Taking Time Off From Running.

I think one of my worst running fears might have come true… getting injured.

It all started when one week ago I went for a six mile run that felt pretty tough on my shins. I didn’t pay too much attention to it. Next day (Monday) I went for a five mile treadmill run that felt even harder on my shins. I had difficulties for walking normally afterwards.

I took a three-day break from running until I came back for another five miles, the pain was really awful afterwards.

I wanted to hit the mileage for my week of training and so I decided to go (with my sore shins and everything) for that six mile run on a Saturday night. Two miles went by and there it was… that stabbing/burning pain on my shins again. The one that made me throw the towel with my half-marathon training.  After many attempts of running and lots of tears I decided to walk back home. For the first time, running made me cry.

Once I was back home I texted my Dad (of course), and started looking for pictures to explain him exactly what I felt and where I felt it. This is the most accurate one I found.

Stress on my shins might be the problem, and I had no idea. I don’t know exactly if I’m injured or what, but after two days of not running (or doing any cross training) I’m still feeling pain.

These are some things I believe it started affecting my shins:

– The Treadmill of my gym: That one specifically. After my first run there I ended up with calf tightness, something I’ve never experienced before and something that could lead to shin issues.

– Not enough sleep: Because I’m a full time graduate student with a part-time job and sometimes my life gets a little crazy.

– Only running three days a week: The approach of my current training plan is putting more miles in less days. I used to run the same amount of miles distributed in more days.

– Not stretching before running: I know. I know. I’ve always felt like stretching cold muscles was something unnatural. Walking for a few minutes was the only thing I did to cool them down.

– Cutting out the leg strength exercises: Because I didn’t want to run on tired legs. So, I focused all my strength on my arms and core.

This is definitely an opportunity to adjust some things on my running habits for better. I don’t plan to stop my training plan so far. I’m only planning to take one week off from running and see how I feel afterwards.

 

 

Have you ever suffered from shin splints?

What did you do to treat them?

 

 

Week #3 Recap: My Tough Come Back To Running.

Hello friends! Hope you’re having a wonderful start of the week.

I’m pretty enthusiastic about the fact that I might be back at my 100% this week. Even though last week I retook my training plan after being sick, I can’t really say that was a completely normal week of training.

I felt like my workouts/runs were twice as hard as they normally are. I was tired and feeling with no energy most of the time. Maybe last week my body wasn’t fueled enough considering the fact that I ate nothing but crackers the week before.

God! Trying to follow a training plan while overcoming a stomach illness can be extremely frustrating sometimes. However, as my Dad always tells me: what’s more important is that you keep your body in motion. That is certainly very comforting when your week of training results in a complete fail.

Monday: Off. was not feeling good.

Tuesday: Off because…Valentine’s day:)

Wednesday: Easy Run 4 miles @12:03 average pace. No walking breaks. Followed by my Plank routine.

Thursday: Was supposed to do a 5 mile run with 3 miles at tempo pace. However, I could only run two miles before hitting the wall HARD. My body was not able to move (literally). Somehow I managed to get to 2.84 miles.

Friday: Off. Again, was not feeling good.

Saturday: Strength training + Planks routine.

Sunday: According to my plan I needed to run 8 miles at an easy pace. The beginning was tough because of the 83 degrees and the 80% of humidity in Miami. I hit the wall at mile 4 and took half of one GU gel (because an entire one seemed like too much for my stomach) which gave me energy to go for another two miles. At mile 6 I decided to quit.

At the end I went back home walking and feeling very disappointed. I really wanted this long run to feel good. But it didn’t.

Total miles: 12.89. That is 4.11 miles below my goal.

Total rest days: 3 and I normally take 2.

Running is a sport of patience. I’ve witnessed it with my Dad for my entire life, and now I have to experience it by myself. I still feel very optimistic about this week though.

How was your week of training?

 

 

 

If You Could Use A Time Machine To Visit The Past Or The Future, When In Time Would You Visit?

I came across this question two days ago and I kept thinking about this. The conclusion to this was that when you’re happy with your present you don’t really need to travel anywhere in time. However, I can’t say that’s the case for everybody (even for myself). Sometimes we miss the past so much that we live away from our present. Some other times we put conditions on our happiness and then we can’t wait for the future to come and those conditions to be met. Either way, when we keep ourselves away from living in the present then we deprive ourselves from happiness.

So next time you wish to travel in time, think about it. Going to the past could revive mistakes you probably don’t want to revive. Going to the future, on the other hand, will make you older. Instead, try to ground yourself to the present and be happy about the positives.

This was my little rambling of the day. I don’t know why I’ve been so philosophic lately, but I though it was a good idea to share those in my blog because… life.

I’m pretty happy because I’m feeling good, and started my training again, Yay!

I also wanted to share a few favorites, because it’s been a while ever since I talked about my Friday Favorites.

The Love, Happiness and Success Podcast from Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby was what probably hooked me up to think a little bit more about my life.

Vox News Portal has been a long time favorite by now. If you subscribe to their newsletter, you’ll receive the most incredible newsletter from Mondays trough Fridays where news are explained in sentences. Literally.

– This TRESemmé Volume Control Musse is  everything. This is actually a new discovery for me and I don’t think I’ll stop using it in a long time. Dealing with high humidity is not only a pain when running but also when trying to keep your hair at decent volumes.

– Not a huge user of hand creme but this EOS Berry Blossom Hand Lotion smells so good that I use this once or twice a day. That’s a lot to say from me.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

N.

San Francisco in Pictures.

I’ve always pictured San Francisco as a very sunny city. Like the intro we used to watch on Full House, with the spectacular view of Golden Gate Bridge from an helicopter…you know. Little did I know about the weather forecast for the three days I was spending there.

I still though San Francisco is a beautiful city and of course need to go back there in the Summer!

 

 

 

How Valentine’s Day Can Make You Very Unhappy.

I think I’ve mentioned this before in the blog but, how many times do we make our happiness solely depend on our expectations?

Probably more often than we could even realize.

I remember when Valentine’s day was a full day of expectations for me. I dreamed with the chocolates, the flowers and all of that romantic stuff. Sometimes I got them but sometimes I didn’t. And when that happened, I just pretended it was OK when I was actually very disappointed.

Somehow, expectations can be like conditions –> “I’m happy if I get what I’m expecting.” But attaching on happiness to conditions can be a completely insane way to live your life.

With time, I learned that I was not only doing this in Valentine’s day but in many other aspects of my life. The solution I found was to let my expectations go. It takes a little bit of effort to do so (specially if you tend to control everything like I do), but once you achieve it you’ll be more happier.

Having no expectations makes you happier because it lets you focus on the things you’re not expecting to get. Having no expectations makes you happier because you’ll actually get surprised with surprises.

Once I realized about all of this, I started having better Valentine days.

Now, in this Valentine’s Day I really wish you to celebrate real love. Unconditional Love. The kind of love that has no expectations and is just made to give. Give something to your loved one, your family, friends, and whoever you feel like.

Happy Valentine’s day!

N.

 

San Francisco + Visit To Urgent Care.

Hello friends!

First of all I need to thank to apologize for being MIA in the past week. It’s been so crazy lately that I’m glad to finally catch up with my routine again. Last week actually started with me packing to go to San Francisco.
Yup. San Francisco is a beautiful city, even when it’s gloomy and rainy the whole time. The reason for my trip was because I needed to do something really quick there, but since Florida is so far away from California I ended up staying for three days.

I was planning to do my scheduled training in SFL so I packed running gear. My shoes took half of the space of my carry on bag.  But I did not care because in my mind, that training in SFL was happening.

However, this trip showed me that sometimes life is not what we plan for. Remember I’ve been struggling with my stomach health for the past month? Well… last week was seriously the worst. I touched bottom to the point where all I was able to eat was crackers during my stay in SFL.

Yup. Only crackers.

The only thing I felt like eating was a chicken soup, but I was not able to find one near to where I was.   Apparently, clam chowders and chicken tortilla soups are more popular in the west coast. I even went to a Denny’s where they told me they didn’t have any soup that day.

The calorie deficit made me feel very dizzy the entire time. So, I decided to give food a try in the airport on the way back. Scrambled eggs and a whole wheat bagel sounded like something I could eat. I had half of this plate except for the butter and tomatoes. It was nice to feel like I was able to eat again, but I did feel sick for the next four hours. I was too afraid to eat after that.

Once I got back home I was not feeling any better. So I decided to just give up and go to urgent care.
They slightly changed my medication. Now I’m feeling way better and slowly coming back to eat normally again.
I’m finally realizing that I do have to avoid certain foods, alcohol drinks, and coffee (thank God I’m still allowed run). But to be honest, I don’t care anymore about having a restricted diet as long as I’m able to feel good and have my life back to normal again.
Fun Facts:
– I basically packed my running shoes for nothing.
– I ran zero miles last week and without even realizing it, I took a complete week off of my training plan.
Have you ever spent  a trip being completely sick?

Week #2 of Training: When Your Body Ask You To Slow Down.

Happy Monday Friends!!

As I told you guys last week, I’m following a 10-miler training plan before starting a half-marathon plan to run my first 13.1 mile race.

Remember I said last week was a fairly easy week of training? Well, I can’t really feel the same about the second week. The main reason for this was because my gastritis/reflux gave my a hard time.  However, I did manage (somehow) to not skip any run/workout and accomplish another “successful” week of training. Honestly, I don’t know how I feel about that.

This is my recap for week #2.

PS Please excuse that I only took like three pictures this week, I was not in the mood this time.

Monday:

Off.

Tuesday:

Easy Run of 4 Miles @12:19 average pace. I took walking breaks after mile two and three.

Wednesday:

Cross training / Strength workout. I was not feeling good this day so I decided to take it easy. Even though I only spent one hour at the gym, the light exercise really helped me feel better.

Thursday:

5 miles = one mile warm up + 3 miles @ Lactate Threshold Pace + one mile cool down.

This run started TOUGH but after 2.5 miles I finally woke up and started enjoying it.

Friday:

Unplanned rest.

I felt completely awful and decided to move the scheduled workout to Sunday.

Saturday:

Easy run 6 miles @ 12:24 average pace, taking walking breaks of one minute every other mile.

This run felt particularly amazing. I love running outdoors.

Sunday:

Cross Training / Strength workout for one hour at the gym.

This wasn’t a good day to workout. I started feeling very dizzy after the first 20 minutes. Thank God they had candy at the gym’s front desk which made me feel ok after a few minutes.

Total Miles: 15. 

Takeaways from this week of training:

  • When I don’t feel good about my stomach I can’t eat/fuel myself as I normally do. When I can’t fuel myself, I can’t exercise properly.
  • Demanding your body to follow a training plan when you don’t feel good is just not fair. This certainly implicates extra effort and stress that you’re only doing by choice.
  • By judging on what happened to me during yesterday’s workout, I might have demanded too much from my body considering how sick I felt this week.

Even though I’m feeling pretty recovered from my stomach, I think I’ll be taking it easy this week. Plus, I’ll be traveling out of town so I don’t really know how my training will come out.

Sometimes I have to remember myself that I’m doing this just because I chose to. Therefore, it is OK to slow down sometimes.

How was your week of training? 

Is it hard for you to slow down when you’re not feeling good?

It doesn’t come that natural to me, but I’ve been improving.

 

February Playlist.

Hello!!

It’s been a long time since I posted my last music playlist for the month in here. So I wanted to share the one I created for February.

Whoever see this will totally realize that I’m a 90’s Baby, even though not all of these songs are from this decade.

If you could go back to any decade in music, to which one would you go?