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Yes I run, but what kind of run do you do?

It has been long time since I started to think on this topic, people say…. Yes I run, but what kind of run do you really do? I found some really great pictures of a famous photographer Kevin Winzeler and made me think more about it.

-City run, night run, trail, ultra speed one, treadmill at the gym,free run,  long distances, acrobatic, ultra, skyliner…..

I started with the easy one, the most usual, just some jogging by the city, but as soon I started to know different ones I decided it was time to try to change, none of them is better or worst than the others, but I found a few of them, one when I have time enough and it is the real that gives me more and the others depending on my mood.

Running can change your mind, body and spirit. When I run I feel invincible, I feel free.

Kobe Bryant

When I decided my target, I thought, I’m crazy, I can’t do that, that’s only for young and very good runners, but what the hell!! and I did it! It has been hard (I’m still on it) , but day after day I was doing more and more and more, and then I arrived just in a point that I was completely unable to believe what I can do, sometimes I take my bike and do the same route, and then I say WOW!! There are days that I have a look from home to some of the points I arrived and say..I did it! So there’s anything impossible, it is said that when you have a target in life things start to appear in your line of that target, so… go for it. A couple of days ago I found this video on youtube, if you think you still don’t know, what kind of run you would like to do… then have a look, choose the image you like the most, and go for it without any excuse, because everybody can, YOU can!!

What kind of run do you like the most?

Ps If you want to know what’s the one I like the most…. 0’27”-0’42”

Ps2. Next target a 89kms route in 3 days!

Just do it! there’s not limit, power is on you

Just do it!

Yes, I know,  it is the Slogan of a famous brand, however I try to make it mine all the time, what do I mean with it? we don’t know our limits, and they are even higher than we think, suffering is that word that we hate, we don’t like it, it is hard, and the most of the times we try to avoid it and going to the simple and easy way.

One of the most wonderful things of the ones who love running is that we are able to suffer, our enemies are in everywhere, hot, cold or rainy weather, those never ending paths going up the hill, tiredness, pain in our legs, knees, feet, so what the hells are we doing?

It doesn’t mean we love suffering, but we know that fighting against it, the final award is better, I can remember when I started to run, I was only able to run 2 kms, yes only 2, suffering was high, I was not used to it, but then I realized it costs me, it is not easy, but in the other hand… nothing is impossible.

Last week I dedicated it to do some “extreme” run, I don’t explain it at all to everybody, but people say I’m crazy, I don’t care.

I compare this workout as a roller coaster, it starts suffering going up the hill for more than 5 kilometers, but then the show starts, a full sequence of loopings,  fast run crossing the forest,  jumps,  head down and body movements avoiding branches, a fast curve with the cliff at my side, then up again, fast, fast, show must go on, down again, poisonous plants in front of you and jump, jump, I feel some scratches on my legs, I can’t stop I’m going down, I’m not sure where I’m stepping , my eyes move all around, my mind works faster than my legs, have to control everything, where I’m stepping and where I’m going to do the next step, my God! path is finished, turn left between those plants, jump!, remember the brambles around, I am in the dark and wet side of the mountain, where the sun never arrives, still going down and a huge puddle appears, what to do? a miracle! a perfect size stone is just in the middle, while my mind is controlling those steps before crossing the puddle, my eyes are looking ahead, but can’t see anything so I wish my self good luck! a perfect long jump and yes! right foot over the rock and then again another long step, ooppsss! I saved the puddle, but I’m in blank I have not more information about the next step, full adrenaline and…. I’m lucky again it was clear and run up, up and up, it costs me to breathe but the top of the path is near, I arrive, and from then a very long and soft path down starts, I can breath properly, my heart is recovering and then I enjoy landscapes thinking of all those ” frantic loopings”.

I’m 7 kms from home and it looks like a paradise, no cars, noise or pollution, can’t believe it can be found so near home, and it “just” costed me a huge and forgotten effort, now I just can remember those wonderful feelings.

Then at home I have a look to the mountain and say…… I was just in that place!! can’t believe it!! so high! so far!

BUT I DID IT, JUST DO IT!!

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A technical post? oh no my God ? I’m not that good! (just a petition)

For personal reasons, I stopped posting, but last days I got a couple of messages asking me for a new post (which I really love).

I’m not very kind of writing a technical one, because I always say I’m only a guy who loves running and don’t follow rules so here it is just my own personal experience.

It was asked me…. What can I do to get ready for a half Marathon? 

Let me think…..mmmm well… so…. I think … no, no, I guess… yes, maybe, sure it is… Ask to a professional 😛

Joking, in my case there was one thing that helped me a lot: “micoach” first time I started to run I was a fool, I started to run out of control, so I was only able to run about 2 kms, ending completely drained and the worst I felt injured. So then after stopping a few months, I found out that software for my smartphone, the first day it made me a check to know my physical situation, I hated it!! it made me run faster and faster every 3 minutes for very long and never ending 12 minutes my God 12 MINUTES!! I was almost about to through my smartphone to the river!. But it was worthy, til that moment I just started a plan to get a better fit and it worked!!! It made me slow down when I was running fast, and made me go faster when I was going slow, it showed me the importance of a low pace run, it is called the confort zone, the pace where you can recover after a hard effort, and you can run for longer distances.

Day after day,  I extended my workouts, I felt better and if the workout was supposed to do a 25 minutes running I kept running a few minutes more.

I learnt to adapt my routes, I just wanted to do longer ones, so if one day I felt I was perfect I chose a hard route, but if I was not fine I chose an easy one.

Mixing mountain runs with asphalt helped me too, it is hard, really hard but so pleasant Nowadays I’m running more by mountain than by asphalt because the feeling you get when you arrive to the top, and enjoying nature and silence are splendid.

Turning to micoach plans, their workouts are great, mixin easy runs, and the next day series, goinf fast and slow, fast and slow, for a few minutes always guiding you. However the most important is enjoying every day. I stopped using micoach because I wanted to run by my own, without any stablished plan, but now I do everything  I learnt whenever I want.

So the final result was that 4 months later I started to run, I did my first half marathon, and believe me, the first time you do that…. Woohoo!!!  it is an unbelievable feeling, so if you want to do it…. just try it and try it, be patient learn about your body, about finding your perfect pace don’t feel bad if you run slow, and some day without thinking about it, you will start running and running and running your brain will be free, you won’t want to stop and … “Voilà”  22kms!!

Post dedicated to my main follower

Thanks for reading me and “force” me to keep posting ! 😉 can’t wait to know she get it succesfully!

Rules, or breaking rules? (I’m never satisfied)

“Changeable, unsatisfied, perfectionist, unpredictable, non stopping mind, that’s me!! “

Have you ever had something finished and then for any reason you have changed your opinion and keep it parked and started another one again?

I’m that way, can’t change it, I have always some started posts, and then I develop them depending of the day, today I threw my finished post out and now I’m writing this one while I’m cooking ( I think my food will end burnt) So that’s what happens to me while running.

Completely unpredictable, and always breaking “stablished rules”

  • Do stretching before running (I never do)
  • Do stretching after running (I never do)
  • Don’t run after having strong meal ( rule? is it a rule?)
  • Am I using pronating, neutral, underpronating running shoes? I don’t care, I run by mountains where it is not important

Body is not as perfect as numbers, 2+2 are not always 4 when we talk about body.

I forgot I’m cooking .. be back in seconds!…

I hate stablished rules, but before starting a new activity everybody need some first steps to follow more or less accurately, for example if you want to be a painter, you will ask about the technic in painting or if you want to be a cook you will learn about, roasting, baking and you will end spheriphicating.

But then the rebel side of me says: WTF ! let me paint and cook as I want.

Revolution, inspiration, fun, perfection (on my own way)!

I’m not a runner, I just run, I never go to official competitions, maybe one day I’ll do but just to experience it.

What do I mean with it? I just want to do what I want, enjoying, if I would had to stretch some minutes before running I would had stopped running, I changed the stretching, for a few minutes of a slow run, the same when I finish, I walk for some minutes or I change exercise doing a very fast run. I never do same route and I change it in every corner depending on my sensations, and needs, and I even can do 20 kms when I was suposed to do just 5kms, I do night runs in the darkness without any light. Am I a crazy man? Sure, but let me enjoy my madness.

So…. what’s the main target of this post?  Simply only one, If you feel you are not completely satisfy, or you are starting to be bored…change it!

Do whatever you want, 

Learn by your self,

Get wrong,

But ENJOY!

By the way…. And this is a real unbreakable rule,  dont write while cooking, my lunch definetly is burnt, so…..

+34.93.555.66.66

Pizza “Hat”, Good morning, can I help you?…… 

 

P.S. I’M NOT TO BE HELD RESPONSIBLE IF U DAMAGE UR BODY / SPILL UR ENERGY DRINK  / ANY OTHER CALAMITY/MISHAP  FOLLOWING “MY RULES” :-p

Tourism while running. Is it “tourunning” ?

Last long weekend I visited the French region of Haute Garonne, and spent a few days in Saint Gaudens in the famous hotel/restaurant called Cuisine et Santè center created years ago by René Levy who was disciple of George Oshawa a japanese who introduced macrobiotic diet in Europe …blah, blah, blah (if you are interested on him… Wikipedia 😉 )

cuisine et sante

I could run a couple of times despite of the changeable weather,  it was nice as I did some “tourism” while running, it might sound a bit strange but in fact it was something like a first preview, was funny and very useful, I mean before doing a real visit by the place I ran without any exact destination nor route, I let myself get lost trying to go as far as I could,in some way it helped me while running and made my workout easier, my mind was 49% in learning my route, 49% admiring everything and 2% trying to avoid all the amount of dog’s pooh in everywhere!! I felt like an “explorer” …

  • oh what a church!
  • wow I love that shop
  • nice park,
  • what a church! (ooopss it was the same first one) ,
  • lovely place for having a coffee,
  • mmm yummi bakery don’t stop, don’t stop! 

        

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The one I saw was, (and maybe I’m wrong) they are not used to see runners  they even let me pass up while I was by the sidewalk smiling me. I think there’s an easy explanation… that’s the land of cycling culture, yes I saw some runners but the most I saw were in the official running track. Village was nice but those shopping areas located outside the center has killed life in the city, yes I know, city is less noisy, pollution, but I hate it, cities look like a desert.

I think I burnt all my fat,  macrobiotic diet is almost 100% fat-free, so a few days more in there and surely I would have reach the anorexic level!! oh sorry for that, I didn’t want to make fun about it, but certainly all the people working in there were extremely slim, and the ones I know out are that way too, sure they are healthy I have not any doubt, I know that diet since time ago as I mixed with traditional food, what’s more my dinner tonight will be whle grain rice with seaweed and vegetables, but can’t imagine doing hard exercise and being macrobiotic. (I will investigate about it)

Anyway I really enjoyed the wonderful green landscapes, lakes, forests, horses, castles, nice people and I even got a “present” of there and will last for a few days… I got a flue, so resting time!!

Ps. I never want to write a long and boring post, so feel free to ask whatever you want about it

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