I found out today that runners have different weight requirements because of extra muscle mass. I have been going by regular weight calculators to determine my ideal goal and had come up with a goal of 135 pounds.
Since I’ve started running the only thing that hasn’t gotten faster has been my weight loss. I’ve become obsessed with speed and miles which seems to have stalled my scale. I feel fantastic but have been frustrated by trying to figure out what my goal needed to be.
Today I found the Racing Weight calculator and figured out my optimum weight for running. According to this calculator, I have to get down to 140 pounds and a 21% body fat. Right now I’m 150 and at 27% body fat. When I hit that magic mark I’ll re-evaluate. To help, I even bought a Body Fat Caliper Set off Amazon.
This all makes me very happy. For the past few months I had cut back on the long runs as I tried to untangle the mystery of weight loss while running. Now I feel closer to that goal… and closer to a daily six mile run.
So, while the statement is misleading, I can boast that I lost 15 pounds in one day—in the spirit of political gesturing. I can’t cut taxes but I can cut calories. Vote for me!