My first run of 2018.

Hello friends!

Work has been crazy this week, and the commute time even more. But I’m here to report I had my first run of 2018!!

It happened last Tuesday at 6am in the morning. It also happened on the treadmill because the temperatures have been extremely (and unusually) low. Anything below the 50s and I’m instantly running on a treadmill.

As I commented last week, I took antibiotics until last Tuesday. This made me stop running for a while since antibiotics will make me feel absolutely HORRIBLE when running. This weird effect will last for a week after I finished taking them. So I knew I had to wait.

Tuesday from this week sounded like a good day to go for a run, and so I did. I have not much to say other than it felt extremely hard. I had to run 4.5 miles (according to my training plan) but I only ran 3. This is totally ok, because the next day I had to run 3 so I just switched the days.

However, the effects on my body are always going to be amazing no matter how much my run sucked. The first effect is the runners high I get afterwards. Not even the crazy commute to work will stress me out. The hours at the office will pass by faster and I feel like I’m more productive.

The other amazing effect is my hunger. I feel actual hunger and therefore my food tastes better. Also, my digestion is faster, and after suffering from GERD this is a complete blessing.

To put it in shorter words: I love running so much.

In honor of my first run of 2018, I had pizza for dinner that night. This is my favorite combination to order from Papa Johns: grilled chicken, olives, and onions. If I want to indulge a little bit more, I’ll switch the grilled chicken for breaded chicken. It is heaven.

What are the benefits from running that you enjoy the most?

What are your favorite toppings to put on Pizza?

10 Things You Don’t Know About Me.

Hey friends!

I’ve finally made my comeback to running. Today I’ve had my first run of 2018 and I’m so glad it happened even though it was extremely hard. I’ll be talking more about it in tomorrow’s post.

In honor of Martin Luther King Day yesterday, I wanted to post this beautiful quote from him. Love is certainly a good way to carry your life.

I also wanted to share 10 things that you might not know about me, and that I don’t think are included on my Bio description. So here we go!

  1. People often think I’m 17 to 21 years-old. It was really funny when I was shopping around for wedding dresses, the bridal consultants where horrified to learn that I was getting married.  But the truth is that I am 26 and in six months I’ll be 27.
  2. I’m an avid coffee drinker and every single person that knows me can affirm this. My husband says he started drinking more coffee ever since he met me.
  3. It has happened to me that sometimes my alarm does not wake me up. I just can’t hear it. So I’ll set a different alarm every 10 minutes to make sure I wake up. This drove my roommate crazy for many years, and my husband jokes about that all the time.
  4. I’m obsessed with makeup and never leave the house without it, unless I’m going out for a run / exercise.
  5. I’m also obsessed with latin music and country. Probably my favorite music lately.
  6. Soccer is my favorite sport and I’m beyond excited for the FIFA world cup this year. This was one thing me and my husband had in common when we met.
  7. I need at least 20 minutes of my day to watch YouTube. It’s been part of my daily routine for many years now. YouTube entertains me and it inspires me everyday, just like all the blogs I read. In fact, I might start to post actual videos on my channel this year.
  8. I absolutely love Coke, but I restrict myself on this or else I’m going to start needing it in every meal.  I also like seltzer water. So, I’ll have one for dinner every day and I’ll have a diet Coke when I really really want one.
  9. My native language is Spanish as I was born and raised in Venezuela. However, people often tells me I barely have an accent when speaking in English.
  10. I’m a conservative libertarian and I used to write/talk about politics back in the day. At one point it became really draining and so I started writing about my new passion, running.

What is one thing about you that you would like to share with me?

How was your Monday? Did you have to go to work?

I did, and so far I’m really looking forward to this weekend.

How to wake up early to exercise.

I wrote this articule for an online writing program I’m currently taking. If you notice a little bit of a more formal voice in my writing this time around, this is why. I still did not want to waste the content. So I really hope you find this helpful;)

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Waking up early to exercise before work or school can be even harder than working out itself. Believe me, I used to be one of those people running in the park or the gym very late in the day (and many of you already know that). However, with time I’ve managed to master this to the point where I still wake up early during my time off from running or exercising. 

Discipline

People often think that it’s easier for those who already do it and that is true. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it wasn’t hard for them when they started. So, how did they master this? The key relies on discipline.

There are no more simple words to describe discipline other than to say is really hard. I know that’s something nobody wants to hear. Ironically, admitting this simple fact can make things easier for you. That is why today I wanted to share some simple tips to master your discipline for waking up early to exercise.

How bad do you want it?

Waking up early to exercise will mean sacrifices. This is when you have to ask yourself: how bad do you want it? If you really desire to be in charge of what your mind wants, then you’ll sacrifice whatever you have to in order to achieve your goal.

This is the difference between what your mind wants and what your impulses want. Your mind has goals and knows what has to be done in order to achieve them. On the other hand, your impulses are the ones that press the snooze button in the morning to sleep that extra hour. Therefore, the way to have to have a mind-over-impulse power is to ask yourself this question.

Prepare your clothes.

Every minute counts, that is why preparing your clothes the night before can help you a ton. Think about it this way, waking up early is the first hardest thing to do. Getting out the door is the second hardest thing to do. If you reduce your time span from when you get out of bed to when you’re out the door by having your clothes ready, the chances of succeeding are higher.

Make your life easy. Go to bed early.

Nobody wants to wake up early after just a few hours of sleep. If this a huge change in your life, try to give yourself as many hours of sleep as you need in order to feel refreshed early in the morning. However, this process only starts the night before. Think on how many hours of sleep will be good for you, subtract those hours to the time you need to wake up, and you’ll know at what time you need to go to bed.

Going to bed early also takes a little bit of will power. Try to arrange your day schedule so that your can go to bed at this time. And this also includes watching that TV show that you like a little bit earlier.

Waking up early to exercise is hard but not impossible. Always remember to ask yourself how bad do you want it. Also, never let your impulses win over your goals. Finally, take a few extra steps ahead by preparing your clothes and going to bed early. All of this elements together will certainly make your life easier in the morning, and will help you achieve those goals that you’ve been wanting so bad for so long. Good luck!

What is your top advice for getting your workout / run in early in the morning?

 

A reality check: Running.

Dad really spoiled Sasha (our dog) during the time he was visiting. Every time he went out for a run he took her out for a walk / warm-up which will make her entire day. Now that she’s completely used to her morning walks, she will go to the front door and lay down with those puppy eyes in her face.

I hate taking time off from running only because I know it will be so hard to get my routine back. Waking up early is hard. Putting your running clothes and be out the door is hard. Running is hard. But the payoff is completely amazing.

Since I will be making my “comeback” to run in a few days, I gotta make sure I remind this reality fact to myself every single second. I know after a week everything will be a hundred times easier.

On the other hand, I’m feeling a little bit enthusiastic as I’m be able to train in base now. They have a pretty good track and a fitness center that is better than my paid gym. Also,  I think it will be safe for me to run in there by myself before the sunrise.

Is there anything you have to remind yourself after taking time off from running?

Do you have any dogs / pets? Any funny story about them?