Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Winning Nutrition Wednesday - Ideal Running Weight

I am half through my training. It is officially February now people! (insert nervous laughter and screams of terror) There is only 1 measley month left until my Big Race and by proxy Dday. Just 1 month! And it is the shortest month of the year at that! The pressure is mounting! This is serious! The time crunch is on!

If you guys have been reading along, then you know training has been going surprisingly well. I have been running well. I have been running fast. And I have been running strong. I know, I am just as surprised as you are. But I have noticed one small unexpected side effect though...I AM Freakin STRAVING! No seriously, my hunger is out of control. I can not stop eating. I have been eating anything and everything in sight. My body is craving carbs. It is craving high-fat. Its craving sugar. It is craving protein. It is craving EVERYTHING. I am feeling a big like a bottomless pit.
My sweet tooth is out of control!!
So this something you always hear about in the running world. A lot people talk about how they actually end up gaining weight when training for a distance race. We even had a feature on the Fitfluential Blog about this very issue this week. And I guess because I have never trained for something like this before, I didn't really know what to expect. And while I have not gained any weight, I know I have not been very diligent with my nutrition plan. Food = fuel and I have not exactly been fueling up with premium grade lately if you catch my drift...

Needless to say I don't have abs like this...yet!
Needless to say I have been feeling a little diet remorse. There are a million studies out there linking your weight to speed and maximizing your performance. I have read them all and I covet those hard-core running abs. I have been plagued by the idea that I need to achieve my Ideal Running Weight if I really want to rock this run.

I have been turning to all my running buddies and online fitness gurus for advice, expertise, and their thoughts. The Consensus: The ideal running weight is not an exact science. I got some great advice and much needed perspective from Dorthy over at Miles Posts. Because the truth is I too struggle with a negative body image and tend to be my harshest critic. I don't always set the most realistic expectations for myself. And with the changes I can expect post-operatively I have been more critical than usual. I loathe the body I see and all of its genetic deficencies. I just see a body that has never and will never be good enough...sigh...

Okay, that's enough! Let's ban the negative self talk shall we. And let's get rid of the unhealthy expectations while we are at it. The truth is I am 4 lbs shy of my ideal running weight according to the LIVESTRONG calculator I used. That is not a crazy number and it is likely very attainable if I focus on proper training nutrition. Realistically the issue is not what I weight on race day, it is whether or not my body has the proper fuel to power me through 21 km. So I am recommitting to nutrition not to be a slave to the scale but treat my body with the love and respect it deserves for getting me this far.

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,