Thursday, 27 September 2012

Strength training

After being away from running for a couple of weeks finally managed to come back to my running routine. A bit behind my marathon training plan at the moment, but it's time to push it harder and catch up. Last week I added some plyometric exercises to my training and after quite a while finally found a gym that holds a set of kettlebells. Kettlebell training is very intense and dynamic, and you don't need to spend hours in the gym.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

When failure motivates you. A note on the Great North Run

Great North Run was the first running event I ever watched. It was 2007 when I first saw thousands of people running in the streets and that was long before I gave running a go. At that time running 13.1 miles sounded impossible to me.

When I started running, Great North Run was the first event I wanted to participate. It was in February that I registered and got a confirmed place in 2012 GNR. Then after a few months I found that I am not gonna make it this year due to some travel issues.

And this failure led me to a greater choice. I did register for Swissalpine marathon. Running a marathon was something that I was not even dreaming of. And I did it three months before my first planned half-marathon!

Today 55000 runners competed in GNR and I was not one of them. But what I did instead was running a half-marathon on my own this morning.

Do embrace your failure. It might bring you new opportunities.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

More than a sport

"He doesn't run to live, he lives to run" Kilian Jornet says about Anton Kurpica.

Training time

With my second marathon planned in late October I wrote down a six-week training plan. That consists of easy runs, tempo runs, Intervals, fartleks, hill trainings and of course weekly long runs. Let's get this started!

Sunday, 9 September 2012

A reminder to myself!

You could either start your day by running, sweating, struggling and feeling alive afterwards or you could hit the snooze button and feel sluggish the whole day. The choice is clearly yours!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Bad weather, sore muscles and all other excuses

"You're not disabled by your disabilities, but abled by your abilities."  Oscar Pistorius

Next time you find yourself making excuses for not running (We all sometimes do) Think of these guys!

Kenya's Samwell Mushai Kimani,  men's 1500m T11 final at the 2012 Paralympics
 Oscar Pistorius aka The Blade Runner, The first athlete who competes in both Olympic and Paralympic games.