Two mile Friday night run with the boys! It was way too hot and humid, so we took it nice and slow. I’ll be halfway through my pregnancy tomorrow and running is starting to get harder, but I’m determined to keep running as many miles as I can. I’m going to try to get in a longer run tomorrow or Sunday depending on the heat and how I feel!
1 411 July, 2020
Seriously, barely wanna admit that this run/walk even happened! LOL But, they can't always feel great! It's about consistency. Not exactly sure what happened other than the heat... My first mile went pretty normal then the nausea hit, I was overheated, and knew it... It felt like my skin was on fire... I tried to drink some water and cool off then pick up the pace again, but that lasted another minute before I got sick... So at my halfway point I decided I should walk back instead of continuing to push it... I don't know if I hydrated enough between last nights run and today's, or if it was really just that hot... Either way, not my best day, but I didn't give up, call for a ride etc... I still finished!
Tragically I hurt my foot fleeing from wasps yesterday so a run was not in the books today ☹️ and judging by the pain in my foot might not be tomorrow either 😫 but the dog gots to walk and I like to bring my daughter and her bff joined us at the @mendocoastbotanicalgardens ! It's apropos that Flori, originally Flor, would be among the flowers 🌼🌸🌻❇️🌷🏵️
... #getoutside#meximutt#adoptdontshop#dogsofinstagram 🐶🐩🐕🐾
Day 47 of my run streak. Hot night with a feel like temp of 103°!
I got a massage earlier today too and now I understand why they tell you not to exercise for a day after but it isn't like I could kill my streak because of a masaage haha. Live and learn. Takeaway - run before the massage if I ever get one again.
I run because I like to run. I drink beer because I like to drink beer. You don’t have to run to earn your beer! Cheers! 🍻
3 811 July, 2020
I had an interesting conversation with someone today, about running while Black. So here’s my two cents on the lack of inclusivity and diversity within the running community. When you step back and look at the big picture, it’s quite obvious who’s considered the face of “What a runner looks like?" Once, Ahmaud’s murder surfaced, the running community at large had to deal with a reality that your average Black runners aren’t given their due respect while on the pavement, a problem since the 1960s the dawn of running We share the same miles, trails, asphalt, roads, and pay our dues just like any other runner to enter a race. It’s unfortunate that unless you’re from Ethiopia or Kenya with a pace of 4 mins per mile, bringing clout to a bonafied race at an elite runner your Black body don’t matter. ⠀
For me, it’s a double whammy, not only am I Black, I am a Muslim woman. Where do I fit into these running spaces? How would does @runnersworldmag view me? Am I not fair skinned enough? Is my pace too slow to even be relevant? How does the running community in totality view me? Does my hijab bother some? Is it a problem that I'm Muslim? And not that the opinions of others define who I am because I will always remain true to myself and I really zero F'ks; however, these uncomfortable conversations need to be had. ⠀
I mean to be honest this disparity should come as no surprise: Running has been a pastime marketed primarily to white people ever since the jogging craze” was born in the lily-white Oregon track and field world of the late 1960s. Black people have not only been excluded from the sport — one survey by Running USA found under 10 percent of frequent runners identify as African-American — they’ve also been relentlessly depicted as a threat to legitimate, white joggers.⠀
Listen! In no way am I begging for a seat at the table, I am demanding an entire row of seats for all the Black runners that are pushed under the radar. Where we live, dress, believe, our ethnicity, body type or anything else for that matter shouldn’t matter. The context of a runner should only be defined by the one who puts one foot in front of the other. 🗣Damnit shake the table!
16 8611 July, 2020
A rare non running pic from me! Here I am with my little loves after a few days away visiting my BFF and her kids. I just took 3 days off from running after not taking more than 1 consecutive day off this entire year 😲 And recently I was running longer streaks without taking a day- 10 days, 15 days, 22 days. I’m a very driven person. And through this insane pandemic I held on tightly to running to bring some control and normalcy to my life. I also found a new joy in running freely without a plan or a race hanging over my head. I was enjoying pushing my boundaries and seeing what I could do. And I stayed committed to running 50mi weeks and 200mi months this entire year. I mostly did that ranging generally between 45-55mi. And hitting 200+ every month besides January (195.) But recently I started to feel tired. Really tired. And achy. Really achy. And I knew I wasn’t being very respectful to my health. And I couldn’t even think about long runs or how I could train for virtual Boston. So I knew this was the perfect opportunity to take a few days. I still don’t feel clear on how I am going to train for virtual Boston, but I do feel refreshed from my time away. My body and mind feel better and my cup feels much fuller from all of the love and fun these days away brought. I’m sure I could use a few more days. I might run tomorrow. I might not. TBD. I just wanted to share because I know I’m not alone in struggling with days off and being so focused on goals. But I am looking forward to feeling better and working on maintaining a better balance. #runnernotrunning
When you are young and just setting out into adulthood, you should, by this way of thinking, sit down and take some time to discover yourself, to define what is really important to you, what your priorities are, what arouses your deepest passions.
I’m not usually an evening runner but maybe I need to be because that tempo felt GOOOOOD!💃🏼
Went faster than my GMP but I decided to just go with what my legs were feeling and where I felt I could do 2-3 more miles once I was done. Y’all I ended up with a new VO2 max and a 10k PR🔥 Happy almost weekend!
1 mile warm up
8 mile tempo
1 mile cool down
10 miles total
Smiling because I ❤️ to 🏃🏼♀️ and got it done, but the reality is I was sucking wind on this one....again 🙄
Just been struggling lately.
Every run feels harder than the last.
Not sure what is up. Not sure if I should push harder or if my body is telling me to just slow down right now 🤷🏼♀️
All I can do is keep showing up and try to use my best judgment to determine when to push and when to pull back.
I am ready for a 🔥☀️ weekend
So I gained a little weight. So I lost a little running fitness. So I gained a little anxiety. So it’s hot as hell right now. I’m at a turning point. No turning back. Only looking at the road ahead. I put on my @aftershokz headphones, tuned on my favorite playlist, and sweat out another 5 miles. I can see the road ahead. No more excuses.
⚡ Marathon Training 1️⃣8️⃣6️⃣ ⚡
𝕄𝕚𝕤𝕤𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝔸𝕔𝕔𝕠𝕞𝕡𝕝𝕚𝕤𝕙𝕖𝕕 🥳
𝟭𝟭𝗸 𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝟰:𝟭𝟰 /𝗸𝗺 🙌🏻
Second session all done with 33 laps of madness loops ⭕😵 (333m on each loop). The target is to hit the 11k average at 4:15 /km so I'm quite pleased to hit the target. The breakdown of the session as below.
➡️ 2.63k warm up to the park.
➡️ 11.01k tempo run (4:14 /km).
➡️ 2.82k cool down jog home.
It's always tricky to do speed session in a park as there are too many children playing around. Tried my best as always. It's finally time to cook my dinner 🤤
I can't wait for the weekend too. Hope you'll have a brilliant weekend too 💛. Let me know your plans. Comment below 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
In terms of helping others out.I'm currently at 8️⃣5️⃣% of my fundraising target.As a runner,I understand the importance of being active ¬ everyone is as fortunate as us.So,this year the plan is to do lots of drawings.Sound easy?It's not.I'll be drawing them using my legs.I'll be challenging myself to draw 2️⃣0️⃣+ GPS Arts while I'm travelling around here & there🎨Hv you tried it before?It takes a lot of patience, it's very difficult, it's time-consuming & it's tough.I'll also be running 2️⃣ Marathons too as part of the initiative to help people with paralysis to live an active life again for @spinalresearch .If you can spend some time to read about my story on how I've started running & why I'm doing this.I'll be really grateful.I'll be very happy too if you can buy me a virtual beer(donations😉)🍺Link in my bio 🙏🏻
14 19510 July, 2020
Just a friendly reminder, for those days when you feel like you went for a swim rather than a run...it's really important to adjust any and all expectations. Stop looking at your watch and run based off effort and HYDRATE 💦
"When the temperature soars, so does your internal system. The most difficult situation for your body is the perfect storm of hot skin, low body water, and elevated core temperature. When you’re exercising in the heat, the biggest burden your body faces is trying to keep blood flowing to the skin to keep you cool.
And surprise surprise, men and women thermoregulate a bit differently under heat stress. Specifically, women sweat less; our sweat is more diluted; we have fewer sweat glands per square inch. Not only do we sweat less, we also start sweating later than men: We vasodilate first, then sweat, meaning our internal temperature that kick-starts sweating is higher than men’s.
We also have different heat-loss responses across the phases of our menstrual cycle. Skin temperature and bloodflow are lower in the high-hormone phase, meaning we are less sensitive to triggers to dissipate heat when our levels of estrogen and progesterone are high."- @drstacysims ((Roar))🦁
Boom 💥 It isn’t just your core temperature that dictates how you perform, but your overall thermal stress and blood availability.
Proper hydration is key. It's a little more complicated than just picking something up off the shelf in your local running store, especially for women. Because we respond to it differently than men...to which much of the industry is based on 🥴 Do some research ladies! Just water and low quality, sugary drinks are not good enough. Your body needs to absorb it to use it.
Be safe out there! I felt like I was melting the moment I stepped out the door this morning 🥴 It's a hot and humid sauna in Virginia right now!
Minha sexta fechou com um sorriso no rosto! E a sua? 😄
Mais uma semana cheia de atividades físicas e amanhã é dia de descanso! Necessário, também. 😴 Confesso que tenho dificuldade de parar. 🙃
Conta aí pra mim qual atividade física que te empolga mais? Bom fim de semana! #diadecorrida#euvivolavie#niterói
19 2823 July, 2020
2 mile time trial: ✔️
This was tough. There were highs. There were lows. There was 90% humidity. There was a lot of self talk. All in a 15min time frame. Because let’s be honest here, a lot of mental strength is needed for any time trial/race/tough workout. And I really struggle with pushing myself into those uncomfortable paces that I know I’m capable of.