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Darkness, silence, limit stretching

Friday, July 08, 2011

(Thu, July 07, 2011)

Tonight I worked until very late, and it was already 9pm when I arrived home.
Running was on my schedule today, and when I finally got out, it was already 23:15pm.
I love running at night, the only downside is the difficulty to make photos.
It was a great warm summer night, no wind, and the street lights. It's a very soothing ambiance.
Nobody on the streets, only me.

I chose a direction that I haven't done for long, I put on some new music, Gossip - Music for Men, and go. I put an easy distance for now, 10K.
I know, it sounds strange, but 10K feels like an easy distance these days.

What I forgot was that the last time I took these streets and direction was when I was doing 3K. And after 3K, I reached the border of Gleisdorf, and the forest road begun.
Hm, what to do, as there it was almost complete darkness.

A little exploration never hurts, so I took off my glassess, to let in even those last rays of light, took off the music, so I can hear where I step, and I ran forward.

This was a really new experience, running in darkness, in complete silence, 95% of my energy spent on focusin to stay on the road.

It was very really strange to listen how my shoes touch the ground, and decide about the terrain, and whether I am still on the road based on the scratchy sound of gravel.

I continued for about 1.5K like this, but then, when the road was going really into the forest, I decided to turn back. I couldn't even see if there is a tree in front of me or not.

Running backwards was again fun, because in this darkness it didn't help much that I just took this road in the other direction.

I noticed that I am much more aware of how I breath, how I put my feet on the ground, how my body moves, what do I do with my hands.
I realized that it is no joke if my arms are also tired after running, as I keep them in a 45 degree position for 1-2h.

Due to the heat and the no wind, the run felt much harder then usual.
After I reached back to the town, I decided to run towards another forest I explored last weekend.

Wow, that was a revelation. Running just outside the forest, near the trees, I benefitted from the cool air flowing down from the small hill covered by the trees.
It was like switching on the air condition. My speed increased, my breath get smooth, and the overall experience switched from good to great.
It was really fun to run trough this cool air, feel where it goes, and also experience when there was no more of it.

This is the main square (Hauptplatz), at 23:15pm, from where I start every day.

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NTSOHLTHNT 7/8/2011 9:15PM

    Wow, that sounds really cool. I would love to run at night, but I have to get up at 3:30 in the morning to get ready to go to work and get my regular workout in. I am a bit envious of you. But I'm also proud that you're making such good progress. You look great by the way! emoticon

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DORIS32 7/8/2011 7:55PM

    How cool to run in the dark! Being a girl, I'm a bit scared to do this alone and am looking for a group to do this with.

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KKINNEA 7/8/2011 1:45PM

    Wow, sounds great! My run started at 1930 and ended at 2230 but all I got was bugs and sprinklers!

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BEATLETOT 7/8/2011 8:31AM

    Ich bin sehr neidig, dass du in Oesterreich wohnst. =( Ich mag dieses Foto sehr!!!

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PETITFLOUR 7/8/2011 6:57AM

    gut das du das machen kannst und dich dabei sicher fuehlst. Das vermisse ich richtig!

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Healthy life as default

Thursday, July 07, 2011

(Wed 06 July 2011)

I can mark several bonus points in my healthy lifestyle day.
Looks like the system starts to work by itself, and those many things that was so much energy for me, are now happening as default.

For BREAKFAST, I ate my usual low fat milk, oat cereals, with some ham and puffed rice. Quick, nutritious, balanced.

During the day, I drank a glass of WATER before reaching for snack, and 5 times out of 7, in fact I was thirsty. 2 times, I ate the snack anyway.

My scale was with me at LUNCH, and without major resistance, I just weighed my meal. I had some comments from others - even after months of public scaleing they still comment, but these now just bounce back from me. I just reply with a smile, and let the comments fade away, and just do my thing.
I realized, that 600 g of rice-cake is probably too much. So I cut it in half, put aside one half, and only ate the other half.

For DINNER, I realized that I am close to my calorie budget, so I decided to eat some lettuce salad for dinner, and tomato-olive salad. Both were in stock in my refrigerator. I was not feeling hungry afterwards. I had also balsamico salad dressing, which I started to like, and is low in calories. Before, I always took some creamy dressing, which in fact just brought in the calories that I saved with the salad.

When I had no time to log in to TRACK, I jotted down on paper my food to eat.

In the evening, I got a surprise invite for a DRINK. I didn't hesitate too much what to order, I ask for cola light, and if they don't have, I go for water. As I had dinner before on time, I just closed the menu and didn't bother with ordering.

In the evening, as this was a rest day for running, I went for a walk for my daily EXERCISE, and enjoyed the nice and warm summer night.

What I noticed at the end of the day that all these things were happening naturally, without any major energy to put in from my part.

Now I am working on my motivation, as I am in stage 3, and am curious, how it adds to what I already have.

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    GREAT photo as usual. I always enjoy reading your blogs. You are doing great. emoticon

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    That you can let comments slide off your back is such a hallmark of inner strength and maturity ~ way to go!

What you describe is what I'm looking forward to .... kind of like being on auto*pilot.


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ON2GOALS 7/7/2011 1:09PM

    This is so good, how these healthy choices have become second nature for you. I liked your note about reaching for water first, instead of a snack, to discover instead that you were really thirsty, not hungry. This is a great tip.

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CONFIDO999 7/7/2011 11:30AM

    Way to go! You will be at your goal in no time with that healthy attitude!

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KKINNEA 7/7/2011 10:38AM

    This is great, healthy living has become so effortless for you! Reading along was very joyful - good for you!

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LIABOOTY 7/7/2011 8:28AM

Keep it up

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SPBETTERWAY 7/7/2011 8:06AM

    emoticon emoticon Wonderful that healthy habits are the default now. Great photo.

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Running, taking a pause, and running again.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

(Tue 05 Jul 2011)

Tonight the air was full of moisture, it was raining not long ago, the relative humidity could have been near 100%.
The air was warm, those summer nights here that I love so much.

I ran 6K at a higher pace then my usual rhythm is (5.40 vs. 6-7 min/km).
It was very demanding to go forward, and had to "push" myself. It required so much energy.
I planned 8K originally, but I was just not capable to, and today, I didn't want to force my body too much.

Then, after 20-30 sec walk, I ran again 1K, at a high speed for myself (5.30 min/km).
Then, I walked home in 30 min, with short sprints of "as fast as I can go".

Somehow, running like this was very natural today.
On the other hand, I usually don't run this way, I just set my goal, and start, and run until I reach my end.
There are many things happening in me, and looking back, somehow my running mirrored what I experience inside.
Running fast towards a point, taking a pause, running again, and then like I couldn't decide at which pace to go. I have a strong desire to get there, but somehow, I don't seem to. And despite how demanding it is, it makes my senses so aware, and makes me alive. It is not comfortable at all, but I enjoy experiencing this discomfort.

I find this interesting.
Somehow, I get information about what's happening inside me by looking at my daily exercise.
Looks like my spirit, and my body, are tightly integrated.
And being aware of my body, reaises awareness in my soul.

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DORIS32 7/8/2011 7:53PM

    I am always so happy to read your blogs and see your running journeys. When I run, it's nice to think of you on the other side of the world doing the same thing!

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CUSH1932 7/6/2011 10:26PM

    Your blogs are very encouraging. emoticon

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KKINNEA 7/6/2011 11:53AM

    I like that you did what your body was telling you to do - sounds like a great adjusted run!

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GEOCARYN 7/6/2011 8:07AM

    Awesome job on the running! And yet another gorgeous picture.

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 7/6/2011 2:09AM

    I am so proud to be your Spark friend - I love reading your running blogs - haven't yet inspired me to start running again - but I know I will soon! Your free spirit with it is truly amazing and I love how much you have progressed!

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Just a picture

Monday, July 04, 2011

It's 01:23am, time to sleep.
So, just a picture from my running.
8K normal + 4K faster.

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SPARKCHANTAL 7/6/2011 6:45AM

    hi ollie, you're crazy

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DORIS32 7/5/2011 11:48AM

    beautiful! makes you wonder what is around the bend... :)

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FLPALM 7/5/2011 11:17AM



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MISSLORI5 7/4/2011 8:21PM

    This is gorgeous countryside! So green and luscious! Hope you're doing well! emoticon

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MLTH125 7/4/2011 7:36PM

  Road Trip!!!

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My habits keep me, when I'm in need

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Today was a very hard day.

Many things were happening.

I had no energy to focus on my nutrition, on my exercise, on drinking, or all the things I need for this healthy life.

I see my healthy habits are good friends, who take care of me.
So, I just switched to confluence mode, and went along with my habits.

When I needed to weigh myself in the morning, my scale was there, I just had to step on it, and mark the values in the tracker.
The fridge was full of strawberries, cherries, and melon, and my fruit corner with apples and peach. When I reached for something to eat from the fridge, the strawberries were there.
My freezer had ice cream snacks that are good in portion and calorie. When I needed them, they were there, and they were good for me, I could eat several pieces.
I had no energy to cook for lunch, and the pre-stocked food was just right in calories for lunch.
To track my food, my paper book was on the kitchen table with a pen, and my browser was open with the nutrition tracker. I just had to put in what I've eaten.
When it was time for exercise, I didn't have to think what to do and where to go. I just put on my gear, got out, and did it.

So, today, it was not really me doing the healthy lifestyle for me.
My habits were there, and they did all the necessary things for tracking, for food, for exercise.

Near Gleisdorf, my exercise time.

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CONFIDO999 7/5/2011 10:10AM

    That is what Sparkpeople is all about--building those healthy habits so they become our natural way of living. Way to go!

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    You have made some great habits. Way to go!!! emoticon

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LAURIE9404 7/3/2011 10:53PM

    That's great! Those habits are so great and help you get through your day more smoothly. It's amazing what you've got going for you now. Way to go!

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DINGALLSTOO 7/3/2011 8:26PM

    it does get easier, as we practice the good habits. Keep up the good work.

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PARKERB2 7/3/2011 6:43PM

    Great habits you have developed on this healthy journey your on. Keep up the good work.

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