I’ve debated how to write this post for a while. I feel like weight is such a taboo word in the blog world, but its one I feel needs to be addressed every once in a while on my blog especially when it comes to running and training.
So please be warned if the issue of weight is one that triggers you or makes you uncomfortable please, please, please do not read this post. And please don’t say I didn’t warn ya.
Weight is actually a hot topic while training for a marathon and one I continue to get many comments on. After my last marathon I blogged how I had gained 8 pounds while training (post here). My clothes still fit and I was still comfortable in my own skin, but the numbers on the scale didn’t lie – the weight was there.
After the marathon I continued on my normal daily routine and eventually I got back down to my happy weight with little to no effort.
When I started training for my second marathon I was expecting the same results, but I quickly learned that just as two marathon are never the same, neither are the results when training.
Two months into training – without even realizing it – I had actually LOST 5 pounds! I was at the lowest weight I had been at since I was a sophomore in high school and people were noticing.
I didn’t get it. How did I gain weight during my first marathon and lose weight during my second? Was it the extra effort I was putting towards training? The uncontrollable hunger that never came the second time around? I had no clue!
I began to force myself to eat more by grabbing handfuls of this and that which mostly went undocumented on the blog. As always I still enjoyed my daily treats and had my fair share of cookies, ice cream, and chocolate. Thanks to the holidays and a few fun weekends I was able to gain back two or three pounds.
Training for a marathon is a tricky business. I ate when I was hungry, but in hindsight I should have been eating more protein during recovery from my long runs and upped the calories of my snacks. I am in no way a nutritionist or RD and still have so much to learn about my body and how it operates.
I received plenty of comments on the blog of those noticing my weight loss and I want to thank you for your concern. I was never hiding the fact that I did lose weight, I just am not a fan of discussing weight on this blog. Just know according to my doctors I am healthy and thriving.
Post marathon I have yet to weigh myself. I know it will all even out in the end, just as it always does. I honestly don’t even own a scale. I usually weigh myself at the Publix scale every other week. Its what all the cool kids do.
So there you have it, I gained 8 pounds training for my first marathon and lost 5 pounds training for my second. I wonder what will happen for my third or fourth? Only time will tell.