Things you need to know when signing up for the Berlin Marathon 2020 Lottery

IF YOU WERE LOOKING FOR A SIGN ON WHETHER OR NOT YOU SHOULD SIGN UP WELL HERE IT IS! GO DO IT AND SIGN UP! It’ll be FUN no matter what!

I was successful on my first attempt to get a place to run the Berlin Marathon 2019. Although there are no secret ways or magic paths to get a place I believe that the percentage of you getting in to this marathon is much higher than all the other world majors. It was an amazing experience and I totally advice anyone to experience it! I think this was my favorite Marathon, thus far. I’ve only done two; Berlin marathon & Chicago marathon. I love Berlin Marathon because every corner you turn there’s a history that needs to be notice and the crowd was amazing even in the pouring rain! BUT that is just me personally.

The Registration deadline to enter the drawing process is on the 31st of October at 12pm central time. Although I am not signing up myself, I do encourage you do so! It’s really fun! Here are some things to keep in mind when registering for this event:

  1. Signing up for the lottery is free but as soon as you are picked in the lottery the registration fee will be taken out automatically. If you do get pick and they take out the fee; you’ll be able to defer it but you won’t get your money back. This is after you get picked!
  2. You can sign up now and if you decide that you don’t want to participate in the lottery anymore you may send the BMW Marathon representative an e-mail to take you out of the list. Be sure to do this before the drawing in November 27. I’ve only seen this information in a Facebook post and not have tried it myself but if you do change your mind, don’t wait too long contact them right away. Just don’t change your mind!
  3. When I signed up I was given an option to either get a poncho or an event bag. I personally chose the poncho but I’m still on the defense on whether or not I picked the right thing. I mean I will have no other chance to use the poncho & I will probably not be using the bag either. The only thing is when I got my Bib it was so sad to not get a bag while everyone else was getting one. I didn’t have a place for my Bib and I didn’t get the poncho until after the race. I think choosing either one has it’s perks. I wish there was an option to have both.
  4. At sign up, I was given an option to either sign up for extras; like a special sign up package! I highly advice to keep a note on what is included in that package; if you do decide you’d like that too. Just keep a note of what options you selected. I signed up for the massage; honestly; it was an awkward massage. lol It was basically an open room of people getting massages; no privacy what so ever. If you’re ok with that then why not but It might be better if you can schedule one outside of the event.
  5. Join a Facebook Group after signing up or even if you don’t sign up! It’s nice to be in a group of like minded people. Also a great way to keep yourself updated to whatever is going on in the event. Facebook groups are a good way to gather information or if there is something a bit confusing there are so many people on there that have done it multiple times that they know the event so well. I found a document on one of the FB Groups I was in that had the list of buildings and parks that you pass by during the event; complete with their history and why they were something to look forward to! So check them out!
  6. If you can swing it, just go ahead and include all the event shirts and jacket, etc. in your registration. It was so nice to know that I didn’t need to line up during the expo to pay for them. I was able to just go and pick up my shirts and jacket! If you’re wondering how sizing was; they are a bit bigger (at least for this years event they were; I don’t think it would be different sizing next year to be honest). I got an extra small shirt at the Adidas store for the event shirt and it was a perfect fit for me and I usually wear a small. I also read on one of the Facebook Group that the fit was bigger than usual. I love the shirts and the jacket!

That’s about all I can remember. If you have any questions in mind just let me know! Leave a comment and I’ll try to answer as best as I can.

IF YOU WERE LOOKING FOR A SIGN ON WHETHER OR NOT YOU SHOULD SIGN UP WELL HERE IT IS! GO DO IT AND SIGN UP! It’ll be FUN no matter what!

Danke!

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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

Marathon Training – Week 11 & 12 #BerlinMarathon2019

Ahh Week 11:

Hello Everyone! Week 11 wasn’t the worst and it wasn’t the best!

For the first day, I did 2 miles instead of 5. I go distracted by the empty gym at Karl’s gym where they had a basketball court and a volleyball court! I asked Karl if we could just shoot around and play instead! lol

I took another rest day for the 2nd and 3rd day of the week.

(Side Note: I thought I was resting enough!)

On the 4th day, I went and did 8 Miles with no stopping at all! I was so proud. I did 114 miles for the month of July and that 8 miles was a perfect way to end the month!

On the 5th day, I went and did 5 Miles in the AM.

The 6th day came along and I was able to do 5 miles in the morning and 3 miles during my lunch break. I needed to do 8 miles and this was the only way I could do it without needing to do it at night. I was trying to just rest at night since the next day was supposed to be 16 miles! My morning run was a bit stressful, actually they both were. Both these runs weren’t as fun as the usual runs I do.

The night before my mom told me about a woman getting attacked by a biker so on my 5 miles run that’s what was going on in my head. Every time I saw a biker, I panicked a little bit and I had to constantly remind myself that I will be okay and safe. For my 3 mile run on lunch, it was raining/drizzling. I kept thinking are there gonna be lightning or not?? So I had to finish the rest of the miles on the treadmill because I couldn’t stop myself from thinking and stressing out about the rain! Ayayayay I really need some mental exercises to get myself to focus on the run instead of being so worried all the time! Never the less I was happy I got the 8 miles done before I got off work meaning I could have the rest of the night just to rest and prepare for 16 miles the next day!

But here is where the side note above was for! When I woke up the next day, I felt so crappy! I thought maybe I just need to wake up a bit more and this feeling will go away but it didn’t. I ate my breakfast and started getting ready but I the crappy feeling didn’t go away! Now that I think about it, I think it was running in the rain and then going back inside in the A/C to finish the last couple of miles is what really got me sick!

So I ended up not doing my 16 miles at all and ended up taking  4 days off of running!

Now, I’m in week 12 and I am in the 4th day of it and just did 4 miles this morning. I’m easing up to it and hopefully this week my body and I will get better and better! I’m not giving up on my training. I’m running as much as I can and resting as much as I can!

(I’ll just update my 12 miles here!)

I am thankful for being able to share this experience with you because I am able to figure out why I got sick! lol

Well, Have a great day!

#HappyRunning!

Marathon Training – Week 10 – #RoadtoBerlinMarathon2019

Week 10:

Only 8 weeks left to go after this week’s training. HOLY MOLLY! I can’t believe I did most of the training! How amazing is that! 🙂 I am super excited! I am loving my runs more. There are more loving runs than there are dreadful runs. (LOL)

Week 10 could be my most favorite week of training thus far!

I started the week with 7 Recover Miles (after my 12 mile run the previous day). My 7 miles to start the week was accompanied by my friend Jowell who encouraged me to keep going even when I was already making excuses at Mile 2.5 to cut our run short. (hehe) Thanks to him I reached out to my inner self to finish the goal I set out for us that morning! We got the 7 Miles done! Yipppeee!

I wasn’t able to do the Speedwork the following day. Instead I opt to take a REST DAY due to fatigued and pure exhaustion from the weekend’s runs. I listened to my body and my body told me to rest and be merry! and so I DID! I did so for two days! This is actually the first week that I took 2 days OFF of Running! Pardon me! I need some REST! I’m not used to running so so much. Even on my 2 Miles a day challenge that lasted for 50 days, running only 2 miles was sort of tiring too. BUT with this training, I’m running 5-8 miles 4-5 days a week and running the long miles on the weekends. It’s a lot to get used to but I’m super proud of my body for allowing me to go this far! 🙂

On the 4th day, I did 3.40 Miles with the Running Group at work. We got rained at! It was sunny, then cloudy and then rain started pouring on my last mile! It was an amazing feeling to be able to run that day in the rain.

On the 5th day, I decided to do my 8 Miles. Totally not planned but never the less I had to since I wasn’t sure I will be able to complete 8 miles on Friday, the next day, since I have a flight to catch in Orlando Airport which was a 2 HR drive for me! This run wasn’t the easiest one for me due to all the excuses that came up in my head! But even still I did it! and I am happy that I completed the 8 miles!

On the 6th day, I did 5 Miles in the AM before work. The hard part about this run was waking up early! I haven’t been able to do so in a while so getting up early for this one was a bit challenging but I did and it made my day go by much smoother since I did not have to worry about this run while I was driving to the airport!

On the last day, I managed to do 10 miles while on a weekend vacation visiting my boyfriend, Karl. I am so proud of myself for doing this and I am so grateful to Karl for giving me the opportunity to finish this goal even while visiting him. He carried my drinks and made sure I stayed safe while on the road while riding his bike. I ran with ease and I ran with confidence beside him. I appreciate that so much. I was surprised with myself and I think Karl was too because I told him I stop a lot on long runs lol BUT I DIDN’T! I managed to keep at 12:07 min/mile pace! On long runs I’m usually at 13-14 min/mile pace. I am getting better and I’m getting stronger in each and every mile.

I have so many people to thank for that! But for this week, I am thankful for Jowell and Karl for running and biking with me and motivating me to keep going! I am thankful for the running group at work for challenging me and keeping me company!

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 7! #RoadtoBerlinMarathon2019

The marathon is creeping in on me. I feel like September 29 is just around the corner! It is less than 3 months away! I was going through/skimming through my calendar to check out my schedule and I freaked out a little bit! It’s coming and it’s coming fast! When I’m sitting at my desk at work, I wish for the time to go by fast and then I remember how close my Berlin Trip/Marathon is, that I end up telling the Universe: “Ok, it can go a bit slower!”

 

My marathon training has been going through many of it’s downs lately at least for the past 2 weeks. Having a tough time on week 6 had me pumped for week 7! It really does fly by I can’t believe I just got done with week 7, just like that! I started week 7 strong but ended it on the weaker end of the stick. I was out of town on a girl’s trip where we all ended up going out and staying up late!

 

So here’s a little summary of my 7th week:

 

Day 1: After a night of hanging out with friends, its was really hard to wake up early for Day 1 of Week 7. I ended up waking up at 7am, giving me ample amount of time to start a morning run! But no, I sat and ate a big breakfast and had to wait a couple of hours to digest. I started my run at 10am (in Florida that means HOT HOT HOT). I went to the park for my run. It wasn’t so bad. The 4 miles went smoothly. It wasn’t as humid and hot as I thought it would be and running at the park is nice because there’s plenty of people trying to get their exercise/run done too so I didn’t feel so alone.

 

Day 2: Monday came along and I decided to do my run in the evening instead of my normal AM runs before work. My friend who was visiting decided to join me. We ended up going to another one of our friend’s and he ran along with us too with his son. We did 3 miles! I was reminded of how much fun it is to run with a group!

 

Day 3: Rest Day! I ended up going out to eat with my friends at a restaurant called Boiling Crawfish! It was super yummy!

 

Day 4: It was the last day before vacation. Everyone at work was expecting an early release but it did not happen. My plan of running my 4 miles right before leaving for the trip didn’t quite pan out. I got off work on my regular scheduled time and got ready and left as soon as I got home. So no running was done on this day at all.

 

Day 5: We drove for about 5 hours to reach our vacay spot and probably didn’t get set and ready for bed until around 3AM. Good thing my friend was dedicated to seeing the sunrise (since we were staying so close to the beach) and woke us all up at 6AM. I got up and got ready for my run. It was tough to run on the sand at first but as soon as I got on my rhythm I would find myself stuck and unable to move forward due to water blocking some spots at the beach! I didn’t want my shoes to get wet! An hour or so later and my 4 miles was done, tired and restless, but I still did it!

 

Day 6: Still super tired and restless! It was storming outside and my will power to do my 6 mile run was just not there. I ended up calling it a day and taking on missed miles for the day.

 

Same goes for Day 7, still restless. My boyfriend ended up meeting us the night before and we all decided to go out and see the Boardwalk one last time. We woke up pretty late and had to drive back home. We didn’t get home until around 6PM or so. Still plenty of time to do a run but I decided to take another missed miles. It would have been my first double digit number but I just couldn’t do it.

 

I know there are so many excuses and plenty of shoulds. A lot of these things are lesson learned for future trainings. You really do need to plan ahead when it comes to training/vacationing especially on the limited time that you have. It’s also smart to plan how restless you’ll be in trips, especially from travelling from one place to another. It is important to rest and get a decent amount of sleep.

 

I had a great time with my friends and I wouldn’t change anything about our trip! I’m not going to dwell so much on those miss miles. I’m moving on from that and focusing more on the upcoming ones. I’m going to focus on the upcoming weeks and do my best to accomplish my scheduled runs on my training plan!

 

So see you again next time! Thank you for reading!

 

Have a nice day!

Marathon Training – Week 6 #roadtoberlinmarathon2019

Ahhhhhhhh!!! Week 6 got me beat! This week has been super tough for my training/running. 

Sunday Morning, the first day of my week 6, I set out to run 4 miles. I started a little bit later than usual, I had a hard time waking up. Maybe my body was tired and for some reason I was not mentally prepared. (Week 5 was too good, lol) So I went out there in the middle of the blazing sun and decided to go for my 4 miles. The first 2 miles went so well. I was running under the shades and it felt good! As soon as I turn around to finish my last 2 miles, I felt light headed (and hungry). I was hungry!! I couldn’t get myself to run the last 2 miles. Instead, I  did the run/walk method with more walks (lol). I still did it! 

The next day was speedwork, I’ve never done such a thing! I hope I knew what I was doing. I only had an hour before I had to get ready for work to finish this task. With 400 meters in 5k pace (10 minutes for me) 12x and 400 meter jog 12x! Of course the first couple of 400 meters went fine! “I can do this”, my mind thought and I did but I didn’t have enough time so I started cutting off 400 meter jogs into 200 meters just to compensate for the time. I ended up doing the 400 meters in 5K pace 9x. I had to stop at the 9th because I had to get ready for work. I still did it! 

Oh how I love rest day, Tuesday was a rest day!

Wednesday came along and it was the tempo run! I had a good amount of sleep I believe but I still felt so restless. I ended up doing 4 miles instead of 5! Oh this week did not go as planned but I still did it! 

On Thursday, it was an easy 4 mile run. This one went okay, I felt a little bit more rested but still not the same energy that I had for week 5! I took it easy. I figured this week is just not my super star week but I’m going to look back and say at least “I still did it!

Friday was the first 8 mile run! I couldn’t do it before work so I had to wait in the afternoon. I had such a busy day at work this day and when I got home I did not think I had the right mindset to run and finish 8 miles! I was mentally tired from all the anxiety I went through at work. I took a deep breath, ate some apples, did a 10 minute meditation and went out and did the work! I finished my first 8 miles in 12:50 min pace per mile! Not bad! I ran most of it! Usually after 4 or 5 miles I start to do my run/walk method which I could still manage to do a good time but this time I didn’t feel like stopping. I just had to stop and wait for the crossing signals to turn GO! I believe this 8 mile run is my most successful run for the week! I did it and I’m thankful that I did!

It’s Saturday morning and I am up later than usual at 7 a.m. I ate breakfast, stretched  and foam rolled and got myself ready to run. I decided to run in the park to have access to more shade. I had to run the loop at the park 5x to complete the 8 miles scheduled. The first mile was hard at first, I kept telling myself, “I am tired, I am tired.” I had to change my mindset. I knew that I wasn’t gonna last very long if I kept repeating that in my head. I was able to run the first 2 miles with fine colors but the rest was a struggle. I couldn’t run the 3rd loop (4th & 5th mile). I walked all of my 5th mile and decided that I couldn’t give anymore. I was hungry and tired but I still did it! 

I don’t really know what happened for me this week. I started doubting a lot of things. Did I pick the right training method? Am I losing my motivation? Can I do it? I started thinking about things I can do to give myself, my body more time to rest, “maybe I’ll do yoga on this day instead of running?”; “maybe I’ll take this day as a rest day?”; “maybe maybe maybe!” I don’t know yet for certain what I’ll be doing but I’ll continue to look at the calendar and continue to do what I can. I still did my best! I still did it! I got the job done. Sometimes it was short, sometimes it was low but I was out there! 

These kind of days are meant to happen, right? Or is this the kind of days coaches are made for? I wish I can afford to hire a coach! I wish I could find a good running buddy that could run with me on these kind of days! But I am also grateful to myself and my body for pushing thru some tough times even when no one is out there cheering her on! Clap clap clap to myself! Lol 

I’m so funny! But that’s it for my WEEK 6 of the #HansonMarathonMethod! I hope all of you doing this method are having a wonderful time. Know that if we push through this training schedule we will be one of the toughest kiddos out there! 

Happy Running! 

Sincerely, 

Piawia!

“Every Step is a Step!” – Alexi Pappas <3

I also got new shoes this week! maybe that’s why my legs felt heavy and tired: working hard breaking it in! (LOL) Please see below my lovely Brooks Adrenaline #19! #RunHappy!

New Shoes! #Adrenaline

Marathon Training – Week 5 #roadtoberlinmarathon

Hello All!

Week 5 just ended for me and I feel super accomplished! With 3 very successful weeks, I am on a roll!

Day 1: Rest Day! Slept until my body told me to wake up. I dropped my mom off to work, vacuumed my car, went to starbucks, went grocery shopping, meal prepped, work prepped and video chatted with my S.O. What a productive rest day it was!

Day 2: I prepared my mind for this morning run, 5 miles, to be exact. I got to the park and “tried” to keep a steady pace. It’s really hard to be at one pace but I am getting there. I’m still running 11 – 12 mins per mile.

Day 3: Rest Day! Of course spent the whole day at work

Day 4: 4 Miles: I don’t quite recall how this actually went but I bet it was a good one! Lol

Day 5: Couldn’t sleep the day before. I contemplated doing the 2nd 5 mile easy run of the week in the afternoon. My alarm went off at 4:45 AM (yikes, that’s not happening) and then again at 5:00 AM, contemplated so hard around this time but decided that I am pretty wide awake anyways, I’ll just drink some coffee and have a snack! I haven’t been drinking coffee before my 6am runs so this was the first! I thought, “instead of 5, I’ll just do 4 today, sleep better tonight and run my 5 miles tomorrow.” (Yes, you can do that! You can switch off the days as long as you do the runs!) So I did my regular 4 mile route but as I was running I think the coffee was starting to kick in and ended up running the 5 miles that was scheduled!! Coffee saved the day! I really like to emphasized on this day because I really thought I couldn’t do it. I managed to run the last mile the fastest that day. It was a good feeling. I felt really accomplished and proud of myself.

Day 6: I couldn’t sleep right away again, although, I did sleep a little bit earlier than the previous day. I got to the park a little bit later than usual. I didn’t drink any coffee because I did not feel as tired waking up. I ran the 4 miles and got done with a couple of minutes before needing to get ready for work! What an amazing accomplishment it was! I did some stretches and some foam rolling.

Day 7: Last Day of Week 5, 6 Miles in the book! I planned to run later than usual (it’s the weekend after all) but my body woke up at 5:30 AM and I was able to start my run at 6am! I was surprised to not see many runners (It’s not a holiday weekend, yet!) I thought this run was gonna be slower than usual because it is much longer than what I’ve been running but I kept a steady pace!

Week 5 was a success! Week 6 on the schedule looks a little scary! Wish me luck!

 

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