miércoles, 24 de mayo de 2017

Catching up

One week since I posted, but I have not run much either.

On Thursday I did 7.5k to the conservatory in 47:09.

On Saturday before the expo hotels where I was one of the staff saling the hotel that the company that I work for owns. It was a new experience for me, and I was scared, but I think I did pretty good, on Saturday I did not close any cells, but on Sunday I could close 3 sales, and I really enjoyed it. That teach me a lot, because I am a shy person, so interacting with people really improve my skills. Its good to get off your confort zone and challenge yourself.

3 runs that week.

 I did not run from Saturday till today.

So today no excuses, I needed to get out, I felt tired as soon as I got out, went to the conservatory and did my normal 7.5k distance. A guy in my 3rh lap started to race me, so I responded a bit, but dropped him in the next lap and never saw him again. I really get pissed when I am about to pass a person and this person start racing so that I dont pass, sometimes I just maintain composure, but sometimes that rubs me in a bad way.

Splits today were:7:57 to get there, 6:22,6:14,5:56,5:57,6:00,6:49 to get home. Did 45:50 for 7.5k. I never felt great, but I thought that I was running my run short, because the way I felt as soon as I started.

Felt happy and good post run, glad to be back in the running scene! and glad that I am challenging myself in other areas of my life as well.

Have a great week!

miércoles, 17 de mayo de 2017

Zapping the zero

Monday was off. Running some errands after work.

Tuesday - Could squeeze a run after work at 7:00 p.m. , did 45:32 for 7.5k. Splits were 7:50 to get there, then did 5 laps in 6:23,6:17,6:00,5:59,5:41, then on the way home did 6:47 to finish up in 45:32. The heat this day is awful, I think an oven is cooler than the weather lately.

Today I took the day off, More personal errands , but are neccesary, so I skip the day off, ate fried chiken instead.

The last few days I have been stressed out, and for the rest of the week it will be that way. I have to work on Saturday and Sunday, the company that I work for will be there sending their hotel, so I was selected for selling staff. Ha! a shy and introvert selling, that will interesting.

All in all, I hope that the running will at least stay, aiming for 4-5 runs this week, given the busy weekend ahead.

The diet coke continues!

Have a great Wednesday!

lunes, 15 de mayo de 2017

Busy week

This past week I only ran 3 days, life and work got in the way.

Rested on Monday and Tuesday.

Wednesday -  did a 7.5k easy run after work in 46:20. Feeling low on energy, but at least did not feel bloated.

Thusday and Friday - rested. Not sure resting about what, but took both days off.

Satuday morning headed out with my father to the conservatory, did 7.5k in 45:47. Felt better as I increased pace.

Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. headed out to run 7.5k again in 47:00.

3 runs that week. Getting back to work was hard, the transition is mind blowing.

The good news is that I am feeling better as the run goes by, instead of the opposite.

In regards to coca cola, I drank on Monday, but then decided to keep my word, and I am tying with diet soda, it gives me the sweetness that I want, but it does not contain calories, so its a good substitute. The first couple of days, that stuff tasted bad, but then my bud kind of get used to it.

I feel that I dont miss the normal soda, and I feel that this diet soda satisfy me the same as the former, but without putting calories ( i.e. pounds) in my body. I read that diet soda increase your apettite, thus you end up eating more and end up fatter than when you drank normal soda, but so far, i have been eating the same. I think that its a matter of self control.

I hope to get back to sub 180 pounds with this big change, skipping days of 1000s calories of drinks should make a difference.

I weigh myself for the first time in over a year, and I was at 198 pounds, I got susprised, I had clothes on and big shoes, so naked it must be something around 190 pounds. I really thought that I was in the 180-185, but the running suggests that I am gaining weight, due to the difficulty in maintaing paces that should be a piece of cake for me.

So the decision to ditch normal soda, is spot on.

I ll keep outta the scale, but the running should improve as the pounds go down.

oh, I forgot, today I took the day off, because after work, I had to solve something. Zapping the zero tomorrow!!

Have a great start to the week!

domingo, 7 de mayo de 2017

Caping the week on not a very good note

I took the day off on Wednesday to rest.

On Thursday I wanted to do a progression run, because I wanted to rest on Friday as well, as that day I got back to work, I got to the conservatory in 7:32, but was really tired and had to slow down to my easy pace and kept that way till the finish of the run, I finished the 7.5k in 47:39. I felt really tired, and I cant trick my body. Maybe years before I could that where I could do 2 workouts on consecutive days, but right now its impossible for me as I can see.

Friday was off.

Saturday was out with my father at 7:15 a.m. to run with a lot of heat, I felt like crap from the get go, tried to accelerate with each passing lap, but without looking at my watch, the run was a struggle, the heat got the best of both of us. I finished in 47:08 for 7.5k. My father finished in 49:16. We complained a lot about the heat, but as long as the heat affected me, I felt flat from the get go.

Sunday (today)  - I slept in, got to bed a bit late watching the boxing fight, but I am sleeping more than necessary, after I came back from Samana, I put the run for the evening, but when it was time to run at 5:50 p.m. I felt somewhat full from lunch, I had eaten lunch at 12:20 p.m. so no reason to feel stuffed and bloated.

I headed out to do my normal run anyway, after I got up the UTESA hill, I was huffing and puffing as if I were sprinting, and right away I knew that the run was going to be a struggle once more. luckily, the legs felt good, but the problem was my stomach, I decided to run 2 laps in the conservatory and stop there, called it a day at 3.2k in 22:20s or so, very very slow. The splits for the 2 laps were 7:02 and 6:49.

I am feeling really bad in my running lately, I should feel fresh from the workouts, because are not that hard, but instead I am feeling like shit and heavy on my easy runs, I have came to the conclusion, that I am increasing my weight again ( according to the way I feel and look in the mirror), my times are very slow and I need to dial it back again, I had enough.

I am drinking a lot of coke and I need to put it a stop to that, my nutrition is not that nad, but that little coke addiction is killing me softly. I am really mad, because as long as I want to get back to my old PR`s I need to stop that shit out, if I want to be the best that I can be. When I stopped today after my mediocre run, I even considered giving up the sport and get in weight lifting.

However, I know that I need a lot of corrections to do in regards to my eating and coke drinking and to stop this weight increase that is affecting my workouts, I was running 2 mins faster on my easy days in my 7.5k runs, now I cant even run sub 46 mins. Likewise, in my tempos I was running 4:50s and the last km in 4:40s, right now, maintaining 5:10s is a fucking struggle.

5 runs this week, with the last run being a total disaster.

Sorry for the negativity, but I am somewhat mad today with myself, I am not taking this thing enough seriously, I will drink coke only on weekends starting tomorrow!

Have a great Sunday!

martes, 2 de mayo de 2017

Evening " light" workout

Today I almost take the day off. But suddenly, at 6:30 p.m., I was not doing anything at home, and really did not see a reason to take the day off, since I rested 3 days las week ( it was unplanned though).

I planned the workout that I have set up for past Friday, so warmed up to the conservatory, then did 1 lap easy, and within that lap easy, I did 3 strides to warm up the legs and the turnoever, and then workout started, the plan was to do 2k @ 10:30-10:40 and then recover 2-3 mins easy, and then do 5 x 1 min repeats at a fast pace, with 1 min rest in between, then cool down to home.

I did the 2k @ 10:20 (5:11,5:09), then jogged for 3 mins, and then started 5 x 1 min fast with 1 min easy in between, I felt tired during those repeats  and the pace was not as fast as I wanted, but the effort was certainly there, I really wanted to get done with this workout, the 5 th repeat finished exactly in the end of the 5th, lap so cooled down easy to home to complete 7.5k in 45:48.

I thought that the overall time was going to be a lot faster, but it seems that I did not run that fast during the ON periods of the 1 min repeats. All in all, the effort was there.

A bit frustrated with the way I am feeling, but at least I am getting my runs in, and getting in a couple of workouts per week, probably the only additional workout that I ll do this week is a 11-12k run easy paced on the weekend.

Have a great night!

lunes, 1 de mayo de 2017

Las Terrenas

On Friday I was going to do a workout, but I was not able to run even, it started raining hard at 3 p.m. and never stopped, I got really mad for that, because I knew that on Saturday I would not be able to run unless I wake up at 4:30 a.m. before the travel, it just did not happen. I sometimes suffer headaches due to early risings and as We were traveling to have fun, did not want to last the whole day with a headache.

On Saturday, We took the bus at 7:00 a.m. to Las Terrenas to spend a couple of days there, from Saturday and coming back on Monday. As We went to the beaches for the whole Saturday, running in the evening was very hard to do.

I accepted the fact that I was going to run only 4 times this week, but it could have been worse.

On Saturday I went to bed at 2:20 a.m. and Woke up at 5:15 a.m. tried to get back to sleep, but my fathers snoring would not let me, so I got up, and started my run at 5:53 a.m. it was pouring  a light rain, but I had lost 2 days already, so no more missed days.

I just went out to explore the place, and did 45:42 total, I did 18 mins out, back in 17:38 (35:38), then did 10 more mins the other direction to complete the 45:42. Felt really good eventhough I downed 3 medium beers the night before. I only slept 2.5 hours the night before. After the run, did 7 x 80m strides or so, wanted to do 10, but the right glute was cramping, so I decided to call it day.

On Sunday I went to bed at 12:00 a.m. I was jut tired and got up  at 7:00 a.m. to run, this time father ask me to wake him up, so that He could join me on the run, the before I just kind wanted to run alone, I experienced something bigger than a casuality, but that is a running blog, right?:)

Back to the run, I did the exact route as yesterday, of course I ran by time, but the distances were pretty similar to yesterday, However, today I felt much more tired than yesterday, I felt sore, and defintely had a low point during the run where I was feeling low in energy, felt better and could continue my run, this run was shirtless and was soaking wet in sweat. Today was very hot, as opposed to yesterday. The run duration today was 45:53, pretty much the same distance. My father was a bit back.

So good runs with a very flat terrain, no hills to speak of, a good weekend in the beach. I have to get back to it, it serves as a way to disconnect from the monotony that most of us live on a day to day basis.

I might upload a couples of photos from the beaches!

Hope you had a great weekend!