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.
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?
Sunday, June 05, 2011
So, today was my first day off running since I run.
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.
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. ;-)
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.
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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