So here it is. I’m laying it all bare. Before you get too excited it’s pretty “bore off” territory. You’d think that a person who this year has run 2 ultras and an iron distance ish duathlon may not suffer from this. Nay, the guy who ran a 20:07 5Km just last week. But I’ve got a problem with my belly. It bounces.
Normally this is managed by a tight fitting base layer – to help keep me warm in the winter and sweat away in the summer – of course! Nope! The real reason is that it keeps the belly fat from jiggling and bouncing about. Like a sports bra for ladies but for people to keep their belly in check.
Tonight I was forced to run without said belly bra due to a washing malfunction (I’ve been busy alright!)
The bouncyness was too much. My abs, yes I’ve got some, but they’re hidden, got a work out just to stop the fat from pulling my skin away from the skeleton.
I’ve got sore abs now.
How have I got to this state? Post race binge, perhaps. But truth be told I’ve weighed 75kg for some time now and I even ran Glasgow to Edinburgh at this weight which didn’t particularly help my feet.
The weight has crept up. Over time. Since losing weight in 2010 to get myself to a nifty 69kgs I’ve struggled to maintain. Usually increase in training helps keep it at bay but perhaps the older I get the more efficient my body becomes. And with distance running comes the thinking “I’ve just ran 20miles I’m gonna eat EVERYTHING” which I do, but three days later, I’m still eating everything. Pies. Pizza. Chocolate biscuits. Mmmm
So here it is. My issue laid bare. The past couple of months I’ve been seeing a PT to get myself in check. Focus on being injury free which means get some mobility and get the belly down which means sort the nutrition.
I thought I was nailing it but alas I stepped on the scales and I was 3kg heavier than when I started. Talk about disappointment.
Now I know I’m nowhere near my 87kg 2009 weight but I do feel I’ve gone backwards.
My motivation is to get to 69kg. Be injury free. Be able to haul myself over the 8 day Cape Wrath Ultra trail and perhaps get a sub 19min 5km run. Help?!