I’m feeling more positive. New Training Plan.

Hello friends! Happy Thursday. Can we take a minute to admire this beautiful sky?

I’m really making an effort to produce creative content in here every day. The truth is that my routine can be sometimes crazy. Plus the 1.5 hour commute to work puts me in the driving seat for a total of three hours everyday.

Anyways, I don’t have much to share today except that I’ve started a new training plan. It’s the Hal Higdon’s half marathon training plan in Novice 1. I know. I know. The last two training plans I’ve followed had been unfinished due to injuries or college.

However, after having so many complaints with my running I’ve decided that I need a training plan. Yes. I need structure in my life. So far I’m not registered to any half marathon race, but I do want to test myself and see if I’m able to complete this one.

Here are the two main reasons on why I chose this one in particular:

– I think it is very friendly and attainable for my current fitness level.

– It includes cross training days. I know I’ve been an enemy of cross training for this entire year. However, after so many aches and pains that had forced me to stop for weeks, I started to think it’s necessary for me. Not only to strength my cardiovascular capacities but also to feel my legs a little bit more fresh the day of the long runs.

My biggest challenge right now is to be able to train next week as my mom is coming to visit. I’m extremely close to her and we only get to see each other once a year. That and my work will give me very limited time. It’s going to be challenging but I’m looking forward to it.

Back to this training plan. Mondays are rest days so technically your training week starts on Tuesdays. I decided to start a training plan on a Wednesday, so that leads me with zero days of rest for this week.

The first run is 3 miles that I decided to do on the treadmill. Yesterday I woke up at 5:00 am, and by 6:00 am I was already at the gym running. It is so nice to have your workout done, have an entire hour to get ready and be on time for productive day of work.

I’m definitely feeling more positive than a few days ago!

What are you feeling positive about?

What do you base yourself on to pick a training plan?

Recipe for the most nutritious greek yogurt breakfast

Hello friends!

After so many complaints about my running progress yesterday, I do have something positive to talk about today. I can eat greek yogurt again!!!!!!!!!!!!

For those of you that are new to my blog, I got really sick from my stomach at the beginning of this year. I got diagnosed with GERD and then yogurt and dairy in general was one of those trigger foods that I had to stop eating.

Greek Yogurt in particular was really hard for me. I grew up eating so much of it that I was really missing it after a few months.

It’s been a while since the last time I struggled with GERD symptoms (You can read my healing journey here). Therefore, a week ago I decided to try greek yogurt again. I went for the Siggi’s brand because it’s organic and low in sugar, and it worked completely fine for me.

So now I’m very much into including yogurt in my breakfasts. Even if it’s the most random thing like this one with coffee, and a PB toast.

But my all time favorite breakfast is yogurt and cereal (I like that one even more than cereal and milk). So the other day I decided to recreate it in the most nutritious way. These are the ingredients I came out with:

– One small container of Siggis Yogurt.

– One teaspoon of peanut butter.

– 1/4 cup of oats.

– 1/4 cup of Cheerios.

– A handful of frozen berries. You can also do fresh fruit, I just didn’t have any on hand.

It looks something like this.

Not only tasted amazing but it also was extremely nutritious. The proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbs made me feel really satisfied for longer. Also, this is the perfect breakfast for me to curve sweet cravings in the afternoon.

What is you all time favorite breakfast?

Is there any food that you love but you can’t eat?

Was my body really designed to run?

Hello friends, happy Monday!

Positiveness is not what’s abounding for me during this start of the week. Not with my running. I figured that maybe writing about it would make me feel better, so that’s what I’m doing today.

I started running almost three years ago after becoming obsessed with CrossFit. Before that, I really believed running wasn’t my thing. And when I mean “it wasn’t my thing” I mean that I firmly believed my running mechanics was wrong.

During high school I was one of the slowest ones from my class. I could not hold a decent pace which it made me feel extremely discouraged. I remember we had to do an annual test which was basically running 800m repeats. Ugh, that was the worst for me.

Ironically, I grew up with a Dad who runs marathons. So even though I felt extremely discouraged by running, deep down I wanted to be better at it. I dreamed for a long time to adopt it as a lifestyle and running races and all of that.

And so I did, but it wasn’t that easy. Like I said, it all started with CrossFit. I was in a very active stage in my life, and one of my friend told me about it. I went to a test class and ended up signing up for it.

A few months later I discovered I could run 2 miles with no walking breaks. Then I left CrossFit and started  exclusively running. Three years later I’ve fallen in love with running adopted it as a lifestyle, and ran several races. But there’s still one problem, I still believe there’s something wrong with my running.

After almost three years running, I haven’t became faster. I can’t run more than 20 miles a week because I feel like I’m at the edge of an injury, and then I have to stop running for several weeks. When I say I feel at the edge of an injury, I mean it is hard for me to run, walk, and sometimes sleep because of the pain.

The first time it happened was with shin splints. I shifted to stability shoes a few months ago and now the pain is happening on the side of my hamstrings.

I don’t know if the methods/training programs I’ve been using to build up my running are not the right ones for me. I’m not even sure that I understand my needs as a runner. What I do know is that I’m pretty frustrated. After having this three-year journey with running, I’m back to question myself if my body was designed to run.

I still have running goals that I don’t want to give up on, and honestly at this point I have no idea how am I going to accomplish them.

What do you do when you feel like you’re not good at something you really like? I keep doing it because I love it, and also because I’m stubborn.

What are three of your goals for this week?

Monday in Meals. Rest Day Edition.

Hey friends! Happy Tuesday!

Before diving into this post, I just wanted to share that my fiancé’s house is almost back to normal after Hurricane Irma. Aaaand…we also picked a wedding venue Woho!

Yesterday I was trying to document my day in pictures and I realized all of them were about food. I was still tired from my Sunday run which was only 3 miles (I know, am I even a runner anymore?), So I guess this will be a what I eat in a day: rest day edition.

When I’m not hungry for breakfast, smoothies seem to work really well. I made this one with oats, frozen berries, peanut butter and almond milk.

Lunch was leftovers that still tasted really good. Chicken breast, roasted potatoes and green beans.

At around 4pm I was really craving something sweet so I slowly had this Kashi Bar as I was working. By the way, this flavor is just the best.

I was supposed to cook last night for me and my fiancé. However, there was a huge/horrible accident at Florida’s Turnpike that made me sit in traffic for an extra hour (besides the actual hour of commute). Two hours in the car was not fun, but I’m praying for all of the people involved in the crash.

Given my huge delay, Luke took over the kitchen to make this delicious dinner. Caribbean chicken, sautéed peppers and peas.

And last but not least, dessert. My soon to be mother in law introduced me to this deliciousness. If you like caramel and dark chocolate, please try them. I had 3 of them and wish I had space for more.

What’s your favorite dessert? 

What do you do when you are sitting in traffic? 

– I pray the Lord to give me extra patience.