I've Gained Weight Since My Half...And I'm OK With That

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I didn't make too many fitness goals for 2017. I just made three:

  • Get a new half PR
  • Train for and run my first marathon
  • Keep my weight between 130-135 lbs

As you can tell from the title of this blog, I'm not in that weight range anymore right now. I was sitting at around 135 for the Lake Minnetonka Half (up 5 lbs from my fall races) and I'm up a couple of pounds from that right now. I started marathon training at almost 140 lbs which I wasn't too happy about when I stepped on the scale but I also wasn't not expecting to see a higher number on the scale. I had been lax on my macros and running to give my body a rest post-half.

Now, with marathon training, you might have expected that extra weight to fall right off and I'd be back in the lower 130s that I'd been at the end of fall training last year. But I'm still in the higher 130s and I'm perfectly comfortable with that. My running has been feeling really great with the higher mileage of marathon training and my clothes are fitting just the same as when I was weighing slightly less.

Of course I'd like to weigh a little less because it would help my running improve just a little bit more but I'm not going to be cutting back on calories since I know I need those as my mileage continues to grow. I'm eating around 2,300 calories (of course there's been some higher days for celebrations) right now and the highest amount of carbs I've ever eaten while counting macros. And taking in that amount of carbs means I'll be carrying some extra water weight. But at the same time, I'm averaging burning 2,300-2,400 calories on a weekly average (based on what my Polar watch is measuring) and that calorie burn is going to continue to go up.

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As you can see from this chart, there's a little bit of consistency of how my weight is moving. Overall, it's down and it tends to dip lower after my Sunday long runs (where I'm burning the most calories) and then slowly climbs up over the week. Which makes total sense, my rest days are on Fridays so throughout the week my muscles are getting a tough workout and trying to recover (and holding onto water).

What am I going to do going forward?

My plan is to keep my calories at the 2,300 level and my macro split the same until the end of July. Then, on July 30, I'll up my calories to 2,500 (probably increasing my fats and carbs) and see how I'm feeling on that amount. Of course, if my running starts feeling tough before then, I'll trying upping my calories earlier than I plan to see if that helps out with my running.

Two things I'm going to do right now to improve how I'm eating right now (that might also have an effect on the scale and how my training is going) is to cutback on my alcohol intake and increase my water consumption. I'm not drinking a ton of alcohol but I've been doing more work week drinking now that it's summer and drinking more on the weekends than I did during my half training. So, I'm going to cutback to a drink or two on the weekends.

Along with that, I'm going to be more focused on getting enough water in. I've been drinking more pop lately to give myself a caffeine boost and between that and drinking more alcohol, I haven't been drinking as much water. I downloaded an app on my phone and my goal is to drink 100 oz of water a day. Which means no more getting pop during the workday and making sure I keep my water bottle filled.

I'll do another check in about how I'm feeling body-wise at the end of July when I do my measurements again. I think it's really important for people to hear about weight struggles during race training, it's something I haven't really seen from other bloggers that I follow and it's something I've been going through since I first started running.