Maria Z.

Maria Z.

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FAILURE instead of number of reps on strenght training today -- does that mean repeat until you fail? Not sure if i've missed the explanation to this somewhere in a lesson...


Stress busters

Been stressing out trying to figure out what my stress busters are ever since the lesson about them came out. Conclusion: either I have too many activities I really enjoy or none at all.


Good show

One of my preferred locations to work out at is the village playground: there are usually no kids coming there in the morning, instead senior ladies gather to chat or do some gentle workouts of their own. The sight of me jumping and sweating seems to be highly amusing to them, with yahoo jumps and crab walks being particularly funny :D It’s nice to know I made someone smile in the morning :)

Other than that nothing special to report I think...

Happy Friday!


Week 2

Week 2 went fine workout-wise, but not so great on the diet side... it’s been way too hot to eat solid food before dusk over the last few days so i’ve only been having juicy fruits, vegetables and a bit of protein powder during light hours, and only eating a full meal at dinner times. It’s not gonna get cooler any time soon so Chinese congee being a great way to liquidise carbs seems like a reasonable breakfast option for the time being. Hope week three goes better!


After multiple trials I think I’m getting there — the angle is still nowhere near the one in the workout picture, but I definitely feel the difference between a burpee and a hang time now, yay!

Happy Friday everyone!


Week 1

Week one has gone well for me. Haven’t got anything special to share, no big achievements, but no troubles either, so overall good. Looking forward to week two!


Want and need

OK, I’m going to answer the assigned questions one by one:)
1. What do you want to get out of this training?
A lot of fun is my primary goal with Chisel, everything else is secondary. High intensity workout is exactly that for me — fun! Lots of jumping and crab walking and such is a great opportunity for grown ups to have a valid excuse to behave childishly :)
2. What do you need in order to make that happen?
To make the programme fun I need to not stress out about it and to not think about it as a routine. Just walk out of the doors with a big smile and have the time of your life (everyday for six weeks :D)


Mood elevator

It’s got too hot here to do a lot of running, so Chisel was an obvious alternative. I like HIIT workouts and they usually put me in a good mood for the rest of the day, especially if done early in the morning, so I’m looking forward to six weeks of good mood!


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Today’s 10K run was definitely a good one! I ended up keeping the same pace throughout (regardless of elevation) with only running the 9th kilometre a bit slower as I started to fatigue, but once past the 9km mark I flew again. It was actually hard to stop after 10km! I didn’t realise there was a charity race being held in the same area this morning and I happened to run through their starting line just as the majority of the runners set off — got nearly run over there! :D Attaching a photo of my own starting line this morning — a bit hazy and cloudy but with a fresh breeze, so not too hot.

I’m pretty happy with the Kenzai Run overall — I’ve stuck to the rules and managed to complete it injury free, which for me is a greater achievement than running a distance, clumsy as I am. Massive thanks to Matt for giving tips on how to stay safe and for being patient with my diet complications and helping me figure it out! I have my sights on Kenzai Run Half Marathon now, probably in autumn when the weather cools down again. And yes, I would recommend Kenzai Run to a friend and have done so already.


A bad run?

Today’s 9km was definitely not the best run i’ve had so far: the first 2km were along a busy road and I guess I got so annoyed that I bit through the nozzle of my camelback tube, so the water started to spray out of it in all directions. Was in such a bad mood that I had to stop a few times... I only calmed down after 6km and then started to enjoy the run, so the last third was pretty good (apart from people blocking the path every now and then). So 9km done, only a few runs left to complete the course!


Challenge #4

There is a lot of races happening in HK on any given month, and while many of them include running not a lot of them fulfil the requirements set in this challenge. Here are some examples of the ones that appeal to me:

1) oxfam trailwalker. This is the race I’ve had on my radar for a few years now but have not been able to join yet. It involves teams of 4 hiking and running a 100km trail, with completion time limit of 48 hours or less.

2) spartan race. Only 5km of running but there are obstacles and penalties. Quite a challenge but a lot of fun too! I don’t think I’m ready to join this race yet: the running and the obstacles should not be a problem, but the penalties might... 30 full burpees with chest to ground push up 25 too many :D

3) WWF’s Run for wild race. This one is running only with a choice of 1km, 3km or 10km distances. The fun bit is that everyone gets to dress up as one of the endangered species for the run!

On a side note, today’s strong finish run went pretty well, I’ve managed to increase my pace gradually and with control over the last five minutes and finish the run at a very decent speed, so quite happy with that.


It’s been raining all morning, so the 8km run was rather soggy but pretty enjoyable because the rain cooled down the weather a bit. I don’t mind running in the rain and am actually happy to take advantage of less traffic and fewer people to dodge.

Today’s lesson was great! I loved the tip about tying shoelaces differently and will definitely be trying that next time I wear shoes that have traditional laces. I do have a few practical tips of my own and am sharing them below.
1) shoelaces. It may sound very basic and obvious but I find it important: tuck the shoelaces into the shoes (or into a quicklace pocket if available) before a run. Tripping on undone shoelaces or because they got caught on a branch or something else is not exactly fun;
2) scrunchie. For long-haired people out there who tie their hair into a pony tail: make sure the scrunchie is secure. Having to adjust one that’s sliding off your hair can be very distracting;
3) socks. Choosing good socks to go inside those carefully selected shoes is also important. Socks that bunch up or slide off your feet can lead to massive blisters, while a snug fit and extra cushioning can help avoid them.


Fartlek and calves

Today’s lesson couldn’t have come ata better time: I ran a bit too fast during fartlek run yesterday and my calves are feeling it today, so I see a lot of rolling and stretching happening. Am taking a break from working out this morning and afternoon and planning to go for a swim this evening.

Speaking of fartlek, a friend of mine told me the other day that when she was with a running club a while back they counted steps instead of timing themselves, for example, run 100 steps at conversational pace and the following 50 steps at a faster pace. It sounds like a good idea when running and bringing nothing but house keys along, and it would keep mind busy too so there would be no need for a mantra.


Weekly challenge #3

I would say that I’m leaning towards running without headphones as I prefer to run trails and enjoy the sounds of nature around me in full and to keep an ear out for potential dangers. I do, however, run with headphones along roads with busy (ish) traffic to partially drown the sounds of cars — my earbuds do not drown all of it so do not compromise my safety. Treadmill also calls for a bit of a music in my opinion. Audiobooks or podcasts do not work for me during workouts as I end up not taking in a word.

As this week’s challenge it to try ‘the other way’ what I did was running along a road without headphones. It was fine — probably because it was a village road and there wasn’t a lot of traffic :P I definitely would not want to lay off the headphones in the city centre though, nor will I bring them along when out in the country.


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Getting to the shaded part of today’s run (see photo) was a pure bliss!


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