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An Athlete’s Mindset – True Grit

The RIO Olympics 2016 have come to an end! I can finally get back to my “normal” sleeping schedule.

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This was probably one of my most-watched-live-events and it was worth EVERY WAKING MINUTE!

I guess everyone who managed to tune in to the RIO Olympics have taken home something.


As an amateur athlete, trying to be my best at my chosen sport, I can ONLY IMAGINE how hard olympians work. I truly believe that you get out what you put in. Your success is measured by ALL your blood, sweat and tears. And of course, having God behind your back! I cannot talk about success without adding in that spiritual element. But that’s just me. πŸ˜‰

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We can all learn a thing or two about these athletes. They all have similar characteristics. STRONG both MENTALLY and PHYSICALLY. But the mental aspect will determine what the physical aspect will do.


Belief. Determination. Discipline. Fearless.

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You have to BELIEVE that you are capable. Be DETERMINED to achieve. DISCIPLINED to follow through. And FEARLESS when it comes to pushing beyond your limits.


Athletes are defined by their failures and bad days, and NOT giving in.

For the weekend warrior, thriving and striving to train for an event or just to stay active/get fit, you can probably relate to some of these:

-Waking up in the wee hours of the morning when everyone else is tucked in their warm comfy bed just so that you can get that workout in

-Sweating it out, huffing and puffing away (and possibly looking like a dead chicken)

-Dreading the process of the workout, where every step just seems endless

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-Pushing yourself to the point where you absolutely DO NOT want to do this anymore

-Constantly tired and sleep deprived

-Waking up with aches and pains

-Unsightly tan lines, dry hair, dead black toe nails, blistered feet, cuts and bruises

-Days when you miss the podium by a fraction of a second

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Giving 110% during training but still failing time and time again

-Days when your coach screams “ONE MORE REP!”

-Days when you think of skipping your workout (that inner battle)

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-When you are afraid to look at your training schedule because you know it will only get harder

-When you miss out on important gatherings/events involving family and friends

-When you are on a strict diet, watching the rest devouring sweet treats and snacks

-The times spent nuturing an injury and then getting another injury (and possibly another)

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-Days when you’ve had a bad workout on top of having a bad day

-The times when you trained to your max, ready to take on a race, only to be disappointed by the outcome

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-When everyone else is asking you to give up and telling you otherwise

-When no one is behind your back

-The physical and mental pain of pushing through your workout AND on race day

IMG_4967-When you feel your muscles BURNING, heart PUMPING, lungs BURSTING

-The day you question your sanity, thinking “IS THIS WORTH IT?! WHAT AM I DOING?!”

-The day you feel you have NOTHING left

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-The day you want to quit and throw in the towel

And then…

Somehow…

Somewhere…

Deep in that dark pitt…

You see a ray of light shining through. In your heart and in your gut, you know that you STILL want this. You dig deep, searching for that hope and belief you have within yourself, and then you hang on to it.

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You push through. You fight the negativity.

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And when you overcome the impossible, you smile because you know that all the BAD days were worth it.

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We all have bad days. It is what we do with them that will eventually shape our success and personality. And this applies to EVERY other aspect of our lives.

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Sucess comes to those who stick to what they say they will do, long after the motivation and positive feelings have left. Day in, Day out. Only a few are willing to fight through their current emotions.

Do YOU have it in you?

Officially OFF Running

Since my last post on injury……

I have NOT stopped running.

I said that I would cut down on mileage. And I did! Although I did not mention anything about cutting down on intensity (teehee!).

Low mileage + more rest = more ENERGY

I tend to go a bit harder than usual when I do get to run. I even managed to clock my best 5K on grass (HAHA!). Oh, if only I was injury free! T_T


So, since my first sign of injury in early March, I have been doing a mixture of tempo runs, easy runs, grass runs, recovery runs, long runs and strength training (once/twice a week).

FullSizeRender 3Because resting did not take the pain away (and sometimes, it made it WORSE!), I decided to just run along with the pain. The usual routine would be resting for 2-3 days, and then smashing out a harder run before being immobilised again for the next few days. And the cycle continues.

Well, your body can only do SO MUCH before it decides to go against you.

Psssst, you cannot fight nature! πŸ˜›


One fine day…

I was feeling great after taking 4 days off running! Mid way through my run, I decided to push it! I managed to do my 10K race pace and it felt GREAT! But what came after was not THAT GREAT!

I. Could. Not. WALK. The. Next. Day.

Every step I took was unbearable. Sharp, intense, stabbing pains shot up from my foot to my hamstring. I REALLY messed it up this time. Probably tore something. I have a relatively high tolerance when it comes to pain (and that’s how I was able to run through pain) but this was not something that I could handle anymore.


I spoke to a friend about this. My friend looked at my foot and said “Poor little foot, your owner does not LOVE you”.

And THAT REALLY hit me…hard. Like, WHOAAAAAAA!FullSizeRender_3

Writing about this feels pretty stupid. Heh, if I were to look at someone who was in my shoes, I’d think that that person was INSANE! But I can bet every crazy runner out there would have continued to run through pain (HAHHAHHAHA! I KNOW WHO YOU ARE! DON’T DENY IT! :P). I guess only insane obsessive runners would completely understand what I did?! (Guys, back me up here. :P)


But really, as I was sitting there, staring into space and contemplating on what my friend had said…FullSizeRender

My heart ached, PHYSICALLY!

What am I doing? Why am I destroying the very foundation of my body? Why am I fighting the signs of pain and warning that something is not right? Why am I going against what my body is telling me to do? What am I trying to prove?IMG_4132

God has blessed me with everything that I need and so much MORE.Β  But I was throwing it all away… and for what?


I finally came to my senses. I have decided to HANG my shoes up (OH YES, you read it right) for as long as it would take for my foot to be completely healed. No easy runs, no recovery runs, NOTHING!FullSizeRender_2

I am on DAY 15 of 0 mileage. Feeling pretty accomplished!

I am mentally at peace with this decision. The physical pain built up over time has made me fear running. I am scared. Whenever I see/read about running on social media, I CRINGE. It hurts physically to even THINK about it.


This is where I am at! But I know that time will heal everything. Woohoo! In the meantime, I might need to change my domain name. Processed with VSCO with f2 presetBahahhaha. Any IDEAS?! www.adelenolongerruns.com?


Take it from me, DO NOT ignore the warning signs from your body. It is telling you that something is wrong. All your body ever wants to do is to keep you ALIVE.FullSizeRender_1

God gave you one body. LOVE it with all your HEART!

Sneak peek of what I have been up to! More on that in my next post. πŸ˜‰Processed with VSCO with f2 preset

Take care <3

Cycling – My New “Running”

Happy 1st Month (and a few days) of 0 mileage – the longest zero-running streak I’ve ever been on since 2013. I didn’t even stop for that long when I was down with dengue. *Pats self on the back*

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In the past month, I’ve done quite a bit of reflection. Giving up running wasn’t as hard as I thought. In fact, I don’t really miss it… yet! The crazy-obsessive-over achiever-competitive lil person in me feels at peace.

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Running is not bad. It was just how I saw/took it. Sports are always fun……until they get competitive. I was probably much more focused on the end result rather than enjoying the journey of getting there. It became rather destructive. I lost sight of many things along the way and started to take out the fun in running.

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I’ve always wanted to try new things. But at the same time, I was just so stuck with running. Everything revolved around it, even when I wasn’t competing! I just kept wanting more out of it.


 

CyclingWith injury, I was FORCED to change. God is amazing. Just trust His timing. He took something away from me, but He left me with something even BETTER!
And I pray that I will look at things from new perspectives.


Β The transition (from running to cycling) was easy, with the help of my friends! I have rediscovered my love for cycling and just doing something DIFFERENT/NEW!

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There was an extra bicycle in the shed and it was perfect (almost) for my size. I am a pretty small person. It is not every day that you find something lying around that fits. Except for my head. I have a big head and I need an XXXXXXXXXL helmet (hahhahhaha! I kid you not!).

IMG_1355Thanks to Ross for choosing the bike, fixing it up and adding some blinkers! πŸ™‚ Oh, and of course, for taking me on my first ride.

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Excited to head out!

 

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IMG_1259Perks of riding – you can bring your phone and capture beautiful sceneries along the way! I never do that with running.

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New AdventuresIMG_1310Riding selfies. Attempt at YOUR OWN RISK!

IMG_1273To the Bay!

IMG_1670Venturing out on a new route! Thanks Matt! πŸ™‚

IMG_1674We made it to the beach after MANY detours and road closures.

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I absolutely love discovering new places, beaches, dirt roads, catching sunsets and just being in the moment and enjoying God’s creation. It is just so refreshing!

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I still need more practice with the bike, especially BALANCE!

I will let you guys know how that goes!

Till then, KEEP MOVING!

xoxo

#RAW: Injury

Hello everyone!

It has been 3 weeks (or more) since my last update. I have been bogged down with uni work and basically “living life” here in Sydney (and loving every bit of it!). I will share some nutrition/health/fitness stuff soon ( YES, I WILL!)! But for today, I am here to pen down my emotions.


You know how you are your worse advisor/counsellor when it comes to certain things? It is ALWAYS easier to give suggestions/advice/warnings to OTHER people, but when it comes down to giving it to yourself, you fail miserably. And this is why psychologists need to see psychologist, physios need physios and coaches need other coaches to coach them.Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

Running in Sydney has been AWESOME! The weather is great, the roads/paths are decent and it is generally safe to run anywhere (during daylight). Plus, the fact that I am in a new city, I have that URGE and NEED to explore every inch of it.

You can probably see where this is going.

I am the MASTER of doing too much too soon. I tend to get overly excited with results and how I feel to the point where I forget to give my body a break.IMG_6740

I have been logging more miles, doing more speed work, more strength training, roughing out long runs and I must say, I am at my FITTEST. I have never ran so much (at this current pace) with such ease……

Just when everything is going perfectly well……

BAMMMMMMMMMM!

Life just wants to throw a curve ball at you.

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I have been plagued with the much dreaded plantar fasciitis. I am into my 6th week of injury. With or without running, I have NOT been pain-free since. For the first 4 weeks, I continued to run through pain (I was trying to be a SUPERHERO). But this pain has been constant and intense. I only started to cut back on the mileage and intensity in the past 2 weeks. I find it difficult to even walk properly.FullSizeRender_2

Note to self


The Cause:

I have come to the conclusion that my injury is not purely from running. It is a combination of too much too soon, footwear, tight muscles and WALKING.

Yep, WALKING. I realised that I don’t know how to walk properly. Walking is VERY technical. Don’t underestimate this simple daily activity. The effect is magnified when walking is your main form of transportation.FullSizeRenderkfjaskjfTime to pause and reflect

I lack ankle mobility. I’m a lazy walker and I tend to drag my feet (instead of lifting them off the ground).

I have never walked this much in my life. At the end of the day, I would have already walked 8-10km. My legs and feet are sore even before I begin my run!

So, the high frequency of walking coupled with the way I walk = DISASTER


Last week, I ran till I had tears streaming down my face. Sounds a bit dramatic but that was what happened. I was physically in pain and I guess the emotions from whatever that I was dealing with came along and decided to hit me in the face. I was stressed and the thing I enjoyed most (running) to help me deal with stress was causing me SO MUCH PAIN. I was just frustrated with everything.FullSizeRender

And I am CONSTANTLY reminded of the pain because it is always there. Sometimes, it just decides to inflict you with stabs/throbs of pain.


So this is where I’m at.IMG_1777

In Pain

Unmotivated

Sad

Frustrated

Stressed


I may be over-dramatising it. πŸ˜›

Don’t worry. I am OKAY! I am dealing with it, slowly. Praying, a lot of self-talk and supportive friends from here and back home have really helped! So much love.FullSizeRender_1

I feel the need to be strong and positive/happy all the time.

But not today.

How is EVERYONE ELSE?

Personal Thoughts: Gratitude & Embracing Your Current Situation

Hey guys!

Hope everyone is keeping well.

Sorry for the lack of “fitness/running/health” related posts lately. I have a few posts under “draft” that never seem to pass the “publish” stage. Procrastination at its best.

I know my blog is “adeleruns” but I don’t always want to talk about running. I like to share my personal thoughts (and life) and what I think/feel on certain matters in life.

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Living a healthy lifestyle is having a healthy mind, body, soul, balance and so much more. Running/fitness/health is just ONE small part of it! I want my blog to be a little more dynamic and interactive.

I am someone who likes to think…… A LOT! My head is always bursting with thoughts that sometimes I wish I could download it onto a hard disc.


Today’s thought:

“You need to not have a reading light in your room to appreciate it”

HAHAH. Yes. Today’s thought came from something as simple as that. I did not have a reading light in my room for the past one week because we didn’t realise that the lamp was not included in the box.

Tip: If you buy anything from IKEA, CHECK the box to see what’s included and what’s not!

“You need to have bad coffee to know what GOOD coffee is”

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What I’m trying to say is that you wouldn’t know how good/blessed/happy/grateful/lucky you are until you lose something/not have it. This also applies to tough/shitty/difficult situations in life. You need to be in a really unpleasant, dreadful and horrible situation to know how pleasurable your normal day-to-day life is.


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I’ve always been told that I’ve got the best and most supportive parents. Because I always had that, I don’t appreciate it as much as I should! Also, I’d think that everyone has awesome parents.

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You need to actually BE in the situation and SEE it for yourself to FEEL what other people go through. In this case, my eyes have opened. And I know JUST HOW BLESSED I am! I thank God everyday for awesome parents.

What are YOU thankful for?


Tough Situations

Embracing the bad

I’m not exactly in a tough/shitty condition. But I’m definitely not living the life I am used to. The kind of life where you have everything provided for and where things are easily accessible.

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But I’m learning to love these situations. Because instead of dreading them and complaining, I’m tackling the situation.

I am constantly learning, growing and adapting. And that is what life is all about!

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Experiences, doing new things, learning, falling and getting back up!

I am actually quite happy about the dengue experience last year. In terms of my fitness, I didn’t think that I would ever crawl back up. BUT I DID! And I have gained SO MUCH confidence in that. I know that whatever happens, I will have the strength and capability to do it all over again. And that is very reassuring. Of course, with GOD behind my back. πŸ˜‰


So the next time you are in a tough situation, THINK about how you can use it to shape your character or add experience and a pinch of “fun” to your life.

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What’s life if you’ve always had it easy? There’s nothing juicy or interesting about an easy life. πŸ˜‰

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Time for an adventure.

Happy Monday!

xoxo