Thank God for Internet. I stumbled upon this video a while ago, finding myself saying yeap, yeap, yeap and more yeaps as I watch the vid went on. Though some are just exaggerations of the nature, I bet you can call yourself a runner if you agree with more than 20 of these items:
1. You have chafing in strange, unimaginable places
2. All of your socks are either stained or torn
3. You use the phrase “10 mile” and “easy run” in the same breath
4. You can eat your weight in pasta
5. You spend more money on training clothes than school clothes
6. Your Saturday mornings for the rest of your life are RUINED
7. You often foam at the mouth
8. (If you’re a guy) You try to impress girls by saying you’re a faster finisher
9. You consider school/work a break between runs
10. You own spandex in more than one color
Argh! When I stepped on the treadmill to set my target distance and play my power songs, my nano won’t switch on – AT ALL! The Apple logo won’t even appear. That’s when I realized… it ran out of battery, and I’m already at the gym, and I cannot look back… but can only run. I wasn’t impressed with the idea of going home and skipping my workout this morning just because I was so forgetful about little things like these. #WhatMadeMyDayThe miracle was that I could run for an hour on the treadmill – sans TV, sans music. Remember, people: Numbers on the treadmill are not to be trusted. Read on to find out why…
Well, it’s nothing like I expected it to be – it’s purely for charity, so that explains why there’s no chip timing systems or race results to look forward to after the run.
But it was fun. I’ve never seen downtown Jakarta this clear and empty. It’s usually a dense traffic.
During the 10k race last month, my Nano was pretty accurate on measuring my distance. For this run, however, the Nano read my total running distance as 6.25 km when it’s supposed to be just a 5 km distance.
1.25 km is quite a big number for inaccuracy. But I digress. I won’t complain. I had fun anyways.
I’ll just count it on my weekly progress as just that – 3.1 miles. A machine is a machine – I can’t expect it to be accurate all the time.
So for a 6.25 km distance, I ran it all in 34 minutes and 52 seconds, which translates to 11’15″ / mi. Which is awesome. The last time I did a 5k distance (check out my running page), I was at a pace of 11’02 / mi. It may be slower, but I know I can go faster. Lots of unexpected things happened while on the road. I even almost got hit by a bus!
Thanks to Ninit Yunita, the whole race was thoroughly documented in beautiful pictures. You can view them all, which were posted as an album on the Indo Runners Facebook fan page.
Great event – it’s a thrill to run just for the sake of running!
Also, I want to make a correction: On this post and this one, I mentioned I’m going to run two races, which will take place on November 4 and 29. Turns out the Standard Chartered run is going to be held on the same day as the Allianz run, which is on the 4th! So we’re choosing to run on the 4th instead, just because it’s nearer and that we won’t have to skimp on sleep and wake up so early.
Stanley’s mother just came back from Hawaii today. She knew I love dark chocolate and nuts and it’s a pleasure to receive these little gifts from her:
As a fellow tea-lover, she grabbed me some teabag sachets of various flavors …
… FYI, here’s how my current tea collection looks like …
I’m glad I have so much in common with her. She’s as crazy about tea just as I am!
As you may already know, I drink about a gallon of water a day. The way I do it is carrying around a water bottle that can fit 1 liter of water at each refill. I left the bottle in Stanley’s car some time ago, and since then it mysteriously disappeared! He asked his driver, his housemaids, his workers, and nobody saw it. At one occasion his sister did saw it left in the car, but then nobody really knew who took it out and where it is now.
Since it’s really, really, really difficult to find a 1 liter water bottle that won’t leak, in the meantime, Stanley made up for the loss with this pleasant surprise:
… Now I have two Stanleys to take care of!!! :p
#WhatMadeMyDay I can take my baby with me to the office from now on, sip a full glass of tea with him, and reduce my daily stress everyday.
This post is just one of those self-affirming words I tell myself to improve my current state, sort of a motivation I give myself but hopefully it motivates you to take a step further too.
Counting today, the past week my weekly distance has been:
0.96 + 1.8 + 1.03 = 3.79 mi
That’s insufficient to prepare for a 10k race The previous week I only went to the gym once, so that week the distance I covered was a sad 1.52 mi
Ok, ok, stop frowning, Stace. You’ve got 19 more days to prepare. Barely 3 weeks. You can do it.
Next week, I want to increase my weekly distance into 5.5 miles. That’s not exactly a baby step but it’s achievable, considering my current progress. In fact, like I mentioned, every gym visit does not only include a treadmill workout, but others too. Normally it looks like I go to the weight room first, then an interval on the elliptical for 10-15 minutes, and then the treadmill. Then some light stretches and extra leg workout, plus a bit of abs.
But I decided not to count any of those. I decided to focus on my running. That’s how much it takes me to warm up for a good run.
I can do it. 5.5 miles a week, that means going to the gym 5 times a week with roughly the same distance I’ve been running at one workout. And that’s the plan.
#WhatMadeMyDay I’m going to get a good full-body massage tonight! (Been ages). I’m also going to receive a surprise from my boyfriend! (Which I have no idea what). He just came back from China yesterday, and I just want to see him for now. That’s all.
It was supposed to be a 24-min workout!!! I pressed pause and due to my being careless I clicked twice and ended the whole workout So I’m waking up early tomorrow to lace up my shoes again!
Today, surprisingly, my run felt almost as easy as I used to feel when I could still run a sub-8:00 for 1 mile. Actually, I suspect that I’ve gone beyond that threshold of pain in my brain. That feeling of “I want to give up now” became “just 3 more minutes… just 3 more minutes…”
To tell you the truth, I didn’t feel an iota of quitting throughout those 13 minutes – I was actually enjoying that familiar rush in my mind and spirit, and I wasn’t huffing and puffing at all like I did in my previous runs, although I’m aware I’m still at the same pace. Yet, this morning, the run felt almost effortless! For some reason it’s easier to keep my shoulders back, chin tall and comfortable, and just continue to look ahead while feeling the morning San Francisco breeze blowing my whole body ever so lightly, slowly fighting gravity from one stride to the other. I was aware that I had perfect posture, and it felt easier for me to smile at passersby because I had my breaths under control.
There are 2 possible reasons behind this absolute rush of feel-good hormones (i.e. dopamine):
1) I was wearing this tee (above), or
2) I was running on empty.
I didn’t eat breakfast at 7am like I do every morning. Last night I slept later than usual to do a touch-up on my homework. I woke up at 9am and immediately put on my workout clothes, my running shoes, grabbed my nano, and go.
Okay, I did put some things into my mouth – a cup of earl grey green tea and a capsule of vitamin B complex. And then I walked around the block briskly before I began my workout.
If you’ve never done a fasted run before, I’m a strong advocate of it now – just because it makes running feel easier for you, physically and emotionally, as your mind will prevent you from going any faster than your body can handle. The whole purpose of this morning’s run was to ease my current stress levels, but if you’re training for race, there are some proven benefits to incorporate fasted runs in your schedule.
The main benefit from running “on E”? “It teaches your body how to efficiently burn carbs for fuel.
To prepare themselves for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon last fall, Canadian runners Reid Coolsaet and Eric Gillis worked together with physiologistTrent Stellingwerff, Ph.D., of the Canadian Sport Centre-Pacific, in terms of how to match their unconventional approach to fasted training with how they refuel their carb-depleted tanks. They ended up running their personal bests during the race.
At any given time of the day, our bodies naturally store carbs in the form of glycogen in the liver, and some in the muscles. These are readily available whenever our bodies demand for it. However, truthfully, my 12-minute workout does close to nothing to train my body to burn fat. It takes more than 30 minutes until the body starts to burn fat, says Stellingwerff to Runner’s World.
Still, I personally feel better running on an empty stomach than when I have it filled before a run. I think this morning’s run was just a baby step that I intend to build as I keep putting the effort to make running as a routine again. I’ve never done fasted runs before – normally I always eat at least 1 to 2 hours before a workout, and that has been so for the last 3 years.
However, I don’t intend to do each and every workout a fasted one – especially when I know I’ll be dealing with weights once I signed up for my gym membership later. Because your stomach is empty, you can’t run as fast as you can, so it’s not an ideal workout for speed training. Even more so, I don’t intend to faint if I was lifting heavier weights if my stomach is empty!