I ran today!!!!!!! And that makes me happy. But, it wasn’t awesome. A full week of rest helped my legs, but cardio-wise I felt weak and slow. I’m not exaggerating – it’s the slowest I’ve run in years. Coming from weeks and weeks of 40+ miles and a 3:43 marathon 10 days ago I don’t think I’ve actually lost my cardio fitness – there were several factors that probably affected this run…
It was 75 degrees, super dry with tons of pollen in the air. And I feel like I have a cold OR am getting some allergy issues. I can’t tell because I’ve never had allergies before. Experts – how can I tell if it’s allergies or a cold??
After my run I met up with SR to take a walk. I wore long sleeves and my sweet visor to hide from the scorching sun.
And on the way home I stopped at a local department store that’s closing to peek at the deals. I really really need a new stove because my current one is from 1784 and looks tragic. BUT – it still works. So, I can’t really justify getting a new one.
I opened one up and found SNACKS! Ha.
Have you guys heard of the color run for your car?!?! It’s awesome!!!!
It is only nine dollars and this machine cleans off the color foam after you’re done!
Weight Loss and Exercise or NOT Exercising
So. Not running for a week or more can be super stressful for a lot of reasons. Most of the time when I get emails from readers who are injured and are forced to take a few weeks off of running they add, “I’m afraid I’m going to gain weight!!!!”.
I hear ya. But the reality is it’s what you eat not what you do that has the bigger impact on weight loss.
It took me a few days, but I realized I was less hungry not running. It’s hard to gauge what is habit and what is hunger for me, but I definitely wasn’t as hungry as usual. It was easier to not snack too, which is good.
For me, I run at ‘peak marathon training’ mileage all the time. That is the point in marathon training where you are running tons of miles and it also makes you extra hungry. I live there.
That’s hard to manage because when you’re running a lot you definitely want to fuel your body when it’s asking for food. But, it can get difficult for me to assess when I’m genuinely hungry and when I’m depleted of energy and want sugar or rest or am vitamin deficient.
So, not running – just for a week, actually helped me get back to intuitive eating a bit better. And even though I didn’t weigh myself, I don’t think I gained any weight because my clothes don’t feel tighter and my eats were reasonable.
(I’ve also heard it be said that it’s 80% diet and 20% exercise, but I’d like to give some credit to my genes for the tenacity at which my body holds on to fat in certain areas. I don’t mind it all that much, just making a note.)
Question: What affects your weight the most – diet or exercise? Or stress? Or cupcakes??