“Losing two pounds can take 25 seconds off a 10K time”. Carly Utzschneider
I mentioned in an earlier blog post that I got married last summer, my husband and I had never lived together before we got married so have spent the last few months in newlywed marital/domestic bliss which has consisted of us eating some really lovely food and also gorging on a lot of bad/junk food whilst watching movies/Netflix etc. As a consequence we have both ballooned!
I lost a fair amount of weight for my wedding (it just dropped off me in the month or so prior to the wedding) and now am about 2 stone heavier which is a) embarrassing, b) disgusting and c) has to change. I am not overweight by BMI (thankfully) but I do consider myself to be extremely heavy for a runner. To put things into perspective, I started this year as 10 Stone 8 lbs, whereas when I ran my 10K PB in July 2014 I weighed approximately 9 stone. That is a big difference and clearly is going to have an effect on my running.
I don’t mean to discourage anyone who is overweight from running but for me personally, at this weight running is a real slog. It feels a lot easier when I am lighter and additionally as someone who is injury prone, I am acutely aware that carrying this extra weight around is increasing my injury risk. I cannot afford to get injured, I have had way too much time out in the last two years due to injury.
Another big issue is the fact that I am so much heavier than my “racing weight” as per the book by Matt Fitzgerald. I calculated once that my ideal racing weight was about 111lbs – i started this year at 148lbs!!! That is a pretty huge difference.
I am constantly haunted by the fact that I used to be so much quicker at running than I am right now. My mile and 5k PBs are simply embarrassing when seen against the context of someone who was a decent middle distance runner. One thing that has changed between now and then is my weight. I am approximately 3 stones heavier than I was when I was running my best times. To give myself the best chance of running that fast again I need to be the same weight so that as many of the variables are the same. Maybe then I could run a 5K time to be proud of. Maybe.
So, my quest for 2015 is to lose 3 stone!! It is not going to be easy, weirdly, I always seem to gain weight when marathon training. Its also hard to perform to the best of your ability when you are restricting your calories. However, a girl has got to do what a girl has got to do!! I am determined to change this situation and hopefully get much faster and healthier in the process.
I am so far away from the skinny girl in the picture its unreal!!