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Does Marathon training cause you to GAIN weight?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I'm still very early in the game of training.. slowly adding miles, keeping cross training (bootcamp and ST) 3 days a week.

So, I'm bummed to see the scale more in the wrong direction.
I'm trying to stay neutral and give it time.. I will weigh in this Saturday for the 5% challenge.
I will log my food better!
I will lift my weights like I KNOW I need to.
I will rest when I need to rest, and see what happens.

So, does anyone out there have experience with training and weight gain?
I know I've heard that you can crave more calories because of all the calories you are burning. And I aim to focus on QUALITY calories to fuel my workouts and recover and track and log!

Happy Thursday.. almost the weekend.. rest day for me tomorrow, 'shorter' longer run on Saturday (step back week).. and I WILL lift weights on Sunday..soemthing I haven't been doing like I said I would!
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ON2VICTORY 1/31/2014 11:03AM

    Message me... When I get some time ill send you some info. Short version is yes it can depending on what you are taking in, fueling protocols etc... Just remember that marathon training is extreme in many senses and there is alot going on inside as the body adapts. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Carbs etc.. All play a part.

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FLYINGB16 1/18/2014 8:20AM

    Yes Marathon training can make you gain weight. We loose weight by creating a calorie deficit so you need to make sure to log EVERYTHING you eat so you don't eat more calories than you burn. It's very easy to think "I just ran 10 miles so I can eat (fill in the blank) and not log it. We all tend to overestimate how many calories we actually burn with our workouts.

Do you clothes still fit? Take measurements. If the weight gain is to due muscle, your clothes will still fit and eventually get looser.

A pound of muscle and a pound of fat each weigh a pound. Fat is fluffy and takes up more space. Muscle is lean and compact. Runners, especially distance runners put on muscle in their butt and thighs.

If you log all your food and make good food choices any weight gain will be muscle and water so don't worry so much about it.

Good luck with your training. I'm right there with you!

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JUNESHOPE 1/17/2014 3:27PM

    You may be gaining thigh muscles, which weigh more than fat. Any kind of exercise, is going in the right direction. And as long as you are eating enough calories to sustain the kind of workouts you are doing, then your body will not hold onto stored fat for energy. If you're not eating enough, but working out a lot, your body will store the fat, and go into starvation mode to save it for when it needs it. So just be sure you are eating enough for these workouts. But the gain could very well be muscle gain. Keep up the good work!
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BEATLETOT 1/17/2014 4:01AM

    I don't know. But I still wanted to come by to show my support! I think it's awesome you're training for a marathon!!! I think you have a pretty solid plan!

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 1/16/2014 11:00PM

    Talking to my trainer, as promised, she definitely thinks that fasting does not have a place while preparing for a Marathon. She highly recommends protein, morning, noon and evening. Your training sessions should be followed by some 'good' and healthy' carbs. However, she feels, you still can't overeat at any time. Obviously, you will have to eat more calories while training, especially once you start increasing your running distance.

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/16/2014 7:13PM

    Tough to say. When I trained for my first marathon, I lost 10 lbs after 9 months of running. But my body shape-shifted....I lost inches in the waist and my legs grew more muscular.

Same thing has happened with weight training since I stopped running. My weight has even gone up some, but I'm slimmer in the waist and broader in the shoulders.

The good news is that I fell fitter than I ever have in my life (I'm 54), so I try to not let the scale bug me....too much!

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