I have become addicted to my phone! (3 day cleanse)

Something that I have realized after spending so much time alone and in solitude, is I have been feeling up the empty space by staring at my phone constantly. I am not sure if the desire is coming from me wanting the urge of human interactions. I find myself consistently on social media while I am watching a movie, in the bathroom, heating my food up. It got to the point that if I had forgotten my phone I would go and get it just to hold onto it. Feeling a sense of anxiety when it was not on my person.

In this situation I felt that many of us may be going through the same thing. Becoming more reliant on social media and our phones. The one thing that I would not like to be is reliant. Especially after we make it through this difficult time. So I had made the decision to spend the weekend not touching my phone or looking at it.

On Friday I had pretty much left my phone behind me and constantly caught myself looking back to see notifications. I felt a very strong urge to see if anyone had messaged me or posted anything or even liked my content on social media. To some it may not seem like an issue but for me it is something that I strongly try to avoid. I do not want to feel like my world revolves around my phone or the content that I post. I recently started doing ice baths and the first thing I tried to do was record myself. I was sharing this moment with my cousin and he said “why do you need to record it?” Honestly, I did not have a response. When I made the decision to not record that moment. I realized the urge to take cold baths also disappeared and I really did not feel like doing it. Regardless I completed the task and honestly it was amazing (I will make another post about that later).

So here is a breakdown of Day 1:

I spent a majority of my time working till about 6pm. Then afterwards I had some beef stew and played video games (not the most productive way to spend my time). Afterwards, I watched some netflix and the urge to look at my phone was through the roof at this point that I had to put it in my desk drawer so I could not see it. That helped me so much. I 100% recommend doing that if you are trying to cleanse yourself of something, remove it from your line of sight so the brain cannot remind you of it. So that was day one. I will be trying to post my 2nd and 3rd day this weekend so stay tuned.

Thank you for reading.

I know that I have not posted as often but I am back now and will try to keep it up again.

Stay happy, Stay healthy, Keep breathing

Attempted A “Long Run”

I know that the last post I had was quite positive. Unfortunately that happiness did not last to long. Today the weather was nice 12 degrees Celsius so I wanted to try and run slightly further, anywhere between 12-14km. The first 5km went fairly well and then downhill from there. everytime I stopped running I could really feel the pain in my right hip. By 11km I was struggling to walk like a normal human being. I really wanted to try and get to 12km today but it just was not in the cards today. That is ok though there is always next time. It was nice to see people going out for walks and bike rides with their families. Made it a little more difficult to maintain the 2 meter rule but I tried my best.

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So todays run ended off with a 11.58 km run at a modest pace of 5.33min/km. Please keep in mind that I paused the tracker to stretch every km after 5km. So this pace is not true prob closer to a 5.55 or 6min per km pace if you factor in the pauses. Ran them in my Clifton 6. Going to continue my resistance band routine like last week and hope that things will get better.

Thanks for reading everybody, please continue to physically distance yourself and I know times are tough right now, but lets try to find the beauty in the little things to make the days better.

Stay happy, Stay healthy and Keep breathing

This Helped Me On My Runs!

Well this weeks runs were actually much better. Now that I am working from home one thing that has helped me so much is using resistance bands constantly while at work. I literally put on resistance bands up to my thigh area and just keep opening my legs outwards and back inwards. Just keep repeating. I leave it on even while I am walking through my house, going to the bathroom, getting food or just to stretch the legs. The two runs I did were much better than my previous runs that I had gone on.

On Wednesday april 8th I went on a 10km run at a 4.50min/km pace in my zoom fly 3 and it felt pretty good. A little sore by the end of it. On friday, I enjoyed a nice 6km run at a 5.12min/km pace in my clifton 6. It was probably the most pain free I have ever run since the injury started. Hoping that I can keep the momentum going. Will definitely keep you guys updated. Also on my run on Friday I actually saw a coyote near my trail. I stopped to look at him and thought of calling him peanut. Although it probably would have been smarter to keep running just in case he decided he did not just want to ignore me.

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Well anyways thanks for listening. If you have any running stories you would like to share I would love to hear about them in the comments below. In the meantime, Thanks for reading.

Happy solo running everyone.

Stay happy, Stay healthy, Keep breathing

Runs Are Not Going Well

Hello everybody!

Went on my second run this week. First run was on Saturday on April 5th and ran 10.73km at a 4.56min/km pace. Felt decent but, alot of hip pain which was really restricting my gate and cadence. It has definitely been tough to keep running with the hip pain I have been having. I am just trying to go at it day by day. I am still doing the exercises that were advised by my physiotherapist. The area is still very stiff. I have been using a foam roller and a hard ball to roll out the tight areas. After Saturday the weather was so nice that I had to go on another little run. So today we went for a 5.26km run at a 5.28min/km pace. Alot of pain but i just ended up really slowing the pace down. I might try to refrain from runs back to back just to give my hip some more time to recover.

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Hopefully things get better and I will be able to go for a physio session. Really missing it right now and realizing how lucky I am to be able to see someone. I will definitely continue running(alone) and I hope you all are to. Just remember to be safe and continue to practice social distancing.

Stay happy, Stay healthy and keep breathing

Why I Like Being Quarantined

Hello Everyone I apologize for the time I was away. I had spent the last week and a half at home because of the virus that is spreading around the world. I really hope that everyone is staying safe and trying their best to stay home as although this may not effect you it could harm others.

So something that I really reflected on these past 2 weeks is that being alone with yourself can be difficult. We may try anything and everything to distract our minds from what is really bothering us. Alot of us may be saying we are really bored, messaging our friends, watching tik tok videos, trying to find absolutely anything to keep our minds occupied. However, now may be the best time of all to reflect on who you are as a person and really see what it is that may be bothering you.

Personally for myself something that I have really been learning about myself is that I am not good at opening up to people. For that reason sometimes I may feel lonely although I have friends and people that I may talk to, but I did not have individuals who I was comfortable in sharing my feeling with. That made me really think about the so called deep connections I had made with the people I know. Learning about these imperfections within ourselves can make a world of a difference when we arrive back into our normal lives. Please maybe take the first 10-15 minutes of you day to really think about what it is that may be bothering you or lingering in the corners of your mind.

Although, this may be a tough time it can also be a great time to understand how privileged we are with all the things that we had in our lives prior to the quarantine. Those things that we may have taken for granted or we did not see as a big deal. Understanding that going out to eat at a restaurant and seeing our friends was a luxury. Being in the company of good people is a blessing that we may have forgotten. Going outside and enjoying the beauty around us is a luxury. Understand that even though we may not have the opportunity to enjoy all these things now we will in the future. The more we can feel grateful for them the more enjoyable it will be on that day.

One other point I would like to make is that in this tough time many of us may feel that we are in a dire need to stock up on goods. That is fair, I agree that we should stock up on food. However, there is no need to over stock when we can always go back out and grab more if need. Remember that to much of anything is not good for us so the same thing applies for oversupplying on toilet paper, vitamins, diapers, etc. We need to think about the community as a whole and try to remain thoughtful in this time of need. Alot of the time we forget that we should getting the things we need rather than the things we want.

I hope that everyone stays safe and healthy

Remember

Stay happy, Stay healthy and Keep breathing

My Marathon Was Cancelled and I Am Not Mad

So I found out that the marathon on May 3 that I had signed up for was cancelled due to the current situation around the world. I am not upset about that decision although it is disappointing that I will not be able to take part in this event. I do see that many people may be frustrated or angered by the decision made. However, I think that it is important to understand that runners LOVE to run. The people hosting also LOVE to run, so it is definitely a tough decision for the ones making this decision. From their perspective we should also try to understand that they are doing this for us and we should try to understand. Even though it may be difficult after you have put in all that time and effort training. It is ok though because that means that you will do even better on the next marathon that comes up. So take a breathe, relax, have some food, do some squats, light stretches and do what you love to do, RUN!

I am currently quarantined which is why I cannot post any runs. I am stretching and strengthening my hip during this moment so I am stronger and ready once the quarantine is over. I have come to realize that my mobility around my lower back and hips are VERY limited. Understanding that is a weakness I will definitely take this opportunity to work on that. Something that I strongly believe in is that everything happens for a reason. This to, is a very good example of that. Although I cannot run this is great chance to rest the legs and take time to strengthen the body.

As always thank you for listening and happy running!

Are you grateful?

Have you thought about how lucky you are for the life you have right now? Was the last time you talked about how grateful you were at your birthday dinner, thanksgiving, christmas dinner? How come we do not do that more often. I find that sometimes we tend to forget how lucky we are and that there is always a brighter side to every story.

One thing that I struggle with is opening up to people about my feelings and my life and when serious conversations come up I deviate and make it comedic instead. I felt that I was not able to develop real connections but thinking back I am playing a role. Although I may not be developing those deep connections at least I can say that I made that person smile which I feel goes a long way.

Just how I was complaining about my not being able to express myself. I am sure that a majority of us are probably complaining about not getting our coffee at the right temperature or not have enough lettuce in our sandwich. Personally I feel that it may not be a big issue but that is me I tend to not complain as much about anything. However, you could think about those situations this way, and say well, at least I have something to eat or at least I have the opportunity to grab that cup of coffee when others may not.

Something that I have recently started doing as an exercise is writing what I am grateful everyday on a sticky and putting it on my wall. Doing this has allowed me to see that there is always something to be happy about. This helps especially when you may think that you have had a bad day or you are questioning your happiness about life in general.

I would like everyone to try this and let me know how this goes. As always thanks for listening and I hope that this helps you in some way shape or form.

Stay happy, Stay healthy, Keep breathing

Feb 07-Feb 15

Hey guys been a while since I updated you with all my runs. I was on vacation in Cuba and there was not much Wifi available there and it was also an great opportunity to really unplug. So with that in mind I did a few runs while also consuming some alcoholic beverages which definitely made it alittle harder to run in the mornings. Of course though we still got some good ones in.

  • March 9th -4.27km at a 5.21min/km pace- shoes:Clifton 6
  • March 11th-6.46 at a 5.44min/km pace- shoes:Clifton 6
  • March 12th-10.02km at a 5.22min/km pace-shoes:Clifton 6
  • March 14th-10.03 at a 4.46min/km pace- shoes:Zoom Fly 3
  • March 15th-12.03 at a 5.07min/km pace- shoes:Zoom Fly 3

the runs felt pretty good alittle agitation around the hip but luckily I had my foam roller and some bands I could use. Marathon is coming up and hopefully we will get the chance to run it because I know there is some concerns with the corona virus. If not then I am sure I will get the chance later this summer.

As always thanks for listening and Happy running!

How Do You Make Decisions?

Something that we all tend to do in the moment is make impulse decisions or heated comments. That is definitely something that I am also guilty of doing often. Do you often say it and then later you look back and tell yourself “well maybe I could have worded that differently or not said it at all”

In the moment it may be hard to realize it and I understand that it is very difficult to notice these things. Plus sometime you need to make impulse decisions that is kinda what makes life exciting as long as you are not hurting anyone in the process than 100% go for it.

The heated comments that I am thinking of are the ones that may be said to a loved one or a friend or even a colleague. The funny thing with words is that it is hard to take back because even after you may apologize or try to move past it those words or comments will stick to you when that person sees you. Good impressions are something that takes years to build but only seconds to lose and it can happen unintentionally. So a very good way to try and change the way you react to those situations are:

  • take a breathe
  • try to take a step back and understand the situation
  • stand up and take a walk
  • try to see where the other person is coming from
  • learning to talk vs arguing
  • make comments not statements

I would like to elaborate on the last two comments because I think those may need a little more emphasis on them. Learning to talk vs arguing is actually a very important skill because remaining calm when someone may be against your point can be hard sometimes. It is however, very effective because two heated people are going to be taking the conversation no where. So having at least one person that is calm can help the other one to calm down as well after seeing your reactions and it can also help to sway the conversation in your favor.

The other point is to make comments vs statements. Something that may lead to an argument is when you are making statements. That can make it seem that you are trying to state facts and could lead the other person in becoming defensive. So it may be better to try and let them know that what you are thinking are opinions rather than commands. One thing to remember though is just because you are trying to avoid arguments it does not mean that you should be timid. Rather change that to confidence because that is definitely a skillset that companies look for and will get you places in life. (that is my little tip of career advice)

Thank you for making it to the end I hope that this helped you guys.

Stay happy, Stay healthy and Keep breathing

tempo run- brutal one

Yesterday I went on my tempo run after physio hoping that I could get a pain free run in but it was the complete opposite. I had a very painful run with sharp pain in my right hip almost right at the start of the run. The 12km run turned into a 10km run and a 2km limp. Was pretty frustrated and did not want to post about it. After letting it sink in and looking at how some others may be going through an injury I felt that it was important for me to share this. So although you may feel that the treatment is not helping you just need to power through and trust the process. I know it may not seem like the best idea but it is definitely not a bad one.

So yesterdays run was a 10km run at a pace of 6.11min/km. Ran it in my Clifton 6 and still have to say I am a big fan.

Thank you for reading this and I hope it helps motivate anyone going through recovery right now.

Happy running!