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Small Crisis of choosing one goal over another

Saturday, February 22, 2014

I woke up this morning depressed about being overweight.. more specifically re-gaining weight..
Regaining almost 20 lbs!
I have/had 2 main goals this year that I turn 40.
Get to goal weight (which is now 30 lbs away instead of 20)
Run a marathon.

I had thought the two goals could go hand in hand.. why not?
The slow ramp up of mileage over the course of 18 weeks should burn tuns of calories.
Eat right, fuel workouts and recovery, but still burn tons of calories.

However, since starting training 8 weeks ago, I have gained a good 6-8 lbs depending on the time of day/sodium I've been eating.

Today is supposed to be a 15 mile run.
But I had to drive my mom to the airport so it is scheduled late morning.
But it is snowing
And the kids needed to get a snack/lunch on the way back from the airport.
And I feel low.

I think my body responds better to HIIT, interval cardio training, and ST.
And now I am committed to 3 days a week of stead state cardio running.

My thought is this.
What if I switch to the 1/2 marathon and work on speed. I ran 14 miles last week so I know i can do the distance.
But I have to accept I've let one goal go in hopes of reaching the other goal?
Modify one goal.. switch to a 1/2 marathon and work on speed.


Thanks for listening.

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    I gained weight while training for an Ironman, and cannot lose while training for half-ironmans or half-marathons. My body just couldn't build endurance and give up fat at the same time. It's not uncommon from what I understand from talking to other distance athletes. Gaining is normal. Most of my friends that do Ironmans, marathons and ultras use the off season to weight lift and lose weight... yes that means losing weight from Sept-Dec most of the time.

    If I were you, I'd stick to training for now. You can lose weight once you've checked the marathon off your bucket list. Good luck!
    1569 days ago
    I'm kinda torn on this. I think you will feel so awesome finishing the full, but I know you'll also feel awesome getting to goal weight. How much longer til the marathon? Listen to your heart :)
    1580 days ago
    I don't run so I can't help you as far as the decision making on that is concerned. But I can say that there is no way that you should feel bad about the gain when you are running 15 miles at a time! I am in total awe of anyone who is as determined and disciplined to be able to achieve the goals that you have!! Whatever you decide to do just don't forget the achievements that have brought you to the point where you find yourself now. emoticon
    1581 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    1582 days ago
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