Chicago Marathon Training -Weight Loss

(NOTE: Originally posted at my website,

By Jim on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I have a goal for the 2017 Chicago Marathon to be the lowest weight I’ve ever been for a race. I do not really have a “runner’s build” and weigh between 215 -220 lbs, but it fluctuates out of that range at different times of the year.

For the first Chicago Marathon that I ran, I got down to about 202 lbs. and for Marine Corps Marathon, it was around 208lbs. For 2017, I have a goal to be around 190 and currently weigh around 220 — marathon training just started (Week 1 is here now). So I would like to lose about 30 pounds.

A lot of people, such as friends, family, and co-workers, think this should be easy an easy task. I can see why they would think that. I will be running like crazy most days. But articles have been written about it, and I know from experience that it’s harder to lose that you think. I’ll be burning all those calories and dropping weight but with that also comes a voracious appetite! And the thinking that I have some sort of “calorie deficit” of 1000s of calories after all those runs, and a bag of chips with 300 calories wouldn’t even dent that deficit, nor a 200 calorie beer to go with it. I’ve found that this way of thinking is part of the problem. But the real problem is increased appetite after running.

So I will keep a journal and post regularly on how this goes! I want to be accountable to my readers, and maybe I will succeed in the weight loss goal for my Marathon.

Also, feel free to comment on your stories of training and ironically not losing weight.