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I prefer those days when

Friday, June 24, 2011

Day of rest.
I see my body needs it.
However, I am switched.
I prefer those days, when I can run, or do some other intensive exercise. These resting days feel like I miss something.
I feel this urge in my body to move, to go, to explore, to be outside.

I was in Graz today, and made many walks, 16659 steps.
Doppelwendeltreppe (Double-spin-steps)

  
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DORIS32 6/25/2011 9:11PM

    how about cross training on rest days? I try to work on my abs/core and do a bunch of push ups and/or pullups on my off days. I really think having a a strong core and even strong arms helps with running.

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DESERTDREAMERS 6/25/2011 6:06AM

    wow, what a staircase! Do you actually spin back and forth on them?

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LAURIE9404 6/24/2011 11:04PM

    Alright, 16,659 steps is no joke. You still got in some exercise! I do know how you feel. Even not feeling good, I had to get my body moving. Love the picture. Looks so cool!

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NTSOHLTHNT 6/24/2011 7:26PM

    I envy you and the places you're able to go and see. I also agree with you on the newly gained perspective of rest days. I feel off if I don't work out, but I also know I need to rest. Enjoy your time off and enjoy the places you get to see :-). Have a great weekend!

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/24/2011 7:21PM

    the stairs are very 'reizvoll'

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KJ4444 6/24/2011 7:13PM

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I think I love running

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I remember how was it on 26th April, when I first went out to run.

3K, and I was quite exhausted, and really had to force my body to move forward.

Yesterday I ran 9K, and today I only did 4K, a distance which feels very-very short now.
I put on some new music - I enjoy experimenting of running to new tracks with different rithm and different atmosphere.

I meet more and more people around me who also love running, and I see myself connecting to many people in a new way, "Shall we run together once?".

  
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ON2GOALS 6/24/2011 4:01PM

    Ah - so great! Running really is a gift. So happy that you have embraced it.

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DTSOBEL 6/24/2011 12:25AM

    emoticon! I have run 5K but can't seem to get through the mental part of increasing my distance. emoticon on running the 9K. Keep up the great job!

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 6/23/2011 11:34PM

    emoticon wow - how far you've come in just 2 months! Hope you are signing up for the Daisy challenge again! It's been great having you on the team.

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NTSOHLTHNT 6/23/2011 7:13PM

    You've come a long way! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Happy running, I'm there with you, if only in my thoughts or on a treadmill inside to avoid the heat. :-)

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ROSENJ1965 6/23/2011 6:56PM

    Nice post. Welcome to running! :) I love it, too.

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MAAYOTTE 6/23/2011 6:53PM

    Funny, I don't really like running, but I loooove the way it makes me feel after!

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ABILUCHA 6/23/2011 5:54PM

    Is the picture your running route?? Gorgeous! How could you not love it with such nice views? :)

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ALEXANDERLISA 6/23/2011 5:46PM

    I love running too! I am at 10 min running non stop! emoticon

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REILLYGIRRRL 6/23/2011 5:44PM

  Great post!

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Spinning myself up to get out for exercise after a long working day with zero energy back at home

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wed, Jun 22, 2011, 19:53

This was again such a busy day at work. And just before going home, we had an ad hoc very important meeting for one of my projects.

Back at home then, I just realize I was concentrating all day long, and I am so tired. Not physically, though. My step counter only shows 6953 steps, not much.

I want to go to run. But the this want doesn't equal I am motivated to go to run. I know of course, if I gather myself together, get dressed, and start slowly, I will like it afterwards. But this doesn't help much at the moment.

I like in these moments, that my goal is just to get dressed, and get outside. That I can do.

So, let's get dressed, and see what happens.
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Thanks KKINNEA, it was a great run!

I ran 9K, was very refreshing, enjoying the not-so-hot summer night, the fresh air, the lights of the sun going down, and the beautiful landscape.



I think I love running.
It came so fast, and suddenly takes such an important part of my life.
So, I just stay with it, and enjoy it.

  
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LAURIE9404 6/22/2011 9:04PM

    I followed your goal to just get dressed and that's the 1st step to working out. You are right that it really pushes you. You'll probably even sleep better after getting that enjoyable run done. I'm so glad that you love running! emoticon

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NTSOHLTHNT 6/22/2011 7:41PM

    Sometimes, you have to get out there without letting your mind take over to talk you out of it. Just do it....you'll feel so much better after.... I hope you'll have a good run :-).



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KKINNEA 6/22/2011 2:26PM

    Hope it leads to a good run!

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The new scale discrepancy phenomenon

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I've slept only 6h tonight, and I was a bit tired all day.

I was energized after the run yesterday, but still, the shortage on sleep was not good. I think the next step, after the spring challenge and reaching my target goal, will be to improve on sleep.

My Omron BF511 scale arrived today. It can measure:
www.amazon.com/Omron-Body-Com
position-Monitor-Scale/dp/B001803OS6/

1. Weight
2. Body fat %
3. BMI
4. Visceral fat%
5. Sceletal muscle %
6. Resting metabolism kcal
So with this, I will be able to track better what is happening.

The weight measurement was clearly not enough in the last month, as my body weight barely changed, but my shape, endurance and all other parameters I am sure were changing.

What is silly, that my existing Soehnle and new Omron scale shows 0.5-1.1 kg difference in the result.
* The Soehnle scale has a precision of +/- 0.5 kg => 82.0 +/-0.5 == 81.5-82.5 (179.3-181.5 lbs)
* The Omron has +/- 1% precision (+/-0.8kg at 80 kg). => 83.6 +/-0.8 == 82.8 - 84.4 (181.2-185.7 lbs)
So, the ranges don't overlap. :-( Probably the Soehnle measured 82.2 or similar (with a 0.5 precision), which was rounded to 82.0.
At work, we have scales that measure with 0.01 kg precision (10g) even in the hundreds of kg range, but they cost several thousand Euros.

So, I'm thinking now what to do, because I've been tracking since January with the Soehnle scale. Maybe I finish tracking with the original scale the Spring 5% challenge, then I make a closure, and set up a new weight goal.

As for exercise, I was super tired, I felt zero energy to do any kind of workout. But then, I thought I just make a small walk, and got started. So, I did a 30 min (3km) vigorous walk.

View near Gleisdorf

  
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ON2GOALS 6/22/2011 11:55AM

    Wow - precision instuments! I'm in agreement with your friends, as far as staying with the Soehnle for now for the 5% challenge.
Fabulous job on the vigorous walk.
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CONFIDO999 6/22/2011 11:50AM

    That is a good plan for your scales. Use the older one, then switch to the new at a good point.

You are such an inspiration--exercising even with zero energy!! Way to go!

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LAURIE9404 6/21/2011 9:21PM

    That's one heck of a scale. Let me know what you think - if it is useful with all that information. I think that since the Spring 5% challenge is almost complete for this 8 weeks, you might want to stick with your weigh-ins on the old scale then make the adjustments. That's not to say that you don't get to play with your new toy. That's the best part of this! New healthy lifestyle toys that we love! Way to go!

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ECASPERS 6/21/2011 8:25PM

    Wow - talk about precision. I would stay with the old scale until a new goal is set. You are doing a great job - keep it up. emoticon

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FLPALM 6/21/2011 4:38PM

    Oliver, I am so proud of your accomplishments! Walking, even though were tired....you have become so positive!!! As for the scale, you might be on the right track. Use the "older scale" then start the "NEW SCALE" at a certain time! No matter what the scale says...I SAY "GREAT JOB!"

Keep it going,
Fran

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Running: new record in distance

Monday, June 20, 2011

Today, I have started to run only 7K, but somehow I was in a good mood and good energy level, and I ran 14K. It didn't feel difficult at all, but on the last few kms I paid attention to step softly on my knees.
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As I was running in a hilly region, my speed varied a lot between 6-7 min/km, and my heart rate also varied between 150-175 bpm.

Today, my Omron blood pressure monitor also arrived, so I will be able to measure those, too.

About 6km from Gleisdorf

  
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KALISWALKER 6/21/2011 4:06PM

    emoticon emoticon

You are high energy! I just got back from a 2 hour 10K walk and find your time and distant amazing!

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NOILEDNWAD 6/21/2011 8:47AM

    Joggaholics, lol I like that one for the Urban Dictionary! I wonder if it's in there already? You are my running role model emoticon

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CAPTHAMMER 6/20/2011 8:09PM

    Seems like you are running some pretty respectable times. And you better be careful or else you're going to become the proud owner of every running toy on the market and you'll have to anxiously wait with baited breath for the next new gizmach to be released.

Makes me very happy to see how you've adapted so well to running. Be smart and have fun.

Comment edited on: 6/20/2011 8:10:14 PM

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/20/2011 6:44PM

    so you're another one of those crazies who just can't get enough-- joggaholics!

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