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Stars above me

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.

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KMICHA 8/4/2011 6:22AM

    That is a beautiful picture! it radiates peacefulness. Great job on the running . . . and yes, the little packet is a small thing, but oh so important! Comfort is everything when running, and a constant jingle of keys would drive me nuts!!! Keep up the great routine!

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PEGTIGER 8/4/2011 6:07AM

    Beautiful picture. You have really become a runner. That does burn the calories. Are you sure you are going over? Have you changed the needed calories for all of the running you do? I am amazed at someone being able to run so much every day. Most runners I know only run 3 or 4 times a week.

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NTSOHLTHNT 8/3/2011 7:04PM

    You are doing great. Your blogs are very inspiring to me. Thank you!

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ON2GOALS 8/3/2011 12:30PM

    Great! Glad you are enjoying your new Nike shirt - those tech garments can make a big difference, especially with the distance runs you are doing.
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KKINNEA 8/2/2011 11:45PM

    Have you re-checked your calorie range? You may be able to up it some because of your daily 10ks.

Sounds like you're doing great with your running!I love integrated pockets in clothing - it really does make it easier to tote keys and cash for Gatorade!

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MINDY502 8/2/2011 8:57PM

    Awesome is all i can say. I imagine there is something about running at nite and having the sky lie before you. Whether or not you are staying in your calorie range you are accounting for it. Keep up the great work. Have a great week!

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MISSLORI5 8/2/2011 7:59PM

    Man, Oliver, you are pushing it! This is SO awesome! You are really putting us putters to shame! But I think I'll keep on walking-it hurts less when you fall down like I do on a somewhat regular basis! Have a great night-enjoy those freggies and don't forget the water! emoticon

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Exercise lover (Summer 5% W3 D2)

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.

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PEGTIGER 8/2/2011 9:29PM

    Great pictures! I love all of the fruit you had. The view from the top was fantastic. I am so very happy that the sadness is gone.

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ON2GOALS 8/1/2011 3:39PM

    Love, love the pictures! I can only imagine how beautiful it must look in person. In our small town, we have an annual moonlight road race that starts at midnight - I think it would suit you.

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MARYCHERRY92 8/1/2011 9:13AM

    Beautiful Austria... I can't wait to visit Styria in September. And your fruit looks lovely. I really wish fresh fruit wasn't so expensive where I live!
Have a nice week!

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NOILEDNWAD 7/31/2011 10:16PM

    Yummy looking freggies!! Workouts are my favorite. Although I haven't been able to run any decent distances (time/children constraints) this week. I've at least been getting out for my 5K walk every morning.

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KMICHA 7/31/2011 9:45PM

    You do love exercise!!! Great job!! Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing. Glad to hear the sadness is gone! emoticon Wow! that's a lot of fruit! Yummy! Keep up the great work! Go Daisies!!

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ROCKYCPA 7/31/2011 8:16PM

    the views are really beautiful and it looks like you really enjoyed your fruits - I do too.

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    The views are spectacular and you are a good photograph!

Your freggies look very good. Lately, I moved from Longueuil (suburds of Montreal) to Montreal. When I was living in Longueuil, there was no "fruiterie" around. Now, I live near a small market and also there are a few "fruiteries" around (shops specialized in selling fruits and vegetables - don't know the name for it in English). There is a big difference between the fruits and veggies that someone buy in supermarkets and in "fruiteries". I love to go to "fruiteries" : the smell, the view, the freshness of the products. I don't buy fruits and vegetables in supermarkets anymore.

I am glad that you feel better! emoticon

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NTSOHLTHNT 7/31/2011 7:21PM

    Awesome views and places! You really put a dent into all of those fruits and veggies :). Have a great week!

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SPBETTERWAY 7/31/2011 7:19PM

    The pictures truly are awesome. You are doing so well. The fruit looks so yummy! Have a great week.

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KIMBERTA99 7/31/2011 6:17PM

    emoticonpictures!! Glad to hear the sadness has left. emoticon on all your running emoticon

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DINGALLSTOO 7/31/2011 6:17PM

    wow, the views are spectacular and that tower looks like fun to climb. I love my fruit too, yours looks yummy

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Speeding up

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:

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ON2GOALS 7/30/2011 9:40AM

    Ah, good for you, you gave the perfect response to your colleague at lunch. I can't help but think - who's the one who looks good and feels even better? Sounds like a great run - good for you toughing it out though the first difficult 20 minutes.

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PEGTIGER 7/29/2011 8:57PM

    I hate that someone was rude at lunch, but it happens. You handled it very well. Sorry to hear it is hard to get going, but so glad you went out and ran anyway. Glad the Nikes are working out so well too. Praying all sadness is gone tomorrow.

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KKINNEA 7/29/2011 11:52AM

    Great job on getting out there for your 10K! You handled the conversation with your superior very well.

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LAURIE9404 7/28/2011 9:15PM

    Yup, you did very well so as not to step on his toes even though he was being inconsiderate to your goals. I guess we find people like that all over the place. Have you thought about adjusting your calorie burn in the trackers on Spark? If you have noticed that your calorie burn is higher then Spark expects, then you might not actually be eating enough. Your range could be off. Just a suggestion but I'm figuring you've already looked at that. You know what you're doing and it's Awesome!!

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PAIGESMAMA 7/28/2011 8:58PM

    I am glad you took your run. Exercise is great therapy. I know I feel better when I am exercising.

Don't let others get you down. Everyone has an opinion and some even think theirs is the only one that matters.

Just keep doing what you are doing. You are doing a great job.

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SPBETTERWAY 7/28/2011 7:56PM

    Yeah Nikes!! You are so wise. You had a good reply. You have your own goal and plan. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NTSOHLTHNT 7/28/2011 7:13PM

    Awesome run, and wise response to the person who talked about the BMI. Everyone has their opinion and everyone has a right to them--we also have the right not to believe or buy into them. You have to do what's right for you. I'm glad your mood is lifting, too. Have a great weekend!

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New shoes!

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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