Lose Weight = Run Faster

Happy Marathon Monday! Today’s topic is Lose Weight = Run Faster.

Weight Loss Race Calculator

Many sources including Susan Paul, an exercise physiologist, who writes this insightful article for Runner’s World” have highlighted the effects of weight loss for marathon training.  She says, “There are various formulas that predict the effect of weight loss on running speed. The effect of weight loss and run pace multiplies over distance; meaning that the longer the run, the more significant the amount of time saved. Some estimates project that losing ten pounds can result in a savings of 20 seconds per mile, so for a 5k, this means one whole minute of time, and when translated to the marathon distance, this is almost nine minutes of time saved! A PR just waiting to happen!”

Curious about how weight loss could affect your race time?  Here’s a handy calculator that our owner, Mike Ward, has benefited from while training for the Boston Marathon. *


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