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Heart rate 150-160 bpm - 5K

Sunday, June 19, 2011

It's still funny for me that I had been a tourist in Budapest from Thursday to Sunday, and now I arrived home to Gleisdorf. It used to be the other way around. :-)

In the morning, I made a big walk in Budapest with my friends. This is the statue of Liberty on Gellert-hill.

Back home, I was so tired, but more mentally, I felt a great resistance to make any workout. But then I just put on all my running gear, and got down to the streets. It was good, I just run a short distance, 5K. This is crazy that I write this "a short distance, 5K". I made so much progress since end of April, when I started to run.

My Zephyr heart rate monitor just arrived. It connects via Bluetooth to my phone, and I can follow up during exercise, and then check the graphs in endomondo.com.
Before running, my HR was ~90 bpm, and when running, 150-160 bpm. I still have to look up some background info on what is healthy and recommended.

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ELLEYKAT 6/21/2011 1:47PM

    That so amazing that you still ran even though you didn't want to, and that you think of 5K as a short distance now!

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NOILEDNWAD 6/21/2011 8:18AM

    I can't wait until my "short distance" is a 5K! You rock!

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KALISWALKER 6/20/2011 3:12PM

    5K is 5K! emoticon

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PEGTIGER 6/20/2011 12:57PM

    I love the way you put on your running clothes even when tired and not wanting to. I would love to be able to run 5k. You have really come a long way and what is even better, you seem to love it once you get started!

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ON2GOALS 6/20/2011 10:52AM

    A "short" distance, 5K - very good progress, indeed! So you didn't feel like working out, but you put on your running clothes any way and headed out the door. This is great advice for everyone, definitely for me!

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I'm persistent (Spring 5%, W7 D1)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

(Sat 18 Jun 2011)

One of the key learning about myself on the training of the last three days is that I'm persistent.
Maybe this is why running works for me?
Or healthy lifestyle in general.
I see myself only doing small things, just a small step each time. Time to time I add a new healthy habit to the repertoire.
And it seems to work.

This is a tree I was sitting nearby before my run today. It looks like a persistent tree.

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PEGTIGER 6/20/2011 12:40PM

    I need to be more persistent. You are an inspiration for that!

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NTSOHLTHNT 6/19/2011 4:12PM

    Baby steps will get you as strong as that tree. Have a great week!

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FLPALM 6/19/2011 2:53PM

    Hi Oliver, Great idea of small steps, but being persistant! Your doing a GREAT JOB!! Keep on Sparkling!!!

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BEATLETOT 6/18/2011 8:22PM

    I love the picture of the tree!

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Best place for exercise

Friday, June 17, 2011

Tonight I practiced the "Best place for exercise - anywhere" habit I learned recently. A friend of mine was about driving me home, but I decided to walk home instead. It was 50 min walk, which was very nice, and was a good fit in my daily dose of 10 min exercise.

In the restaurant tonight, I asked for a fruit entree that was not even on the menu, and I got a surprise very nice salad plate. For the main dish, I asked not to bring half of the side dishes. For drinks, I stayed with water. For the last drink, first I ordered some Jagermeister (short drink), but then I asked them to cancel it and bring some water. My initial need of choosing a short drink was already met, but I realized I don't want to drink it. Some weeks ago this was new to me, I just observed that choosing healthy menu options, and ask for something healthy that is not on the menu goes naturally now. I'm happy this habit is already in my repertoire.

Part of my journey home:

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ELLEYKAT 6/21/2011 1:51PM

    I'm still always a little embarassed to ask for something that's not on the menu or ordering things special ways (no butter, no salt, etc). But I do it anyway, and just deal with feeling embarassed, and hope that soon I won't feel embarassed about it anymore!

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NTSOHLTHNT 6/18/2011 10:57AM

    Nice -- you're making conscious choices for your health and that's always a good thing.

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ON2GOALS 6/18/2011 9:04AM

    Great habits - great choices! emoticon

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Running in company

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I ran today with a very good friend, who also run a marathon recently. We ran on the track around the Margit-Island in Budapest (Hungary). We ran without music, as he thinks it's easier to keep his own pace, and not to take the pace from the music. We only ran 5K, but we also ran faster, with 5-5.5 min/km, while I usually only ran at 6 or 7 min/km. So, this was challenging for me.

I got some good advices:
- Running at the same pace is preferred for long distance. If I vary the pace, it is more difficult for the muscles. Unless my goal is to make it harder for my muscles.

- Breathing trough the nose is preferred, as this way the body gets a constant flux of oxygen. The difficulty is, he said, that the body needs to be conditioned to function at a lower flux of air, and after a few minutes the blood changes to be able to take up more oxygen, from the same amount of air in the lungs. If I run at a steady pace, and breath with the same flux, the blood composition adapts easily.

- Over 12km per day, the knee-muscles are under heavy load, and I should pay attention to them. It is better to run 12+ km only every other day, to have the muscles retract. Running downhill is very dangerous.

It looks like when I run with company, I learn something new about running.

After running, we drank a bottle of water here:


Otherwise, I enjoyed the healthy menu at the training, which we requested before. :-)

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PEGTIGER 6/18/2011 6:24PM

    Glad you had a running partner and learned new things from him. I miss my running partner, but she decided she was not a runner and gave up.

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BUGQUEEN90 6/17/2011 9:55PM

    Good advice from your friend. I'll have to pay attention to my breathing when I run. Maybe it will help me to follow this advice.

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DORIS32 6/17/2011 10:12AM

    Wowsa! Those are some pretty fast times!
Thanks for posting all the helpful advice you received and sharing it! We all get to learn!

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SUNSET09 6/16/2011 7:19PM

  Good going! emoticon

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Two much fruits is still too much

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

(Wed 15 Jun 2011)

Today, hot day, traveling, lots of snacks. Although, I ate a lot of vegetables and fruits as the snacks, the sum passed over the calorie range. So, even with fruits, it is easy to go off limits.
I shouldn't have eaten that:
- big yogurt in the morning, only half size,
- take the big salad for lunch before the main dish,
- eat that fruity snack bar,
- take an extra yogurt in the evening,
- two plates of strawberries, just one,
- six nectarines, only two.
But somehow I was hungry. I was drinking enough today, 12 cups of water.

For exercise, I made a 2h walk in Szombathely, on the way to Budapest. This city traces back to Roman times 2000 years ago, Savaria. I was living there for 3 years before moving to Gleisdorf.

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INFLATED 6/17/2011 8:48PM

    That is a beautiful photo. I have never been out of the USA.

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ELLEYKAT 6/16/2011 5:53PM

    WOW that's a lot of fruit!!

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PPELTON 6/16/2011 1:47PM

    I have been missing my fruits...been organizing and cleaning house and I even forget to EAT...Fruit is high in carbs and right now I think I need them....We do need to make good choices in moderation...Keep up the good work

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ON2GOALS 6/16/2011 6:56AM

    You have done a really good job of analyzing your nutrition, and planning what you could do better next time. The day before was the 10k run, right? Could you have been hungry from this? Perhaps more protein could have helped satisfy your appetite? Beautiful city - I love your pictures.

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KALISWALKER 6/15/2011 8:46PM

    What a beautiful street! I know what you meaning about serving of fruit and veggies. I am trying to gauge where I should be in the range of 5-9. I hope you are having a great week too!

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PAIGESMAMA 6/15/2011 6:59PM

    Yeah it may have been too many calories, but they were good choices.

Weight Watchers has changed it's plan recently and now most fruits and vegetables do not count in your daily total.

Keep making those great choices.

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