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Old 08-13-14, 04:52 PM
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Difficulties Upgrading The Engine

After pursuing other things in life and buying my first car my ride schedule has taken a hit. I've also gained about 20 pounds and had to sell one of my bikes to pay for the cost of getting the car in good shape. For the past month I've cut out carbohydrates, upped my protein, vegetable and water intake significantly, as well as physical activity. One of those activities included running, along with riding. Around this time last year I completed the Couch-to-5k program and wanted to do it again this year--so far so good. Starting at day one the sixty second run interval was far too easy so I did a ninety (run)/sixty (walk) split. Even that was easy, so I upped it to two laps of running and one lap of walking. My cardio seems to still be there, but for some reason I get terrible cramps behind the ribs, as if I am pulling a muscle, and it's far too painful to push through.

I figured maybe it was eating too soon before the run, but after testing that theory out it wasn't the problem. Even warming up and light, non-static stretching didn't help. What's the deal? Running is second to cycling and it's enjoyable, but not with cramps. Water consumption is at least 3/4 of a gallon, and about 16 ounces of Powerade zero throughout the day. The 20lbs have disappeared, but the cramps have not..
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Careful advancing the program too quick. Joints and connective tissue need time to adjust.
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Originally Posted by WonderMonkey
Careful advancing the program too quick. Joints and connective tissue need time to adjust.
I cut once before from over 300 down to 180, I recall some chest pains at times and I chalked it up to my ribcage getting smaller as I dropped the weight. They claim there is no such thing as a "fat skeleton" but I had a friend who cut a similar amount and his "zyphoid process" was all screwed up from being really fat.....that is the little pointy thing below your breastbone, his was pushed way out from being fat.

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They claim there is no such thing as a "fat skeleton" but I had a friend who cut a similar amount and his "zyphoid process" was all screwed up from being really fat.....that is the little pointy thing below your breastbone, his was pushed way out from being fat.

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Did it ever go away? I'm losing a lot of weight and worrying about what's lurking under my fat. I've lost 125 already and discovered that my butt is much bonier than it was when I was younger.
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Axiom - are you describing what is commonly known as "stitches" from running or what have you? I imagine as your fitness increases that will go away.

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Did it ever go away? I'm losing a lot of weight and worrying about what's lurking under my fat. I've lost 125 already and discovered that my butt is much bonier than it was when I was younger.
What's under there is the part of you that you want to keep... congrats on shucking a mid-sized gymnast already!
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Originally Posted by Judi
Did it ever go away? I'm losing a lot of weight and worrying about what's lurking under my fat. I've lost 125 already and discovered that my butt is much bonier than it was when I was younger.
Yes it did in my case. I have heard that younger people can "expand their ribcage" working out, the bones do not grow but the cartilage can expand somehow ?

Googling the topic many webpages say the bone structure does not change, But for sure the load on muscles must change as weight drops, maybe that is what was going on in my case ??
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It might be stitches. Fortunately I didn't cramp up last run and hopefully it stays that way. The only problem is despite the shed weight I felt much heavier than normal, so my endurance took a small hit.
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What I eat really affects me. If I eat the wrong lunch: heavy hard to digest foods, I can't seem to shake that bloated feeling, including cramps, later when I work out, even though it's 4 or 5 hours after eating. I switched to a lighter, easier to digest lunch about two months ago, and it helped a lot.

I switched from burgers and fries, or lunch meat sandwiches and chips to salmon on whole rye. Dessert is now a little bowl of oats soaked in water, loaded with fresh fruit. By 5pm I'm feeling great and have enough energy to ride 30 miles at a good clip. I use gels, like GU or Cliff, to supplement me on the ride, taking one gel before getting on the bike and then another every 45 minutes.
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