I'm currently struggling with some weight gain (probably some muscle,some fat) following training for a marathon. I actually started gaining last summer/fall when I was told by a dietician to eat more carbs, and since then (and during and following training) I've been sitting around 123-125 pounds. I can't fit into any of my shorts I wore last year, only 2 skirts, and only jeans I've bought in the last few months. My legs feel pretty solidly muscular, but obviously, something is going on with my body composition and I'm not happy with being too bulky in the butt/thigh area.
For reference, I didn't track during marathon training and actually hovered closer to 122-123 then. I didn't snack a bunch but I certainly had some ice cream and indulgent meals here and there. And I'm 5'2, so bulk really shows up on me. Really it is only my legs I have a concern about, so I'm wondering if I just have a bit of fat to shed on top of new muscles.
My current routine is: Leg/core strength, Run 30, Run 30-40, Run 30(speed intervals) + arm strength, rest, Run 50-50, rest
I was considering doing a big calorie cut and moving forward with my current routine of running/strength, but I don't feel like I'm getting enough food under 1600 calories. I have hypoglycemia that reacts pretty strongly to not getting enough food. I lifted yesterday for example, and ate around 1500. I felt terrible and weak this morning.
I'm wondering if I should instead ease up on the calorie counting and just focus on eating cleaner overall and accept that my body has changed a bit? I know I need to cut alcohol out a bit more and possibly clean up some of my tea/coffee habits, but I'm wondering if that would be enough of a shift to slim down my legs, or if I should accept them as they are?