I wrote something and wanted to share it with you. Just before that I wanted to say that I am very grateful to be part of Kenzai community and loveee our Running program. Right now, I am not able to exercise every day, and I allowed myself to go outside of the diet. I think my rational was that I want to adopt run as a lifestyle and not just as a temp training plan. I wanted to see how the food affects me, and also after 4 months of KB I felt that I needed it. So.. before the program ends and before I am starting a new program running here I wanted to share with you something. My private journey to running.. I would loveeee to hear how you started your journey. And what was the thing that sparked your interest.
For months I am trying to adopt this life-changing morning routine and it’s so freaking hard 🤦🏻♀️. I feel as I am in a constant fight every morning with myself, and when I do wake up and see how dark it is outside the last thing I want to do is to exercise.
But.. I am determined to change it.✌🏻I want to wake up every morning early enough (5am) for my run and breakfast. I want to do something for myself before I work a min for anyone else. That was always my goal. Self improvement. 🍸
In 2012- I first fell in love with running and specially morning runs when few of my colleagues went to a morning run in 6am in Italy. It was a very generous company vacation. I was staying in the hotel and was so envy of all the energy those guys had at 6am when they went to explore beautiful Napoli (Naples) on foot. 🐾
2013- I quitted smoking. I smoked since I was 17 and loved it!!! But I loved myself more, and I knew the responsibility of me is only on me. So when I moved to London, I used this new beginning, quitted smoking, and started my first runs in Hyde Park. More inspiring than this I couldn’t ask for.🙏🏻
2014- still running. Now, the 5k feels comfortable, and walking 14k is a possible, Sunday funday activity in gorgeous London, exploring every corner in the city. 👣
2015-2018 still running. Now in San Francisco 😄. Starting to exercise more often, and combining the runs in almost every workout. My best friend became the treadmill.
2019- the running year. In Jan I have started Kenzai 🥰 and in July doing my first Half. Very excited about all the changes and how the runs were part of it.
Life has its own phase. Very busy time. The move to my new house is rapidly coming, and in 3 weeks I’ll be outside of SF, which was my home in the past 4.5 years.
This weekend I participated in Spartan race for the first time and it was amazing!!!! I want to do the next one in Nov.2019, which is going to be 8 miles with 25 obstacles. Sunday’s race was 4 miles and 20 and my arms are in so much pain right now.. 😅. I was great with the running, but the upper body exercises killed me. I was not able to do the monkey bar at all, and got some help with my team whenever I needed. Well.. part of the journey. At least now I know that I want to lift more. Kenzai Iron calls me:))).
So after Kenzai Half.. I’ll probably take the Kenzai Iron..
Love it!!! To have something plan in mind. It’s quite funny to think that I am in Kenzai community since January, 2019.
I did today the 7k run, and it was great!!! I felt part of the nature, I felt like I am a bird cuts through the air, finally I got the answer why am I doing it. It’s not for the race, it’s not for losing fat, and it’s not for the peaceful mindset, but to be part of nature. I felt like I am going back into childhood leaving all the thoughts behind and embracing myself with the amazing life around me. At the beginning of the run, for some reason the stats just stopped. I did not like it at first, but I decided to let it go and just try to run without it. I trusted my judgment on how far I was running, and actually it was by far more fun with just the music and the nature around. I ended the 7K and felt that I can continue even longer. Although, my feet started to signal me that I need a bit of a rest but my breathes were great, and I was aware to the posture (shoulders, core, head) and the way my feet landing the center of the body. Everything was just great!!! Cannot wait for the next run😎✌🏻.
* I love running next to my house. This picture is part of the SF Bay next to Candlestick Point Park. Today was a great weather and I saw many animals and wild life around the Bay. Was so much fun and motivating to continue running and enjoying all this beauty.
Well.. there is an improvement!!! Yes!!!!😎✌🏻 And the funny part is that it was not so hard 😄.
So many changes.. I am moving out from SF to the suburb:). I got promoted at work, and I work harder than before. With all the crazy time and the office, and packing at home, I have started an evening class of Business Planning twice a week, and of course, of course, the biggest goal of all- the running training:)) for the Half in July. Hooray!!! 😄
So.. I am not going to yield under the pressure, and yes.. we more kilometers to run. Yes!!!!!!
* My new friend at the office 🐥, who always remind me to look on the bright side and straight my face forward.
I guess sometime you just need the commitment to start moving your *^# 😉. So, I did it. I register to the SF Half Marathon. And omg.. I cannot sleep from excitement.. 🙈😎✌🏻
I think it was too ambiguous to think I’ll be able to run half marathon in 3 months for someone who had never really run regularly. Okay.. changing mindset. No pressure whatsoever.. and only thing in mind.. enjoying the new life with running. I did the 5k yesterday, which was extremely fun, and I am not going to suffer more for the 4 days I missed. Next.. new week.. new beginning.. for this week.. I’ll try to be more strict with my diet, and go stronger. My left knee feels funny. I have some pain in the plantaris muscle. I checked online and read about it, and I do not think it serious, just I need to pay attention for the stretching part before and after run/workout. Yesterday after the run I came home and ate and forgot to stretch. Well.. now I have a nice reminder from doing that 😉. Okay.. Monday Monday.. here we are.. not giving up.. and still in the game.. 😎✌🏻.
I was sick almost the whole week. I did not do the run yesterday 😔 and not the exercise the day before. I am not sure I’ll be able to run today too. Well.. what can I do.. just rest and take it easy.. see you on the other side. Soon ✌🏻
I did the run today. I did not feel well yesterday so I skipped the run. I dragged my boyfriend to join. The poor thing just came from Europe and with jet leg and 6h sleep he run the 25min with me. That was fun. He is in a good shape and that motivated me to run as well and recover from the remaining illness I had. I cannot believe I run only 2miles today 😔, and the half marathon looks far than ever (almost 7 times what I did today). Well.. that’s okay.. we will continue running.. insisting on whatever looks impossible from here 😎.
Another day of running. And it was fantastic!! I run 27 min, 25min + the 2 mins that took me to arrange myself before the run and stop to say hello to my boss who I just saw outside the office. I started today a new course, Business Planing course, and I hope to run my own business one day in the future. But until then.. I am running.. growing.. doing whatever needs to be done.. and working on my procrastination, taking any past (good/bad) memory I had in the city and replacing it with new, lively, happy memory of the new me, running. Every place I pass running in the city I imagine that I have this color brush that color those roads and streets, and refreshing them. I like to remember how drunk I was walking it those streets, or how sad, or happy I was, and now I am better:)). This is my motivation to run for hours. I thought it will be the music but I think I found it. Now I just need my legs to cooperate.
Well.. I want to participate in a race. I feel that I need some goal in mind. There is SF marathon and half marathon in July 28, 2019. I want to do the half marathon. I do not care how much time it will take me, but I just want to do it. My only concern is if my body will be able to tolerate this. For those of you how have more experience than me (04/22:) can you please give me some tips for your first half marathon?:)) Thanks!
I’m starting to think about distances. Starting to wear more casual/sports clothes and start to enjoy the freedom to exercise (run) anything I want to. I love it!! Today I did not run because we needed to avoid it, so I chose Pilates, which was (as always) super fun. I was able to a plank with raising one hand one leg, that was hard!! But I did it and I was very happy my body still strong from KB1.
I am a bit sensitive these days. The work at the office is intense, my boyfriend is not at home and travels from work for two weeks that going to end only next week, and.. I do not know.. I want to do so many things but.. nothing is happening. I know I am a little bit harsh on myself because I do do things but.. there are so many other things.. one of the things is my new motorcycle. My first moto ever!! I was so excited to get it, it was always my dream and now.. I cannot drive it. I am too scared.
I know what I need to do. Practice more. Take some private lessons and just relax.
I hope the runnings will give me the extra motivation I need right now. I know I feel amazing after runs. But now..
Another great run!!! Later I’ll come home to continue the exercises but right now I am thrilled that I could run for 20mins. I like the Runkeeper app, very much what had with Nike run app. My shoes are new and I need to break them in a bit. But overall everything is great. The only think I need is a running backpack (for my jacket and shirt) and something to hold my phone while I am running. Maybe I’ll get a smart watch.. we will see.. 😉
I had two runs today. Yayyyy.. 20mins and 10 more later. Very happy 😃 I found the motivation again to start moving. Tomorrow new day.. and new beautiful and HappyFriday!!!!