Going into my marathon training, a few people had warned me about weight gain. I had also read about it as well. Despite the hundreds of miles that one will run while training for that final 26.2 miles, it is not uncommon to gain weight. And of course, whenever weight gain is a possibility, you can be sure it will happen to me.
Second only to exhaustion, hunger is the biggest side effect of my training. I want to eat the entire kitchen and I don’t mean fruits and vegetables. I try hard to keep the bad stuff out of the kitchen, but it keeps finding it’s way in. And it’s my fault.
I’m getting up at ungodly hours to run and burning alot of calories. Therefore, I want to eat. And the night before my long run, you can bet there are carbs. A lot of them. I am fueling my body because it needs it, but – being totally honest – it’s hard to draw the line of when to stop. In addition, when I run alot, I blow up. It’s crazy how puffy I get. It would be too perfect of a world for me to actually lose weight while running.
I’ve been on Weight Watchers now for almost two years now and I am still working to my goal. That goal is not going to happen anytime soon and just in the last couple of weeks have I made peace with that. I cannot focus on two really BIG goals at one time. Yes, I want to lose these last 15 pounds and get to my goal weight. But I am also very focused on training for this marathon, doing my best to stay injury-free and build my endurance. If I have to choose just one goal right now, it’s marathon training.
I’ve also been averaging about making my Weight Watchers meetings every other week because sometimes Saturdays are the only day I can really sleep in.
By no means am I quitting Weight Watchers. I need that accountability now more than ever. But I am giving myself a little bit of room in these last 11 weeks of training. I have a number in my head that I don’t want to go over. That is my goal. And then once I cross that finish line and earn that medal for those 26.2 miles, my focus will then go back to reaching my goal.
And because I always try my best to be honest on here, I will share with you that number I don’t want to go over. At my last weigh-in, I was at 154.8 pounds. My ultimate goal is 140 pounds, which is the high end of the range for my height. The magical number that I do not want to go over at any weigh-in while marathon training is 158.
I’m not only eating bad foods. I am having my Shakeology, fruits and veggies during the day, and drinking ALOT of water. But I’m also eating more protein and carbs. I’ve also indulged in some sweets and the pizza dinners before a long run. I am definitely going over my points, but I’m also not counting my activity points that I am earning.
With that said, I feel STRONG. I know I am building muscle. My legs are definitely changing with all this running. That number on the scale is not the be all, end all so I know not to totally go by it. But let’s face it, it does like to play mind games.
It is very hard to find balance in marathon training and eating. I knew training would be hard, and the further into I get with longer miles, it is more and more obvious just how hard it really is.
I’d love to hear from others who have experienced weight gain during marathon training and how you handle it.