Hiking at Minnewaska State Preserve

Saturday was our second day visiting my parents’B bungalowB in Monticello, NY. B After our bums (okay just mine) was a bit sore fromB pseudoB mountain biking we figured we should try hiking. B I picked the Minnewaska State Preserve as somewhere I once have been 10 years ago that provided long carriage roads of walking.

Our first goal after parking was to walk from Minnewaska Lake to Awosting Lake. B Something that was a simple 3 mile walk down a carriage walk… a three mile walk in 90 degrees but still seemed easy. B Then we got distracted by something called a “Blueberry trail”

Big bad bear….

We figured how long could something called a Blueberry path be…. Clearly we did not check our maps… B This bridge was made by a veryB ambitiousB group of girlB scoutsB or so the sign said.

In the end the Blueberry path was 2 mile hike that included moderate ascends and descends that were pretty easy had it not been 90 degrees. B At least we didn’t starve

Funny thing about this picture is that I have one from 10 years ago back when I was a chunky kid who hated the world and all that punk rock anarchy oi oi oi teen angst.

We did finally find an end to the veryB delusionalB blueberry path (or hike) that came with an amazing view!

These views were what made me want to return here!

We relaxed and snacked by the lake. B Some people were swimming but I’m a pansy who gets cold easily so I just watched and basked in the heat. B Afterwards we took an easy 3.5 mile walk around the Lake Awosting

I love daisies! B The 3 mile hike back to the car however was a little rough….

We continued onto the never ending path of return to our car! B 5 waterbottles and 11 miles later we were ready to go eat and rest…

Of course it’s been hours since our last McDonalds stop…

We start looking a little like this if we go too long without food

And there’s only so muchB granolaB & nuts you can eat… so a stop was required….

Dear aspiring chefs: Please go to upstate NY and open us businesses so next time I’m there I don’t have a diet of McDonalds!

Biking the Catskill Scenic Trail

Tony and I are visiting my parents in their summerB bungalow. B B Usually we just sit on the porch drink some vodka and eat some pickles Russian style; however, this year we decided to make an effort to do some nature things. B On Friday we decided to actually use our bikes. B We had aB similarB plan last year but ended up not touching our bikes the whole weekend after dragging them down for 5 hours from Boston.

So Friday we got up, got our stuff together and drove the 70 minutes out to the Catskills Scenic Trail. B In upstate NY, every thing is over an hour away! B The CST is almost 20 miles with an additional 7 miles that have been recently added. B The path used to be a rail line that ran from Bloomsville to Grand Gorge and isB no longer being used for freight. B In the 1990s it was reborn through a “Rails to Trails” project. B SimilarB to what we hope to do with the Bike to the Sea path that will eventually go through Everett, Malden, Lynn, Swampscott and Revere. B The CST is open year-round for horseback riding, bicycling, jogging, walking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.B With its wide path, gentle grade and durable surface, the Catskill Scenic Trail has become an ideal recreational destination as it traces a leisurely path through stunning Catskill Mountain terrain.

On our drive up, we got a little hungry and stopped by a “General” store. B I tried to order a 6 inch vegetable sub but instead this is what I got served.

Yea, clearly Tony made the smarter choice with his pizza. B Total fail.

Luckily as we continued driving, we passed by something familiar and safe.

Yes, correct this would make it our 2nd McDonald’s stop in 15 hours. B I got anB unsweetenedB ice tea the size of my head and Tony reunited with his Angus Snack Wrap love. B I don’t know how I wouldB surviveB without extra-large drinks! B Mayor Bloomberg, I drank my heart out!

We did finally after a few confusing turns find the trail head to the Catskills Trail in Bloomsville.

We biked past bridges

Past fields and mountains

We didn’t know how far we would make it up this 26 mile trail as whatever we biked there, we needed to bike back!

After 10.8 miles we finally called it an end and turned back around. B I was also getting paranoid about how my road tires were doing on this mix of rock and packed dirt trail

Tony used a mountain bike while I huffed and puffed on my littleB Jamis Coda Femme, my baby city hybrid.

Overall we both survived the 21 mile bike ride. B It only took us 3 hours. B I bike slower than I run. B It’s sad, I know! B The CatskillsB ScenicB trail is not a concrete trail so using a road style hybrid was difficult and I was always a bit paranoid. B I did deflate my tires to keep less pressure on them and that seemed to work.

Don’t tell Tony but I want to one day return and do the full 52 mile round trip! B Maybe when it’s cooler (it was 85 degrees outside). B Okay I lie, I’d prefer to run it but B I know that won’t happen for a while!

Mountain bike or road bike? B I’m a hybrid type of gal. B I like the versatility and I’m not really a big Lance Armstrong wannabe so I have no desire for speed on concrete unless I’m in my running shoes.

Sunday Runday – Week 1 of Maybe 50K Training

First of all, Happy Father’s day to the man who made me who I am today and to all great fathers in the world. B I’m very fortunate to have grown up and been surrounded by some very wonderful men in my life. B Sadly, I do not get to see either of the two father figures in my life on this day or often. B My grandfather passed away a few years ago and I miss him dearly. B Because I just moved and have been unpacking for a week I didn’t get a chance to go to NY to visit my parents but I hope to go down soon and visit them in the next few weekends.

If you’re on DailyMile, you’d notice I’m back on the running juice! B I am doing more cross training and more stretching, some ART therapy but for the most part I notice very little difference between running and not running for my tightB piriformisB muscle. B That does not mean that the 10 days off were a waste. B It gave my legs a nd knees some much-needed time off. B It also allowed me to reset my training cycle. B I have a few marathons coming up in the fall but I think ultimately I’m going to train for a 50K. B Not sure which one yet, but I’ve noticed I’m much better training for distance instead of speed so I always seem to get injured when I try to go fast. B Although I’m a forefoot runner, I’m still a very clumsy runner who always bouncing from side to side and yet somehow manages to not fall. B If I had to make a bet on the first runner to trip over her own feet, I would bet its me. B In fact there have been plenty of times on training runs where I somehow managed to kick myself while running on windy days. B The ART doc told me my hips are misaligned and maybe that’s part of it. B Hopefully as I work some more on strength, I can become a more balanced individual (no pun intended).

Its Sunday and this concludes what I’ll consider my first week back in training. B Just because it’s a regular Runday, doesn’t mean you can’t dress up.

My next race is RnR half in Providence and I wanted to test out my racing outfit I got this week. B Best (or maybe worst?) part, it cost me around $50. B Let’s face it, running trends like all others can add up pretty fast and I confess I’m a tool like all others to cute pinks objects. B Running accessories are no exceptions. B I tried to hold back but I finally caved it.

Target Tech Shirt $7 on sale

Marshalls Running Skirt with a zipper pocket in the back $14B I got this on Friday as I hunt down all running skirts except FILA that come in size XS so if you’re interested in one go and get one fast as I never see the same things there twice. B Only exception is FILA skirts because they suck! B I haven’t run in one but I tried on 3 and they already felt uncomfortable before I even started running. B At least in my humble opinion.

Zensah Calf Sleeves $34 as they were 20% off this week at City Sports. B I know I shouldn’t have but I just could not resist. B Perfect for those slightly cool days like today.

So a backwards recap of week 1 of training:

Sunday Run

Total Mile Ran today 10.52 – Outside – 2 podcasts (Running with the Pack & Jillian Michaels) worth!

Total Time 1:28:50 Average Pace 8:27

I stayed on the usual paved road that runs along the fells and did two loops. B It was hot and part of me wanted to stop after my first one and call it a day. B I was running with a full bottle of water to hydrate (Nunn tab for taste and electrolytes). B With the exception of slower start and ending miles, my middle miles were at aB consistentB 8 minute pace. B I’m using the runkeeper couch that I have set to 7:30 my goal race time. B I don’t expect to be running at that speed and to be honest when I first went running I was only targeting a 9 minute mile but wasB pleasantlyB surprisedB that with no stronger effort I was down to 8:30. B I think hearing how far I am off pace from my ultimate goal is just a good reminder to me of my long-term plan.

Saturday Run

Total Miles Ran 10:55 Outside through hills, roads, some trails in the Fells and 7 miles of it were with Tony.

Total Time 1:43 Average Pace 9:46B

I was only going to do 8 miles but Tony and I ran at a fairly easy pace that I just felt like I wanted to stay out a bit longer in the amazing weather we had. B Good thing I did because after I got back, mother nature turned cold and cloudy! B I also caved in and brought a pair of compression shorts and yes they’re totally worth it if you have misaligned hips where you flutter side to side. B This kept me all up and centered. B Maybe it’s just my jiggly butt that makes me run silly.

Friday Run

No Run had an ART appointment instead.

Thursday

7 miles on the Elliptical, 1.5 miles to the Y & back jog. B I felt sore from Wednesday’s run. B I did the hour-long senior citizens sculpt class at the Y. B I think I’m the only young person there but it’s better than nothing. B Otherwise the only lifting I get is picking up some heavy bricks ofB chocolateB pounders from Trader Joe’s. B Either war I enjoy the more relaxed easy-going environment and am adding the Tue/Thurs class to my training cross training schedule.

Wednesday Run

I didn’t know what to expect from this run. B This was my first longish run on the treadmill in a while. B I had a plan B to quit at 8 miles but I roughed it out for 10! I did the first 8 on incline 3 and the last 2 in a super slow walk/run routine on incline 2. B I still believe that running on incline helps me be faster on pavement. B It did feel good to be rebounding with the old treadmill I saw so much of during March.ues

Totals Miles 10.03

Total Time 1:33 Average Pace 9:11B

Tuesday

Total Miles 4.5 I don’t have the total time or pace as I felt so angry about just being too exhausted to run. B I just moved and was running on 5 hours of sleep. B Lack of sleep = dead legs. B I debated for a while about skipping the Y class but I really had no excuse so I sucked it up, went and felt much better and stronger. B I can almost do 2 big girl push ups.

Monday Run

First day of the week… First day with lack of sleep. B Living on a street with more trees is nice. B Living on a street with birds waking you up at 4AM is a lot less pleasant. B I’m adjusting but Monday was rough.

Totals Miles 6.1

Total Time 55 minutes Average Pace 9? I don’t remember the incline, might have been 2 or 3. B I didn’t run last weekend due to moving so i felt happy for the run.

In summary, 42 miles for my first week back… Not bad. B I feel okay and pretty good since before I took a small break I was running 60-70 a week. B Since my intermission hasn’t been too long I’m following the approach of 20%B mileageB increase until I’m at 55-60 and then possibly 10%. B I need to have a strong base by September 15 as that’s when I’ll be working weekends and running will have to be drastically cut back on the weekdays. B I’ll resume mileage after October 15th to wrap up final training for Philly Marathon before a one week taper of the Weekend of November 18th. B Rough draft of the plan so far. B It’s in my head, now I just need to get it down on paper.

I think for week 2 I’llB targetB 48 miles.

A running withdrawal…

Less than 48 hours left to get my votes in for Team RefuelB which also means no more annoying pleads after end of May.

I’m on day 3 of my no running 14 day cleanse (of not running). B I also made an appointment with Dr. Michael Santipadri for next week for my leg that’s been bummy since Boston Marathon. B He is a certified ART (active release technique) practitioner and hopefully can help me.

Tuesday was a fine day of 8 miles on the elliptical which I’m slowly starting to dread. B My TV shows have ended and surviving through a 50 minute workout on that thing is getting a whole lot more boring.

I also took a sculpt class at the Y which was relatively low impact (the class is designed to be friendly for beginners and older folks) but it did get me to lift some weights which I never do on my own. B If I was more motivated on my own I could probably do that whole one hour class in 20 minutes, but I’m not. B Lifting weights one arm at a time is better than no weight lifting.

I have this semi-plan of trying to start doing my Jillian Michaels’ No More Trouble Zones DVD to get some muscle tone back. B Training for a marathon made me lose weight, but I can’t say I like how much weaker my other muscles have become (or my shrinking lady lumps). B I love long distance running, but I also loved my curves. B I envy the women who can keep both! B It might be fun to buy a size smaller pants, but having to restock all your bras a size smaller can get a bit depressing!

Attack of the DOMS

Take a second and vote me for me for theB Team RefuelB running grant. B Based on my stalking I have about 3 people ahead of me so I could use the help!

If you haven’t noticed I’ve been fairly quiet this week. B No, I didn’t actually get a life… but I haven’t been doing much running either. B I’m trying to take it easy and relax a bit. B My next marathon is in September (if I figure out how to get myself to Canadia) and I might be eyeballing another attempt at a 50K before that (TARC Summer Classic). B However, I want the situation in Lefty to heal so I’m being gentle with it aside from the two halfsies I got going this month.

It’s okay, less time running means more time doing things like this:

Also this will be the last month you will see those floors. I know you’ll miss them. B I sold my life and dreams away and brought a house. B We’re moving in June. B Who knows maybe my blog will go from running to remodeling old Victorian homes. B Just thinking about being a home owner is making me sweat buckets.

Anyways back to the exciting world of sweating from the small stuff in life…

I was sore Monday so I took it easy with 6 miles at incline 2 on the treadmill. B My quads burned from the hills on Saturday but after a mile or 3 I loosened up and wrapped up the run in 52 minutes.

Tuesday I went for theB ellipticalB as part of my cross training plan. B 10.5 miles, an episode of Once Upon A Time and I was done.

After work since I failed to go drown (or try swimming) since joining the Y, I decided to try a class instead. B There was a 6:30 body sculpt class. B My modesty clearly has not returned since Saturday because I felt pretty cool. B I jumped, IB squatted, I lunged, I planked my little heart out and I felt so cool. B Unlike going to a class at Equinox or BSC, I was not the least fit person at the Y. B It was a nice change. B Well…

I wake up Wednesday…

Haha and no I did not create this artwork myself. B Google image brought it up when I searched for DOMS- Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.

Was the class hard? B No, I’d say it was more like Jillian Michael workout video at level 1 with only working one muscle group. B Jillian usually matches an arm workout with a leg one while the class at the Y did one at a time. B Seeing as how I do neither on my own, I think the class setting will help me get some muscle composition back from the 2 years I lost afterB quittingB Boston Sports Clubs gyms.

Wednesday… since the DOMS was not in full attack I wanted to run; however, my treadmill was taken so I used the elliptical for my usual RUNCH… without the run. B Ellipto-unch? Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. B It’s okay, I wanted to watch desperate housewivesB anyways.

Now its Thursday… I had my closing on the house so no time for a RUNCH…. however, when I got home I looked at the weather and I just couldn’t turn back and watch TV… before I knew it I was in a sports bra, running shirt, running skirt and my Asics with a bottle full of water and Nuun. B I wanted to run 10 miles… but I learned what the D in DOMS is. B Delayed.. meaning not today, not tomorrow but sometime like 36 hours… yea… remember those squats? B Remember those sumos? B You thought you were the shizzle? B Guess what? B Those legs are not moving… It hurts to walk… let along run.

So I didn’t make it 10 miles, I did finish 6 very slow ones. B Average pace was a 9:25 mile. B I think the first 2 were at a 10 minute pace. B Nonetheless I feel happy. B I brought a house today and I got my run in.

Shameless Promotion & Joining the YMCA

Friends, family, stalkers,B spambotsB and people who clicked on to my blog by mistake. B I’m going to ask you for a favor. B I am sharing with you this incredibly embarrassing video where I look like I haven’t slept or brushed my hair in months (It really happened to rain that day). In exchange please vote for me every 24 hours on all your computers =) That’s right I somehow entered myself in the team refuel athlete of the month sponsorship.

http://www.gotchocolatemilk.com/applicant/liana-koloslenker

My half asleep rambling face did this back in March atB RnRB USA expo. B Sadly, the one where I rambled a little less was never filmed by mistake and like all remakes, it does not compare to the original. B In fact, it’s perfectly acceptable to not even bother watching this tragic video and just skip to the voting. B Plus each vote donates $1 to challenged athlete foundation. B Think of the charity! (every 24 hours)

Either way, they limit how many times I can voteB forB myself per day. B So I’m going to pimp myself like crazy. B If I win, I’m hoping I can use the $$$ for Philly Marathon. B I think in all my leg/knee whining, I forgot to mention that after some reviewing my Non-NYC MarathonB options, I picked Philly. B Did I mention it’s on my birthday (I know I’m a broken record)? B What better way to help me celebrate my 26 years then by voting for me so I can run those 26.2 miles on that special day.

Tony is just shaking his head at me (and voting of course, right Tony?). B I don’t think he approves me signing up for these races while my body is doing a less than silent protest. B Good thing he has other uses. B Like making Sunday dinner.

MnnB fried cheese rice balls. B Good thing he prefers carbs over theB paleoB diet; otherwise there might have been some dining problems. B Couples who eat carbs together, stay together.

In other Monday news. B I’m trying to taper this week and leave some juice in my legs for the half on Saturday. B I B ellipticaledB 10.5 miler while watching “Once Upon A Time.” I thinkB that’sB my new favorite show. B Dear ABC please don’t cancel this show like you tend to do with all theB quirkyB shows I like.

I also did a Yoga class at the YMCA today. B It might not smell as good as the fancy Yoga studio but the price andB convenienceB really can’t be beat. B As gross as it sounds, I like that they have mats already so I don’t break my back carrying my Matt to the train (1 mile) and then back from the train (1 mile). B The best part about it was that at a 6PM class there was only 7 people in the class. B I think this creates a much more relaxingB environmentB then when I feel like someone’s Warrior 2 is going toB whackB my face. B It was a mix of styles but I really like how our instructor explained each move slowly. B I guess if I was a more experienced talented yogi I would get annoyed but for my level it was perfect.

Yup, I signed up for the YMCA. B I also ordered aB swim-cap. B I’m hoping that I can learn how to swim on my own. B Once I can swim beyond 10 inches maybe I’ll get over my fear of biking for speed and try a triathlon.

Danskin Triathlon looks like a good one to start with. B It’s all women, so I don’t have to worry about getting run over by aB testosteroneB beast. B You know, the kind that run 5Ks in a rage while knocking over 5 feet tall girls (maybe this only happens to me). B I can only imagine what they do on Bikes. B Anyways, another cool thing about the Danskin Tri is their swim angels that help guide those who can’t swim. B I think the July date is too soon for me but I’ll definitely try to keep this on my radar for 2013. B Right now I just want to learn how to not drown. B I should probably also look into buy a speedo one piece suit.

Anyone else trying anything new this summer?

Do you know how to swim? B I was a NYC kid who only saw water when it came out of the faucet. B Swimming is about as foreign as driving is to me. B Both things I’m going to try to learn over this summer.

BTone Fitness – SPX Review

Now when you see this what comes to mind?

No Tony and I did not join some S&M club… The girls I work with and I decided to try something new for a workout. B We wereB intrigued, confused, scared and excited as we kept hearing about thisB PilatesB type of workout. B Well we finally got our schedules in check and made our appointment at BTone Fitness. B Making a 6:30 class took more planning than it looks since each class only has 11 people.

What is BTone we wondered? B Even upon getting there, I still had no clue so I did some research on their site. B It usesB Lagree Fitnessb” which is an innovative workout specifically designed to “strengthen, tighten, and tone the body quickly and safely. This workout is largely based on the holistic principles of Pilates, but also emphasizes the strength training and cardio elements not inherent to Pilates to achieve muscle definition faster than traditional Pilates and/or weight training alone.”

Not bad promises for just 45 minutes of my time. B Yoga takes over 90 minutes for these kind of promised results so I figured it was worth a shot. B After all, time is money and at $30 per class this was some pricey time.

Basically for the next 45 minutes I attempted to incorporate the “key principles of core stability and blending them with the fusion of muscle dynamics.” When you do things correctly, it should look like this:

This photo was taken from their website and let me tell you, I did not look like that for a second. B Majority of my 45 minutes was spent praying that I would not fall. B In fact I was wondering why they didn’t make me sign a waiver!

We spent about 15 minutes working our core with crunches and different plank-like exercises. B The next 15 minutes we did leg things that were probably equivalent of leg press type machines. B We wrapped it up with arms that I will probably be feeling soon. B Overall I don’t think this reformer machine provided anything special that some free weights or a giant ball can’t do. B My otherB critiqueB was the way the class was taught there was no adjustment for individual level of fitness. B Our instructor only explained each move once which left me scrambling trying to figure out where to put which limb where without falling over. B She did instruct us which resistance level to use for each move. B However, she didn’t give a range. B Had I been more experienced I would have used a level lower resistance for arms (I’m weak) and a level higher resistance for legs; however, no such option was explained.

BTone FitnessB B is one of two only SPX studios offered in New England. B The studio is located in Boston’s Back Bay and its super easy to get to by the T. B The first class is only $5 and is totally worth trying out. B After that each class is $30 which to me seems a little overpriced.

I think I got a plan and the best microwave meal ever

I’m starting to enjoy tapering. B For example I took a6 mile run on incline 2 with no pace goal other than feeling comfortable. B It ending up being only slightly slower than my tempo run speed.

However with the lack of mileage and fear of trying anything new (I don’t want to be sore for Boston) I tried to adjust my diet accordingly. B I tried to eat like my co-workers with calories and control in mind. B I tried, but I failed.

I substitutedB my muffin + 3 cups of peanut buttered oatmeal for this:

Ignore that giant ball of cream cheese, it’s there for calcium

Lunch I tried again to be normal

Grilled Vegetables Mediterranean with Rice! B Although not nearly enough food, I have to admit this was my favorite microwave meal for under $4. B It’s under 250 calories, but that doesn’t mean much if you consume an equal amount of 250 calories bag of trail mix. B I liked how the sauce was cooked separately in that steamer thing leaving my food not that least bit soggy.

The plan for the rest of the week is

Wednesday 10 miles

Thursday 6 miles

Friday rest/cross training

Sunday easy 4

This should leave me for a total of 25 miles for the week and then the marathon!

Any suggestions for healthy lunches? B I’m bored of salads and I’m not eating to run this week. B Therefore, I will be trying to keep my apetite in check to the limited level of activity.

Soreness & Bikram

I must confess, when I see people running, I secretly race them.B I don’t know why, its my inner competitive child that never got out when I was younger since I didn’t partake in any sports until I was 24.B Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose.B Combine this secret racing with a self-imposed marathon and you get one sore Liana the next day.

When I got to the gym for my lunch break, I mentally wanted to run but I knew although I felt energetic that the knots of soreness in my right upper leg might beg to differ.B With less then 11 days before my marathon I decided there’s no need to argue with the legs.B So 4.2 miles on the elliptical with some arm weights and a ton of foam rolling became the new plan.

After work I made an urgent date in my outlook calender for a Bikram session where I reached a new level of sweat.B I had so much sweat dripping, pouring that I kept sliding all over my mat even with two towels covering it!

And as ridiculous as I looked (and let me tell you I take quite the award for lack of balance) the hips and legs felt looser.B I also didn’t die from drowning in my own sweat, although I was pretty close to it.B Maybe the soreness will leave the body tonight.

Also, can I mention how awesome Thai food is.B Can I also mention how much more awesome Thai food is after a 26 mile run.

I think if calories were no issue and I had a personal chef, I would live of drunken noodles!

Whats your favorite type of food?

Thai! Thai! and some fried ice cream

Do you ever race random strangers on your runs?

Marathon Training Body Changes

I’ll start with some happy news. B Yesterday after work I ran 15 miles on a treadmill. B Total time 135 minutes 2 incline.

First 10 miles were run in 88 minutes while the other 5 in 47 minutes. B Also for the first time since I started doing greater than 7 miles on a treadmill runs, I didn’t feel like poop afterwards. B I was hungry yes, but my knees were happy, my stomach was okay enough, and my energy was not wiped out. B Practice may not always make things perfect, but it definitely makes them better! B I went from dying/wanting to throw up after a 14 mile TM run to actually feeling great in the span of 1,5 months!

Now was the less happy news. B I had a bit of a rude awakening this morning. B I did my Inbody analysis. B And lets just say that results since marathon training were not the ideal health type. B No I didn’t gain weight, but I lost muscle which was replaced by fat. B So no weight gain or loss; yay! B Switching muscle for fat; boo!

So first what is Inbody?B B The InBody uses bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) [try saying that aloud 5 times!] to analyze your body composition. B BIA is a technique that measures body impedance by sending an electrical current through the body. B B How futuristic! Its quick and you feel nothing at all as the current only passes through the water fluids inside the body, and based on the impedance values collected, the body water volume is calculated. B Since water fluids are usually inside muscle tissues, by using the water volume, the fat-free mass can be calculated. B Body fat calipers measure skinfolds to calculate how muchB subcutaneous fat(fat under the skin) a person has. B According to research itbs highly accurate and not subject to human error (me pinching in different places). B However, water fluctuates and to avoid that its recommended to not eat or drink 2 hours before your test.

Now in summary this shows I’m a healthy, average person who could use a few or many core workouts. B My trunk muscles are non-existent. B This can lead to back problems,B bad posture and all sorts unpleasant stuff from working at a desk job all day. B That was already known to me. B Also, between the 6 weeks I did not gain any weight which is awesome being that its winter and all. B I didn’t lose any weight, which is fine since that was not my intention with running. B However, my overall fitness level went down.

I lost two pounds of muscle and traded it in for two pounds of fat. B Clearly with my desire to be healthy and fit, this is not the direction I want to go in. B So I needed to evaluate my recent habits and see what’s going on.

Biggest change in my life for the past 3 months? B I’m training for my FIRST marathon. B Its super exciting and I’m learning everything the stupid way because I’m just that brilliant.

Here are a few reasons for my body change (even if it’s a 2% change)

bChange in eating habitsb

Ibd like to say marathon training has made me a healthier eater, but it has not.B While before I used to eat a small light meal at lunch (salad or a small deli sandwich from home), I find myself needing bigger meals to get through post work training runs.B My cooking time has also drastically decreased.B I am no longer cooking balanced meals, but instead picking the option of eating out.B When I get home at 9PM post run, I want food NOW, not an hour later once Ibm down slicing, dicing and baking.B Tortilla chips and pop chips seem like great options as I savage through my kitchen.B While those make a great in between meal snack, I shouldnbt be adding them in addition to my regular dinner.B Also due to time, I have created a more vegan diet.B I am skipping lean meats like chicken and replacing it with a more fatty protein like peanut butter and other nuts.B Why?B Those are much easier to pop in my mouth as I am always in a rush.B However, while I am keeping up with my protein intake, Ibm sure my fat content in my diet is increasing drastically at a higher rate.

Solution: I need to keep an eye on my healthy fats intake.B I need to cut back on peanut butter.B Ibve been really going to town on that jar and eating it in place of a more balanced snack such as an apple or yogurt.B Ibm also going to make an attempt to increase my lean meat consumption instead of just relying on nuts to get my protein content.B I donbt feel like I need to cut calories, but I definitely need to change the content of them.

B bAre you resting more than usual?b
I read this somewhere and I think it applies to me.B I am no longer running in addition to my normal activity.B Instead itbs become in place of my long walks or biking or hikes I used to do.B No more Jillian Michaels workouts.B My mind has taken the mentality of bwow I ran far…I can relax the rest of the dayb. Before marathon training a typical Saturday was a few hours of hiking followed by grocery shopping, laundry, pretending to clean and then out with friends. I was moving constantly. Now a Saturday involves two to three hours of running followed by vegging on the couch most of the day and a bag of tortillas for bcarbo-loadingb.

Solution: Donbt let running take over my life.B Even though itbs winter, itbs coming to an end and definitely make a better effort of staying social.B Try to go hiking when the weather is good.B Clean the dust of my bike.B Donbt direct all my energy to just running.B I know this will get easier once I feel like I have the base for running 26.2 miles and am not paranoid that I do not have enough training.B Also cut back on bcarbo-loading.bB If I eat healthy, Ibll have enough, therebs no need to find an excuse to stuff chips in my mouth for every meal.

bCalories Rewardsb
As my running mileage starts doubling for the week; it has become very easy to say bwhy yes I deserve a 3pm cookie!B 10am cookie, this is just breakfast part 2, I bpomiseb;b Puppy dog big eyes.

Solution: I really have no need to eat half a bag of M&Ms with my tea before lunch time.B Save my sweet tooth for 3PM.B Cut giant cookie in half or have a few M&Ms.B I donbt really need both items.B Better yet, but a cool kid and half an oz of dark chocolate.B I hear it has some pretty nifty health benefits.B Also just because I have free baked dessert at work available daily does not mean I need to take advantage of it daily.B Grab an apple instead!B If Ibm not hungry enough to eat the fruit, then Ibm definitely not hungry enough to eat the cookie.B

bBuilding glycogen storesb

Another reason for my loss of muscle and gain of fat could be my glycogen stores.B Everyone and their great-aunt know about the importance of glycogen storage for distance.B Your body automatically stores water with the glycogen and that might lead to weight gain and a reading of less muscle mass.

Solution: None needed, itbs okay I should be happy with this as my races are coming up.

bRebound Hungerb

As common with others, (I am not a unique snowflake) I am not feeling very hungry post long run but am famished the next day.B Problem is when my hunger is out of whack, I make silly eating decisions.B bWhy yes, peanut butter brownies make an excellent breakfastb vs. a normal oatmeal serving like a normal child.B Repeat this for a couple of days a week and bam fat/weight goes up within a few weeks of training.

Solution: Seriously, as stated earlier in this rambling, I do not constantly need to be shoveling chips, almonds and M&Ms into my mouth.B Take the time to eat an actual meal so I donbt find myself famished when my metabolism catches up to me.

“Lacking of Strength Training”

Also, I need to make more time for strength training. As my running mileage increases, I still have the same limited amount of free hours in a day. B This leads me to cut out my strength workouts I used to do.

Solution:B Take the time to cross strength. B Skip a run and do a Jillian Michaels workout instead. B Do 5 minutes of planking a day. B Wake up, Plank up, shower and head out. B It’s not too complicated, I just need to stop finding excuses.

Basically the conclusion is, although its great that my endurance is growing, I need to stop using my running/training as an excuse to eat crap (chips, how did this habit start) and avoid weight/strength training (I really hate weights and non cardio workouts).

Have you ever one of these body composition analysis?

Have you ever noticed changes in your body as you were training for something? B What were you training for and what changes did you notice?