Sunday, September 25, 2011

2 5K and a PR :)

Hey blog world, long loong time no see. I've been away from the virtual world in general 'cause I was really late with some subjects at school and needed to get them done asap. It was either running or the internet. Soo hard, right? (not)! :)

Last Saturday, it was about 9pm a friend from my group told me about this 5K they were running the following morning... I was like "oh well, it's not like I have to study 39483 things for school or anything right" :). So let me try to describe it: I'd rather ran 15 half-marathons than run a single 5K race. It's painful. It hurts. I don't enjoy it. I've cursed every single step of the way why the hell do I have to run, why couldn't I choose some other sport, why whyy whyyyy. But then it ended and I was like :D (ok maybe 15min after it ended when my lungs went back to my thorax and my heart stopped trying to pop out of my ribs.

Don't get fooled, I only sprint out when I'm SURE I see the finishing line within no more than 200m lol

The elites - and moi :) 

Ahnm, excuse me, my bff from my running group won the race? 

So today it was another 5K, a group race. Total of 20K covered by a group of 4. If I've suffered so much finishing the other 5K why would I do another one a week later, you ask? Glad you've asked, because I don't know why EITHER! Next thing I new, I was signing up and ready to roll. So you might think that, since I've run a 5K a week before, this one would be a piece of cake, right? WRONG. It hurt. My lungs were burning crazy, I could feel my heartbeat all over my body, I was wondering WHY WHYYY WHYYYY do I have to run, I should be sleeping like all the (un)cool kids, whyyy. Oh well. I still don't know why I do it, I just know I keep doing it. It's an addiction, isn't it? I just wonder... will it EVER ever get a little easier?

My group of today's race and our running couch. They've LIED TO ME. I told them I was gonna slow the whole group down and they said no one was worrying about time. Their 5K times? 17, 20, 21min. Yeahhh right. 

Of course the boys took the podium. :) 

The gals who kicked major bootie. 

Hanging out with Laura to see if I can catch "speedinitis" from her. 

Runner's idea of partying hard. :) 

Overall, it was an awesomesauce race. I hated every minute of it while I was running, but the before and specially the after feelings make it ALL WORTH it. Can't wait to suffer on the next one :) 

Help me here, peeps: do you guys also suffer while running short distance races or even while doing speed training or that's just me?

The perfect distance and pace ever? 
21K. The perfect pace for me would be around 8:40-ish. It's the kind of pace I totally forget I'm running and keep going on and on and on and on. It's a reminder of why I like running so much and is a MUST on a weekly basis lol.

This takes a special meaning for me. I used to be one of those people who always HAD to overdo it to think it was worth doing. If I only had time for a quick 30min run, I'd rather NOT RUN AT ALL, because I thought it was lamesauce. Now I know how MEANINGFUL those precious 30min are and I treasure every single second of it :) 

Friday, September 16, 2011


Personal note: don't try running a half-marathon when you have the hardest test of the year 2 days after.

Woke up thinking I had plenty of time ahead of me, but as it turned out, I ended up getting there with only 30min to prepare. The weather was amazing...

Probably around 75F, no wind... couldn't have been any better!

Almost 15.000 runners! It was a major record this year... I think half of Brazil was here lol

Let me know if you need any help with making such sexy poses for pictures :) 

Finished it in 2:10! I was so soo proud of myself, I can't even start describing it... my couch was expecting me to finish at 2:20, so when I saw the clock I was like "wow"! I really felt the last 2K (the longest I've ever run in my life before was 18.5K) and, somehow, I've sprinted out the last K... I wasn't out of breath at all for the whole race, but those last 2K my legs felt it a little... still, when I've crossed the line, tears came down like instantly because I still didn't believe I had finished it... And I started thinking that 5 months ago I was wondering if I run a 8K without dying and look where I am now! Between an injury and 2 months without training, med school, gym I have NOTHING to complain about; I'm grateful and proud of my accomplishments this year. When I look back at this very same time of the year in 2010, I was such a different person than I am now... I was going through some serious eating disorders, I battled an almost chronic anorexia on my own without anyone (not a single person) knowing it (to date); I was dating a stupid guy who didn't give two craps about me; I was slacking on my studies and partying hard almost every day of the week. I still have a looooooong way down the road, but I can tell you that, from here, I'm only climbing upwards :) 

After the marathon, I had to HIBERNATE for 2 whole days to try catching up on my test... In 48h, I slept a total of 5 hours. I went to the exam expecting the worst of the worst... but, somehow, I've passed it! I was exhausted out of my mind, but the feeling that I had passed on the hardest test of the year was way too exciting... now it's time to catch up with everything I have on "pending mode"somewhere d: 

Thanks guys for ALL YOUR SUPPORT, you were truly amazing! 

Inspiration of the day:

Tell me the last awesomesauce movie you've watched lately! I need to catch up with the world lol 

Friday, September 09, 2011


It's coming this Sunday!

Wish me luck!

ps. goal time: to finish it alive ('cause that's how positive I am!). 

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