Chicago Marathon Training, W5D7: Cross-Training (HIIT)
This workout was supposed to happen yesterday, but it didn’t. Most of my relay team and I went out yesterday to drive the course (because it’s mostly in the middle of Bumfuck, Nowhere and apparently not everything is clearly marked?) and between being on narrow, windy country roads and getting lost, it took us nearly three hours. I was exhausted and in no mood to exercise when I got home. I told myself I would cross-train today, and though it always makes me a little nervous to put off training days, I knew as long as I kept my promise, listening to my body was what mattered. That was why I picked this plan in the first place—to have the flexibility of the second rest day (and it truly doesn’t matter if it’s Sunday or Monday) and to keep the other rest day before the long run Sacred.
TL;DR I finished the fifth week of marathon training today.
I also got back on the scale after a much more mindful week of eating—I tracked errthing, stayed within my calorie limits except for my “cheat” dinner, only ate back 2/3 of what I burned (except for long run day), and when I ZOMGHADTO snack I ate berries or baby carrots. With all that, I only showed a .2lb loss, which is frustrating—I had hoped that part of that ten pounds would have been water weight.
I’m trying not to be too disheartened, though. When I look back through the week’s log, I see a fair bit of crap in my diet that wasn’t part of my “cheat”—with the calories that I burned from training, I managed to find five different times to work substantial amounts of candy into my daily eats. Like, movie-sized boxes of Sour Patch Watermelons amounts. And I’ve justified it by telling myself I’ve earned it, that this is one of the perks from training, etc., and it’s just not a healthy mentality. I’m not fueling my training, I’m rewarding myself with empty calories. And that’s okay to do every now and then. Just…not as much as I have been.
On Michael's recommendation, I got Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald for my Kindle, and most of the information it offers isn’t a newsflash (don’t eat bullshit herp derp), but it helped me frame the material in a way I hadn’t before, and give me a firmer game plan for how I should eat. The more I eat like an athlete aiming for optimal performance (which—whoa—it’s weird thinking of myself like that), the more my body will naturally gravitate toward its ideal racing weight. So, based on the information presented in this book (which I would heartily recommend to any of you training or preparing to train), this is my plan for this week:
- Track my weight (141.8) and body fat. Per my scale’s instructions, I will take this measurement in the evening (…and probably not post it).
- Track my food using both calorie counting and Fitzgerald’s Diet Quality Score, aiming for foods that give me a positive score rather than not. Depending on how this week goes, I’ll go back through last week’s tracking and see how my stats stack up.
- Try my damndest to eat only when I’m actually hungry. Obviously this will be a struggle, but I’m resolving myself to try.
- Try to taper carbs throughout the day. Carbs are MY BESFRAN, but they are less necessary later in the day because you’re usually expending less energy, and thus they’re more susceptible to being stored as fat. Focus on carbs for breakfast, lunch, and post-workout, and try to make dinner about protein.
We’ll see how it goes! If nothing else, I’m sure eating better will help my training even if I don’t lose much weight.