Are skinny runners skinny because they run or do skinny runners run to get skinny?

  • helloandgoodb...

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    Jul 09, 2013 12:25 PM GMT
    My Jewish mother is always telling me I am "too skinny" which is not true of course, but gives her an excuse to try and feed me more.

    I think "that guy is too skinny" when I see a shirtless guy running who seems to have 0% body fat. Is this skinny look what happens to active runners OR do you run because you like to look this way?
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    Jul 09, 2013 3:10 PM GMT
    Yes/no/maybe. I'm an active runner and I'm not skinny. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 09, 2013 3:41 PM GMT
    helloandgoodbi saidMy Jewish mother is always telling me I am "too skinny" which is not true of course, but gives her an excuse to try and feed me more.

    I think "that guy is too skinny" when I see a shirtless guy running who seems to have 0% body fat. Is this skinny look what happens to active runners OR do you run because you like to look this way?


    Successful marathon runners tend to have a more ectomorphic build. They're good at it because they don't have to carry around "extra mass" like a short, thick man would. Even if the thick guy is all muscle, he'll fatigue faster just due to the extra energy used to propel his body. Bigger muscles do more work while lifting a heavier frame. More work means more joules of energy are expended. Thus, the guy with more mass will run out of energy sooner.
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    Jul 09, 2013 7:22 PM GMT
    thanks for the intelligent answer dude.
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    Jul 09, 2013 7:36 PM GMT
    So this ain't smart, but it still sounds like there is a question anyone is allowed to answer soooo hey:

    I run extensively because I play Ultimate Frisbee. I drink protein shakes and eat a high-protein diet so I can gain weight and not be the skinny guy. Running just makes gaining longer. A lot longer.
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    Jul 09, 2013 8:51 PM GMT
    It's natural selection. Given their weight, birdlike runners are the least likely to need knee replacements and drop out so you see more of them at any given time.
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    Jul 09, 2013 10:11 PM GMT
    I saw a mesomorph runner today, as a matter of fact -- and a ginger to boot!
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    Jul 09, 2013 10:43 PM GMT
    mileshelvetica saidI saw a mesomorph runner today, as a matter of fact -- and a ginger to boot!


    Endomorphs run too, lol. I have been going for runs every day for the past three weeks. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 09, 2013 10:54 PM GMT
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    Jul 10, 2013 3:24 AM GMT
    I started running because I wanted to lose weight. I continued to run after after I reached my weight loss goal because I like how I feel when I'm in good cardiovascular shape. I have more energy and I feel like my body works more efficiently.