Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New running shoes

So after the second time running 7 miles, my left knee hurt for about a day or two. I took the week off of running but then ran the big ten 10k. My knee hurt for a few days after that and it was way worse. I figured out it was my IT band since it was the outside of the knee and I could feel it go up my leg to my hip. I did some acupuncture and went to fleet feet to get new shoes. The shoes I got are amazing, I've never had such nice shoes before. It totally helped to have someone watch me run and find stabilizing shoes for me. I started up running again last week after a few weeks off and my knee feels great. Gunna try to get my milage back up to where it was with Sarah. We're starting at 4 miles this weekend then will increase accordingly. I'm just glad my knee is better and I can get back running without any major issues. :-)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Awesome running advice

Finally watched this TED talks video that my friend sent to me a few months ago when we first started running together. We started out running 2 miles once a week together. Today we ran 7 miles for the first time (my first time running 7 miles ever, woo!). My running has been improving and I always try my best to enjoy it. Sarah and I actually carry a conversation the entire time we're jogging, which definitely helps distract the mind from the actual jogging and actually makes jogging enjoyable and fun. Like the video says, even if all you can do is easy, that is enough. Whenever I am out for a jog, I tell myself I am not trying to win a race or go faster by any means, I am just trying my best (the best I can). Even if that means really slow running on a super humid day, it is better than nothing. :)

See Video Here

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Female problems

I wasn't sure whether I should name this blog post female problems or kung fu struggles. The more I thought of my life, the more I realized it comes down to me not only being female, but also a married female who wishes to start having babies within the next few years. I am 27 years old (almost 28, happy birthday to me?) and I am trying to finally get a real job where hopefully I will make real money. I've been applying to 2-4 jobs every day since May and have only received rejection emails and recruiters calling me for customer service/sales jobs of which I have no interest in. Until I get a real job making decent money, I have to tutor ACT on the side just to help pay the bills since my day job doesn't pay me enough to afford things such as food, gas, mortgage, kung fu, etc. And that is where kung fu comes in. 

I can't devote as much time to kung fu as Vince can since I have to work so often just to try and make enough money to pay the bills. Instead of kung fu, I find myself working out in other ways (running, bike riding, etc) because these are things that I can do near my house and only take 30-60 minutes versus driving to kung fu, doing class, then driving home (usually a 2 to 3 hour ordeal). Since I now have to use my weekday nights and weekends tutoring students, it makes a lot more sense for me to go running for 30 to 45 minutes rather than spending over two hours going to kung fu class. This, of course, makes me very sad. I love kung fu, and I only want to learn more and more and continue my studies as much as I can. I try my best to go to class 2-3 times a week, and honestly I feel like it isn't enough. Back when we were a lot closer to the school, I would go 4 times a week on average and I loved it. There were some weeks I went 6 times (technically you could go every day if you wanted to). I can't physically or financially do that now. Even gas money alone adds up (driving there and back is about 20 miles), not to mention the time needed.

All of this brings me to where I am at now. I can't afford to be in the teacher's program. It meets every Saturday morning, religiously, and I need that time to tutor students. Not only that, but the teacher's program costs extra (trust me, Vince and I usually spend an extra $100 a month due to his teacher program, which is fine just adds up quickly). I can't justify 1. taking away time from tutoring and 2. paying even more money which we don't have for kung fu and so I told Sifu that I wasn't interested in the teacher's program. I also want to have babies within the next few years (as I've mentioned before) and once there's kids involved the chances of me actually being able to attend kung fu more than once or twice a week are very very small. Also who would want to babysit for a few hours around 8am every Saturday? Just saying.

I guess my point is, because I am female and because I don't make enough $, I can't do the teacher's program in kung fu. The worse part is that I am not allowed to see any black belt tests (we have two this summer). I was really looking forward to seeing one if not both of the black belt tests, but instead I get to sit at home and imagine what the test would be like. If only I was making enough money to actually invest in myself instead of just trying to pay my bills. Here's to hoping that one of these tons of jobs I'm applying to actually call me for an interview one of these days soon. Then, maybe I can consider working slightly less hours and trying to do slightly more kung fu. :)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Coconut Oil Pulling

For the past two or three months, I have been oil pulling with organic coconut oil. For those of you who have never heard of this here's a link with more information: Oil Pulling

Basically it is where you take anywhere from a teaspoon to a tablespoon of coconut (or sesame or olive) oil and swish it in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. There are many benefits to doing this once a day. I have noticed whiter teeth and less sensitive gums/teeth. Also, less acne/break outs. I don't always have the time to do it every single day, but I try to do it most days and usually end up doing it 4-6 times a week. I fell upon the idea one day on a blog post that my cousin shared via Facebook. At first I thought it was crazy, and believe me the first few times trying it were rough, but now I am used to it and it has become a habit of mine. I make it a part of my morning routine, and definitely do it before eating is my recommendation. I am glad my cousin Shawna shared this on facebook since I love coconut oil pulling and I feel like it is helping me in multiple ways, maybe even in ways I don't notice. :)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Training calendar

I've decided to try and plan my training for both kung fu and running. My friend and running partner sent me the following link which is a half marathon training schedule. Half marathon training for beginners. This has inspired me to use my Google calendar to plan out my runs and kung fu classes. I'm going to attempt to run one long run a week and one to two short runs a week. Also going to try to go to 2 to 3 kung fu classes a week. Somewhere in there should be one or two rest days. My calendar is public under jenyarmoska@gmail.com, if interested in following my craziness. I'm hoping this helps me stay in shape and improve my strength and stamina in both activities. Also planning on doing the Disney princess half marathon in February of next year. :-)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The end is within reach

Life is one big test, if you fail one measly section you get yourself back up, dust yourself off, and move on. I passed my kung fu test by the hairs in my chin, or as Sifu said by the skin of my teeth. I am in no way Bruce Lee Jennifer Lee but I am trying my best and plan on continuing to try my best. I am happy with my performance and happy that I passed but what it all really means is that I have even more hard work ahead of me. Kung fu never really gets easier; kung fu stands for hard work. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. True words direct quote from Sifu Faarooq. After my training at the Princeton review, I have decided that I will make more money and feel more rewarded by providing my own tutoring service to students studying for the ACT and or any biology related courses. Through this opportunity I will gain not only education experience but also see students improve their scores and grades and become more confident in my teaching/tutoring abilities. Though one door closes, another one opens. In other news, I am still looking for a new full time job that would reflect my interests and my recently earned master's degree in biology. I am interested in biology education but am not limiting myself to just that. I've also been applying to biologist and scientist jobs. Anything related to biology and doesn't require a Ph D. :-) After all of this wonderful insight, I will leave you with this; sometimes you have to look back in order to move forward.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Half way there

Today marks the halfway point of the 18 days I'm working in a row. Only 9 more days to go, but the real tests are this weekend. I have my red sash test Friday night and I have to pass my teaching certification for the Princeton review this weekend. So basically as long as I pass these two huge tests the last 5 days of work will be a breeze. Last night Vince told me that life is just one big test. I totally agree with him, I'm just hoping to not fail so that I can better myself physically and mentally. I feel pretty much ready for my kung fu test and the nerves are either dying down or haven't fully kicked in yet. I'm actually more scared of the teaching that I have to demonstrate to show that I can teach for the Princeton review. For most of my life I have been terrible at public speaking and presentations in front of class mates due to being shy and nervous. Here I am trying to not only completely overcome these fears but to also become confident enough to be able to teach effectively. I am actually getting close but need more practice so I plan to practice at my local library where I'm hoping they have a whiteboard for me to practice with. I've rarely if ever used a whiteboard before which is also a weak point in my teaching skills but hoping it gets better with time and practice. Well in any case I'm hoping all goes well this weekend and the only thing I can do is try my best. If I don't pass that's ok, I can always try again or maybe just stick to tutoring for awhile. And for the kung fu test I can always try try again. There is no limit to the amount of times you can take a test. Well I'll post again after all the craziness. Peace.