Saturday, August 14, 2010

Vacation!

Well hellloooo!
First!
[Geek Turned Athlete] is having a Silver Maple GIVEAWAY!
Geek Turned Athlete is one of my favorite blogs, she never fails to impress me with her seemingly endless energy and determination! and now she is hosting an awesome giveaway! Check it out here!

Yesterday marked my last day of work for the summer before I start my Masters program in September, it feels great to have two and a half weeks of me time before I jump into the next two years of my life. I don't think I've mentioned it oh the blog but I've worked in a Folklore archive for the past two years. I spend my days researching and listening to old interviews with interesting people.

I still use a switch board, sadly not for phone calls

It took a while getting used to all the equipment, but I love it

On the training front

I've been cycling up a storm, indoors. I'm a wuss and there are no bike lanes in my city [they are currently being implemented however] so I don't like to ride without my cycling bodyguard Hughie, enter Indoor Trainer.

Cycle Tacx
I bought this second hand for an obscenely great price and and thrilled with it! It took some tinkering with but I got it all set up and ready to go!

I had to change out my back wheel, I had recently put on some thicker tires so I could do some unpaved trails without blowing out a tire or falling to my death :) So I had to take off the back tire and put my skinny road tire back on.

Bike dirt
There is something about working on my bike and getting dirty that I love, it makes me feel accomplished, even if I don't know what I'm doing!

The trainer itself is a little loud once I really get going but it's smooth and I love it! hip hip hooray!

Hughie is doing a 90km ride for the provincial lung association today as we speak! Quite the endeavor, I'll be going to meet him at the finish line later today but first I'm going to watch 'Julie and Julia' (finally!) and bake some cookies to surprise the mister with at the finish.

Tomorrow we are going to a Blueberry Festival! There is going to be a 3ft pie along with a pie eating contest, think I could win!?

Until next time,

Alanna

Sunday, August 1, 2010

A runners body.

Hi guys!

I hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend, and if you've participated in a race/event I hope you're having an extra relaxing weekend :)

While I was hanging out today with a friend I was reading through some of my running magazines I hadn't got a chance to really read since I bought them a few weeks ago and I was amazed at how many articles there were on weight loss. While I understand that us runners have to be fit and healthy to do what we do; and many new runners start running for weight loss, I am surprised at the great emphasis that is put on being thin.


Making sense?

Runners come in all shapes and sizes, we don't all look like Kara Goucher that's for sure but I see it all the time around the blog world, women striving for that "runners body", what does that even mean?

I'm not a size two, I'm not 115 pounds, but in a race I've beat the pants of girls who were.

Please, don't get me wrong. I'm not insulting anyone who is either or those things, I'd probably have a much easier time finding jeans if I were a size two! All I'm saying is that we are all different.

Don't strive for a runners body, strive to run an extra mile, or a negative split or a PB and take the body that that goal gives you.

I've had several friends who have achieved great weight loss goals and still constantly beat themselves up about an extra few pounds that they can't shed or the fact that they just can't change what their mama gave them, instead of focusing on how far they've come and what that body of theirs has achieved.

I'm not skinny, I'm not fat, but I am strong. I take great pride in knowing that my "thick" legs and my booty will take me where I want to go, including across that finish line.

I know this is a little out of character for my blog but I felt slightly inspired to comment on the subject. Our bodies are amazing, and they are all different, take pride in what they can do first and foremost.

and on that note, I love this Nike campaign.

Until next time,

Alanna