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?

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?

September Recap and My Runs Lately.

Happy Monday friends!!

I came across this picture a few days ago a I believe it couldn’t be more accurate.

I can’t believe is October by now. September has been a month that transformed my life. Once me and my fiancé got engaged our priorities completely changed. I’ve even forgotten a little bit about my half marathon goals for the end of this year/beginning of next.

However, wedding plans have been a little slow over here since my fiancé has been a little sick after the hurricane. That included a nighttime visit at the ER which was no fun at all. However, I can’t wait to start planning our wedding.

Yesterday I went to my favorite Italian restaurant with my roommate who is also my maid of honor. We used to go to that place every weekend just a year ago. As I was drinking my coffee and eating my cannolies, I realized how much our lives have changed in a matter of one year. We felt a little bit nostalgic and promised that we’ll go back to that place (our place) even after the wedding.

In other news, this is how running had looked like for the past few weeks down in Florida.

Hurricane Irma left lots of fallen fences and trees around our neighbirhoods. Something really basic such as watching my steps has been key during my post-hurricane runs.

Also, Running has been all over the place lately. I have been running more for fun than for the sake of following a training plan. I need to start a training plan soon.

However, within the process of choosing a training plan, I also need to readjust my hours of running. My ideal morning time to run is 6:00 am but the sunrise is not until 7:00 am. By that time, I need to start getting ready for work.

Late afternoon runs are not as easy as they used to be. By 7:00 pm I just want to have dinner and go to bed. Any advice in  this?

Was September also a huge month for you?

Did you have a nice dessert/treat during the weekend?

Running Update.

Last week was a crazy week. Sometimes it amazes me how a full time job can take so much of your time and energy. Well…that was me last week.

Before I start rambling about that, I wanted to catch up on my recent running goals. Remember a couple of weeks back when I was attempting to run 6 times a week? Well, I gotta say I could only handle 4 days of running. That was a little over 18 miles in total for the week. My body was not happy with that mileage. This is the highest weekly mileage I’ve ran in the entire year, so I guess skipping that process of gradually building up the miles made me feel drained really quickly.

Surprisingly, pushing myself a little bit hard that week paid off in a positive way. After that incredibly hard speed workout at the track, I started noticing that running faster was becoming more familiar/less difficult to my body. From now on, track workouts are a MUST in my training.

But because of that, my hamstrings were in extreme pain by the following week. Dad had a hamstring injury and I’m pretty sure I don’t want to go through that ever. So by Tuesday of last week, I decided to take the rest of the week off and let them recover.

Today, my hamstrings are a little bit sore. I can feel them when I go up thought the stairs. But I’m guessing I’ll be good to run by tomorrow morning.

Now, you might be wondering why I challenged myself to run 6 times a week if extreme fatigue could be the result. Well… because I still have one goal to accomplish this year, and that’s to run a half marathon.

I really wanted to try the beginners’ Half Marathon Training plan from Hansons. However, that plan calls for 6 days of running and very high mileage. They actually recommend that plan for runners who have 3o miles a week under their belt.

Honestly, if 6 days of running and 18 miles per week is currently too much on my body, then starting that training plan will be another journey to injury land and non completed training plans for me.

If what I really want is to run a half-marathon race by 2018, then the right thing to do is going for one of those plans with 3-4 running days a week. Something with low mileage and lower chances of injuries.

The part that I don’t like is training without a time goal and the “some of substance” runs. That’s something I really loved about the Hansons plan. But maybe I will be able to pursue that next year.

How do you pick your training plans?

How many times a week do you run/exercise?