Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Advent Running Xmas Challenge 2016

U Advent running began as an online group of crazy running people in December 2015 (at least for me ... stay tuned, now I know we are good kind of crazy). Babeta invited us for a challenge of Advent running that I only followed virtually, even though I knew there were many common events in my hometown of Prague. I had issues with huge blisters on my heels last December, so I often joined with different kind of sport, but tried to stick to the routine of 30 min of activity per day. But then, December 25, the last day of challenge with the last group run came ... and changed my life forever!!!

That's when it all started!!! December 25, 2015

On December 25, I got up early, took Bourbon the dog with me and met with Babeta and her crew for the first time. I stayed little shy and only came back in February for my first regular "run for breakfast". I don't really know how, Babeta motivated me to stick with the group all the way until know when I became CEO = Chief Elf Officer, e.g. right hand of Babeta - CRO = Chief Running Officer (that's the capo di tutti). Little did I know that a year litter my life will be enriched by many new friends and running experiences throughout the year. And especially the one and only Babeta <3

Happy birthday Advent running Czech Republic!

Advent Running Challenge - So what is this about?
  • we run for 25 days in a row
  • every run needs to be at least 30 minutes long
  • you can go as slow or as fast as you want and there is no minimum distance
  • that's it!
If you want to have fun and join us for the group events (that last throughout the year) check the facebook group of Advent running (Adventní běhání) and send us request to join it. We will shortly accept you and then will be looking forward to see you online and even better offline!

And today we had a birthday party!
And we even have special t-shirts and caps! <3

Friday, July 01, 2016

#unlimitedtogether Pink Sisters

Thursday evening was full of running events in Prague... 10 km fun run with Gigathlon ambassador & Olympic marathoner Eva Vrabcová Nývltová. And also Nike kick off event for the new shoe Lunar Epic Low. Having spent all the spring with our Gigathlon Czech Republic family, I decided to join the Nike crowd :-)

We hang around at the NTC studio, met with old and new friends like ... Lenka from Holky ve formě, Soňa & Michal from Running2, Denisa from Linheart, Iva and many more! Pavel & Zuzka were interviewed and finally there was time for run! 4 different options / levels to choose from. We teamed up with Iva (Iva Runs the World) eg. Pink sister in crime and went with the Speed Run group. Had lot of fun, we only met in person first time this Wednesday at Advent Running Run For Breakfast, but we have known each other for few years throug Insta & blogs :-) Fun fact: we dressed the same without knowing, so everyone started calling us pink sisters :D 

What's with the #unlimitedtogether hash tag? There will be pre-Rio summer challenge announced next week. Stay tuned!

Great opportunity to wish Zuzka & Pavel good luck for Rio in person!

Having fun taking photos #unlimitedtogether

Hard work time! Iva why did we choose the speed group??? My legs hurt today!

And more fun on the stairs!

Running sisters 😂 we didn't plan to dress exactly the same, I swear!

The actual shoe: Nike Lunar Epic Low. 
I didn't test it yet so no comments, no opinions so far. 
I'm little sceptic about the sole so far :o

There were actually two Nike events happening this week. At the earlier one, 8 year cooperation agreement between Nike & Czech Athletics was announced and the Czech team gear for Rio was revealed with elite athletes and future stars. The Prague Castle view was amazing!

Funny backstage shot

Official one :-)

Now I'm off for relax & training with Babeta @ Babeta Runs :-) Expect lot of jumping photos :D

Sunday, April 17, 2016

VLOG: Confessions Of Overtrained Runner & 2016 Race Plans

Reflections of first running race (10 km) of 2016, about where I have been and where I am hopefully heading. Short insight in my racing plans as well. Probably wouldn't have time to write down my crazy thoughts, so I recorded a VLOG for you. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

When out of shape, call friends to action

Long time no see, right? Well it seems I went through a state of overtraining last fall and I have been slowly getting back. I am definitely not as lean as I am used to and I am out of shape. Not a mentally easy state. But I got a huge help I am so excited for that I want to share it with you.

It started in December when Babeta brought the idea of Advent Running from UK to Prague. I participated virtually by exercising almost every of 25 advent days and we finally met in person on December 25 for a special xmas run...

Fortunately, Babeta had the idea that it would be a pity not to continue working with the group of enthusiasts. So now, we have a run for breakfast every Wednesday morning and an evening fun run for beer every other Thursday.

The route we run is same every week and it is beautiful sightseeing through the historic heart of Prague. Running over the Charle's Bridge every week when it is not yet crowded by tourists is simply awesome!!!

Though the group I made great new friends like Tereza and Lenka here... And even motivated myself to go out racing in the Winter Run, which I definitely wouldn't do by myself when out of shape.

This beautiful view never gets old <3

What I wanted to say? When struggling with motivation, bad mood, hitting a rock bottom... Group of running / exercise friends is a great way to get back on track. It is soothing to your soul to have company in misery. And soon it is way less misery and way more fun!!!

If you are hooked to my Facebook and / or Instagram, you probably saw that I have been doing lot of cycling and swimming lately. That's because I'm getting ready for the challenge of Gigathlon Czech Republic this coming fall. An article about this year's racing plans coming soon... Last but not least, early bird cheapest entry fees for Gigathlon Czech Republic are valid until March 31 - sign up here! (Check out more on Gigathlon in older posts)

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wonders Of Technology: Garmin HRM-Swim

For those who know me more, I am little bit of tech geek, tracking sports and activity is part of my job and I love trying new stuff. I have different reviews piled up for you (fenix 3 vs vívoactive, FR630, vívosmart HR...). But this is so new and so exciting, I had to share :o)

I had my eye on Garmin HRM-Swim (English link, Czech link) ever since it was launched and yesterday I bought it :D Swimming x-mas coming early? Or reward for the weekend 3 km swim ... anyway, it is exiting to have the option of having accurate HR of your swim. Why didn't we have it earlier?  Because the ANT+ or Bluetooth signal has drastically lower distance reach when in the water (basically from many meters down to just few centimeters). There were ways around it with the optical HR monitors, but those had many "but" in the description of use.

Garmin HRM-Swim - How Does It Work?

Well Garmin did not invent a way to go around physical laws. Instead the HRM has an internal memory and stores the activity data inside it and all the data are transferred after you finish your swim and you push the "save" button. However it does not mean that you cannot see your actual heart rate right in the pool. For example when you have the rest interval, when you get your watch closer to your HRM, it gets the signal and shows you the current heart rate. It is not very useful for watching it between the laps as it takes little time, but you can see pretty much at which hear rate you end your interval and you can also adjust the rest interval based on your heart rate.

Heart rate data as seen in the mobile app
And heart rate data in the Garmin Connect web app (link to the file)
Excited that Garmin added the option of overlaying different data (here pace & heart rate)

Garmin HRM-Swim - How Is It Different?

The main difference is that the belt itself is almost not flexible at all as it needs to sit firmly on your chest. It comes with different sizes of additional flexible belt to add and adjust the length (to be able to accommodate tiny girls and huge chested guys and anything in between and above). I was little worried when I unpacked the heart rate monitor as there was the middle sized strap attached to the belt and it was little too big with it and little too tight without it. Fortunately I double checked the added strap and apart of the super huge, there was also the tiny one, that is just perfect for me. I guess I would find this in the user manual, but who reads those, right? :D :D :D

The HRM-Swim has little wider belt than the "normal" Garmin HRM and all of the actual strap (the blue part) is not flexible at all and also covered with layer of adhesive material that makes it stick to your chest. Since only the "prolonging" strap is flexible, it might take little more time to find the right set up for you. You don't want to get your chest too restricted... I heard that it perfectly stays in place even when you dive in the pool, but I did not try that yet.

The three different "additional" straps that give the HRM-Swim little more flexibility

I will update this post as I will get more experience with the HRM-Swim.

Have a great day everyone!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Morning Green Smoothie

With the off season relax I have also slipped off my healthy eating habits. It is lot of fun, but there are also downsides: 1) I can feel it on my waistline, 2) more importantly I am not feeling great, my sleep was disrupted, my skin got worse ... Calls for action and it seems thanks to feeling sluggish I have discovered source of pleasure and happiness for my morning routine. I have been drinking this detox, antioxidant and alkalizing smoothie lot of mornings lately. So I decided to share the recipe with you. I am not really doing exact measures, going by the feel. You get great starter on your daily veggie & fruit consumption by drinking this smoothie.

Ingredients (for one smoothie):
  • 1 kiwi
  • 2-3 handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1 scoop of hemp protein
  • bee pollen (I am not sure about the effect, but they say it's super healthy :o) )
  • coconut water = natural source of electrolytes (I use CHI from MyBotanika ... use "BARBORKA" code to get discount!)
  • 1/2 or 1 banana ... I use banana if I drink this before or after tough workout to get more carbs in
  • honey ... if you don't like the taste as is, but I find that the kiwi + hemp protein is totally OK
Love my Catler mixer <3

What are your favorite smoothie recipes?

And on non-recipe note, thanks Eda for mentioning me in his latest blog post about his favourite running blogs! Check it out :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hellozero Training For Koloběh 2015

#hellozero is really cool site and project, my colleague Radko is co-managing. It's purpose is simple, make people move more. Like hello zero, let's do this! I have been working at Rockaway only since beginning of September, but I love that my colleagues have more or less very close level of positive craziness (and that should be a compliment :D ). Check out more about Rockaway Capital here. So my colleague Radko was great candidate to do the crazy Koloběh race (it literally means bike-run), e.g. girl, guy and a bike, almost 50 km to cover in the fastest possible time. Radko being very enthusiastic motivated me to do a training session on the actual race course. Mhm, I knew it was not the best idea to start running after 12 days off after Frankfurt marathon with this training session, but it happened this way. :D

Saturday morning 5:30 am wake up call is little brutal :D

Ready to go, UCAN snack bars for nutrition, matcha tea & my beloved Garmin fénix 3 <3

Ready to rock'n'roll ... or at least run & bike!

Great feature of the advanced Garmin watches - you can upload a course to the watch and it will navigate you. Already used it in the summer and loving it, it is actually very easy to follow even without the map, just arrow on the screen and you can see the turns...

Radko is really fast runner, need to do some training until our race!

The race course is gorgeous!

Having fun :)

One tiny and two bigger uphills on the course, this is not the full course.

We finished after 34 km, because of Radko's hamstring issues. It's better to play it safe and not push too much in training, so we are ready for the race!

I think you can guess when I was running ;)

I refueled when I got home, took a bath and fell asleep immediately. When I woke up, I knew this was gonna hurt. I wanted to take it easy on the run, but it is really motivating having the bike with you to go fast, so the biker does not need to wait that much. Fast running after 12 days off + hard uphill effort on bike = very sore legs! So I pushed myself to go for an easy swim and sauna in the afternoon. Well, I cannot imagine how I would feel without that, because I could barely walk on Sunday and Monday :D :D :D

Saturday was very long as I went to see one of the two concerts Madonna had in Prague, it finished around midnight ... long day, great emotions and memories!