What happened to August?

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Seriously, what happened to summer? I can’t believe it’s September already. The year seems to have dragged by for me, so it’s strange to think it’s nearly over. So here’s my overview of August; part update, part favourites.

I’m still injured. Boo. My plantar fasciitis is yet to resolve itself. Whilst the pain is almost 90% gone, it comes back if I have to run for even the shortest of bursts (to catch a train, for instance). I’ve seen my sports massage therapist twice about the injury, and have been put on almost complete rest. No running. At all. It’s really got me down, and I might have to pull out of my Half Marathon in October. It’s not the end of the world, and of course there are other races. But I really had my heart set on that one, and running it sub 2-hour, which I no longer think will be possible even if I do make it to the start line. Nonetheless I have to bear in mind that running is a sport for life, and sometimes I have to look at the bigger picture.

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This injury is costing me serious dollar. I’m hemorrhaging money right now. Between sports massage, compression socks, insoles and alternative fitness options, I’m pretty skint. I never really realized how convenient and cheap running was- you just need a good pair of shoes, and a few sports bras if you’re of the female persuasion; and you’re good to go! I can’t wait until I have some spare cash to spend on winter training kit when I’m all better.
I’ve turned to alternative forms of fitness. This includes hot yoga, swimming and cycling. I joined a hot yoga studio in Central London in an attempt to keep up my fitness and stretch my very sore calves. There’s a huge range of classes, ranging from gentle stretching and meditation to the kind of yoga that makes you think you’re about to die. I’m planning a My First post on it soon!
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I’m tempted by a triathlon. In the same vein as the hot yoga, I’ve been giving cycling and swimming a try. I was amazed at the workout I could get from them, as well as the endorphin rush! For that reason I’ve started to be tempted by a triathlon; nothing serious at the moment, I’m just doing research and making inquiries. But it would be a nice alternative to my Half Marathon if I’m told to ease off the running considerably for the foreseeable future.
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I have a beautiful new home! After almost a year of being somewhat of a vagrant; half in London, half in Mexico, with almost no idea where my head was at any given moment, I’ve finally moved into a shiny brand new flat with lovely, gorgeously friendly roommates who make me feel right at home. I don’t think I ever realized quite how much I was affected by not having a good home or any permanent roots, so it’s lovely to settle down somewhere.
I’m finally at my goal weight! As I mentioned briefly in a previous post, I lost a considerable amount of weight when I started running again earlier this year. I had no appetite and my weight plummeted until my BMI classed me as severely underweight. As soon as I realized this, I started paying closer attention to what I ate. This meant tracking macros and calories in order to make sure I was getting enough fuel in the tank for my level of activity. It also meant trying to gain weight, which was a first for me, and brought up a few not-so-nice issues related to body image and food. But my point is that I’m now back at a healthy weight and feeling good about it. I’ve gained muscle as well as a bit of much needed fat, and I’m weirdly okay with that.
Two of my closest friends are moving to London. These are two guys I went to university with, and lived with in my final year. To say I love them does not do our relationship justice. I am so excited to finally have good friends in London- you know, the kind of friends you can pop in on for a casual cup of tea, no fixed plans needed.

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I’m addicted to the Great British Bake Off. For any non-Brits out there, the Great British Bake Off (or GBBO as it’s affectionately known) is an amateur baking competition that’s reached cult status here in Britain. It’s just lovely. Everyone’s friendly, there’s no bitchiness or rivalry, and there’s lots of tea and cake. I religiously follow it, and am rooting for a particularly sexy young anaesthesiologist named Tamal. ❤

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Tamal knows…

We have a puppy! Well, my parents have a puppy. He’s an 8 month-old chocolate lab named Shadow, or affectionately, the Real Slim Shady (because Shadow…Shady…my parents think they’re clever). He’s everything I imagined and more-he even has a puppy injury like me! But when we’ve both recovered, I’m going to try and get him running with me. He has a lot of energy so my hopes are high. If you have any tips for running with a dog, give me a shout- I need all the help I can get!

Just look at that cutie!
Just look at that cutie!
 I need to start doing nothing more often. Since I moved into my new place, I’ve been all over the place. Both literally and figuratively. I need to work on learning to chill, to savor the moment. We had a bank holiday recently (Monday off!) and I resisted the temptation to fill my day with tasks and to do’s, and just sat with a cup of coffee and some cake, and mooched. I did stuff for my blog, I napped, I stared out of the window. It was lovely, and I certainly need to have more days like that. Weekends have become a string of obligations mixed with grown up stuff like paying bills and doing laundry. Sometimes it’s just nice to potter around.
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So tell me, what’s been your favourite thing this month? If you have tips for running with your canine BFF, send them my way too!
Lots of love,
Pippa
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10 thoughts on “What happened to August?

  1. One tip from an ex active dog owner: teach him to run at your side from the start. Don’t let him bounce around or it’ll become a really annoying habit to break. At first it may be good to teach him pass other dogs and interesting sights by walking and giving him a treat when passing goes fine. I always kept my dogs on a short leash. In Finland we have right side traffic so when we ran at the side of the road my dog was on my right (he liked to chase cars…). I held the end of leash on my left hand, and let the leash kind of slide through my right hand with half open grip. That way I could give the dog more leash if he wanted to run faster or go sniff something, and if I needed him under control fast I just put my hand in a fist and stopped the dog. I don’t know if I made any sense, hope so! 🙂

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    1. Sweet, thank you! At the moment he’s barely allowed to go on proper walks as he has a puppy injury from being overly boisterous. I did a little test jog with him (think 200 yards) and he loved it, but you’re absolutely right, he was bouncing around the whole time. Once we get him properly trained on the lead I think I can make it work. I’m thinking of getting one of those leads that attach to your waist for when I run with him, although he’s a strong dog so he could probably drag me off if I’m not careful!

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      1. I still suggest the two hand tactic. A strong dog can really pull anyone off balance and into a ditch or under a moving car. With two hand tactic you can also feel immediately when he starts pulling harder as the leash starts to run through the open grip hand. I couldn’t have kept my German Shepherd or even my smaller Karelian Spitz in control without holding with two hands…

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  2. As soon as I saw that you were cycling and swimming as alternatives, I wanted to shout TRIATHLON and then you mentioned it in the next point. I love tri’s. I’ve never done anything longer than a sprint distance (750m swim, 20 or 30k bike, 5 or 7k run) and have a blast. Seriously, do it 🙂

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      1. I started off with try-a-tri’s which are half the distance of a sprint. Not sure if they are offered where you are but quite common here in Ontario. I did my first few on a mountain bike and while it kind of sucked, I wasn’t the only one. If you know someone around your size, they might let you borrow? I’m part of a triathlon club and one season I lent out my mountain bike to a newbie to use for the season.

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  3. the new puppy is so cute!! cant wait for you to post more pics 🙂 Congrats on reaching your goal weight, that is a major accomplishment!!! hope your plantars gets better soon, my husband had it and was not a happy camper 😦

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