three things thursday

1.  I just can't seem to completely kick this cold.  It hasn't gotten worse in the past few days, but there is a lingering cough and general weariness that won't go away.  I've managed to stay on track with my training this week, but I've been sleeping 10-11 hours a night.  Fight, body, fight!

2. I almost don't want to mention it, but it seems as if my piriformis problems are going away.  There's still a tiny bit of tightness when I stretch it, but before, during, and after running I feel nothing.  Injuries that heal WHAT?!  I ran a very gentle 5M progressive (9:55, 9:35, 9:16, 9:01, 8:45) on Tuesday, and the only things I noticed were a bit of stiffness in my knees and a small amount of tightness in my healing IT band.  Although there was a tiny bit of tightness/pulling after pool running last night, but I'm going back to the PT today to work that out!  What will I complain whine bitch talk about if I'm not nursing an injury?  

3. I'm interested (but afraid to open Pandora's box) in conversations about race weight.  I've never thought about it in training in the past, but I'd like to hear if anyone has thoughts about it, or can point me in the direction of some reading material on it.  Mainly, how do you decide what it is and why?  I generally eat fairly clean and balanced, with an attempt towards extra protein, and I don't think there is anything really wrong with either my diet or my weight.  But I also have no problem indulging in the occasional beer or extra cookie(s), and I do wonder if there's a "perfect" weight - from the angle of racing, not from the angle of being happy with my body.  It's mostly just curiosity at this point, because anything that makes me give up my daily mug of ice cream will probably not become a reality.  


  1. Well, I've read - I think in Runners World - that for every pound lost you increase 2 seconds/mile in pace. BUT my marathon race weight has always been a few pounds above my not at all in shape weight. I don't think its worth it to lose weight during training unless you are actually overweight. You'll end up cranky and worn out. Better to have *gasp* an extra 3 pounds than be miserable during training. Thats just my opinion though!

  2. I have a book called "Racing Weight" or something equally obvious that I'll happily lend you. I actually wasn't a huge fan of it, I find that my body naturally changes between off season/during season and I think that's just what my racing weight is.

  3. I agree with Beth. And, as muscle weighs more than fat, sometimes healthier/better weights are actually more.

    As for your cold, you know what I think about that.

  4. I agree with all above, when you're in training mode, your weight will be what it is, whatever gets you through the workouts and still feeling strong at the end, is what you want to go with. Don't deprive yourself, you'll lose more time being depleted than you'll gain being underweight.

    I'm right there with you on items 1 and 2! Right there! :)

  5. Honestly, I have a 5 pound range that I keep myself in; regardless of whether I'm in a peak training period or maintenance. As long as I'm feeling good nutritionally, I don't worry about being at whatever my "ideal" race weight is. I'm just happy to be out there running! :-)

  6. So glad to here the pain in the butt is not being as much of a pain in the butt!!!

    As for race weight, I tend to shed a few pounds as I go through marathon training despite how much I eat so now I just kinda have it in my head that I'm usually this weight when training and this weight when I'm not. I don't try for it, it just happens without fail every cycle.

  7. I have Racing Weight and the Racing Weight Quick Start, and he says that there is a balance between muscular enough to perform at top ability while still being light enough to perform at top ability. He suggests using body fat to guess and then trial and error to figure it out. And then when I started thinking about it, I realized that I've set like all my PRs at 128 pounds. Coincidence?

  8. I agree w/ the above comments that it's better to have an extra few pounds than be hungry durig marathon training but at the same time, re-assessing one's diet to find room for improvement and ways to change fat to muscle (and lose fat in general) is always a good idea. I highly recommend Matt Fitgerald's "Racing Weight" book. I reviewed it on my blog:

    I've definitely made improvements in my diet after reading it. At the very least, it's interesting!


  9. Just getting all caught up - but we need a phone date!
    I do believe there is a book called Race Weight, look on amazon, I've thought about getting it before, too. Hmmmm....
    Miss you, we need to chat!

  10. I always feel running a LOT easier even when I fluctuate down as little as a pound. But as you'd imagine, there's definitely a point where you lose muscle mass you need to stay healthy and uninjured and strong enough to run hard. And, I'm only willing to suffer so much for my sport.
    Signed, The Girl Who Never Misses a Meal.


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