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 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 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!

 

<3 Piawia!

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Marathon Training: Week 3-4: How Am I Doing? Good? I think so! lol

One of those 6am Running Views
One of those 6am Running Views. Sometimes this is my motivation to wake up and get out there early in the morning.

An honest look in my training…….

Today is rest day. (Yeppers!) It’s probably my most favorite of the days at the moment. According to my training calendar, I could cross-train (do something else other than running) but my mind is telling me “I should just savor all these rest days because in a few weeks I will be running more than I ever knew I could!” I’m using a new (to me) method. I am happy with my decision but my body is exhausted. I find myself dreaming about sleep at work but also very proud of my accomplishments so far.

Wake up call: I didn’t realize just how much running I’m going to have to do with the Hanson Marathon Training Program (for Beginners, I should add). I just finished week 4 and starting up on week 5 this week. I’m banking on 3-5 miles (a day) of running on 5 out of 7 days during the week. On week 5, I am expected to run two 5 Miles (Easy Running Days), two 4 Miles (Easy Running Days) and topping it off with 6 Miles on Saturday (Wait is it 6 or 8? For now I will stick with 6). I don’t know about you but to me that’s a lot of running and I am super proud of myself for pulling thru on the past 2 weeks of training (I skipped Week 1 and 2 due to personal reasons, something I could tackle on another day).

The Hanson Marathon Method is something that caught my attention while I was training for my first marathon. My first marathon was, of course, hard and fulfilling but I’m super sure I could have done better. Yes, SUPER SURE! The Hanson Method focuses more on overcoming fatigued and less stress on the long miles. Don’t get me wrong, there are long miles in there but it’s not as drastic as training up to 20 to 22 miles. TO ME, (emphasizing on ME) it was really hard to do the long miles. One, I live in Florida, the weather was hot and humid. Two, I felt very lonely running alone on those long miles so I wanted to try something different this time around. This one only requires (I believe) training up to 16 miles. This (new for me) method is also guaranteeing PR’s, if followed accordingly.

With this method, I am finding myself (my body) exhausted at the end of the day. Waking up at 5am to do a 4 mile run, I think that’s given. But the method is emphasizing a lot on training your body to pull thru on those tired days. It’s training you mentally and physically to pull thru fatigued. Much like at the end of the Marathon, when your body is exhausted and just want to stop and give up. It’s training you to focus on pulling thru, which, to be honest, is something I know that I need to work on. I say this because I know how I am. On my half marathons, as soon as I hit that 10 mile mark, my body just gives up (my mind tells my body to give up) and that’s when my body slows down even more! The thought of ending and getting excited about the finish line, the pressure and the excitement of it all gets to me and then I just completely hit a roadblock or should I call it the “WALL”. I hit that wall on good days and most especially on bad days. So, that’s why I think this method will work well with me. Yes, for sure, training will be tough but I know that there is no easy training when it comes to marathon training! (Oh, just thinking about those ultra-marathon runners!)

I admire each and every runners out there running, rain or shine, day or night! Let’s be proud of ourselves for tackling something we never thought we could! (at least, I never thought I could and here I am tackling it 2nd time around!)

Are you interested about this method? or Have you tried this method? What are your thoughts? I am open to any suggestions, requirements or advise regarding marathon training in general. {Like and Comment, maybe? yeah?}

Thanks for reading this far. Happy Running Everyone!

Yours Truly Yours,

Piawia!

 

On to the Next Thing… Berlin Marathon 2019

I’m about to start my Marathon Training for the 2019 Berlin Marathon! 

What are my thoughts? 

  • I’m incredibly nervous that I’m going to slack off and just not do any of the training. (I did slack off a little bit for my Chicago Marathon training last year. Instead of running a lot, I did yoga a lot! LOL Well, it gave me a profound experience with yoga and I enjoyed every bit of it anyways. But this year, I’m going to run more and do yoga and other cross-training I could think of.) 
  • I’m incredibly nervous about injuring myself. (My right leg hasn’t been itself since that one Pole fitness class and I’ve been trying to recover since. It’s getting better though.) 
  • I’m incredibly nervous about Florida weather! It’s so HOT outside already! (I just need to start running in the morning which means sleeping earlier and waking up earlier. I can do that. I just need to be more consistent.) 
  • Will I be more prepared this time around? (I do still have plenty of time. I really need to stop putting so much pressure on myself coz it makes me not want to do anything at all. Writing helps, as I am going thru the lists of my thoughts, it helps to narrow them down and have a more organized focus on things that I am worrying about. lol) 
  • Should I try to PR? (I should at least try, right?. I am in better shape now than when I started training for Chicago Marathon 2018. At least, I also know what I am getting myself into so I can be more prepared and ready.)
  • I want to enjoy this race and experience even more than I enjoyed Chicago. (I’ll prepare more travel planning. I really didn’t do any of that for Chicago. So we didn’t get to see the city for the beauty it was. I can’t wait. I’m going to see so many beautiful things in Berlin and I already feel myself wanting to stay or go back soon. I know I know! I haven’t even book my flight yet but if you know me well my excitement about beautiful places starts early and last a lifetime.) (Side Note: Italy is still my favorite, as of May 17, 2019) 
  • What should I eat? How should I healthily fuel my body for the many training and the actual marathon itself? (I really want to be more educated nutrition wise. I want to not depend so much on artificial things that are unhealthy and not necessary. I encountered a really nice podcast (https://jayshetty.me/dr-daniel-amen/) that talks about our brain! It really made me think of everything that I do and what I feed my body. Yes! Listen to that Podcast! It’s pretty cool. So after listening to that podcast, I’ve been very mindful about taking care of my brain, myself! One of the things it talks about is only doing things that is good for your brain and that includes eating healthy brain boosting foods! So yeah that’s one of the things I’ve been working on.)
  • So with that in mind, Should I stop drinking alcohol again this time around like I did for my Chicago Training?  Ha! I still have 2 bottles of wine that are super unopened! lol Maybe they will be the last ones I’ll drink. IDK. Alcohol is not good for your brain and I believe not drinking helped me with my training last year because I was able to keep my body super hydrated and on the weekends where I did drink some alcohol I ended up being lethargic for a whole week, making training a bit harder. So Yeah. I think I’m leaning towards not drinking again for this training. lol 

Anyways, these are just some of my thoughts before I start my Marathon Training next week. It’s going to be amazing and exciting and also very nerve wracking! Please wish me luck! I’m going to need plenty of positive vibes! 

Thanks guys and ladies for reading my thoughts! I hope you enjoyed it! 

Please Like, Share, Follow and Leave me a Comment! 

~ Yours Truly Yours, 

Piawia!  

 

 

Some Notes: 

How to be more consistent with yourself….

March 11, 2019: Today I felt refreshed, oh what a wonderful feeling.

I haven’t been myself lately and it completely took me off guard. I was super euphoric at some point and then bam I was kind of sad.

I want to study mental health more. I want to find out different ways to manage these kind of setbacks.

One of the things I keep hearing from my S.O., people I follow on IG, on YouTube and from people I admire and look up to is the word CONSISTENCY.

Oh you want to start a blog? a vlog? A business? You want to run faster and longer? The answer is consistency.

Being consistent just means showing up, doing what you said you’re going to do even on times you don’t feel like doing it. It’s fighting the curse of excuses and consistently winning over them.

In the beginning of this year, I set out to write something everyday, as much as I can. In the month of January, I was able to fulfill this goal. I wrote every night and I was able to post blogs and share them with my friends and my family. But then it got real. It got to the point where the thoughts I was writing were thoughts I did not feel comfortable enough to share, so I stopped. I was getting the gizz of it all. People were starting to follow me and at some point my page was visited more than 100 times. Why did I stop? I was so courageous and brave, I bought my domain and made my page official but then I stopped? Again, why did I stop? In the month of February, I barely wrote. I posted 2 entries on my page and didn’t share it with friends and family like I did on my other posts.

What stopped me? And what stops a lot of people from fulfilling their goals, their dreams and ultimately living the life they desire?

FEAR! For this question, Fear is the answer. A lot of the excuses that we make up are created to justify our fears. Fear of failing, fear of being ridiculed or not taken seriously, fear of judgment and many other forms of fear. Yes, fear comes in many forms and many times those fears create excuses that stop people from being consistent and firm with their plans and their ideas that ultimately prevents their consistency, leaving them stuck and afraid to move forward.

I set out to be braver this year round and my fear still got to me even with superb support system, being it my family, friends and most especially my S.O. I’ve never felt so supported and yet I still let fear hinder my consistency and most specially my growth.

Fear is truly one of the greatest enemy of consistency.

So how do you fight your fears to become more consistent with your words and your goals?

I have some ideas! I am willing to share them. They have been working for me for the past several weeks and I hope these ideas and concepts will help you be more consistent with achieving your goals:

  1. Knowing that fear is inevitable. With this in mind, I set myself up to success when I accept that fear will be present. I wonder and ponder on what might I be fearing to make up the excuses? My S.O. tells me, “don’t say you know when you really don’t.” You really have to dig deep sometimes. One of the things that helped me thru figuring out what I’m fearing is writing. I write the question, “why am I afraid of ________?” & then answer it. There are times where I would end up writing, “I don’t really fear this” at the end of my writing that leads me to realizing that the fear I have is not true and continue on to do what I set myself out to do.
  2. Lessening the pressure you put on yourself. I created a challenge to run 2 miles a day from February 11th to February 28th. I was fearful I would fail but one of the things that kept me going was reminding myself to not put so much pressure on myself. When I set up my run for the day, I quietly remind myself that “there’s no pressure & to do what I can.” Keeping that in mind put so much ease on my runs making my runs more enjoyable. I decided to share this journey on social media that ultimately led to Friends joining me on the challenge and they asked me what the rules were and I said, “No rules, No pressure.” I’ve been running for 32 days, as of March 14, 2019, way pass the time frame I had originally set out to do. I feel good and I don’t feel drained. My friends are super grateful and are happy they started the challenge too. If I had let fear set in and decided to not share my challenge, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it much and my friends wouldn’t have joined me. I set aside my fear of being ridiculed and my fear of failure. Setting them aside gave me the opportunity to share the joy of accomplishments with my friends and inspire people to be more active too. Not having the pressure I put on myself made myself more accountable and motivated.
  3. Be more organized. Try your best to be more organized, with your thoughts, your plans and whatever else is in your life. One night, I decided to create an online calendar, as my S.O. suggested {I talk to him a lot}. At first, I was stubborn and thought “No way!” but as soon as I started that calendar, a whole lot of thoughts and worries went out the window. I guess you carry these things on your mind too, the plans, the events, the commitments and many more. As I released these things to put on my calendar, my mind felt at ease, I don’t have to messed up things & I don’t have to miss any events. I can confidently plan, confidently think of other things, confidently focus on other things knowing that I am organized with my days. I also created tasked that I have been checking off each day that makes me feel accomplished vs it just being another day. Organizing can come in many forms too. The key idea of organizing is to have a clear path where your thoughts are not scattered and ultimately alleviate some of your fears of messing up or missing things, events or commitments.
  4. Trust yourself more. I remind myself this all the time. Part of my anxiety battles were brought about because of my self mistrust. For a while, I didn’t trust myself (at all). I’ve come a long way and realizing that Loving Yourself is Trusting Yourself changed my life {for not only the better but for the best}. Even if you fail, even if you make a mistake, even if people are against it, you have to trust that you did the best you could with whatever resources were presented and were available to you. We are all human, we are wired to fail & wired to overcome them too but when we let our fears fight our battles we really don’t get too far. Being brave and fearless can only happen if you give yourself the trust you deserve! Trust that your talented, Trust that you have something important and meaningful to say. Trust that you can inspire. Trust that you are a wonderful human being. Trust that you can overcome all your fears and Trust that you can be consistent with your plans. Just trust and believe in yourself.
  5. “Replace can’t with maybe.” by Alexi Pappas. There’s no other way to word this. I hear and read a lot about the idea that what you say and what you believe to be is actually what happens and what becomes of you. So every time I say things like “I’m not fast”, “I’m not a writer”, or “I can’t do this”, I replace them with more positive thoughts (when I catch it). I am more aware of the thoughts and words I say about myself. I remind myself of words like “not yet”, inspired by Charlie Rocket, to remind myself that there’s always opportunities for growth and even though it feels and seem unattainable, if you ignore those fears, there’s always a chance: a chance to grow, a chance to be faster, a chance to be better, a chance to be who you want yourself to be. So be inspired, follow people who started from where you think you are and witness them face their fears and fulfill the things you dream of to remind yourself that there is always a chance to “replace can’t with maybe.
  6. Another one that I [try to] do and would like to share is to celebrate every accomplishments. It doesn’t matter how small they are, those accomplishments are meant to be celebrated and be proud of. Small things could lead to big things. The little more that you do the closer you get to your goals, the BIG Things. I feel that by celebrating every accomplishments makes being consistent more enjoyable and less pressured. You finished a book, celebrate! You read 3 pages of a book, celebrate! Be grateful for yourself, for trying and for facing your fears! Celebrate yourself for getting up every morning and be grateful for being able to and being given the opportunity just to do something, anything. Celebrate the idea that you are capable and that you have all the opportunities in the world to do what you love you just have to face your fears!

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2019 The Players Donna 5k

March 2, 2019

2019 The Players Donna 5K.

Ah! This is one of my favorite races here in Jax,FL. It’s just a different atmosphere for me. Maybe because The Players has a special place in my heart since it’s one of my mom’s favorite places to be. She just gets super happy going there lol so I like the place.

When I first participated in this race in 2016, (I think it was 2016), the beginning days of my running adventures, I fell in love with the race. I haven’t done it since then (until this year, of course) but I really did love the race. The only thing that was  missing in 2016 was the race medal but even without the medal I would have still done this race this year because it has been a while and every year prior to this year I meant to sign up. This year was meant to be because I got to do it with both my sisters! I am happy that there is a medal this year too. I think the races after the 2016 race had medals, not sure, I wasn’t there, lol.

So anyways, this year’s race was moved to March versus May, which I am thankful for. I don’t mind running in the summer but having the nice weather to enjoy the race is a super PLUS! The course is so peaceful, to me, even though there are so many participants in the race. I am happy that the weather held up with the rain  until later on the day. It was cloudy and a bit chilly, yes, perfect running weather! I wore a tank top and some long pants and it was completely comfortable for me. So kudos to Jax Weather that day, I appreciate you, always!

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My sister said she was cold, while I was just wearing a tank top. lol

The parking lot for the event, was different from the last time I was at TPC, I should have looked at the instructions but I was being stubborn and said to myself, “I KNOW WHERE TO GO, I don’t need to look at the directions.” lol Well, good thing we were like an hour and half early coz I didn’t know where to go. Haha. So first lesson from this experience is to read the event’s instructions! Actually, I just read an article about the 2019 Tokyo Marathon today about how many people were mad that there was a cut off on the 10K mark and one guy was saying how it wasn’t on the fine prints but guess what buddy, it was! So yeah, super important to read the instructions especially in big events like that.

As we walked by the booths and all the free things lining up for us to grab and take! (I’m just trying to remember each moment, super moment by moment.) Each step leading up to the starting line was exciting, for me. I guess for anyone that don’t know me I get super excited a lot, so bear with me, let me tell you how and why it made me excited! First stop, free donuts, Mini Bar donuts, we didn’t grab any of these free things yet because Duh, we’re about to run. There’s some free coffee, free sunglasses, hand sanitizer, free hotdog sandwiches and some free drinks. It’s exciting that these are the things we got lining up for us after the race. (We did grab each one of them, maybe even two of each for some, after the race.) Those are just some of the perks of participating in these kind of events, so enjoy them when you can!

We were a bit early, my fault, I always think races are meant to be super early so I suggested leaving at 6:30 to be there by 7:00 AM. We had plenty of time to take photos and explore the surrounding areas of the starting line which was nice and very enjoyable.

As the runners line up, walkers on the grass and runners by the starting line, our initial thoughts were, “hmm doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of people here today.” But mistaken we were, when the guy told us “GO” we saw the lines of runners right in front of us! There were so many and the spaces where we can run was very limited. It was super crowded and everyone was pretty much shoulder to shoulder in the beginning of the race. To me, this was expected, so it didn’t disappoint and made me giddy and made the adrenaline rush thru me as I watched this massive group of people tackle the golf course.

The whole race, for me, was perfect and very very enjoyable. I will definitely do it again. So, if this blog makes you want to go to try out the race next year! I hope to see you there! ‘Til Next Time!

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Donna 5K Finisher, est 3.2.20219. <3

As always, thank you so much for reading my thoughts! To Da Loo!

Yours Truly Yours,

Piawia

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