As I shared recently, I am currently training for a half marathon. I have wanted to run a half marathon for some time but was previously too scared to attempt it. Now, however, I feel more ready to face the challenge, so I’m going for it!
However, what I’ve realized is that this goal may be at odds with another very important goal: losing weight. I have read many posts on SparkPeople from runners who have trained for races, and a lot of times they lost little or no weight while training, or sometimes they even gained weight. Even back in the summer when I wasn’t running long distances, I wrote about the lack of weight loss I experienced, and while I think at that time part of the problem was that I was eating too much because running made me hungrier, I honestly feel like I am now doing a good job of keeping my calories at or below 1600 on most days. And yet the day after my long run, I was up TWO pounds from the day before! Yesterday I was only up .4 pounds from the previous week’s weigh-in, but still, I am not sure what to make of this or what I can do. I definitely don’t want to quit training, so I am just left wondering if I’ve picked two goals that aren’t exactly compatible with one another. I really want to be at my goal weight by the end of May, but I don’t know if that’s possible while I’m training for this race.
I think I need to do some more research on this, but I would also love your feedback. If you’ve trained for a race, have you lost weight while doing so? What do you recommend?