It should be, but I don’t know if it ever feels like it. I think I get excited because I don’t have to run as far and then I set myself up for disappointment! Today’s run was five miles. I really, really wanted to maintain a 12 minute per mile pace but I couldn’t do it for the full five miles. My first mile was a 12 minute mile, and then I started alternating one minute speed intervals with one minute of walking. I did finish in 62 minutes and 12 seconds, which wasn’t too shabby. I ended up averaging a pace of 12:28 per mile.
I realize I set myself up for failure by having unrealistic expectations. Two days ago my average pace was 13:05, and I miraculously thought I was going to shave 1:05 off of that pace the very next time I ran. I am crazy!! I am tired, and my body is tired because I don’t think I am giving it the fuel it needs. A friend of mine brought up a very important point when I had commented on not having any sugar. He said that my body needs carbs, especially if I am race training. Carbs provide fuel to your body, like gas provides fuel for your car. Not only have I not been giving my body the carbs it needs to run, I haven’t even really been eating all the calories I need. I realize this is a hindrance to my weight loss because as soon as the body doesn’t get what it needs, it hoards what it has. By no means am I doing this on purpose, but nothing sounds good anymore. Some days I also feel like if I can’t have sugar, I don’t want anything!
I need to start adding some more carbs to my diet. I do feel like this is why my body has been feeling weak. I am working and training too hard without the proper fuel. In the two days I have worked out this week, I have already burned 2,970 calories. My weight loss plan is based on me burning only 4,000 calories a week. I still have three workouts and 15 miles to run this week. I will far surpass 4,000 calories burned, which definitely means that I need to be eating all of my calories including more carbs.
I feel like I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. On one hand I am trying to lose weight, and the other I am training for a marathon. I want to believe that if I just stick to eating the number of calories, irrespective of what I am eating, I will continue to lose the weight. Am I wrong? What do you think? I am really hoping to get people’s thoughts on this!!