Today’s TIART over at the Runner’s Lounge is “Running and Weight” and that’s a topic that is near and dear to my heart, so I figured I should join in.
I’m gonna come clean here. One of the BIG reasons I originally decided to train for a marathon was to lose “the last five pounds” without having to watch what I eat. Runner friends warned me that it wouldn’t work and it turns out they were right. Running is awesome exercise and I love what it does for my endurance, my energy levels, my peace of mind. But it doesn’t keep me skinny.
As I progressed in my training, I did find that what I ate affected my running. Too much “junk” and I just didn’t have the energy to go the distance. Not enough water and my runs became just not fun. This was a valuable lesson for me. I’m far from perfect in the eating arena, but my perspective has changed. I’ve spent years running so that I can overindulge. I ran for good beer and cheap donuts. Now I eat to run. I try to fuel myself with healthy proteins, good whole grains, and lots of fruit and vegetables.
And I’ve discovered that eating healthy, plus my running does result in the weight loss I wanted. And if I pay attention to my eating and my running, I can still have a couple of those good beers on the weekend.