Reindeer Run 10K Training and Body Composition Update

I’m four weeks into training for a PR at the Reindeer Run 10K and the race is four weeks away! I can’t believe how fast the last four months have gone (Thanksgiving is almost here) so I thought I’d give a quick update on how my training has been going and how my body composition is reacting to two cross training days a week. Plus, I’ll share a little bit about how my body has changed between my first 10K in 2016 and training for my second 10K.

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10K training feels like it’s going great and my paces are showing it! I’ve been hitting my paces in my speed workouts and my easy runs are continuing to be faster than they have been (right around a 10-minute pace). I’m feeling that a 55:33 10K is in the bag, especially since my 5-mile pace runs are feeling really good. I’m confident that extra 1.2 mile son race day will be no problem with the excitement of race day and running with others.

I’m still working on making sure my recovery is keeping up, especially after how tight my upper body felt the last couple of weeks. So I’m back to a mostly regular foam rolling routine and it is helping a lot. It also helps that I can sleep in more on the weekends since there’s no reason to rush out the door to get in a long run.

Switching our an easy run day for a second cross training day is really helping my paces keep up and my recovery be easier since, even though I’m working out, it’s not as intense as a run is. Of course, I still have to keep up on my mobility since I’ve seen that my upper back can get tight quickly.

Not too much has changed in my body composition since I started two cross training days a week. My weight has gone down about a ½ pound and my body fat is down 1%. I’m not too concerned about being down slightly since it could be just a difference in how sore I was or water weight but it will be interesting to see if my body fat percentage keeps on going down while I hold around the same weight.

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November 2018

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Speaking of being at the same weight and a lower body fat percentage, I decided to look back at photos from around my first 10K in 2016 and I was shocked to see the difference in my body. I know I’ve gotten leaner but I hadn’t realized how big of a difference it was. There is a half pound difference between the two photos and about 1% body fat. But my entire body looks leaner and I’m running faster (and harder) than I was two years ago. I also feel a lot more flexible, which is probably due to an increased focus on yoga and mobility work since I started marathon training in 2017.


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Who wears short shorts?

Back in late February, I decided to order new shorts for marathon training and went online. I knew what size I needed and I didn't feel like driving to the store and trying on clothes. Plus, I was going to get extra cashback via Ebates. What could be easier? I found these shorts from FILA and ordered two pairs. I have a couple of pairs of capris from FILA already so I knew the size would be fine. I saw the "5 inch inseam" and was like "that seems like long enough".

They came in the mail a week or so later. I put them on and they were short, like booty short short. Which is not normally my style at all. But, they were so comfortable and fit perfectly so I decided to keep them.

Fast forward a little bit over a month and spring has come to Minnesota. And I'm wearing my new short shorts with confidence. They've even become my preferred shorts for runs because they are perfect. (Yes, it's been warm enough that I've had multiple runs in shorts).

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This is a huge step for me because I haven't always been this confident in the way I look. Back in college, about eight years ago, I was my heaviest at over 210 lbs. Even when I started running in 2014, I was sitting around 160-170 lbs. I would have never worn booty shorts even if was a million degrees outside.

Since I've started running, I've developed a "fuck it" attitude when it comes to what people might think when I'm working out (with the exception of see-through leggings, I always make sure they are squat proof). Sports bra showing? Fuck it, there's a reason they come in fun colors. I'm pasty white? Fuck it, it's Minnesota and I spent the winter running outside. Neon colors in a sea of black? Fuck it, bright clothes are more fun.

Wearing these shorts has been one of the last things I've said "fuck it" to. Who should care if I'm wearing booty shorts while running? My legs are impressive, why shouldn't I show them off? They've carried me over 2,600 miles since 2014. They've gotten me through four half marathons and are going to get me through a marathon by the end of 2017. I've squatted 105 lbs and leg pressed 135 lbs (my body weight) for reps thanks to them. Fuck it, I'm going to show it off.

This post was inspired after re-listening to episode 32 of  The Run, Selfie,  Repeat podcast. If you aren't already listening, give it a try! Kelly is awesome and it's life, with a side of running.