I trained for months, but I never lost any weight. I trained my body to run long distances, but I wasn't training my body to change. Overall, I was happy with my race time and my accomplishment, but I don't think it's something I want to do again. I'm much more suited to weightlifting, so I'm going to focus more on that this year.
I still like running and I plan to do some 5K and 10K races this year. So, I have been trying to walk more and stay active throughout the day in general. And, I've incorporated two high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts into my routine each week. My HIIT workouts last about 20 minutes plus a 5-minute warm-up and a 5-minute cool down. During the 20 minutes I alternate short intense repetitions with short recovery periods.
I like this type of workout because I can tell it really helps improve my performance overall. Plus, it increases your resting metabolic rate (RMR), which helps burn fat. Here is a sample treadmill workout if you want to give it a try! If you can't handle the speed or incline right away, just be patient and work up to it!