(Closed) Marathon training=Getting fatter – HELP!

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Have you been keeping measurements at all? I’m sure a lot of the weight you’re carrying is water, glycogen, and muscle and probably not fat at all. I don’t have any races right now but I’m in a running competition and I’ve been regularly running 25-30 miles for the last 2 months because of that. In 2 months I’ve only dropped like 4 pounds, but I’ve got a body fat scale and it says I’ve lost like 10 pounds of fat, and my measurements show I’ve lost an inch on my waist.

In general I don’t have a ton of issues with hunger. I make sure to stay really hydrated and I find that after exercise I really don’t want to eat at all. I just have a small carby snack a couple hours before a run and I’m good to go. a 200 calorie snack doesn’t break the caloric bank when I’m running 5-6 miles. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i would guess you’ve lost inches if you haven’t lost weight. you can also figure out how many calories you expend in a normal day, plus the number when you run; compare that number to how many calories you eat. they should be about equal.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Marie Gabrielle

Running makes you HONGRY!  Bananas are great, healthy fuel – try to minimize use of the processed sports bars/candies.  Also try to focus on crazy amounts of greens, carrots, tomatoes – broccoli and kale always give me energy and are so good for you.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am not and have never trained for a marathon but I do know that when I am intensly working out I am constantly starving! What works for me in a lot of high protein foods. Stay away from red meat and pork right now as much as possible and try to focus on eating a lot of chicken breasts and fish. Also, make sure you eat every two hours or so. I know that if I eat small amount ever couple of hours it really helps me get through the day and not eat excessively at meals. Pick healthy but filling snacks that you may enjoy. For example I eat peanut butter crackers, strick cheese, tziaki w/carrots, fruit.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Also, a great online tool that I use to track my food and excersise in the dailyplate. It’s a free online tool that allows you to enter what you eat as well in your case your running. I like it because I can see how many grams of protein, fat, and carbs I am consuming and can see if I need to tweak my diet.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I highly recommend Myoplex Chocolate post long run.  If I run more than an hour, it’s what i use as a post-workout snack.  It helps with building muscle, and is fairly low in bad stuff.  Also, it tastes like chocolate milk ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Honey bee

I never trained for a marathon but I did have a time when I worked out like a maniac, and I was starving 24/7. What helped me was writing down everything I ate for a few days. It was amazing to see that even though I felt like I was eating a lot, I wasn’t eating nearly enough for the calories burned. I was also eating crap because I figured “eh, no big deal. I’ll burn that off”. But it actually just left me more hungry. Try adding more protein to all your meals? And maybe smaller meals throughout the day instead of 2 or 3 big meals.

 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I have run 2 full marathons and 8 half marathons and I can tell you that when training I’m starving too!  It is so easy to gain weight when training for a marathon b/c of this too.  It’s really important you monitor what you are eating and your calorie intake if you want to lose weight.  You can run all you want, but if you are eating more you are going to gain weight.  I think it’s awesome you are doing the relay!  GOOD LUCK!!!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would actually recommend you see a sports nutritionist. Your caloric needs are going to be vastly different where you are training for a high level endurance event. A sports nutritionist can help you ensue you are eating right for your level of training, and include healthy options. He/She can also help you meal plan, as well as provide advice about what, and very importantly WHEN to eat around your training schedule. Your sponsor may even be willing to pay for it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Mindiana Jones: This! She’s right! I’m a distance runner as well, and when I’m hungry all the time at peak training, I can gain weight b/c I’m not paying attention to what I”m putting into my mouth. Drink lots of water as well. It helps flush out your system. Good luck!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve never trained for a marathon or anything like that, but have you tried eating a lot of protein rich foods?  Like eggs, yogurt, chicken and nuts?  I remember seeing something on the net awhile back about foods that are good to eat after working out.  Maybe you could try googling around and see what you come up with.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Chicago Illuminating Company

Hey girl! I run 2 marathons a year, every year, and let me tell you… I am hungry ALL.THE.TIME. I think the best advice I can give you is to eat more often. Have healthy snacks available throughout the day so you aren’t forced to chow down on empty carbs (chips, etc). My favorite snacks are hummus and pita bread, bananas, peanut butter on whole grain bagels, almonds and greek yogurt. Definitely make sure you’re eating protein. I’m not a big meat eater, so I rely on Odwalla protein shakes (I drink half at a time, one is too much for me) and Clif bars post-run. 

Also, what are you using while you run? If you’re running for more than 45 minutes at a time, you might need to invest in some gels (I love Hammer gel, it’s all natural). Sounds like your body is begging for more fuel. I also really love electrolyte tablets while I run (and post-run). I use Nuun tablets (again, all natural) and I find that they give me a little extra boost. 

Hope that was helpful! Good luck with your training! I bet you smoke those guys ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I totally know what you are feeling. I’m running the LA marathon in 2 weeks, and despite all the training, I feel heavier…I’m still wearing the same size clothes, but I’m not light as I once was. I know, I know, muscle is good for you, but I’m eating way more than I used to and I’m trying to shed pounds for the wedding. Once the marathon is over, I am thinking of joining Weight Watchers to get my eating under control. I’m not huge, but I could lose 10 lbs and be ok.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

This happened to me training for my half marathon. I ended up gaining a few pounds because I could not stop eating!!! The problem was after the marathon and training it took me a while to get back to my normal eating and gained a few more lbs. ๐Ÿ™ Which is frustrating because I did the marathon to get in better shape! 

Just do your best to eat as healthy as possible even if you eat a lot. Try not to eat junk. Good luck!

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