2016

With 2016 coming to a close,  I’d like to share with you the things I learned this year:

  • You are your worst enemy 

Earlier this year, I joined my first 21K Marathon by Nike. It took me months before I finally decided to sign up mainly because I was not sure I could finish 21 kilometers of running. I kept thinking I wasn’t ready; I haven’t logged that much miles in yet. I kept saying “Ang kapal naman ng mukha kong sumama sa 21K.” I focused on my failures that I did not see my potential.  I’m grateful my breastfriend convinced me to challenge myself and I’m proud to say that I exceeded my expectations. Ang goal ko lang naman kasi ay hindi maging last, haha!– my time was about 3 hours and 2 minutes.

  • Your only competition should be yourself 

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In Crossfit, I remember being the last one to finish a WoD and I felt really defeated. It discouraged me to attend classes because I was ashamed of being last.  When I started training for the 21K, I forced myself to regularly attend sessions even when I knew I would hate the WoD. I started feeling better about myself not because I was the #1 in the stats board but because I was feeling better with what I could accomplish with my body. I didn’t mind what was on the board anymore as long as I completed the WoD alive and kicking! Bonus na lang if my time is better than my time before or others’ 🙂

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barre3: Where I finally meet a ballet bar

Work smart, not hard.

I read this from some flyer or blog about barre3. Barre3 is a combination of ballet, pilates and yoga. Now, I’m not really sure what this meant but I expected some twirling (from ballet) and some yoga poses. Barre3 is being offered by The Spa in different branches namely Greenhills, Eastwood, Shangri-La, Trinoma, Fort and Alabang. I’ve been wanting to try this to improve my posture and to complement my Crossfit with some flexibility. I also wanted a ballet dancer’s body. Don’t judge me.

The problem was the price. Upon checking the website, it was clear that my wallet couldn’t afford the memberships, and the walk-in rate was 700 pesos! So, I set this aside, waiting for a promo to pop-up. And it did. Deal Grocer offered a voucher for 60-days unlimited barre3 in different branches at a reduced price: from 11,100 to 7200. I know, I know. Not cheap but there were only 14 left so I said, ‘Why not?’.

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Nike Women Victory Tour 2016: Manila

I’m aliiiive!

The Nike Women Victory Tour 2016 in Manila was held last Sunday in Cavitex. The starting line was at Blue Bay Walk along Roxas Blvd and the finish line was at Island Cove in Cavite. This is the first time I ran or heard of a run, really, that didn’t circle back to starting line. The run started at 4:30AM but since we were at the back of the crowd, we only crossed the starting line at around 4:40 to 4:50?

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Fresh before the run

Kilometer 1 to 5 was okay; I and my buddy, Eka, were able to run that distance at a comfortable pace. After the water break, I was starting to feel some soreness so I suggested we start walking. We walked for a few meters then started to run again. This cycle continued until around kilometer 14 (?)– we’d run, stop for water or medic break, walk for a while and then run again. After that, my knees started hurting so I took more and longer walking breaks. I felt I would slow down Eka so I asked her to just continue forward if she wanted to.

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Half Series: Week 9

Here I am finally at the last week of official training for the half marathon..

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Monday (May 2)

Crossfit

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There were nine of us so the class had a lot of interactions and distractions HAHA. We took a really long time before starting the main WOD.

Warm up was some active stretching and Burgener Warm Up but only up to the cleans.

This month’s skill focus is the clean which I love so much ❤

Today, Coach Pat taught us the clean grip deadlift. The clean grip deadlift is the first step of a successful clean. Like the deadlift you start from the floor and slowly lift the bar up to the knee with your shoulders a little over the bar, legs at hip width and with your hands well, at clean grip. Unlike a regular deadlift though where you continue this slow place up to about mid-thigh, a clean grip deadlift requires a little explosiveness when lifting from knee to mid-thigh. This means that when the bar is already at knee level, you speed up the lift to the mid-thigh.

Another difference is the hip height. Unlike a deadlift where your hips are high, a clean’s starting position requires the hips to be a little lower. I love how our box now has a skill focus each month. It makes me not lose interest in things that I would I miss because now I know, every time I go, I’d get to do it.

Next, the METCON WOD consisted of the following with a 20 minute cap

  • Five laps medicine ball run
  • 10 deadlift (clean grip)
  • Four laps medicine ball run
  • 10 deadlift (clean grip)
  • Thee laps medicine ball run
  • 10 deadlift (clean grip)
  • Two laps medicine ball run
  • 10 deadlift (clean grip)
  • One lap medicine ball run
  • 10 deadlift (clean grip)

I used the 15lbs medicine ball and I think I used 35kg or 25kg for the deadlifts. My arms were sore holding that big cotton-filled medicine ball while running. I started carrying it in front of my chest then shifted it to my right arm (kargador style) then to my left but my arms just couldn’t take it. I’m so glad finished the workout alive with 8:57 left on the clock. So I guess I finished it in 11:03. The struggle was real but the sweat and pain were still worth it.

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Look, guys! Finally, hindi ako last!

 

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Half Series: Week 8

Monday (April 25)

Crossfit

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Well, today was a fun class! I think we were nine in total with two newbies.

Warm up was eight laps jog and dynamic warm ups.

We did the usual skills focus, hand stands, next. This time Coaches Pat and Louie wanted us to practice hand stand push ups. When they asked who could do a hand stand, only one raised his hand. Hehe. With this lone volunteer, the rest of us did wall walks. This time though, I tried placing my hands far from the wall to encourage me to “walk” my arms back close to the wall after walking my legs up to the wall. The main comment with my form was my core. Coach Pat said I needed to tighten my core so my body wouldn’t bend in the middle.

The next part was strength, and again we did 80% BW push press. We did EMOM seven minutes of six push presses. This meant we had to do six push presses in a minute, for seven minutes. I like that Coach Louie focused on our form and kept looking at us while we did the WOD for corrections and suggestions. I used 20KG weight for this part.

The last part was METCON 21-15-9-6-3 of deadlifts, KB swings and deficit push ups. Deficit push ups are push ups with your arms holding onto something elevated (paralletes). I did the super scaled version which was knee push ups with hand release. From the starting position, you push up, go down, stretch your arm forward and then push up again. That’s one count. I used 35KG weight for the deadlifts and 16KG for the KB swing.

As we were about to start, Coach Louie told us to drink water because the workout had a twist. And that is…… we had a time cap of 17 minutes! Everybody was scared because when you sum up everything, you really had to do 54 of each. Imagine the pain! I was a little panicking while doing the workout because I was seeing my classmates moving to the next set faster than I was. I kept my cool and kept breathing and cursing. I finished the workout earlier than what I expected, 11:16. 😀 Guess what guys, I think I finished third or fourth! So happy!! I felt so macho after! Jelly legs, pero macho pa rin!

Out of everything today I’m really glad that I got all the workout forms correct. Hallejujah!

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