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?

Huge life update: My Engagement Story.

Hello friends!

Long time no see. Life has been changing around here due to three reasons: 1. Crazy days at work. 2. Hurricane Irma. 3. HUGE and beautiful life event.

I found this draft that I was writing the day before Hurricane Irma made a landfall at Florida, which I decided to leave just as it is.

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Hurricane Irma has transformed the life of all Floridian since last Sunday (September 3rd) . It was forecasted to be a category 5 (maximum category on hurricanes) and of course everyone freaked out after Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Just so you have an idea, hurricane Harvey was a category 3.

Life became crazy for us after Tuesday. Lines for getting gas were crazy down in Miami. Hurricane Harvey caused some problems on gas supplies coming in from Texas. Therefore, gas was scarce and prices were going up.

Also, buying bottled water and non perishable foods down there became and adventure.

Wednesday night things were not looking quite positive for us. All the forecasts said that Irma was coming right at us. So my boyfriend and I took one of the most difficult decisions: pack our belongings and drive up to his parents house.

In a matter of 12 hours, he put up shutters in his windows, we took inside all of the outside furniture/exercise equipment, cleared the fridge of all the perishable foods, packed food and water, and packed our belongings.

Poor Sasha (our dog) was so scared she did not want to eat/move/or behave like she normally would.

It was 1:30 am when we finally finished everything and left to his parents house.

Leaving was tough. Acknowledging that it could be the last time I would see our homes as we knew them made me want to cry. But I forced myself to be strong.

We got to his parents at around 6:00 am in the morning, and went straight to a much needed session of sleep.

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I stopped this post right here on September 10 without knowing it was going to be one of the most special days of my life.

My boyfriend and I got engaged!!!!!!!!!!!

He proposed at his parents house the night before the hurricane came. It was completely unexpected yet such a sweet moment. After all we went trough the past few days, we fell closer than ever. Sometimes, the foundations of a relationship are not only based upon the good moments but also about going trough tough times as well.

From the beginning, we knew we wanted to go trough this storm together. This experience reminded us how much we love/carry about each other, and how much we value and appreciate our lives together. Getting engaged in a moment like this turned out to be more special to me than any other type of marriage proposal he could’ve come up with.

At the end of the day the hurricane went to the west coast of Florida and reduced to a category 3, which was very favorable for all of us at the east coast. My aprtment didn’t have any damages and my fiance’s house only had a few ones in the backyard. By now, we can focus on planning our wedding<3.

I’m praying for all of the people who did get affected by hurricane Irma and any other natural disasters lately (hurricane Maria, Harvey, and Mexico’s earthquake).

Thanks for reading!

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?

 

 

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.