Thursday was my Mom’s birthday, she turned 71. We celebrated it Thursday night. May is a busy birthday month in my family because not only my Mom has her birthday, my Dad had his birthday in May too and the last one to close the line is me. I have one sister and her birthday is in January.
R’s best friend celebrated his birthday last Saturday. It was a very pleasant evening and as usual it was late again. We were in bed at 3 am. I took it easy on the wine though and because of that I was okay the next day, even though I didn’t get enough sleep.
Tomorrow is my Friday because Thursday is a Christian holiday (Ascension day) and we get a vacation day for that. Friday is my usual day off but if it wasn’t I had a vacation day too because my company is closed. That’s two work weeks of 3 days, I can really get used to that as long as I get paid for 36 hours LOL.
Tempo run of 30 minutes with 1 tempo part of 3 minutes. I took 1 walk break around 20 minutes and it still was one of my fastest runs. This is good and bad. Good because I hadn’t run in over a week and had a hard time getting out of the door for this run. Bad because I want to stick to my paces, otherwise I won’t make it through a half marathon. I need to slow down. The pace for this run was too fast. But … I had a good feeling after finishing this run. Now all I have to do is put on those running shoes again for my next run and keep doing that. And .. it was perfect running weather:
Distance: 4.5 K / 2.8 miles
Speed per km: 9.04 km/hour (5.8 miles/hour)
Time per km: 06:38
Weather: dry, not much wind, 9C (48 degrees)
Last song on Ipod before finish: Philip Philips – Home
The Firm Core Solutions: 3 10-minute workouts that I all did. Standing abs, core and abs sculpting and traditional abs. First time I did this workout and I like it. Total time: 30 minutes.
Easy 20 minute run. A good run, no walk breaks, no watching paces, just run. Huge bonus at this run: I left at daylight! No more running in the dark for at least 4 months from now: woohoo!
Distance: 3 K / 1.9 miles
Speed per km: 8.82 km/hour (5.5 miles/hour)
Time per km: 06:48
Weather: dry, little bit of wind, 7C (44 degrees)
Last song on Ipod before finish: Glee Cast – Somebody that I used to know.
Long Easy Saturday
The plan was to run 7K on Saturday but as soon as I started to run I knew that wasn’t going to happen. I didn’t feel a 100% and my right calve was a bit hurting. I didn’t want to turn around and go home and decided to do an easy short run. I had to take a few walk breaks too. It wasn’t one of my best runs but afterwards I was glad I went and did something, even if it was short.
Distance: 3.2 K / 2 miles
Speed per km: 8.38 km/hour (5.2 miles/hour)
Time per km: 07:09
Weather: dry, sunny, little bit of wind, 10C (50 degrees)
Last song on Ipod before finish: Gloria Gaynor – I will survive.
Struggle Monday and Tuesday
Two days in a row I got out of bed, got dressed in my running clothes and just couldn’t motivate myself to go run, not even the fact that it was already light helped. So I went back upstairs, get undressed and took a shower. It’s so hard to motivate myself at the moment but I keep on trying. Tomorrow morning I will get dressed for a run again and hopefully this time I do go.
Monday April 29
I made meatloaf for the first time in my life. Saw the recipe in the free magazine of my supermarket and made it on Monday. And it was very, very good and definitely will return on the menu. We ate it with mashed potatoes and green beans.
Tuesday April 30
New recipe: pasta with tomatoes and mozzarella out of the oven. The original recipe is vegetarian but I’ve added some ham to it. Tasted good!
Wednesday May 1
I have made this Ainsley recipe before: chicken madras curry with banana with yellow rice. Not to spicy but very good.
Sunday May 5
A pasta dish with white asparagus, ham, cherry tomatoes and asparagus sauce.