Today’s run (street): 3.3 miles
Weight and running are often linked together. Many people run either to lose weight or to keep their weight at an optimum level. Some serious runners starve themselves to the point of emaciation because the less weight you carry, the less work is required to hold a pace. I took up running in 2008 when my weight slipped into the unacceptable range. By improving my diet, reducing portion sizes and running almost daily, it only took a few months to reach my target.
Over the past six years I’ve held my weight steady. Except for a period in 2010 when I lost a lot of weight due to pneumonia, I’ve stayed close to my original target. But over the last year I’ve put on a few pounds. Not enough to require me to go up another pant size, but enough for me to re-assess my diet.
I plan to reset and drop back down to my ideal weight. My question is how low do I go? From a running perspective, I would probably see better performance if my weight were 3-5% lower than my current target. I can get there, but I’ll pay a price. When my weight drops below normal, the first fat to go is in my face. I end up looking wan and drawn. So much for my maintaining my boyish good looks.
For now, I’ll work on getting back to normal and decide whether to go lower when I get there. The Runsketeers will be doing mile time trials next weekend, so I’ll see if I can make some weight reduction progress over the next eight days. I may be naive to think it could make that much of a difference, but you don’t see too many elite runners who resemble Homer Simpson.