What happened to October?

I genuinely can’t believe October is over already, and it’s getting closer to Christmas. It was just this time last year I was first sent out to Mexico on a market visit, which eventually led to me living there for the first half of 2015. What a crazy year it’s been! It feels like ages ago and yet its flown by.

So here’s a roundup of my news, updates and favourites from October.

I’m fully self-employed! As I mentioned earlier, I work with Fitness Rewards on a freelance basis, and this has been my first full month of proper work-from-home self-employment. I have to say it’s been more of a difficult transition that I had initially expected, but I’m getting used to it gradually!

I finally bought a bike. After months of umming and ahhing, I bought my first proper bike from a great refurbished bike place in Central London, and I am so happy with it! It’s terrifying cycling on the streets of London but I also really enjoy the freedom of it.

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Music-wise, it’s been all about the remix. I’ve been loving Soundcloud for new music, and I’ve been loving remixes of tracks, old and new. Have a listen to some of my favourites!

Marathon training scares the shit out of me. I had been looking forward to winter training, but now my injury’s flaring up again slightly I’m more scared than anything else. Since I want to have a long training season, I need to start in the next few weeks and I frankly don’t feel ready for that.

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I’m seeing more great films. I get free cinema tickets through Fitness Rewards, so I get to see a film a week, which is pretty damn cool. Recently I went on a date night with a friend to see Spectre, but we failed and managed to go to the only Vue in the capital that wasn’t showing it. So instead, we saw The Program, a film about Lance Armstrong’s career in doping. It was really interesting for a newbie cyclist like myself, but not gonna lie, it made doping seem a lot cooler that it maybe should have!

Swimming has been a struggle for me. I’ve been training at the Olympic pool with my Athletics Club’s newly-formed triathlete group, and all my swims this month have been a struggle. I think it’s due to the fact we run on Tuesdays and then swim the following day- my legs are always knackered! Time to invest in a pull buoy I think.

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All aboard the struggle bus

I’m back on a budget. Whilst I’ve always been great at budgeting (to the point of having a super nerdy finance spreadsheet), now that I’m self-employed, I have to be much stricter with myself money-wise. The biggest struggle has been food but I think I’m finally getting there; I’m thinking of doing a How to feed a runner on a budget type post if anyone’s interested?! Let me know!

Intuitive Eating has been going well so far. For context I have a history of disordered eating, and initially had to track my macros and calories in order to get back to a healthy weight. Anyway I’m now back at Intuitive Eating, which is all about rejecting the ‘diet mentality’. It’s a struggle but I’m definitely getting there, and getting used to listening to my body’s cues. After all, your body knows what it’s doing and you just have to pay attention!

The runger is still an issue though
The runger is still an issue though

I’ve gotten two friends into running! Yay! Two of my friends have (separately) approached me and asked me to take them running. This is the coolest! I love sharing my hobby with people, along with all the tips and tricks I’ve learnt from nerding out and reading blogs and Runner’s World. I think it maybe helped that I really haven’t tried to convert anyone, and just gotten on with my own thing. But it’s so cool that they’re interested- I’ll be doing some pacing/cheerleading work soon, taking each of them along on their first 10k race!

My friends have been absolute stars. It’s been a bit of a tough month for me with my own personal stuff, and I’ve had my fair share of really shitty days. Thankfully my two best buds Ben and Josh have been amazing and have helped me out when things have been rough- they’re my family here in London. Josh has even given me a spare set of keys for days when I just want a change of scenery or to come over and chill in front of the TV with him.

Seriously though
Seriously though

So tell me, what’s your favourite thing been this month? How’s your running been going?

Lots of love,

Pippa

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16 thoughts on “What happened to October?

  1. I was a swimmer in high school so I take breaks from swimming and expect to come back without missing a beat. I just returned from a swimming hiatus and it has been ROUGH TIMES for me, too! It will get better…I hope! And, as my favorite philosopher, Meredith Grey, says – “We’re adults. When did that happen? And how do we make it stop?”

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      1. Of my 1500 meter swim on Monday, I think I used a pull buoy for half of it. Haha. I usually try to do 2500-3000 meters if I swim before work but I sat in the hot tub after I swam 1500. I should have done another 150 meters to at least make it a mile!

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  2. oh budgets. i used to work in finance so i totally have a nerdy budget too. ive never heard of that lance armstrong film, but I havent been to the movies in a while, nothing really good in the US right now. yay for getting friends into running!! that means more people to run with you and keep you company!!

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  3. Intuitive eating – I too come from a disordered eating past and while the last 10 years have been very good and I have moved past my disordered thinking and behavior, I have still struggled with ALWAYS being hungry which causes me to often eat less healthy foods. I know it isn’t in the budget right now but the best thing I have done this year is to work with a naturopath. We identified some foods that cause me inflammation (i.e. internal allergy) and I have taken them out of my diet (for the most part). When these foods aren’t part of my diet (and with the help of a probiotic), I’m not so hungry all the time and the foods that I do eat are much more satisfying. Her reasoning is that those inflammatory foods cause my body stress and when I can’t absorb the proper nutrients from those foods, my body makes me think I am hungry in order to get more nutrition. Since June my weight has gradually come down a bit without me trying. I feel healthier overall and for the first time in my life, I am not constantly hungry or dieting or tracking or anything. It’s so freeing.

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    1. That sounds really interesting, I might have to look into that! My stomach gets a bit funny after too much dairy, and whilst i’ve been looking into getting tested for an intolerance, I just never seem to get round to it! The problem is I just try to ignore it so I can have things like whey protein lol.

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  4. OMG seriously i want to go back to 6th grade and start all over!!! I just bought my first car (mild panic attack when signing the lone papers) just had my first surgery that i am paying for all on my own, am about to get a dog………so much adult responsibility!!!!!!!!!!! It is kind of overwhelming to think about.

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  5. I just started swimming while on running hiatus due to injury. If you haven’t already, check out “total immersion swimming”. It’s totally the reason I’m not typing this from the bottom of a pool…

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  6. Aside from seeing some Rugby World Cup games, my biggest thing in October was starting to count calories and enter them into my fitbit. I’m winding up to marathon training as well, so want to see if I can shift some weight before getting right into it.

    Good luck with being self-employed, I’m not sure if I could do that, hope it all goes well.

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  7. Converting freinds to running is the best! My october was pretty good, my classes for medical school started again and are really interesting, I started a regular yoga habit, went away for a weekend with friends, and decluttered some more. And I finally started running again after an achilles tendinitis…

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