86 responses

  1. caitlin
    June 5, 2009

    YAY FOR 8 POUNDS OF MUSCLE GAIN because that’s what it was!!!

  2. Marissa
    June 5, 2009

    Yay!! Great post!!

  3. prettyladycmu
    June 5, 2009

    Great post!! I, too, gained weight when I trained for my marathon, mostly b/c I was at such a low weight when I started training. Learning to listen to your body is a challenge, but one that I’m sure is good preparation for challenges later in life, whether it’s more races or pregnancy πŸ™‚

  4. Bec
    June 5, 2009

    Wow great post love it! And yes I want to hear all about those miles too~!

  5. Bridget
    June 5, 2009

    Way to go!!

  6. Amy
    June 5, 2009

    Great post!

    I gained 15 pounds when I ran mine, but like you I was at my lowest weight ever when I started training.

  7. aron
    June 5, 2009

    this is such a great post. I know a lot of people who gain weight during marathon training, that hunger is hard to stop! when I was training for my first one I had my body fat % taken at the start of training and then during peak training. I really only lost 1 lb or 2 overall, but the % of fat on my body went way down. I was so stoked for that! I think its really important and also difficult to find the right balance during training of eating enough and the right foods, without just shoving your face with bad stuff constantly. Sounds like you were able to find that happy balance πŸ™‚

    congrats again! looking forward to seeing how the next round of training affects you. for my 2nd one I used a much harder schedule and ran a lot more miles, so I was even hungrier! but I dont pay attention to the scale either and as long as my clothes continue to fit (or get a little looser) I am happy!

  8. fitforfree
    June 5, 2009

    Awesome reflections. Almost everyone I know who’s done a marathon has gained weight, but hasn’t cared at allβ€”it’s nearly impossible to resent your body when it’s carried you through so many miles!!

  9. Ally
    June 5, 2009

    Girl, it sounds like you gained 8 lbs of powerhouse muscle!! I am gained a few since I really started training, which is a little disheartning, but, at the same time, one night I just sat in my kitchen munching away like a startving child because I was flippin’ hungry! I went through several banana muffins (homemade) and then beat myself up about it all night. Funny thing is, I felt awesome the next morning for my run. My body was telling me “hey, doofus, you need to eat!”. Our bodies are smart, they know what we need and what works and what doesn’t. It’s wonderful like that. Although, my problem is, I tend to overpower my body and say “no, I WANT that chocolate!” Not good…

    Congratulations on being such a rockstar!!!

  10. Heather
    June 5, 2009

    Your weight gain is very common & while I didnt gain when I did either of my marathons I never lost one single ounce.

    My funny thing was watching friends shovel down food the day after a long run & I didnt want to eat anything. I had to force feed myself on those days because I just wasnt hungry. But the next day, I wanted to eat anything not nailed down! I was ravenous!

    I appreciate you sharing your experience because it may save a future marathoner from an “omg, I gained while marathoning” freakout πŸ™‚

  11. Sheri
    June 5, 2009

    Great post! That is 8 pounds of MUSCLE girl that powered you through that loooooong run! Way to go! πŸ™‚

  12. Tess
    June 5, 2009

    WOW great post. Thanks for writing it. You’re amazing and congrats again on the marathon!

  13. emlit81
    June 5, 2009

    While training for my second marathon, I gained about 15 pounds. I think I’m the only one who noticed–no one else would believe it when I told them. I’ll be honest, I’m still trying to get comfortable with the fact that I gained the weight and that so far (this marathon was in November), only five pounds of it have come off. I admire your healthy attitude, and I hope I can start feeling the same way!

  14. Lauren
    June 5, 2009

    Great post! You definitely gained 8 pounds of muscle. I became serious about running shortly after commencing recovery for an eating disorder. I was at my lowest weight ever at this point–far too low. Running helped me gain weight by encouraging muscle growth and really stimulating my appetite. My weight leveled off after about a year, and I know for a fact that running helps regulate my metabolism now. Like you said, the number you see on the scale really doesn’t matter all that much! Running makes you strong, gives you energy, and imparts an unequaled sense of accomplishment and confidence. Thanks for your thoughtful post!

  15. Hallie
    June 5, 2009

    This was REALLY interesting. Thanks for posting. One of the reasons I signed up for a 10k was that, even though I’m admittedly pretty “preoccupied” with trying to drop a few pounds, I wanted to have a goal that was unrelated to my scale. Doing the 10k (which will be a PDR for me) has nothing to do with being skinny, and right now I really need that as a goal.

  16. Melissa (fitnessnyc)
    June 5, 2009

    great attitude! I also gained some weight training, and haven’t been back to premarathon weight since,and that was 2 years ago. But the appreciation of my body’s strength made the number somehow insignificant

  17. Stephanie
    June 5, 2009

    I loved this post.

    I agree with you that we all have various food/weight “issues” and it is good to be considerate when broaching sensitive topics.

    HOWEVER, you cannot escape the fact that this is a food/fitness/lifestyle blog and weight IS a factor in that. Not necessarily in a “bad” or negative way, but it is something that each and every one of us is cognizant of.

    I think you discussed the topic in a very informative, thoughtful, and interesting way. Thanks!

  18. Lee
    June 5, 2009

    I also gained about 8 pounds when I ran my marathon.

  19. Joleen
    June 5, 2009

    Great post – thanks for being so candid. I had the exact same experience with my marathon too.

  20. dailygoods
    June 5, 2009

    8 lbs of amazing muscle right there meghann! you are so level headed and really are amazing! sad i wont be able to meet you when im in florida!! but have a wonderful vaca in nc ! where in NC are you going? my grandparents live near charlotte, i loveee it there!

  21. Rachel
    June 5, 2009

    Great post! I know it must’ve been hard to write since you have so many readers with different backgrounds, but I think you handled the subject gracefully, and I’m glad you are taking good care of your body. I look forward to more marathon reflections!

  22. Ana
    June 5, 2009

    love the honesty! while i’ve never run a marathon, i have run a few halves, and have watched my weight change a little over the training…even 2-3 pounds can change your level of endurance and the strength of your body– be so proud that you have a strong body that is capable of awesome accomplishments!

  23. Sarah (from See Sarah Eat)
    June 5, 2009

    You are such a positive influence and I’m so glad that you posted this. I just recently put my scale in the closet because that does not matter to me much anymore. You have inspired me to think of it even less! πŸ™‚

  24. Kate
    June 5, 2009

    That was a great post! When you mentioned you were going to write a post on marathon training and your weight I was really looking forward to it! When I was training for my first half marathon I gained some weight (at the beginning I was at my lowest weight ever) and I ran a kick ass race, I have never been able to beat that PR because I think I’ve been watching what I eat tooo much and was trying to lose weight!!
    Also my boyfriend’s brother ran one marathon at his lowest weight and collapsed before the finish line (still finished, phew!)…then a year later ran the same race “a little bit heavier”, as he put it, and finished strong and almost had a BQ (sooo close!)

    Thank you for that post, it was informative and very positive!!!

  25. Quinn
    June 5, 2009

    This is such a fantastic post! Especially with my wedding planning I think I dwelled on weight a little too much, but truly, after reading Caitlin’s guest post the other day, I realized that there are so many other important things in this life, and to be thankful for what my body can do! The marathon is such an accomplishment, and good for you to listening to your body!

  26. Nicole
    June 5, 2009

    Your healthy attitude is fabulous! I strive to reach that kind of positivity! You are one awesome lady, Meghann!

  27. Sara
    June 5, 2009

    Wow, don’t know how anyone could say anything negative about that….How healthy, positive and TRUE. We should give our bodies what they need and want and crave when we are training and working out and generally LIVING…it is so crucial. You rock πŸ™‚

  28. elise
    June 5, 2009

    8 pounds was the muscle you gained from all the training…congrats, bc thats the GOOD kind to gain. which is also why your clothes all still fit. way to embrace it. you have such a healthy attitude, PROPS! me dear!!

  29. brandi
    June 5, 2009

    great post, and as long as my clothes still fit, I’m happy too πŸ™‚

  30. Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    June 5, 2009

    I find stories like these fascinating. Every body reacts differently to different things. I am the 8 pounds you put on was muscle and that is so awesome! You definitely look awesome and it’s so great all your clothes fit perfectly well.

    Have a wonderful afternoon!

  31. Amanda
    June 5, 2009

    Really great post! I definitely put on a few lbs when I trained for my half-marathon .. I think a lot of it had to do with my am workouts – I would be ravenous afterwards! It was sometimes tough to just trust my hungry body and give it what it wanted, because I had become so used to eating a certain amount of food for so long. It sounds like you have a great mindset!

  32. Jennifer @ His N’ Her Health
    June 5, 2009

    I am so glad you have a positive outlook on this! I think you approached the topic great and I love that you are not going to try and lose the weight. Like everyone else said, it is probably muscle which is the good kind of gain!

  33. Caroline
    June 5, 2009

    Agree with above commenters — obviously that was all muscle as, if anything, you look almost leaner with all that extra toning up! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing your experience, and with such a positive attitude, I’d always wondered about this myself.

  34. geegs23
    June 5, 2009

    New here but was following your marathon post.. Just wanted to say congratulations on finishing your first marathon.. definitely something to be proud of!! And that 8lb gain you speak of.. pure muscle!!

  35. Julie
    June 5, 2009

    way to talk about such a sensitive subject and leave people inspired! i’m raising money for TnT for a fall race, and I’d love to hear some tips if you have any! thanks and congrats on the AWESOME marathon finish!!

  36. Danica
    June 5, 2009

    Good for you for being brave and taking on that topic! You are doing awesome and will continue to do so. I honestly agree with everything you said – you have to embrace what your body tells you and you did!

    P.S. I am having a super cool Mr. Krispers giveaway! It ends tonight so stop by to enter πŸ™‚

  37. Jess
    June 5, 2009

    Ditto what Caitlin said. Weight and clothing sizes are just numbers as far as I am concerned if you feel good and look healthy than you are doing the right thing is my take. Congrats again on your goal…can’t wait for the excitement the Disney Marathon will bring. Are you going to do TnT for that race too?

  38. RunToFinish
    June 5, 2009

    I think I would have gladly accepted a couple lbs if it was that or the injury πŸ™‚ I didn’t gain anything this time around until the post race vacation!! Whoops

  39. Amanda
    June 5, 2009

    You are a rock star!! Your marathon photos show your incredible muscle strength and tone. What a terrific accomplishment – to look, feel, and be strong!

  40. runnerskitchen
    June 5, 2009

    Great post! I also noticed that despite the 20 mile long runs, I weighed more during my marathon training. There are some theories that the extra weight is from water (eating more carbs = more water stored in the muscles). Anyway, I think having a strong body that can run 26 miles is SO much more important than a number on the scale!

  41. Marathon Effort
    June 5, 2009

    You have a great blog here and it is Nice to read some well written posts that have some relevancy…keep up the good work πŸ˜‰

  42. Andrea
    June 5, 2009

    I love your outlook in this post – everything behind this post is positive and HEALTHY – both physically and mentally. hard to believe that there are haters out there who will walk away from your words with negativity πŸ™ I really think that listen to your body is the answer to everything.

  43. sarah (ghost world)
    June 5, 2009

    i always gain weight when i marathon train, usually 3-4 lbs-worth. i agree that it most likely was muscle, plus increased glycogen stores that you taught your body to deveop (because they come in handy on long runs!!).

    sounds like you have a very heatlhy attitude about everything πŸ™‚

  44. Dori
    June 5, 2009

    Your clothes still fitting means it was definitely muscle you gained — amazing! It is uncomfortable when the clothes don’t fit, you definitely trained in a perfect way for your body.

  45. Julia
    June 5, 2009

    Hi Meghann,
    Im actually glad you posted this! I have been “training” for about three months, and I have put on close to 10 pounds. I didn’t know what was going on, because I don’t have any runners around me. Its kind of nice to hear that this actually happens to others too. I know a lot of it is muscle because I can fit into my clothes still (though a little tighter) and I can run faster and longer. And I need those muscles to run, so even if my weight it up, I’d rather be running, than being ‘skinnier’ and not running as much!
    Its really encouraging to hear such positivity coming from you. Congrats on running so many miles, and I hope I can too, sometime soon! Thanks again!

  46. Andrea (Off Her Cork)
    June 5, 2009

    I would hope someone wouldn’t find this offensive or say something negative because that’s just a silly thing to do.

    I’ve read articles about people gaining weight during training so like you, I sort of see it as no big deal. I’m glad you listened to your body! Being in touch with ourselves is the most important.

  47. Holly
    June 5, 2009

    Meghann, thank you so, SO much for posting this. It’s so interesting for many people – runners or not. I’ve run 3 marathons and interestingly, I gained a few pounds once, lost a few pounds another, and stayed the same on my 3rd.

    Mostly I have to commend you on your attitude. Weight gain (although yours is muscle with those strong legs!) is never an easy subject to discuss, for most of us anyways. I love that you are not only okay with your body and weight, but you don’t make it seem like a huge deal at all. Love that! πŸ™‚

  48. Amy
    June 5, 2009

    You have such a positive, appreciative view of your body + the weight (muscle) gain. I really admire you, Meghann! Thanks so much for sharing this -touchy- subject, because it really breaks down such barriers for your readers. CONGRATS! On everything πŸ™‚

  49. annaalstondonnelly
    June 5, 2009

    Thank you thank you thank you for this post- you were so considerate and thoughtful to write it with such care. As a recovered (recovering?) anorexic, weight gain is still such a fear of mine, and this post shows that NORMAL, HEALTHY (gorgeous, intelligent, fun, talented!) people gain weight for good reasons, too!! Weight gain CAN be a good thing. The lesson here is that our bodies know what’s best for us and we just need to listen.

    Thank you!


  50. Esther
    June 5, 2009

    I think you set an amazing example of how to train properly for a marathon. Running 26.2 miles is very different from running a half. Marathon training is not the right time to be concerned with what the scale says. You really listened to your body and respected what it needed. I’m sure that the way you ate played a huge role in keeping injuries at bay and contributed to your amazing finishing time.

  51. rhodeygirltests
    June 5, 2009

    great post meghann!

  52. Danielle
    June 5, 2009

    i gained 8-10 lbs too… and no… it’s not all muscle. i swear i could have written this post myself!!

  53. carolinebee
    June 5, 2009

    I totally noticed how tiny yet buff you are in person!! Ha nottt in a creepy way πŸ˜€ You look great and I literally can’t run 2 miles so I am in awe of you!!

  54. Island Girl Eats
    June 5, 2009

    That was a really good recap. You obviously gained 8 pounds of muscle. I have lost weight before when I stopped running, which I thought was weird, until someone told me that I had probably lost some muscle. I have long stopped weighing myself. I am happy with my body and no number is going to change that.

  55. Emily (Healthy Fit Mama)
    June 5, 2009

    I’m sure that was pure muscle gain! Last year, when I was teaching 5+ Spinning classes per week, my family and friends kept telling me that I looked like I was getting skinnier and skinner, and I actually weighed MORE than I did before I started teaching. Pure leg muscle! πŸ™‚

  56. Megan
    June 5, 2009

    Thanks for posting this! I ran my first marathon in February and put on 5-8 lbs. It started to come off after the race, but now that I am training for a half ironman it is sticking around. I have really been beating myself up about it because 8lbs seems like so much, but my clothes fit and no one believes I’ve gained 8 lbs in the past year. It was so nice to hear that it happens to others and that it’s fairly normal. Most people I know do not run and want to know why I didn’t drop tons of weight training for all these things.

  57. Hangry Pants
    June 5, 2009

    I was just telling Caitlin that I think I gained weight when training for my half – and that was only a half! In the end, you know your body best!!!!

  58. Rachel
    June 5, 2009

    I always gained weight when track and cross country seasons started in high school w/o changing my eating habits at all. Our bodies must need to gain the muscle! I like your attitude, Meghann. πŸ™‚

  59. kirsten
    June 5, 2009

    great post! its funny how the body always knows what its needs ! its great that you are so intune with what your body needs.

  60. strivingforbalance
    June 5, 2009

    great post! It was very interesting!

    can’t wait to hear about miles 22-26!


  61. Leah
    June 5, 2009

    Thanks for posting about this Meghann!
    I was looking forward to reading it.

    I am curious to find out if I gain during my half marathon training – who knows?! Did you gain during your half training as well??

    Like you said though, your bod helped you run those 26 miles with pride! Live up those 8 pounds!

  62. Susan
    June 5, 2009

    I’ve heard it’s pretty common to gain weight (or not lose any weight if you have some to lose) while marathon training. And I bet a lot of those pounds came from some sweet leg muscles that carried you through your marathon. Scales are so tricky anyways, I stay on top by taking my measurements whenever the mood strikes.

    Vanity should always take a backseat to your body’s needs, and sounds like you did an awesome job doing that!! you still looked awesome in all your race photos!! πŸ˜‰

  63. Jess M
    June 5, 2009

    Thank you for this post, Meghann. This is the perfect example of listening to your body and eating intuitively. Our bodies know what they want and need! And again, congrats on your accomplishment!

  64. Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now
    June 5, 2009

    I really hope you don’t get any negative comments, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you do. People just seem to feel the need to post nasty comments on blogs because they CAN and because the can do it ANONYMOUSLY. It just makes me so sad when we should be supporting each other!

  65. jane
    June 5, 2009

    awesome awesome awesome post! anyone would be crazy to leave a negative remark. you were right in giving your body what it craved, and honestly i bet 99% of that 8 pounds was muscle you built. seriously, runners tend to weigh more due to leg muscle.
    plus, you ran a freakin marathon who gives a crap about 8 pounds?!
    and i loved what you said about not worrying about losing the weight, just letting everything even out as it will. so cool!

  66. Laura
    June 5, 2009

    Thank you so much for being so honest with your experience! I know it probably took a lot to post that, and I appreciate your honesty. It so refreshing to hear that you did what you had to do to fuel your body, even if it meant gaining weight. And its even better to hear that you aren’t making any effort to lose it. I completely agree with you when you said that everything will work out in the end and will even itself out

  67. Brooke
    June 5, 2009

    I think that was really sensitive and kind of you to put the warning out that you were going to write about your weight.
    I look up to you as a healthy role model in terms of the way you treat your body and the way you see your body. It is so wonderful especially when so many women and so many blogs focus on losing weight and restricting calories or eating ONLY the healthiest of foods. That doesn’t seem healthy to me. Moderation, as you are able to do so well, is truly the way that I aspire to live my life.

  68. Christina
    June 5, 2009

    Great post! I had no idea that marathoners sometimes actually gain weight. I’m learning so much about running from your blog. Thanks!!

  69. kristen
    June 5, 2009

    I saw your video post on In her shoes….

    why are you so worried about what others think? Fuck em – Sub 4:30. You go girl!

  70. Tay
    June 5, 2009

    Great great great post. I’m sure you just gained so much strong muscle…which you seem to agree with! You’re super woman!

  71. Brooke
    June 5, 2009

    Off topic, but how did you meet Derek?

  72. bobbi
    June 5, 2009

    OH MY!!! Guess what I didn’t run once this week or do any excersise for that matter, I was a bit curiouse(not that I really cared) to see what my weight was. Last night I stepped on the scale and I LOST 3 pounds!!! OH MY lol, the scale is a stupid head…LOL…great post girl cant wait to hear more!

  73. chris
    June 6, 2009

    Way to build that lean muscle mass. Marathon training will do it everytime as long as listen to your body

  74. Joanna
    June 6, 2009

    thanks for this meghann – the same EXACT thing happened to me while training for my half. so reading your reaction and others’ same experiences has made me feel better. i hadn’t weighed myself for a good 4 or 5 months, but i stepped on the scale a day before the race and had gained 8 pounds!!! granted, in those 4 or 5 months before training i could have gained some and started at a higher weight than i was aware of, but still 8 pounds! well my race was just over a month ago and i weighed myself today and i lost 4 of it already. i have been exercising LESS and eating the same foods, just obviously my appetite is way less intense. anyway, i agree with you – everything will balance itself out. great attitude, thanks!

  75. Sarah
    June 6, 2009

    I also gained about 10 pounds training for my half marathon. I think it was the mentality of “I just did a long run and can eat whatever I wanted” ( and being hungrier)! But for the 3 months since then I have been feeling so awful about myself not knowing why the heck I gained weight when (in my mind) I should have lost weight! I am so glad you did this post so I know I’m not THE ONLY ONE who this happened to and its not something horribly wrong with me for this happening! Thank you!

  76. Angie
    June 6, 2009

    This is also happened with both my marathons. I gained weight, but my clothes fit the same.

  77. April Moore
    June 6, 2009

    Good post, Meg…you are smokin hott! I begin half-marathon training next week, I may need advice throughout, I’ll keep you informed!

  78. caronae
    June 6, 2009

    You are taking such a great attitude towards this all! I have heard of weight gaining while training. I gained a little while training for my half. I too was always hungry! Thanks for this post!

  79. Jenn (eating bender)
    June 6, 2009

    You are so great, Meghann! I just love your attitude on health, fitness, weight, etc. I see eye to eye with you on many things, and I think you really listened to your body. I know I haven’t officially congratulated you on your blog, but I watched your video on Facebook and am so impressed! You did an amazing job at the marathon and put in so much hard work. You should be very proud – I look forward to reading about more successes πŸ™‚

  80. Joanne
    June 7, 2009

    That’s so interesting because I noticed that I gained weight during my half marathon training as well. I think it was from all the muscle. Ironically, I went on a cruise right afterwards, didn’t exercise for five days, and came back two pounds lighter than when I left. I guess my body really knows what it needs and doesn’t need and is very sensitive to any changes in diet and exercise!

  81. Nicole
    June 7, 2009

    I’m so happy you wrote this post. I think it’s amazing just how positive you’ve been throughout everything.
    I’ve been training for a 15K and I too have put on a few pounds. At first I was a little frustrated but then I realized (and you helped me with that) that it’s good weight. And I think the fact that you’re already registered to run the Disney marathon in January is awesome too. It makes you feel good so why not right??
    Also, I emailed you last week with couple of questions and I’m not sure you got it…apparently some of my emails go directly to “Spam” Let me know! Thanks!!

  82. trustingmyintuition
    June 8, 2009

    I was also at my lowest weight when I started training and gained 8 miles during the training! Like you said, our bodies needed it, and I’m okay with that too! Great post. I hope the back of your knee gets better. You’re being smart by taking the week off, and if it doesn’t feel 100% better by then, take another week. I’m on my third week off from running and it really sucks. πŸ™

  83. Rose
    June 8, 2009

    Thanks for such a reflective post on weight! I know I’ve really benefitted from reading this. I gained weight during my training too, and it got me really down. I really like reading your take because it’s so positive. Thanks again.

  84. lisaou11
    March 22, 2010

    Great post. I’ve heard a lot of people do in fact gain weight they when theya re training. Although, it’s nice to hear from someone who wasn’t upset about the weight gain and it fact welcomed it if that meant your body being able to perform better! Good job!

  85. Elizabeth
    November 18, 2012

    Hi. I am training for a marathon and looking to gain weight at the same time. Any tips?

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