Weight gain day after a running a half marathon?

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  • torsaer
    torsaer Posts: 211 Member
    JoRocka wrote: »
    Stupid question- why would you get on the scale the day after?
    The day after a half I'm up and eating ice cream and pizza and doing as little as possible.

    lol!

    personally, I do it cause I weigh myself every day - its a helpful data point especially when trying to figure out nutrition for long training days/endurance/recovery efforts

    Me too - I weigh every day. Update - am still the same... but it's also coming up for TOM so I'm factoring that in as well! I probably have overcompensated on the carbs since the race and was finding that a low carb high fat diet was helping me shed so think I'd better get back on that wagon!
  • torsaer
    torsaer Posts: 211 Member
    Congrats! Hey I have run 63 halfs. A half marathon will burn about 1000-1500 calories based on several factors. That's not even 1 pound. Now you might lose a lot of water and deplete the body of glycogen stores. But how much fluids or gels were consumed? And how much food at the finish line spread was consumed? You may weigh 7 pounds less or 3 pounds more the day after the race. But the event itself will burn less than one-half pound of calories.

    63 halfs! that's a lot of miles I have done 3 now and really like the distance - it's far enough to feel like a challenge but I could never go on to do a full marathon. I drank quite a lot of water during the race as it was very warm. But I agree the number of calories burnt sounds like loads but actually doesn't add up to an awful lot. In fact some of my friends training for long races actually gain weight....
  • pondee629
    pondee629 Posts: 2,469 Member
    torsaer wrote: »
    pondee629 wrote: »
    Did you enjoy your run?

    yes! I really enjoyed it - it was rather warm so I took it more slowly than I possibly would have done so no hope of a PB but good fun as I ran with a friend and we chatted all the way round!

    Great, that's all that really counts. And your weight today is?
  • torsaer
    torsaer Posts: 211 Member
    edited April 2017
    pondee629 wrote: »
    torsaer wrote: »
    pondee629 wrote: »
    Did you enjoy your run?

    yes! I really enjoyed it - it was rather warm so I took it more slowly than I possibly would have done so no hope of a PB but good fun as I ran with a friend and we chatted all the way round!

    Great, that's all that really counts. And your weight today is?
    ...the same... 59.4kg. I am only 160cm and so would love to be 55kg.
  • jeepinshawn
    jeepinshawn Posts: 642 Member
    Depending on how you fueled during the race and post race snacks, you could have easily eaten everything you burned. I remember seeing that big burn after my first half, then watching the deficit go down after I logged some post race beer and the gummies from the refuel station. That said I tend to hold onto water after runs of 10 miles or more. Your joints take a pounding and your muscles need to heal, so while you may not have lost any weight you likely didn't gain any either.
  • justkeeprunning91
    justkeeprunning91 Posts: 96 Member
    I gain about 6 lbs the day after my half. It all went away and then some in less than a week. I try not to weigh myself after runs longer than about 8 miles now, because I'll always gain about 4 lbs.
  • dbanks80
    dbanks80 Posts: 3,685 Member
    JoRocka wrote: »
    Stupid question- why would you get on the scale the day after?
    The day after a half I'm up and eating ice cream and pizza and doing as little as possible.

    And beer!
  • Tweaking_Time
    Tweaking_Time Posts: 733 Member
    Seriously OP?

  • torsaer
    torsaer Posts: 211 Member
    Seriously OP?

    Of course I didn't mean I wanted to lose 4kg after a race! I mean long term. I've been hovering around 59 for a long time and hoping with a combination of low carb and running that I would shift some, just a little. My 55kg is a long term goal!