Post # 1
My long time goal has been to run a half-marathon. In August I decided I would do the OKC Memorial Marathon (the 1/2) in late April 2010 for my first one. But I’m worried that I’ll lose too much weight during my training and won’t fit my dress right. I know I can do alterations, but I’m afraid the proportions will be wacky (I loved the fit when I bought it!).
Any runners out there also training for a long race and worried about dress fit? Anyone else have training advice to stay in my size but be in shape?
Post # 3
I wouldn’t worry too much about the fit of your dress. You should be having your first fitting around the time you have run the marathon, so it can be fitted to you!
Post # 4
I don’t think you need to worry as long as you also increase your food intake. I did a half-marathon last August. Initially I lost 8 lbs during the first 2 months of training (from a starting weight of 127 – so kind of a lot for me), but I was watching my food intake a lot because of an upcoming vacation to Hawaii. After that, the long runs kicked in, and I found that I was hungry.. all the time! I also found that my performance improved a LOT if I drank gatorade instead of water during/after long runs, and my running friends told me I had to start eating more food (especially protein/carbs) right after running (within 30 minutes after a long run). I started eating more after the long runs – a banana with peanut butter, or pb&j, or a Luna bar, immediately after stretching. And my eating intake overall did increase as well just from being hungry during the day – more snacking etc.
The point of all this: our bodies generally do not like to change – which is why it is so hard to lose weight for those who want to. If we increase our activity level, our bodies make us feel hungry more frequently because they want to compensate for the increase in burned calories by taking in more calories. So, I don’t think you need to worry about losing too much weight from training, as long as you do increase your food intake as well. Gatorade is a good way to do this because you are drinking calories, so don’t even have the fullness factor. Also just up your food intake, especially of protein (lean meats & fish, cottage cheese, lentils/beans if you are vegetarian). It will help you run better too! Oh and eat something small before your long runs if you can – I’d eat a handful of raisins or a small granola bar. And “Gu” is good for regaining some energy during running!
Sorry if this is too much information at once – but I hope it is helpful 🙂
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2010 - The Narragansett Towers
When I trained for half and full marathons I never lost a lot of weight. I gained muscle tone and my legs firmed up, but that was about it. My appetite definitely increased…is it bad that one of my favorite parts of training was eating bagels with abandon? Good luck with your training!!
Post # 6
In 2009, I trained for and did a half ironman…training 6 days a week, 15-20hrs a week. I lost 2 pounds in 9 months. I found I was always hungry when you’re training intensely. Now I’m training for a half marathon, but I don’t expect to really lose much due to the running. I think you’ll be fine (and you’ll have killer legs for the wedding!) 🙂
Post # 7
I’m sure no matter how big/small you are that you will look gorgeous in your dress!
Post # 8
I’ve run a half-marathon and two marathons and I never lose weight during my training! I do firm up, and become more tone…but I never lose a dress size. I think the main reason is my appetite always increases and I’m really focused on eating right (amounts, types of food, etc.) so that I can have good runs.
I wouldn’t worry!! Congrats on your first half!
Post # 9
Just echoing what others have said, but I’ve found the more I run (1/2 and full marathons), the more I eat. You’ll definitely look more toned (and probably feel a lot better), but you might not actually lose much weight or go down many sizes.
Post # 10
Thank you all so much, I’m feeling much better about my dress coming in post-training now.
Post # 11
I ran my first marathon in October! My body transfomed and I got great legs but i never lost weight! So i wouldn’t worry about it! You will look great however after training!