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10+1K - through the forest

Monday, July 18, 2011

Finally my rest day was over and today I was out to run again.
To make something new, I plan this week to run each day 10K, and rest during the weekend.

Today, I made some distance trough forests, not even tracks, just go ahead. It feels so free and great, to run trough under the trees, bushes, and everything.

It stopped raining just before I started, the air was so fresh and clean, and the sun setting down made beautiful colours.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FVHORVATH 7/19/2011 10:32AM

    Wow! What a goal to run 10K daily! I could never do that! Great picture too!

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ELLEYKAT 7/18/2011 9:38PM

    You're a crazy MACHINE!!! You never cease to amaze me!

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SPBETTERWAY 7/18/2011 6:20PM

    Lovely! emoticon emoticon

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KKINNEA 7/18/2011 4:49PM

    Great picture! Quite a goal to do a daily 10K - hope they all go smoothly.

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It is strange to rest

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Today was the resting day after the long run yesterday.


This is funny - somehow I am waiting so much for tomorrow, and be out again and run again. It must be really the endorphines.
Before, I couldn't imagine where I could fit in those exercise minutes.
Now, my tomorrow-afternoon-evening looks like a giant window, where the only important thing to do is my one hour running (I plan 10K).
Crazy, how my attitude transformed during the last months.

Somehow, today I was hungry over my calorie budget, so I went over it by 330 kcal.
However, the huge improvement compared to January 2011, that in July 2011 I ate over my budget from melon, peach, low fat yogurt, carrots, and such. The only less healthy thing today was some ice cream, during my light walk outside. I think this is big!

Also, to reward myself for running 22K, I bought a "Diesel Kino Card" to the local cinema. I also watched a movie today, Bad Teacher. It was in German, which is a foreign language for me, and I am far from perfect in German. To my surprise, I enjoyed the movie a lot, despite being in German, and I understood 60-70% of it.

This giving reward for myself is something I learned here on SP, and it has a great effect on me.

I was also able to read many of your blogs and messages, which sometimes helps even more, then doing alone my exercise.

This challenge starts really well!

This from the citypark, from my exercise-walk.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ANNITAMOUSE 7/18/2011 10:42AM

    The park looks beautiful. It is nice that rest is a "required" practice after a run like that. Often we don't fit a rest into our busy lives. Now if we could get our minds to relax too...

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NTSOHLTHNT 7/18/2011 7:24AM

    Rest days are a good way to get your body started again, and it sounds like you had a really good one. You're doing great all the way around!

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KKINNEA 7/18/2011 5:32AM

    Great job, it sounds like a perfect rest day. You'll be back on the road soon enough!

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 7/18/2011 12:49AM

    Nice to have a day of rest...but seeing a movie in German - and not knowing the language but figuring out 60-70% of it! Awesome!

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KIMBERTA99 7/18/2011 12:17AM

    Glad to hear you gave yourself a day of rest, sounds like you had a great day.

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CAPTHAMMER 7/17/2011 8:30PM

    I'm happy to hear you allowed yourself a day of rest. And going to the cinema is a good reward. Glad you enjoyed the movie even if you had to work through the German.

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SPBETTERWAY 7/17/2011 7:15PM

    Amazing how a day of rest really makes you want to get at it again! Have a great week. emoticon

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22K (Summer 5% W1 D1)

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.

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ELLEYKAT 7/18/2011 9:57PM

    OH MY GOODNESS!! you're going to be running marathons before you know it - I can't believe how far you've come since first running your first 5K, not that long ago!!

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SPBETTERWAY 7/17/2011 9:57AM

    I love your story of running in the moonlight. You picked the perfect time to be inspired to do more. emoticon

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NOILEDNWAD 7/17/2011 8:53AM

    Ooooh! That is so great! You are my running inspiration! I was just thinking I'd never get past my 5K comfort level. While I was running the other day I did the 1/2 marathon math and said to myself "I don't believe I'll ever do a 1/2 marathon." Well guess what, maybe I will. The way you write about running feels so real and makes it seem possible for me too! Congrats on your distance record!!

p.s. my favorite running toy is this nike chip that goes on your shoe, mine has a piece that attaches to my ipod nano. It talks to me too! I loved when it tells me I've reached my goal!

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GEOCARYN 7/17/2011 8:12AM

    Amazing run! I bet that watermelon tasted really good after all that exercise, too. Nice and cool and refreshing! emoticon

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KKINNEA 7/16/2011 10:11PM

    Wow, great run!! You described it as being so effortless. The salt streaks are always exciting!

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NINNY165 7/16/2011 7:58PM

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KIMBERTA99 7/16/2011 7:35PM

    WOW.....I am so impressed with your dedication to running and how far you are running. Keep it going!! emoticon

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Tired, Sleepy, Unmotivated, and 2090 kcal for dinner

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.

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KKINNEA 7/15/2011 11:07AM

    At least get your water and 10 minutes of exercise in as well as your login points. When your work schedule is a little less crazy, you'll get back to the other tracking!

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CONFIDO999 7/14/2011 10:08PM

    Just keep thinking about how far you have come already. We all have moments in our lives where it is just too hectic to be completely good at exercise and eating. Don't let yourself be discouraged because you have had a little rough patch. Sleep well tonight in your own bed, and tomorrow tie on those running shoes and get back to it! You will be just fine--and who knows, this little "vacation" from tracking and eating right all the time might trick your body into losing more weight once you get back to your normal routine. You are doing so great--you really are an inspiration to me and I'm sure many others. Keep on sparking, Oliver!

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KMICHA 7/14/2011 8:53PM

    Tomorrow is a new day! Watch your food intake and do your best to log it in. It sounds like you are very busy . . . are you drinking your water? That will help some too! Grab a few minutes of exercise throughou the day, are you familiar with the Quick Fire Challenge team? Little bits done here are there add up. You must be missing running! I know how you LOVE to run! Hang in there and get ready for the summer challenge that begins on Saturday!!! YOU CAN GET BACK ON TRACK!!! We are all cheering you on!!!

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SPBETTERWAY 7/14/2011 8:03PM

    Tough place to be in training for a race. I'm confident you'll find an allie who can steer you right! emoticon

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BEATLETOT 7/14/2011 7:50PM

    Oliver, manchmal passiert das. Also, es ist ja okay! Du hast so viele Fortschritte gehabt, und so ein Fehler kann nicht die wegnehmen.

Und ich glaub auch, dass so ein Essen nicht so schlecht ist, wie ein 2000-kcal-Essen von ein billiges Restaurant. Man kann einfach 2000 kcal in Wendy's zum Beispiel essen, und das Essen ist total Abfall. Im Vergleich dazu, hast du lokales Essen gegessen! Und das ist, meine ich, gut!

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French businessman style

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.

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KKINNEA 7/13/2011 4:12PM

    Nice business trip, hope you'll be able to get a run in!

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ELLEYKAT 7/13/2011 1:42PM

    I'm sorry you didn't get the chance to run today. There's always tomorrow, no? =)

Looking forward to another season's 5% challenge with you!

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CONFIDO999 7/13/2011 9:48AM

    Great that you got that nice walk in--and some entertainment to watch as well! I had to laugh when I saw the title of your post--I worked with French businessmen in my old job, and I had to see what you thought of their style.

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PAIGESMAMA 7/12/2011 8:48PM

    Too bad you didn't get a run in today, but life sometimes gets in the way. Do your best tomorrow.

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