|Selfie from 2013 trying to show my wife the red areas|
on my ribs from dry skin at the time, the itching was
about to drive me insane, probably a little too skinny
I'm about 6' 1-1/2", and a good "walking around" weight for me is probably 185'ish. Although it usually involves a couple of inflated love handles, I feel great at that weight, and it's fairly easy for me to maintain. Problem ... when I'm at that weight, my running really slows down and workouts are miserable.
So I usually try to keep things below 175 during training if possible. Problem ... as this 2013 shirtless photo obviously points out ... I'm a little too skinny at that weight. Actually, I think I was about 172 in that picture. And for the record ... THIS is the only topless photo I have of myself ... and no requests will be granted for more. I took this when I was on the road in a hotel room, trying to show Michael via text the dry skin on my ribs that was about to itch me out of my mind at the time. Your welcome.
So here's the issue - when I'm at 175 or below, workouts are much easier and efficient, I'm way faster, and I enjoy racing more because I feel like I'm at the top of my game. The downside is that it's almost impossible for me to maintain. I become obsessed with everything that goes into my body, and frankly, I probably don't eat enough because I'm always light-headed and often feel weak. My face becomes drawn and gaunt and my customers and co-workers ask me if I'm sick. I'm not necessarily big-boned, but I just don't think 170'ish is a "natural weight" for me. Heck, I spent most of my life before I started running at about 205-210. I carried a lot more muscle from workouts then, but man, that's a big difference.
I'll probably stop thinking so much about weight in a few years because I'm almost topped out in most of my personal bests for various races ... which is really the only reason I focus so much on it during training. After I reach my peak, I'll probably just try to eat healthy as much as possible without becoming obsessed with it. But I'm a pretty obsessive guy, so who knows.
Is weight something you think about a lot as it relates specifically to running and working out? Just curious. Also ... no need to private message me topless pictures of yourself ... this isn't that kind of blog. Have a great week!
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