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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!

October 29th, 2011 Workout and personal best in 5kms

was out running 5.63 km in 24m:48s using Endomondo and micoach

via Endomondo Corriendo Workout.

Finally I did it,following my training plan I was supposed to do 5kms in 23 minutes in the end of December so.. 2 months before… and 30% of the training plan made, I run 5kms in 21’36” (3 miles in 20’57”) and running against a strong and icy wind

Body dates:17,3% fat 58% water I’ve lost 3 kg since the last time I weight in February (I got an analysis scale to check weight, fat and water)

In my next entry you will see my progression in 5kms  since May til now.

October 25th, 2011 workout

Was out running 12.05 km in 1h:00m:03s using Endomondo & micoach

via Endomondo Corriendo Workout.

Has been hard today, quite hard, because of the strong wind blowing against me and running up the hill, I wanted to do a longer run, but I would had finish drained, I’m not still in my best fit, so will wait. Can’t take out of my mind my last wild  night run accross the forest in the darkness, so amazing.

By the way, can’t believe today is my personal best in 10 kms 48’53”!! going up the hill, against the wind….. and I didn’t want to go fast as I took it as a relaxing and soft run! and I run 20 seconds faster I’m so surprised !

5 kms Personal best, after being injured

After being injured for 10 days, I’m back, and surprisingly I run fast, too fast I think, I just wanted to see how my right leg was going, and to prove my new Nike dual fusion, I will talk about it later, but they made me run fast, really fast, I was completely unable to go slow. Turning back to my workout I felt quite well, but will wait til tomorrow.

I realized I was running fast (for me) and then after 3 kms I decided to push a bit so I could do my best, without forcing too much, Im sure I could do it better but will try another day, having a look to my history, five months ago I run 5kms in 26′ 16″ and now I can do it in 22′ 20″ so I’m proud it means 4 minutes less, almost 50″ per kilometer. I’m happy

Best personal 5km

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