Now that I eat a much healthier diet, run marathons and am in the best shape of my life overall from also doing many other activities, I too am about 8-10 pounds heavier than when I was just a casual runner/jogger 10 years ago. But I know Im much leaner now because I can see muscles in my legs, arms and torso that I never used to be able to see :-)
On the other hand, Anna, if youre not truly feeling strong and healthy at the weight youre at, you should take a closer look at your calorie expenditures and compare it with how many youre consuming. Its possible to gain excess weight even though you eat healthy and exercise a lot if you simply are taking in more calories than you use on average. To get a handle on both, youll need to track what you eat and do exercise-wise for about a week.
But with your marathon so close, I wouldnt recommend making any changes until afterwards. In fact, its pretty normal to gain a couple pounds of water weight while carbo loading so probably best if you just put that scale away until after your race so you arent tempted to do anything that might jeopardize a good taper and marathon performance.
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