You spend 8 hours, 23 minutes and 52 seconds running and juggling your way to joggling world record glory. You take over 80,000 steps and make that many throws and catches. You burn over 7500 calories while taking in only about 2000.
You’re weight change…+3 pounds.
That’s right, you actually GAIN weight by doing an ultra marathon.
The proof of weight gain
On the Friday before running the Lakefront 50 mile ultra marathon I weighed 192 pounds.
Ran the race on Saturday. Rested on Sunday.
On the next Monday, I weighed 195 pounds.
This seemed unfathomable to me. How can you possibly gain weight after running such an incredible amount of time? Perhaps it’s fluid retention or something like that. My weight has returned to below 192 now but I just don’t get it.
Has anyone else experienced a weight increase after a long run like a marathon?
Caution jogglers, here’s proof positive that the notion of running leading to weight loss is an exaggeration. And according to this article you shouldn’t be surprised that marathon training might also lead to weight gain.