Painful Run :(

I had planned to run 6km today, but started having huge cramps at the end of my run, about 2kms before the planned finish. I had to take a shortcut because I  felt like I was going to collapse if I’d continue that run. I arrived just in time, I won’t go into too much TMI, let’s just say I arrived at the porcelain throne not a second too early! That explains the pressure in my tummy! I had some cramps from that all through the day, but feeling better right now. I didn’t drink as much as I should have yesterday.

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I am going to Belgium tomorrow, traveling by train, so it will be a long day. I am not sure if I will be able to run tomorrow or not. I will decide on how I feel, and on how the weather will be. It was very humid this morning, really on the edge of not being able to run at all. I will have to figure out next week when the best time to run will be. Because I have to be at work at 6:20am. I am home at 2pm, and usually the weather is very hot at that time. So do I wake up at 5am or take the risk and run after work? I will have to do a test run to find out :) – Worries for later!

I wrote the last exam today and I think it was my best one of the season. I have 2 results already, which are a B+ and an A-! So I did pretty good :)

Food today:

Pears
Bananas
Dates
Nectarines
Pineapple

Got…to…keep…moving!

I had the feeling that I was not really moving forward today on my run. My legs were so heavy, they felt like trees! They didn’t hurt, just felt really heavy. My 8k today still was faster than last week’s, so it’s all good :)

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I am taking a rest day tomorrow, I think my legs need it :) Walking up the stairs at school today was tough! But I feel good :)
Looking forward to the weekend also, I will be visiting my family in Belgium, that will be a fun and busy weekend :D

Food today:

Oranges
Bananas
Dates
Nectarines
Peaches
Pineapple
Mango

3204 calories

Ahh the burn!

And I am not only talking about the hot weather here. My legs were burning this morning from the speed work I did yesterday. It’s all good though, I totally forgot about the pain after a couple of minutes.
I am loving my new workout plan so far! My slow runs are getting faster :)

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Tomorrow, I will run 8km, at a slowish pace.

I also started a new strength training routine today, I want to strengthen my core and arms. Tired muscles feel great :D

Food today:

Grapes
Bananas
Dates
Nectarines
Peaches

Calories: 2700

Speed work

The interval training I did this past week paid off! I went for a quick fast run this morning. Well, fast for me anyway. I am back at my PR of 6:03 avg pace! I am sooo happy and it really motivates me to take it up a notch now and intensify my training. I know I have it in me and I know that I am finally ready now :)

The morning temperature is perfect so nothing is standing in my way :)

One more week of school! Then I can finally go back to work! I really missed it… :)

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Food today:

Oranges
Banana & Raspberry Smoothie
Cherries
Dates

3100 calories

The power of the mind

I have set up a new training plan starting this week, because I am running my next race on the 10th of August and want to prepare myself. I have been silently dreading stepping (or running) out of my comfort zone and running more than 5km at a time. I caught myself on several occasions coming up with excuses on why I shouldn’t run, or just run 5km.

I’ve had people at school ask how I have so much willpower to get up so early, and run before going to class. I must have so much discipline!
They couldn’t be further away from the truth, in fact :) I hear that same voice every morning. That voice that tells me to change the alarm to ring one hour later and go back to sleep. The voice that tells me that I deserve another day off, it’s not healthy to run in the rain,… etc., etc…

So this morning, after a nice long overdue good night’s sleep, I heard the excuses in my head again: “8km? You are not ready for that yet. Your muscles still ache from those 100 squats yesterday. Isn’t sitting around the house nice for a while? Just be lazy today, do nothing… You can still try and run 8km next week! So what if you are one week off schedule, it’s not the end of the world!” Yep, my inner voice is quite whiny. I drank some water, put on my workout clothes and without much thinking at all, I walked out the door and started my run.

This is what I do to shut my mind. Just stop thinking, or think about something else while putting on my clothes in auto-pilot and just do what I have to do. Once I am out on the street, I have that runner’s high and really enjoy my run.

It really is funny because I have never ever felt bad after a run, yet I still have this “fear”. And afraid of what? Failure? Injury?

I know it is a cliche, but I really love it: “Just do it!” It’s been my slogan ever since I started running :)

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Food today:
2 medium sized watermelons
400g dates
Bananas
Raw corn and lettuce

Calories: 4000ish

It’s alive!!

Yes, I am still around! I was busy writing exams, I went through a pretty stressy time. I still have 2 exams to go now, but after that I will be working again. I can’t wait, because I will be home earlier and I don’t have to write any exams! Woohoo! The only downpoint is, that I won’t have the weekends off anymore :(

I didn’t run as often the past week, only 3 times, but I surely missed it and I am back on my regular schedule this week. I am incorporating more intervals into my workouts as I am racing again next month and I really want to up my pacing. I am also doing 100 squats a day for a week now and let me tell you, my legs are b.u.r.n.i.n.g! It only takes me about 5 minutes total, but wow is that a workout!

The last picture is today’s run. As usual, before school, the weather doesn’t allow me to run after school.

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Food today:

400g of dates for breakfast
2 Charentais melons for lunch
Field lettuce with avocado, cherry tomatoes and corn

2510 calories