With the Warrior Dash done and training continuing to pick up, the miles are increasing and my weight is decreasing. I am a bigger guy and not with the typical runner physique. When I weighed myself in July I was at 255 lb. 255 is fine – if I could squat a VW Beetle or bench my refrigerator. I cannot. When I decided to sign up for this marathon I also decided that I probably should lose some weight. Maybe inspired by the distance or just deciding on a round number, I decided to lose 50 pounds before January; about 1 ½ pounds a week, so a decent amount but not out of the ball park for reasonable. 50 pounds at 3700 calories a pound debit is a lot of cupcakes I won’t be able to eat.
The exercise part is not an issue. Looking at moving up through 10 to 20 to 30 to 40 mile weeks I will be getting in plenty of calorie burning miles. Dr. Rachel was in town for a week and helped us with the diet. We (wifey and me) aren’t giving up things we like but instead making better choices about what we are eating. Maybe when we want a cookie we shouldn’t also eat a cheeseburger and French fries. Having not tracked calories and fats before, I was amazed when I started to look up common foods. Who knew that the amazing bratwurst I love are 200 calories apiece and a bun is 150? Two of those things are 700 calories before you get to potato salad and beer. How many times have I put down an entire day’s worth of calories in one meal?
The good news is I am already down over 15 pounds since starting this. I feel lighter on my feet when the miles are racking up. Between the diet changes, running, and adding calisthenics I have felt better on even the short runs. I have talked about wanting to lose weight in the past but this run, the training, the impending doom, have actually gotten me to really do something about it. The only thing to do about the situation is keep increasing the mileage and keep decreasing the weight by making better decisions on eating. I still ate a whole Stromboli post-Volkslaufe and will be damned if I don’t gorge after the marathon.
I probably don’t have to drop all the weight to finish the marathon. But I am pretty sure it won’t hurt.