I have to give you a little background: I am a femal, 32 years old and I have been competing in in middle/long distances for many years (everything between 1500 m and 10 k; some half-marathons but that is the exception). Over the years I was able to observe a weird effect: When I do not train for being in racing shape (which means I run at moderate pace and lift some heavy weights) my weight stays pretty much the same. As soon as I add some intervalls to my training (usually two times a week or one time a week plus a race at the week-end while maintaining my weight-lifting routine) I gradually gain 2-4 pounds. I do not think that it is fat for when I decrease the amount of intense running I lose it very fast and I just do not see the fat. The effect is so prominent that when I was pregnant in 2009 and learned about it when I was already 8 weeks along I told my doctor that she didn`t need to be concerned if I had lost 4 pounds at my next visit for I intented to abstain from very intense exercise...and I was right. So what is this weight made of? Something in my muscles? I am pretty sure that it isnīt actual muscle gain for I strength train and probably will not gain muscle from endurance exercise!
No announcement yet.
gaining weight from intense intervals - anyone else?