The truth is that I can run the way I do because I eat healthfully; I don’t regularly eat the fried chicken, cheeseburgers, pizza, fries, beer, wine, bourbon, tequila, soda, pumpkin pie, candy, pastries, pasta, white bread, ho-ho’s, twinkies, sticks of butter, and a tub of crisco – and BECAUSE I generally eat healthfully, I can occasionally indulge in a ridiculous meal without having to pay the price for it on my waist.
I find this to be depressing, but true. Over the past few months I've lost ~5 pounds, but could stand to lose a few more before my race in November. I've been consistently stubborn about changing my diet up until now. I've got ten weeks or so to really get down to it.
This stuff is right in Pete's wheelhouse -- you'd be well-served to drop by and see what he has to say about a recent study in the European Journal of Applied Physiology.
It was really satisfying to finish this one, but the shortcomings in my preparation were obvious. Namely, I wasn’t ready for so much continuous running and this destroyed my legs. Turns out, specificity has some validity.
This is a really good race recap, with a lot of depth and detail.
[T]he reason they don't work is that they don't change habits, and habits are where our lives and careers and bodies are made.
If you want to get in shape, don't sign up for fancy diet this or Crossthat the other thing. No, the way to get in shape is to go to the gym every single day, change your clothes and take a shower. If you can do that every single day for a month, pretty soon you'll start doing something while you're there.