Runners come in all shapes and sizes.
There is no, “One size fits all”… and I am reminded of this every time I am at the start line of a race, or getting passed by a 75 year old, heavy-ish man…. no two are alike. Sure, we see the elites on the news who are ripped with 3% body fat and legs for days. We may even see this at the collegiate level. But that doesn’t mean, that is what a runner looks like.
This is something I need to remind myself more often. I am eating more (tonight I had a burger, with the bun (gasp!) and while eating this, I can’t say I am happy about it. What I want is just a big salad. I am feeling heavier (I am heavier, which is the point) but I look in the mirror and see my body changing and adding some cushion here and there. This is the point when I want NOTHING more than to weigh myself and let that number dictate my next move.
But I will not give in.
No scale. It shouldn’t matter what it says! I am running well, feeling strong, having good workouts…. Why can’t I let that be my determining factor?
It is at this point, when I need to remember that “Runners come in all shapes and sizes.” FACT. End of story. Sure, I am putting on weight. I will “look” slightly different. Maybe have a heavier tummy, and (fingers crossed) a BUTT for once in my life… but I need to be ok with this and know that Running will still be Running. I won’t be judged for being heavier. People wont look at me differently. I will let my race times speak for me.
Today I did some body weight stuff in the morning, did a crossfit WOD of 5 X (500m row, 15 floor chest press) and then drove home to run with my dad a verrrry slow 8min/mile pace 5 miles. It was good of me to go that slow, because when I am by myself all I do is push myself. I need to learn how to do a recovery run. So that 8 min pace was good for me!
Unfortunately, since I am trying to eat more, I have neglected real meals. Now I just seem to eat only snack food, all the time. I knew today that I needed a real meal, hence going home and being forced to eat a burger!!
And even with all this working-out today, I still have a hard time eating that burger and bun!! Bahhhhh Andrea!!
Its going to be ok- I Can Do This! ((Motivational pep talk as I look in the mirror!))
How is everyone’s running/workouts/rest days coming?
Do you eat burgers with or w/o the bun?