Monthly Archives: January 2014

Flashback Restday…

It’s days like these that I miss the winter… and the excitement of the slopes and new sports…

 

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I woke up feeling guilty… like my day will mean nothing… yes I know rest day is vital. Repeat: VITAL! But the feeling does not go away…

Drop the kids off at school. Breakfast! Change! Off to work! Pick kids up! Back to work!

Job done…Go home… and now… what do I do with that extra time I have in my day today… Let’s do some housework chores…nahhhh maybe not… Overdue paperwork… nah…

Nothing feels right….ohhh it’s the guilt speaking again… it kills me…

I want to go out there and do some running… I love my progress, I am even amazed proud of it, of myself.

 

How do you cope with rest days? Will it get better?

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Sunset or Sunrise runs?

So, the first week of training went on by pretty smoothly,  waking up early was not really  problem anymore, given I went to bed early too. The second week however appears to be a bit troublesome… I need to wake up earlier in order to put longer distances in my training. For some reason, my own personal zoo (4cats/3 dogs) are deciding to have a dance-off/karaoke/WWIII  at my sleeping expense around 3AM, every morning….EVERY!

Up! Out of bed! Outside! Breakup Zoo party! Back to bed!….. Repeat!

Needless to say there goes my morning routine, let’s adjust the routine and take it for a sunset workout…Which I might say, is not too bad…

I do live on the island of a 1000 sunsets….all different, all the time…

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The only problem, I do have with sunset trainings, is that all the popular and the unpopular spots are always crowded…

So tell me, what’s your preference, early mornings, afternoons or it doesn’t really matter?

Do we run in the rain?

Alarm! Snooze! Get out of bed! Gear on! Out the Door!

Back in the house, grab my running jacket as it seems to be unusually cold this morning… even more eerie is the degree of darkness. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s still winter and daytime comes in a bit later than usual…Maybe it’s the rain clouds that I cannot see…

It really doesn’t matter, off I go for my short warmup run… The streets are quiet, in fact so is the whole neighborhood… If it was up to me, it would stay like that all the time, during daytime my street turns into a circus-like playground with screaming kids and Tweens all over the place… Quiet moment of solitude…forget about that here…

Continuing my run… nice and quiet, breathing fresh morning air… I feel good, fresh, relaxed… this is looking to be a good morning, thus also a good day. As I get to the edge of the neighborhood, I turn around and head back. Half way going back… the wind picks up and gets chillier…. and then it hits me….water! Rain water…

I keep running as it starts to pour, I manage to find a dry corner at a neighbors house… I wait it out… And I keep running, the rain starts again… I find another house to hide at….and keep running, I’m thinking, my own house is not that far, I’ll make a run for it….

BAM!! Just like that the downpour starts, heavy heavy rain… while I’m in the middle of the street running towards my house (me and my luck)… I slightly miscalculated the distance, and the fact that it’s an uphill climb to my house…I end my run early by sprinting uphill to the refuge of my house, and a dry towel…

Next time, should I just finish my scheduled run despite the rain, or do we not run in the rain?

What’s the take on that?

Wait Zumba?

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      Now, this is completely true… Unfortunately, I did feel and look like a fool in a tutu yesterday at Zumba. It was my first time ever doing this “thing”. Dancing as exercise. It was good thing though that I was not there by lonesome myself, as if I would ever go do something that foolish on my own. I have no hand-eye coordination, or feel for rhythm, so Zumba is definitely not something for me. Kudos to those that are really into it, and it works for them. For me, I’ll stick the something more hardcore that needs no hand-eye coordination or choreographed movements…

And on that note…Waking up at the unusual time of six in the morning to go for my first run this year. I’ve been on a break from all activities since late November (excluding snow sports). Now, here lies the problem challenge, I am NOT a morning person.My alarm will snooze until nine in the morning, and I will still not get up. I will look like zombie if I do, for some odd reason, wake up earlier that seven. So yeah, about that run this morning… did not happen, because I was really kidding myself that going to bed at 1:00 am, works for me.

My goal for today is to get my ass to bed by 9, maybe 10, but no later than that if I seriously want to get started early.

Lesson Learned!

Happy 2014!

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While making no resolutions I do have a list to work through. The ever-growing bucket list! Take 2 items off the list, and put 20 more on…

Meanwhile, 2013 was a good year, I have managed to scrape a few things of the buckets list.

2013 Bucket list top 10                                                                             2014 Bucket list top 10

  1. kayak in a river                                                                       1. Learn conversational French
  2. learn to snowboard                                                             2. Kiss under the Eiffel Tower
  3. participate in a color run                                                  3. Donate blood
  4. iceskate on real ice                                                              4. Go rock climbing
  5. roadtrip USA                                                                           5. Fire a gun
  6. hike to a waterfall                                                                6. Learn to windsurf
  7. visit the Golden Gate Bridge                                          7. Drive a stick shift
  8. go scuba diving                                                                     8. Conquer fear of open water
  9. jump off a cliff                                                                        9. Participate in a triathlon
  10. solve that damned Rubik’s Cube                              10. Get married

Now that’s another 10 items off the 200+bucket list…So let’s get this show going. First stop tomorrow is the beach, I gotta work on my tan, spending winter 2013 in -25˚Celsius will turn you white, bleak and pale all in one trip. Beach days are also good for number 8 and 9 on the list.

Bueno, that’s that for the first post. ¡Hasta la proxima!

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