Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The Best Thing About Training

Training for the marathon has been quite a challenge, but there is one significant perk: I can eat whatever I want and still lose weight! It's fantastic. Some of the treats that I'm sure have helped me go that extra mille: numerous pieces of chocolate cake, bulging bowls of pasta and all the bagels I want. If I'm hungry, I eat. I find after I do the really long runs (like the 19 miles on Saturday) I'm especially hungry for two days afterward.

Carbohydrates, particularly, are my friend because it is the fuel that keeps me going. People following the Atkins diet would have a really hard time training for the marathon, I think, because the carbs are key to your success. As I love carbs (pasta especially), that directive suits me just fine.

People keep telling me how great I look and asking how much weight I've lost. I have no idea how much weight has gone-- we don't own a scale-- but I do know that I've dropped four sizes at the Gap. I should add, though, that I STILL couldn't find a pair of jeans that fit there, now that they discontinued the style I've been wearing for the past 10 years. That was a total bummer, let me tell you. For the time being I'm going to have to keep wearing the pair that I can take off without having to undo the top button.

For those who'd like to try to follow my weight-loss regime, I tell them, "It's easy. All you have to do is run hundreds of miles and you too can look like this."

1 comment:

Laura said...

That's unfair!

Like you I eat every thing I want and don't gain weight but I'm not losing either. At least it's all a bit firmer so I guess my body is reacting in some way. That's why I try to keep it up after the FLM (well, sort of...)