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
Monday, July 25, 2011
I met with 4 friends this weekend in Budapest, it was very nice, I was so happy to see them. Even on the train back, I was so happy.
But somehow, something happened, I don't really know what, I was so deeply sad inside me, the whole day, even now.
I didn't do anything with this feeling, I didn't look for the cause, I was just watching it, how it is, what is it doing in me.
In the evening, I ate two cakes, a chocolate Sacher torte, and a Mohn-Birne cake, both were delicious. I rarely ate these types of sweets, but today I felt I really need to give myself something sweet. Otherwise, I kept my calorie budget fully.
Otherwise, last week I did every day the 10K run, on Saturday morning I was running with a friend in Budapest. He used to be "the runner", and funnily, I was doing better then him. This was such a good experience, that I really make progress.
Today, I did my 10K run in the evening. I was just dragging myself along, I had energy, but I was not energetic. This sadness also influenced my exercise.
This is the inside of a house from Saturday in Budapest.
Friday, July 22, 2011
I got up early today, and made my run in the morning, as I was travelling the afternoon and evening, and I knew I won't have time in the evening.
It was quite challenging to run, after running 10K in the evening, another 10 in the morning. In the end, I did 13K, to get back on time to work! :-)
And I felt the whole day this good tiredness.
Now, in the evning, somehow I feel to run again, I think my body got used to have this exercise at the end of the day.
Unfortunately, I didn't track my food during the day, only the evening, and I went over my budget a lot. All these little things, snacks add up.
Especially, I ate a strudel with poppy seeds (local bakery product popular in Austria and Hungary), which seems to have 600 kcal in a piece. If I new that, I wouldn't have eaten it. I think lots of sugar, and the oil from the poppy seeds make it very calorie heavy.
Apple fields near Gleisdorf, Austria
I am still hungry!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I'm just back from my 10K run. I decided to run 10K every day this week, and rest during the weekend, and see what happens.
The effort I have to do feels similar to end of April, when I decided to do exercise, and run 3K each day, no matter what.
There was so much resistance to pull myself together to finally get out there, but once I moved, it was just going. After 6-7K, it became so easy and effortless, I could continue for very long.
I managed to stay in my calorie range, mainly because I bought a lot of fruits on the way home:
- 1 kg plum
- 1 kg peach
- 2x 500g strawberries
- 0.5 kg melon
- dried grapes for snacks
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