viernes, 29 de mayo de 2015


Well I was supposed to rest today, in fact, that was the plan, but in the afternoon I crave running and decided as soon as I get home from my grandmother´s house, I would dress and go running. That how things turned out and at 6:40 p.m. I headed out to the conservatory running very slow and basically limping, the pain decreased a lot when I warmed up but I had to accomodate the leg in every stride. I just ran 21:07  and called it a day. I felt good in the lungs, but that shin is killing me. I will keep doing 20 mins runs as long as the pain dont get worse. I tried resting already and it did workout temporaly but as soon as I came back to running, the pain returned, so what is the point.

I ll just do some exercises strenghtening the area and will see what happens, cant let that all my fitness goes away,and start over again regaining fitness for the rest of the year. That does not sound good.

I am glad that I can run and love running.

Have a great Friday!

jueves, 28 de mayo de 2015

Back to running

Well  I had to rest 9 days without running as you know due to a shin problem. Today I was much better, I am not 100 per cent by any means, but I wanted to give it a try today. I went out to the conservatory in 7:44 feeling really good the whole run, very rested. Did 4 laps in 6:04,6:08( in this lap stopped several seconds to tie my shoe),6:04,5:59, then completed 35:30. Was huffing and puffing sometimes but generally felt good. The leg is not completely recovered, I have to admit that it was bothering me but I could run through it without changing my form. Afterwards it was bothering me considerably when I was stand and put the weight on that leg, then walking home it did not bothered me.

I think right know that if it does not alter my form and improves as the run goes by, then I would be safe running, but I ll have to keep an eye on it.

Its funny, running is an important part of my life, but since I have started running I have not run on my birthday more than when I have run on my birthday. Tuesday was my birthday and I could not run due to this s#%%"5t. Running is an important activity in my life so I should do it every birthday to celebrate it.

Have a great Thursday everyone!

lunes, 25 de mayo de 2015

More days off

I had hoped that by today I would be just fine, to be honest I have not improved that much eventhough that I have rested and taken antiflamatory. I am limping somewhat walking, but its better than last week at least. Yesterday I went to the park and did 5laps (5k) walking at a brisk pace( at least for me), some older guys passed me no problem and in the last lap I put the hammer down and did  9:55, oh!! I am a competitive runner, I had to do that.

At least I moved and did not stay here, I am driving myself crazy here without running, yesterday the walking was a release. I tried to stretch the spot, but I cant, it just hurts when I put the foot in the floor and apply my body´s weight pressure.

I ll have to rest a few more days, honestly, dont remember in my almost 13 years of running where I had to rest for more than a week due to an injury. I hope that it improves, I just want to run. I even improved my dinner food so that coupled with the running I could lose some weight. But ha! the improved dinner will have to do for a while!

Thanks for the support!

jueves, 21 de mayo de 2015

No runnng till Monday

Well I rested yesterday and took antiflamatory, hoping that the every other day of running could help me, but honestly it did not, I was really hurting yesterday and was limping pretty much everywhere I went, in the evening it felt better because I took two pills of antiflamatory just after eating lunch.

Today is more of the same thing, I am really hurting right now, its strange because when I experienced shin splints in the past it was due to running workouts(Intervals,tempos, reps) for more than 2 months, but now I am not doing anything fast, just running easy pretty much everyday, that was the reason that put me this fat and probably because of the heavy pounding I am applying too much weight on my right shin with each stride. I am improving my diet so that I can really lose weight and improve my running. I even read a book about that that I bought a couple of months ago.

I have decided to not run till Monday to see if that improves, it should, I ll keep taking my antiflamatory, I said that I was going to run through it, but honestly it was not hurting that bad, the past two days have been ridiculous. When I walk I limp, my father only ask , WTF! and encourage me to rest.  Its better to miss a few days of running instead of months limping and trying to get rid of pain even " running".

So see you on Monday, hope that improves dramatically then!!

Have a great Thursday!

martes, 19 de mayo de 2015

Dealing with a minor injury

I say minor because I can run, with pain, but I can run. Yesterday I decided to take it off to give my leg a bit of rest. I thought that with a day of rest it would be much better. To be honest that was not the case, I debated myself prior to today´s run if I should run or not.

I dont want to lose any fitness or momentum so I just ran easy for a short time, I did 3 laps in the conservatory in 6:18,6:13,6:14 and back home to finish in 34:15 for 5.5k. I really felt good out there but I was pretty much limping the whole run, at least I can run.

I ll give myself tomorrow off again to see if it improves, if not, I dont want to rest, I prefer to do minimum 20 mins runs.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

lunes, 18 de mayo de 2015

5k por mil amores Photos

That Hill runner shirt looks nice. What does not look nice is myself being that fat, wow my leg weights more than my entire body I think. A lot of work needs to be done!

domingo, 17 de mayo de 2015

Post race recovery

After the race yesterday and today throughout the day I experienced pain in my right shin, but I decided not to rest, if I have to run 20 min runs I ll, but I wont let my fitness slip like every cycle where I find myself recovering the lost confidence and fitness in the cycle to just recover the shape that I raced in. This time if my 5k pace is 8 min mile, then I ll improve from here and not recover, also even injured I ll keep running short runs till I am completely recovered. That way I ll maintain fitness and recovery with the shortness of the run.

Today at 6:10 p.m. I headed out to the conservatory and did 3 laps there at an easy pace without a watch for 5.5k total. To be honest the shin bothered me but not as bad as I thought. It seems that I really experience pain when I am at home and when I take off my shoes.

Again, I ll run through it even if I do short runs.

I felt really good today and feel better about my race yesterday. Some days you have it , some days you dont. I just have to keep training.

Have a great end of weekend!

sábado, 16 de mayo de 2015

Mil amores 5k race

I am dissapointed with my performance to be honest. I thought that I would be able to run 23:45-24:15 for the 5k. Did not happen, I ended up doing 25:10, my second worst time in my life. I dont know what went wrong, I am training consistently, I am not doing workouts, but I am getting my 50 mins daily so that has to be enough to run faster than that.

Another thing that caught my attention was my slow start. This was one of the worst 5k for me, but was the best in terms of splits, looking at my halves splits it was 12:27 and 12:42 for the second half. For me that is even pacing in a 5k, in my previous 5ks the difference was more than 35 seconds and in the past one was 1:02. Anyway, the most important time in a race is the final time, not the splits so it was a very bad race for me. A friend of mine is telling me that if would have worn a watch I could realize the slow start and speed up, but I deffense myself telling him, that its a body´s matter, I was not confortable running that slow, it felt confortable to maintain for the whole distance, but I was huffing and puffing pretty much the whole race, so looking at a watch to reinforce my slow pace would have killed my race mentally. I ran  without a watch (by effort) and that was the best effort that I could muster today. 25:10 for 34th pace, given the field I could have positioned much higher in the results, but it was what it was! I need to put this behing me and keep moving forward. I need to lose weight, I think that is the biggest problem in my poor running these days.

Another thing that I noted is that for a 5k you have to be sharpened, I was running my best effort, but I did not felt like slowing down, I could keep the pace, the problem was that I could not turn the legs much faster. I can run faster adding some workouts to improve my speed and threshold.

No more analysis! I wore my hillrunner singlet and it was confortable. I have to lose weight so that it fits me better. In photos I look very heavy and fat. We will see in a few days How do I looked during the race, my friends took some photos of me that I ll post soon there.

Thanks for the support everyone!!

viernes, 15 de mayo de 2015

The shaking out continues

Today morning  at 8:15 a.m. I headed out to the conservatory to do an easy run, We runners are stubborn by nature, because given my shin splint it would be better to rest, but I refused. When I am been consistently I hate to run less than 5 times per week, and since I rested twice this week due to the damn shin, I refused to rest. Inmature? maybe, but I ll race tomorrow anyway so whats the deal?

I ran watchless( practicing how I ll race) and just ran very easy, felt great overall, but the right shin was bothering me basically the whole run, at the end it improved a lot but never ceased really.5.5k total untimed. Maybe I am crazy because I want to race tomorrow, but I ll try my best to take antiflamatory and I think I ll be fine( at least for the race). The days post race I dont what will be, but lets take it one day at a time.

Tomorrow at 5 p.m. I ll line in the mil amores 5k wearing my hillrunner singlet and ll run  my best regardless of time, I never wear a watch during  a race so basically I always run my best, eventhough the time is slower than I would have liked.

Have a great Friday!

jueves, 14 de mayo de 2015

Shaking out

Yesterday I took the day off. I wanted to run in the morning but what I thought was my right ankle is my right shin( almost in the ankle) was bothered me a lot so I decided to rest. 

Today I ran in the evening at 6:10 p.m. and did 5 laps in the conservatory , took 2 lap splits and 1 laps split (12:21,11:53,5:56) and completed the 7.5k in 44:57, ran some more to complete 45:10. The shin was bothering me at times today, in some laps the pain was aparent in others I kind of forget about it. I have to keep an eye on that, since I have suffered from shin splits in the past.

This morning I registered in the 5k por mil amored, they did not have the kits ready so I have to go there once again to get it. its not a good idea to race with pain, but sometimes you have to take risks and I dont race too often, its enough for excuses, I ll race on Saturday.

Tomorrow morning it will be an easy run watchless and on Saturday show time!

Have a great Thursday!

martes, 12 de mayo de 2015

Zapping the zero

Yesterday I took the day off basically to give my right ankle some rest. It has been bothering me in the previous days. I can run no problem but it hurts a bit like its a but swollen or something.

Today I went to the park at 6:10 p,m. it will be hard to become a predawn runner again, but as long as I have time in the evening I ll run whenever I can, anyway the most important thing is to get the run in no matter at what time of day. I put the watch on time of day and was feeling fresh and good, so the pace was quicker than usual. Did 6 laps in the conservatory and back home( did not finish there as in the last 2-3 months, I waste a lot of time doing that, its better to run and get back to business) I finish the 8.5k in 49:28, so the pace was good. That really erase the slow run on Sunday, none of it matter anyway! but you know, ego vs time= racing the watch. Thats why I set the watch on time of dya sometimes and just run what feels easy.

Today I received the Hillrunner Singlet and water bottle that I earned in the Boston marathon contest, I have been following that website and Ryan Hill( the owner) for almost a decade now and I really want to thank him for all that He has taught me and for the leader He is. I really encourage runners to visit his website. He is a cool guy and He will be happy to help. Thanks Ryan Hill!

I am racing on Saturday and I ll wear with pride Hillrunner Singlet!

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

domingo, 10 de mayo de 2015

Catching up

I rested again on Friday but completed my 5 runs on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday evening at 5:35 p.m. I headed out to the conservatory and I did 6 laps there and tracked every 2k, so 12:34,12:05,11:41, then accelerated even more from the conservatory to home and really hammered the last 400s to finish in 50:45 for 8.5k. Felt really good and fresh.

This morning I woke up at 6:30 a.m. and headed out at 7:00 a.m. with my father to the conservatory an did the same route as yesterday( its rare to do the same route everyday for me -_-)Ha! I started the run almost crawling and was tired from yesterday, as I have said, I dont tolerate to run only 12 hours apart, especially in the afternoon and in the next morning, its easier for me to run early in the morning and run in the afternoon on the same day, that way I feel fresh in the afternoon run, but when I run like I did yesterday , I dont know if its the sleep, but I start too tired, luckily after 2 painful first laps, I loosened it up and felt better and sped up a bit, was not sufficient to not run that slow. I did 53:44 for today´s 8.5k. 3 mins slower than yesterday afternoon (13 hours ago). I knew what was coming and I decided to run with the watch on time of day, it would have been very hard to look at that slow pace during the run. It was good to look at it at the end, and get mad in my house when run was over!! Easy pace dont matter much, but its a matter of ego I think!!

5 runs this week, it seems that I have a lot of weeks running minimum 5 times per week, the volume is not very high, but I am getting better at it, I ll incorporate longer runs and faster runs, but my right ankle is giving my problem so I am looking carefully at it.

Have a great Sunday!! This afternoon I ll espectate Gatorade 10k where my brother is running it. I am not in 10k shape now, but I ll race a 5k next weekend. Dont expect much as all my runs have been easy runs basically, but I ll test the legs a bit and see what happens!

jueves, 7 de mayo de 2015

Back to predawn running

Yesterday did not run. I thought yesterday about moving to predawn runs so that I can be productive in the evenings. Thats what I did today when I headed out later than planned today, I went out at 6:45 a.m. and was going to do whatever I felt like there in the park, I did 6 laps there and then headed back home. In the first 2 laps felt like s#%t due to stomach problems and even thought cutting the run short. Lucily, I felt better and better. Felt good at the end, but did not manage to run sub 6 mins in any lap. Splits for 6 laps were 6:21,6:21,6:07,6:08,6:03,6:04. Then headed back home to run 8.5k in 52:27. The pace was very slow, but I am happy that I got my run in early.

I want to become a predawn runner once again, and do all my runs on an empty stomach, full stomach has been one of my problems with running in the evening, in the morning legs are fresher and I felt very good when I am not having stomach problems( I do have problems sometimes in the morning due to heavy dinner).


See you in the predawn!

martes, 5 de mayo de 2015

Overcoming demotivation

Today I did not feel like running, dont know the exact reason, but I am sure it was not related to running, I did not have motivation, but I forced myself to do it and I felt pretty good during the run. I just went out to do something and ended up doing my normal run.

Got to the conservatory in 7:43, then did 7 laps and did the same as yesterday, took splits every 2 laps so that I dont obsess about that too much. splits were much better than yesterday: 12:24,11:54,11:42, last lap was in 5:29, I pushed in the first half of this lap because a fast runner passed me , He looks in shape and has passed me several times in the past, as it was my last lap, I decided to push it , but only for the first half, because if I continued at that pace, I would have kept with him, but the effort would have been high. Anyway, completed the 50:40 for I think was 8.5k. I am getting used to that distance, I ll have to add a longer run on the weekend.

Have a great Tuesday!

lunes, 4 de mayo de 2015

Zapping the zero

I had to rest yesterday because on Saturday for lunch I ate street food as We would call it here, That did not set me pretty well, and I had to even cancel  going to the movies with frieds to watch " The avengers". I got a strong Diarreha , but luckily that did not last too much as at night I was feeling better and I could be the boxing fight( Packiao vs Maywether), I did not like though but I am not going into details here. I rested out of prevention on Sunday.

Today afternoon I zapped the zero with a 8.5k run in the conservatory, 7 laps there and I took splits every 2 laps to not obsess every lap about it. I started the run very slow, but warmed up nicely then as the splits suggest, splits were: 12:47,12:08,11:45 and in the last lap incorporated 5 x  20 seconds strides and the last lap was in 5:50 including the strides. Completed 51:50 total time. I felt much better during the strides than in the past days, felt stronger and smoother, it seems that I am improving my form and speed, just need several more of these workouts and my form and top speed will improve.

Weather was pretty torelable today compared to Saturday morning.

Have a great Monday!!

sábado, 2 de mayo de 2015

Dawn sauna run

Here I am 13 hours after my last run, running again, there must be something wrong with us runners. Anyway, I headed out to the conservatory at 7:05 a.m., dont remember the last time that I ran in the morning, I felt very rested and good till the half way point, after that it was just survival mode till the end. I did 6 laps to the conservatory and back home for a total of 8.5k in 51:41. Splits were 6:13 the slowest and 6:03 the fastest. It was too hot!! I was sweating all over and when I got home it seemed that I just jumped in a pool, it was nasty out there today, but I am happy that I could get my run in.

A lot of people in the park exercising in one point( Zumba point), but not so much people throughout the path(lap) that I run. No biggies I am used to running alone and it can actually be a good thing during racing (training alone).

I think that also the reason that I felt so tired in the second half was because I am not used to run that frecuently( just 13 hours apart), but the bigges obstacle to beat today was the heat. I dont want to race in that conditions indeed.

I am happy with my consistency and the training that I putting in, not great, but not so bad either.

Have a great Saturday everyone!!

viernes, 1 de mayo de 2015

Watchless recovery run

I said on Wednesday that Thursday I was going to take the day off and I did, also said that I was going to do something fast today, but as I mentioned I have been experiencing an ankle/shin pain in the right leg that is bothering me and I dont want to sabotage my consistency. Dan, my twin brother borrowed me my watch so He could do a workout and I gave it to him. I went out to the conservatory at 6:20 p.m. and did 7 laps at an easy recovery pace, the leg did not bother much but I could feel both shins giving me signs. I did around 8.5k feeling pretty good and rested. But as soon as I finish I felt a lot of pain in the right shin/ankle and stretched it for a bit, it improved, but then hurted again. Its crazy, but after taking a shower and walking to buy my dinner did not bother me a lot but I was feeling it. I ll keep and eye on that but I ll try to keep running, Hope that this is not serious.

8.5k untimed,

Have a great Friday!!