I need some help -- major help! I have been running 4-5 times a week with my long run usually falling on a Saturday or Sunday. I have the National Half Marathon coming up next month and am not really following a training plan, which I'm fine with. Each week I'm adding another mile and during the week I'm running 3-5 miles on the treadmill.
However, I seem to be hitting a snag. While I appear to be gaining speed, which I have wanted to so long, I cannot lose a stinking pound! Last year when I trained for my first half marathon, I was in the best shape ever, and about 8 pounds lighter than I am now. But when I was training for my full marathon which was last October, I put on about 7 pounds and I cannot shake it. I'm still a good weight for my height, and in the healthy range for BMI, etc. I'm not fighting a weight issue, but feel better (and much happier) when I'm 7-8 pounds lighter.
I'm weight training, carefully monitoring my calories and as I mentioned, running 4-5 times a week. I'm adding in cycling and swimming (since I have my first sprint tri in May) and I'm hoping the cross training will help.
From every I've read, strengthening your core is important for runners. It just so happens my weight is right there ON my core. (Gotta love what 2 c-sections does to the belly, certainly not helping) Belly, buttocks and thighs. So what advice do you have? I've added the abdominal crunch machine at the fitness center but I'm sure I need more than just that.
I'm considering visiting a personal trainer to get better insight, but am completely stumped as to what is happening. I am thrilled that my lungs feel amazing when running, I'm rarely short of breath and I feel strong - so I KNOW I'm getting many good benefits of running, but I feel like in other ways I've hit a plateau.