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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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 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 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: