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Guest Blogger- Gina Leslie of "Gina The Working Girl Trainer" Explains Why "Running Is Not Necessarily The Key To Weight-Loss"


First let me state, I love to run and I am training for my sixth marathon. With that said, long distance running and marathon training does not guarantee weight loss. 

As a matter of fact, I gained weight my first marathon. Sounds crazy right? I mean you think when you are running a ton of miles a week the pounds should be falling off? Well think again. Here is where I went wrong the first time around:

-I do not have the body of a natural runner (tall, natural lean and not curvy) so when following a cookie cutter plan that had me taking in more carbohydrates than that was really necessary there was a shift in the scale. 
-Long runs mean maybe a reward or two but don’t go crazy on your meals for the rest of the day. Even when it feels like you have been running forever to burn a good amount of calories, it does not take forever to put all those calories back in.
-While steady cardio is great to incorporate into your workout routine it is important to make sure you are getting in at least 2 high intensity interval training sessions in a week aka HIIT. If all you do is run at a steady rate, your body will get used to it and hit a plateau real quick.
-Weight training. Don’t forget to incorporate at least 1 or 2 days a week in your marathon training program to hit the weights or you will be feeling flabby in no time.
Leaning Out With Marathon Training the Next Go Arounds
-The ONLY time I “carb-up” is the meal I eat before my long-run. By long run I mean 9 miles or more. A bagel with a little butter or a honey bran muffin are usually my go-to. If anything is under 9 its just a little oatmeal before
-Only on runs longer than 12 miles do I use a supplement like GU to help me power through.
-I treat myself to a huge frozen yogurt with toppings or some pizza after my long runs but that is about it. The rest of the day is all lean meats and veggies just in a larger volume.
-I take my track and tempo runs seriously and throw some plyometrics here and there into them. When I do my track workouts I usually incorporate sprints, stairs and do rounds of push-ups, triceps dips, and core every two laps or so. I also do some runs in the sand.

-I make sure to hit the weight 1-2 times a weeks and incorporate so plyometric moves. A few of my favorites: speed skaters, jump squats, & step-ups with a hop.

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