I just ran the fastest 9 miler I have in a while. I think it took about 20 minutes less than normal, which is not only surprising but incredibly revealing. Why?
1. Last night I slept less than 5 hours.
2. Over the past week I’ve shed a few lbs
Sitting back here, tired as I am, I’m trying to put in my head how a few pounds (and I really mean a few, as in 3-4) make such an overwhelming difference in my running. I can’t really say “ALL that extra weight” because face it, that small amount is practically insignificant for most people and it still fits me into my jeans without a problem. But it does. I’ve known it for several years. I also know what my racing weight is, which is 2 lbs lower than my easy/comfortable training weight. I know there’s a science to it - I bought the book Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald a few months ago. I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet but I’m so curious that I suppose I’m going to have to. It’s far too fascinating a theory.
Do you have a ideal running/racing weight where you feel like you’re gliding along?