Monday, December 3, 2007

Breaktime Over - Let the Weight Training Begin

Weigh-In: 231.2
Well, I just had a nice 3 day vacation from working out. It was nice, but I found myself constantly thinking about what my next challenge is going to be. I'm within 15 or so pounds of my goal weight and just over a pound away from my JANUARY 1st goal of 230.

Speaking of my weight, if you remember last week I was saying that when I started running the marathon I actually got heavier. It's true. When I started I had leveled out at 234, then two day's into the run I was at 236 and as high as 240 depending on what time of the day it was. It didnt seem to make sense because even though the scale was higher I my clothes were looser. Yet to make it even more confusing I felt kinda bloated.

Well, within two days of when I finished the run I was back down to a new low of 232, and now that has come down slightly further to 231.2 as of this morning. So why the gain? Seems it was water retention. I read somewhere that when you're putting that much stress on your muscles they retain water in order to repair themselves. Makes sense. The farthest I ever ran before two Friday's ago was 3.2 or so miles, then I suddenly did 5, took two days off, then ran another 5, then 7, then 7 again, and so on.

I read that some marathon runners actually put on weight when they're training. Crazy.

The other reason I know it was water weight was because the first day after I finished my run I was peeing NONSTOP.

So now I'm back to normal, at a new low weight-wise, and I'm ready to start back up the exercise again. I do still have some lingering blisters on my left foot, but nothing too bad.

Starting this week I'll be toning down the cardio a little bit and concentrating on weight training. The fat is MOSTLY gone except for some around the middle, so I want to start toning.

What the schedule is, I don't actually know yet. I had to take Bella to the vet this morning so I haven't started yet.

I'm thinking about running just 2 miles or so in the mornings, then lifting in the PM, rotating between upper and lower body. Basically two-a-day's.

We'll see how that works. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.


Rob Tucker said...

I know what you mean about the weight gain after races - too bad mine's because I felt like I accomplished something and ate like crap to 'reward' myself.

You're doing awesome. Just seeing how far you've come in such a (relatively) short amount of time is fantastic.

Ripx180 said...

holding water after a brutal cardio workout is so true. At least in my case it has been.

I bet you will still see significant weight loss even if you switch more to muscle building. might want to up your calories a little to help with building lean body mass.

Marcol said...

Hey Brian - I'll be back to comment on your blog but I wanted to get your email address to send you the entry fee info for the challenge. Could you send me your email address to

Thanks. Looks like we have a good showing so the prize will be a worthy won for whoever rocks it out the hardest.

Marcol said...

Hey Brian it must feel totally awesome to be just 1.2 lbs away from your January 1st goals...gotta love it. Congrats.

As for working on your muscles you No matter what you decide dont do isolated movements do more squats, deadlifts, push-ups, pull-ups kinds of movements...youll get more bang for your buck.

If you need a specific program I have a few that you can follow since you have access to a gym. You know my email so give me a hit if youre interested.

The last 15 lbs, sweet! I have about 31 or so pounds to go, give or take a pound or two, but I'll race you to the finish ;)

Jay said...

Nice job Brian...what's up with the toning? Guys don't tone!!!

Geoff said...

I'm with Marcol on the whole compound movements thing. Squats, deadlifts, bench press, pull-ups, dips, those will get you the most bang for your buck. In a month I've hardly trained my biceps in isolation and I still put an inch onto them, mainly by doing pull-ups and barbell rows. A bonus is that the more muscle fiber you can recruit in a movement, the greater the "afterburn" effect of the workout, so you can burn extra calories even when you're done. I love weight training :)

Melissa said...

Im excited to follow your weight training. You have had such great success up to this point, that I know weight training is going to take you to a whole new level.

Give that Bella a kiss from Aunt Melissa :)

Brian said...

I didnt know guys didnt tone. Maybe I'm a woman :(

I'll have to do some research on compound movements.

I'll give Bella a kiss for you. She needs it right now as she just got back from getting "fixed" and she's pretty sore.