Runners have often been accused of having a distorted body image. We pack on five pounds, which isn’t noticeable to anyone else, and because of it, we are more fatigued when we are completing a long run of say 20 miles. We know we need to lose the weight, and everyone else says “you’re too thin!”
That’s OK: The body weight that most people consider healthy, is probably too much if you’re planning on running 26+ miles in less than 4 hours. We are more in tune with our bodies than the average American, and we know exactly what we need to do.
It’s just extremely difficult to walk out of Super Target, and notice my reflection in the next vehicle while unloading my purchases. I appear about two feet tall and as though I weigh 300 pounds. This doesn’t help!