It’s PILE on the MILES Day 16! In the present day we’re speaking about operating to shed pounds versus operating for different causes (and there are so much). And there’s no proper or incorrect reply to ‘Why do you run?’. The principle factor is that YOU can say in 1 sentence (okay 3 sentences max) the MAIN motive you run. Then, you possibly can run and eat in accordance with your important purpose.

I began operating to shed pounds. Effectively, technically I began WALKING earlier than operating and my important purpose was to shed pounds. I simply out of highschool, didn’t have a job and would’ve been too self-conscious to go to the fitness center if I might afford a membership. So… I walked and ultimately began operating.

Since my important purpose at that time was to shed pounds —> I additionally began a weight-reduction plan. *Truly, I began a number of diets looking for one which labored. This was earlier than I noticed moderation was the best way to go (see also: Intuitive Eating).

I NEVER anticipated to run a race. I NEVER thought I’d run 13.1 miles or something near 26.2 miles.

However I fell in love with operating and found half and full marathons. So, I skilled for my first race after which one other and one other…

And I discovered that coaching for a race requires a special stage of self-discipline than operating for train, remedy, as a interest, and so on. If you end up coaching for an endurance sport you need to change your weight-reduction plan accordingly. Your precedence can’t be no matter quantity is on the dimensions. In the event you’re asking your physique to carry out like an athlete – you should gas it like an athlete. Not consuming sufficient if you’re coaching can impression your restoration, endurance, well being and make you weak to accidents.

I do know that some runners are attempting to do each – practice for a half marathon or full marathon AND shed pounds. Hello, it’s me… I’m the issue it’s me. —> Okay that’s NOT me anymore, but it surely was. And I noticed I wasn’t getting the outcomes I needed from my operating or weight reduction objectives. That’s discouraging and makes it onerous to remain motivated.

I had to decide on one MAIN GOAL to give attention to at a time. After I’m coaching for a marathon that purpose is fueling my physique to maintain up with my coaching plan. If my purpose was to shed pounds AND I wasn’t coaching for a race I’ve somewhat extra flexibility in what / after I’m consuming.

I’m rooting so that you can crush your objectives (no matter they’re). If you wish to run a race or get sooner at a sure distance – GO FOR IT. If you wish to shed pounds – GO FOR IT. However, begin with a SMART Objective and gas your physique in accordance with that important purpose. You bought this.

PILE on the MILES Day 16 — What are you doing right this moment?

BONUS QUESTION: What’s your MAIN GOAL proper now?