Last week, I came across this blog post thanks to Amy over at Lavenderparking. I guess I always knew that carrying extra weight slows you down while you are running because, well, it just makes sense. But this particular blog has a graphic breaking down exactly how much extra weight can impact a run. The thing that got my attention is the amount of weight it takes to impact your chances at a PR. Hint: it’s not a lot. Just two extra pounds can add 1:45 to your marathon time. If that isn’t proof that every pound counts, I don’t know what is.
I think any of us who have ever tried to lose a few pounds, or even a lot of pounds, get frustrated with those weeks where you feel like you did everything right and only dropped a pound or two.
I reminded myself of this chart and the information shared on it when I weighed myself yesterday morning and saw I had only dropped 2.5 pounds. I stayed within my calorie allotment every day. I worked out four times last week, including the 3-mile run I did Sunday which was followed by 45 minutes of spinning.
Instead of focussing on what I hoped would be a better number on the scale, I am going to focus on the positives. I am down, first and foremost. Yay! According to the chart, I am not just down 2.5 pounds, but also down nearly two minutes for a marathon and nearly a minute for a half. Second, I did that 3-mile run (my longest post-injury run yet) an average of only 20 seconds per mile less than my pre-injury 5k pace. I really expected to be a whole minute slower. I also did the run without wrapping my leg, which I didn’t intend to do, but I was about a half mile into the run when I realized I forgot to do it. But there was no tweaking in my leg, no stopping and I’m not the least bit sore.
I think I could have run about a mile or so more but decided to go conservative. I just started feeling real good after about 2.5 miles and was surprised I had only a half mile left to run. I considered continuing on but, again, decided to go conservative. I decided my strategy will be to repeat that same run until I can do it at a pre-injury pace, then add more distance and start the process again. I’ll keep adding mileage as long as it still makes sense.
I also had a radical thought while I was out running: That a treadmill might help my training along. The thing is, in the winter, I don’t do any running during the week because I hate running in the dark, which I would have to do in order to get in a run either before or after work. Add in bitter cold and you won’t ever see me out there. I have only run on a treadmill a few times in my life and never really considered the treadmill something I would enjoy. I’m an outdoors kind of gal. But I’m also a TV girl and that could actually be an option with a treadmill. 😉 During these winter months it might be the only way to get runs in during the week. Something to think about.