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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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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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)