“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!

Ho, ho.. holy crap!

I cannot move.. I really can’t! Every inch and muscle of my body hurts, I didn’t even know they still existed! And everything thanks to… all-night’s volleyball tournament that took place on Friday, a day before my Santa Claus 10k Run. The last time I played volleyball was about 3-4 years ago before the spine injury I had and it was quite a challenge to play with guys who are a members of the third league. It was fun thou. The problem was that 5h after the tournament was over, I was supposed to wake up and run, dressed up like a Santa.

Been there, done that! And again, together with my dad and my dad’s friends we completed the 10k run and got beautiful medals. It is already December, but the weather was surprisingly nice – no wind, cloudy sky, 5 degrees. The money we spent to sign up for the run, were donated to one of the orphanages and if I am not mistaken, a group of the kids from this orphanage were there with us, cheering us. It must have been funny, seeing a group of 1500 people running in a line, in the forest, wearing the Santa Claus’ hat and a fake beard.

I knew it wasn’t the end for me, I had a plan to run another 10k the next day, dressed up the same way, just by the different lake. I couldn’t say veni, vidi, vici this time. I could’t get out of bed either! I woke up an hour ago, and like yesterday I was able to move, today it’s a little worse.. I mean.. I am trying not to cough, sneeze or laugh too much. If I do, I can immediately feel my belly muscles and I start making weird noises. Getting out of bed wasn’t the easiest one either, while trying to sit down I probably sounded like a mother-whale calling her children.. I guess it’s better! I still donated some money to the charity by signing up for this run and thanks to this, abandoned or sick kids will get Christmas presents! I also learned my lesson: the more is not always the better. And maybe try not to mix running with volleyball after 4 years break 🙂

Have an amazing week everyone!

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Shit just got serious!

Shit got serious.. Seriously.. Temperature dropped to -4 degrees, it’s absolutely freezing cold! Still, there are people running outside. What can we do, we have 6 days left to the Santa Claus 10k Run on 6th and 7th of December. Going to the gym is always an option but due to some changes in my life, I didn’t really have time to focus on training. I am finally leaving my parents’ nest and moving out. That’s the plan at least. Last 3 weeks I spent on doing the flat research, calling people and driving from one place to another, viewing flats. However, knowing me, even not really well prepared, I will complete both runs with the same results as always. What’s more, I am pretty sure that if next Saturday temperature drops more or stays as it is now, it will be obvious that I will run like a crazy just to get my medal and find a hot spot with a cup of tea or wine!

Anyway, changing the subject: I saw that recently my blog became more popular, I can see that lots of people follow it everyday. However, I didn’t expect any of my friends to look at it regularly. I was really pleased, when one of my friends who I haven’t seen for more that 2 years came to me at the last party and said: “Olga, thanks to you and your blog I started running! I run 4 km now”. It was so nice to hear that people actually enjoy reading my posts, that it affects them in a way. So for this – thank you very much! This blog was supposed to be my own way of expressing emotions when I wasn’t in a really good shape, to keep me busy somehow. I didn’t expect to get any feedback, not to mention such a positive one! So thanks a lot!

Below you can find a short video from the last run I participated