Stop Blaming Your Metabolism; It’s Probably Not Causing Your Weight Gain

Streak Day: 1320
YTD Mileage: 1,297.4
133.02 lbs
19.0 Body fat

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Here’s the thing. People (including my doctor) keep telling me that people should just expect to gain weight as they age, as if weight gain after a certain age is axiomatic. As a function of aging, so they say, our metabolism slows down every year. Supposedly. I reject that particular piece of conventional wisdom. If weight gain as one ages is unavoidable, I wonder, why isn’t everyone over a certain age pudgy and cushiony, with a pregnant looking abdomen? Although I do have friends who have put on weight in the past few years, I have others who have not. Dear Hubby, as well as his sisters who are in their late forties to mid-fifties, remain as thin as ever (and hubby Phillip still eats as he did when he was teenager). His sisters’ refusal to gain weight as they age remains a little frustrating to me. Two of his four sisters don’t even work out that much. Phillip at least runs and goes to the gym regularly. Continue reading “Stop Blaming Your Metabolism; It’s Probably Not Causing Your Weight Gain”

Shocker! Running Daily Does Not Prevent Weight Gain

Streak Day: 1309
YTD Mileage: 1,222
134.00 lbs
19.9 body fat

Oh, yes! I am in shock over my sudden weight gain. Other than for health reasons beyond my control, I’ve never had to worry about my weight. Even before I started running at the age of 44, I never had to watch weight. I was actually too thin, until 2006 when, after years of misdiagnosis, I was finally diagnosed by a GI with celiac disease. I gained a healthy twenty pounds when I started the necessary gluten-free diet and I held steady at the healthy weight of 130 (my height is 5’7). Then suddenly in the spring of 2014, and I do mean suddenly, I gained ten pounds and nearly 10% body fat. The sudden body fat gain indicated a metabolic problem. I also had myriad other symptoms, so I saw my doctor for the problem. He ordered thyroid testing and discovered that my thyroid had stopped working. Continue reading “Shocker! Running Daily Does Not Prevent Weight Gain”

Learning While You Run

Streak Day:765
YTD Mileage: 220 / 2017
(2112 miles / 2016)

credit: http://www.gq.com/story/exercise-without-headphones

During the 2009 Austin Marathon, I was running on the far right of the crowd, just inside the orange cones that marked the line between the runners and the traffic. An ambulance with lights and sirens blaring was creeping in the traffic lane just on the other side of the cones, impeded in its progress by a racer running on the traffic side of the cone. This runner, with earphones embedded in both ears, was completely oblivious to the commotion caused by his inattention to his surroundings. As the ambulance blared the sound of its presence, Continue reading “Learning While You Run”

Running Through the Mist: Oregon Coast 50k, Part 2

Streak Day:733
YTD Mileage: 8 / 2017
(2112 miles for 2016)

October 8th, 2016: Oregon Coast 50k race day arrived. We picked up our packets in a meeting room at the lodge, shortly after the 7 am packet pick-up start. Packet pick-up was well-organized, and the volunteers were very friendly. The race registration for the OC 50k does not include a shirt, but registrants can buy a shirt or a hoodie at the time they register for the race. The registration site has a warning that items purchased at the time of registration will not be shipped to race registrants who cannot run the race for some reason, so one does take a risk paying for a race garment he may not receive if he orders it when he registers, but then has to miss the race for some reason. I accepted the risk and ordered a race shirt for Phillip and a Rainshadow Running sweatshirt for myself when I registered the two of us for the race. I slightly worried that somehow we would have a problem with the purchases when we picked up our packets, but all went 100% smoothly. Continue reading “Running Through the Mist: Oregon Coast 50k, Part 2”

Run Free Texas 80s 8k: 1st Austin Distance Challenge On the Books

Streak Day: 644
YTD Mileage: 1562/2016

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Sunday morning, October 2nd, arrived in a friendly manner: cool, clear, and dry.It was a perfect morning for the RFT 80s 8k! The race took place at John Gupton Stadium in Cedar Park. The race start was 7:30 am, my least favorite race start time after 7 am. The later race starts are so much nicer. One’s body has a chance to wake up and get used to the idea of running hard for a few (or more) miles. I was initially, as usual, dreading the 7:30 am start; however, the lack of traffic running from South to North on I-35 when we left home at 6:15 allowed us to reach the race site in Cedar Park in thirty minutes. RECORD TIME for getting to Cedar Park from just South of the river! Continue reading “Run Free Texas 80s 8k: 1st Austin Distance Challenge On the Books”