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Running shorts don’t love me

The weather this weekend was gorgeous!  Mid – 70s and Sunny all weekend! I can come up with the craziest excuses of why I can’t go running.  But I had none! I actually ran 3 days in a row.

Friday, my day off, I started out on 4 mile run that turned into a 6.5mile run.  I felt awesome and my splits were at least 30 seconds lower than my normal runs. Took me about hour. Not an hour straight, I stopped the clock for my 2 walking breaks and I had to make a pit stop back to my house after about a mile to change my outfit….

Originally,  I put on the snazzy new running shorts I received from New Balance at Fitbloggin.  Everyone else loved them!  Initially, I did too!  The shorts sat right on my waist, were not too short and had a pocket for my ipod.  Turns out the pocket was too small for my iPod Touch, which I found out after I was out on the road! Fail!

Changed from this:

Shorts look awesome!

To This:

Running Skirt!

I want to love running shorts.  Companies always come out with the cutest colors. Some are even NOT pink! (I have strong feelings against pink workout gear) And they are light and cool in the summer unlike some soccer or lacrosse shorts.

The problem is Running Shorts don’t love me.

No matter what I do, the shorts ride up and bunch.  It feels like I have on a bulky diaper. Though I have no idea how it looks,  it is an incredibly uncomfortable feeling. But I bet I look pretty ridiculous!  Each step I take, I think chaf-ing, chaf-ing. I never actually chafe because I turn around and change my outfit.

I have the same issue with running skirts.  The skimpy “compression” short found underneath most skirt ride right up.   In outfit #2 above, I have on a running skirt that has shorts AND Under Armour 7′ compression shorts.

LOVE these!  The 7″ is the only pair I found to stay in place!  I also wore a black pair for my Half Mary underneath a plaid running skirt:

Its close to impossible to find anything that I like and fits and doesn’t ride up.  Even my capris ride up!  The start out on my calves and end up bunched around my knees.   Since the weather warming up, it is becoming more of a problem.  This wasn’t an issue during the winter because I wore tights all the time.   And before last fall, I would wear lacrosse or soccer shorts, usually longer but heavier (aka hotter).

It is absolutely getting on my nerves. I have tried on shorts and skirts of just about every brand out there.  Nothing seems to stay put. Think maybe I will just switch to capris?  I really love the Lululemon Crops but shelling out $86 for crops hurts more than just my wallet.  I ordered this SkirtGoddess Skirt, which has 7′ shorts underneath!  Unfortunately even if it works, they are going out of business. :/

I have been  trying to NOT use fat talk and build a better body image.  Hard to banish fat talk  though when I feel my ‘large’ thighs are the reason everything ride up.  So the other day, I took a long look at my thoughts and my thighs.

I recently read that most women think they are  bigger then they actually are.  I definitely suffer from this!  I took a hard look at other women runners. Guess what?  Most ladies don’t have smaller thighs than me! Yet, they can run  in running shorts and skirts.

Me Thinks my gait and foot landing is the issue with things riding up.  I have neutral landing, meaning I run on the outer edges of my feet. I also run with one foot in front of the other.   This is considered a  more bio-mechanically efficient stride.

So tomorrow when I go on a search for running bottoms, I know it’s a struggle because of how I run NOT because of my body.  It makes me awesome!

Take that Fat Talk!

Game Plan

When I sign up for a half marathon in October, I was pumped!  I was going to run every morning before work, strength train and eat healthier.  I was going to run a 1:45 half marathon and become so toned I would become a fitness model!  This was going to change my life!

First some background:    I am not fat.  Never have, never will be, thanks to my genes.  Both of my parents are fairly unhealthy and still not obese.  I am not ‘toned’ either;  I have always been a little soft especially in my mid section. (that’s a topic for another day!)

When I graduated college in May of 2008, I was tiny.  Perhaps too tiny, but not unhealthy.  I had unintentionally lost 10 lbs at the beginning of 2008.  To this day, I have no idea how it happened. One day. I just stepped on the scale and was SHOCKED to see the number.  It was a combination of a relationship ending and my nanny gig;  I was not going out to eat as much and eating the same amount as the kids I watching.

Uber-Skinny Kate - April 2008

Being skinny does not equal healthy. Vodka and Chipotle are not exactly a healthy diet. I would eat a burritos at 3 or 4 in the afternoon and not eat till 11 am the next day. That happened more than once a week.  Bags and bags of salad mix went into the trash because I was too busy eating Cheez Its and pasta.  The only reason I stayed at the same weight is lacrosse, whether I was playing or ogling the men’s team at the gym.  (I would get on a cardio machine and watch their practice!! Haha!)

One of the few recent body pics I could find....

Skip ahead almost 2 years to today.  I have put on about 25 pounds since graduation for numerous reasons: sitting on my butt for 8+ hours a day, lack of sports practice 5 days a week and more disposable income to eat out.

Still, I am not fat. (unless you ask Karl Lagerfeld) Yet most of my weight gain has been fat replacing muscle.  I am not happy either.  There are rolls where rolls had never been, my jeans no longer fit and I felt like crap.  Probably most shocking was my fitness level.  Since I was little, I was able to step on a field, whether soccer or lacrosse, and run faster than anyone.  I never trained; I was just built to go fast.

Then one lacrosse tournament last fall, I couldn’t do it.  I was slow, sucking wind and overall playing horrible on the field.   That was my ‘tipping point’.  Not that my clothes didn’t fit or that I was sluggish all the time or the extra fat I gained but a lacrosse game.

Two weeks later, I signed up for a half marathon and training program.

So now, 6 months later, you want me to tell you I have changed my life, am so much happier, eat better, blah blah blah…

Well, I can’t do that because it’s NOT TRUE!

I did run my half marathon with a decent time.  But life changes have not been made, I have only lost about 2 pounds.  My diet is only slightly better and I have put on no muscle.

Oh, I played my first lacrosse game of the season on Sunday. Apparently distance running does not get you in shape for lacrosse… I was breathing hard and getting left in the dust all game!!

Looking back,  it wasn’t the best idea to start a training program from scratch in November.  Though Maryland winters aren’t usually brutal,  this winter was one for the record books. Still,  I can make all the excuses I want, but honestly it was lack of motivation.  I adjusted some parts of my life, just not enough.  I am eating less meat, working on portion size and getting some exercise. Yet, these aren’t enough.  I am still sluggish and achy a lot of the time, due to my diet and halfhearted workouts.

The tools are here for me to change but  I have to be willing to change!  I think I am ready now to make more changes, changes for a healthier and  better life!

The Big question is:

How do I change?

I am going to start with the following 5 steps as guidelines. All super easy to do!  Ease my way into dramatic life changes rather than trying to jump in the deep end.

Game Plan:

1. Get some kind of exercise in EVERY day! NO EXCUSES! Even if it is just a walk!

  • Example: On Monday, my run got rained out.  I would normally eat a bag of popcorn instead.  I got off my bum and went to Hot Yoga. Awesome workout, I was soaked with sweat!
  • Add Interval and Sprint training
  • Work in more Strength Train /Ab Work
  • Take a walk at lunch!

2. Try to eat more meals at home on the weekends.

  • My eating habits are sloooowly changing. But whatever I do during the week is completely wrecked when I eat out on the weekends, I usually make poor decisions at restaurants.

3. Eat more veggies!!

  • I have cut back on my meat intake, but replaced it with yogurt and eggs.  Maybe I’ll start doing a Veggie of the Week post?

4. Drink more water!

  • I probably mistake dehydration for hunger ALL the time.  This should help me be able to run better too.

5.  Blog!

  • Accountability will definitely increase my  motivation!
  • I can keep track of my changes!!

I’ll expand on each of these in future posts! This post took a different direction than I had originally hoped, I will delve more into my ‘Game Plan’ later!

Sometimes Things Turn Out OK

usb drive

Some days you think are horrible can turn out ok.  This morning I managed to destroy  all the USB ports on my work computer. Guess what uses USB? The keyboard and mouse… Luckily for most of the day, I had one USB port working with my keyboard and I found an old school PS2 mouse (track ball!).  Because I was trying to fix this,  I didn’t getComputer Mouse anything done in the morning. Then I had a 3 hour  client meeting, definitely no work done during it!  So I when I finally sat down to get work done,  my keyboard then stopped working. Its next to impossible to write code without a keyboard by the way…

What a blessing! I was able to leave early since I couldn’t do anything! And I got to my Winter Distance Training on TIME for the first time. 🙂

We did a nice hill work out and I got to run all my computer-induced stress out.  Some plyometrics, stair climbing and stretching were also included.

When I decided to do a half marathon, I knew I wouldn’t be motivated to run the long distances on my own nor be able to keep up with my running friends.  Through some googling (is that a verb??), I found a training program that started the very next Sunday! The Winter Distance Training Program hosted by Potomac River Running.

The best part of this program? It was so long (20 weeks!!!) there was no base running needed.  Many programs want you to be able to run at least 5 miles at the start.  It’s aimed at the National Marathon and Half Marathon at the end of March. It can be geared to the Disney Princess Half Marathon , which I plan on doing.

In the program, there is a group long run on Sunday mornings and a workout on Wednesday evenings. And there is  a training plan mapping out the rest of the week. I need to work on getting in some more/longer runs on my own.

Weather on the run today:

Partially Cloudy and Mild Temps (55°)

Moon with clouds


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Hi! I may be the least motivated person around. I am a 20-something working at my first job in the Computer industry. Just trying to get motivated in life - fitness, health, school, work and every day tasks

2010 Race Schedule:
3/7 - Disney Princess Half Marathon - DONE! 2:10:29
4/25 - Pike's Peek 10k
6/15 - Baltimore 10 miler
10/16 - Baltimore Half Marathon

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