ONE last picture from the Tucson Marathon. Elizabeth sent me this picture of us at the starting line (the smile was because I got to meet her… not for what my stomach was doing at the moment;) She was so sweet and I love talking to people before the race because it helps to calm my nerves big time!
I get emails about the post-race weight gain thing a lot so I thought… why not make a blog post about it?!
Some people stay the same weight all year round. Some people gain weight while marathon training and some lose it. Some gain weight after their big race and some do not. We are all different but I’ll just share what tends to happen to me.
I always gain weight after the marathon. I don’t know how much weight I gain but my clothes get tighter and I lose some muscle tone. What do I do about it? Well, I know myself a little bit too well and I know that the best option for me is to not do anything about it. I know that if I start obsessing/worrying/thinking about weight or if I try to prevent the post marathon weight gain from ever happening that I will probably go overboard.
I avoid triggers like the plague that could take me back to my old disordered eating ways and so I don’t go crazy trying to prevent it from happening after I finish the marathon. I let it happen. My mileage and intensity goes way down and I love food whether or not I am training for a marathon so some weight gain is bound to happen for me. SO… when I do get frustrated with my clothes fitting tighter I just remind myself (3465 times) that this happens every single time. I gain some weight during recovery and then go right back to where I was when I start training again and running more miles. Recovery takes calories and I want my body to recover the best it possibly can after the marathon so cutting back on calories is not going to happen and really, I just hate thinking about calories after obsessing over them for so many years. A few weeks after the marathon my body adjusts to the lower mileage and I am not as hungry as I am during marathon training so I naturally eat less than when I am throwing down 20 milers but overall, I just try to eat normally and avoid stressing about it. My mom always told me when I really struggled with body image issues to focus on somebody else (aka service) when I start to feel bad about my body and it always magically helps me to feel better about myself. She always taught me that when our problems/worries/stressors seem too big to handle to go and help somebody else out with their problems to help them to feel better and then our problems don’t seem so bad anymore.
I think Tina’s article about this whole subject is my absolute favorite.
Last night we hit up the movie theatre to watch Elf!
My parents’ neighbors were having a big Christmas party and they rented out a theatre for everyone. They even had free popcorn, hot chocolate and candy canes in the theater which made us feel pretty special.
Our love for going to the movies together will be a lifelong thing.
My sister and her family came too.
Then the guy and I went and grabbed a late dinner at Wild Zucchini. A marinera pasta bowl with lots of veggies hit the spot.
And the owner randomly brought out this dessert for us. It was some sort of gingerbread and caramel heaven. I know I say a lot of things are good but this was ridiculously good.
How we all feel when we get into bed at night and cuddle up in the blankets:
Does your weight fluctuate throughout the year much? Do you gain or lose during training? What about during recovery?
Last movie that you saw in the theatre? How was it?
Favorite type of pasta and sauce?
-Pesto and Marinera are my favorite sauces for sure.