Rest Days and Recen Eats.

It’s been two days of no running for me after my speed workout. My legs have been feeling SORE.

After that trip to IKEA, I knew a running on Thursday morning was not happening. I needed to rest.  And so I decided to use my rest day that day. I found this image on Instagram and it describes exactly how I felt.

For reasons that I could not control, I had to go to bed a 11 pm last night, which is late for me. I still woke up this morning and attempted to run. Even though I felt less tired, my quads were beyond sore. with every foot strike, I could feel so much pain in my legs. So I just stopped and decided to walk instead.

I walked for 30 minutes which is better than nothing, but I guess I won’t be able to call this week a 6-days of running week. It’s fine, I’ll try again next week.

On the other hand, I’m pretty proud of myself with my healthy eating throughout the week. It’s not that I’m completely unhealthy with my food but usually I’m lazy to cook, and boyfriend is a bad influence because of his infinite love for pizza and french fries.

I don’t like to call any food a bad food, but I can say I’ve been eating more nourishing foods this week. Breakfast for example, have been composed by eggs and toast, or eggs and oats.

I like my oats cold. I don’t do them the night before. I just poor some fruit, almond milk, honey, and that’s my natural version of cereal.

This particular combination of eggs and oats really make me feel fuller for longer.

Lunches have been salads made of spinach, strawberries, balsamic glaze, tuna, and parmesan cheese.

Or the same salad accompanied with a tuna sandwich, no mayo included.

Next goal when it comes to my eating is try to cut down a little bit on sugar. Sugar intake has been high this week and I know that is because I need to eat more protein, healthy fats, and fibers.

Eating proteins is the very hard for me, and that’s why I don’t count macros. Sometimes I’m 20 grams away of hitting my daily goal and all I want is a bowl of cereal, chips, or any other source of simple carbs.

What do you struggle the most when it comes to your eating?

What is your favorite breakfast?

Have you ever used the Sport Legs as a supplement for sore muscles? does it really work?

I’ve been considering to use it for sometime now, but would like to hear some opinions first.

 

 

Workouts from Monday and Tuesday And How To Deal with Rejection

After spending so much time believing I wasn’t able to wake up early in the mornings to run, I finally can say I’m managing to revert that. Running in the mornings is EVERYTHING for me to accomplish my daily goals, and therefore I’m really happy about this training schedule.

This week I’m attempting to run 6 times. It’s like a personal challenge of consistency. I promised myself I would only break this promise if I was feeling really fatigued, but not due to lack of discipline.

Monday started out with 5 easy miles. I know there are two factors that contributed to this miracle: 1. going to bed early, of course. 2. Having a hearty dinner. Yup. I’m really bad with dinners. I’ll either get a sandwich or a bowl of cereal. This time around, a big dinner really gave me the energy I needed in the morning.

Sandals sound like the most comfortable thing to wear on my feet, after running in this hot Miami summer.

On Tuesday I wanted to take it easy so I ran three miles in the morning. Then went back home to get some delicious breakfast, eggs, butter toast, and strawberries.

My hunger levels were pretty high throughout the day, but I guess is normal when dealing with higher mileage than what I’m used to by this time of the week.

Besides from my running recap of the last two days, I wanted to take a moment to talk about rejection over here. Nothing happened to me, but I’ve been noticing a lot of it in this online community and wanted to give my brief thoughts about it.

It seems like rejection is quite a thing these days. Bullying, dealing with bad comments from your audience, or simply a truly honest opinion about something can make somebody feel really rejected and adopt an offensive reaction.

Let me tell you something, when you cultivate truly love in your heart there’s nothing/no one that can make you feel rejected. If somebody was bullying in you, don’t give them the power to make you feel rejected. If somebody left you an offensive comment on your blog/social media, understand that they must carry lots of hatred in their hearts. If somebody gave you an honest opinion that you did not like, don’t take it personal it probably doesn’t have to do anything with you.

Empower yourself as an individual and stop attaching your wellbeing to somebody else’s opinions. If this method is not working for you, then it’s time to start try again.

Love yourself.

How’s you week been so far?

What do you do to love yourself everyday?

 

 

 

Weekend Eats and New 2017 Resolutions Review.

Hello friends!

Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend.

I spent mine doing everything BUT running, I wanted to rest well since I’m attempting to run 6 times this week.

Boyfriend had to work through the weekend so Friday was girls night out with my roommate and her best friend. As usual, I forgot to take pictures because I get too distracted with how much fun I’m having. Of course, I did take pictures of my food. We had sushi at this Peruvian/Japanese fusion restaurant. So good!

Saturday was a lazy day with my boyfriend. I requested bolognese spaghetti for dinner. He makes the best sauce ever. Seriously. I accompanied it with garlic bread and a side salad (lettuce, olives, artichokes, olive oil, and lemon juice). I enjoyed this dinner so much.

We then watched the Orlando’s soccer game together.

On Sunday I was headed to church when I decided to quickly stop by Starbucks and treat myself with my favorite coffee – Single espresso macchiato wet, with soy milk, 2 Stevias and just a little dash of cinnamon. My absolute favorite!!!!!

Later on, I met my boyfriend and his mother to spend some time and have dinner together. She cooked the most delicious and healthy foods. What you see in the picture is acorn squash, filled in with corn, beans, chicken, and feta cheese. This was seriously so delicious and it definitely hit the spot.

I was going trough my new year’s resolutions and with lots of satisfaction I realized that I’ve accomplished almost all of my goals. I finished my Master’s degree, got a job, got to be financially independent, and many other things that I really wanted and worked hard for. However, running a half marathon was also one of my resolutions and it looks like it’s not happening in 2017.

It seems like chasing my other resolutions took all of my time/effort to train for a half marathon, or giving running the priority that it needs in my life. Considering the running goals that I’d wish to accomplish.

However, I am grateful I can scratch off most of my resolutions on my list. I am not going to punish myself because my running progress has been little to none throughout the year. Instead, I feel like it’s time to get proactive with my training and move forward from where I’m at right now.

There are still four and a half months left for the year to end. So let’s see what happens.

The moral of the story right here is that sometimes we loose so much energy getting upset/frustrated for things we haven’t accomplished. But the truth is that we can always use that energy to get proactive instead. Forget about timelines. Not everything happens when you plan for it. Accomplishing your goal in the best time should always be what matters the most.

What is your highlight of the weekend?

How are you so far with this year’s resolutions?

 

 

RUNNING IN THE MORNINGS AND COUNTING MACROS

Hello friends!

Hope you’re having an amazing start of the weekend.

I’ve been back on track with my training this week, which was extremely needed after registering for a race coming up next Monday. Even though it’s only going to be a 5K, I don’t want to feel like I’m undertrained. So I’ve basically been doing lots of easy miles, because I know that will give me (hopefully) some speed for the race.

That thing of registering for a race in order to stick with your training program is no joke. Even though I’ve experienced this in the past, I think I need to stick to it more often so that I can fix this year’s lack of training for once and for all.

But another thing that got me even more happy than being back to to my regular training, is being back to run in the mornings. Say what?

I’ve been struggling with doing my runs in the morning for MONTHS. And somehow, I’ve mastered to wake up early and go for my run before 7am for two days in a row. That’s pretty impressive considering that one week ago I could not wake up early to save my life.

There are a few things I did different this time around. I even invented my own system to be able to wake up and go running. Once I prove it’s sustainability, I might share it in here.

On another note, I’ve been really inspired to eat healthy lately.

It’s been quite some time since I don’t feel any symptoms of acid reflux. My digestion is 10 times better, and I can definitely feel that on my runs. I feel like I have more energy because my body is absorbing better the nutrients. And I guess that really gave me extra inspiration to be more conscious about my nutrition.

Madeline from Madeline Moves has also really inspired me in this. Even though I had a very bad experience counting macros in the past, she makes it seem so easy, convenient, and beneficial.

I went ahead and decided to give it another try. But I did recalculate my macros basing myself on a formula given by Brooks Running. My totals were 101 grams of protein, 112 carbs, and 70 fat. And 25 extra grams of carbs to replace for every 100 calories burned on a run.

These macros are lower than the ones I was working with last year (and that seemed impossible for me to hit everyday). Carbs and fats are pretty easy to hit this time around, but protein is the one I’m struggling with. I know there must be a way to incorporate it more into my diet without going against my intuitive eating. I’m certainly reporting back about this soon.

In the mean time, I’m enjoying delicious foods such as my oatmeal pancakes.

And my zucchini lasagnas with roasted carrots.

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

Do you count macros?

Do you run in the mornings?

What’s your plan for the weekend?