I’m marathon training. This topic has come up quite a few times with my female runner friends, who mostly agree that their weight has remained the same — or even increased — during marathon training. Why most women gain weight when marathon training is a constant source of discussion in the running community.
- Runner’s World notes that women produce more “hunger-regulating hormones” than men, making them feel hungrier (and thus eat more and gain weight!) when marathon training. This seems to be true based on my own experience. I remember when Anthony and I were training for a marathon a couple years ago, he shed some significant pounds while I stayed the same, even though I ran more miles than him and ate less than him.
- This Health.com article, (written by Tina, who also discusses the topic at Carrots ‘n’ Cake) lists three reasons why women training for a marathon may gain weight: overconsumption of calories; muscle gain; and “body adaptation” — your body stores more carbs and water because it knows you’ll need it for your runs. Other bloggers — like Monica at Run Eat Repeat, Beth at Shut Up & Run, and Meghann at Meals and Miles — all note that they gained weight while training.
- Appetite for Health discusses a study (finally! data!) where scientists studied 64 marathon trainees over the cours of three months. Of the 64 runners, 78% experienced no weight gain or loss; 11% lost weight; and 11% gained weight. Of those who gained weight, almost all were women.
- About.com basically repeats all the issues mentioned above: overeating, your body storing carbs, and drinking/eating too many sports drinks and gels.
So. There is my story and some general ideas from the running/research people on marathon training and weight. Each person is totally different and a million factors help determine what happens to your body when you’re marathon training. My advice is to decide whether you actually need to lose weight, and monitor your diet and exercise during the training period accordingly. If you don’t need to lose weight, then I wouldn’t worry about the scale during the training period. Finding the time and energy to train can be stressful enough, and adding an unnecessary diet restriction on top of that can make you pretty miserable. On that note, here’s a picture of the pizza Anthony and I made on Saturday night. It was the bomb.Later gators.
- Have you gained or lost weight when training for a race?
- What’s the most important pizza factor? Crust? Sauce? Toppings?
- What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this week?