Thursday May 16, 2013: Mark Knopfler in concert

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We went to a concert by Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) Tuesday night. I’m not a fan of his music but R. is and I went with him to this concert. And I have to admit, I was pretty bored after an hour or so and was glad when we could go home. There were to many slow songs and he’s not much of an entertainer (no interaction with the audience).  I like some Dire Strait songs but he played only 3 or 4 of them. This will be my one and only concert of him, not going to spend money on that again.

The entire country is talking about two brothers of 7 and 9 that are missing. They were last seen with their father on Monday May 6. Their parents are divorced and the dad picked them up Monday morning. Early Tuesday morning the dad was found in the woods, he committed suicide by hanging himself. But the boys are nowhere to be found. Police and volunteers are searching for them ever since but till today, they haven’t been found.  There are holes in where the father has been that day so it’s hard to find out what exactly happened or where to search. It seems he has left a goodbye note on his computer but no message about his boys in the letter. I don’t think they are still alive, it’s been over a week since they were seen alive. But I do hope for their mother that they will be found soon so she knows what happened to them. I don’t have children myself but I can imagine how hard this is for a parent: not knowing where your kids are and what happened to them.


Yogalates Monday


My legs were pretty sore on Saturday and Sunday after Friday’s run. My legs aren’t used to run longer distance anymore and I think this will happen a few more times. A yogalates workout was perfect to start the week with, I could use the stretching/yoga exercises. I did a upper body workout. Total time: 33 minutes.

Tempo Tuesday

Tempo run of 30 minutes with 3 x 3 minutes at a faster pace (6:27-6:42). Paces these 3 minutes: 6:27 – 6:27 – 6:17. I had to take a short walk break after 20 minutes but other than that it was a good run. Weather was perfect for running.

Distance: 4.4 K / 2.7 miles
Time: 00:30:11

Speed per km: 8.75 km/hour (5.5 miles/hour)

Time per km: 06:52
Weather: dry, not much wind, 11C (51 degrees)

Last song on Ipod before finish: J. Geils Band – Sanctuary

Easy Thursday

An easy 20 minutes run. No walk breaks and not watching my pace. Just run for running itself. A good run. My last 3 runs were all good ones, I’m slowly starting to believe I might be back on track.

Distance: 3 K / 1.8 miles
Time: 00:20:24

Speed per km: 8.82 km/hour (5.5 miles/hour)

Time per km: 06:48
Weather: dry, not much wind, 11C (51 degrees)

Last song on Ipod before finish: Thin Lizzy – The boys are back in town.


Sunday May 12 

Breakfast: brioche bread (sweet French bread) that I toasted with light cream cheese, lemon curd and strawberries.


 Dinner was tomato soup, nothing special but I made a delicious dessert. I have a new cook book by Bill Granger where the recipe was in: strawberry pannacotta.


Tuesday May 14

Indian bread with chicken, hummus and mango. A recipe I made before. It’s kind of fast food but I like it very much. The rest of my meals this week weren’t very special.

Thursday December 6, 2012: Mishmash

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Daily stuff:
Thank you for the nice comments about the village where I live. If you ever visitHolland, you’re more than welcome to come and see for yourself.

Shelley asked some questions about the traditional costume women wear in the youtube video I posted. There are only about 270 women in the village that wear this every day. The youngest women in this costume is born in 1950. The costume is special by the use of the “kraplap”. You can see someone in the traditional costume every day in the village but it’s a dying tradition. The younger people don’t wear it except for special occasions. It is expected that you won’t see it every day anymore in 10 years.

Weekend plans: tomorrow night we’re going to a concert by The Golden Earring. The best Dutch rock band that we have but we haven’t seen them play live yet. You may know them because their song Radar Love was a huge hit in theUSAin 1973. When I looked it up I saw that Bill Clinton used the song back in 1992 when he was running for president.

But .. that is if the roads are good to drive. The weather forecast gives very bad weather for tonight and tomorrow morning: lots of snow. Hopefully the roads are clear in the evening.

We are also going to buy a Christmas tree. We have a fake one in the addict but it’s so much work to put it up that we tried a real one last year and we liked that. My company sells Christmas trees and I get a discount on it which makes the tree not too expensive. Do you have a Christmas tree yet?


I have decided to start over with the 5K training because I missed a couple of runs. The program is only 6 weeks and the “long” runs are adding up fast. It seems like it’s easy but it’s not because I’m working on my speed. I want to be faster compared to the running version 1.0 of me. That means that the running parts are fast (at least fast for me). But it went well.

Run-walk ratio: 6 x 2 minutes, 1 minute walking inbetween (12 minutes running, 6 minutes walking)
Weather: dry, not much wind,0C(32 degrees)
Distance: 2.5 K / 1.5 miles
Time: 00:17:52
Last song on Ipod before finish: Glee Cast – Stronger.

This morning I did a Firm Express workout: cardio and sculpt.
Total time: 20 minutes.

Yesterday’s outfit


Wednesday dinner

 Turkish pizza: meat with onion, tomatoes, garlic and spices on a wrap heated in the oven with some garlic sauce.