Yesterday was only my second Parkrun, but I’m already hooked. There’s something very addictive about trying to shave a couple of seconds off your time each week, and I LOVE the positive, energetic vibes. Nobody drags themselves into town at 9am to run 3 laps around the park unless they actually want to, do they? Such a fun community feel and fab start to the weekend, (and the blue skies didn’t hurt either!). Of course I had dead legs for the rest of the day – sign of a good workout! So satisfying in an achy kind of way.
Talking of legs (dead or otherwise), it seems a thicker thigh can be a bit of a Marmite thing. I was recently asked if I’d be prepared to lose the quads to get modelling work. Err… no. I like the look, I like the strength, and I probably couldn’t get rid of them if I tried! Everybody’s physique goals are personal to them, and for me, I like the strong look and I like being able to do tuck jumps and squats. For the modelling industry, I get that a more standard size 6-8 makes their life much easier when it comes to samples. The fuss has died down a little now too but in the last few years we’ve seen nothing but thigh gaps either. No denying that having meatier thighs is not without its challenges though – skinny jeans I’m looking at you! How on earth rugby players get a decent pair of well-fitting jeans I do not know.
Top and bottom of it is, if you like your thighs strong and developed, soft and girly, long and slim, it doesn’t really matter. We’re fed so many conflicting images of the ‘perfect body’ in the media that you’re never going to be everyone’s cup of tea whatever shape or size, so aiming for whatever makes YOU happy and works for YOUR body is the only way forward. Changing to suit somebody else’s ideals just won’t be worth it. Best to start liking what you do have and quit stressing over what you don’t have.
Anyway, I’m off to meet up with some blogger gals this afternoon to try out some Vapiano eats for their #EatPastaRunFaster campaign, so the quads will be put to use testing that theory tomorrow!
lily kate x