Saturday, July 16, 2011
So, today I set a new distance record for running, 22K.
This is half a Marathon.
I am happy, though I can't understand fully what this means.
Otherwise, I made today to be a really nice day to START the summer challenge.
I slept 9h, so I am fully charged.
I logged all my food in the food tracker.
I made shopping and my refrigerator and fruit corner are fully populated with lots of healthy options, from fruits, to 100 kcal snacks.
I made my exercise for today, I logged it in the forum, too.
I switched my tracker for my new scale, so I can track my weight more precisely, and also track my body fat%.
31953 Steps for today.
My RUN STARTED in a funny way. I had no wish to run, tired, bit sleepy. I really just followed my automation to put on my shoes, heart rate monitor, armband, phone, headset, some water and a banana.
Then get out, stretching, and just slowly start to run.
It was already late evening, 9K, the sun was just going down. Soon it was night, and the moon came up. It was a huge full moon. As it got higher on the sky, it became smaller, and lit my way more and more.
I choose a track which goes in the forest, and I loved it, as the yellowish light dimmed trough the tall pine-trees.
Running felt so easy and effortless. I paid attention to my BREATHING , and pace, and to keep my upper body in an "open position", with heads up.
After 10K, I decided to continue to fully home, which was at 14K. There, I decided to continue to 20K, and to set the new record - the previous was 17K.
After 18K, I started to feel my JOINTS in my leg, not pain, just feeling that they are really working a lot. Otherwise I was not tired, I had enough air to breath. So I switched to a slower pace, and a softer step. It was uphill, which I enjoyed a lot - lately, I prefer if it goes up. And decided to make the goal for 22K, so it will be a half a Marathon distance. I ate my banana and drank my 300 ml water, and continued.
I reached 22K easily, but my legs really reached their limit I think. So, when endomondo announced "You have reached your GOAL. 22 kilometers and 2 hours and 40 minutes and 2 seconds. Lap time ...", I was very happy. I made it!
Then I switched to a very gentle WALK.
Arriving back to Hauptplatz, I made a long stretching.
I just ate 2kg of Watermelon, a huge piece, and some low fat yogurt, to fill up my glycogen tanks with carbohydrates and some protein after exercise.
As it was dark, I couldn't make any photo.
This is from my 17K two week ago, nearby in Gleisdorf.
Thank you for all the encouragement on Friday.
It really helped.
And I am so grateful to have you sparkfriends in my life, it is so much easier with your support.
My skin is full of dry salt from sweating.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
So, I've slept 4-5h every night in the last 5 days, I am getting sleepy.
At work, I am running at a very intensive pace every day.
I didn't have any time/energy to run since Monday. Although, for yesterday, my step counter shows 27000 steps - in the morning, I was still in Paris, in the evening, I was already in Gleisdorf.
Tonight, we went for a "Buschenschank" dinner to celebrate with my work colleagues. This is a traditional farmer's place style restaurant in Austria, where they serve locally produced meat and wine.
I didn't eat too much, but when I added up things at home, I went over 2000 kcal just for dinner. Apparently, in a place where everything is full of fat, measuring things on my scale doesn't help. The lightest thing I found was black beans, with pumpkinseed oil. So, you can imagine how the ham looked, or the liver paté. The only thing they could offer for dessert was doughnuts.
The meal was tasty, and I like it is locally produced, but I think I am already over of these full-fat dinners titulated "pure joy" and "super tasty". Somehow, I never happen to go to celebrate with friends to a place, independently from the country and my workplace, where all food is normal calorie, or low, and the dinner is not about overeating ourselves, but about enjoying the taste.
These weeks, I struggle to track my food every day, sometimes it happens, sometimes not.
Last week I didn't have any energy to read others' blogs, to visit the forums, and to get prepared for the summer challenge.
So, before I also would have broken my 10 min per day exercise streak, I went for 30 min walk now, 3K.
I can't wait for the weekend to begin.
Paris, Airport Charle de Gaulle Terminal 1
Gleisdorf, River Raab
If you can write me something encouraging, please do.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Today, I lived a typical French businessman's day.
I took the TGV train in the early morning to Lyon, 500 km in 2h. I had my business meeting, then take the train back to Paris, again in two hours more than 500 km. I love these fast trains, they are so comfortable and practical.
In the train, I was finalizing my presentation on my laptop.
My food was not as healthy today as I wished, but I managed to keep portion control.
In the morning, I bought a quick sandwich at the railway staiton - lots of white bread, butter, and such. I haven't eaten bread for long.
For lunch, we went to a restaurant in Lyon, and I asked directly the waiter to give me some fish with vegetables, and he recommended an option from the menu. No dessert, no starter, and only water and cola light.
For dinner, I got a sandwich in the TGV train, and I am shocked to see that a small sandwich of 170 g is already 485 kcal. Fortunately it was indicated on the packaging.
Late night I took my dinner, I ate "shoucrout" - cabbage with sausages-meat, a typical meal from Alsace/Strassbourg region. The cabbage had low calories, and I went for the duck option.
I had no opportunity to run today, which is a pity, and I miss it.
I made a 20 min walk in the evening.
Now, I fall into bed.
This is in front of the church Notre Dame in Paris.
He did jump, 2m with a roller skate.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Yesterday's 10K feels today like nothing.
I don't really understand, but I am not tired at all, I don't even remember it as a hard exercise.
But still, today I kept it more relaxed, as I know my muscles need the rest, even thought I don't feel tired.
So, today, I made walking in Paris, about 2h. Along the Seine river, Notre Dame, Quartier Latin. Dinner in a small restaurant outside, watching the people passing by.
For my dish, I ordered fish, and I asked to swap the rice to salads, which was not a problem.
There's such a vivid night life in Paris. I took this picture at 9:30pm.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
10K on the riverside of the Loire.
Here's the cathedral of Orléans.
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