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.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
(Sat, July 09, 2011)
We started today by buying fresh fruit on the local market.
They have really a wide selection of fruits here in France, with lots of different types of vegetables.
I find that in France it's much easier to find healthy food, and the selection is much wider on the healthy shelf.
In the evening, we ran together.
It was a new experience, as my girlfriend is a physiotherapist. She loves sports and activities, and she started doing fencing 1.5 years ago, as a new sport. She has now great endurance, and a muscle toned body, with zero fat (you see my motivation).
However, for running, I was surprised that all my kilometers added up also in endurance. We ran 3+3K, which felt like warming up for me.
Because, when I started to run at the end of April, my first run was with her. It was a 3K, and it was difficult for me to keep up.
So today, I received a lot of bonus points from her for how far I've gone, and a lot of support to keep on.
Saturday, July 09, 2011
(Fri, July 08, 2011)
Today, I was travelling from Gleisdorf to Paris.
These days with lots of taxi, airplane, bus and train can be a real stress on my healthy life.
I developed the following to overcome the challenges:
- I take an empty bottle with me to the security check at the airport. After passing the security gate, I fill it up, so I have water with me in the transit area and on the plane.
- I eat 1-2h before boarding the plane, so when I'm there, I'm not tempted to eat the junk food. I usually just put the sandwich in my bag, or don't ask for the air plane food at all. To drink, I usually ask for a cola light and a glass of water.
- At the airport and whenever possible, I take the stairs, and walk, even with my luggage. This adds steps, and keeps me working during the day, which otherwise is about sitting 6-7h. Usually I am the only one in the crowd to take the stairs. :-)
- In the transit area, there are so much bakery, sausage, fast food and lots of kcal packed junk food. So, I just decided to delay my eating to a normal restaurant, if possible, or eat from my bag.
- My luggage contains the following by default, so even for the short trips, I take a larger suitcase.
1. runinng shoes
3. heart rate monitor
4. travel mini-scale for body weight
5. blood pressure monitor
6. phone with music+gps
- I also subscirbe to the internet with a local sim-card, so I can log in to SP, for tracking and blogging.
- I keep a small paper booklet with me to jot down food during the day.
When arrived to my destination, I took out my running shoes, and went for a short 6K run in the French night. It felt sooooo good to finally move my body after all this day of sitting, and a bit stress of travelling.
This is Paris, Metro station St. Michel - Notre Dame.
I took the stairs!
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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