Confession

I had a glass of white wine, Purato, which is my current favourite. It is light and delicate enough to drink it by itself. I am not hungry, but I like to snack on some sunflower seeds. It is salty and bad for my teeth, but currently it is my guilty pleasure.

I am not sure if this post will ever get published as I feel embarrassed drinking alone. But on the other hand, I have to admit that it opens up a gate. Two glasses break down the whole wall that previously stopped my blogging. I just write without any challenges after a couple of glasses. Obviously it is not a great way to embark on a blogging journey, however it might gets me into a habit of writing.

Week 4 – running recap

WD4D1 – D4: Friday to Monday I reached my daily goal just by moving offices all day every day. The team came together and from early morning until late night did not stop for a second. It was all over competitions week, when you don’t sleep for days just work-work-work.

I definitely feel that I am getting older. In the past I used to be able to handle such days with humour and having energy. But this is not the case anymore. I feel like a zombie. I am there, but not there at the same time.

 

WD4D5 Finally on Tuesday I managed to squeeze in a 30 min run, which was a blast. I found a great route that is a mix of known, unknown and challenging with a rewarding finish.

Running path
Aim to improve

Fatigue is my demon at the moment. I feel an unprecedented tiredness after my training. I look unwell and I don’t feel any joy runners supposed to feel after training. My body is not aching, but I have no energy. I am not sure what to do. As I have been running for 5 years, I don’t think 30 min exercise would cause any harm. But I definitely feel stuck. I would like to run to keep fit, but I feel rather depressed and not wanting to do anything.

I am debating if I should cut back and maybe run only 15-20 minutes instead of half an hour. But my body is wanting more. If you have experienced anything like this, please tell me your story. It might help me to overcome this issue.

WD4D6 After all the debate and ranting the day before, I decided to go out for a quick 15 min jog. I did not have the car to go to the lake, so I just ran around the estate. First I planned to do one loop, which is about 15 min and then walk, however I couldn’t stop. I felt strong and carried on. Eventually I ran 35 minutes and faster than before. Clearly I don’t know my body very well.

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Running to be fit

WD4D7 Recovery day = Day Off

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Lazy day with Ciccio

Photo Challenge – Layered

I missed the photo challenge last week. However in a way it was great that I did not happen last week. I was so busy at work, that I don’t think I would have gotten around it. Even now I am using very-very old pics taken by me, long-long time ago. It was great to browse in the archives and found some hidden gem.

When I read Ben’s post, I had all sort of thoughts in my head. I couldn’t really decide, which idea is the best, therefore I am sharing 3 pics with you this time. Layered

Layered clothing is essential for runners in cold weather.
Layered Hair
Earth is layered with a variety of terrain, flora and fauna.

Week 3 – running recap

This was my birthday week πŸ™‚ I have let myself down by not being able to run the HM as mentioned in my previous post. But I have managed to properly celebrate the last 30 years. I said my goodbyes to certain habits. And I am fully ready to take on board the next 30 years feeling strong and committed.

WD3D1: Friday The only reason why I reached my daily goal was because we went shopping after work. On those rear occasions when my partner and I can actually go shopping together, we go full on strong. πŸ™‚ and broke very quickly. Basically you can sell us anything. We are horrible together and dangerous alone.

WD3D2: Saturday I haven’t managed to accomplish my goal, which was strange as we went to Ascot Races. Basically we were on our feet all afternoon walking around, looking at horses and trying to figure out the next bet. The weather was crapy; rainy then sunny, we saw double rainbow at one point. But the spirit of the race was incredible.

WD3D3: Sunday my parents left and we were thinking what to do for the next two days. We decided to go to the Celtic Manor for a late-weekend-treat. I recommend their Sunday offers, they are truly great value for money. I wouldn’t say they are 5 star service wise, however there are many facilities you can indulge during your stay.

WD3D4: On Monday we played the Roman course. The first 9 holes with two lovely chaps from Bournemouth and we carried on with the back nine romantically alone. This was the first time for both of us to play this course, which was in a great condition apart form the 10th green. But it was enough to hit my daily goal on Health. Then we relaxed in the Health Club for another hour before hitting the road.

Champions Breakfast
Birthday Breakfast

WD3D5: Tuesday = Birthday πŸ™‚
I felt completely relaxed/necked and wanted to stay in all day. We were marathon-series-watching all day. I actually finished off the whole series of Banshee at 4:30 am next day, when my partner woke up to go to work. I then went to sleep as I wasn’t starting work until 3 pm on Wednesday.

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Bed time

WD3D6: On Wednesday I went for a 30 min run before work, which felt very moderate at a time, however it sucked the energy out of me for the rest of the day. At work and I couldn’t stop yawning. In the afternoon I felt very inspired by a new person I met. It was great to spend an hour and half to get to know her. At the end she hugged me and said thank you for the warm welcome. The whole experience made my day.

WD3D7: Thursday was another running day. I followed a very similar path as the day before. I attempted to take a pic while running but as you can see it came out very blurry. I guess it is similar to my vision when I run in the wind. I look like I am crying when the wind blows. I think I am not alone with this issue. If you can recommend anything to prevent this, please reveal your secret in the comments below.

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Blurry vision during running

week 2 – running recap

 

This week was all about work. Unfortunately not physical one, which means I hadn’t managed to fit in any runs all week. It made me doubt myself if I should really pursue with my goal to run the Richmond Half Marathon. It didn’t help that I was on a nine days work marathon either.

Ciccio
Ciccio

WD3D1 – D6: I literally just slept, went to work, came home and slept again. I ate anything that was available in canteen (which was mainly carbs) and drank very little water. I felt awful by the end of the week.

Gigi
Gigi

WD3D7: Thursday – I managed to increase my step count, but it was way below the point I wanted to be by then (10 days before the HM). I knew I had to make the call, RUN or NOT to RUN.

Coincidentally the race day falls onto the same day when we move office… it was too much pressure. After a ‘quick’ reality check I had made a conscientious decision to pull out.Β My mental and physical health worth more than pushing my under trained body through 13.1 miles.

I called my racing body to give him a heads up. He was very understanding and we both decided to try to fit in a HM this year. Once work is more settled. After this conversation there’s just one thing left to do…. to forgive myself. Forgive myself to not train enough and the pull out of a commitment I had made 6 months ago when I signed up.

 

At least these bad boys are not jugging. I need to learn not to judge either.

 

 

Elevate

I haven’t done this before, I mean I haven’t given it a go to write daily posts, and I am not certain that I will keep up with its regularity. However something in today’s topic just stuck with me.

Elevate

I feel I have elevated somebody today. I am very cautious how I phrase this. I don’t mean elevated sb’s mood. But I think I have contributed to something much bigger. I made someone feel good about themselves by giving constructive criticism. I could see it with my eyes that it made the person feel good and boosted their confidence.

It made me feel good. It is something that I should do much more. Eventually I may learn how to elevate myself as well. Practice is key. One day I may become inspirational πŸ™‚

This week’s photo challenge is all about the structure. But what would a picture be without a context. Little ladybug has conquered my towel while on holiday. It took her about an hour to get from one end to another. I feel like it would take me the same time to get through a field of rough, wild flowers just to get to the next town.

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Structure and a ladybug

Structure

By the way this is probably the only bug I don’t freak out of. No kidding!

Hello Friday!

Now that you are here it is time to recap this week’s fitness activities:

W01D1: Last Friday I ran around the East side of Virginia Water Lake. I generally follow the hidden path to the bushes then swing around towards Guards Polo Club. From there I take the lake on my right hand and jog back to the car park. It happened to be a 7.5 km in total, which is not bad for a first long run after so many weeks of excuses.

W01D2 Saturday was recovery day.

W01D3 Sunday we became parents to two gorgeous babies. Look at them, I am in love!

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Kittens

W01D4: Monday was busy day at work and I was on my feet all day long, which is visible on my step count πŸ™‚ I use the Health app on my iPhone, which is connected with Nike Run Club and my Vitality app.

W01D5: Tuesday was all about recovery and ROMWOD. I love ROMWOD. If you don’t know what I am talking about check out the link. I first heard about it from a super gorgeous and inspiring Lady calledΒ Carly Rowena. If you haven’t heard about her, you totally need to check out her website and Β her youtube channel.

W01D6: Wednesday was a weird day off. I was at work twice but I was off at the same time. I ran around the estate in the evening. It was 4.7 km in total. I was contemplating to run to the station and back just to make it a round 5k instead of 4.7 but I couldn’t be bothered. I was hungry and went home directly.

W01D7: Thursday is my ROMWOD day before another Friday longish run. Today is also my NAMEday, and look what I received in the afternoon:

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Flowers from Parents

 

Less than 3 weeks left until the Richmond RUNFEST. The race packs are being dispatched next week, so that is something to look out for. I am getting nervous as I haven’t trained enough for this race. But I am confident that I can make it. Stick with me to find out.

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Weekly Food Post Challenge

Did I tell you about my love for challenges? All sorts to be not so specific. Recently I was looking for a foodie blog challenge, however I couldn’t find one (as you know if it is not one of the first three posts on Google then it doesn’t exist).Β At least that is how far my attention stretches out.

So I am creating my own challenge. Hereby I have decided that as of 1 September 2017, I am going to attempt to post one of my favourite dish every week for a year (at least). Sounds very ambitious, but there are two things to consider:

This statement means that I have 52 favourite meals to share with you, which is a far from reality. I am a horrible eater, picky and all mother-in-law’s nightmare. One of the many reasons I thought it is a good idea to post weekly is to expand on my cooking skills and to develop a much diverse eating habit.

Furthermore, I am hoping to get into a blogging habit, which I have failed in the past six years.

Cappuccino
Cappuccino

I hope you join me, I would love to collaborate with you. Get involved and share your fav meals with me. Get in touch and we will figure it out together!

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