Rest Day Musings – Body Image

I’m on a rest day today and it’s absolutely needed.

I ran to work on Tuesday morning, then did some pretty hard climbs in the evening. Then I committed myself to doing a strength workout after work that was focused on runners.

And, I think I developed a mild case of tricep tendonitis, so I’ve got some KT tape lighting up my arm.

Anyway, my mind seems to be doing some weird things to my self esteem lately so I thought I’d share.

This is what I look like these days:

Despite the less-than-flattering pictures, I’m not fat by any definition. I’d even say that I’m fairly fit and trim, and I’m getting pretty close to the Wonder Woman/Amazoness build at a measly 5’4″.

In fact, I’m like 85% sure that the reason I haven’t been hit on by random men recently is because my muscular arms are on display in the summer. Whatever, the Monsieur seems to find them sexy!

I’ve also gained roughly 10lbs in the last 12 months.

I know that it’s mostly muscle and not fat. I’m still (more or less) fitting into my clothes without issue, so I clearly haven’t expanded too much. My legs, butt and shoulders have changed shape so some of my jeans are too tight because of that, but I’m okay with having toned, firm limbs. And a sexy butt.

And yet, a part of my mind thinks that I’m big, and not in a good way.

I know that I’m not big. I don’t think anybody could reasonably argue that a size 2 or 4 is big. I’m much more muscular and defined than last year, and I physically and mentally feel much better, so there shouldn’t be anything I feel bad about.

But I still can’t get over the fact that I gained 10lbs.

What’s worse is that I’m pretty sure it’s all in my head.

xoxo,

B.elle

Run Commuting – First Time Learnings

For the first time ever, I ran to work.

Or at least… I ran to the gym next to work.

Okay, fine, I attempted to run to the gym next to work, but only got in 5km out of 7.5km because I got too tired for my liking and my overall pace was about 1 min/km slower than what it usually is.

I have to emphasize that it was my OVERALL pace. That means I was running a hell of a lot slower at some points and at my usual pace at other times.

I also ran with this daypack:

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The Gregory Maya 10 has a nice big pocket for a hydration pack right on the back with a small latch on the shoulder straps to secure the hose and valve pretty easily. So, instead of carrying around a water bottle, I just filled my hydration bladder to about 1L and slid it right in!

That was probably the best idea I had about run commuting since I freed up my hands and could focus more about form.

The worst idea I had about run commuting is bringing 1L of water! That’s 1kg of extra weight on your back, not including clothes, make-up, flats and essentials!

This is what else I learned:

  • Running along the subway route provides a great alternative to finish the commute to work if you’re gassed out (like I was)
  • A gym nearby with a place to stretch, has towel service and showers literally saves a lot of weight off your back
  • Consider leaving a pair of nicer looking shoes at work so you don’t have to bring a pair ALL THE TIME
  • Travel sized toiletries and makeup are the best thing ever
  • A 10L daypack is not big enough to carry more than clothes and shoes
  • I find it a lot easier to run to work than from work
  • There’s a ton of people who workout before starting the work day! Holy crap!
  • Changing too many things about a workout routine at once results in really, really low energy even if you eat enough
  • Freeing up the evening while getting a workout for the day is so liberating

This was on Wednesday. I also attempted a double workout yesterday with a run commute and climbing after work, which I’ll report on next, and I’m feeling pretty okay today! I think this will definitely be incorporated into my HM training from now on.

Of course, this means that I’ll probably have more ~*amazing*~ gems of advice from my run commutes.

xoxo,

B.elle

Training for Half Marathon

I may be biting off more than I can chew, but I think I’m going to be using Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training Schedule: Intermediate 1.

I used Hal Higdon’s plan for the Nike race back in 2015 and it worked well for me since it’s very accommodating to non-competitive runners like me, and it leaves some room for rock climbing.

Of course, I haven’t exactly run high mileages for a long time, so this could be a plan doomed to fail!

The biggest concern I have now is that I have a lot more things on the go, compared to my life pre-accident. Work sometimes has me working in the evenings or part of the weekends, and I’m making more of an effort to see friends and family, who are more often available during the evenings.

Idea: Start run commuting! It’s about 7.4km from my house to my office, so I could use up half my weekly runs by running to the office and taking a shower at the nearby gym.

Of course, this means that I would have to switch memberships to take advantage of those showers, so this means I’ll have to make sure that I’m not going to be paying extraordinary fees…

We’ll see what happens!

xoxo,

B.elle

Registered Races

In my last post, I mentioned that I’m not very motivated to train properly when I don’t have a solid race in mind.

So, with that in mind, I signed up for a couple fall races with the Canadian Running Series!

Race Confirmation

Oasis Zoo Run Toronto 2017

I typically run the Oasis Zoo Run and really enjoy it even though it’s got a bunch of hills, but I didn’t go last year because I had to go to Baltimore for work at the same time.

This time, I’m running the 10K and I’m excited to go back to beat my race time of 01:05 (ish).

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront (Half) Marathon 2017

I was training for a half marathon before I got into the car accident, so I know I was physically capable of getting up to long runs of 19K. Theoretically, I can do it again, and I really hope I’ll be able to do it according to my corral time – 02:15!

But, I’m thinking that I need to get myself out running more often, which I’m hoping won’t get in the way of my rock climbing training. I’ve run to the rock climbing gym before (about 5.5km) with a Gregory backpack, but then I’m limited to just bouldering since I don’t have the space to pack my harness and GriGri.

Any suggestions on how to balance running and rock climbing? There’s only so many hours in a day!

xoxo,

B.elle

Like a Phoenix!

It’s aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiive!

Okay, so I really fell out of love with blogging because of a new job, recovering from that concussion, learning more about climbing and just life in general.

However! I realized this year that I need a race to get me motivated to actually stick to a running schedule… Also, the whole online-peer pressure that comes with blogging about something really helps keep me on track.

So, let’s dust off this blog and have some fun this summer!

xoxo,

B.elle