Monday, April 10, 2017

BACK TO BERLIN: Week 12

Photo taken my M

#ivebeenplanking
April 2017
Challenge
4 min/daily


"Part of courage is simple consistency."


This Week's Purpose


I love beginning the week with a sense of purpose.  


My purpose this week (Week 12: 03.04 - 09.04) is to prepare my body, mind and spirit to run a slow but steady LDR pace.



***** (please, see at the bottom of the post, how I fared at the end of the week with my intentions) 



Since I almost always write a daily impression of my day in my Instagram account, I will link my daily post there, here. If you would like to read a longer recounting of a specific day, simply click on the date and you will be redirected to @happyfeetnl




03.04.17, Monday :  

K (middle daughter) brought M (youngest daughter) to school, and I biked a total of 11 km in the afternoon to pick her up; we went to the woods before going home.

Great quality time together spent in our favourite spot; M moments are always Zen moments!







04.04.17, Tuesday:  

Dada (as the girls call, P) brought M to school and I biked 10 km in the afternoon to pick her up.

This was my After-Recovery-Run Selfie

 / 4 km recovery run

The picture below from last Sunday's (02.04.17) race is what I posted on IG to share my running stats. I love it and I look at it, when I don't feel like going out or getting off the couch! hahaha




05.04.17, Wednesday:  Dada brought M to school.  I napped until almost noon, and then it was time to pick up M: 10 bike km.








06.04.17, Thursday:  

A productive day!

10 bike km, after I brought M to school, and K picked her up in the afternoon. 

I started planking outdoors but our cat Harry was playfully attacking me so I ended up finishing indoors.


Before dinner I got my 10.5 km (tempo training) run done.






4 min/daily in April




07.04.17, Friday

0 biking km, 0 running km

Hahaha thank goodness for IG story! I simply could not recall what I did on Friday and as always Google Photos (I am a "photo-journalist" :D ) helped jumpstart my memory. 

I did not post anything on my Instagram gallery but did share this in my Instagram story:




J (oldest daughter) took pictures of me (please click on the 6th of April for the longer version of the story :) ).  This is one of those picture.

I do this kind of "visual self-therapy" to break through my cloudy mind.  It helps get rid of negative thoughts.

Before I forget! A friend sent a thoughtful message, after I shared this.  She had the same sentiments I did about how to treat such kind of days: rest, recover and take it easy! :)


08.04.17, Saturday:  


5K shake out run






09.04.17, Sunday:  

14K LDR done before dinner.  During the day, I snuggled with P and just rested while following a marathon race on the mobile phone. :D

On this day, a lot of running friends ran the Rotterdam Marathon. Out of sentimentality and to show support and respect to my friends, I shared photos from my three consecutive years of participation.



It's too early to say but I would love to successfully complete the full marathon of this very popular event in Holland. One day in the future.







Total  :       41 biking km /     34 (rounded off ) running km




***** P.S. On the purpose of this week : I was not very successful on the "slow, steady" pace for Sunday's long distance run.  

What I am VERY happy about despite not achieving the consistent pace, the run session itself as a whole felt great. Confidence boosting! It's great to feel your body getting stronger and making good decisions regarding taking care of oneself.

I wanted to do separate blogs (I already have one in draft mode for the first 10 weeks of training) with my analysis and interpretation of my running stats for Berlin marathon training  Knowing myself, though, I might forget so I will include my LDR, here to make sure I won't forget to do a separate blog, and 


The first 5 km, I was trying to "slow down" because I knew I was going too fast. On my training plan was 8'11''-8'46'' average pace.  It is all about preparing the body and building up muscles for continuously running long distances. I ignored this kind of training a lot in the last 5 years because I was simply focused on getting myself out and getting myself back at home ASAP. hahaha

From km 6-8, I tried to bring myself to the prescribed pace. I felt my knees, ankle (specially the problematic right leg!) and calves tightening.  I accelerated by kilometre 9 and it felt much better. I continued with speeding up until km 13 and cooled down with the last km.



✓ Week 1, 2 and 3 (Biking : 188 km Running (started 3rd week: 21 km)
✓ Week 4 (Biking : 60 km Running : 13 km )
 Week 5  (Biking : 50 km Running : 29 km )
 Week 6 (Biking 0 Spring BreakRunning : 29 km )
 Week 7 (Biking : 60 km  Running : 36 km)
✓ Week 8 (Biking : 43 km  Running : 35 km) 
 Week 9 (Biking :  20 km  Running : 32  km)
✓ Week 10 (Biking : 50 km  Running : 24 km) TAPER
 Week 11 (Biking : 50 km  Running : 22 km)  RACE WEEK/10K
 Week 12 (Biking : 41 km  Running : 33 km) 



12 weeks of Biking : 562 km
10   weeks of Running : 274 km


created 27.03.17 11:55 Monday

updated   10.04.17 13:14  Monday

Thursday, April 6, 2017

BACK TO BERLIN: Week 11



Photo is a screenshot from the video clip of my sprint to the finishline mat! 😄 I was getting nice (audio) feedback from my Nike+ mobile app, that I could not wait to see the result.

02.04.17



“Life is a race, and what matters most isn't when a person crosses the finish line, but how strong they've grown along the way.” ― Jen StephensThe Heart's Journey Home




This Week's Purpose


I love beginning the week with a sense of purpose.  


My purpose this week (Week 11: 27.03 - 02.04) is to prepare my body, mind and spirit to run my first race for 2017.

***** (please, see at the bottom of the post, how I fared at the end of the week with my intentions) 




*Since I almost always write a daily impression of my day in my Instagram account, I will link my daily post there, here. If you would like to read a longer recounting of a specific day, simply click on the date and you will be redirected to @happyfeetnl
27.03.17, Monday : 

K brought M to school, and I picked her up - biked 10 km.




Sadly, a 5.02 km painful recovery run.





28.03.17, Tuesday:  RESTED - right leg in still in pain! 

0 biking 0 running, lots of self-pitying but not completely -  gathered info in the morning re: my possible injury, stood up in the afternoon and was feeling more positive after I wrote my post*, looking back on Monday's test run.



On Monday's test run I tried smiling;
although my right foot/leg is aching
my brain needed a positive signal!


What a positive energy boosting, sight!

Beloved P picking me up after my run.
I did not have to bike home
and we had a good chat
before dinner on the way home.


29.03.17, Wednesday:  

20 bike km, and wrote messages - writing therapy to clear the cobwebs in my mind!  




My über-delayed monthly period began! last time it was the 10th of February - almost 3 weeks delayed. This will come over as TMI but I want to document about this because my hormones affects my mental state as well as my running.


30.03.17, Thursday

Biked 10 km and did a series of stretch exercises


I LOVE Spring!
Even if the sun hides itself behind the clouds,
the beauty of the blossoms shines through!

Sometimes, you simply have to stretch your soul and "dance"!

Dancer's Pose #StretchRevolutionChallengeMarch 2017


31.03.17, Friday:  

Biked 10 km.


3.10 km to say goodbye to beautiful March! (125.7 km this month's total with this run)



It was, simply put : a run to relieve myself of worries and it did the deed!





APRIL 


01.04.17, Saturday:  

Shake out run for Sunday's 10K

I wrote in my IG account* a mental prep after I ran this 4 km distance. 






02.04.17, Sunday:  

This is what I wrote on the 27th of March -

10K Hilversum City Run : race goal is to run a steady pace of 7'00''; if body is up to it, and no pain on the right ankle, calf, perhaps going to try for an official 5K race PR. 


The photo below sums up how I felt on the 2nd of April, taken seconds after the race!  

Official time: 1:08:13! 

Happy with the overall result of the run. I ran at a very easy pace, and even managed a sprint at the end. The worries of the right leg forgotten.

 (I had trouble with my breath at some points, which can be seen on the race video, since it is still  a struggle for me to keep anxiety at bay and have an even breathing...i.e. not hyper-ventilate)






.

Total  :     50  biking km /     22 (rounded off ) running km



***** P.S. On the purpose of this week : I did it! 


✓ Week 1, 2 and 3 (Biking : 188 km Running (started 3rd week: 21 km)
✓ Week 4 (Biking : 60 km Running : 13 km )
 Week 5  (Biking : 50 km Running : 29 km )
 Week 6 (Biking 0 Spring BreakRunning : 29 km )
 Week 7 (Biking : 60 km  Running : 36 km)
✓ Week 8 (Biking : 43 km  Running : 35 km) 
 Week 9 (Biking :  20 km  Running : 32  km)
✓ Week 10 (Biking : 50 km  Running : 24 km) 
 Week 11 (Biking : 50 km  Running : 22 km) 



11 weeks of Biking : 521 km
9   weeks of Running : 241 km



created 27.03.17 11:17 Monday
updated   10.04.17 12:03 Monday

BACK TO BERLIN: Week 10





“You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” ― George Bernard Shaw


This Week's Purpose


I love beginning the week with a sense of purpose.  


My purpose this week (Week 10 : 20.03 - 26.03) is to breathe easy, take it easy. It's my birthday week!


***** (please, see at the bottom of the post, how I fared at the end of the week with my intentions) 




*Since I almost always write a daily impression of my day in my Instagram account, I will link my daily post there, here. If you would like to read a longer recounting of a specific day, simply click on the date and you will be redirected to @happyfeetnl



20.03.17, Monday : 20 bike km 

I am writing an update on this training week, 10 days after completion. (06.04.17, Thursday) Normally, I do it a couple of days after Sunday's run but life's been hectic.

Luckily, I document snippets of my day in my Instagram account*, and it helps jumpstart my memory.

My birthday was  a simple celebration made special because of the sweet way my P and our girls took care and pampered me.





21.03.17, Tuesday:  10 bike km 



Below is an impression of Sunday's LDR (19.03.17), which mentally took a toll on me.  

Two days later, I was able to take a better perspective of the run, and wrote it out of my system to process it positively.

Now (06.04.17), 2 weeks later, I was glad for that run. I write this line now for the future me, even though I know this wisdom, writing it repeatedly helps imbed it in my consciousness: a "bad run", can be better classified under "good that you've ran".  Classify an experience positively helps power future long runs (or any new endeavours!).






22.03.17, Wednesday:  


20 bike km, 0 running, 3 minutes planking

My stomach was still not well, and that's why I decided to take one more day to rest from running.









23.03.17, Thursday:  

0 biking, 7 km tempo run

This was a good day of running! Mentally fit and the body enjoyed it.





24.03.17, Friday: 0 biking

Whoop! An unexpected 5K PR!

It was a playful mix of jog/sprint/power walking. I still can't believe it and would really love to run a race just to have an official race time with this time. I know, I know! Berlin is focus and priority. This PR time will only be tested in a race, if I truly feel fit and no risk will be taken in consideration of the marathon in September. :)


plus 1.55 km
<--- about="" forgot="" i="" nbsp="" p="" this="" was="" what="">Maybe I walked this distance home after the intervals.



25.03.17, Saturday

This was a run to test, how switching my LDR from Sunday to Saturday will affect the dynamic of our family's weekly schedule.  I think it will take a while but I hope I can permanently do a switch. Sunday to Saturday, and late afternoon to morning LDR!

It was not a pain free run. Fear and doubts came during and after the run.





26.03.17, Sunday:  RESTed while almost all my running friends ran the Zandvoort Circuit Run!



Zandvoort Circuit Run

2012 5K
2014 5K
2016 12K





Total  :   50  biking km /   24 (rounded off ) running km



***** P.S. On the purpose of this week : done! 


✓ Week 1, 2 and 3 (Biking : 188 km Running (started 3rd week: 21 km)
✓ Week 4 (Biking : 60 km Running : 13 km )
 Week 5  (Biking : 50 km Running : 29 km )
 Week 6 (Biking 0 Spring BreakRunning : 29 km )
 Week 7 (Biking : 60 km  Running : 36 km)
✓ Week 8 (Biking : 43 km  Running : 35 km) 
 Week 9 (Biking :  20 km  Running : 32  km)
✓ Week 10 (Biking : 50 km  Running : 24 km) 

10 weeks of Biking : 471 km
8   weeks of Running : 219 km



 created  27.03.17 12:41 Monday
updated  10.04.17  11:59 Monday

Thursday, March 23, 2017

BACK TO BERLIN: WEEK 9


taken by my P before a quick 4.42 km run
18th of March, 2017



“I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of “madness”. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: “Poor thing, she’s crazy!” (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s - my madness would not be an escape from “reality”.” ― Frida Kahlo


This Week's Purpose


I love beginning the week with a sense of purpose.  


My purpose this week (Week 9 : 13.03 - 19.03) 
is to keep everything simple because I feel, I am spreading myself too much again - both mentally and physically. 
***** (please, see at the bottom of the post, how I fared at the end of the week with my intentions) 


Something I wanted to remind myself:

Pause . . . (I would like to do periodically during my marathon training, a sort of "reality check-up" with myself)


Monday, 13.03.17
a picture from my IG story
I love using that Instagram feature
to save thoughts, ideas & blognotes

I published Week 8 of my training a day later, than I planned.  Nobody is putting any deadline pressure on me but myself. 

This is just one of those things that I want to get rid off, which are still remnants from past experiences during marathon training.  It robs me of the joy of training and blogging about the training.  

The simple fact I am successfully running 3-4X/week (8 weeks!), and blogging weekly should be a source to rejoice.  Rejoice in each moment, and not wait until after I reached the finish line in Berlin!

“Our true joy is like those sunglasses we’ve been looking for all over, suddenly realizing they’ve been propped on our head during our entire search. They’re already there, quietly waiting for us to reach up and realize they were never lost at all.”  
― Kelly Corbet

There will be a time, when I will not train for a  marathon or any other race events. I still would like to continue running, writing, and living life to the fullest.  There is life before marathon running, and there will be life with running without the trappings of marathon training - it's super highs, the dramatic predictable lows and unpredictable stumbling blocks along the way.



13.03.17, Monday : 0 biking, 0 running, 3 minutes planking!

M' was not feeling well, when she woke up in the morning.  I was feeling exhausted myself.

We both rested.  In the evening, I felt better, and dropped down to plank to support a fellow runner in my plank group, and felt "less lazy"! LOL 

It's awesome to get a surge of energy from people, whose passion you share and they live 1,000 of miles or even ocean or continent away!

You made this day
end great for me @kyrstie! XO

14.03.17, Tuesday

More of what Monday was: restful day.  

During the course of the day, I randomly meditated.

It's been on my marathon training list to practice meditation again; I have not been doing it with structure.

So, I added the Stop Breathe & Think app on my phone to help me.






15.03.17, Wednesday

M felt much better, and was brought by a friend to school.  K, her older sister picked her up after her playdate. This meant, no biking for me on this day.

My hormones was going haywire on me as usual, or I was simply fighting a virus because I felt so tired; I slept after J - oldest daughter - left.

P was at work, the girls were at school, and without any energy to do anything at all, I gave in to what my body needed, and slept until way past noon.

Oldest daughter served me chai tea before she left for school



Not feeling rested after the decadent nap, I forced myself to eat lunch, & drink the coffee I have been wanting to give up since marathon training started!  

I felt much better after publishing Week 8 blogpost and having done updates on this blog gave me a surge of energy as well.

I think, I will rest one more day and start running again tomorrow! 

(see after clearing up the house, how I feel! MAYBE I can manage 5K -  Wed 15.03.17 16:37) 

Nope, I rested! (update: Thursday, 23.03.17)


16.03.17, Thursday : 

I ran back to back on this day: 

11 km to M's school and 4.42 km  with her on the bike and me running behind her.






17.03.17, Friday :

Biked 10 km to bring M to school.







"Rested" from marathon training for the day, the rest of Friday!




K, middle daughter picked up M and her classmate, with her friend. 

M's playdate was cut short because of an emergency, and the boy was picked up earlier. 






K's friend stayed for dinner. 





18.03.17, Saturday : 

It was a long day.  We got up early to go to Utrecht for an information day.  I will blog about my eldest daughter's search for university in My Daily Mooosings in the Netherlands.









Before dinner, I manage to do 4.50 km to "symbolically" pre-celebrate my 45th birthday (20th March).  P made pictures and video before he drove home with the groceries we bought. 




19.03.17, Sunday :  


Life is busy but I do hope I can publish separate blogs about "difficult" runs of this marathon training.  This Sunday's 12 km can be documented under that category.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have already read about it. 

Now, I am updating this blog 5 days later, on a Thursday the 23rd of March, and have read once again, how the week was, I got an even better perspective of why this run turned out how it did.  

This is why I need to blog about my process ! This is why I love to blog about the process.  One can get lost sometimes in the muddle of every day life, and clarity is acquired again and again when you take time to sit and truly reflect in peace. May it be about marathon training or simply about the life, we live.



You can find impressions I wrote about this run, here and here.





Also, here :

21st of March 2017
...more impressions about Sunday's 12 km run,
shared in my IG story.


Total  :  20  biking km /  32 (rounded off ) running km



***** P.S. On the purpose of this week : short and sweet  - I simplified. 


✓ Week 1, 2 and 3 (Biking : 188 km Running (started 3rd week: 21 km)
✓ Week 4 (Biking : 60 km Running : 13 km )
✓ Week 5  (Biking : 50 km Running : 29 km )
✓ Week 6 (Biking 0 Spring BreakRunning : 29 km )
 Week 7 (Biking : 60 km  Running : 36 km)

✓ Week 8 (Biking : 43 km  Running : 35 km) 
✓ Week 9 (Biking :  20 km  Running : 32  km)

9  weeks of Biking : 421 km
7  weeks of Running : 195 km





created 15.03.17 15:05, Wednesday
updated   23.03.17 10:07 Thursday