What's happened with my body composition during marathon training?

Now that I’m less than four weeks out from my next marathon, I thought I’d give an update on how my body body composition has changed between marathons.

If you don’t remember I did a three month long cut after the Twin Cities Marathon (you can check out my updates for months 1, 2 and 3 of that) to lose a little bit of weight and gain some muscle. So I went from running 20 miles a week and doing strength training three times a week to strength training once a week (sometimes bodyweight, sometimes with weight) and running anywhere from 25-50 miles.

 
October 1
November 1
December 1
January 1
April 4
Weight (lbs)
142.6
137.8
135.6
135.6
134.9
Body fat (%)
27.5
26.3
25.7
25.7
25.5
Waist (inches)
29
28.5
28.5
28.5
28.5
Hips (inches)
37
36.5
36
36
35.5
Thighs (inches)
20.25
20
20
20
19.75
Forearms (inches)
11
10.5
10.5
10.5
10.5

As you can see, not a whole lot has changed with my body composition. My weight has been around the 133.5-135 lb range during marathon training. Usually I’m right around 134lb but being extra sore or leading up to my long run days I’m on the heavier side. The one thing I’m seeing in the mirror is that I have a little bit less definition in my arms but I’m not working those muscles as much as was.

But I’m really glad with how this training cycle has been doing transitioning from eating less to more. I kept my calories right around 2,000 for most of training and only bumped it up when I started hitting 16+ mile long runs. I’m calorie cycling right now since my activity levels vary so much through the week and I’ve never felt hungry (or overly stuffed).

One thing I’m getting sick of is tracking my calories which I had a feeling I would be. I’ve been tracking for over a year straight and I know pretty well now what my body needs. So my plan is, after the marathon, to transition into intuitive eating. It will be a great mental break for me from playing macros Tetris and it will help me get more in tune with what my body is really wanting.