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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
So tell me, what’s your favourite thing been this month? How’s your running been going?
Lots of love,