I'm still struggling with the "weight" gain part of this training. My weight goes up and down 3-5 pounds during the week. I even googled weight gain during marathon training Saturday and was comforted by some of the stuff I read. I know its silly but I liked seeing that there was some "reason" some "purpose" to what my body is doing beyond me just eating more. (note: info is taken from the links provided)
"Good for you since glycogen is the stored carbs you need to make the distance. The reason that glycogen storage could add weight is that your body automatically stores water with the glycogen. This is the reason that an Atkins-type of carb-deprivation causes fast weight loss as water loss. Atkins, with its water loss and lack of carbs, would be a total disaster for anyone training for a marathon. Glycogen storage, then, is one of many small changes that add small amount of weight, but this is the type of marathon training weight gain you should expect and accept."
"It is yet to be determined how much fluid shift occurs because of inflammation and the other resulting joys of marathon training. However, this would more likely be like a short-term gain followed shortly by a return to normal weight. The best advice is to track your weight over time and look for personal trends."
"It’s common for some runners to have little desire for eating after a long run. The first concern is skipping the ideal time for recovery nutrition . The weight-related concern is that eventually your running-related hormone changes return to normal and you are left feeling famished. You are so hungry that you make choices on impulse, often with no regard for quality or quantity of the calories. Result: a higher calorie intake than is needed. Repeat this pattern for a few weeks with the resulting marathon training weight gain."
Ok so there may also be some more then moderate WINE consumption going on on the weekends, Dinner Club, post Dinner Club rebound hunger on Sunday (yes this is common phenomena), and general eating more going on. But I can say that the majority (75% )of what I eat is still good WHOLE FOODS type of fuel. Yes, I know chocolate chips are not a whole food...but they are a TINY FOOD :) LOL. I am also doing less weight training, backing off it to prepare for the race and weight training has been a big part of maintaining weight loss for me.
So all that to say, that I just need to get comfortable in my skin, do my best not to go on eating parties for one where the chocolate chips rain down like confetti, and run like the wind!
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