Aktiv Against Cancer Fundraising <3

Hello My Fellow Bloggers!

How is everyone doing?

I’m reaching out to you today because I wanted to let you all know that I am fundraising for a charity to run the NYC Marathon this year.

I wanted to get back on raising the money and fulfilling a goal, a commitment that I set for myself this year. I promised Aktiv Against Cancer that I will start a fundraiser to run for their cause this year and I am determined to accomplish that goal and fulfill that promise.

I know that we are all going through some tough times this year. This post is in no way taking away magnitude of all the horrifying events this past weeks and months. This post is just my attempt to keep on going. My attempt to see the light in the tunnel because after all this, we must continue on. We must rise up and keep going!

So I hope that you continue to live a normal life as much as possible amidst this pandemic. I hope you follow the protocols that are being in place to flatten the curve. I hope you work hard for yourself and others to stay healthy and active. I hope that you understand the severity of what is happening around the world. I hope and pray that we all get through this sooner than later.

I hope that you find comfort and solace in knowing that we are all in this together. We are all experiencing fear, anxiety and uncertainties. But none the less we will persevere!

I decided that I will try to keep on fundraising for a great cause, Aktiv Against Cancer.  Their cause is to make sure that exercise is part of the treatment for Cancer. They are the first foundation to do research in establishing the importance of exercise in fighting against Cancer. Yes, we are battling a virus in the moment but many of us have been fighting against cancer for a while, may it be for yourself, your family and for your friends. Cancer has been prevalent in my family these past years. I have aunties and uncles who went through this (are still going through this). They keep on fighting.

They inspire me. I wanted to show them my support by doing something I love while supporting a cause that relates to the battle they’ve been fighting so hard for.

So please support this cause not just for me but for my family, my friends and for the future that lies ahead of us.

https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/aktiv-against-cancer-2020-tcs-new-york-city-marathon/mariacaguimbal

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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 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!