Considering my eyes are open, I’m smiling, and don’t look like death warmed over, this would have to be one of the better race pictures I’ve had
Before you X out of this post in disgust, I'm not fishing here. Yes, I know I’m not huge. But I’m also not one of those whippet-thin distance runners you normally see.
Which makes me think about running performance.
Since having Emily, I’m about 7 pounds above the number that I used to consider the very upper limit of my “acceptable weight range”. You know, that number that makes you think OMG I need to throw out those Thin Mints already when you see it on the scale. All through my teens and twenties I stayed under that number. Through running, I was able to maintain my weight within a pretty narrow range and still get away with eating pop-tarts as an afternoon snack.
I eat much better now than I did even a couple years ago….. about 90% of my diet consists of whole, clean foods prepared at home. Even with my mileage slashed in half, I’ve been able to maintain this higher weight with little effort. My stomach no longer feels like a bottomless pit. Sure my old clothes are a little more snug, but I can still fit in most of them.
But isn’t lighter always faster and more efficient? Well my race times are actually dropping, which makes an argument against that. But maybe it’s just the better quality foods and hill running I’ve been doing. I can’t help but wonder if I’d be a little faster by shaving off a few more pounds.
I’m reading the book Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald for the second time. The first time I sort of skimmed through, but this time I’m reading more in depth and thinking about how I can apply it.
Would losing a few more lbs help me get closer to the sub 20 min 5k I’m after? Or would it have the opposite effect by making me weaker and injury prone?
We’re talking about going from a BMI of 20.1 to the 19.2-19.6 range on my 5’2” frame. That’s still within the healthy range. I’m not looking to starve myself.
Hmm, anyone have any experience/thoughts on this? How do you determine the best weight for yourself?
Now after all that rambling, I know you have a question for me too. You ask, Where can I get a sweet pair of shiny blue running tights like yours Blondie? Sorry folks they’re probably off the market. They’re Reebok tights I’ve have since the beginning of High school (that would be circa 1995). They’re still in great condition, and so comfy I just can’t let them go yet :)