Extremely Low Weight Loss During Run Takes Its Toll; Is Freezing Weather a Factor?

Day 445

Today was one of those days where that one thing that is pretty much out of your control ruins the end result. Granted, I could have run for 90 minutes to reduce the risk of gaining weight even more. But considering the run of 89 minutes yesterday and the cold freezing weather, which was about -2 Celsius here in Denmark, it seemed like the right time to reduce my session duration. I was willing to take a little risk of gaining maybe .1 or .2 kg.

During the current 100-day test, risks like this are part of the equation. This is actually a weight maintenance experiment, not weight loss. So I am supposed to pretty much break even, which means some days will have a nominal weight gain. However, in order to avoid having to run 90-minute sessions for a week straight or more, it’s important to try to avoid really bad days that put me into a long recovery period.

What I did not expect was the horribly low weight loss of only .6 kg as a result of the run. I don’t have any idea how that happened unless it was from the freezing weather. Running for 75 minutes and losing only .6 kg is a major downer and almost guaranteed a weight gain today.

Although I ended up with a .3 kg weight gain, finishing at 77.1, it probably wasn’t quite that bad despite the poor exercise result. The reason is that I weighed in a couple of hours earlier to get back to the more convenient time. If I had chosen wait the extra 2 hours, I might have dropped to as low as 76.9, but likely would have still gained a little weight. In return for that, though, I am back to the more favored schedule of weighing in shortly after the run instead of waiting a couple of hours or more. It’s always inconvenient waiting to weight in after already finishing an exercise session because that is the time you are typically the thirstiest even if you are not that hungry.

I could have done a little better on diet but am not too disappointed in my performance. I did rise to about 2.0 kg, which is right at the Danger Zone mark. I made the rather common mistake of eating a little too much for the last meal of the day. That is when my discipline must usually kick in the most to avoid diet errors. Up until the last meal, I was still at 78.2 even after eating a frozen pizza. Thing were fine. I needed to have a last meal of no more than about .3 kg.

Unfortunately, my weight went up to about 78.7 for that last meal, or about .2 kg more than what I should have eaten. That “mistake,” was still reasonable in my opinion. I stayed below the 2.0 kg increase mark, and I believe that it was the absolutely terrible run result that hurt me the most. I ran much harder than usual and still only lost .6 kg.

The point today is that, overall, I don’t believe I made any big mistakes. Hopefully, that low result from the run is just a temporary weird thing going on with my body. As long as this doesn’t become a persistent problem, I’ll probably be fine.

Results Through Day 5:

Day 1 – 90 minutes – lost .2 kg – 76.8 to 76.6
Day 2 – 70 minutes – gained .2 kg – 76.6 to 76.8
Day 3 – 64 minutes – gained .2 kg – 76.8 to 77.0
Day 4 – 89 minutes – lost .2 kg – 77.0 to 76.8
Day 5 – 75 minutes – gained .3 kg – 76.8 to 77.1
gained .3 kg overall
minutes saved from max of 90 – 62
388 minutes total
average run time – about 78 minutes

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