Last weekend I ate too much and didn’t go for a run. The rest of the week followed on in the same vein, I did get out for a short run but it was hard work. Somehow, sometimes you can’t seem to make your legs work, they feel heavy and stiff instead of strong and springy. So I ate more ( comfort eating)?and ran less.
This morning I lounged around in bed, we had breakfast in bed (the whole family!) and just read, chatted and played on computers. Very lazy but good quality family time!
Facing facts though, I knew that if I didn’t get out for a run this weekend I could stop thinking of myself as a runner. So I went. And I had a lovely run. I was able to push myself hard without having a hard time. Yes my face had that tingly feeling and there was that burning in the epigastrum that I get when I’m on the edge, really working hard, but the lungs and chest and legs weren’t really complaining much. In the end I even managed an average pace of 11:30 mins per mile, better than my usual.
So what makes for a good run?
i have read a number of sources which have said that you can’t improve your running if you are trying to cut calories at the same time for slimming. Anecdotally many people have explained that they gained weight when training for a marathon. I have been trying to keep a tight balance on calories, eating more when I run, but using running to keep my daily net calories down, but despite that I’m not losing weight or running faster.
in his book racing weight, Matt Fitzgerald explains that although people with less body fat run faster, it is difficult to achieve this through slimming. He suggests that you eat well, so that you run well and in this way your running will improve and your body composition will adapt and improve in response to your training.
I don’t think that you can lose weight and improve your running at the same time. I suspect that you can plod along to use calories, and use will power to not eat more, but it will be difficult to fight the physiological adaptations that your body adapts to maintain the status quo ( increased ghrelin, production, decreased activity). Some people say that you can counteract this with high intensity training.
So food, rest and running. Is this the right recipe?
what do you think makes a good run? Can you improve your running and slim at the same time?