Poignant Irrelevance

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

liberated....for now

i have discovered that running over 40 miles per week affords me a luxury that otherwise escapes me. i can eat like a normal person. i don't have to obsess about "going over" by 100 calories for the day, and all of that other nonsense a lot of us find ourselves wrapped up in.

i call it nonsense because that line of thinking can become so all-consuming that it becomes self destructive.

for those with a fast metabolism and those that have never had to count calories, you are undoubtedly some lucky bastards! heh.

i can't tell you how liberating it is to not be so obsessed that crap. now, i'm not going out and eating candy bars or ice cream every week etc. (that would be too detrimental to my training), but if i'm really hungry in the morning when i wake up well screw it, i'm going to have myself a bigger breakfast. if i'm craving an extra latte in the afternoon, i'll get that too (with sugar-free caramel though, ha ha ha). if i'm still hungry at 7pm, i'm going to dig in to a clif bar followed by a diet coke. its great!

i'm dropping a little weight every week. this my friends, is what a normal person probably goes through eh? they eat normally, and when they start to pick up the exercise intensity, they lose weight.

i guess i have to run 40 miles a week to get there, but its all worth it for now; its so liberating. i don't have a ton of enlightening advice except to say you might need to pick up the duration of your training if you are having trouble dropping weight. try exercising for 1.5+ hours on a saturday, and for an hour 3x during the week. something like that.

i find it much more difficult to stay in a 1,200 to 1,500 calorie range than to run 40 miles a week while consuming 1,800 to 2,000 calories a day. everybody works differently, but that's how i see it for now!

time to tighten up the HR monitor strap, it stopped working again. sweet.


  • holy moly! 1800-2000 cals/day? NO wonder you're dropping! Are you sure that's all you're eating? Most guys would be dropping weight with that calorie range WITHOUTT ANY exercise...it must be flying off of you like bricks.

    By Blogger lainb, at 7:40 PM  

  • You are doing awesome. Seems like a fair trade off to me.

    How does it feel to run 40+ a week? Are you tired or sore?

    By Anonymous ali, at 8:40 AM  

  • I always say that different people store/burn/use calories differently - I don't know what the secret is, but I don't doubt that two people can be doing the same exercising and dieting and one person loses 10 pounds and the other person loses 2. I am totally with you on increasing the exercise; it gets to a point with calories where you just can't eat any less (welcome to my life!)

    You are incredible, running 40 miles!

    By Blogger M@rla, at 6:47 AM  

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