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Runners: How many miles per week and how many calories do you eat?


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I was reading a Runner's World article about thinking you can eat more for running, however some people end up gaining weight.  Anyone care to share their average mileage and/or calorie intake for maintaining or losing weight?

 

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I run 25-30 miles per week.

I am shooting for 2100 calories per day right now, but have been going above that pretty consistently, probably closer getting to 2500 most days. I had entered what I hoped would be 'maintenance' mode.

My weight is trending up, though very slightly, for the past month. Had I not been running as much as I have, I have no doubt I would have gained more, possibly quite a bit more. I've just been really hungry lately.

My weight bottomed out at a weight I hadn't seen since high school this August. I have started lifting weights again regularly in addition to running, as well as eating more than I did over the summer. My weight is about 7 pounds from the low water mark.

I read that article too! I am intersted to read other's replies. 

I run around 20 miles a week and eat around 2500 (when I am trying to maintain). I also lift weights 2-3 times a week and usually throw in a body attack class once a week.

I think I maintian on a relativey high number of calories because my BMI is 24.5.. so the highish end of normal.

Normally, for much of the year, I run 50 to 70 mpw.  Most runs are at 7:30 to 10:00 min pace.  I am 57 years old so I have to watch what I eat or I will gain weight.  I eat roughly 2,000 cals a day.  Breakfast, a good, hearty lunch, snack in the afternoon, fruit at night instead of a meal.

I don't use a lot of energy gels either.   On a 15 mile or less run I don't eat any.  If I run further, I will eat one.

My miles right now are down because it is marathon season.  I run one every 4 weeks, so with the recovery and taper it is hard to maintain the miles.

BTW, all marathoners want to lose more weight.  All of them.  Even a male friend who weighs 120 lbs.  It is a constant topic amoung us. 

...i am blown away, really. maybe i'm just a glutton, but some of these calorie amounts seem really low compared to the amount of exercise. cpa_pfs, i'm more than a little concerned about you. my father is older than you, very fit and active (but not as active as you) and he eats like a horse! i'm not currently exercising but i have a busy work and school schedule, and i know i get hungry only eating 2,000 calories, for you that must be starvation. and with your concern for weight and refusal to follow a doctor's advice to give running a break, i just hope you're taking care of yourself.

i'm recovering from an ED. but before that i used to run 3 miles 2x a week and do 2 or 3 hour-long sessions of strength-training/circuit cardio. i ate whatever i wanted (certainly much more than 2000 calories) and my BMI was 20-21. :)

I'm actually trying to up my calories to 2000/day.  I average 35-40 miles per week plus strength training, but i think I'm at that point where I don't think i'm hungry.  That's why I wanted a wake up call.  I think my body got used to eating less and i want to get my metabolism singing again.  I'm hoping to run my first mara this upcoming May.

 

Thanks for the responses!

Suddenblue  --  thanks for the concern but don't worry.  I am 5' 10" and weigh 175.  I run a lot with both a psychologist and a nutritionist.  Tons of miles.  We talk about everything.  Periodically, I record all food and cals burned for several weeks and have the nutritionist analyze them.  OK, she always says I need to eat more.  Well, more times a day.  The psychologist says the male runners in our group are worse than women with our focus on weight.  So I am in good hands.

BTW, it must have been another post where you picked up on my view of not following doctors advice about "not running".  Generally, I don't. 

I do see an orthopedic surgeon who is great with feet.  I am having surgery next week to remove a heel spur that just gets worse and worse.  So, I will be forced to take time off for the next several months.  Probably won't be able to run for 3 to 4 months.  My goal is to be back back late spring and train the summer.  I am running the Berlin marathon in Sept.

I run about 12-15 mi. per week.  I was pretty proud of myself until I started reading everyone elses comments.  I average out at 4.5 mph, which is a good workout for me, I am on the short side, 5' 1", so it feels like a good pace at 5mph, I haven't worked up to the 6mph level yet.

Now I'm wondering how good of shape I'm really in!!Foot in mouth

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I've never been under the illusion that I could eat whatever I wanted just because I run. I keep tabs on my caloric intake because I can pack away food like no one's business if I'm not careful. I run about 45 - 55 miles per week. I probably eat anywhere between 2000 - 3000 calories depending on the day (5 running days, one active recovery (non-running) day, one complete rest day). I seem to be in energy balance as I've maintained a weight of 115 for what feels like forever. I'm 48, 5'-0" to round out the picture.

I've been a lower weight, down to 110. Runners always want to weigh less. But I've run into other health issues when it drops that low, like losing my period. So I opted to weight a bit more and have regular periods. lol

cpa_pfs, I'm surprised at how little you eat. I probably average eating the same, likely more, while being a woman who's 60 lbs lighter with less running volume.

 

Sounds like you have an awesome routine!  My routine is to do two days on, one day off...I run and work out.  (guess 4.5 mph is subject to opinion). I average around 15 mi. per week...dropped 10 lbs. in the last four months...5' 1" so weighing 109 for me makes me happy.  I've weighed as little as 94 lbs., which isn't a good weight for me, I'm healthy now, have a good resting heart rate, awesome recovery heart rate and am good with all that...health first!  

My big thing is that from what I've read, I may as well walk if I"m not running at a speed of ''at least'' 6mph...and I have to disagree with that.  Congrats on your good progress and stick-tuativeness  jturnerx.

I run @30-35 miles a week. 58yo. I eat about 2400/day. Have been very steady weight at 190 for 3 years.

Awesome miket53!  I'm still working at ''first'' increasing my stamina (3 mi. in 40...no laughing allowed) and I really feel good about that.  I'd feel great if I good accomplish a 13 min. mile...then "hold" there for a time.  It's amazing that at this time in my life I'm so into the running and working out, becoming an addiction!  :-)

1 run about 25-30 miles a week & started dieting about 5 months ago

i was 220lbs in july 2011 but was 217lbs in september 2010 when i started running

i now eat 2300+ calories a day & ive lost 1lb a week since i started dieting & now weight 200lbs im trying to get down to 190lbs

Original Post by jaylynn:

Awesome miket53!  I'm still working at ''first'' increasing my stamina (3 mi. in 40...no laughing allowed) and I really feel good about that.  I'd feel great if I good accomplish a 13 min. mile...then "hold" there for a time.  It's amazing that at this time in my life I'm so into the running and working out, becoming an addiction!  :-)

Nothing to laugh at. Just keep moving ....thats all one has to do. Its not about "time".

TY!  I appreciate that, I feel ''fantabulous'' since starting this, it's becoming an addiction!  Cool

Original Post by cpa_pfs:

BTW, it must have been another post where you picked up on my view of not following doctors advice about "not running". 

it was on your profile.

it is known that maintianing weight/loosing weight is 20% exercise, 80% calories. 

I run 5miles a week (at 10minute miles) but I put on weight if I eat more that 200 cals a day.

I haven't changed my caloric intake whatsoever, run 3 miles three or four times a week and dropped 10 lbs. for a weight of 109 lbs.  Happy lady here!!

Original Post by photoged:

it is known that maintianing weight/loosing weight is 20% exercise, 80% calories. 

I run 5miles a week (at 10minute miles) but I put on weight if I eat more that 200 cals a day.

I agree with this.  My diet impacts my weight way more than my running does.

Out of curiousity, for all of you running more than 20+ mpw, what percentage of your weekly exercise is running?

I swim/bike/run/weights/hike each week.  Running is about 15 mpw and is around 20% of my weekly exercise.  I run 2 or 3 times a week and one workout is always speed work.

I eat about 2800-3000 calories a week and 90% healthy with lots of fiber.  I have not gained or lost weight since Sept.

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