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Thursday, June 26, 2008

I'm deep in the middle of week 2 of marathon training; only 16 to go! It sounds like a lot, but could go really quickly. Since I'm a teacher, I tend to think of summer vacation as downhill from the 4th of July. Thankfully my hardest 6 weeks of training is after school starts. Hopefully it will be cooler then, when I need to do my 20 milers.

Anyway, I'm starting to take an attitude that I need to focus on body fat percentage and my running, instead of losing weight. I have been at or near this weight for about 3 years, regardless of how much/little I eat and how much/little I exercise. So, maybe this is where I am supposed to be. If I lower my body fat percentage, my body proportions will be better.

You see, I have a 27-inch waist, with 39 inch hips, so I'm not very well proportioned. I have trouble buying pants and straight skirts because in order for them to accomodate the junk in the trunk that I can't seem to get rid of, the waist is way too big.

The point I'm trying to make is that I let myself get way too obsessed with that number on the scale, not how I look or feel. Mentally, I need to weigh less, or accept where I am and be happy with it. I'm just tired of always being on a diet of some kind.

This marathon will basically make my training be "year-round" because I started training for the Flying Pig on New Year's eve. So, I trained for the first 18 weeks of the year, took 6 weeks off, and am in another 18-week training session. After the Columbus race, I'm doing a 10k on Thanksgiving, then maintaining my conditioning to train for the Flying Pig again.

Everyone says it's really hard to lose weight during marathon training, so maybe I should just focus on my training, since it seems like I'm always doing it! I mean, I don't want to stop running to lose weight!
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    I'm also in your boat. I hate feeling as if you can't do both at once. As if I can't train properly for a marathon without gaining or maintaining. I think it's a mental set that can be broken. Listen to your body, continue running and remember to strength train. But I'm pretty sure I'm preaching to the choir. emoticon

    Stay motivated and listen to your body.
    4535 days ago
    good luck with your training. i think if you just run and eat well the weight will come off naturally.
    4535 days ago
  • WYNTER13
    Good luck with your training. Sounds like you are doing great! Just keep up with your training and the rest will fall into place.
    4535 days ago
    I'm keeping my eye on your posts since we're both training for fall races. I'm also already dreaming of long runs in the fall when the weather is cooler!!

    I know how frustrating it can be, running so much and not losing. I never saw any real differences until I was training consistently year-round, so hopefully you'll start seeing some changes soon. I think you're wise to focus more on body fat percentage than on the scale. That should make just as much of an impact on your running.

    Good luck with your training!
    4535 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/26/2008 8:54:47 AM
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