But first, of course I need to fill you in on our Arizona Adventures from last night before actually talking about running related matters.
We spent the afternoon getting some work done at the kitchen table.
And then our night activities involved meeting her sister and niece for a pedicure… they did a very good job at making my running feet look a little less runnersish.
We made a stop at Yogurtland dressed real stylish…
And took a creepy selfie.
I filled up my cup with some sprinkles because I know it would have made Brooke proud.
A movie felt like a good decision afterwards.
Straight from the movie we went to the couch with some of Megan’s fancy homemade popcorn. We watched Friends until way too late.
Okay, and another hello from Brooke. I am BEYOND grateful that my ex sends me Brooke pictures throughout the day when she is with him. Heaven forbid I don’t know what she is up to all day long.
A reader sent me this email and I would love to hear your opinion/thoughts/experience with this subject:
“I’ve been doing a lot of research on “ideal race weight”. I definitely think that losing a few pounds would help my marathon time, although I don’t think I am overweight. I also can’t figure out a way to ‘diet’ without compromising my training. The last time I attempted to shed a few pre-race pounds, I felt terrible and couldn’t recover fast enough to hit my desired workout paces.
Do you or your readers think that ‘race weight’ has any merit and/or is something runners should worry about? And if anyone has shed a few pre-race pounds, how did they do it a) healthily and b) without losing their minds from a lack of donuts? I just can’t seem to figure that out!”
My opinion on race weight (that I am not sure whether or not answers the question)—> it is a super tricky subject for females. There is a fine line between the perfect race weight (the lower range of your healthy weight range) and going overboard with losing weight. There are major health consequences that come along with females that are underweight. I think it is very common to assume that the lighter we are the faster we will be. I think it is likely to be faster for a race or two while underweight before your body breaks down and injuries occur. For example 5ish years ago I was underweight and I ran my fastest marathon time but then dealt with some serious injuries for a long time after that. I am now about 20 lbs heavier than I was at that time and feel a million times stronger (with fewer injuries) now compared to then. While I am sure if I was at the perfect ‘race weight/muscle mass/leaness/etc’ I would shave some time off my races… but to be honest it isn’t worth it to me (once again, this is just my option) to focus a lot on it because I don’t feel a lack of energy in my workouts (from cutting calories) and I’m happy where I am at. I think that everyone is very different and each body prefers different set points where they will preform their best. Finding that set point is the tricky part.
I think it is also super interesting because over time the elite distance runner’s bodies have shifted a bit to a more muscular build than they used to be. The elites are also probably working very closely with sports nutritionists to ensure they are at just the right place for peak performance. Long story short… I don’t feel like a few lbs will make A HUGE DIFFERENCE (my own opinion probably because I like donuts too much) but eating well (I know, I know… something I need to work on;), getting enough sleep, training/recovering hard, being at a healthy weight with muscle to power you up and down those hills that endure miles and miles of running is the goal.
What are your thoughts on race weight? Do you ever diet during marathon training?
What is your workout today?
Last movie that you saw?
Favorite Friends episode?