I think I can safely say that all runners watch their weight. There might be a few that are lucky enough that they don’t have to. I am not one of those few.
What I can say is that many years ago, in the 1990’s, I ran and could eat what I want and still lose weight. Today, 2013, that is not the case. Age certainly changed that.
When I was 35 years old, if I ran 50km or more per week, I would lose weight regardless of how much of what I ate. Now I am almost 50 and I must run 75km or more per week before that applies. I must really make an effort now if I want to shed any extra weight.
I must also be careful of what I eat nowadays and running more only helps a little more. But running still helps. I must just run much more per week than was necessary in the 1990’s if I want to eat what I like.
I remember when I used to run 100km and more per week I ate all the time and my weight still dropped. I remember waking up at 2 AM to eat an extra meal, often eggs or bread with cheese. Now I won’t be able to do that, even if I run more than 100km in a week.
Losing weight helps your running a great lot. You run better times with the same effort if you weigh less. It is said that each kilogram you lose can give you 3 minutes on a marathon. That is a lot and certainly makes it worth putting in the effort to shed that extra weight.
I am currently doing exactly that and hope to shed at least another 7 – 10kg before the Comrades. I am really putting in the effort and it shows. Yes, I run quite a lot, but at my age the extra effort is required. So far it is going very well and I am sure I will achieve my target weight by Comrades.
Do you battle with this or are you still young and lucky enough not to worry too much about it?
Run and eat well everyone!