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?

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.