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!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Greetings from Portugal

Greetings from a training camp in Algarve, Portugal. I did this already last year, provided by the 209 events agency (Mike Gratton's - winner of London marathon in 1980s in 2:09!) and with great coaching of Nick Anderson, Tom Craggs and Bruce Tulloh.

Did a 5 km fun race in Falésia village and met with Czech triathlete there who happened to be a reader of my blog. And that was final kick in by b*tt :D I need to get back to my blog. When you get hurt and the training is not going great it is tought sometimes. I worked really hard to get back in the game after the troubles / injury before Chicago (the race recap is coming!). I rather share photos from the running camp here and talk about the issues later. Hope you are running great!

More about the workouts I did while in Portugal next week :)

Most important part of my equipment right now - custom made insoles for my running shoes to help with my feet issues (thanks to Studio zdravého obouvání).

Nice to have this office view during the stay here in Portugal :)

Going for high mileage and tough sessions requires proper recovery - dipping your legs in cold pool & Generation UCAN (with protein) for recovery!

And to speed up the recovery even more Compex to the rescue of sore muscles. Here multitasking by watching the Biathlon world championships in Finland :)

Love Matcha Tea <3

Beatuiful walks on the beach.

Compression gear by Royal Bay for recovery after the long run on Sunday last week.

Working hard on track - mid day heat ... Royal Bay Extreme Calf Sleeves to the rescue!

And again, immediate post workout recovery shake.

Another view form our room.

Barefoot run on the beach...

... with interesting view.

Great food to fuel all the running :)

5 km fun race ... happy with the pace given it was 3 x uphill-downhill loop.

Easy recovery run this morning on the beach during the Solar Eclipse 2015.

I LOVE to RUN <3

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday ... Yull Shoes GIVEAWAY Reminder

Today is the last day of Yull Shoes GIVEAWAY! You can enter directly here. Hurry, you only have until midnight CET today (Wednesday Dec, 17).

Just wanted to make it clear that you can win any shoes of your choice, not just the pink ones in the original post :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Paleo Cookbook for Life (Book Review)

My longterm but still only online friend Jitka Egressy just published her first cookbook - Paleo Cookbook for Life. I already read it cover to cover :) You can read my review bellow, now go and click on the link and get it to your Kindle, because it is absolutely FREE until Wednesday December 18!!!

Don't expect over complicated fancy recipes that will take you hours. Expect simple yummy meals, sometimes with a non-Paleo ingredient treat version, but always with a Paleo version as well. If you don't want to spend all your money on complicated kitchen gadgets and all your free time cooking, go for this book.

As the author is not a native speaker, the language is sometimes little off, but nothing disturbing and there is nice warm and friendly caring tone throughout the whole book.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Xmas Gift Ideas For Runners

This is gonna be more pictures & links than words :)

Don't forget to enter the Yull Shoes Giveaway!!!

Royal Bay compression sleeves & knee highs, plus the new neon socks -

Matcha Tea Shaker & Bottle -

Anything your beloved person likes and uses on regular basis, or anything you think they might be interested in (but be careful to know them well for this option!). What would be on my wish list:

Quest Bar -
The ultimate protein low carb bar ... they simply are super delicious and do not containt that much crazy ingredients as many others.

Generation UCAN -
Super starch smart nutrition for endurance athletes and anybody who needs sustained energy.

Nike gift voucher -
Well a gift woucher to any running store or favorite brand store ... for me it woudl be Nike. I am afraid that as I am trying to go more minimalist, this store is out of my will power. I could spend any amout of money given there :D

Salomon hydration gloves & backpack -

Garmin vívofit -
Wristband that tracks daily activity, now comes with super cute colors of replacement bands and the battery lasts for whole year!!!

eVito set Nutrition -
Great combo for anyone looking to maintain healthy weight and activity level or wanting to loose some weight. The set contains step counter of your choice (can be also vívofit), intelligent body weight scale and 1 year of eVito Active account to monitor your energy intake (eating) and output (sports & activities), goals and much more.

Garmin 920 XT -
Best multisport watch out there right now! Quite pricy, but superb functionality. Also very hot news on the sportwatch market!

Garmin Swim -
For anybody that "only" runs and swims and already has the favorite running gps watch. Simple, measures number of laps you swim, number of strokes, what kind of stroke you use .... you can also enter manual mode when you swim some drills. Battery lasts at least a year!

Valid for Czech Republic only ... new project of Petr Koukal to prevent testicular cancer! Ladies, we shall take care of the men in our lives, be it boyfriend, brother or father.

Experience Gift Vouchers
.. are great way to spoil your beloved ones. You can go from massage over nice meals to weekend getaways with relax.

Chateau Liblice -

Chateau Mcely -

Ambiente Restaurants -
Because brunch at Café Savoy is simply the best :D Than meat at Čestr and so many more delicious places to eat in Prague (and NYC)!

Cosmetics -
Mcely Bouquet is beautiful 100 % natural cosmetic line that I simply love! Created by Inéz Cusumano herself, available online, at Chateau Mcely and in the temporary pop-up store in Prague.

Gym equipment - (one example)
Here is what is on my wish list this year:

Agility gym / outdoors ladder

Sprinting "schute"
Weighted vest

Trigger Foam Roller -

Amazon books -
You can never go wrong with Amazon gift certifiacte :D

DISCLAIMER: Those are my personal selections, the links are not affiliate links, but some of the companies are supporting me through offering me their products for my training. Alll of the products I suggest are the ones I strongly believe in.