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!

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Enough is enough

The fifth week of my challenge has come to an end. And I am high on endorphins, constantly! I don’t sleep till 11 am anymore, wake up with a smile on my face. I’m definitely more busy and as a result, better organized. In general, life looks and tastes better now. At the beginning of the project, I wasn’t sure which results should I expect. Now it’s clear – not only slimmer and more muscular body, but a positive attitude most of the time. Everything seems easier and brighter, also because spring has finally arrived here! Sun is shining, the sky is cloudless, people smile and wear colorful clothes again!  This weekend I celebrated the end of the winter with my mom, doing only what we felt like doing: watching movies, shopping, eating and.. working out. Lazy Sunday wasn’t so lazy for us.. We went for a 3h stroll and walked 15 km in total.

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So when I started working out with my friend Kasia, she brought us a plan: which parts should we take care of, when, how intensively and so on. She said, we shouldn’t do the same parts without a break. I didn’t take it too seriously, as we didn’t exercise too hard. So I kept on lifting weights, doing squats – anything to make my legs stronger and butt look better. So after this 3h walk I went to the gym today. And.. Came back after 30 minutes.. Kasia was right.. Enough is enough. I wasn’t able to do more than 5 abs!

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So we got to this point when, from a lazy ass I became a person who wants to spend at the gym every minute of my spare time. However, it’s not too good either. I just learned that it’s important to keep the balance in everything you’re doing. Sometimes it’s good to rest a bit, let your muscles regenerate and start the next day with more power!

And that’s what I wish you for the following week – lot’s of energy!

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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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Fit is the new black!

So it’s officially started – my 6 months challenge. I am quite proud of myself due to sticking to my plan for the first week. I know it’s nothing really special, just 7 days, but trust me – for such a lazy ass it’s really something.

As I planned, I did 4 workouts this week, I will probably do the fifth one today. One run, 2 x gym and I started practicing yoga. Yoga that used to make me laugh, especially when I saw all these people trying not to think about anything, almost as if they were trying to make themselves levitate. That was couple of years ago. Now, something’s changed. Being such a quick-tempered person like me, you get angry or emotional very quickly. So instead of wasting energy on arguing and shouting, I’ve decided to stretch a bit and maybe try this “clear your mind, do not think about anything” thing. And surprisingly I liked it!! And that’s how the yoga mat became my friend.

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Like I wrote in a previous post, the more you exercise, the more endorphins you need, which makes you want to exercise even more. I can feel it after a week. Truly amazing!   I also made sure, I will have some healthy food in my fridge, mainly vegetables, chicken and grains To motivate myself even more, every day of the first week I was posting a pic from each workout on Instagram. It may sound silly or shallow, but I don’t really care – I am really excited about this plan – fit is the new black!

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It’s not only about posting pics of my body changing, it is also about the results: that’s why exactly in a week time – instead of going to the cinema with a guy, I’ll go for a run.. with my dad (YES, I know, it’s kinda sad!). St. Valentine’s 10k Run, where I’ll see if riding a bike and stretching helped to strengthen my muscles and gave me a better results

Another news is that I planned to participate in Wings for Life Run in Poznań on 3rd of May. The problem is that I also signed up for the race to Budapest that will be held in exactly the same time, so.. I don’t want to risk I won’t make it back to Poznań on time. That’s why I decided to sing up for the same run but in… Austria! I really wanted to join my father in Porto, as he’s taking my mom on holidays to Portugal, but I guess it will be too time consuming. So – Austria. Sounds awesome!

What about you guys? What’s the plan?

Wish me luck with the second week!

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No ifs, no buts!

I can’t say I am a hard-working person. As much as I’d like to, I can’t. I like to sleep and eat too much, I like to travel and I am freaking out when my account balance is not as high as it used to be. I am not a hard-working person and I get bored very quickly. If I workout regulary it’s all fine, because I need more endorphinns. But the moment I stop for more than two days, there is no way I’ll get back on track soon. I also realized that, the more you train and challenge yourself, the easier your life gets and the more positive attitude you have. I heard that when in Germany a depressed peron goes to see a shrink, the first thing he or she gets is running shoes and trousers.

As we have just started another year, I decided to find my purpose in life. Do something that would motivate me, help me to succeed and maybe somehow inspire others. If there is even one person who’d follow my steps – it’s always worth trying. That’s why I spoke with a person who is into running and another one who is into gym. Thanks to their help I created a basic training plan, that will prepare my for the marathon and make me fit.

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I know that you can find hundreds of fitness motivation blogs or Instagram profiles. I know that there is a lot of criticism and it’s not easy to make people follow and convince them that what you are doing is right, but I will do it for myself. It will be my personal challenge. As the marathon will take place in October, 15th I have 9 months to get ready. I’ve decided to create a 6 months plan including 2 runs a week, 1-2 workouts at the gym and changing a bit my eating habbits (resigning from white bread or pasta). After completing  6 months challenge, I will still have 3 months to run and hopefully I’ll be strong and fit enough, to run 42k without stops. To start with I give myself 3 months to remind myself how to actually run and strenghten my body a bit before implementing my 25 weeks Marathon Training Plan.

I also decided to let other people control me in a way, by posting pictures and showing the progress on Insagram. As I went public with this plan, there is no way back for me I guess. I already did my first official workout today: indoor cycling, 1h, 18km.

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Wish me luck as I treat this project really seriously!

PS: Running by the beach in Seychelles – doesn’t matter how amaizng  it may seem, I do not recommend – not if you want you heart to stay inside your chest!image (4)

“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!