Weight loss - seconds per mile per pound (Read 989 times)

    I think it is difficult to come up with a metric that specifically equates racing weight with running performance.  I found myself in your shoes a while ago and concluded that 6' 2 - 192 pounds was not a good way to run and have taken my weight down to the low 170s. Lo and behold.....I got faster.   However, I also went through a very good stretch of properly structured training that I think had more of an impact on my running speed so who knows the actual seconds / mile impact of the the weight loss.


    In any event, less weight will make you faster (within healthy limits) so why not give it a try?



    JML is on to something here because while weight loss will surely make you faster, it almost never happens in a vacuum.  

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      I am sure that I could do better (Race times) at the weight range I have trained for all PRs (200-205)


      One issue I have is that I have not stayed in that range for long - Hit the range - run a goal race, get fatter.  If I had stayed in that range and raced more often in that range I believe my PRs would be better .... blah, blah, blah - I am sure everyone (At least most) thinks they underperformed their fitenss


      But realistically - 200-2:05 pounds - I figure all I could eek out of my body


      5k 17:00

      10k 35:00

      Marathon 2:42


      At 43 soon 44, I am sure I am past those numbers


      At 175 pounds I feel like I could still ecplipse them.

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        So if your VDOT = 49 (See table)


        191 / 2.2 = 87KG

        Lose 10KG = 77KG


        87KG x 49 = 4263 MMO2

        4263 / 77 = 55.4 VDOT


        55.4 VDOT ~ 18:18 5k


        So in theory if you changed nothing else and only reduced your weight, your maximum gain would be the above.  You will not change nothign else - Muscle content, aerobic fitness will change and your ability to transfer theoretical gain to actual will be less than 100%


        I support this calculation in my VDOT Calculator - http://fellrnr.com/wiki/VDOT_Calculator - if you put in your current weight, it will give predicted performances based on weight changes.


        Some notes http://fellrnr.com/wiki/Weight_Loss_and_Performance

          fellrnr, you might want to specify on your calculator page that it's only good for certain paces--slow runners will get a "VDOT out of range" message.