I have started this blog and came up with the title “Outside looking in” with the intention of writing about my perspective and opinions on things, issues, movies and even music.  But I also write about stuff that bothers me and my inside thoughts with the hope of getting other perspective from an “outside looking in” blog readers.

Lately my plate is full and I’m really stressed out.  A big weight drop has been very evident.  I’m really bothered.  My work issues are like a buffet of food and it won’t just run out.  There are even days that I wanted to scream and just curse everyone that blocks my way.  Worse sometimes I ask myself if it’s worth all the stress.  Worst, there are times that I doubt if I can still do this.

So I’ve decided that I’d go back to running so I could take some stress away by trying to be healthy and literally get a breather from all of this.  And funny thing is while I’m running my mind won’t stop from running as well.  It’s like I can’t take it away and just shake it off.

But that’s not the only thing that helps me from all of this mess, having someone that you could talk to regularly is such a stress-reliever.  And sometimes thinking of the infinite possibility of being beside this someone is even good diversion.  Though there are times that you’d make sense of everything and you’d ponder about where you are headed to then you start to realize that you’re creating another bucket of potential issues so you just pretend that you don’t care and you’re just taking one step at a time.

And yes these were my thoughts while I was running earlier.  If you could only slice my head open and dissect everything that I’m thinking you’d be surprised.  I’m a yard away from being troubled but I know that everything will end soon.  I’m still hopeful and I believe that the challenges will make me stronger. 

This is just another brain fart.

I think I have found a healthy addiction lately and it is running.  I can’t believe that I can really push myself this hard.  I’ve never been this goal-oriented before.  I never pushed myself to study hard or work hard to be a boss but running made me realize that if I just put my focus on something I can achieve it.

I’ve bought my shoes last year around May because I was starting to feel like I have knee and ankle injuries from running and playing badminton.  Then when I’ve bought my iPod replacement last June I’ve told myself that I should buy the Nike + iPod sports kit to help me train for a marathon properly.  I’ve finally had the budget to buy the kit and it served as my Christmas gift to myself which included an iPod touch since I’ve failed to check that the kit doesn’t go with the iPod classic, what a bummer, right?

But all these purchases had finally paid off, this kit has helped me monitor my progress and encourage me to do my best every time I run.  I’ve been running consistently for the past 3 months and just this month I have increased my mileage from 3km to 5km.  Unfortunately, I had developed shin splints because of lack of proper exercise and stretching.

Having shin splints actually was favorable because I was forced to research about it and learned that I should really prepare properly every time I run.  I became conscious and vigilant.  I think for the first time in my life I have proven that I can actually be disciplined.  Discipline is one trait I don’t have that’s why I didn’t become a sportsman.

So I would like to share with you this video I’ve got from the internet that I’ve been religiously following so I wouldn’t have any problems before and after I run.  These are just 8 basic stretching exercises and it wouldn’t hurt if you’ll follow them, it is so easy and it’ll take about 15 to 20 minutes of your time.


I have conceptualized this post so I could share how Nike+ iPod sports kit works to help me achieve my goal. 

It has Nike+ Coach which has been designed to help you with every facet of your running needs, just like a real life coach (only without the piercing whistle) whether you’re training for distance, a particular event, or even another sport. 

It is very easy and friendly.  You just need to set up the type of program you want base on your experience level, event distance and how frequently you are able to run each week. Throughout your training, Nike+ Coach will track your individual runs via graphs, allowing you to compare your times and better understand the trends in your overall performance. You’ll also get tips and advice to ensure you’re training properly and getting the most out of your runs while minimizing the risk of fatigue and injury.

Nike+ Coach simply makes your training easier by taking the thinking and worrying out of your hands so you can focus on putting everything you’ve got into your feet. The bottom line is if you want to run smart, run with Nike+ Coach. (Credits nike.com)

So here are the sample graphs of my 5km runs as provided by nike.com.  Sorry I’m just proud of what I have achieved for the past month.  So what are you waiting for, run smart, run with Nike+ Coach.


Last night I accidentally dozed off early and needless to say it was expected that I’d wake up early today.  With that I decided to run since I really need to be fit and ready for a marathon as I plan to join one this year.  I actually slacked off and chatted online with a friend then I saw the sunshine from my window and was convinced to go out and chase the sun.

I immediately grabbed my shorts and looked for a pair of socks and put on my running shoes and brushed my teeth.  I went outside as my brother gave me puzzled look and I’m sure he was asking himself what has gotten into me and why I am awake early.

I made a playlist of Kelly Clarkson, Sara Bareilles, The Script and Train songs to perk me up while I’m running.  I’ve decided to go back with this routine on weekends at least.  Thinking of the things I have enjoyed before and sorting it out on my mind so I’d embrace it back in my life.

As I was doing the usual training, I started with 5 minutes of walking as preparatory to the alternates of 90-second walk and 60-second run for at least 45 minutes.  I skipped thru tracks one after the other until I find one that I liked.  Then voila I came across The Script’s Before the Worst and listened to it for more than once.

The song struck me and made me think.  The song explains what I actually want.  I want a closure to everything before anything else, before I actually start moving on.  I usually end up friends with my exs well that’s the dream at least and that has been with all of them.  (Well, I don’t have actually lots of them)  I don’t want to run into them feeling awkward.  It’s like a damage control.  I don’t want us to end up hurting each other in the long run.  I hate fights, I hate “parinigs” besides I am the kind of person who can handle things and I’d rather take it directly.  I’m not a mind reader and I believe that cooler heads prevail and win.

I don’t actually know if I have matured through time or is it because I’m also tired of it.  When I decided to run again, I told myself that I’d go back to the old routine.  After hearing this song and learning about it, I begin to ask myself… Is being heart broken and moving on part of the routine?  I hope not.

It’s been a while since the two of us talked
About a week since the day that you walked
Knowing things would never be the same
With your empty heart and mine full of pain

So explain to me how it came to this
Take it back to the night we kissed
It was Dublin city on a Friday night
With vodkas and coke, I was getting insomniac

We were sitting with our backs against the world
Saying things that we thought but never heard
Oh, who would’ve thought it would end up like this

But everything we talked about is gone
And the only chance we have of moving on
Was trying to take it back before it all went wrong

Before the worst, before we met
Before our hearts decided it’s time to love again
Before too late, before too long
Let’s try and take it back before it all went wrong

There was a time that we’d stay up all night
Best friends, yeah talking ’til the daylight
Took the joys alongside the pain
With not much to lose but so much to gain

Are you hearing me? ‘Cause I don’t wanna miss
That you would drift on memory bliss
It was Grafton street on a rainy night
I was down on one knee and you were mine for life

We were thinking we would never be apart
With your name tattooed across my heart
Oh, who would’ve thought it would end up like this

But everything we talked about is gone
And the only chance we have of moving on
Was trying to take it back before it all went wrong

Before the worst, before we met
Before our hearts decided it’s time to love again
Before too late, before too long
Let’s try and take it back before it all went wrong

If the clouds don’t clear
Then we’ll rise above it, we’ll rise above it
Heaven’s gate is so near, come walk with me through
Just like we used to, just like we used to, yeah, yeah

Let’s take it back before it all went wrong

Before the worst, before we met
Before our hearts decide it’s time to love again
Before too late, before too long
Let’s try to take it back before it all went wrong
Let’s try and take it back before it all went wrong


I’ve been jogging for 5 weeks already and it’s week end tomorrow, it means it’s time to jog and exercise again.  But unfortunately, last Sunday when I’ve noticed that every step was a little different and I was feeling achy.  Right after the cooling down, stretches and breakfast, I’ve immediately checked my ankle and discovered that it was a little swollen.

Since, I am really cautious and wouldn’t want to screw things up; I visited the doctor the next day and was diagnosed with tendonitis.  Well, it isn’t serious but I have to stop jogging for now and do walking instead.  Besides, jogging and walking requires and burns the same amount of calories.  Perhaps, what I’d miss is the feeling of gasping for air when I run.

So for the next few weeks the following are the things that I’d do before and after jogging.  I’d apply hot and cold compress will check out for running shoes and will buy ankle support too. 

Anyway, I’m also posting a little information regarding Tendonitis lifted from this website Hope this helps!

 

tendonitis

 

What is tendonitis?
Sometimes the tendons become inflamed for a variety of reasons, and the action of pulling the muscle becomes irritating. If the normal smooth gliding motion of your tendon is impaired, the tendon will become inflamed and movement will become painful. This is called tendonitis, and literally means inflammation of the tendon.

What causes tendonitis?
The most common cause of tendonitis is overuse. Commonly, individuals begin an exercise program, or increase their level of exercise, and begin to experience symptoms of tendonitis. The tendon is unaccustomed to the new level of demand, and this overuse will cause an inflammation and tendonitis.

Another common cause of symptoms of tendonitis is due to age-related changes of the tendon. As people age, the tendons loose their elasticity and ability to glide as smoothly as they used to. With increasing age, individuals are more prone to developing symptoms of tendonitis. The cause of these age-related changes is not entirely understood, but may be due to changes in the blood vessels that supply nutrition to the tendons.

Sometimes, there is an anatomical cause for tendonitis. If the tendon does not have a smooth path to glide along, it will be more likely to become irritated and inflamed. In these unusual situations, surgical treatment may be necessary to realign the tendon.

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Over a year ago when I’ve started blogging I planned to post pictures of sunrise to officially signify the start of my writing endeavor but I failed since I was having a hard time waking up in the morning.

Then lately I started to focus on jogging ang running since I really wanted to run a marathon and for me to do that being an obsessive compulsive person I tried doing my ‘on-my-own’ training program with the help of some internet research of course.

I took the opportunity that we live almost 200 meters away from the beach and seeing the beach will be a good motivation for me.  I am even considering doing a triathlon if my health permits me to do so later on.

This week end was my 4th training week and I can’t believe that I have been doing this for a month.  Actually, I have noticed improvement in my jogging skills already.  Before I’d easily feel a little panting after 30 seconds of running today I can go for a 45 to 60 seconds without gasping for too much air.  Another achievement is I have also developed an appetite.  Jogging tires me a lot and sipping coffee and eating a heavy breakfast is such a consolation.  And I’m counting on more improvements in the coming days.  I’ll keep you posted on the developments, of course!

Then this Saturday, after I have added a new route last week, I have discovered the opportunity to take pictures of the sunrise.  And I have decided to capture it and of course, it’d be a silly concept if I wouldn’t share it with you.

So, here are some of the pictures that I’ve taken yesterday so you’d have an idea why I find jogging a very worthwhile activity and why I am so looking forward to it lately.  By the way, I’d like to thank the God of Sun for not letting it rain the whole week end morning!

 

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I never really expected that running will be something that I’d truly enjoy! 

I am not a well disciplined person, too.  Well, I do get up early in the morning on week days because of work.  But the week ends is the only time I try to compensate the whole week’s stress. 

And lately, for the last three weeks I’ve found myself waking up at around 5 in the morning regardless of what time I’ve slept the night before.  Plus, I do actually look forward to week ends not only because of the rest but because it’s the time where I can jog with my parents.

So I got myself thinking last Sunday if the exercise before and after run that I am doing is the prescribed or proper way of doing it.  (FYI, I really find my jog a little awkward and silly.  If you are a FRIENDS fan imagine the episode where Phoebe and Rachel run together, I look like a little like Phoebe minus the hands.  Maybe, I’m just exaggerating or something but I really find myself silly.  But what the heck, that wouldn’t stop from running)

Anyway, I’d just like to share this post from the web where I got all the ideas on the proper way of warming up and cooling down.  Click here for the link.

By the way, tomorrow I’ll try to bring my camera when I jog so I can also share the beautiful sunrise in the morning in our local province of Cavite.  Happy reading!

 

All of your runs should start with a warm-up and end with a cool down. Why are they so important? A good warm-up dilates your blood vessels, ensuring that your muscles are well supplied with oxygen. It also raises your muscles’ temperature for optimal flexibility and efficiency. By slowly raising your heart rate, the warm-up also helps minimize stress on your heart when you start your run.

Just as critical, the cool down keeps the blood flowing throughout the body. Stopping suddenly can cause light-headedness because your heart rate and blood pressure drop rapidly. Winding down slowly allows them to fall gradually.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 5-10 minutes for warm-up; 5-10 minutes for cool down

 

Here’s How:

It’s not a good idea to stretch cold muscles, so don’t start with stretching. Do about 5-10 minutes of light aerobic exercise to loosen up your muscles and warm you up for your run. Try walking briskly, jogging slowly, or cycling on a stationary bike. Make sure you don’t rush your warm-up.

Begin your run. Don’t start out racing, but instead jog slowly and gradually build up your speed.

After you finish your run, cool down by walking or slowly jogging for 5 to 10 minutes.

Stretch fully after your cool down. Your body should be warm and stretching should be easy.

Stretch your lower back, neck, calves, quadriceps, hamstrings and groin area. Hold each stretch for 15 to 30 seconds.

Tips:

Never bounce while stretching. Hold still on each stretch for 15 to 30 seconds.

Perform each stretch one to three times.

A stretch should never feel like you’re hurting yourself. If it hurts, stop that stretch immediately.

I never thought that planning to run for a marathon will be this hard. 

First, you have to wake up early in the morning and sleep early so you’ll get a good rest and be properly energized for the morning jog/run.  Second, I’m really lazy doing the proper before and after stretching procedures.  Lastly, based from the program that I am following the only easy part of it is the 5 minutes walk and everything from the alternate 60-second jog and 90-second walk for 20 to 30 minutes isn’t making my legs have the time of its life.

But I know these are just birth pains, and eventually as the program says that in 6 weeks time I can run the marathon and be ready like a true sports enthusiast.

Plus, this endeavor is a nice way for me to bond with my parents.  Both of them walk a couple of meters every morning so I’ve decided that it is perfect opportunity for me to pursue this activity.

Aside from that benefit, it is also good for my health.  Though, being fit isn’t really my priority but unfortunately my cholesterol level says that I should be on strict low fat diet and I don’t want to do this when it’s already too late.

Anyway, there a lot of ways to make running fun and one of these is to have your music play list that will perk you up and get your bones off the field.  Well my play list is a combination of Duncan Sheik and Kelly Clarkson songs.  I love to run with strong vocals and up beat tempo.  

And as of the moment the top on my list is Kelly Clarkson’s I do not Hook Up so I’m sharing the link of its video and maybe if you’ll run or you’re running already this song can be a part of your own play list, too.  Haha!