There is no such thing as 'ideal weight'. Some places might have you believe that the 'BMI' is the ultimate test in deciding on your overweight status, but trust me, it is not.
Consider. A few years ago (ok, about 25!) I weight 185, and stood 5'8". A BMI will say that I was overweight.
I had no discernable gut, could Bench Press 300#, run 3 miles in 21 minutes, do over 100 sit ups at a sitting, etc. In other words, I was built like an athlete. Athletes have a much higher percentage of muscle fiber in their bodies than non athletes, and muscle weighs more than fat.
A truer measure is percentage of body fat. There are various ways to measure this quantity, but the most accurate is an 'immersion' test where you are weighed on dry land, then dunked in water and weighed. A little math, and volois! a percentage of body fat is calculated.
For men, 15% is generally considered to be fit, with 20-25% getting into the overweight range. Elite runners are usually in the 5-10% range.
For women, 25% is considered to be fit, with 30-35% being overweight. Elite runners again are in the 5-10% range.
So, my guess is that you are probably fine (male or female). As far as performance is concerned, you probably can run faster if you lost some weight IF it is really spare weight (if you get measured and are at 5%, then you have no spare weight to lose. Anything that goes will be muscle and bone.)
BTW in my case...Let's just say that I had a few too many marshmallow treats since college! Which is why I'm going to try go get in shape to run a marathon or two!
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