2016

Initially, I wrote a big text about how good I did this year. And then I drank some wine and came up with this: This was a difficult year for me. I moved, I divorced …bla blah. What have I gained from this year? And this is more than how much I ran, how much I improved and how many races I ran. That is insignificant. What I gained this year is much more important for me. I managed to meet some people similar to me. They like running, mountains and running on the mountains. This is good. These people, invited me to belong to an amateur athletes team. And so I joined Ciucas X3 team. I found a doctor Read more

Dealing with a long term injury

My running has been like a roller coaster in the last period. Started running again in may, went good-ish all the way to mid September when I went to deal with my hip. Hip hip – hurray! I can say that, considering that first time I had to stop running was 27th of December 2014, I have a long term injury. During the last period I improved my 10k time, twice, from 50 to 46. Consequently improving 5k, 3k, 1k, and half marathon distance. Stopped for a while after Baneasa Trail Run, to take on therapy for realigning my hip. When aloud to run again did 55 km in 3 days. And had a relapse at my knee. Pain, discomfort. Read more

Rafael, the mountain marathon 2016

a marathon runner

Race report. Finally, I get to write one, after a long time. I subscribed to Rafael without having too many expectations. Especially after my injury relapse. So I went to Codlea, where the race was taking place with the final objective of finishing the race and having fun. I kind of felt like home, as Codlea is 27 km away from my birth place, Zarnesti. I arrived at Codlea on Friday evening, had dinner and started to be anxious about the race. I had some pain in my knee. The decision to start the race was taken with 10 seconds before the start. Until that moment I was in doubts. In the first 500 m, I wanted to quit 3 Read more

Trial and error, 10.10

Today’s training was difficult. I came after a weekend spent at my parents house where I just ate and slept. So today in the morning I was a bit …hmmm. Not interested in going out. But I did. I planned to change my training from last week. Last week I did jog+strength+jog Monday and intervals on Tuesday, at the end of the 36 hrs of fasting. This week I moved the intervals on Monday, and I will leave for tomorrow the strength. My plan is during Monday’s to alternate different types of intervals. 10x1km, 3x4km, 3x6x400m and so on. And in time will be able to appreciate the progress. Or lack of it. Today for example I felt slow and Read more

Busy calendar

And I like it. Since I received green light from my doctor, Vasile Osean from MedySportLine, it seems like races are coming to me. I was thinking at Sugas Race and Mountain Marathon Rafael. Actually I was thinking to choose in between them. I already had 1 half planned for the end of November, and thought that 1 before could help. Sugas was a bit out, but I decided to ask if they need volunteers. And they need. And while I was speaking with one of the organisers, I asked if as volunteer I can run also. And I can. So I will.  Sugas has 2 days, run and bike, where running has 2 distances: 17 and 24 km. I Read more

Trial and error, 05.10 Training

After 04.10 when I went for a long run and came back with a PB for 10 k, yesterday I decided to go for a longer run. I calculated it should be 22 from my house, 3 rounds around the lake, back home. The lake has 6, till the lake 2 back from lake 2. Was not exactly 22. I got a half marathon distance. 21, 12 km. A bit more than a half, with about 30m. Good training. As I started running I felt not very good. Pain in the knee, pain in the hip. After 3 km I thought I might have to settle with the regular 10 and call the day. After the 7th km I started Read more

Training period & race day lessons

What did I learned? Main thing is that I am still dumb. That being said, I can continue. I had 12 weeks of training, which finished with the race day. My objective was below 50 initially, transformed in below 48, after I managed to lower my 10k time to 48 in one training session. I finished in 54,24. What went wrong? Well, after I judged at cold, I would say … besides my race strategy, nothing. I am capable in ideal conditions to lower my time, and I am able to finish 10.5 km below 48. Just in the race, those were not ideal conditions, and when setting my objective I did not considered that. Why I say those are Read more

12 weeks. Thoughts about running & racing.

Actually was a bit more than 12 weeks. I restarted running on 25th of May, after a break of 6 months, that came after another break of 3 months. 2015 was a disastrous  year with 128 km in total. On 25th of May 2016 I decided to give it another try and I ran 10k in 64 min. I ran on my own, alternating training strength with running till the end of July when I started after Paulo’s plan. 12 weeks, strength, running, diet. In June I started my fasting diet, and kept it very strict. At the beginning I was fasting just every other week, but with July I did 36 hrs weekly. My training plan made by Paulo Read more

Baneasa Autumn trail run

Or as I call it: the first race in 1 year and 9 months, but who’s counting? I had some objectives. One of them was to have fun. I did. The second one was to finish in less than 48, at least 10 k in 48. I can forget about this objective. I did 54:24 and a 38 place general and 18th in my category. Was it good? Yes. Was I dumb? Yes. And apparently this becomes a habit. Not to be good, but me to be dumb. The start was separated on times, that we had to declare when we registered. And per my time I was in sector 1. So I started with the best. So I started fast. Read more

Anxious for races

A lot of people asked me why I want to go to races. Running races that is. Since I got back int he country I also get the question: “how many did you win?” or something similar. It is not about wining. I need races for 2 reasons: the first one is simple. I need races in order to be motivated to improve. I compete against myself, I need to get better, faster, fitter, with more endurance etc. In the process I admit I might compete against other people. I need to see how much I can endure, where is my limit and how much I can stretch it. The second reason for me to be anxious about races has Read more