Thank you to everyone who commented on my post yesterday. It seems like we are all in the same boat! After I hit publish, I kept thinking of things to add, so here goes…
I cannot stress enough that training for a marathon should not be about weight loss. Endurance runners need calories and if you don’t supply your body with enough fuel, how can you expect it to run 20 miles? I’ve made every mistake in the book when it comes to training – including not fueling enough – and, trust me, that 20-miler is NOT pretty. If you treat your body well, it will treat you well.
My cutting out sweets has nothing to do with getting rid of those 5 lbs. I recognized an unhealthy addiction (and it was becoming an addiction) and I wanted to correct it. It’s about making an effort to be healthier. And it’s not permanent, I can bring sweets back in the picture post-marathon (in moderation, of course…after I eat a Blizzard the size of my head post-marathon :))
Lastly, if these 5 lbs help me PR on May 1, they can become a permanent fixture!
Check out Kara’s blog – she wrote a similar post a few weeks ago.
Keri also made a great comment: The same thing happens to me. I always tell people I don’t run to lose weight and that I actually gain weight. I tell my friends if they want to lose pounds to start doing weights!
Thanks for sharing Kara and Keri!