>Ok, I've been running regularly for about 10 months. I've lost about 20
>pounds but have another 10-15 to go. I wanna get these last pounds off
>so I've decided to up my mileage and speed.
>I'm running about 4-6 miles a day, with one day rest. I'm running them
>at a relatively fast pace (for me). On the treadmill it says I'm doing
>6.5 speed with an incline of from 1-2.5. I do walk sometimes but no more
>than .5 mile.
>I'm eatin' pretty good, but not a lot by any means. Like today, typical
>day, fruit smoothie in the morning (banana, peach, lemon, pear, orange
>juice), salad, salmon burger, low-fat shrimp egg rolls. Lotsa water.
>But I don't seem to see those pounds melt away like they did at the
>start. Most of it's around the middle. (I'm female.) My questions are:
>-Any other suggestions for loosing weight that involves exercise? i.e.
>should I lift weights? Oprah's trainer suggested NOT to lift until you
>get your weight down.
>-Am I running relatively fast? Yesterday I did 3 miles in 27:30. Is that
>fast? Or should I be going faster? (I'm 34.) Any recommendations on
>picking up the speed?
>Thanks for any advice. I'm concerned all this exercise doesn't seem to
>be turning me into Twiggy.
Your story is very similar to mine except that I've been running a little
longer - 2 1/2 years. I am also female and approaching age 40 faster than
light speed. I started running to lose weight and found myself in the same
situation. I am not a running fanatic, I average about 35-40 miles per week
and I am also a full-time mother, wife, and worker bee. So, if you're
interested, here's a few tips from someone whose been there:
Most importantly, SET DIFFERENT GOALS. Weight should be a non-issue. Mike
T. is right! Who wants to look like Twiggy anyway? She looks about 10
pounds shy of a refugee camp survivor and I'll bet at her peak she couldn't
run 3 miles in under 30 minutes. I should know, I have beaten many thinner,
younger women than myself in organized races. I threw my scale away on New
Year's Eve of '96 and have never looked back.
Secondly, focus on how you feel, not what you think you look like. Don't
you love that your body can do something that it couldn't do before you
started running? Your health, your skin, your attitude must have all
improved because of your lifestyle changes. Believe me it only gets better.
Be proud of what your body can do and don't hesitate to talk about it once
in awhile. I know I do. Most people respect an athlete, which is what we
are, and even the negative feedback feels great. It's usually from people
who have never experienced a heart rate rise above resting and are more than
a little envious.
Third, inject some e***ment. Why not try racing? I was tired of running
alone so about a year and a half ago, I entered a race just for the heck of
it. I was surprised to find that on the whole, runners are the most
supportive group of people on the planet. The age range is 9 to 90 and
there are as many beginners as there are old pros. The speed demons who
finish in half my time will line up at the finish line to cheer the rest of
us average demons on. Getting to know people who are interested in the same
thing also helps motiviate you and keep you going during slumps and/or
Should you decide to race, start with a 5 or 10K for a cause you believe in.
I started with a Y-Me Race for *** Cancer and signed as many sponsors as
I could so I wouldn't chicken out. If you're running 4-6 miles on a regular
basis - you should do quite well at either. It sounds like you have
endurance which will make your first race experience very positive. As for
me, I'm not the fastest, but, I'm not the slowest either. Regardless, it is
absolutely thrilling to cross the finish line feeling like you could do run
As for training, I agree with Mike again, don't focus too much on your
speed, that will improve with training and time. You might want to check
your local library for a good running book geared toward women. Check the
copyright date so that its not too old. Sorry I don't have any
recommendations, old age brings a shorter memory as well.
Enough babbling already, good luck to you and happy running!