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10/17/12 11:08 P

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I gained 15 pounds when I started running, so I really know what you are talking about.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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10/17/12 4:51 P

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Emmanyc your comments were very helpful. I too tend to gain weight after a long run. Reallly frustrating especially when you read about how most people lose weight after a long run. I tend to keep my runs during the week to between 4-6 miles and do longer runs on the weekends. I stay away from the Gu and gels except on runs that are more than 9 miles. I cannot run when I am hungry, so I make sure I eat plenty before a longer run, but I don't eat crap. I will splurge a little after a race. I tend to nap after a long run as well, so that is helpful. I don't think I am doing anything too bad when it comes to my eating. I refuse to constantly be hungry, but I try to make the best choices when I do it.

It is never too late to be what you might have been-George Eliot

You must do the thing that you think you cannot do-Eleanor Roosevelt

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10/17/12 12:30 P

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A friend of mine was complaining to her father one day in the kitchen, when she was rummaging around for a post-run snack.

Daughter: I don't understand why I'm not losing weight. I'm running so much now.
Father: That's what happens when you train with one foot in the refrigerator.

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I don't have trouble losing weight when my workouts stay under about 50 minutes, but when I get into the later stages of training for a half marathon (and start to have weeks with a 100 minute, 80 minute and 60 minute run in the schedule), I get hungrier and tend to eat more carbs and junk.

I also find that my body reacts by retaining water when I do long or hard workouts (including races) and the temporary weight gain can be a bit demoralizing, even though I KNOW that it's just temporary. Sometimes, I'm tempted to fall of the wagon at those times. (What!? I just ran 13 miles and I've gained weight? What the h@#! I might as well eat whatever I want.)

What I have done to manage these situations is as follows:

1) I don't eat a lot of gus, gels, blocks, etc. The only workouts where I consume Gu etc are those that last more than 75 minutes (about once a week). I try instead to eat real, filling, healthy food before and after a workout as needed. And caffeine helps. I'll have a coffee before I work out, and sometimes I'll have one afterward.

2) I recognize that on the day of a long workout (and maybe the day after), I'm liable to be hungrier. So I plan my week accordingly, with my calorie budget being toward the high end of my range on those days and toward the lower end of the range on other days. I try to satisfy that hunger with healthy food (e.g., a somewhat larger serving of brown rice, lean protein) etc, not junk. I try to stay lower carb on less demanding days. Although I do treat myself a bit (e.g., to ice cream) on race days or long run days if I feel like it.

3) After my immediate post-race refueling (when I know my body needs food as well as liquid), when I feel hungry on long run days (or the day after) I try to start with a big glass of water and wait 20 minutes. Often what I need is liquid, not food.

4) Sometimes what I need is sleep, not food. So I'll nap on long run days (on weekends) and wait until I wake up (and have a glass of water) to see if I really need more food.

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MJESUS70's Photo MJESUS70 Posts: 9
10/17/12 12:16 P

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Thanks for the article and the tips. No matter what the scale says, quitting is not an option.

It is never too late to be what you might have been-George Eliot

You must do the thing that you think you cannot do-Eleanor Roosevelt

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10/17/12 11:54 A

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When I got down to the last 15 lbs. the only thing that worked for me was cutting carbs, no grains, beans or sugar, but lots of veggies, nuts, meat, fat. I'm losing more than I ever thought possible right now with minimal running. A low-carb lifestyle also keeps me from having any food cravings.
Birgit

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10/17/12 10:59 A

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BUDRFLY31, I have trouble with the same kind of thinking when I run a half marathon and when I attempted to train for a full marathon.

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10/17/12 10:31 A

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John,

Go to the following link. There you can change your ticker.

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10/17/12 10:29 A

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I have noticed the same thing, however, I have gained! I am going to try to cross train with some spinning to see if I can start losing again. And to be truthful, I have been terrible about entering in my nutrition and justify my binge eating with thoughts of "oh, I just ran 10 miles, I can eat anything" I know that is wrong. I am trying to change my thought process!

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10/17/12 10:25 A

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I enjoyed the article.

I had a ton of weight to lose when I started and couldn't even run to begin with. Now I've done a half and have 3 more coming up. I am close to what should be my goal weight.

I'm not an expert at all but How I've managed to run and lose weight is to not over do the carb loading. I do eat carbs before a long run, but they are always whole grain goodness. I don't eat junk just because I have a long run.



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10/17/12 10:22 A

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Nancy- How did you change your ticker to fitness mins? I no longer care about weight loss fitness and nutrition has taken over my life

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10/17/12 10:15 A

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Hi Chelle,

It can be a struggle, but I was sent this great article last week that I shared with some of the other running teams (not too sure if I did the 1/2 team) but thought it would be a good read for you.

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10/17/12 10:13 A

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I was just wondering if any of you struggle with your weight loss while training for a race, etc. I hit a plateau about 2 years ago and I really started running in May 2011. Since I started running I have trained and ran 5 10ks, a 12k, and 3 half marathons. I am running another half on 11/9 and 10k on Thanksgiving. The scale has not moved much since I started running. I have noticed I am more tone and have lost inches. Even though my weight this summer was the same as the past summer I was able to wear cloths I hadn't previously worn. And I have had to get rid of some of the pants I wore last fall because they are too big. I do appreciate this, but still need to get weight off. Just wondering if others have struggled and if so what did you do? How long did it take to get the scale to move again? Thanks

It is never too late to be what you might have been-George Eliot

You must do the thing that you think you cannot do-Eleanor Roosevelt

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