Longer strides, pure motivation flowing through my veins, constant sound of breathing and heartbeat drowned out by music, full concentration and cold. I remember nothing but this bunch of feelings from the run I’ve finished right now. And I like it.
Distance: 27 Km
Ellapsed time: 2h 5m 37s
NEW PR 21’1Km 1h 35m 55s
Running like never before, feeling like a wild beast every time I wear my running shoes.I’m addicted.
Wearing my pajama, schedule prepared, lifting tons of books and notes, 9 exams during next week, could this be considered as an intellectual marathon? Anyway I WILL run this afternoon for sure! Hope you’re all doing well, fitblrs!
Sudden doubt! Why is Super Mario still being fat after running so much?!
This was me today, the tube got cancelled and I had to run from one station to the other across London! No problem, made my connection
Me: DUDE! I’ve just noticed!!! Do you live in London? I was there last March, in my second month of weight loss, on a trip across UK, I spent like 4 days in the city! We could have shared a Footlong on Subway! (Damn, I miss Subway soooo much, hope someday they will come here too….)
I absolutely LOVE your posts! You have such an engaging way of writing. You kicked that car’s metal ass. If only I’d been a runner when I had my old Rover Mini!
Me: Hahahaha, thank you so much, and congrats by joining a gym!!! I use to wonder if you, my lovely fitblr friends would understand me… Your reply proves that: a) you get exactly what I mean b) you don’t, but that big misunderstood sounds great to you :P Anyway FUCK YEAH! I kicked that big, cold, metal volvo’s ass indeed. And it doesn’t matter if you were a runner when you had your old car. The question is… are you a runner today? Could you beat a lazy car, or escape from a zombie apocalypse? If you aren’t, think about it. Or do some push ups. BUT DO SOMETHING, HONEY!
How do you cook your brown rice? I'm just starting to and it can be tricky.
Hi Joey! Well… Turn on the stove, add a tablespoon of olive oil(Mmmm…) and salt if you wish (I don’t), peel off and cut two cloves of garlic into sheets, and add it into the pot along with a laurel leaf when oil is hot. Stir it slowly until garlic becomes golden. Then we put the rice inside (when I cook for myself, 100g equals one serving) and keep stirring it slowly for 30-45 seconds. After that, add water (350 ml for each 100g of rice) and cook -medium heat- until it gets “ALMOST” dry. Finally, when it seems to be completely dry in less than one minute, remove the pot from the stove, cover it with a tea towel and wait 5 minutes.
New reason why I love to be a runner: When technology fails, your feet won't.
Thursday, 11/23/11, 21:05. I’m going back home after a tiring day at work. Suddenly, my car dies, in the middle of nowhere.
_Fuck!- I shout.
After hitting my head against the steering wheel repeatedly, I search for the tow truck phonenumber, and peer into my pocket looking for my phone. It isn’t there. Passenger seat… either. Bag… Nope. 4th dimension… Negative. So… I’m here, alone, in the middle of the road, 4 km until closest town, no phone, no traffic, no daylight… I take a breath, keep calm, dig into my gym bag, take running pants & running shoes, a hi-speed red flash like Superman and I’m ready to run! I leave the car, close the door and run the hell outta there. 20 minutes later, I’m home. Fuck you, old car, I WIN.
Gym is 3km far from home, so tomorrow when I wake up, I’ll run up to the gym (said warming up), lift some weights, run 8-10k with my crew, do some abs and go back home (running too, of course). You said “No excuses” :D
Did you ever have knee pain running? If so, what did you do that helped?
Hi Mikey! I hope for another private ask telling me how you’ve been doing lately!
Let’s be clear. Knee pain is runner’s bitch, specially if you are/ you’ve been overweight. Not just when running, but after running too, maybe for several days. I had knee pain most weeks since I started running, and losing weight was the thing that helped the most. Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic trick to avoid/take away this pain. Respect the time of rest, ice baths and stretch properly, these are the best weapons of which you have.
It was an apple & puff pastry pie, made with olive oil, sugar, wheat, water, baking powder, apples and soooo much love (AKA HUNGER). Now it’s just a bunch of ATP inside my cells, and a smile in my face :D
What to do when you're done with your running today but still feeling fresh and wild like an animal? Run again!
Really simple. So… today I woke up at 7 0’clock, had banana+8datiles as snack and headed to gym. Lats weight lifting, abs workout, then a wild Paloma appeared and we went out for a run! 10 km, 48:02 min. I wanted more, but she had pilates, so we went back to gym.
Today, like always since October, I suffered a terrible hunger. I’m eating like a dinosaur. Voracious. For example, look what I baked as morning snack:
I cut it into 20 little portions to share it with my family. It never happened. I ate the whole thing by myself. Today my intake was 3200 kcal. However, I lost another pound from last Monday.
After work, time 2 run again. I just couldn’t stop my legs. They wanted, so 8km run in 41:17 min and waaaay more relaxed, now I’m able to read, study, procrastinate here on tumblr and stay seated for longer than 10 min without urge to jump, squat, do push-ups or throw my rugby ball against the wall a hundred times. I’m affraid I’m getting pretty hyperactive. Anyway, active = fun!
Hahaha well let me think… I was 18, having a nice time with friends on a friend’s 18th b-day, we paid a restaurant to open just for us, tied our friend to a column, took his clothes out, covered him in cream, red wine, honey, oregan… It was funny :D After that, four friends and I came into the restaurant room totally naked except a cowboy hat covering our parts, and began to sing spanish version of “Achy breaky heart” when suddenly the whole family of the birthday’s guy appeared, because he told them where we were going to celebrate the party. Since that day, everytime I hear this song, I remember his granny’s smile xDDDDDDDD
I like girls, but I don’t like them. It’s kinda love-hate relationship. Spanish girls are meant to prefer bad boys so I have little success with them. In addition, I’m attracted by personality rather than physical, and here… beautiful personalities I’ve known are engaged or lesbian D:
How did you become so amazing and awesome and supportive and positive and AWESOME?! Also, dietmortik0 and I were talking about you one day via Skype and decided that you are like a super sexy European version of Elijah Wood. Keep being FUCKING AWESOME!!! - Shoe
Hahaha WTF?!?! You said awesome twice!! I’m not that amazing, trust me, just dedicated to a way of life that changed me entirely.
And the supportive and positive things… The reason is simple. I did 70% of my journey all alone until I discovered this lovely family called fitblr; and there were a lot of nights when I cried on my bed because of extreme soreness, sugar & fat cold turkey and loneliness, I had no one in my life to share my experiencies, doubts, fears, feelings… So, now I see my beloved people from FITBlR, people who follow me and who I follow, struggling against the same things I did; so I’m really DETERMINED to provide them with all the support and positivity I’ve got inside, to make their trip easier and more comfortable.
About Elijah Wood, when I was 17 I had long curly hair and was fatty, and my friends started to call me Frodo, so I’m sorry but you guys are not the only people who think we look alike :D
PD: If you, mortik0 or anyone of my fitblr friends wants to talk to me, I’ve got skype too, ask for the account and you’ve got it!
All of you should know by now I’m a busy guy. I study, work, run, lift weights, play rugby and train old people to begin to run. This is the new lifestyle I’ve adopted after my weight loss changed my whole life philosophy. I’m not complaining about it. I absolutely love doing EVERY SINGLE THING listed above. But it’s kinda stressing schedule when it repeats almost everyday. That’s why I’m so motivated on days I can avoid some of these duties. Today I just have to work from 17:30 to 20:30, no classes, no coaching… So it’s like a day only FOR ME! And as usual, I spent all this time working out xD
Woke up at 7 o’clock, had a king size breakfast consisting on oatmeal /w peanut butter, 6 tangerines, baked beans, rice toasts /w raspberries and some coffee.
Went to the gym and lifted some weights, mainly chest and shoulders, bravely, full of energy and full of strenght. Right after that, spinning class, 45 min.
1 hour of stretching, postural health and meditation (so necessary to people like us, someday I will post about it), then 2000m swimming in a relaxed path, but less than an hour.
The fastest eaten banana+yoghourt+tuna in my life to recover some energy.
5k warm up run (dunno if warming was needed at this point xDDD) in 22m42s + 4x 1000m series, average pace 4:05 (FUCKING exhausting bro!)
GAP class with my beloved friend & Personal Trainer Paloma (she is the Michelangelo sculpting my steel-shaped butt!) and 25 extra minutes of isometric abs.
I came back home at 15:10 to have a very “strong” lunch, relaxed a bit, and now it’s 16:45, I’m drinking my daily natural mate while writing this lines and wishing you a successfit day before heading to work.
So… What did you/are you doing/are you gonna do today to get in better shape?
Once you've changed your life style, it's hard to gain the pounds you lost back.
Last two weeks I’ve been eating 3000+ kcal daily intakes. Lots of rice, pasta, white meat, eggs, dairy, vegetables, legumes, bread, oats, rye, barley, nuts, oil, peanut butter… And despite this, I’ve lost 2,2 lbs each week. It’s getting hard to get bigger. Anyways, I always can make a sacrifice and eat a bigger quantity of my beloved healthy food…
You and coffeaddict have asked what is that natural mate I was talking about in the post about hydration before, during and after running. I always drink mate before running, it’s my ritual.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yerba_mat%C3%A9Here is the article about this beverage, protocol to follow when drinking mate with friends/family, and health benefits as: anticarcinogenic and antiobesity properties, cholesterol-lowering effect, E-NTPDase activity (vascular regenerative factors) and antioxidant potential.
Once again, is 2:00 AM and I can’t sleep. I’ve spent the last hour playing volleyball with my stuffed angry bird while lying in bed. So let’s play to fighting insomnia. For each like or comment, I will do 20 crunches, until my abs explode or I fall asleep.
We’re just a couple of angry birds waiting for a challenge!
EDIT 1: First 100 crunches done, I love you too, bastards! Crystal wants me to be fit, so 40 crunches to you! BTW I did 20 extra lateral crunches for each new follower, so welcome (ARF!)
EDIT 2: 200 crunches. 20 para la valenciana! And 20 to suze and his lovely (but painful) concerning, thanks dear! I’m not broken yet :D
EDIT 3: 340 crunches. That’s all you’ve got? I still being alive, awake and in one piece!
This is officially a whine post. I know, I hate whiners too.
So many amazing fitblrs out there advocating the joys of running. “Just went for an easy 8 miles”, one proclaimed. EIGHT MILES????? The closest I got to 8 fucking miles was the Eminem movie.
Let’s not forget the many pictures of
Hey babe! It’s just a matter of time, dedication, discipline and loving to run through your limits. Back in time when I began in February and my limit was 600m in 4m36s. Training won’t do anything but make me faster and more resistant.
I like all types of music, so I don’t tend to think too much about this. I highly recommend to use jog.fm to create playlists according to your desired running pace. My favorite music style is indie, but I do prefer to run listening hip-hop. That’s because I’ve found out that it really works for me better than any other style.
Hola, Cristian! I have a few "runner's questions". 1) What do you use to keep track of your runs? A wristwatch? 2) When you run, where do you keep your iPod/mp3 player? 3) When you run, how do you keep hydrated? -- Great job job today, by the way.
Hi Andrew! Glad to have your questions on my askbox!
I keep track of my runs on my phone since I began. First was an iPhone with Nike+, now it’s an HTC with runtastic, and next week my new phone will arrive by mail. Smartphones are becoming a great tool to us the runners.
I always use an armband to place there my phone, a friend who works in the Adidas Store gave it to me. He’s all in xD Gracias Javi!
One of my pre-running rituals consists on drinking almost 1L of natural mate (the traditional way) about 45 min before running. So I don’t need to hydrate myself so much during the workout. Anyway, I always carry a 200ml water bottle in my back to drink little sips every few minutes.
Muuuuy bueno tu progreso! :O Te estoy siguiendo desde ya, necesitaba seguir más fitblrs masculinos (y que hablen español!) que tengas una buena semana!
Gracias! Cada día conozco a mas gente de este círculo que hablan mi idioma, lo que hace mi estancia por aquí incluso mas agradable. Aquí los fitblrs masculinos no abundamos, y a mi también me gustaría seguir a mas de los que sigo, pero bueno… de momento tengo una nueva compañera de viaje: TÚ. :D
Today has been my day. It finally happened again. I went back in touch with my primal soul. I found the proper rythm. My bare footsteps, breath and heartbeat were mixed in a tribal, frantic music. Then suddenly it started raining. Music, endorphins and rough weather made me lose control. No thoughts allowed. Just keep breathing, keep running. A little harder, a little faster. I’ve felt like an unleashed beast. Truly strong, unstoppable, invincible. I felt alive. I can’t wait until my next adrenaline rush. Life is fucking great thanks to these moments. And now I’m going to eat all things in the fridge.
Why the sad face? Because I feel like the only thing currently growing in my body is my hair. Do you see any progress? Well… Could be worse. It would be worse if my hair didn’t grow and I was becoming bald, or if it was growing my belly instead. But I don’t see anything diferent from last progress pic either.
Anyway 8 months ago I couldn’t even imagine myself posting chest naked photos on an american fitblr page so… Keep calm and don’t give up workouts!
Stop trying to push yourself when you know it is only going to make your body hurt even more. You need to rest…deal with it. You won’t get better if you keep trying to kill yourself in the gym. Stop trying to prove that you are invincible because you are clearly not. Just be happy that you can still run two miles. It could be worse.
It’s great when your body and your mind give you that kind of advice before we your friends have to do it. Now you should follow it and take a rest. Remember, this rest is also a very important part of training! You are so young, don’t push yourself too hard when time is on your side :D
I’ve unfollowed a lot of people today just because they’re bombarding my dashboard with:
girls in bikinis [I don’t do that shhh*t]
emaciated girls wrapping their legs around their neck like a scarf
depressing hipster pictures
girls starving and binging and purging and dying and exploding
Sometimes I want to do the same as well, and stop following spamming blogs that make my dash to become a thinspo Quick-e-Mart. Then I sit on my bedroom’s floor and glimpse the sky. In the end, I forget why I was pissed off. But you rock.
Dude your progress is simply AMAZING, congrats! What do you eat now? Maintenance diet or what?
Hi person! Thanks por el cumplido!
I don’t follow a maintenance diet because I REALLY WANT TO GET BIGGER, so I’m eating healthy but on huge loads in order to help my bulking process. I lift weights 5 times a week, run 6 days and play rugby 3 days a week. My body needs a good & constant refueling. Whole wheats, chicken and turkey meats, egg whites, lots of veggies, brown rice, yoghourt, nuts, oats, my oranges :D… my diary intake is between 2600-2800 kcal on workout days, and 2200-2400 on rest day. Anyways, if it fit my macros… candies and chocolate are welcome! I mean, Today a family of gummy bears died inside my tummy!
One thing you should know is that I’ve got a little orchard with + or - 250 orange and tangerine trees 3 km far from my house. And today when I passed by the orchard while running, I saw the first ripe tangerines, so took a bag, filled it with them and walked back with almost 20 lbs of these acid, incredible sweet tangerines of mine.
I’ve just eaten 8 of them, freshly harvested tangerines whil my brother is squeezing 2kg orange for juice!!! From now on until end of March, I will provide my family, neighborhood and friends with a huge load of premium quality free oranges. I wish I could share them with my beloved fitblrs too!
About motivation. Difference between getting involved and being commited
Everyday after rugby, when we are in the locker room, captain chooses one of us to talk and try to motivate the team. Today was my first time. I tried to share a thought about my lifestyle change with them. Here it is.
2 fried eggs + 1 bacon = A continental breakfast.
This is the difference between getting involved and being commited. Chicken has got involved, while pork has been commited. That’s because chicken paid just a little price to make the breakfast possible, by putting two eggs. However, the pork paid the highest price as possible: It left its skin and even its life to make that breakfast real.
This is the reason why you have to be commited with your targets, not just to get involved with them. It’s the only real way to reach your goals. The chicken gave 40% of its potential, while pork gave its 100%. So breaking your eggs is not enough to succeed, you have to leave your skin on the track as well.
It’s 0:32 in Spain, I’ve been lying in bed for almost an hour, but sandman doesn’t want to come. Eyes wide open. Fast heartbeat. Tomorrow I NEED to go to college early. So I’m going to play a game. I will read a book and refresh this every 3 minutes. Gonna do 10 push ups with every like/comment left until I die or fall asleep, what comes first. Tomorrow I’ll post how many push ups I did in the end. START!