Oops, I did it, again! I ran! – 8.12.2019

img_4366I felt rejuvenated from today’s run and felt the urged to post about it.

I’ve been having so much struggle with my training for the last couple of weeks but today’s run made me feel a bit victorious, to say the least. I do encourage you all to remember your fellow runners during this time of training. The HEAT is extremely vicious this year and training has been more and more challenging. Check on your running friends and make sure they are hydrating and are high in spirits!

I learned a lot this week. I was disheartened to tell you the truth. I wanted to quit or told myself that this is the last time I’m ever going to put myself through Marathon training. I wanted to cry. I wanted to give up. I wanted to tell the world “I can’t do this anymore.” Thankfully, the next day wasn’t so bad and then this one today was pretty nice too. I can be a bit dramatic about things from time to time.

So for those who are low in spirit; don’t give up just yet! Take some rest days, have adequate sleep and start over. The days will get brighter!

Have a nice day everyone!

#HappyRunning!

-Pia

IG: @piawiaventures

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Marathon Training – Week 9 – #RoadtoBerlinMarathon2019

Whoa, I have been a bit of MIA on this for the past couple of weeks. I lost my groove a bit after the last long mile I had to do for Week 9 of my training and I haven’t been able to catch up with my thoughts since then.

Week 9 is the halfway point of training. How amazing is that? Time is actually flying pretty damn quick! I am enjoying the runs. I’m looking at my records and I’ve been able to run most of the scheduled training! I’m pretty proud of myself for that. Below is a summary of week 9 of what I was expected to do and below that will be what I actually was able to do!

Week 9:
Day 1: 5 Easy Miles
Day 2: Speed Work
Day 3: Free Day
Day 4: 8 Miles
Day 5: 6 Easy Miles
Day 6: 5 Easy Miles
Day 7: Long Run _ 15 Miles

I’m so happy that I’m able to enjoy some treadmill runs because with the Florida heat it’s really hard to get all the runs in, especially when you “accidentally” wake up late! On day 1 of week 9, I decided to run on the treadmill to complete the first 5 easy miles. I did have a hard time on this one because I wasn’t as focused but nonetheless the miles were still completed and I am still very proud of myself

For the second day, I decided to join my work’s running group to tackle my speed work. These people are so motivated and inspired to run M W F on their lunch breaks! I’ve been meaning to go and join them but I was always so hesitant about it. This day, I wasn’t hesitant at all. I put my ego aside and went for the run! I ended up doing 4 miles with the group and I managed to keep up as much as I can but even if I got left behind I still felt pretty accomplished: One, for facing my fears of running with them and, two, for completing my run while getting to know new people who could inspire me to keep going!

Third Day was Rest Day! Woohoo!

On the fourth day, I decided to do 8 miles after work. It was really nice, it was somewhat cloudy so it wasn’t as hot as usual. There were so many people around Memorial park, making the run more interesting. I think there were doing the Harry Potter game probably.  I then posted on my IG about how I used to just go home after work and just dwindle on my FB and IG account until I have to go to sleep and now I’m doing 8 miles instead. It’s just really nice to look back on how far I’ve come!

The next day, I only did 5 miles. I was still pretty tired from the previous day so I kind of took this day very lightly. It was also very hot and humid that day that made it less possible to be energized for the run. I think I ended up walking more (any run that you do or don’t do counts!).

On Friday, which is the 6th day of Week 9, I decided to run with the running group again at work. I only did 3 miles instead of the schedule 5 but I think it was just the perfect amount of run for the day. Sometimes you have to adjust your schedule and tweak some things. There are no “set in stone” when it comes to your training schedule! I can tweak my schedule so you can too! I also think that running around 11am when the sun is just about to give us all it got is another training within itself!

I was super unprepared for Saturday Morning’s Long Run. I have been thinking about it all week but I just didn’t feel ready. I’ve just been focused so much on the daily runs that it’s hard to prepare for the Long Run! I used to be more prepared mentally but oh well. I did wake up pretty early and started my run around 6:30 AM. I probably should have started earlier because I had a hard time by mile 12 due to the heat! Nonetheless, I still did it! Even though I walked the last 2.5 miles back home, I’m still pretty proud! I started off sluggish and then started feeling a bit more energized by mile 2 or 3 and felt that way up to Mile 9 or so! It wasn’t until shade was no longer available for me to shelter myself. I thanked every tree I passed that day for the shade they provided!

I’m preparing myself for the next Long Run, for now, I need to focus on the accomplishment I was able to achieve on week 9. I feel that my week 9 was the most productive week I’ve had since week 5 or so.

I am thankful for my body for allowing me to do all of these runs! I can’t wait to share the rest of my training with you guys! I hope you are enjoying these just as much as I am enjoying writing and sharing them!

Have a nice day! And Happy Running!

-Piawia!

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My Favorite Running Mantras – Vol. 1

Your mental state is very important when it comes to running. Besides all the physical training you put your body through you also have to train your mind to be mentally strong. So I always add mental strengthening in my training which led me to a bunch of running mantras that I read before a race. Here are some of them:

  1. Fall in love with the journey and every mile will be a magical one.
  2. If you quit now….. you’ll end up right where you first began and when you first began, you were desperate to be where you are right now. KEEP GOING!
  3. Pain is just weakness leaving the body.
  4. Run the mile you are in.
  5. You gotta make you the reason you’re doing these amazing things.
  6. Surround yourself with people that will get you there!
  7. What if I can fulfill something no one thought I could?
  8. There’s a winner inside of you.
  9. Never let your weakness destroy your greatness.
  10. Everything you need is inside you!
  11. Start telling yourself the right story: I will get through this! I will find my way!
  12. Don’t just go through it, Grow through it!
  13. Meet your goal at the finish!
  14. The bling is at the finish!
  15. It’s always too early to quit!
  16. Your only limit is YOU!
  17. When your legs can’t run anymore, run with your heart.
  18. I rather try and fail than not try at all.
  19. You’ll never be able to fix what’s behind you! You gotta run for what’s in front of you.
  20. Remember why you started <3

A little bonus here is the word “Stay”! This simple word help me through Chicago Marathon. Every time I’m about to give up or I’m starting to think negative thoughts I remember the word “stay”. It just means staying in the moment, take things one step at a time and don’t worry so much what you can and cannot do. Worrying just makes your mind more tired and reminding yourself to stay in the moment lessens your worry. 🙂

Thank you,

@piawiaventures!

 

 

 

Marathon Training – Week 8 – #roadtoberlinmarathon

Woo… getting closer to the end of this training! I’m almost half-way done. Week 8 came by so fast. After vacationing over the weekend of week 7, I promised I would do better on week 8. I’m still not super sure I could do all the runs that this marathon method is requiring me to but I’m gonna keep at it. I’m running 12 mins/mile at the moment (steady pace) and able to run up to 8 miles non-stop with that pace. I’m happy with it. I mean I used to struggle running a mile non-stop and here I am now running 8! My marathon goal is really doing better than my Chicago Marathon Time which was 5:45:54. So anything less than that would make me happy! (Well side note: I Hope I can take out at least 15 mins off that time! “NO PRESSURE” is what I tell myself) 

So here is a summary of how Week 8 was for me. 

Day 1:  Sunday, the first day back from vacation. As you know, I missed my first scheduled 10 miles so this one was very important to me. I did the scheduled 6 Miles with 12 min/mile pace. I also used the Nike App for their 2 hour Guided Run with Coach Bennett. I didn’t finish the guided run but it was really nice. He broke down the runs into four 30 min runs. It made the run less stressful/less pressured. 

Day 2: Speed Work Monday. I decided to do the 30 mins speedwork out from the Nike App guided runs with Coach Bennett too. It was easy for me and it was relaxed. Plus, I don’t know what to do with speedwork outs YET (lol) but I saw a post on FB showing how my Garmin has a specific function for speed intervals! Hurray to fb group pages and also too bad, for me not knowing this ahead of time but oh well the Nike Guided runs were easy, simple and stress free! I enjoyed that one very much! 

Day 3: Fave Day for Rest Day! I don’t remember what I did this day. (Yikes! Need to eat more brain boosting foods) 

Day 4: This was Tempo Run Day BUT I decided to do YOD instead. I have to explain this to people all the time because when I say that this is a yoga workout, they think it’s supposed to be an easy work out! YOD is yoga plus 12 minute HIIT workout! Each YOD workout is different every day. On this particular day we did: 

  • 10-12 minutes of Power Yoga
  • Next all together we did – 10 2ct air squats, 10 line hops & 10 back lunges
  • To enter HIIT mode we did – 30 air squats & 30 skate lunges 
  • During the HIIT workout we did – 20 air squats, 20 back lunges, 20 frog hops and 10 cobras (upto 4x) I was only able to do 3 rounds in 12 minutes. 
  • To exit HIIT we had to do – 30 air squats and 30 skate lunges (again) 
  • & another Power Yoga then
  • most favorite Savasana… (relax/meditating mode)

I am sore until today and it is Saturday. I’m not even sore from all the running I’ve been doing but I was sore from that. I decided that I might add YOD/Power Yoga to my training at least once a week. It’s an hour worth of work out and it’s a good alternative for my 5 Miles runs. (I would say so myself!)  

Day 5: Five for Five. Day 5 was another 5 mile (easy) run. I did this one in the morning. I did this one with just my Andrea Bocelli station (in Pandora) and it was a pretty sweet and easy run. It felt good to run this one because I was already sore (Yeah It’s kind of a weird thought). It felt like my legs were more energized but I was so wobbly at work from all the leg workout!

Day 6: Six for Six! This day I had to run 6 miles before the big 10! I decided to try running on the treadmill. After all, I’m only running for an hour and 15 mins. I thought I would be so bored and would want to end it earlier or something but I ended up completing 6 miles on the treadmill. I watched Friends and when my battery was about to die, I listened to some podcasts. I did feel as though I would lose my balance in some parts of that run which was a surprise to me but I probably just need some getting used to. I also kept my pace at 12 mins per mile on this one and if I really want to keep at my pace I think treadmill runs is the way to go! I tend to run unevenly when I’m out and about trying to keep my pace at bay. It’s either I’m going too fast or too slow but on the treadmill it was set at 12 miles/min the whole time. 

Day 7: The scary 10! I woke up so late! I didn’t start my run until 10am! I was lucky that today was a gloomy/cloudy day in Jax! I started the run in 77 degree weather and I cried/teared a little bit when the sun slowly showed up! I prayed for more clouds and a little bit of rain, only the cloud request were answered, still very grateful for that! My first 5 miles was strong but the last 3 miles of this run/route was hard for me. I ended up running and walking 7-9 miles and ended up walking 9-10 miles! 

I’m happy that this week was more productive than the last. I plan to be even more productive in week 9 that starts tomorrow with a 5 mile run and ending with the first 15 mile run next Saturday! (SCARED, a lottle) I will keep a positive mind as Coach Bennett said on his IG story today “Any run that you do and don’t do, counts!…………….. Be Kinder to yourself!” (That’s part of the reason I love doing his guided runs because he is kind and very motivational!) 

Anyways, it was a fun productive week for me! I hope you’re all running happy! 

Thank you for reading through this! I appreciate you with all my heart! 

Piawia! 

Marathon Training – Week 1 & 2 #RoadtoBerlinMarathon2019

So I missed the first 2 weeks of {my} marathon training……………..

As soon at that first week came along, I dreaded running! I was feeling ill and stressed. Reason being, I was in the lazy period cycle (TMI, I know but I thought I should share wholeheartedly), my dad was having an intensive (scary) surgery (so I was incredibly stressed and scared) and I was also anxious about starting the marathon. Then week 2 came along, my Long Distance Boyfriend came to visit. It’s not that I didn’t know he was coming that I couldn’t plan ahead to schedule my runs. I actually decided to start my training that week specifically so I don’t have to do longer runs when he visits but yet as soon as he was here I did not feel like losing those couple hours with him to tackle on my scheduled running. Yes, I completely put training aside for these reasons. I should feel like a failure but I honestly didn’t/don’t. 

To others, these reasons may sound like just pure excuses to not pull through with the training and it suggests total failure. I get it, I thought the same thing too but I decided to forgive myself for those missed training days and continue on with training, as planned. Basically, putting those days behind me and focusing more on what lies ahead. (Again, I chose to FORGIVE MYSELF, keep that in mind!) 

So I decided to start on Week 3, regardless of those missed days. I tackled Week 3 and Week 4 like a champ! I didn’t miss a day and that totally made up for all the missed days/weeks prior to that. I am honestly proud of myself for being consistent on week 3 and 4; looking forward excitedly to the rest of the training!

EVERYONE HAS A DIFFERENT DEFINITION OF SUCCESS. One of the reasons, I wanted to tackle these missed running weeks on here is because I wanted to reiterate to the world just that: everyone has a different definition of success and there’s no point on being hard on yourself for missing some training days/weeks. Just move forward and start over if you have to! (This goes with anything in life, just saying.)

I believe that: as long as you get back out there to continue on with your training, it should be okay. You go out there again and give it your best no matter what and look at those missed days as a reason to go a little harder. Use those missed days as motivation for yourself to never miss another day/week.

I am finding my own definition of SUCCESS and it {honestly} changes daily. There is no right or wrong. If you look unto others to give you your definition of success, you will often feel more like a failure than someone who is just trying their best.

It is important to appreciate the days that you show up and look at the days you don’t as a motivation to keep trying and pushing a little harder {no pressure, lol}. The best part about marathon training is that it is a long process and there is plenty of room to adjust and modify to whatever is best for you! You just gotta find what is best for you. You do you!

Being able to reach this mindset is an accomplishment for me. I used to be super hard on myself with anything that I do or don’t do. Marathon training (running, in general) taught me so much about self love and believing in myself. I learned to be more loving and understanding with myself through running. 

So, if you missed some days on your training just find a way to let it go and start over. Be more focus on what lies ahead. This concept goes with anything in life. The important thing is that you don’t stop and you don’t give up!

That is my rant for today! Yes, this was a rant because so many of us are out here being so hard on ourselves when we should be the one who is most loving and understanding to ourselves! Stay cool and keep on moving!

As always, thank you for reading!

Yours Truly Yours,

Piawia!
Here some photos of week 1 and week 2 training: