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Scared of the scale and marathon training


Friday, January 31, 2014

So the scale is moving in the wrong direction still!!

I have been trying to eat 'normally' staying in my general calorie range while starting marathon training. Last weekend was my first 'long' run of 11 miles. I thought that the slow ramp up of mileage would help with calorie burn.

BUT, I've also heard you have to be careful as the extra calorie burn can make you extra hungry.
So, I've been proactive and I've been reading books like "Race Weight" and "New Rules for marathon training nutrition" and trying to focus on food choices for fueling and recovery without over doing it.

I've been feeling sluggish all week.. tired, think I'm coming down with a cold, so I've been taking it a bit easier here and there with workouts. I'm also left wondering if I'm eating something wrong that my body is not happy with? Or foods that are negatively impacting my thyroid medication? Thanks to SP friend, I looked up some of those foods and will try to make some changes there. I also found you shouldn't have your coffee right along with your thyroid medication, so I will adjust to give it an hour before I drink my coffee in the mornings? See if any of these tweaks help.

I do need to track more strictly, sometimes missing a few meals a week. I am also going to replace food choices (even if they fit in calories) with better quality choices! and give the process some time! I know I can cut sodium and sugars down!

Today's lunch: medium baked potato with shredded chicken, little cheddar cheese, plain greek yogurt and salsa. It was yummy!

12 mile run tomorrow..actually looking forward to it as I had a nice run last week on a new route that I plan to build on again.
I'll drink my water and weigh in tomorrow before and after my run and see how the scale treats me then!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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JAXMOMMY 1/31/2014 10:38PM

    There is always the chance you are not eating enough to fuel your body.... You may be going into starvation mode where you are burning so many calories that your body thinks it is starving and holds onto every calorie and every fat molecule! I agree that tracking should give you a better picture. Congrats on your training!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/31/2014 7:04PM

    Isn't that a bummer about those foods??? it still seems crazy to me, but i'm trying to comply.

good luck on the scale... try not to stress about it because I think you are doing everything right!

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13UST_IT 1/31/2014 4:10PM

    I've only run half marathons, but I can relate to the sometimes sad surprise of higher numbers on the scale. For me, it was usually because I felt entitled to eat a lot more on long run days, and even during the rest of the week I tended to be a little more lenient because "I'm running my butt off!" is what it felt like. Still, my muscle definition was always increasing, so it could also be that you're building muscle. Staying on top of tracking is a good idea, just to be sure.

As an aside, something I didn't realize when I first rejoined SP is that the food tracker is automatically adjusting based on your fitness level... if that's how yours is set up, it might be that it's overcompensating for your runs and preventing you from creating a calorie deficit (even if you stay in the designated calorie range). Just something to consider!

Keep up the good work on the training! emoticon

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