I took a few comment to heart. I have not been eating my veggies. I don’t know why. The crisper was full. (Before I got health I called that drawer at the bottom of the refrigerator ‘the rotter’ because everything you put in there rotted). But today I brought some of the veggies in to work. I had an additional half pound of carrots, a half container of tomatoes and a half cup of spinach (on my sandwich). I really like the taste of all of these I was just be neglectful!
In related news, I was reading some blogs yesterday and Jim at 50 after 40 had a post on the idea running weight. An excellent read!
He put a couple of links up to a couple of articles and I researched it a little bit further. What I found was interesting.
The Runner’s World article was discussing the health aspects of weight but then:
Of course, some runners are more interested in fastness than fitness. They want to know: What's my best weight for fast 5-Ks and marathons? Will losing weight help? The answer is almost always yes. But, as with BMI, only to a point. Lose too much weight, and you become weaker and slower, not stronger and faster.
Still, there's no denying that healthy runners will race about two seconds per mile faster for every pound they lose. [ I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR YEARS! – I KNEW THAT I HAD READ IT SOMEWHERE ] Weight loss boosts maximal aerobic capacity (VO2 max), an essential contributor to distance-running potential, because the less weight you carry around, the more miles per gallon you get from your oxygen. And because losing a few pounds makes running easier, you should be able to increase your workout distance and speed. So losing weight helps you train harder.
The article went on to mention a researcher from the University of Dayton (Paul Vanderburgh) who devised a calculator that would “equalize” performances among runners of different weights – click here. It says that my last year’s marathon time of 3:08:44 would be equalized to 2:51:04 (equalizing me being 37 years old @ 160 lbs. to 25 years old @ 143 lbs.). Not world record or anything but I’ll take it.
2 seconds per pound
The chart above shows the time gained by losing weight. So last year I ran a 3:08:44 in the Mardi gras marathon. How would losing a little bit of weight effect the time? Damn, I can’t believe it! Ten pounds would gain me 8:44! What was my time again? Oh yeah, 3:08:44. I guess that is how I will achieve my sub-3.