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Post  Kenny B. on Fri Oct 21, 2011 12:41 pm

I typically weigh 169-170 come race day (marathon). In sept. I ran a HM at 169 and did great full energy this past Sunday I ran AC marathon and that morning weight was 166.5. About the lowest weight I have been for this cycle. I notice while I had that cold my weight dropped and never gained it back.

So, the plan over next 5 weeks is to eat more I guess and be around 169-170 come the morning of the marathon.
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Post  Jerry on Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:00 pm

Bowerman and the Men of Oregon has a story like this. One runner of Bowerman suffered from the performance in a meet. When Bowerman found out he was several pounds lighter, he called him to the cafe and ordered him a big meal. The the player recovered right away.

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Post  Nick Morris on Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:26 pm

Last year, while tapering for Chicago, I lost 5 lbs. That put me down to 165 on race day, which was the lightest that I had ever raced at. I eventually went on to get an injury at that race. Is there a connection? I am not sure.

This year, I lost 1.5lbs during taper and raced at 168.5. I race a pretty decent race until the heat set in.

My overall thoughts are that I run better at the 168-170 weight. If you feel the same, then I think you should concentrate on staying strong. Eat up!!
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:09 pm

I think the connection here, Kenny, is that you had a cold and lost the weight; therefore, your body was already compromised. Just back sure you are fueling properly and your weight will settle to where it needs to be.
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Post  healdgator on Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:10 pm

I believe there is an ideal weight for everybody (that changes over time, based on many things). It's more of a range than a single weight. Performance outside of that range will not be as strong, and it could result in injury. That said, I do not believe minor variations (in the 3-5 lb range, for example) make much difference.
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Post  Jerry on Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:52 pm

@healdgator wrote: That said, I do not believe minor variations (in the 3-5 lb range, for example) make much difference.

Some. lol!
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Post  Kenny B. on Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:14 pm

@Michele "1L" Keane wrote:I think the connection here, Kenny, is that you had a cold and lost the weight; therefore, your body was already compromised. Just back sure you are fueling properly and your weight will settle to where it needs to be.

I agree. My HR was already high at the start of the race. Maybe the cold with less weight did me in from the get go.


Thanks for the info. I think I will go eat now.
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Post  Mike MacLellan on Fri Oct 21, 2011 4:38 pm

Too light CAN be a problem. Too little body fat, probably not.

I found my "too light" weight a while back. It still holds true, unless I'm suuuuper lean.

Eat up.
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Post  Julie on Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:33 pm

Yeah I agree with the illness causing problems more than losing a few lbs.

I haven't been too low but I do have problems trying to eat just enough and still have some wt loss while also keeping my mileage up. Maybe one of these years I'll just put wt loss ahead of running and then get back into running.
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Post  JohnP on Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:52 pm

If you've lost a few pounds, it's most likely due to harder/sustained training that you are doing. You should not overeat in an attempt to get back. Eat to fuel your workouts. After Philly, you will most likely gain a few but the general consensus seems to be that the lighter your weight, the faster you should go.
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Post  Randy E on Sat Oct 22, 2011 9:13 am

I'd recommend buying and reading, Racing Weight, authored by Matt Fitzgerald. Interesting stuff.
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Post  ounce on Sun Oct 23, 2011 9:03 pm

When I get to that weight range, I will gleefully start another thread about such trials and tribulations.
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Post  mountandog on Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:57 pm

@ounce wrote:When I get to that weight range, I will gleefully start another thread about such trials and tribulations.

yup - not my prob. too lean isn't either What a Face
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