Unfortunate 1h7min

So I have this weird theory about my running results and a general condition. I run quite regulary, not to mention my gym sessions. Doing everyhing to strengthenn my legs, eating healthy. But there’s one thing  I can’t stop thinking about: how is it possible that every time I participate in one of the running events, my results are worse than usually..? Seriously, yesterday I completed the Maniac Ten Run by the Malta Lake in my city. I was pretty confident and, as I thought, well prepared. And what? 1h7min. It’s always 1h7min when I run 10k. Is it because of the adrenaline, or the pressure? Or maybe because most of us start with the quicker pace to show off a bit and feel worse after 3k? Maybe it’s high time to try these famous intervals? Is it possible that the gym workouts don’t  help as much as I thought?

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I have less than a month left for the next run, which will be Poznan Halfmarathon and to be honest, I’d really like to be able to run it with no stops. Soon, I’m goig to Barcelona for 10 days and I’ll have plenty  of time to run there, by the beach, just like I used to a year ago. In Barcelona (unlike here, in the city center), you simply cannot get bored of running the same route every day. Maybe, somehow I’ll find my inspiration and motivation again!

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But, speaking of the Maniac Ten Run, like I said, I completed this 10k run yesterday, exploring the streets of Poznan with 4 000 other participants. I met one of my friends who had her running debut and completed it with an amazing result of 58min. The weather was rainy, but not windy at all. People were happy and full of energy. The audience we had, was pretty big, as there were lots of people in the streets cheering us on. The medal we got was one of the most beautiful so far. I just missed  my dad, who didn’t run this time  and stayed home with the fever. Maybe that was the reason why I couldn’t improve my final result – the ack of my running partner..?

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Anyway, time to stop complaining now, 1h7min is not such a bad result, however I kind of consider it as my running curse. Time to break the bad spell and get ready for the 21k run, that will take place on 12th of April!

Wish you lots of energy for the upcoming week Runners!

Just Run!

This week’s motto? “Money doesn’t bring you happiness. Shopping does”. How amazing is that –  you get yourself some new running clothes and you immediately feel like running ultra marathons! I started doing some research, as I have to get myself new running shoes. The hole in the old ones is getting bigger and bigger. People say that you should change your shoes every 800 km. My shoes are only like 600km old but apparently they’ve decided to go retire a bit earlier. I’ve decied to stick to my favourite Nike. I know, I know – there are better shoes, I am aware of that. But as a woman, I not only want to have good quality shoes, but also nice ones, and these ones called me “mommy”. So I have no other choice, but looking for a sponsor!

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The first months of my 6 months challenge is coming to an end. So far, so good, I’d say. I am not gonna hide any of my dirty secrets and come clean –  last 1,5 week was pretty tough, as I had my last exam, that happened to be the most difficult. But having passed everything, I am back on track and at the gym. Got some amazing news – last time when I was working out, my mother, with her voice full of surprise, said “Oh my God, look at your body, it’s changed a lot”. Well, like I said, changes are good.

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What’s more, not only I want to keep running, I want to improve my results. That’s why I signed up for the Nigh Runners group. From the next week I’ll start training with them. The bad news is, that even the slowest group runs faster than me! We will all prepare for the Poznan Halfmarathon, that takes place in April, 12th. Also, I joined the Poznan University of Economics Running Club and will join with them various running events in our voivodeship. I still have 1,5 month for the Halfmarathon, however in 10 days I’ll run the Maniac Ten Run, which will be a good training and two weeks after the Halfmarathon I’ll complete my first run with PUE Running Club. Sounds exciting and sound like I’ll have to buy these new shoes very soon..

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It might sound shallow, but I’ve decided topromote a bit this blog and as a result of this decision, I started the Run Eat Love facebook fan page – feel free to take a look. What’s more, I’m posting regulary my workout results and pics on Instagram (run_eat_luv). It’s developing, people get inspired and it makes me really happy, so thank you for this and hope to see you on track!

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Have a briliant and active day folks!

Keeping it up!

So, it’s been over two weeks since I’ve started my 6 months challenge. I must say I am really proud of myself. Keeping it up, not skipping any training. So far, I managed to work out a routine: 2 x running, 2 x gym, 2 x yoga. I also try to eat a little bit healthier, which is not the easiest thing to do, especially that I have to cook for myself. I can’t cook.. For the past two weeks I’ve been trying to find an hour to go shopping, as my fridge looks like every typical students’ fridge: wine, cheese and a carrot (thought I may start liking carrots, because they are healthy and give your skin this nice color, but well, the only possible way for me to eat a carrot is while dipping it in my favorite fatty hummus). However, when I decided to have something unhealthy in the downtown, my belly was hurting, which as far as I am concerned, means that I have already changed my diet for a better one. Unfortunately, it looks like my University professors are trying to make my die out of starvation – basically, for the past month, all the spare time I had, I’ve spent studying, so… no food for Olga!

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I can see my body is changing. It’s not like I look like one of these girls from fitness channels on TV, but there is a tiny progress. And my legs feel stronger, so last time I went for a run, I must say, it was a pure pleasure. So, I’ve completed two weeks out of 26, still 24 to go.

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About the St. Valentine’s Day.. Most hated day in the world – as always, I celebrated in an unusual way – running. As I mentioned in a previous post, we completed the St. Valentine’s 10k Run with my Dad, having my mommy as the audience. So far, it’s been one of the toughest runs I’ve ever completed. Almost 900 people (mostly couples, which was really cute), running in the forest. The ground wasn’t frozen anymore and it was 5 degrees, so you can only imagine the amount of mud we were sinking in. I reached the finish line, with my face red like a beetroot, with the result of 1:12 – the worst one over the past 1.5 year, but.. We did it, that’s the most important. The medals we got, compensated all the inconveniences.

I guess I can consider the week 2 as a successful one! I hope, guys that it wasn’t only for me. Wish you an amazing week 3!

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B for Big news

Ok, the time has come. It might sound extremely selfishly, but 2015 belongs to me. Having forgotten all the bad things that happened in 2014, it’s time for the fresh start. I have already started implementing some of the NY resolutions – I have traveled to Berlin and Barcelona within a week – the best way to start 2015! Having said that, another crazy news: 2015 will be not only a self development year for me.. One of my friends sent me a message with a Marathon training plan: marathon for beginners – 25 weeks, 2 runs a week. If a beginner can prepare within half year, running only twice a week, it is a sign that impossible is nothing. I have no choice to be honest – my father signed up for the triathlon in May, I can’t be worse, right..

Another news is that I have just realized how much I miss my southern home – Barcelona, so if only I pass all the exams (starting with the trade law today), I’ll get on a plane and travel to Catalunia to complete Barcelona Mitja Marato on 15th of February – thank you Ryanair for surprisingly cheap flight tickets! March will be a month of the Maniac Ten Run, while in April my dad and I will run the Poznań Halfmarathon. 3rd of May will be very important because of International Wings for Life Run. I guess this is a run every runner should join at some point!

My calendar is getting filled with more and more events. And as I decided to travel more and experience more, on Saturday I will pack my luggage and get on a plane again. This time my destination will be Africa, Seychelles to be precise. 29 degrees in the middle of winter, diving with those gigantic turtles, eating fresh fruits for breakfast and.. running along the beach. Running along the beach in Seychelles.. I am getting excited just by the thought of it!

The whole training plan starts tomorrow. Like I said, 2015 is a year of self development – I will do my best to stick to the plan I wrote down and hope to achieve all the goals I mentioned above.

Hope you all had an amazing NYE party and wish you all lots of energy and positive attitude folks!

Links for the runs mentioned above:

Barcelona Mijta Marato: www.edreamsmitjabarcelona.com                                                   Maniac Ten Run: www.maniacka.kbmaniac.pl                                                                       Poznań Halfmarathon: www.halfmarathon.poznan.pl                                                           Wings for Life, Poznań Edition: www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/pl/pl/poznan

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“More” is the word

2014 is coming to an end. To sum up: I wouldn’t categorize it as the best or the worst. However,was one of the most difficult years so far. One one side-moving back to Poland in not the best atmosphere, having some problems with adapting, starting my master’s degree after two years break. One the other hand – realizing how wonderful family and friends I have, meeting new people, investing in my education. My dad always says, that our life is a sinusoid – sometimes, to bounce back, we have to hit the rock bottom first. I am pretty sure 2015 will be amazing then.

I must admit that in this whole chain of events, running has played a big role. I met many people who run because of different reasons, I am one of those who use it as a, maybe not therapy, but a tool that helps to deal with stress and anger (not that I  have problems with aggression or something). There is nothing better to calm you down when you are just about to explode. Next year I want to do more, achieve more, run more – hoping in the same time that my motivation will not be caused by too much stress or anger.

To sum up: 2014

DATE EVENT CITY DISTANCE
16/02/2014 Barcelona Mijta Marato Barcelona 21,097
06/04/2014 El Corte Ingles Run Barcelona 11
07/09/2014 24. PHILIPS HALF-MARATHON Piła 21,097
11/11/2014 IV INDEPENDENCE RUN IN LUBOŃ Poznań 10
06/12/2014 Santa Claus 10k Run Poznań 10

According to my Garmin and Endomondo accounts:

 – run over 500 km
 – spent 52h  running
 – burned over 32 000 calories
 – lost 15 kg
 Plan for 2015 ??

Apart from: buy new running shoes – I have a hole in the right one, and drink less wine and cider?

Travel more, laugh more, love more, experience more, learn and study more, eat more healthy, think more, take more risk, take more care of your body, meet more amazing people, do more things that you love, say “yes” more than “no”, have no regrets, worry less. Simpy – be happy most of the time!

Have a brilliant 2015 guys and remember that summer figure is built in winter

Cheers!

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Heading south..

OK, I made my decision: living in the most beautiful house with the best parents a person can have has come to an end. I moved out. Every year, when winter comes, storks leave their nests and head south, I would’t be surprised if they headed Barcelona, to be honest. I used to be a stork for two years, this is my first winter here since 2012. However, my old birdy habits remained and I had to leave. I used to live in the northern part of the city, so heading south in my case means heading exactly the city center. The middle of everything. I live 5 min away from the old market on a lovely street full of dogs poo and bald guys with tattoos on their calf, wearing baggy gray trousers.. We already smile when we see each other, because in my theory it is better to have good relations with people like them. I keep telling myself that they wouldn’t kill their person. You never know thou, so I smile every time I see one of them, saying “Our Father” in my mind.

This is a great location for runners too as it is by the river. As I haven’t run for more than a week, I feel like all my muscles disappear, so as soon as I handle all the issues with gas and electricity, I will go for a good run (by the river, under the bridge, where all of my friends and I used to drink Russian champagnes.. Nothing to be proud of, really). I am also pretty sure that there is a big possibility I will meet at least one exhibitionist flashing people from the bushes.

Anyway.. I started a new chapter in my life: I am a proper adult now. For example I have to buy myself a horribly expensive food. But I am not giving up, I decided to save some money. If it  means stealing sugar from the cafes.. well.. Being filled with positive energy I signed up for another runs: spontaneously I will participate in New Year’s Run on 28th of Dec, Maniac Ten (km) in March and Poznań Halfmarathon on 12th of April. And like every Polish stork that has a need to head south from time to time, I am also thinking about going to Barcelona in February to complete Barcelona Mijta Marato again, just like a year ago. If someone has too much money and wants to buy me flight tickets, feel free to ask me for my bank account details!

Have a great week everyone!