Do most runners need to lose weight?
|January 6, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Discussions|
Thought I’d spark up a lil’ discussion today about something that has been bothering me for a while, but first, breakfast!
Stovetop oatmeal (I rarely have it any other way now!) topped with a huge dollop of lovely PB.
My first time combining nut butter and oatmeal! Won’t be my last either!
For lunch, I was craving houmous, as all normal people do on at least a tri-weekly basis! But shock horror, there was none to be found! However, a can of chickpeas and Allrecipes saved me, and I made my own!
Sadly, it tasted like blended chickpeas, not houmous. Maybe because there was no tahini in it…? Don’t know but it was blaaaand. Still, chickpeas are chickpeas, and unspoken rule #1 in my book is never let food go to waste! So I fried me up some courgettes (love) and had a houmous and courgette sandwich!
Houmous + courgette = match made in heaven. Trust me on this one.
And possibly a couple thousand spoonfuls of my current favourite thing in the entire universe:
In the evening, it was BodyPump time! And man was it busy today! New Years Resolutioners…and my mum was one of them! I’ve never worked out with my momma before, so it was really fun! My muscles will be achey tomorrow, but her’s are gonna kill!
Triceps push-ups = die. I considered calling an ambulance to take me away on a stretcher at that point! What muscle group do you find hardest to work on? Mine is triceps, then biceps, but my momma said she found the lunges the hardest (my easiest!).
Yesterday’s sweat was a killer lunchtime workout! I did speedwork on the treadmill (1k @ 12mph, 2 min walking break, x 5: so a 5k run with walking breaks every kilometre) and then a 30 min mini circuits class. Circuits are great, because they incorporate weights and cardio! I have to go to a proper full-length one at some point!
Certainly gave me energy, but wasn’t a huge fan of the taste to be honest! The chocolate and toffee flavour I sampled there was much nicer (obviously! )
Discussion time! Oh I do love a good discussion! Please feel free (by that, I mean obliged) to comment with your thoughts and opinions! I love hearing from you all!
So, do runners need to lose weight? At least, that’s what magazines seem to be saying! A few days ago, I bought my favourite magazine (Women’s Running), but was once again disappointed to see the main feature on the cover.
So many of the dietary articles in running magazines are about weight loss! This concerns me as most runners do not need to lose weight! It is a direct contradiction as well to the healthy athletic cover models! In fact, what I would really like to see is an article on how to gain weight in a healthy way, as I think this would benefit many more of us. I do understand that some runners are trying to lose weight, and this targets them, but I believe that many more of us do not want, and do not need to lose weight!
Not only this, but I think it sends out a certain message- that everyone runs to lose weight. Often when people hear I run, they assume this, and I sometimes feel self-conscious and even embarrassed to admit I run in case people think I’m trying to lose weight!
So, thoughts and opinions on this topic? Has this ever struck you, have you not noticed, or does it not really bother you?