Weight and Speed
Saturday, October 22, 2011
So, the conventional knowledge amongst runners is that you gain speed when you drop weight, up to a point. Once you start burning muscle due to very low body fat, your speed gains stop or reverse.
I'm about 5-10lbs heavier this racing season than last (I assume. I don't weigh myself anymore.) My measurements are roughly the same. My hips/butt gained two inches from the hill work, to a 35 from 33 inch measurement. Which I'm FINE with. It just makes my waist, which is pretty solidly at that 28-27 inch mark consistently, look smaller. My chest filled back out a little bit and I think I need to move from an A to a B. Again, YAY. I'm fine with this. If I gain weight and it's in my bootie in muscle and boobs, I'm a happy camper. Just leave the stomach and backs of my arms alone, new fat.
Still, I'm nowhere near my lowest healthy racing weight. I'm heavier this year than last. And my times have been blowing my MIND this season. This is so darn counterintuitive! I race better heavier. And no, not all of it is muscle. I'm probably less lean, too.
I just ran the Portland Marathon on October 9th.
I shaved TWELVE minutes off my old best time. TWELVE.
4:36:24. That's like a real serious marathon time! And I even blew the taper a bit by walking darn near 20 miles in Portland two days before the race and doing 8ish the day before.
I might actually manage to run a sub 4 one day!
My dream of Boston Qualifying before death might be less crazypants than previously assumed.
Other race distances have also been great. Two sub-2 hour half marathons. A sub 25 minute 5K (the first half of my Duathlon race in August - and that was after I biked 15ish miles the day before the race like a total dork!). Sub 90 10 miler.
I'm hitting my speed goals, I'm running faster with less effort.
I still want to be leaner, for vanity, but obviously I'm very fit and healthy at this weight. It's tough!
On the one hand I'd really like to get some body fat off but to do that I need to eat less. I'm doing higher mileage training and I'm farked ravenous(!) most days. As soon as my weekly miles hit the mid to upper 30s I'm hungry constantly. And I've been averaging 40-45.
This amount of fueling is good for my racing.
I'm just torn between vanity (thinner would be better looking!) and the knowledge that I don't really NEED to lose weight to improve my health or my performance. The second bit has been winning. The first feels too much like my old ED nemesis, for one. Additionally, option two means I get to EAT. Fun stuff. Lots of good stuff. It's hard to ignore that. I love me some food.
Just TOTALLY rambling.
Oh yeah, hi guys. Since I've last posted I did a Duathlon (5K, 18 miles bike, 5K), a 10 miler, a marathon and I'm doing a half next weekend. :D Disney Marathon in January. My first trail marathon in August (though I've got my eye on an early season trail Marathon, too, that fits my schedule well) and I'm flirting with the idea of running my first ultra (50K) in 2012.
New levels of crazy.