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Is there a weight loss forum on here? Not so much about how to lose weight ("move around more, eat less crap" as I once read somewhere), but what effect will my weight loss have on my running? I read on a thread last night that every lb of weight lost will knock 2 minutes per km off running times. Is this a generally accepted fact? Is there even a way to calculate it? How much difference did it make to you if you've lost weight? And how do you know it's the weight you lost and not the fact you were running more?
At the moment I'm probably carrying 4 stone of excess weight (having lost a stone so far this year), which clearly if I loaded that into a rucksack and tried to run with it, I can imagine how massively it would slow me down. I'm just getting back to running 5k distances, having done couch to 5k about 4 years ago and having been out of the habit of it for 2-3 years. I can just about do the whole 5k without walk breaks, but it's hard hard work. Really hard. And slow. I'm interested in how much difference 'simple' weight loss would make. Not that it matters - I'm planning to continue to run and to continue to lose weight either way, but I'm interested.