Speed Workout And How Running Strengthens my Self-Acceptance.

Yesterday was speed day. One of the hardest trainings in running (at least for me), at least to me. I have to be honest, on Tuesday night I was very skeptical about this run. Last time I did it was probably 7 or 8 months ago and my legs were extremely sore.

I told myself I was going to try until the end to accomplish this workout, and guess what, the workout happened even with all these adversities.

I was pretty proud of myself when I got to the track at 06:04 am. It’s a 20 minute drive from home, so I had to wake up extremely early.

Without loosing much time, I started to warm up right away. The run consisted in one mile of warm up, 200 mts of speed + 200 mts of recovery X 12, and one mile of cool down. Five miles in total.

I was pretty surprised to see that I was holding a pace of 8 minutes on the speed intervals. That is FAST for me. I still don’t know if I was going too fast…but definitely at a very high level of effort.

Once I finish the 12 intervals, a mile of cool down sounded impossible for my legs. I still tried to do it for 0.8 miles and then decided to call it a run. That was 4.8 miles in total, and these righ here were my splits including speed and recovery intervals.

When Dad gave me the instructions for this run, he was pretty specific that I needed to eat something right after the workout. Meaning that I should not wait until I got home to eat. So I brought this plant-based protein bar that I’m LOVING.

Dad was right, eating right after the run made my legs feel recovered faster. However, I wasn’t that hungry for breakfast so I only had a couple of eggs with strawberries.

After work, I had to take my cousin to IKEA for her to do some shopping. But our sugar levels were low, so we headed Menchie’s to fix that.

Then we went to IKEA, and my feet were pretty swollen. This is very normal in me, specially when I’ve been on high levels of physical activity.

Throughout my experience with running I’ve come to realize something: People look me before races or at the track and think I’m a very experienced runner. Whenever I get to a place full of runners, they’ll give me that look of respect.

I don’t know why they do it. Sometimes I think it’s because of the fact that I don’t run with friends, and going to run by myself makes me look extremely committed. Some other times I think it’s because I’m skinny and my legs are very toned. The truth is that I’m a very slow runner with no experience in long distance races. The truth is that the way I look is not necessarily related to my running.

I’ve also notice that this look of respect sometimes goes away when they pass me at the track or at the race, which I think it’s completely funny.

What really started to affect my competitive side was the fact that I am slow runner and can’t seem to keep up with no one at the track. However, I know that if I let those feelings dig too much into myself I can end up quitting and that’s the last thing I want.

Therefore, I’ve come to the conclusion that in order for me to accomplish my running goals, I need to accept myself with my strengths and my weaknesses. Just the way I am. I know this might sound cliche, but isn’t it empowering to tell yourself out loud “I love and accept myself just the way I am?”

This is just another lesson I’ve come to learn through running.

What do you do everyday to love and accept yourself more?

 

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?

 

 

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?