Birthday Recap!!!!

Hello friends!

Last Sunday I turned 26!

My boyfriend cooked dinner for me and our friends on Saturday. Once he scratched one of my favorite activities off of my birthday list (eating), we proceeded to do some other activities that I love doing as well: Playing pool and dancing.

Running could not be part of my birthday surprises because I’m the only runner among my friends. But hey, I still got to spend an incredible time.

On Sunday, which was my actual birthday, we went to my favorite mall and decided to eat at an Italian place for lunch. Going to Italian restaurants has become a tradition for me in the last few years, so why not.

I was craving a salad and decided to go for the salmon kind. I knew this is not the traditional Italian dish but it was what I was craving for at the moment. After waiting for 40 minutes, the salad came and I took this picture.

It took me only a bite to realize that the crunchy things on top were soggy and the grilled salmon was cold and flavorless. I was disappointed and decided to return my plate and order another one. Half an our later and I still haven’t had my new salad. At this point, I had been snacking on bread and wasn’t really hungry anymore.  I cancelled the order and decided to walk out of the restaurant without lunch whatsoever.

Luckily, boyfriend ate a burger that wasn’t that bad. So at least one of us wasn’t hungry anymore. I then prepared myself a delicious salad at home, and ate a Stabucks chocolate chip cookie (my favorite).

And that’s how I turned 26, by reminding myself to enjoy the good moments and not to care about small disappointments. Always being grateful for what we have, as small as we think it is.

Last post I was preparing myself for a major comeback to running after one week of dentists, antibiotics, and a very bad cold. Today I’m reporting back to to say it is incredibly hard to run right after having gone through an antibiotic treatment. As soon as I hit mile two, I felt like I was hitting the wall HARD.

I felt mentally disappointed. I even started wondering if I was loosing my running capacities. Thank God my Dad is also a runner who can answer my most running random questions if I have any. He attributed my fatigue to antibiotics. So I guess it’s a matter of patience, right?

What was the best part of your weekend?

Have you ever gone for a run right after taking antibiotics? How did it feel?

Where Have I been? + How to Make Your Run Feel Amazing After Taking Time Off:

Hello friends!

As I posted on my Instagram last week, I’ve been very sick and that basically meant having to take time off from running and blogging. I had a very bad cold and one emergency visit to the dentist to find out I needed a root canal. I also got my root canal done later in the week. So yeah, last week was tough.

With all of the pain and discomfort I went trough, I honestly couldn’t even think about blogging or creating new content. Thank God I’m feeling way better now, and I’m missing running more than ever. My last few runs before being officially sick were tough. Maybe because I was about to get sick. Now I feel like my comeback is going to feel good, because it’s always like that.

This year I’ve been forced to take a time off from running (stomach issues, injury, end of my graduate program), which sucks a little bit. The positive side about it has been my comebacks. Whenever I go for my first run after one or two weeks of no running, it feel strong and freshly motivated. So, I’m looking forward to come back this time around:)

I do have my “ritual” for these types of runs to make them even more amazing.

Here are some tips on how to make your run feel amazing, after being off for a while:

– Create a Running Playlist: Music is my favorite source of motivation when I’m running. Some other people prefer audiobooks or podcast. If that’s your case, reserve some material that you are looking forward to hear for your run.

– Wear your favorite outfit: I seriously feel there are outfits that make me run faster than others. For example, running in shorts is way comfortable than running in leggings. Plus, coming back to running is something very special so make sure you dress for the occasion.

– Go to a special place: To me, a run in the trails is a thousand times better than a run in the treadmill. Treadmill runs are good if that’s the only option you have in order to get your run done. For this special occasion, go to a place that really motivates you. In my case, I get extremely motivated in the track, and extremely inspired in the trails.

– Postive attitude: Positive attitude is everything. Remember it’s been a while since the last time you ran, so take it easy. It is very likely that you will feel out of shape. So keep in mind that even one mile is better than nothing. Whenever you go on a run with no expectations, chances are that you end up having a positive surprise. Open yourself for the positive experience, and don’t set goals that might be unrealistic for you at the time.

– Finish it off with planks: I don’t know about you, but planks make me seriously stronger. Even though they feel incredibly hard sometimes, doing planks after my runs take my entire training session to a whole new level. They can also add that the extra endorphin touch that all runners need. Wether you love them or hate them, you won’t regret it.

Hope these tips are helpful if you are coming back from some time off from running. I’m certainly starting this ritual for my first run after being a week off. I’ll report back tomorrow;)

Have you had to take time off from running?

Any special routine you do when you’re coming back to running?