I’m still here! Reflections and other thoughts during my 3-4 month hiatus.

WARNING: This could be a long one.

Yes, I am still here. Not very active on here because well, I haven’t exactly been active.. BUT I have been (we’ll get to that more in a bit).

So, here is what I think happened. After a long, almost two year straight journey with running, I think I burnt out. That was it. I just became burnt out. After doing the 30 Day Yoga challenge, I did end up getting into yoga more. I still continue to do yoga to this day on days where I just don’t feel like doing cardio. Let me tell you: I have seen some positives while doing yoga more often, particularly in my core area. Yay!

While I got into yoga more, I drifted away from running, although I didn’t completely stop. I really didn’t, I still run. Just.. not as often as I’d like.

I found that with all the apps, the charts, the miles, and the blog posts – let me go back to it – I just got burnt out. I needed a break. Simple as that. I can only keep constant track of my running for so long until I realized that it was stressing me out. I suddenly kept comparing myself in every single workout, and thought I didn’t do my best. Didn’t run fast enough? Didn’t do my best. Didn’t run as much miles? Didn’t do my best. Gotta work harder. Gotta be better. My mind became clouded with so much negativity from within myself that I decided to put running in the back of my mind.

But I stayed active. I swam, did yoga, went on the bike, lifted weights, and did my favorite HIIT running workout on the treadmill. The thing is, I just didn’t work out as often as I liked.

After gaining about 5 lbs. (WHY??), I realized running is what kept me truly active, My workouts were organized, I always made sure I had time. It’s time to get back into shape and get back into the routine. However, I realized I should go about this a whole different route.

Since my hiatus, I’ve come up with some ideas that I will need to, if I have not already, implement:

1) NO MORE KEEPING TRACK OF MY TIMES. This means no more apps. No RunKeeper, nothing. While it was cool to know how far I’ve come when I got back to running, it suddenly became daunting when I’d see my times slip, or my miles go lower. I realized I wasn’t running just to run and have fun, I was running for the stats, and that wasn’t fun. I haven’t tracked a run – or any workout – since April, and it feels damn good to not give a damn how I do every single little workout. Sure, when I sign up for races, I’d still like to place a good time, and I think those are the only times I’d actually post up and compare my progress, but I think my goals at any race would just be to run and finish strong. If I happen to finish at a good time, that’s a bonus! i think I’ve come far enough that I am confident in my abilities – I can run X amount of miles, I can do this – there’s no need to prove to myself otherwise.

2) Watch what I eat. I’ve been eating too much good stuff lately, – that means, easy stuff. I’ve eaten one too many DiGiorno pizzas for dinner because I got lazy. Time to keep that habit to at least only 2x a month! I also need to start bringing lunch to work more often – it’s less tempting to go out and overeat on something when I know I have a good lunch! This means I also need to start being more mindful of what I can bring, so I know I won’t wimp out and just buy something later on.

3) Get back to working out 5x a week. This is where I’ve slipped up and I am now suffering the consequences. While yoga has helped build my core, I can’t do it alone – cardio is what kicks my butt, and helps keep me in shape. I will need to implement short yoga sessions into my short workouts to still reap some of the benefits. Or.. relaxing yoga on my rest days wouldn’t be too bad too. 🙂

I’m writing, once again, in this blog to remind myself that I need to get back to it. It was fun while it lasted, but now, Fall is coming.. which means, races are coming up – and a LOT of them. I initially wanted to do another half marathon this Fall, but because of finances (by the way, I FINALLY GOT A NEW CAR IN MAY!) as well as lack of training, I think I will be sticking to the smaller distances. I’m sure I’ll still get some pretty medals along the way.

So here we go – I’M BACK!

Till next time,

P.

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Race Day Recap: Peter Cottontail 5k

So today was my first race back since January… and it went great!

First off, I did not even get a run in until yesterday after work! I did my favorite HIIT workout on the treadmill to work on my speed, but I took it easy. I can honestly say that I feel like doing yoga for the past week definitely helped my posture and core. I felt really good after my run last night. I ended up finishing the night with Day 3 of Adriene’s “30 Days of Yoga” Challenge – which by the way, I highly recommend, even for the beginner!

After the gym, I also received the most recent issue of Runner’s World in the mail. YES!

The race started at 7 am, which meant that I had to get up early today, 5:30 am, to be exact.. and I haven’t gotten up this early in so long. It was tough. After a cup of black coffee and some cereal I headed out the door.

The race was held by a local organization, so there weren’t too many people; probably under a hundred runners. It was held at a popular trail in my area, which was nice since I haven’t ran it yet! Since there were still a lot of people coming in a little late, we didn’t start until about 7:15 or so, which was fine since I needed to warm up a bit.

I went into it with a clear head: I was just going to go my own pace – a comfortable pace – and just finish it. I didn’t want to look at my app to see my pace per mile or how far I had left to go. I really just wanted to run it. Since I haven’t ran outside n a while, it was nice that there was a dirt trail next to the paved path. Running on the dirt trail definitely was easier on my legs!

I ended up finishing in 30:28 for 3.16 miles – not too shabby, averaging at a 9:38 pace! They haven’t released the official times yet, so I’ll keep you all posted – I’m hoping it’s actually lower than the time recorded on my app, hehe!

And there you have it – I have my Easter bunny medal! Whoo hoo!

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Once I got home, I already had to get ready for a museum day trip for a friend’s birthday: the Getty! I was super excited since I had never gone, so it was great to finally check it out! The museum nerd in me was absolutely in love!

View of the city from the Getty!
View of the city from the Getty!
Trying to imitate the sculpture! As you can see,  I'm working my core! ;)
Trying to imitate the sculpture! As you can see, I’m working my core! 😉

Overall, today was a great day. Reminded me of how much I’ve missed running – however, I will point out that after my run, my allergies had been bugging me all day. That’s one thing I didn’t miss.

Till next time,

P.

Back, and finally 24!

Excuse my lack of posts – I’ve just gotten back from visiting my family over my birthday weekend. Since Thursday, actually. It’s crazy how fast time flew!

I landed in Sacramento early Thursday morning, and managed to get some work done at my Dad’s house while I was waiting for my sister. The rest of the weekend was a mix of eating, spending time with my family: nieces, nephews, Mom, Dad, Stepmom, Stepdad, etc… more eating, meeting with a friend, working from home, catch up sessions with my sister, watching movies, and eating again.

Granted, I managed to have some time for a short yoga session on Friday and a longer one (over an hour!) yesterday afternoon.

Needless to say, I brought my running shoes and did yoga instead.

Since I’ve been back, I’m committed to getting back on track with my eating – not that I ate a lot, I just ate a bunch of Filipino food, which can be really good but really unhealthy. :p I’m straying off coffee and flushing myself with tea. So far, so good. I’ve had two cups of yummy green tea with honey today and my energy levels are pretty good!

I’m determined to keep myself strong at 24. 23 was a good year: I’ve never ran so much miles in my life. I feel like my goal now is to keep at it: to get and to continue to stay strong. Now, it’s becoming a mix of yoga and running, and I’m quite liking it!

I’ve been bad. I haven’t ran since last Monday. I am, however, planning a run tomorrow just to get used to it again. I’m planning on a 40 minute run tomorrow, and then some speed work on Friday. I didn’t realize that I already have my 5k race coming up this Saturday! I’m excited: I haven’t raced since January and it’s been forever! I’m not even going to try and shoot for time: I’m just going to go my own pace, and have fun. I’m really trying to not be so hard on myself when it comes to time since (as I’ve mentioned in my previous post) it stresses me. So with this race, I shall run it and conquer it, and cherish my newly obtained bunny medal. 🙂

Till next time,

P.

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Week recap!

I’ve been sticking to my routine!

On Tuesday, I did my favorite HIIT workout on the treadmill. Went at a comfortable speed for my fast 30 seconds: 6.0, and then 5.1 for recovery. I felt really good afterwards – a nice jolt of speed was just enough!

Today, I decided to go outside and run after work instead of hitting the gym again (which means Saturday, I can sleep in and go to the gym for my cross training day!). It was such a beautiful day! It finally cooled down, and it was a nice and breezy 75 degrees during my run. Took it nice and easy and maintained my pace: still a good 10:30, my usual “easy” pace.

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I’m not usually an evening, after work runner, but lately, it’s been fitting my schedule better. Since I live a little further, I don’t have to rush during my mornings if I can get my run in at the park right after work!

Can you believe it, tomorrow is Friday again! I felt as if this week went by super fast. I’m excited though: on Saturday, I’ll be having some yummy Korean BBQ with some girlfriends for my early birthday dinner. Next weekend, I’ll finally be visiting my family! I haven’t traveled to see them in a while; the last time I saw them was for my half marathon! I’m so happy to be able to spend my birthday with my family, especially my Mom, who has the same birthday as me! 😀 It’s going to be hard to get a run in, especially after eating so many yummy food, but I’m determined to at least run a mile on the day of my actual birthday. Gotta celebrate another year of being fit!

I hope that everyone’s had a great week! TGIF – we’re almost there!

Till next time,

P.

I got it at Ross!

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Last night, I got my run in after I finished work – just a 5k around the old park, for old time’s sake. But damn, it was HELLA windy! When I ran against the wind, I felt as if the wind was pushing me back. Definitely had to add more to my efforts.

Last night’s run also reminded me of how I should ease off running on the treadmill. Granted, there’s a lot of factors as to why I’ve been running on the treadmill more than running outside. For example, lately, my allergies have literally been killing me. I have an attack right when I wake up. For the past week, I’ve been taking an allergy pill right when I get up; let’s just say that it doesn’t take effect right away, unfortunately. Another thing is that since I’m living a bit further from work, I don’t have as much time in the mornings to run as I did before… I mean, I could wake up earlier…

I also feel as if I just don’t feel as safe in this new city. I mean, it is safe, but still. I think I’ve just been so used to my old town, and I know all the streets and where they go by heart. Maybe I do just need to run around and familiarize myself even more.

All I know is that it’s getting a bit difficult running outside. Maybe I’m running too fast too soon, maybe it was just the wind, I don’t know. What I do know is that I need to get back on track. That 5k next month is my motivator; the next, the half-marathon I’ll be signing up for at the end of the month.

With that said, I wanted something to get myself excited for the next run. Today, I decided to go find NEW RUNNING PANTS – finally.  I know I had mentioned before that I would be purchasing some running pants from Asics, but that sale came and gone. I went to Sports Authority and fell in love with some Nike Pro capris. I didn’t fall in love with the price, though. I decided to take a look at Ross next door and scored a nice pair of Adidas capris which felt exactly the same. I LOVED IT. AND THE PRICE TOO.

Yaaaa new pants! Can't wait to try them on my run tomorrow!
Yaaaa new pants! Can’t wait to try them on my run tomorrow!

It was pretty much half the cost of the Nike pants. With that, I bought some storage boxes for the house and some dark chocolate from Ghirardelli. The total? Still less than the Nike pants.

Patricia: bargain hunter.

Hope everyone has a great Saturday!

P.

TGIF! (Last night was curry night.)

It’s finally Friday!!!

In fitness related news, I recently found out that the Vegas trip I’m planning with my friends was pushed back two weekends… which means, I was able to sign up for an Easter 5k I’ve been wanting to do! Woot woot! I realized I haven’t ran a race since January, so even if it’s something small like a 5k, I’m excited!

Last night, I finally got to work out – I rode 6 miles on the bike + intervals. It was a solid workout, definitely feel my thigh muscles burning today. After work today I’m planning on running an old 5k course at the park. I figured I haven’t had a run yet enjoying the benefit of Daylight Savings Time so why not?

Also, last night was curry night. I made it with:

  • 1 bottle of Trader Joe’s (what do you expect by now? Really.) Red Curry Sauce
  • 1/2 lb of ground turkey
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 pack of mushrooms, chopped up

It was a really quick and easy dinner, and my boyfriend and I ended up eating it with rice and Garlic Naan from TJ’s as well.

Picture doesn't do it justice... it was really yummy! Didn't even have anything to bring for lunch today!
Picture doesn’t do it justice… it was really yummy! Didn’t even have anything to bring for lunch today!

Hope that everyone has a great Friday ahead!

A weekend run, allergies, and museum fun!

This weekend came and went so quickly – I would like to thank Daylight Savings Time.

I also did a lot of house beautifying this weekend: I finally put up curtains in our bedroom! Next project is the living room. Although, TIP: don’t get your curtains at Target – get them at Ikea instead! At least you’ll purchase a PAIR of curtains for the same price you’ll find at Target.. possibly better options too. I’ve learned my lesson.

Anywhoo, in running news, I finally got to try out a new route I’ve been wanting to do. It went extremely well: it was a nice, flat run and I finished in no time: it was about 3.25 miles total. I actually planned a 10k around this route, but I had first wanted to see how that side of town was like. It wasn’t too bad, so I think I’ll explore a little further until I feel like it’s comfortable enough to run a full 10k in. 🙂

I ran for a total of 33:15. Not too bad, considering I started my run at around 9 am and it was already sweltering hot by the time I finished. Ugh. THANKS, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. My allergies were also killing me this whole weekend. Spring is definitely near.

I also didn’t plan to run for too long, since I had a 5 mile hike scheduled the next morning. Unfortunately, my running buddy who I was going to hike with got sick, so I didn’t end up going on a hike. I ended up sleeping in after she had let me know our plans were cancelled.

However, my Sunday wasn’t over yet. I had a trip to the Norton Simon Museum with my boyfriend later on during the day since he had to do some work for his Art History class. Of course, I was excited, especially because I FREAKING LOVE MUSEUMS. AND OLD, CLASSICAL ART. It was amazing.

I got to see so much beautiful works of art, including pieces from Van Gogh, Degas, Raphael, Matisse, and even Picasso!

Here were a couple of my favorites:

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These two pieces are by Van Gogh!
These two pieces are by Van Gogh!
"Young Woman in Black" by Renoir
“Young Woman in Black” by Renoir
"The Black Shawl" by Matisse
“The Black Shawl” by Matisse

Overall, it was a great day. We spent about 3 hours at the museum and totally lost track of time. Afterwards, when we finally got home, I made some steak and baked sweet potato for dinner. So yummy!

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Tonight, I have a run planned out on the treadmill. I’ll most likely be running for time again: 40 min.

Which reminds me, I have a question: do you run for time, or do you run for miles? In your opinion, what’s better? 

I feel like I shouldn’t always be focusing on the miles. Running for time is just as important, isn’t it? After all… you’re still running. 🙂

Happy Monday!

Till next time,

P.