What if I lost a few pounds? How much faster could I run?
I never think of myself as needing to lose a few pounds. Generally speaking, I’m a pretty small person. At work if I don’t wear heels, I am easily mistaken for a student. (Maybe I’ll appreciate this when I’m 40.) But I am curious… what if I could give up my chocolate habit and sweet potato fries just until the marathon in March? How much faster could I potentially run? According to one of my running books by Bob Glover, my ideal racing weight is 108 lbs. That is 3 lbs less than what I weigh now and for someone who is 5’2, that’s kind of a lot.
This table, based on changes in maximal aerobic capacity, provides a rough estimate of how much your race times will improve if you lose weight, as long as you have it to lose. If your BMI drops below 18.5, you’re at risk of becoming weaker and slower.
I’m pretty sure if I lost 5 lbs that would put me at risk of losing strength. However, 2-3 lbs. is definitely doable. I’m just not sure if I can give up my chocolate though. Something to think about as I get closer to race day…
Happy Trails and Happy Running,
Running Update: Today I had mile repeats at half marathon pace. As always, I went faster than my goal pace but I wasn’t really working that hard. I tried hard for the second interval to slow down but still went a little faster. My RC and I decided to lower my goal time slightly since I easily managed low 6:40s. That made me a little nervous but excited!! Stats are here. And I got new shoes today!!!