As an aside, I get a lot of emails from people who like to run but at the same time want to lose weight. Heres’s a typical one, and my response.
I had my first baby 11 months ago and have now set myself some goals of losing 10kgs and running a marathon in November (30kms).. so far I can run 5km easily on a treadmill twice per week, and do 3 classes of bodypump each week. Sometimes though, I find myself feeling really tired, headaches and nauseous afterward and the symptoms can last a few days. I figure it is lactic acid buildup but do you recommend anything to prevent this since it usually keeps me away from the gym for a couple of days. Also, what kind of diet should I be following?
MeaganHi Meagan, thanks for your enquiry. Running a marathon requires specialist training and diet considerations – I wouldn’t be doing 3 x Bodypump sessions in addition to training for a marathon or you will end up overtraining (part of what you are experiencing now). You need to fit some rest and recovery in there too. If losing the weight is the biggest goal, I’d forget the marathon, there are much more effective ways to lose weight than running marathons! You need plenty of carbs to perform at your peak for endurance training, yet for fat loss, you need to restrict carbs to a degree – they don’t really gel together that well. I’d figure out what is your most important goal and then get yourself a targeted program for that purpose.