You've got to be thin to win?

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Jun 2008
10:57pm, 22 Jun 2008
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biker
srsly tho, have you thought about checking your body fat % - if you're body fat falls too low so do your glycogen reserves and so you crave more calories cause the body's desperate for it and your running suffers cause for one thing you have no energy and for another, you're burning muscle when you run.
Jun 2008
10:57pm, 22 Jun 2008
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Oven Gloves
yes another day to eat too many sweets and crisps.

I feel I am destined to remain a geet fat knacker :(
Jun 2008
11:04pm, 22 Jun 2008
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biker
I know I'm banging on with this one but really!
Gobi = 5ft 9 and 71.1kgs
Me = 5ft 11 and 73.2kgs
Big Al = 6ft 1 and should be 75kgs no less. And that's skinny!
I'm hooked on the concept myself but you can go too far don't you think?
Jun 2008
11:11pm, 22 Jun 2008
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eL Bee!
Me 5' 11' and 71kg

Dunno what it shows though !!
Jun 2008
11:14pm, 22 Jun 2008
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eL Bee!
oops

5' 11" ;)
Jun 2008
11:19pm, 22 Jun 2008
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me , need to go on a healthy diet
Jun 2008
8:31am, 23 Jun 2008
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Big Al Widepants
Hey biker, I'm not saying you're wrong but how come I was 10st13 when I was 17 and could run faster than I can today? I was skinny I'll agree but not shrink-wrapped.
Jun 2008
1:20pm, 23 Jun 2008
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biker
Mate, you ain't 17 no more. Simple as.
If you tried to approach that weight now you would end up in hospital.
The main difference is muscle mass but your skeleton and major organs are all bigger and heavier. Your liver alone weighs many pounds more now than it did when you were 17.
But what I'm suggesting is that the balance between body fat and muscle mass for an adult runner is important and your performance will not improve when you have so little body fat that you burn muscle when you exercise. Personally my upper body muscle mass and glutes have wasted badly as a result of the diet. I suppose that's where I can see it because running is concentrated on the leg muscles but since the wasting effect is probably even across the body it means I must be wasting leg muscle too. 2 steps forwards and one back if you see what I mean.

I think Gobi described the same effect in this thread too.
Jun 2008
1:32pm, 23 Jun 2008
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Gobi
what it shows is that I am a short fat bastard :~)

I was actually 72kgs today after a weekend racing in Wales (see blog) and then food replacement

Biker, basically yes I did
Jun 2008
1:39pm, 23 Jun 2008
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biker
LOL - "short fat bastard" - isn't that partly your self body image? I thought I didn't look much different than I did a few months ago until I saw some photos.

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Big Al Widepants is trying to lose weight because an article in Runner's World told him he could expect to knock 4 minutes off his half marathon time if he got closer to his ideal weight.

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