Thankfully, it was a strong week on the workouts. I ran 33 miles, swam twice for 80 minutes, completed 1 Spinning class and 38 miles on the bike, several DVDs including yoga and abs, and 2 strength workouts. After a last-chance workout Monday morning, the scale was nice to me...
-2.5 lbs this week!My 4 week total for the Weight Loss Challenge is now -17.6 lbs or -9.7%.
I'm not defined by the number that appears on the scale. However, over the past several years, I have learned one thing... my running speed has a direct correlation to that number. Research has shown that, on average, runners get two seconds per mile faster for every pound they lose. Of course, this is not all inclusive, but all other measurables the same (training, health, race conditions), I believe it to be pretty accurate. At least for me. Last spring, I was at my lowest running weight and all my current PR's are from that time frame. This past summer, I got lazy on the food and gained 10-15 lbs back, despite running 40+ miles each week training for a marathon. The extra weight resulted in disappointing times at the finish line last fall.
As the weight drops off in recent weeks, I'm clocking improved paces - with the same exertion level. It's exciting to see what each run will bring. It also keeps my will power strong at the dinner table. I'm so determined to PR in both the Half and Full Marathon events this spring. To reach those lofty goals, I know that the work I do in the kitchen is just as important as the work on the track.
Do you run to lose weight? or lose weight to run faster?
Right now, I'm pretty focused on the latter.
Losing weight may not be the option for everyone, especially if you're BMI is already in the low 20's. My BMI still classifies me as obese (what the?!), so I have a long way to go yet. What's your ideal running weight? Check out this good article from Runner's World here for more information.