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!

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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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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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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