I know enough about science to know that lighter objects are easier to move. Physics 101, right? I've been like the majority of women in the world, in that I've always wanted to lose weight. During college, I didn't pay TOO much attention to my weight and I ran decent. I wouldn't say I ran well, as I was never a top-notch college competitor. I weighed about 145. This is perfectly normal for a female that is 5'8", definitely nothing wrong with that.
After college, I transitioned from shorter distance running to marathoning. My mileage remained in the low 70s, as it was in college. It was in my first few stressful years of teaching, that I dropped about 8-10 lbs. I remained about 135 until this past spring. Talk about maintaining- I weighed 135 for nearly a decade! Last spring, I read Glover's book Competitive Road Racing and found this weight chart. According to that, I had about 9 lbs to lose before I reached my "goal racing weight." So, I set to work. The first 5 were pretty easy, cutting out sweets, less snacking at night, etc. It was only in the past 3 weeks that I finally hit Glover's Goal weight of 126, and even a few 125s the past few days.
Shockingly, I feel the same. In the long run (pun intended), I think being lighter will help my times. I saw THINK b/c I could really see myself not watching my diet enough and underfueling. I don't see how it can't make me faster, if all goes as planned. My problem is that I sometimes can't tell if I need more fuel or if I just need sleep. Both of those things could be a possible need of mine at any point. Honestly, I am pretty stinking hungry a LOT. My workouts and energy remained the same, so I am not underfueling, but the feeling of wanting to eat is still there. I'm hoping that if I can maintain this weight, continue to train hard, that my times will decrease dramatically. It's sort of like the fine line b/w high mileage training and overtraining. You have to find that difficult sweet spot. With weight loss, you need to eat a low enough amount of calories to lose weight, but need enough nutrients to fuel your running.
I do very well during the school day, it's the social events that get me. For example, Tuesday night I played Bunco, Thursday night Bridge, and tomorrow night will be eating with a friend. It's HARD, but not impossible, to say no. I've found that other people leave you alone more if you just go ahead and lay it all on the line. It goes kind of like this at my school:
Overweight teacher: YOU can eat as many of these cookies as you want, you're so thin.
Me: Well, it's hard to run fast if you butt is big, so I'm really trying to keep my weight down. Thanks for offering, though.
Easy, right? My outside-of-school friends are better about cooking healthy things if I'm at their house or understanding why I don't want to drink 5 glasses of wine. I think they see my efforts and passion for running more than my coworkers. Heck, they should, I'm much closer to them.
THE REST OF THIS IS FOR LADIES ONLY!
There are downfalls to this weight loss thing. Ladies, why is it that we can't CHOOSE where to lose weight? I mean, I was small enough up top as it was, now it's like I'm concave. Does Victoria's Secret make negative sizes? I could be on my way. Also, the bootie... sigh. Southern men like big butts. It's true, ladies. I wouldn't say that my old butt was BIG, but it was at least THERE. Not so much, anymore. But, like I said earlier, it's a price to pay to be faster. I mean, in my dream world, those last 5 pounds would've come from my inner thighs. Why do I still have fat there? I'm honestly not understanding this.
Oh, wait! Let me go ahead and steal someone's comment-
"R, don't worry. It's what's on the INSIDE that counts." or "You at least have beautiful eyes and smile."