Sunday, July 05, 2015

Summer Post Workout Smoothie

We are getting some crazy hight temperatures (for us) here in Czech Republic - reaching above 35 degrees Celsius. Our bodies are truly not used to it. It is tough to even stomach food, but it you train, you need to recover properly. I came up with this post workout smoothie - and the result was delicious and refreshing :)

Recipe:

1 banana
3 stems of celery (use any green of your choice - spinach, kale ... it is here only to pump up your daily veggie intake in very pleasant way, you won't even taste it)
Scoop of protein of your choice
CHI chocolate coconut milk
Ice


1. Blend everything in powerful blender / nutribullet or smoothie maker.
2. Enjoy :-)


Delicious Chi Chocolate Milk made of natural cocoa and coconut milk. Delicious!

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Review of more of the products coming soon!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Vltava Run 2015

Vltava Run was my first team relay race experience and boy did I get hooked!!! After the disappointment of Prague Marathon, this was a perfect opportunity to be happy about running and racing again. I ran as a member of the Run the World Beasts team ... prettty ambitious and fast bunch of runners. Quick photo report follows. We mmanaged to finish 8th out of 178 teams!!! Great  motivation for next year!

Running with the fast people means afternoon start, yay, beautiful weather! Let's do this!

Likee seriously we are gonna sleep here? It's just little cold :D

Mornning coffee relax!

Thanks to my employer, we had big SHERLOG van to use - pretty useful for relay race!

Relax before running our first leg.

Morning, 2nd leg of the race ... Jakub runs faster than the camera :)

I literally lived off UCAN during the race, not really time to stomach big meals. The UCAN snack bars are beyond amazing!!!

After my 2nd leg ... almost 8 km, rolling hills, 4:30 min/km (7:15 min/mile) average pace = happy me :)

Compex recovery for my foot between legs!

Total Royal Bay compression for recovery and better performance. My quads were smashed after 2 legs, so extreme quad sleeves saved me!

Pure Coco coconut water for hydration :)

Run the World Beasts: 6 of 11  team members - from left: Vojta, Jakub, Honza, Roman and Peter

Beautiful view of Slapy dam!

After my last leg, it was super hot and super hilly!

Finisher photo!!!

See you next year!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Olomouc Half Marathon 2015

There has been some time since I raced longer distance after the unsuccessful Prague Marathon on May 3... I hoped for another marathon attempt towards end of June / in July, but this is what happens when you get too distracted and life and work get in the way of your training :( As I really like the Olomouc Half Marathon, I decided I will go for this race experience. The race has been long sold out, but I managed to snap one of the charity spots last minute. Fortunately in the Czech Republc the charity spots are not as expensive as abroad, which is little sad I think with the popularity of running nowadays. I was wery happy to be running for "Středisko rané péče Olomouc" (Newborn Care Facility) - www.ranapece.cz

Since the Prague marathon I got my legs smashed at the Vltava Run relay race and at two track meets from our 2nd league division :D Racing 5 000 m & 1 500 m last Saturday in Jihlava (June 13) and 3 000 m steeplechase (!!!) and 1 500 m two weeks before that in Prague. Let me say, the steeplechase experience was epic :D :D :D Man those things are huge and the water is deep! I will try to find some photos ... There was also lot of work in the mean time helping Czech Olympic Committee with the communication of the T-Mobile Olympic Day Run! I love this opportunity and experience - come and run with us on Wednesday June 24! (www.olympijskybeh.cz - you can choose one of the 20 cities in Czech Republic or run anywhere through the Endomondo challenge - everything is available on the website :) ).

Since it is held in the summer, Olomouc half is traditionally ran in the evening, starting at 7 pm this year. I had the pleasure of being driven on Saturday morning by Katka from Royal Bay compression gear and I had my compression knee socks and thight compression sleeves on to keep my legs fresh for the 2,5 hrs drive :D

According to the weather forecast there were some possibilities of rain, but we got really lucky and it rained in the afternoon and then the sky cleared up but the teperature stayed perfect for running, Yay!


Two best Czech competitors - Jan Kreisinger and Jiří Homoláč pre-race sporting their Olympic Run t-shirts - do you want one? Sign in before Tuesday at www.olympijskybeh.cz :)

So about the race? I finished at 1:34:41 as 23rd woman overall, pretty decent even though I was hoping for better time, but I guess you cannot expect miracles when your training and you regime get disrupted :( Going back on track right this second! I had some performance tests done and we see huge spots of possible improvement, so I know what to work on, that is always good thing! I was little upset when I realized that personal best wasn't gonna happen, but I am glad I managed to continue and not slow down and get at least sub 1:35 time, even though that is not good time for me. As I said, time to work hard!

I took quick shower at the race facilities - I never used the option of the Hans Grohe shower trucks and I have to say it was pretty comfortable! Especially as I was among the first women and the elites had obviously their own facilities, it wasn't crowded at all, but I guess it got really crowded afterwards. After the quick shower I was searching for somewhere to eat and Katka who drove me to Olomouc went for burgers for lunch and I love me some burger and fries as post race treat! Yes, I DO eat burgers and fries, not very often, but every now and then :D And when I do, I get home made mayonnaise for my french fries :D

For the dinner I had the pleasure to be joined by the very sweet and beautiful Alžběta from Utíkej mami utíkej (Run mommy run) blog. We obviously got in touch online, but since she is from Ostrava (another city not that far from Olomouc, but very far from Prague), this was the first time we saw each other in person! She is super sweet!!! And rocked the race in 1:42:17, what a great performance for 2nd half marathon of her life. She managed this great time even after getting some stomach issues after taking a gel at km 14. So I immediately provided my last package of Generation UCAN for her to try, because seriously this is the best fuel, especially for half marathons where I only take it before the race and then only get water on the course - no stomach issues, no wall :)


Happy me, all in pink, with burger, fries, mayo and glass of wine :)

The place called "Denisova šest" (meaning address Denisova 6) was delicious even though we waited a bit for our orders, it was totally worth the wait! Can only recommend it!

Good food after race = happy runner :)

And the obligatory selfie ... little tired at 11:30 PM, but all pinky :D

What were your races this weekend?

What are your training / racing plans for this summer?

Monday, June 08, 2015

Finally Weekend at Home and Meet My Kickbike

Saturday: lazy morning, making errands at home and going for my 6x 1 km progression session when I felt like doing it = just after noon on really hot day. Luckily, I have this beautiful park with shadowed path with marked 100 m on trees :) Ideal for the repeats. Happy to have nailed my workout at 4:47 - 4:39 - 4:25 - 4:10 - 3:57 - 3:56. 

Love running here, my home "track".

Recovering with few stretches & Generation UCAN.

Little later after ice bath I treated myself to huge delicious salad while watching women's final at Roland Garros.

Sunday: easy 10 km run in the morning.
Egg drop soup after the run.

Followed by this beautiful treat: raw poppyseed cake (by Sweet Secret of Raw) with apple and pomegranate... And Nespresso :-)

Meet my new love: Twenty Flower Kickbike by Kostka ... Obviously it's pink <3

I helped pace friend for 10 km workout. Kickbiking is great addition to running! Expect to hear more soon :)

Another first of this weekend - cryotherapy! So far I am excited, seems to have more benefits than ice bath and it is much more comfortable.

Ended the day with my first Czech froyo experience at Frogurt. YUM! I wish they had non dairy option.

Hope you all had great weekend!

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Prague International Marathon 2015 ... My first DNF :(

Thank you all for amazing support!!! It means a ton for me and helps me push and go hard. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to happen for me today, I had stomach cramps on and off from 10th to 30th km, so played it safe and want to shoot for another marathon soon. This is not easy to admit, but I am glad I made the decision to withdraw so I can recover fast and put in serious training soon and perform at my best. Not easy to process... Very emotional but that is part of the process.

... just quick update for all those asking, thank you so much for your support, it hurts and I am upset, but that is part of sports. Life goes on and I better stand up and run again!

Let's Run Prague Marathon

Race day is here, weather seems to be perfect, let's do some running! :-)


Race morning breakfast

Best running buddies- sorry, no running for you guys today.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Vienna Marathon Relay Tune-Up

Variety of running races every weekend is literally unlimited. For the weekend of April 11-12, we have agreed back in 2014 to run a relay in Vienna marathon with our business partner, so we created eVito PreventaMed Team. 3 weeks out from Prague Marathon but just a relay was defitely OK. Turns out Vienna marathon relay is little particular as it is not the usual 3x 10 km + 12,195 km set up. In Vienna each runner has different distance to cover: 16.1 km, 5.7 km, 9.1 km and 11.295 km.


Even though I was the only girl on the team I got the 16 km bit as I was one of the two fastest runners. Turns out this was great opportunity to have hard tempo run with the benefit of race atmosphere making you push harder. I went into the race with absolutely no taper and after 2 weeks of cutting down my weight. Ran demanding tempo progression on Friday evening followed by fasted 15 km easy run on Saturday morning before we left by car to Vienna. Nutrition wise I ate more and more carbs on Saturday than the previous 2 weeks to have enough fuel for the race. 

Really cool being in the first wave :) And not stressing about running full marathon :D

Interesting on the course profile making it feel like the last 16 km of marathon was that the last 3 km of my part were slightly uphill... Not really hilly, but making you work quite hard trying to stick to your pace. The atmosphere was great though little less cheering and support on some spots of my part of the run, but I was just sticking to my plan. I am really happy I managed to go with no negative self talk, taking it in 1 km at time. I was feeling strong and wanted to push for faster pace at the and, but the slight incline meant that I worked harder (even my HR showed that - check it out at eVito blog), but that "only" made me stay at the pace. According to the official timing I finished my 16 km in 1:12:02 - from full training, I will take that! :o) Let's see how I can translate that to the Prague Marathon tomorrow :D

After handing over to Jirka, I continued on the course as the half marathon mark was just next to our hotel. I knew my nutrition would be enough for the 16 km, but after slowing down, I have to admit I was quite spent, but happy with my effort. Will have to be diligent with my nutrition on the marathon day!

More photos:


Running down the half marathon finish :)

Recovering like a champ - ice bath & Generation UCAN, more hard training to come!

Half marathon medal :)

Reward lunch at Plachutta's ... traditional meal made of delicious beef.

The only trouble was I could not finish it as my body was used to restricted amounts of food, too bad!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Easter Weekend Cross Training ... My Toe In Colors

Few days late, but I am here to recap this Easter. Don't know how about your whereabouts, but in Prague, we had more of Christmas like Easter with proper snowfall on Monday several times during the day! Wooops :o) I have one main purpose of this post. I am grateful about what I have learnt during my marathon training journey so far. I am not obsessing about only running any more and I am way more proactive about what life throws at me.

About this colored little toe. Friday evening, after my progression run on the treadmill, getting my dinner ready and I simply kicked the sofa that has been there in the same spot for at least a year. I am not a person who would wine about aches, I would even say that my pain threshold is really high. For this one, I almost cried, I saw the worst, thinking about needing to choose different spring marathon. I iced it, then iced it some more and decided to give it a try next morning. After walk with the dogs I knew running wasn't an option for Saturday, fortunately I do have the bike trainer, so I simply alternated and did my easy tempo session (link to Garmin) on the bike.

Little toe status on Sunday morning:


Sunday is the long run day. For me it meant 80 minutes on the bike trainer, breakfast and 60 minutes of inline skating. Solid session in the books!

Beautiful weather for inline skating, still little too cold though!

I was wearing my San Francisco Nike Women's Half Marathon finisher "hoodie" all weekend, love it! And I look way too serious :D

Easter Monday No. 1 ... from morning walk with the dogs.

Easter morning No. 2 ... crazy April weather!

Easter lunch according to Metabolic Balance®:
carrot-parsnip-ginger soup, 2 perfectly cooked eggs, rye bread 
... and an apple for dessert <3

Little toe status on Wednesday evening :)

What I wanted to say... I am extremely happy about knowing better how to handle such situations. Instead of passively waiting for my toe to get better, I figured out what other forms of training I can get in. I also finally ordered the belt for aqua jogging, so I am ready to do that next time I need (hopefully not too soon). 2 years ago it would simply mean 3 days without activity, now I am proactive and do what I can. The three days were not running specific, but I did not loose any fitness and my legs were actually pretty fresh for killer session on Wednesday with the coach (link to Garmin file).

Even though my training log changed colors little bit, there are no missed sessions!