FRIDAY FAVORITES

Hello friends!

It’s Friday already! I can’t believe how fast this week passed.

I’ve been struggling with my runs in the mornings after the evening race last Monday. Even though running in the morning is so convenient (and I’m so happy when I do it), it feels like is the most difficult habit I’ve had to master.

The worst part about this is that I don’t want to settle. I don’t want to run in the afternoons anymore. Now, by 6:00 pm I am tired and hungry for dinner. So this is going to be a tough transition.

Anyways, today I really wanted to share some new Friday Favorites with you guys. Spoiler alert: many of them are makeup related because I got a Sephora Gift Card as a graduation gift. I knew these were going to be part of a post like this really soon!

1. Urban Decay De-Slick Make Up Setting Spray.

This is my first time using an actual setting spray. Back in the day I used to wear hair spray. My Grandmother told me that could be awful for my pores and I stopped doing it.

I picked up this travel size setting spray on the line to pay at Sephora to see what my thoughts are on this. So far I love it. This stuff really won’t let you make up to move throughout the day, which comes really handy when you live in the South Florida summer.

2. Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Liquid Foundation.

I was in need to change my previous Cover Girl foundation. For some reason, drugstore foundations would break out my skin after a while using them.

One of the beauty consultants at Sephora recommended this one for me. Turns out the shade #5 is the perfect one for my skin tone and that’s always a plus. After a couple of weeks using this, I’m in love with it and will share a full review soon.

3. Steve Maden Elouise Snickers. 

After an early run, I have to rush and get get myself ready for work. My priorities are to look good but still feel very comfortable. These shoes are so comfy for running days, so easy to put together in almost any outfit, and so cute. I might just get another pair in a different color.

4. Orange Circle Studio Planner.

I am in love with planners. Not only they are extremely cute, but they are also incredibly helpful for me that tend to forget about stuff. Last year I had a planner that I bought around this same time of the year, and it ended in July 2017.

In need of a new planner, I did my proper research on the perfect on for me. This by Orange Circle Studio seems to be the one. Amazon has them at pretty good prices, but I found this at my local Marshalls by coincidence. It was also a few dollars less.

This planner goes from August 2017 to December 2018. It includes spaces for general notes, daily calendar, daily notes, the list of holidays, and stickers. This is my first planner with stickers and I’m obsessed. At this pace I think I would have to repurchase the sticker sheets in a matter of months.

5. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Medium. 

Out the 2 million bronzer out there in the market, I really wanted this one for a long time. My love for this bronzer is really subjective. There are million bronzers out there that have this same pigmentation. But I don’t know, maybe it’s the package or the chocolate smell that makes me love it so much.

I know, I am quite the perfect marketing target.

6. These two songs from when I used to do CrossFit. 

I mentioned how I needed to turn off the music during my night trail race last Monday. However, in the few minutes I did listen to it, these two songs from when I used to practice CrossFit started playing and OH MY GOD…I was so pumped.

I am definitely looking forward to listening these two songs next time I go to the track.

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

Is there any Friday Favorites you want to share?

RACE RECAP: FULL MOON 5K TRAIL RACE, A DOWN2EARTH RACE.

Hello guys!

If you follow me on Instagram you would known that I ran a race on Monday night. It was the Full Moon 5K Trail race from Down2Earth. And it was probably the hardest race I’ve ever had to do. Not only because it meant lots of endurance to run through those trails, but it was also a mental challenge and I’ll explain that later in this post.

It all started with a full day of work. I was feeling extremely tired that day and my left knee was sore from last week’s training. I decided to just drop any expectations of achieving a good time and just showed up to the race.

Even though it sucks to wake up so early to go to a race, evening races after a full day of work are not necessarily the best idea. And I learned that the hard way.

Since I was so tired, I figured an espresso macchiato and a honey stinger waffle was a good idea. I wan’t wrong.

Got to the park of the race by 7:20 pm and it looked absolutely beautiful. I had already done my registration online so basically I only needed to pick up my bib and start warming up.

This is Marlon. He always gives the instructions to runners at Down2Earth races. Also, he gives a a speech about how much we should appreciate the fact that we can run, and that we live in freedom to do so. That really cheers me up before races.

One of the race organizers told me I was going to need a headlamp because the trails were going to get really dark. Even though I had done races before at this park and with the same organizers, it turned out that we were going into the bike trails to run the race. I figured I could use the light on my phone, but he was kind enough to give an extra headlamp that they had.

By 8:20 pm it was completely dark already, and in a matter of 10 minutes the gun went off.

I quickly realized the light from the headlamp was not enough for me to see the path, so I activated the light on my phone.

Surprisingly, I started out feeling very strong yet pacing myself. I felt like mile one passed by really quickly. Then by mile two, the really (really) hard hills came out and I started to feel like that was probably the hardest race I have ever done so far.

Not only because of the endurance that the trail required, but because of the darkness. Sometimes I was running by myself not being able to see anything/anyone and not knowing if I was going the right way or not. It was a mental challenge.

I’m usually used to look up from and listen to music when I’m running. This time I needed to turn off the music and just concentrate on where I was stepping at. Looking down and concentrate was what I needed to do in order not to fall into the “unknown.” My running form had to change a little bit an my speed too.

A runner behing me fell and thank God nothing happened to her.

A kid was running the race with his Dad. When he passed me, the kid stopped just to wait for his Dad. I remember his Dad saying “It’s ok buddy. Go ahead.”

Hills were killers for me. To be honest, I haven’t trained hills in ages. So I have to say I was a little bit undertrained for that. On the other hand, I needed to sprint through the downhills because if I walked through them I was seriously going to fall. It was crazy.

Something really weird happened during the last mile. I stopped being mentally stressed out. Somehow I felt more confident and calmed. It was like if I was finally connected with nature.

Just before getting to the finish line I made a wrong turn that meant an extra minute of my time. Thank God the runner who was coming behind me realized we were going the right way.

We followed the voices of the organizers through the darkness and made it to the finish line! YAY.

My time was 38:08, and I got to be the in the 9th place for the female runners. That was my slowest 5K ever, and I don’t even know my splits since I could not check on my pace throughout the entire race. But honestly, I feel so happy I did it.

The battery on my phone was dying and I really could not take lots of pictures #bloggingfail.

Also, something happened with my car. It did not start and I had to call a towing service to take it back home. The race organizers were kind enough to stay there with me while I could solve my problem. Shout out to them for being so awesome.

I ended up getting home around midnight, and a bowl of cereal was all I was in the mood for.

It was certainly a great race. However, I promise to run some hills before doing a race trail again.

Have you done any trail races? How do you like them?

What about evening races? Have you ever done one?

This is actually my second one. 

What is your perfect pre-race fuel?

Mine is normally PB bagel/toast. Or a Clift bar. I did experiment a little bit with the Honey Stinger Waffle and can’t say was bad at all.

 

 

 

 

 

WEEKED IN PICTURES AND WORST RUNNING FEAR.

Hello friends!

Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend.

Mine was pretty fun. Boyfriend and I decided to try a local coal fired pizza place, and it turned out to be amazing. Prosciutto, pineapple, and half of it with bacon for him. I think I’m starting to love all things with pineapple! Do you like pizza with pineapple too?

Next morning I left pretty early to attempt a long run. I normally will run around a loop of 0.8 miles. After finishing the first one, I just realized my Nike Run Club app did this.

After 10 minutes running, It only recorded 0.08 miles. I don’t know why my app sometimes has those tech glitches. This really makes me want to roll my eyes to the app.

I also saw a dead snake on my run that day. A DEAD SNAKE. That’s like the most terrifying thing to me. I think I should update my list of running fears, and add snakes. You know, like having a list of running fears and keeping it updated was extremely helpful, haha. I wish I had taken a picture of it but I got SO SCARED that I just sprinted and left the place.

Another thing that wasn’t working quite well that day was my legs. They felt extremely tired to the point I felt like I was really forcing myself. Decided to stop at 3.3 miles.

And thank God I did it. The next things that followed that day included lots of walking around Walmart. By 7:30 p.m. Boyfriend and I watched the Orlando’s soccer game while Sasha pretended to be a lap dog.

On Sunday, I work up early again to go for a run but my legs were still pretty tired. And since I’m running a race today, I decided to just rest. Resting is also part of a runner’s training.

The next of my Sunday involved going to church, and then meeting some of my boyfriend’s friends at their house for a barbecue.

My meal was followed by two portions of dessert. To me, there’s nothing wrong with that except for the fact that I started feeling quite nauseous after all. I need to do something about my sugar intake.

On another note, today is race day! I’m running 5K tonight. So far, my legs are feeling way rested but my knee is feeling kind of funny. Hopefully it turns out to be a great race.

Do you like Pineapple on your pizza? What are your favorite toppings?

What was your highlight of the weekend?

What’s your worst running fear?

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?