Post # 17
Sounds great! Do they have Myoplex at your average grocery store? Or do you go to a heathfood store?
Do you have a suggestion of calories per day? For example: I weigh 145 and am 5’4. I run between 4-7 miles 5 days a week. I want to make sure I get enough food, but I would like to lose weight as well…do you know how many calories I should eat per day? I am aiming for 1800…not sure if this is right (and this week, I have eaten well into the 2000s almost everyday…ugh).
Ooh! Great idea! And I think maybe our sponsor might swing for at least a consultation…hmm…
I do long runs (more than 60mins) about 3 days a week, so I should really look into gels. I have run a relay marathon before, and a couple of 10ks, but never looked into gels. And I have been thinking about the electrolyte tablets. Especially for during the race…And thanks! I am hoping to shame those boys as them ragging me is part of their training regimen, ha!
I’m scared I will just keep eating and eating after the race! I need to seriously lock down when its over. Race day is 8 weeks from our wedding day. I’ve never tried Weight Watchers…have you done it before? Whenever I mention it, my mom gives me a hard time, saying I do not have enough weight to lose. But I could easily lose 15lbs. I think 130lbs is my goal for life 🙂
Thanks for all your wonderful advice ladies! It really helps a lot. Another quick question for you distance runner Bees: What about weight lifting while training for races? I find it really makes me HUNGRY. But, I always thought it was really important as part of training. What are your thoughts?
And does anyone recommend a really excellent protein powder for creating lean muscle?
Oh…and what are recommendations for night before race meals? I have always done the standard pasta, but would love to hear what you have had the night before that has really worked for you!
Post # 18
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I absolutely do weight training while prepping for a marathon. I find that doing a short weight session BEFORE my runs actually helps my endurance. I do less reps with heavier weights, and alternate what body party I’m working every day (so I don’t get hurt/over do it). I started adding weights to my routine about a year ago, and I’ve seen a huge difference in my running.
I usually stick to pasta for a pre-race dinner (yum!). But I would definitely do a “test run” sort of thing with food. Once I decided to eat a peanut butter bagel the morning of a race for some extra fuel…. lets just say that was a really bad idea. I spent our celebratory post-race brunch in the bathroom (sorry!). Moral of the story (and great running advice haha): Don’t do anything different the night before, or morning of a race. Try it before you buy it haha.
Post # 19
I lift during training, but i do taper off the few weeks before a race. and the week before I usually don’t lift at all. I have also noticed a huge difference in my running since I began lifting, I have dropped a lot of time off my mile.
For a pre race meal, I usually do whole wheat pasta and protein. and lots and lots of water.
Another great protein option is whey protein. it is derived from milk, and is digested really easily. Whichever protein you use make sure that you look at the calories and how many scoops are in a serving. There is a large variation between different brands, and some tend to have a lot more sugar than others. The whole foods brand of whey protein is great. I usually do a scoop with water after a run. It helps me feel full without a ton of calories, and it helps with recovery. Good luck with your training!
Post # 20
The timing is also important for the pre-race meal. You don’t want to eat a giant bowl of pasta at 10 PM the night before a 6 AM race. I actually do my “big” meal 2 nights before my races. The night before I eat pretty light. Oh, and I try to sip on electrolytes the day before the race too. But this is all based on personal experience. Unfortunately, you can’t guarantee that someone else’s plan will work for you.
Post # 21
I don’t run long distances, but I run short-mid distances fairly frequently and lift regularly and I can tell you both but especially lifting totally increase my appetite. BUT they also increase how much fuel my body needs. Since I don’t believe in counting calories (long story, but very firm belief), my advice is just to be sure you’re listening to your body. Eat when you’re hungry, before you get so famished that you feel like you could eat the entire kitchen. Then eat slowly so you know when you’re full – it’ll probably be a little more food than you ate before training, but not two or three times as much.
If you are running heavily and lifting and eating healthfully to support that, you may well gain weight. It’s not a bad thing if it’s muscle. I know we’re all so geared up to the scale, but I consider it an accomplishment to pack as much lean mass as I can on my frame without gaining size.
My biggest advice though is to pay attention to your hunger and fullness – getting attuned and aware of those signals will really help when you’re done with the race, too, since you’ll be able to tell when your energy needs are decreasing.
Post # 22
I agree with you about not counting calories and listening to your body.
When I’m training I tend to eat more frequently, but I’m not necessarily eating full meals 7 times a day. I’m not putting down your weekly mileage, OP, but relatively speaking, that’s not an intense total. At the peak of my training, I’ll be putting in 60-65 miles per week and I don’t gain a lot of weight. I don’t know if this is the first time you’re training for a race, but what might be happening is that your body is trying to adjust to the sudden increase in caloric output. Give it a few weeks, try varying your meal/snack schedule, and see if you notice a difference in appetite.
Post # 23
Both my parents and a couple of my friends did Weight Watchers and it worked wonders for them. It works. And I think there’s a minimum weight you need to be for your height, so when you first go in, they check all that stuff before you start the program. As for the marathon, my race is this Sunday (6 days away!) and its crunch time after that.
Post # 24
Ladies just an update to say that I have been watching what a eat more, and trying to not gorge on carbs, especially on off run days. I am still running about 25 miles a week (and got new Asics!) and I lost almost 2.5 lbs last week! Finally! Thanks again for all of your advice, I have put a lot of it to good use.
Relay marathon in 12 days!
Post # 25
I wish I still had the link but there is a girl out there with a blog about how she was a distance runner but unhappy with the way her body looked. She was extremely fit but a bit "chunky."
Basically, what it came down to is that she changed the shape of her body when she started lifting heavy.
So if you’re not already weight training, throw some of that in there.
If I find the link, I’ll PM you. It had some great before/after pics.
Post # 26
That’s great to hear! I ran the LA Marathon last Sunday (craziest weather for the LA Marathon ever….it was pouring rain the entire time) so I am definitely going on the watching what I eat plan now! I did weigh myself and realized that I actually haven’t gained any weight throughout the whole training process, but I’m pretty sure that I don’t have to carboload anymore that I can def cut back on excess food. Good luck on your relay!
Post # 28
FOUND IT!! She actually was training for an Iron Man competition.
It’s about how she reshaped her body by switching from steady state/endurance type exercise to interval & weight training.
Post # 29
Wow that article is really useful. I’ve been training (for a much shorter run than you) and have found while I’m definatly getting fitter, I’m also getting fatter!
I’m going to give this a go!
Post # 30
Thanks for the awesome article!!
And a further update: I ran 8 miles in 76 minutes! Our team ran the marathon in just at 4 hours, so were were really happy about it!!
I have also lost 7 lbs, in part from all the advice ladies…I really appreciate it. I found really pushing the water to be key for me!
Here we are at the finish line! (Sorry its so huge!)