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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.

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PEGTIGER 7/29/2011 8:12PM

    I have heard about stores that analyze the foot and your running. Runners say that is the only place to buy them. I'm glad you had that done since you are running so much. Wish you could have had your first choice, maybe next time. Are you running at night or day time. Maybe some sunshine while running would help the sadness. Watch the heat though.

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ELLEYKAT 7/28/2011 8:09PM

    That is a lot of money for shoes, but you also run A LOT. The money you put into your shoes is well worth it when you consider the pain and cost of injuring yourself because or improper shoes. They look so nice!

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MARYCHERRY92 7/28/2011 4:24PM

    Thanks for the tip, I will check out that shop next time I'm home!

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KKINNEA 7/28/2011 11:37AM

    Sounds like you got a lot of great new gear. Hope you are feeling less sad and more positive every day!

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 7/28/2011 1:28AM

    Shopping does help - glad you were able to find shoes that you like & work well with all your running! emoticon

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KMICHA 7/27/2011 9:59PM

    Now your talking! Nothing like doing some shopping for some shoes to chase the blues away!! ok, so they weren't cute little sassy things! LOL!!! But new running shoes!!! Woo Hoo!!! We know how you love to run!!! Put on those new shoes and chase the blues away!!!

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PAIGESMAMA 7/27/2011 9:04PM

    I am glad to see you found a new pair of running shoes. I am sure you needed them. I am sorry your mood is down.

I wear Nikes now. When I was younger they never worked for me. Now I wear a running one. I stand on concrete all day and need a good shoe.

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LAURIE9404 7/27/2011 8:53PM

    No fun still being sad, but shopping is usually a big help! You bought what you needed and the sneakers look great. I'm so amazed with all the 10K's you've been running. Way to go!

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NTSOHLTHNT 7/27/2011 7:30PM

    Oh, I do hope your sad mood will lift soon. I'm glad you got new running gear and you are using it already. It's been too hot here still to run outside, so I envy you being able to do that. I do hope you'll feel better soon!

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Sad Tuesday, after the sad Monday. 10K in.

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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DORIS32 8/4/2011 11:46AM

    wow! a daily 10K! The summer heat has really set me back in my running the last few weeks. I am slowly trying to get back to a 10K. My goal was to do a 10K on my birthday (Aug. 7), but I don't think I will be physically able to. But trying to see.

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PEGTIGER 7/29/2011 8:49AM

    As always a beautiful picture. I am so glad that you are keeping up with exercise during your sad days. I've heard it really helps.

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KKINNEA 7/27/2011 12:45PM

    I had that week the other week - don't worry too much. I just checked in with myself every day until I could get away from the excessive eating - you'll get back to it soon!

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BEATLETOT 7/27/2011 3:15AM

    I'm sorry you're bummed out again today, Oliver, but it will pass, I'm sure. You're doing so well with your running, and your co-worker is so right--I can't even believe your before pictures!!! =)

Feel better soon!!!

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CAPTHAMMER 7/26/2011 9:51PM

    Oliver, you know that I hate that you are sad but sometimes we just have to be sad for awhile. It happens. It's okay to briefly embrace it, spend some time thinking about what might be causing it and hopefully it will quickly run its course.

You've been working yourself very hard. Considering the giant changes you've made in the past few months, maybe you're just mentally catching up. I commend you for keeping up your running. It would be so easy to say "I don't feel like it" but you continue to be an inspiration to us all by powering through this sad spell.

Looking forward to having the Perky HAKAPES back with us.
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DINGALLSTOO 7/26/2011 8:11PM

    still getting the 10 K done, good job

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LAURIE9404 7/26/2011 7:41PM

    Aww, that's no fun being sad. You'll get through it. It's so great that you're still running and you do have the shines of happiness going. It'll get better soon enough. And then you'll be feeling better then ever. Really great of you to share that with us. Thanks for all of your strength! emoticon

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ON2GOALS 7/26/2011 7:06PM

    Thinking of you... After the rain, the rainbow appears....

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NTSOHLTHNT 7/26/2011 6:23PM

    What a beautiful place! Your colleague is right, the change in you is noticeable; one only has to compare the pictures of you to see that. I hope you'll feel better soon. Everyone has their ups and downs, and sometimes we just don't know why we feel the way we do, we just do.

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Sad Monday (Summer 5% W2 D3)

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.

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DINGALLSTOO 7/26/2011 8:10PM

    you will turn it around!

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SPBETTERWAY 7/26/2011 6:00PM

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PEGTIGER 7/26/2011 9:34AM

    I hope the sadness has left and you are feeling better today. I am amazed that you were still able to get out and do the run. You always do so well with your eating and running. Having the cake and cookies just makes you more human. It helps those of us still struggling to see that everyone else has temptations too!

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NOILEDNWAD 7/25/2011 10:41PM

    Your dedication to running, and seeing your improvements along the way, is a wonderful thing. Eventually you'll figure out where the sadness is coming from, feel it, learn from it and then move forward. It's all any of us can do. Keep on putting one foot in front of the other and you'll get back to being your energetic self. emoticon

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CONFIDO999 7/25/2011 10:13PM

    If you think about it, I'll bet you are getting more in touch with your feelings than you were before you started Sparkpeople. I believe that the running and the tracking is making you very tuned in to yourself, and your emotions. I am glad you allowed yourself to feel sad--hopefully you will not always turn to sweets when you are, but it is good that you recognize your feelings. I hope tomorrow will be a very happy day.

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ON2GOALS 7/25/2011 8:47PM

    Hugs - thinking of you, my friend.

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GEORGIAGIRL26 7/25/2011 8:27PM

    Sorry you are feeling bad today.
I hope that you feel better soon!
Your SP Friend from Georgia USA Holly

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NTSOHLTHNT 7/25/2011 7:57PM

    I hope you're feeling better by now. Could it be that you were feeling blue because of the bad news that came out of Norway this weekend?

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SPARKCHANTAL 7/25/2011 6:37PM

    me too-- when i get feeling blue, my tendency to eat sweets goes up and my exercise energy goes down, way down. there must be an explanation...

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BEATLETOT 7/25/2011 5:58PM


We all get into funks sometimes. I hope you feel better soon.

I love this picture you posted. I'd love to go back to Europe.

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1THING 7/25/2011 5:16PM

    Bless you!

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KKINNEA 7/25/2011 4:58PM

    Interesting weekend - some highs and some lows. I love your commmitments to your 10Ks.

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MSKITYOCAT 7/25/2011 4:54PM

  Well now, sometimes the ebb and flow of life can do that to us and we never know what the cause it. Could you be sad about the Oslo Norway massacre? leaving your friends? Make a change in your routine and add something fun see if it doesn't break the spell. May God bless your endeavors. :)

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Running, travelling, eating

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!

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SPBETTERWAY 7/23/2011 9:18PM

    I bet you needed the calories with all the running you do. Thanks for sharing another lovely picture.

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MARYCHERRY92 7/23/2011 9:44AM

    What a beautiful picture!

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MINDY502 7/23/2011 9:06AM

    Way to go on the workout. Sometimes going over happens but not like you make a habit of it. Beautiful picture! Keep on running!


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NTSOHLTHNT 7/22/2011 6:09PM

    With all the running you've been doing, you deserved that Mohnstrudel. I would love to have some right now. No running outside here. With almost 50 Grad im Schatten, there's no way. Have a great weekend!

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KKINNEA 7/22/2011 5:49PM

    Beautiful picture - I love "good tiredness".

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So energized

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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TBID227 7/22/2011 9:41AM

    What a beautiful picture! And love all that healthy fruit! It is nice to know that all your hard work is paying off and that your fitness level has raised so much since you began! Congrats on being able to do all that running!

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ELLEYKAT 7/22/2011 9:26AM

    That's AMAZING. I keep meaning to start the Couch to 5k (C25K) program, but I just ... don't. THIS WEEKEND I WILL START! You've inspired me, and I want to be a cool runner like you, haha. =)

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PAIGESMAMA 7/21/2011 3:56PM

    Wow. That's a lot of running. emoticon

great job!

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KKINNEA 7/21/2011 12:04PM

    Great picture! Sounds like you're ready for your weekly rest.

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SPBETTERWAY 7/21/2011 8:51AM

    Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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NOILEDNWAD 7/20/2011 8:40PM

    Someday we can run a virtual 10K at the same time, that would be fun! I, however, am still only running 5K 4x a week. Although I walk 5K 6 days a week now.

By the way, I still love my Nike/Apple running gizmo but I'm having trouble utilizing the download portion of it with their website.

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KMICHA 7/20/2011 7:25PM

    Awesome!!! You are an inspiration with your love for running!

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