I've been running at my club, but some people say I should lose some weight, where others say I should gain some muscle.
I've done halfs and my best time is 1:24, but I want to get sub 1:20. To do that, I need to do some changes to get there. I'm currently 10 st 4 and height of 6ft 3. I've been advised to lose 9lbs, to put me below 10. I don't mind at all doing this am getting quite good, especially on the longer runs. Some of the sub 1:20 ers whoI run with are very thin, even though I'm quite thin myself. Is there any harm in getting really thin, as long as I eat healthy, even though it will be a smaller amount?
I'd 10 stone 8 and 5 foot 10 ish, best time also in the 1:24s. I'd say my ideal weight for my height would probably be 10 stone to 10 stone 4, but I like eating and am still thin enough! At 6'3, 10 stone 4 is probably more than light enough! Although, being a guy, you are more likely to get away with being very light than if you were female - women have lots more problems with amenorrhoea/ bone disorders etc when their BMI is low, men not so much... The main worry about dieting when you're training is that you don't eat enough for your body to heal and refuel itself, and this can have a worse impact on your training.
Maybe increasing your mileage and eating enough to compensate will see your times fall. You'll probably thin out a bit over the upper body while doing this anyway...
Whoever's telling you to lose weight should at least be able to give you more advice or clarify it better than just saying you need to though
I've tried to build up, but never worked, I've got one or the 'mophs. I do the gym, but just to cardio and doing weights never appealed to me. I can pump weights all day and my muscles still stay small, do running is what I'm good at.
Just got on the Forum now, looks like its been down all afternoon.
Dont lose any more weight. Gain muscle. Doing weights may not be enough if you are not taking protein supplements to boost your bulk. YOU need power to push yourself quicker. NO matter how light you get - you still need the force to move you forwards. If being light would make a difference it would have done so by now.
Have your bodyfat assessed. If it is very low , further dieting will only eat away at your body mass- ie muscle. Seek advice from an experienced trainer in a gym set up and see what they say.
Here's a list of weight/height for elite American distance runners.
Name Weight Height Lbs/InchAbdi Abdirahman 130 71.00 1.83Alan Culpepper 130 73.00 1.78A. Famiglietti 127 69.00 1.84Adam Goucher 138 70.00 1.97Ryan Hall 130 70.00 1.86Meb Keflezighi 127 67.00 1.90Khalid Khannouchi 125 65.00 1.92Bernard Legat 134 68.00 1.97Dathan Ritzenhein 117 68.00 1.72Galen Rupp 138 70.00 1.97Brian Sell 140 71.00 1.97Matt Tegenkamp 145 73.00 1.99Averages 131.75 69.58 1.89
Looks like you are right in the middle of that range. Attempting to lose any weight seems pointless (and how would you do it, not eat enough?). Professional runners do lift weights, but low weight at high reps for muscle endurance. You don't want bulk which will slow you down. Higher mileage will help out your half times more than anything else.
As for a BMI of below 19 being unhealthy, well, Ritzenhein is at about 17, and I don't think an unhealthy person can put in a 2:10 marathon.
Looking at Dathan Ritzenhein, I'm about the same build as him, but he has proper training and sponsership. In the US, if you're good, then you get noticed. In the UK, if you good, so what? There are quite a few great runners I know, but hardly get sponsership, if ever and all their training is self-financed.
Luckly i'm never ill and can repel colds/flu quite easily, I reckon I'm as healthy as can be. It is possible to run over 15 miles in the morning and run another 8 later on and keep this up for a week, but I do notice my weight drop considerably - especially in the summer. I think as long as I'm fit, then I'm doing okay.
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... As for a BMI of below 19 being unhealthy, well, Ritzenhein is at about 17, and I don't think an unhealthy person can put in a 2:10 marathon.
The book I have to hand Human Body Size and the Laws of Scaling talks about all-causes mortality without specific breakdown. The one I referred to earlier on the Myth of Fat IIRC had more breakdown. The net has a diversity of findings but I'd rather not cherry-pick individual papers.
I'm skinny too. I'd rather a J- or U-relationship weren't so, but if I were to sink below 19 or 18 I believe I'd be storing up problems in the longer term, even if otherwise I might be a better racing weight today.
Mate...at 6ft 3 & 10Stone 4lbs,you are seriously underweight!!!.Even for a Distance Runner,you are way too light.You need to bulk up.You're a good Stone underweight at least.
Get some grub inside you for Pete's sake!! Seriously though, you need to eat more and throw some Weights around.Get some Guinness down your Neck!
The emaciated look is hardly attractive.You must be careful when running over Drains,as you may fall through the cracks.
Get to the weights room and put on a bit of muscle - a properly designed programme won't make you bulky, but help in terms of injury prevention and improve your muscles' fatigue-resistance for running.
I can soon get too lean with just running, however running isn't my only sport and I find I get too weak for climbing for instance if I lose too much muscle.
It's about getting a balance.
Yeah I would not go all out on upper body - no point developing excess in that area if all you do is run. Just maintenance stuff, but core and legs definitely.
Always think lean runners look funny in that respect - nicely toned legs but stick arms!
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