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 current weight: 165.0 

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Member Since: 4/24/2006

My Goals:
Lower weight to reduce my running-related injury rate.

Upcoming races:
4/30 Gunpowder Keg Ultra
5/14 Harpers Ferry HM
8/27 MD Heat 25K
9/11 Parks HM
9/27 Bachman Valley HM

The above list may give the impression I am very competitive but most of these are free or low-cost club races - just an opportunity to get some exercise while socializing with friends and free food!

My Program:
CRON: Caloric Restriction with Optimal Nutrition

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Potomac, MD

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Always happy to support other people watching their weight, diet, and exercise.

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Member Comments:
5/23/2015 8:47:11 AM

Thanks for reading my blog! While it's true I did Atkins (and it worked pretty well!) I never exercised while on that plan. In fact, they discourage heavy exercise because you won't have the energy to sustain it. Since I love to exercise and be active (and especially when I start running again.. Low carb is not an option) the low/no carb thing doesn't work with my lifestyle. I do not believe carbs are bad for you... But, like you said and I agree.. I feel like my body stores them easier than someone with a higher metabolism. When figuring out your ratios you have to start with a number and tweak it to figure out what works best for your body.

The metabolism test I took directly measured my CO2 output while I was at rest (and fasting).. It was calculated directly from my own body. I took the calorie expenditure results and calculated my macros from my new adjusted amount and it came out roughly to the 40/30/30 split. So I'm aiming for that for now (roughly.. Sometimes I'm a little off) and I can tweak it as I go if I'm not seeing results in a couple weeks.

I'm hoping as I do more strength training and building more lean body mass, that my metabolism will increase enough to start burning some of my fat stores.

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5/18/2015 6:11:59 AM

The sound track from GU is to take one 15 minutes before and every 45 minutes while running. Several of the marathon runners I train with do 15 minutes before, and every 5 miles. That accounts for burning calories more quickly when running faster. One buddy has even mentioned that he thinks he'll try every 4 miles in a race, while still doing every 5 miles in training.

The 4.5 miles wasn't a general principle thing; I was feeling the need. I discovered how feeling the need felt on a training run last October, when I forgot to take a gel until an hour and ten minutes. Miraculously, I recoverd quite well shortly after that gel. Now, I take them every 5 miles or sooner if I'm feeling the need. Seems to work for me.

YMMV. I suspect a mileage-based standard might need to be adjusted for runners traveling at different paces.

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5/2/2015 5:22:30 AM

Have a great day!
Stop over and visit us at Reail Runners!

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4/24/2015 9:16:19 AM

Thank for sharing those links about CR. So we meet again. emoticon As you can see, I'm having too much time on my hands (I have a super boring job) and am trying to find new goals to aim for, for when I've reached my weight loss goal.

Question for you: if you're practicing CRON, how much restriction do you do? And how has it affected your running? Do you 'eat back' all the calories you run (to the point of your CR)? Are you worried about bone density?

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1/23/2015 10:29:22 AM

Thanks for contributing comments to my blog. Cost was a factor in my decisions. Those big races in Chicago do set a runner back. I temper it with cheaper local races. There are so many "firsts" this year, that since I have no destination races, I did bite the bullet on cost. This selection cost me just under $700, but with parking in Chitown, it will climb.

I will have to ponder your idea for blog topic. I like to read them more than write them, but sometimes I do get in the mood.

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