Falling In Love With Running (Again) + Weekly Recap + From Fat To The Finish Line Documentary Review

Hello friends!

Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend. I have to say the last few weeks from running has been tough. For some reason, I would hit the wall with only a couple of miles in. Going back to my long runs has seemed to be an impossible task. I’ve never talked about it in the blog but I started feeling like I was not loving running anymore. I even started doubting about myself as a runner. My heart was starting to break into little peaces.

Actually, the story I told on my previous post has a lot to do with how I was feeling. It was basically to remind myself that even if I was in a very bad shape, I could still call myself a runner.

But it wasn’t really until I read a post from Janae from The Hungry Runner Girl, where she asked her readers how often do we think about running while we are running. I remember realizing that I think about running when I’m running ALL THE TIME. It’s almost like a bizarre obsession.

So, imagine going on a easy run (not a speed run or a race) being obsessed with the distance, the pace, the heat, everything. If you had to do that for an hour straight, wouldn’t you be mentally drained by the end of the run? I think that’s exactly what was happening to me. I was getting mentally drained and cut my runs short.

Yesterday I went out with the aim of doing a 6 mile run at 5:00 pm. By judging on how I’ve been feeling the last few weeks, I started having serious doubts I could complete it. But went ahead and tried it anyways.

By mile 2 I was this close to give up, and then realized I was thinking too much about running and that was making my run harder. So I started thinking about other stuff, and suddenly I was one mile away from finishing my 6 mile run. I happily finished on a huge runners’ high, which hadn’t feel in a while. This run helped me remember why I fell in love with running: because in the middle of adversities, I’m capable of doing things I thought were impossible.

So there you have it. Because I had a rough week with running, my mileage wasn’t what I originally aimed for. However, a bad run is always better than not running at all. This is my last week recap:

Monday: Core and abs strength training. I was still sore from the weekend run.

Tuesday: 3 Miles.

Wednesday: 3 treadmill miles followed by lower body strength training.

Thursday: Unplanned rest. I was fatigued.

Friday: Another unplanned rest. Had a crazy day at work.

Saturday: 2.52 outdoor miles. Had to cut this run short due to my upset stomach.

Sunday: 6 outdoors miles.

Days of running: 4.

Total miles for the week: 14.54.

FROM FAT TO THE FINISH LINE DOCUMENTARY REVIEW.

I’ve been watching Netflix documentaries like crazy lately, and my favorite so far has been “From Fat to the Finish Line.” Is the story about a group of 12 people who are racing a 200 mile relay from Miami to Key West. The race is called the Key West Ragnar, and many of the legs were held at my neighborhood and my favorite park <3. Besides from that, It really touched me how these people took the decision of overcoming their overweight problems, and sticking to running as a lifestyle.

From Fat to the Finish Line shows the reality of being a runner. Not only the rewards and the good things, but also the not so go things. Like hitting the wall, having to bear with the heat of Miami, and facing your fears like running near to the alligators. See? I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE SCARED OF ALLIGATORS.

I definitely had a blast watching this!

So tell me, have you ever been through a rough patch with running?

Any documentary recommendations?

What was the highlight of your weekend? Mine was certainly falling in love again with running.

 

The #1 Reason Why You Can Call Yourself A Runner.

I still remember a few months ago when I had to go to the emergency room for crazy symptoms of acid reflux. Because I was having discomfort on my upper abdomen, they immediately assigned me an electrocardiogram test. Just a few seconds went by after they started recording my heart activity, and the doctor asked me “you do run a lot right?”

I was shocked. The first thing that came out of my mouth was “how do you know?” and he replied “Well… I can see that on your heart rate.”

I felt like a real runner after that. I was so proud of that compliment I just got, that I went ahead and texted my Dad the whole story. Yeah, even though I was still at the ER and had many more concerns at that moment… #priorities.

Anyways. The moral of the story here is that sometimes we hesitate on calling ourselves runners because we think we aren’t fast enough, or we don’t go far enough. But seriously, what is it “enough?”

The fact that think we’re unable to meet the “standards” that will make us feel enough as to calling ourselves runners, doesn’t mean we can’t call ourselves like that. And the number one reason for that is because your body would keep signs that you run, particularly your cardiovascular health.

Three years ago, the American College of Cardiology performed a study where they evaluated 55,137 adults from ages 18 to 100. The result proved that running could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease from 29% to a 50%. You might think that these benefits would only apply for marathon runners. However, this study also showed that running 5 to 10 minutes a day, at a pace as slow as 6 miles per hour, could also improve significantly your cardiovascular health.

So next time you have any doubts on calling yourself a runner, remember that no matter how slow you are and how short your distances can be, you’re still getting the same benefits as more experience runners.

When was the last time you called yourself a runner?