It’s almost September and Summer is coming to an end, well a Summer we didn’t really have here in Holland, it’s always good to reflect a bit and look forward to the rest of the year. September for me is always like a new start, just like January 1st is and when I come back from my Summer vacation.
Let’s see how I’m doing and where I need improvement:
- Running: I’m still not back at the level I had in Spring but slowly getting there, every week it’s going better and am confident I will get it back.
As said in my previous post I’ve already run more than I did last year which is good.
- Cross training: this is going in the right direction too. Making the decision to end my gym membership was a good one. I do need to have a mindset switch because I can’t swim in the gym after work anymore due to swimming lessons in the pool that last till 7 pm. It’s going to take motivation to go swimming after 7 pm. So far I did 2 workouts from DVD’s at home and I really like doing that, this was a good decision.
- Weight: isn’t going down nor is it going up. It’s the same for weeks now. Need to think more about what I eat. Some days it’s going great where other days are not so good that’s why it stays the same all the time. There aren’t many days where I eat overeat, in fact I can’t remember the last time that happened.
One thing that definitely needs to change is my alcohol intake (mostly wine). Need to cut down on this, not only because alcohol is empty calories, it’s also not good for my exercise results.
- Sleep: easy one. I need to sleep more, especially if I want to get up early the next morning to run. I am doing better on this but it can be improved. My goal is to be in bed by 10.30 pm if I have to run the next morning. I don’t want to go earlier than that because otherwise I’ve got nothing left of my evening after work and because I like to do so many things my free time is already limited it feels.
So what’s the plan Stan? Well pretty easy: keep on doing what I do with running and cross training. Watch food intake and alcohol consumption and get enough sleep. Bring on September and Autumn, I’m ready.
Yesterday morning I had to do an easy run. It wasn’t extremely hot but it was so humid, there was nothing more to do than take it really slow. It was also the first time I had to use light to make myself more visible. The sun wasn’t completely up when I got home. Just a few more weeks and my morning run will be completely in the dark. Can’t say I really look forward to that.
Weather: dry, very humid, no wind, 17C (62 degrees)
Distance: 5.1 K / 3.1 miles
Average time: 7:17 /km
Average speed: 8.2 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Pink! – Raise your glass.
This morning I had a run planned but when the alarm went off I hit the snooze button, and again, and again. By that time it was no use to go out running because I wanted to be at work early today.
During the day I decided to take a break from exercise till Saturday. After this week it’s 7 weeks till my half marathon and I want to work hard these 7 weeks. Also have 2 races planned before the half. A 10 miler with colleagues on September 18th and a 15K with Amy on October 2nd.
Chicken (recipe by Jamie Oliver, Jamie’s Ministry of Food), rösti and a salad.
Beef stroganoff with rice.
Spaghetti with meatballs. Recipe from Jamie’s Ministry of Food
365 days photo challenge 2011
Day 233 – Monday August 22
A pergola in someone’s garden which I liked.
Day 234 – Tuesday August 23
Received bib and race information for my 10 miler on September 18th.
Day 235 – Wednesday August 24
Some flowers I spotted when I was walking with Bella.