Friday, August 12, 2011
After the knee pain last Wednesday I had to take off running.
It was a backlog from a mountain hiking trip to Hochlantsch, Austria, on the Saturday before, we went up to 1700m, and were almost at running-speed walking downhill for 2h30min to catch the train in Mixnitz. It was steep downwards, and many blogs mentioned that this downhill trip is heavy on the knees for casual hikers. My friend told me that it took him 2 years of hiking to get his knees used to downhill.
The pain went away a few days ago, but I still feel my knees when walking downhill or down the steps.
We applied some Kinesiotape around my knee, which covers the joint with an Y shape from both up and down in front, and an Y shape down from the back. I can understand why, but it really helps a lot.
So, today, I did again 10K running, with moderate speed of 7 min/km, on flat surface. We were running together with my girlfriend, which is a great feeling to do exercise together. We explored the surroundings of this small town South from Paris. The temperature was 20C, the Moon shining, now wind - perfect conditions.
Strangely, I feel like I did no exercise, it was like a small warming up.
My knees are feeling ok, but I see I need to keep it gentle.
I am in France for 2 weeks now for holidays. Yesterday, we did a 10K walk in the forest of Orléans, such a beautiful place.
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
I still feel incredibly hungry all day long. Maybe the short sleeps, or the increased exercise, or thirstiness due to the heat. Today I managed to stop at the upper limit of my calorie budget, but it is so difficult.
I've eaten tons of vegetables and fruits, to eat things with lower calorie content, but still have volume in my stomach. This helps, but I'm still hungry.
My run today was more difficult than usual. My left knee hurts a bit, I think because of the downhill yesterday. I tried to step softly, but probably it was not gentle enough. Going up to the look-out tower was a 7K uphill, but then, it is downhill. Usually, the downhills are more difficult for me. To go up, I gained already enough stamina, but downhill is about the joints. I only "fast walked", but still, it was long. Maybe this is the leftover from Saturday, we when we came down from Hochlantsch 1700m to 450m to Mixnitz in 2h30.
I ran again in the dark, and it started to rain for the last 4K.
I took this photo in the weekend at the same place.
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 Bï¿½renschï¿½tzklamm, 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:
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