Natural Law: Running Weight
After a weekend of 10 miles of running and 25 miles of biking over 3 days, I happily hopped on the scale hoping for a smidge of improvement. My weight is consistently within 10-12 pounds of where I know I should be, but I consider it tolerable. I lose and gain the same pound so regularly that the little fat fairy doesn't even put it in long term storage anymore, she just puts it on the shelf 'cause she knows it will be back at home on my body in a day or so. So by adding in some extra miles, it could only help, right? Wrong!
When the needle stopped on the scale, a series of warning lights, loud sirens, and 'emergency' voices went off in my head. The scale registered 7 MORE pounds than where I started on Friday. What the ....?!? This is way out of any level of acceptable. The logical side of my head took over...let's see...if I use 3000 calories per pound, that would be 21,000 calories. My mind and body tried to assess the situation:
- Mindy to Body: Body, did you eat an extra 21,000 calories when I wasn't looking?
- Body: ...well...I don't think I did.
- Mind: Think! Did you or did you not? Using Half Fast's Baconator estimates, that would be like eating 17 large greasy hamburgers. Did you eat 17 hamburgers this weekend?
- Body: No, I think I remember some onion rings and a beer.
- Mind: Or cookies...I know you can't resist cookies...How many cookies? 21,000 calories would be about 140 cookies or maybe even 120 cookies and 20 beers. Does that sound familiar?
- Body: No, really, can't remember cookies..although there was some chocolate chips I found ... maybe I ate it in my sleep!
And then my running brain kicked in and reminded me of one of the natural law of running. A dark natural law - one I don't like. One I had ignored or forgotten because I haven't officially been in training.
Natural Law: When you start training for an event, you first gain weight before you can take it off.
I have been running so randomly that I had slipped around this little law for the last few weeks. I was running under the little fat fairy's radar. But the extra miles this weekend, and packaged in 3 consecutive days, must have sent up a big red flag to Body and her. Body immediately put on the hard hat and started assessing my chubby little legs, caboose and gut and telling the little fat fairy to store some fat here, start building muscle there, pump up the blood supply over yonder....(ok, I am not sure all the scientific stuff behind the weight gain). But, 7 pounds...that is just plain overreacting. It is just plain mean. What happened to our agreed upon deal of 2, 3, or even 4 pounds.
Now I have a decision on my hands. For me, I know that it usually takes three weeks of training and weight gain/steady weight before it comes back off. So I need to really begin training and keep up the mileage so I can get over to the other side to the good natural law where running takes off weight. If I don't, I could own these 7 pounds for a long time. And without a single cookie or cheeseburger to show for it!
After I stopped hyperventilating, I found this useful article on weight gain during training. Granted, I am not doing a marathon program, but I still think I can use any of the reasons listed as an excuse. And thanks to other bloggers like lifestudent and blueollie who posted about the same law - there is comfort in numbers.