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Fruit yogurt overflow

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I lost track of how many yogurt, ice cream, cheese and other fruit based dairy products I have tasted on this conference today. Maybe 1200 kcal, or 1500 kcal? All I know that I probably underestimated.
But, somehow it's so much fun to taste products from all corner of the World, from China to South Africa. Different people, different tastes, different preferences. This goes with the job.
So, I skipped the dinner menu, I only ate some raw vegetables, and all day I only drank water and some cola light (no beer, or wine). It was hot, so the 14 glasses of water was easy.

Tomorrow morning, we meet at 6am, and make a run on the running track of Margit-sziget (Margaret Island) with two colleagues. During dinner we discussed, and it turned they also run, and are interested to discover Budapest in the morning as locals live here. So we go to run as people in Budapest do.
I am also happy to learn that there are other people who travel with their running gear, and just exercise wherever they are.

Instead of running, I made a big walk with some colleagues into the night life of Budapest. I could go to run now (at night), but I decided to sleep so I can get up for tomorrow morning.

My colleague also explained that he is not surprised that I discover running now. He said many people start to run after the age of 30. Somehow the needs, mindset, the planning the exercise for a long distance comes at this age.

Nyugati Pályaudvar, Budapest, Hungary (one of the main railway stations)

So, I'm excited, tomorrow I go to run with two experienced runners, in the morning, to a pro running track. Something I never imagined to do before.

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 6/9/2011 3:15PM

    I love your blogs and seeing your great pictures! Have fun running tomorrow with your friends. What do you do for a living that you travel so much, sounds really cool.

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ELLEYKAT 6/8/2011 10:06AM

    That sounds like so much fun! I'm glad you found some running friends there! =)

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    How wonderful that you are enjoying yourself at the conference, and also sticking to the plan (eating healthily, working out).

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BUGQUEEN90 6/7/2011 10:29PM

    Have fun with your running buddies tomorrow!

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LAURIE9404 6/7/2011 9:50PM

    You're getting a whole new view of things when you bring your running gear with you. It's so amazing! And what a good choice of just having veggies in place of dinner after all the tasting you've done. You are determined!

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PPELTON 6/7/2011 9:38PM

    I am interested. As you sampled many dairy products on your business trip.. Are you a dairy scientist? Or do you work in the Dairy industry?

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ON2GOALS 6/7/2011 9:21PM

    How cool - running is really a gift you can bring with you everywhere! The photo is beautiful, too.

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CONFIDO999 6/7/2011 7:58PM

    What a beautiful city! And so great that you have friends now to run with! This is turning into a great trip for you!

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NTSOHLTHNT 6/7/2011 7:25PM

    Wow, you have a great venue for your runs! There's nothing better than to be able to stay fit and explore new things at the same time. Enjoy!!!

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Guest in my home

Monday, June 06, 2011

So here I am in Budapest.
My home town.
I grew up here, and lived here until I was 26. It's hard to see it was 8 years ago, because it feels like yesterday.
A week of conference for my job, so now I sleep in a hotel, instead crashing at my sister's place.
I really feel the vibe here.
2 000 000 inhabitants, capital of Hungary, and also the current presidency of the European Union this 6 months.
I've met all the party guys going home on the buses and trams (I started my run at around 11pm).

It was not easy to gather myself to go out to run tonight. I felt tired (mentally only), lack of motivation from the travel, and all the negative comments to not to run after dinner from peers.
But I remembered my goal, "get dressed and get down to the street". And once I was there, I was just going.
I even went to Margit-sziget (Margarit Island), which is surrounded by the Danube. It has a professional running track, made of a felxible soft-hard material for runnig. Trees on one side, the Danube on the other side, and the beautiful view across the river. The track is 5km. And I remember how much I admired the people running on this track, such an unreachable activity for me.
And now, I just was running there.
It sounds simple, but to me, it is a milestone.
And I also met some other people running there. I'm not alone, even at night! :-)

I will really need a dedicated external GPS, as my phone takes so long to lock on a satellite without internet connection, and it didn't track my road. Fortunately, my walk back was recorded, 3.41 km, so I think my run was 5K.

I am really pushing the limits of the Nokia Camera phone - here's something how it looks.

Tomorrow, I have to keep an eye on my calorie intake, the food is tasty here in the hotel, and we have lots of tasting sessions with yogurts, ice cream, bakery, cheese and all sorts of products with our fruit perparations from China to South Africa. Maybe skipping dinner?

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PEGTIGER 6/7/2011 1:05PM

    Beautiful and so peaceful looking. That is so amazing that you ran on a track you never thought possible! Congrats. You have been determined and done so much. Inspirational.

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BUGQUEEN90 6/7/2011 12:36AM

    This is really good about gathering motivation to run after a day spent traveling. There was so much temptation not to run, but you found your motivation. Enjoy being home and spending time with family and friends.

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ELLEYKAT 6/6/2011 11:36PM

    That's so amazing!! That track sounds great, and to think! You used to watch the people running and think you couldn't do it, and now you're one of them!! =) You've come so far!

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CONFIDO999 6/6/2011 8:45PM

    You are awesome for taking that run anyway. I'm sure you will do well with your calorie intake this week. Keep your scales handy!

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LAURIE9404 6/6/2011 8:24PM

    Love it! That is beautiful and it so amazing that you got to accomplish this goal of jogging around this track. I had to look up the island in English and immediatly told my boyfriend we should travel there. Looks great! One of my workout programs, the teacher says, on days you don't feel like working out, just give it 5 minutes and you won't regret it. Looks like that works for you. I like the small goal of getting dressed. That's the 1st step and the easiest to start blocking yourself. You really are putting alot of hard work into this! Way to go! You are awesome!

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Disaster in a box

Sunday, June 05, 2011

So, today was my first day off running since I run.
Strange feeling.
Thanks for the encouragement - now I made some research, and it looks like the No1 injury cause is over-training. Therefore, today I was officially injury preventing.
Feels good!

I also made a "Snack day" - eat whatever I want, whenever I want. I created the limits before, which is I packed a lot of healthy snacks beforehand, and I promised to respect my calorie range otherwise. So, I switched to disaster mode and was eating all day as I felt from the fridge and the kitchen all over. I don't know why I have even bothered to classify it as breakfast-lunch-dinner, because it was just a continuous snacking marathon.

For my 10 min execise today, I walked to one of the bike shops, and checked next week's program at the cinema. http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/jxQYDvLG

This is the Solar-Tree in Gleisdorf.

Next week Budapest, Hungary, conference. Eating out 3 times a day.
Running shoes already packed. ;-)

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DINGALLSTOO 6/6/2011 11:03PM

    rest days are good, and you've worked hard.

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PEGTIGER 6/6/2011 3:38PM

    Glad you took a rest day. You will probably feel even better now when you run. Muscle will have rebuild on rest day. Your life sounds so exciting, going to all the different places. Can't wait for pictures of your new running area!

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KALISWALKER 6/6/2011 12:29PM

    Wow Budapest, Hungary should have great food! Good thing you are taking your running shoes. Have a great week!

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DORIS32 6/6/2011 8:59AM

    So glad you are RESTING! Your body needs it to build the muscle. Sometimes a calorie spike is good! It keeps the body confused and increases calorie burn. You're such an inspiration!

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NOILEDNWAD 6/5/2011 11:35PM

    Your body will thank you for the recovery day. (I had mine yesterday.) Have a great week! Spark on Brother Daisy!

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FLMOMX2 6/5/2011 7:07PM

    Sounds good!

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PARKERB2 6/5/2011 7:00PM

    I had a good day calorie wise since last week. So, it's a good day to start again as I have a new tracker from Weight Watchers. It is a 3 month tracker so I will set my goals for 3 months. You sound like you got to eat some foods you liked. Hang in there and Keep Sparking.

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7K, 48m:20s, 6:47 min/km (Spring 5%, W5 D1)

Saturday, June 04, 2011

I decided to run 7K today, and take a day off from running tomorrow, based on those many articles and feedback asking me to rest.
It's hard to start, but it's also hard to stop.
Maybe a light bicycle ride, or walking will be the 10 min exercise for Sunday.

What I am mostly surprised by that I was running mostly slight uphill, 150m without the waves, and I was not even tired at the end of 7km. I just felt I can run much more. I only stopped because I think it's better to go gradually than to wear off my motivation with a too far stretched limit.
Here it's pretty hilly in any direction I go, in fact to find a flat surface is a challenge. I think it is better for my knees to run uphill, and walk downhill, this is why I prefer to run uphill, even if at a lower pace.
I've met some pro (looking at least) bikers, other runners, lamb, cow, dogs, stork.

I walked home, and did 2 sets of squats and 2 sets of pushups on the way, to get into the mood of strengths after cardio.

On the way home to Gleisdorf

A friend of mine ran a marathon recently in Hungary. He told that 7-8km per day is a healthy-safe distance. When people go over 12km per day that needs special care for the knees and joints. So, he encouraged me to go on with this distance if I can, with a day off per week from running.

As for the weight, looks like I am enjoying a plateau.
Any advice, article, tip is welcome so I hit the slope again.
Or I need to buy a new balance.

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GEOCARYN 6/5/2011 10:11AM

    Wow - great job with the 7k! I'm sure the scenery there really makes those runs enjoyable.

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NTSOHLTHNT 6/4/2011 9:05PM

    7K is a good distance. Instead of increasing from there, try to switch it up and increase your speed. That might also help break the plateau. You're doing great. Have a super Sunday and enjoy your day of rest.

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CONFIDO999 6/4/2011 2:56PM

    Way to go!

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JBARUWA 6/4/2011 2:16PM

    Wow, I wish I could run 7k. I am just beginning to run 5k.

Its also a good thing that you are doing pushups and squats too. Awesome.

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BUGQUEEN90 6/4/2011 12:05PM

    Good job with the pushups and squats ;) It's good to know that your friend recommends 7-8 km per day.

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Simply sticking to

Friday, June 03, 2011

Somehow many articles come to me saying that the best is to do 5-6 days of cardio per week, and 1-2 days of rest. So, probably this weekend I will do one day off from running, and do something else to exercise, light.

I couldn't imagine this before, but actually I don't want to make a break from my daily run. I could have never picture this, but it turns out I prefer to run, vs. not run. I started to run on the 27th April. Since then, I ran every day, or make a long bike ride. This is just the 6th week. It's incredible, how much I can change, just by simply sticking to this small thing, of doing a little exercise every day.

Today, I ran 4K. It felt strange, because I could have done more. However I've just read too many articles here on SP no to strech the limits too far, so I decided to keep it 4K.


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BUGQUEEN90 6/4/2011 11:45AM

    If you feel too strange without exercise each day, then try something new on the days that you rest from running. What do you think about that? It is wise to rest from running, because it is hard on the body.

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PAIGESMAMA 6/4/2011 12:07AM

    I do better with some sort of exercise each day. Days off seem to be a bad thing for my focus.

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NOILEDNWAD 6/4/2011 12:02AM

    I'm the same way, I'm really enjoying my interval running but I know I need to take that recovery time. It's hard to do when you're in the groove. It seems so backwards that it's harder to take a day off than it is to keep running.

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NTSOHLTHNT 6/3/2011 7:31PM

    I know what you mean. It feels weird not to do at least something every day. I have to force myself to take it easy. You have to be careful and let your body rest, because it does need some time to recover from all that running. You can't tear it down all the time without giving it time to regenerate -- it's like continuously running your car and not ever giving it a tune-up; eventually, the engine will sputter and not run as efficiently even if you're giving it fuel.

Enjoy your weekend!

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