Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Yesterday and today, I ran again 10K.
It feels more and more easy.
Again, I was running at night.
The warm summer night here is beautiful, the stars above me. I ran to the lookout tower we discovered on Saturday. I ran up to the top, and watched the lights in the countryside. It's really nice.
Instead of music, I listened to an audiobook. Due to this, and because it was 7K uphill, my speed dropped to 7 min/km. Yesterday, with music, on a more or less horizontal surface, it was near 5 min/km.
Yesterday, I also bought a Nike Dri-Fit running T-shirt. I enjoy it so much. It dries very fast, and feels good in general on my body.
But, the best thing that it has a minuscule zip-pocket for the keys, on the side over the hips. Wow, such a revelation. I just realized how uncomfortable were the keys in my neck, or in my pocket, always making a noise. This is a small thing, but such a big difference in comfort.
My eating now is full of fruits and veggies, and very well balanced in protein-fat-carbs.
My current struggle is to keep my calorie budget, these days I tend to eat more with 4-500 kcal, every day. I am just so hungry, probably because of all the happenings in my life, short sleeps, and increased exercise.
Anyway, I record everything in the food tracker, even if I'm over the range.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Friday 29th July 2011
I bought a lot of fruits for the weekend on the afternoon.
In the evening we made a big walk in the neighbourhood with my friend, about 14K. We discovered a look-out tower nearby, beautiful view, we watched the sunset.
I got to run only at 01:00 AM. This sounds crazy, but I really wanted to do it. I was very tired, with not much sleep during the week, after the long walk, so I didn't force myself for extra effort, I just wanted to finish it.
I got super tired, and I made 38000 steps, an all time high for me.
This way, I completed my 2nd week with 10K running on weekdays. This is like developing a new habit, very similar to that when I started to run. I was worried how I will find the time to run every day 1h, but it seems to be very natural.
Saturday 30th July 2011
We made a hiking tour of 22K in Mixnitz (Austria), to walk trough the B�rensch�tzklamm, and then to climb up to 1700m of Hochlantsch.
Sunday 31st July 2011
Today was about having a good rest, and sleeping a lot - 9h 30min of sleep, fully charged.
The sadness is finally gone.
We made a 7K walk, just to move a little bit. We explored a new forest, so next time I will have a nice track to run under the trees.
From the fruits, I only have a banana, peaches/nectarines, and some pear left.
I think I love exercise.
Thank you for all your supporting comments during the week, it was so much easier to keep on going with your help.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Today I was eating too much.
The problem was two things:
1. For lunch I got double portion on my plate, even the others told it's a lot. It was 1100 calories, meat mixed with rice. Portion control - I already do this habit, so I think the good solution would have been just to throw away the half of it.
2. A colleague put a half a kilo gummy bear pack on the coffee table, and during the coffee break, I ate a few pieces. Those few pieces were 100g, and 330 kcal in fact, when I checked afterwards.
And, because my stomach needs the volume, I still ate a lot. After my run, I ate a lot of fresh fruits and salads, but still, way over my budget.
The daily 10K was very difficult to start, I was tired, resistance, zero willingness. I took about 20 min to finally get going, but once I was there, I was unstoppable. And I finished with an average of 6 min/km (10K in 1h 0min), despite the many uphill, about 1/3 of the distance was up. When returned home, my friend told me I look like completely changed. When I left I looked like "brain-dead", and now smiling and energetic. This running is a real therapy!
The sad-ness was still there, but much less, fading away. I didn't focus on this too much.
Another experience from today:
During lunch, I took my scale to measure my food as always. Then a colleague asked how much I lost already, what is my goal etc. (now I target to reach the middle range in BMI) and then the usual "I know better then you, you are stupid the way you do it," type bla-bla started.
He explained to me that my goal of targeting the middle BMI is stupid, the BMI in itself is stupid, it was invented for the insurance industry and is not accurate.
I was very disappointed to listen to this for minutes, especially during lunch, which should be a break, but then it was tiring.
So I didn't say a word, in the end of the monologue I sent a small active listening sentence "so you think targeting the BMI is not a wise thing", and I left it there. As he was superior in hierarchy to me, I didn't really want to confront. And I'm sure it was of good willingness, it might even be true; but it was not helpful for me at all that is sure, too.
And my new Nikes, I just love them. For the last 1K, I even speeded up, uphill! I was feeling so great!
A few K away from Gelisdorf:
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This was not totally, but still sad Wednesday.
This is so funny I am so sad all day long.
I am so happy for all your supportive comments, it makes me live trough it much easier.
A friend of mine was going to Vienna by car, so I used the opportunity to visit the running shop that was on my list of priorities.
My Saucony shoes were really feeling worn out, and with this daily 10K, I really felt I need a new one. And as I finished last week my first week of daily 10K, I decided to reward myself with new gear. Originally not to cheer myself up, but this is positive imput anyway.
A colleague of mine recommended Mizuno shoes, she loves them, and this shop had them on stock, with video analysis and expert opinion.
So, I've found the shop, Laufschuh Expert, on Favoritengasse 76 in Vienna.
It's a medium size shop, but only running gear, crazy.
We've spent two hours analysing my feet, finding the right shoes, and analysing my running on video. Especially the axe of the shoes when touching the ground, to decide how much support (stability) I need on the inner side of my shoes.
My left foot was completely horizontal (good), my right foot was sometimes tilting inside a bit. She said by strengthening the muscles, I could go with the normal shoes, because I am at the limit really. But then I tried shoes with support, and my right foot was also horizontal all the time, so we decided to go for shoes with support.
(This is from their website.)
Unfortunately, we didn't find the right size easily, in this size region (12-13 US), the grading is not so fine, the increments were too big. I had to give up buying Mizuno, either the shoe was long enough, but too wide, or good width, but short. I tried Brooks, N, Saucony, Asics, Mizuno, and Nike shoes.
In the end, I settled down to a Nike ZM Structure+ 14 Breathe, size 13. I tried it on the treadmill, and then went out from the shop to run for 10 min and try it. It was still the best from all that I tried.
It has stability, and was 125 Euros.
I've never thought to buy Nike before, when I was playing basketball, they were never comfortable for me. And I never thought to spend so much on running shoes. And this pair was not even in the expensive range in the shop, there were shoes for 170-180 Euros even.
I also bought some gear I missed, a fast dry white cap with UV protection, Brooks reflective bands for my ankles, and an iFitness neoprene belt with zip pockets for keys, and other small things. Plus 3 pairs of running socks (elastic, now sewing inside). Almost as much as the shoes. Crazy!
So tonight I tried the new shoes. The fit is excellent, and even my feet look nicer in these shoes. During the first 3 km I felt the strong stability, it was not comfortable, but after passing 6 km, the shoes were really nice.
I noticed my speed is increasing lately, before I was doing between 6 and 7 min/K, but the last days I was always between 5 and 6 min/K.
My friend who took me to Vienna, was watching me since January with the weight loss. He said that he sees a big difference since I do the exercies, I am much more energetic. Because from January, I only changed my food, and was loosing weight. But since I have the exercise, I am much more alive. He said, also for the food, there is more please, since I run a lot, I can eat much more. This was so true.
Today I managed to keep in my calorie range, too.
So, a sad Wednesday, but a great Wednesday otherwise.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Today I was still sad, but a colleague of mine told me I was smiling much more.
I was still wanting to eat snacks all day, so I got whatever I could find.
In the end, I'm 400 kcal over my current budget.
Thank you for all the support from you.
It made me feel much better, not alone, and it's just nice to have you all as support here.
I don't have energy to reply to your blogs, and anyway, I could only write something sad...
Otherwise, I did my daily 10K run, which was good.
The effort I have to make remembers me to the feeling when I was doing daily 3K in May, at the beginning.
Funny - my endurance level has increased a lot. This feels good.
A colleague of mine told me today, that the change is definitely noticeable, both on my face and my body. This is a nice compliment.
This is the Lagymanyosi-bay, from Budapest
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