Saturday, May 05, 2012
So, today I had this family reunion where "LOVE = FOOD" is on the flag of the castle.
(Check my previous blog from this morning.)
I found that even though I have many habits working, and I'm in a good shape, nothing beats preparation for a challenging event. Even such a small thing that I make a list of things to focus on in a blog beforehand. Congrats for myself!
It was good to scan the food before. I decided that I eat a lot of soup to start, super-minimize the main course, and save more room for desert. As there was no salad.
The main course was deep fried chicken in breadcrumbs, deep fried burger patties, fried in cheese pork, with potatoes, rice, and similar.
For drinks, I was on water all the time - in fact, I don't crave Fanta, Sprite and Coke anymore, and enjoy drinking water a lot. This developed over the last year. I remember in Spring 2011, I had to focus on drinking water, and had to invent all sorts of tricks to drink. Add lemon, effervescent vitamin tablets, tea, and so on.
Strategically, we moved to a table apart, where there were only "children" (I mean children in the family, not in age, like me, 35), and most at the table didn't care what the others eat. Of course, grandparents and parents kept an ongoing flow of food to the table - there was not a square-centimeter free.
We didn't talk about running, but we talked about nutrition. There was a family member (a grandpa - not from our side), who remembered me as 100 kg overweight guy. We met about a year ago last time.
He was surprised, and asked if I was sick, or how I lost weight. It turned out that he got diabetes recently due to his overweight, and had to cut sugar to 0% in his diet. He's a medical doctor, so was otherwise knowledgeable on food and nutrition. We talked a lot about calorie contents, budgets, what and when to eat, and so on. Others around got also into the discussion.
I was happy to read GETSTRONGRRR's advices on how to talk out myself from eating orders.
I think I will prepare some conversational virtual recordings for myself that I can use as a response for the typical "EAT ! - otherwise I don't believe you love me" messages.
This is from a recent run in Austria, Gleisdorf, near where I live:
What do you tell people, when they ask you to eat their food, and actually you want to keep in healthy eating road?
I'd be happy for any advice!
Saturday, May 05, 2012
Today, we are in Budapest, a cousin of my girlfriend finished high school, and they have the celebration both in the school and the family.
I predict a lot of eating, family style, fatty soups, fatty pasta, fatty meat, fatty-sugary desserts, deep fried chicken and pork, lots of potatoes (deep fried and French fries).
All these doubled "if you don't eat, you don't love me", "I only made it for you", and similar messages. Not easy to deal with in an adult communication style.
So, my strategy today is:
1. Scan the food at the start of the meal, and decide what and how much will I eat (instead on the fly - "just a bit more of this")
2. Portion control: small plate, no revisit to buffet table
3. One dessert only, that I eat slowly to enjoy
4. Start with salad if possible
5. Accept that people will talk in a way to make me feel guilty if I eat normal portions
6. Drink a glass of water starting the meal, and before the dessert
7. Drink 3x other times during the day
8. Bring my running gear with me, so we go directly to exercise when the program finishes, to keep up my focus on exercise (and away from eating)
9. Ask for nice places to run during the meal
My new Saucony 8mm heal to toe running shoes are excellent.
It was expensive.
Still, I see my friends spend this money only on eating out 4x times.
My POSE-running training will bi on Sat 9th June 2012, already confirmed.
This is from Malaga, last week:
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
So, finally, on Monday I took my girlfriend, and we made a trip to Vienna, to the "magic" running shoe shop.
My Nike Zoom Structure+ 14 US13 Breathe really wore out, after 1400km of mileage, they got really tired, and had not much cushioning.
It's on my plan to get a new pair of running shoes since January, when the mileage reached over 1000K (often I was recommended to change around 800K at latest).
However, instead of ordering just another pair online from the same shoes, I wanted to get into a shop and try some different makes. I felt the Nikes were to narrow for my wide feet, and I had doubts about the size.
Last week, on Thursday on the way back from Morocco, we made a stopover at Bikila.com in Malaga (Spain), to look for new running shoes.
I was thinking that a different country, different shop, they might have some new insight for me.
What we concluded after trying on several models, that I really should go from US13 to US14. The US13 size was not small, but was not big enough either, and was probably the main cause of the occasional blisters and one black toenail.
A few pairs in Malaga, all US13:
Then back in Austria, I went to all the big sports shop in Gleisdorf and Graz. They had good shoes from Asics, Brooks, Nike, Adidas, Saucony, but never above US13, and never all the brands in one place.
But I learned something new in each place.
The best fit was the Brooks, and maybe a pair of Asics.
Note, in Europe we usually use a different system to measure feet size, and my street shoe size is EU46.
Then, I made the decision to go to VCM Laufschuhexperte in Vienna. It's quite a trip, 4h to go, and 4h to get back, plus the train ticket. Just to go to a running shoe shop. Many around me thing I'm crazy - but healthy life is important for me, and I ran 30-50K per week, good shoes is priority.
Finally in Vienna, they had US14 (or above) from all type of brands and models, and I could try on all of them check the fit. They had also US13.5 also from many makes.
Length 29.5 cm (US 14 is 32cm as indicated in the shoe).
What makes the difference between a specialized store and a general sports store?
I didn't had to ask for the possibility to run in each pair. Instead, the seller TOLD me to get out to the street, and run around the block, and tell how it feels. I tried on several models and sizes, and went out to run.
Arch type between flat and high, closer to flat.
Then, we checked on the video enabled treadmil my step, and pronation, both in my old Nikes, and the new pair chosen.
What I learned, that last summer I had a heel strike. While now, I land on my forefoot. Therefore pronation control in the shoe is less important, but cushioning on the forefoot should be good. And my step in general in the new pair was much better.
In the end, I settled on a Saucony Triumph 9 US14 (150€ / 200 USD).
The main reason was that it has only 8mm toe to heel elevation, and the forefoot strike is much easier in these (vs. the 12mm of the Brooks model I also liked).
If I have to rate the feel, the Saucony was only 7/10 for fit, while the Brooks was 8/10 for fit, but I thought to experiment with the 8mm elevation this time.
Another learning was that I decided to sign up for a 1 day POSE running technique workshop in Vienna. They record a video, teach all the drills, and proper technique for the POSE method. It's 120 Euros (160 USD) - steep, but then finally I can run with the new technique.
Stephan's Dom in Vienna, Austria
I tried on a pair of minimalist running shoes, too. Then I went for the usual round around the block.
It felt so great.
And I just cannot wait for my proper training on POSE.
I've already sent the e-mail to sign up!
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Friday was not so great in exercise, I missed anything real phyisical, just the walks and catching the ferry type of things that went with the travel. And a huge couscous in the evening. Calaroie budget bye-bye!
I know alrady, when the travelling day is hectic, I am tired, I tend to eat more, and drink less, exercise less. But instead of penalizing myself a lot, I just let it go, and do well before and after.
However, today I woke up early, and decided the 40 mins left until breakfast to get out and make an early morning run.
We stay in a guesthouse in a very small village (about 100 families living there), quite off from the main road. Our small Peugot 206+ is really struggling in these roads.
For the morning run, this couldn't be a better place. Stepping outside of the garden door, I am right on the track to run. I can start in any direction, it's beautiful.
A typical crossing
Cactus here and there
The morning lights were beautiful
Friday, April 20, 2012
Yesterday, we arrived to Malaga again (on our way to Morocco, "as usual").
We had a nice lunch-dinner meal, combined together both in schedule and calories in a local place, where they are specialized in "jamon" (ham).
They serve very thin slices of ham, and small pieces of bread with fish, pesto, cheese&jam, octopus on it. We has a few pieces of chips, slices of potato.
Both the meal and the ambiance was fantastic. Here in Spain the cuisine is really good, so high quality, the same league as in France and Italy.
As for the calories, it must have been around 1500kcal for each of us, but I didn't worry much, as we skipped dinner, and I had 6K running, plus 26000 steps walking for the day already.
How often do you skip a meal as planned?
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