I need to get something off my chest...
There's a lot of talk about body shaming. Ridiculing people for being what someone deems as "too fat." Another girl gets told to "eat a hamburger" because she's too thin.
Seemingly no one is safe from bodyshaming, with each party staking their claim as the MOST RIGHT and refusing to view it from the other side's perspective.
My views on the topic are quite lengthy and a subject for another day.
Today I wanna vent to you about FOOD SHAMING.
So how did I do during my second week of training for my 25K?
Well, not as many runs as my first week. But perhaps more QUALITY than quantity...
That's good right?
I started running back when I was still living in Michigan. I love it and I'm thankful every day for having lived in a place where I could step out my door and go running for however many miles I felt like. Living in Michigan, out in the country, where all the streets are laid out in mile and half mile increments, it was always easy to set milestones on my runs, to know how far I had gone, and how far I had left to go before finally arriving back at my doorstep.
I had access to beautiful trails, covered in pine needles. Quiet, restful places that ran alongside creeks, with gentle slopes and trails that turned and curved through beautiful forests.
I'm glad that that's where I got my start as a runner, because I'll tell you what, if I had started running after I'd moved to Tennessee? Well, that may have changed my entire disposition. We can call them "hills" or we can call them mountains, but I've run both here in Tennessee and have learned to love this gorgeous hilly country.
And I've learned that they can make me a stronger, faster runner.
One week in to my training and I have, more or less, kept to my training plan!
Ok, so maybe I've been "less" using the training plan rather than more. Unless you count that my training plan said to run six out of seven days a week. Because I did that.
But otherwise? Ehh... Not so much.
So, I mentioned in my post last week that my next big adventure is to start training for a 25k. I have two in mind; one a trail race called The Black Warrior 25k and the other is the Fifth Third River Bank Run back in my hometown of Grand Rapids.
This will be my longest race to date, as a 25k is 15.5 miles, just a smidge longer than a half marathon. It's part of my short term planning in order to reach my goal of running a 50k. As much as I wanted to run a 50k this year, I just didn't put in the miles this summer for that to be a reasonable goal in the next few months. I spent so much of the first part of the year trying to recover from my hamstring injury and then playing it safe because of that that I just didn't do the work I needed to reach that goal.
But that's the great thing about goals. Sometimes it's necessary to take a step back and reevaluate them. You don't necessarily have to give up on them, just change your time table.