Long Run and Lazy Day

At the moment I have not too much to say. 
I finished the long run on Wednesday (again without taking water and this time also without food) and it was quite hard but okay though it was very warm. I had my muesli before and a big salad afterwards. I ran for 3,5 h very slowly and my feet hurt quite a bit afterwards.
Vibrams take some time to adapt again.

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Maybe I have to run in 'normal' shoes at competition day. I don't know yet. Also my pace is still a bit of a problem. But maybe I can work at it during the next week. I'm not really rested anyway so that I could probably run faster.
Yesterday I didn't find the time to run because I had to work a bit for our website. I only cycled about 15k to see my parents and my aunt and went for a two-hour-walk with my best friend.
Today I ran about 2 hours slowly and will do the same tomorrow again.

I feel really wonderful and I'm very glad that I do the long runs again. ☀


NIce Running Breakfast

Even if  I didn't run today, I had a very nice breakfast: A self-made muesli

I started with oats, then added some sesame seeds, some almonds, some sundflower seeds, some coco plus some roasted soy beans.

Then I also added fruit, like grapes here. Of course bananas, melon or any berrys go well, too. Then you add some soy milk, soy yoghurt, rice milk or anything you have and Voilá!

Bon Appetit!

P.S. That's what I'll be having tomorrow morning before the long run. Hmmm... I wish it was morning already!


Lazy Day

Today was a regeneration day. So I did simply nothing. No, oft course that's not right. :) 
I biked about 25k and went for one long and two rather short walks (about 10k I suppose). My leg muscles feel already fine again though the hurt quite a bit yesterday (especially my feet). 
So I decided I'll do a short regeneration run tomorrow morning. It will be short and slow with my dog (who is not much of a runner) but that'll be alright. Wednesday will be hard again...


30k finished

So, my second rather long run finished. It was a bit hard I must confess but this could also be due to the huge tour we did by bike yesterday...
Some impressions:

As you can see it was really beautiful. We have many lakes around town which I still need to discover... 

But about the run: When I started I wasn't even sure if I would make it shouldn't do the run on an other day. But as my time is running up I just ran without thinking what was yet to come. So I finished the 30km rather slowly but I did.

Before I started I had a big banana-strawberry-melon-smoothie which was delicious and fueled well. On the run I only had some banana-chips. I took them mainly to get the mood up though. If I run alone I'm often a bit lonely. I often watch other people, animals and nature but when the pain starts sweet stuff helps. If I really need fuel on the long runs (which will start on wednesday) I'll take dates. I didn't even need water - it wasn't very hot anyway.

The last third of the run was pretty hard though and my right foot had a big blister afterwards. I also had a headache all afternoon until I decided I would take a tablet though tablets are not good for regeneration. But otherwise I wouldn't have been able to do anything. 

So, I'll read some minutes and soon will fall asleep, I suppose. Nothing is better than a long run for a good sleep.


Stefania Licari

I found a really amazing article about an Italian doctor with name Stefania. She is an ultrarunner and became vegan just because she felt it would be right for her. After over 20 years of 'bad' food.
She answers many questions about raw vegan food and also gives a lot of hints for runners. She is also very spiritual. If you are the least bit interested in sports and nutrition this article is a MUST!
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P.S. After yesterdays run I'm about to do a 40km-bike-trip with boyfriend#1. :)


Thrive in 30

Thrive is a book for a athletes. But it is not only for athletes! Also for the everyday person, who just wants to get a bit healtier and slimer. I must warn you though! The autor is vegan. But not only this, he is also former ironman-athlete: Brendan Brazier. I must confess that I'm a huge fan now because I feel this guy really knows his stuff.
On the other hand I know a lot of people who really don't like reading that much - or spending money on books they might not really enjoy. Especially if it is a topic which they are not really interested in. Therefore, Brendan made up something really great! He's got a page where he gives all the information for free. And in videos. So you don't have to read. No excuses! Sign up here and get healthy!

First Run: Positive

So, my first rather long run today was okay. 22km and I feel okay (though not up to go out to Starbucks as boyfriend#1 suggested). 
Right after I came in I made a smoothie (plum, apple, melon, nectarine) as Brendan Brazier recommends. That felt ok. To the second half of the smoothie I added some hemp protein, which I actually didn't like very much. But on the run I just listend to some podcast-interview and he mentioned how incredible hemp works for athletes. 
But it was just as if my body didn't want it. So I left it standing in the fridge - maybe later. I also had a nice couscous-salad (I hope Brendon would approve) about one hour after the run.
And why all this: to get the fastest recovery as possible. Remember: Only 23 days to train. Let's see what sunday's run will bring.


Bye bye, Rats!

I think, I didn't mention yet but running rat has no rats anymore. It's not because I don't want them anymore. Only commuting between Magdeburg and Leipzig doesn't work very well with rats. My last little boy found a very nice home at a friend of mine. Thank you, Caro!

However I've already decided that I want to go back to my hometown after I finished the job at Magdeburg. So maybe then I've got the time and space to have rats again.
Still, I'll stay the running rat!

Ultramarathon coming up

Probably I mentioned once or twice that my big, big goal is, to run an ultramarathon before I'm 30. Well, I still have three years to train but I guess I could also already try this year. 
I must confess that I really didn't train that much during the past year but I still feel quite fit. 
My motivation just wasn't really well due to the new job and maybe also because my little running partner Joschi is not very fond of running at all. He runs after balls, frisbees and stuff but rather not after me. At least not for more than 30 minutes. That's so booooring!
But now I actually feel that I could still make it. Tomorrow I'll do a two-hour (about 22km)-run to get the feeling again, on Sunday a three-hour-run (about 30km) and on Wednesday a four-hour-run (if I can still walk - so let's see how far I'll get). 
If all these runs go well I'll register for the ultramarathon on 13th of August. Yes, that's right. August. Not far away at all. But I really feel that if you ran a marathon before it is not too hard to do it again. Maybe not as fast but you will still get to the finish line somehow. So I suppose I'll also finish the other 8km after that.
Oh, I didn't mention: of course it is only a 'small' ultra for the start. Only 50km and right here in my hometown. If that's not my chance then I don't know. Maybe next year I've enough passion to run 100km. I also have to go on a trip to the mountains the next day. Guess what we'll do there. Right, we'll climb them. Yeah. Though I'll probably won't climb anything except of my bed.
So well, keep your fingers crossed. Let's see what the next two weeks will bring. :)