I’m a fat runner again. I’m not going to sit here and say “How did this happen?!” I know how it happened – eating junk food at night while I studied or went to class. Turns out the “freshman 15” becomes the “graduate 30.” This may also be known as the “thirties 30.”
I’ve gained and lost weight in the past couple of years. Sure, it has coincided with turning 30, having kids, and going to graduate school. Amazingly, when you’re in your 20’s, without kids, and without graduate school sucking your soul dry, you’re easily able to maintain a great weight. But ok, regardless of how it happened, the question is how to fix it and fix it permanently.
It’s a fairly simple equation. When I eat healthy and eat less, I lose weight. Magic! When I stay up pulling all-nighters, eating junk food and soda like when I was 18 and in college (the first time), and then missing scheduled runs because I’m operating on 3 hours of sleep, I gain weight! Well I can’t eliminate all-nighters yet. But I can eliminate the junk food. That’s it folks. Just eat better. But it’s so hard. My gluten-free toast with tofutti spread didn’t produce the same exact high as M&Ms and soda do, but it wasn’t so bad either. And hydration! Hydration is so money and I didn’t even know it. I’ve been battling the hydration war for forever but the more water I drink the less I eat.
I’m fairly certain that my overweight-ness is causing my crappy running more than me not training enough. According to this article I read in Runner’s World Magazine, I’m basically running 13 minutes slower in my half marathons due to being 30 lbs heavier than I was when I did my PR with the half. Only, oh wait, I’m not running 13 minutes slower I’m running 21-48 minutes slower! Maybe only 13 minutes are due to weight and 8-35 minutes are due to poor training. I’ll buy that.
The real question is how much of this can I change in the next 2 weeks (before Sarasota) and the next 6 weeks (before 17k)? Gonna work hard at this one folks. I can’t keep on this way. It’s not fun to run fat. It’s not fun to race fat.