Today’s topic: Weight gain & loss during marathon training
I was a little apprehensive at first to open this can of worms, but I want to hear from you all as a lot of us training for big endurance events right now.
I have been tracking measurements of my body since I started marathon training back in May. I wanted to see what parts of my body would change with high distance running and be able to see the changes made in my body during the process.
I have heard the myth that most people end of gaining weight during marathon training, but that bodies tend to change regardless of weight change.
At first this didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, as I realized I would be running farther than I was used to, therefore burning more calories, so in turn I didn’t see how you could not lose weight.
But apparently there are many other factors that kick in when you start training for such endurance events. Any of these sound familiar?
- Like… hunger! Yup, you just ran X amount of miles, you need to replenish your body with nutrients so you eat. And then for some crazy reason, you are still hungry after that! So you eat again.
- What about the whole scenario that I just ran X amount of miles, so I can eat whatever I want! (I’m guilty of this for sure.) Extra calories are justified… right?!
- I just ran X amount of miles, I’m going to sit on my couch for the rest of day “resting”. You may actually end up burning less calories in the end of the day by not moving enough the rest of the day.
- Maybe you didn’t drink enough water? This can account for weight loss during a run.
Keep in mind, everyone’s body is different and the things we eat, drink and do on top of training all account for what happens to our bodies.
For me, I was on a little journey I dubbed the “face diet”. Sounds crazy, because the only difference that has been noticeable since I began training was that my face was slimming and becoming more defined.
I have weighed and measured all parts of my body and saw month after month a steady number. I actually felt good about this, because I knew I was probably going to come out of this experience with my weight in a similar place from where I started. But as I just mentioned, the only change I could tell was in my face. Weird right?
Well two months ago, I saw a half-inch loss in my hips and a 2 lb loss. But I can gain and lose 5 pounds in the same day so this didn’t strike me as anything but normal.
Then I went to the doctor yesterday for my “annual” check up. The girl weighed me like they always do and she exclaims “Woah, you have been losing weight haven’t you?!”
I was like whaaatt??
I have measured and weighed myself every month and have only seen very small changes nothing to freak out about.
But she was right, the scale had me down between 7-9 pounds.
Something apparently changed in my body during the month of September.
The weight loss actually has me a little freaked out.
Don’t get me wrong, I really want to lose weight and feel great about my body – but with everything I have heard about marathon training, that losing weight while marathon training is bad.
That means I’m probably not eating enough or something?
Is is possible for someone like me (a few pounds heavier to start with) to lose weight while training, but for it to be a natural healthy thing? I have been very good about refueling after runs and making sure I am eating enough.
I want to be happy about my body but I want to be sure I’m being as healthy as possible.
What are your thoughts on this? Have you dealt with a marathon gain or loss?
P.S: Good luck to all my friends who are racing this weekend! Rock the 10-10-10!! 🙂