A lazy monday and some musings

University starts again this week. It feel that is really is time for me to something else then sitting around and doing basically nothing. With my new university schedule I still only have to attend to days of classes. Coming Friday the classes are already cancelled due to Good Friday. That means only one day of class this week, and that is today. I’ll have class from 1 to 6. Literally nothing. The big plan for this week is thus to really focus on clean eating and exercising this week now that I have so much time.

Sunday evening I made a meal plan for this week. I have a lot of produce and meat in my freezer with which I can make some awesome dinners. Whenever I make a meal plan I am much less prone to just eat whatever I want. I also tried to plan my breakfasts and lunches, and where possible my snacks. I’ve been doing really well in terms of exercising and want to keep up with healthy eating. I am not really worried about my weight. If anything I hope to gain some weight with the creation of new muscles. I do, however, want to lose some fat. When I first started working out at my gym we did a fat measurement. Although my body weight is good, the fat percentage was really something I was shocked about. I know that the machine used to measure it is not super accurate but it still painted a picture that I was not so happy with. According to the machine my fat percentage was 32%, which means that in terms of fat that goes towards obesity. Obviously I do not want to carry around something so unhealthy in my body. Especially the last 2 years I have taken good care of my body by eating to much sugar, pizza and other unhealthy foods.

I am not attempting to lose weight. I am not changing the amount of calories in digest. I merely trying to change my diet to a healthier and more sustainable way of feeding my body. I have done a third measurement yesterday and although the change was no so significant as compared to the last time I measured but in total I have lost 3.1% of fat in 2 months. This makes me extremely happy! I am also happy to report that in the process I only lost 7 pounds. I am no expert but I think that this weight loss is just a reflection of the change in my diet. Now that I am trying to exercise more I hope that I will gain weight in muscle. I feel that the number on the scale does not reflect how I feel about myself. Seeing myself in the mirror and seeing the changes makes me much happier!
I think the biggest thing that has helped me to stay in track is that I do not try to deny myself anything. So yes, I eat chocolate and burgers. But with moderation and that is the key to everything.

Back to reality! Yesterday I continued my green smoothie streak. I really enjoy beginning the day with a few servings of fruits and vegetables. This is the only way to assure that I actually eat vegetables everyday.

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During breakfast I was trying to finish a magazine on running. It was not good. The basic info was good but it became so redundant. I quickly noticed that this magazine was translated from English into Dutch and they just gave the interviewed people Dutch names. Either just keep their UK  names or find Dutch people to interview. This just seemed so posed.

For lunch we had leftover lasagna. Lasagna is one of my favorite things to make and one of the few things I really now how to make well. I am really not a great cooker.. I normally don’t eat hot meals at lunch but I did not want to let this go to waste. Maybe I’ll try hot lunch more often as it was not that bad.

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The secret to the best lasagna? Cheese on every layer! Not the most healthy food but really, really delicious! For dinner we just had oven fries, chicken and green beans. We ate a little hurriedly because people were coming over at 8.15 to watch the new episode of Game of Thrones. We are always behind one day from the US so I try not to venture on social media to make sure I don’t read any spoilers. The episode was amazing, as always.

Another obsession of the last week is Bones. I like police series because they can for the most part be viewed independently. Last year I already watched some episodes but I did not really know which one’s I saw and which one’s I didn’t. I just started at season 2 and there is still plenty to watch.

Q: What is your favorite tvshow?

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Semslinieloop 4.6k Recap

Today I finished my very first race! I have been meaning to run and finish a race for years but I could never find the discipline to really commit to the project. Since I have rediscovered running 2 months ago I knew that I needed to work towards a goal to stay motivated. My original goal is next week’s Culemborg City Run 5k, but when I saw this local race popping up on a race schedule website I signed up. Yesterday I felt really weird. I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I knew that the race was pretty small but that is about all I knew.

I tried to start the day as normal as possible by just having my green smoothie for breakfast. This one had almond milk, spinach, oranges and a banana. I smelled yucky but tasted really good. The smell of the almond milk is just really overpowering.

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I looks beautiful in all its greenness!

Since we only had to leave the house at 1 pm, I still had plenty of time left. To occupy myself I browsed some blogs and tried not to think about the race because I felt both nervous and excited at the same time. The clock literally inched forward, so the logical thing to do was to just make sure I had everything packed before leaving. Since it was a very short race I did not really need a whole lot of things.

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My outfit consisted of my recently bought and reviewed H&M Sport’s Bra, my pink Craft t-shirt, a soccer short and my white/blue Nike running shoes. The weather was nice, 14 C and sunny so the weather was perfect for running. I still had to pick up something for my sister, I headed into town to get it and kill so more time. On the way back I picked up a very nice Brie sandwich. It was too big to finish it so the other half is still in my fridge but it was good!

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We left right on time. The race was in Annerveenschekanaal, which is very, very tiny and about 30 minutes away. We could park fairly close to the start, so that we only had to walk a couple of hundred meters. The boyfriend was my support btw! The bib pick-up was fast, I was one of the last one’s to actually pick it up. There were two distances to run: 4.6k and 8.8k. 90% of the runners came for the 8.8k so we only had 7(!) people on the 4.6k.

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Since bib pick-up was literally done in two seconds we still had some time to kill before the actual race start. The boyfriend sat and enjoyed the sun, while I paced back and forth anxious for the race to start. Finally it was time to get to the startline. The 8.8k started at the same time, so where not really alone. The buzzer went and off we went. I ran with my phone but there was still music playing from my last run. My first couple hundreds meters I was busy fixing my phone. I had to restart the ran, so my distance and time were basically useless information. The only info that I could still use was the pace. My goal was to finish under 3o minutes. My pace needed to be below 6’30”.

I started out alright, as the first kilometer was just road. I did not know, however, that the rest of the race was trail. We basically ran around a field. The unfortunate thing was that I had to look at the ground the entire time to make sure I wasn’t breaking my ankles in one of the holes in the grass. I could not really focus on the runners in front of me. I basically ran alone. I knew that the 8.8k were way too fast so I made sure not to get tempted to try and keep up. I was in last position for a couple hundred meters but then passed neon yellow lady runner. She became my driving force the entire race. I just did not want to finish last. As long as I was still in front of her, I felt confident that I could finish. I talked to myself. Out loud. A lot.

Since we walked in the field, and the Netherlands is basically as flat as it gets there was some side wind. Really had to motivate myself to not give up. Luckily I knew that I am able to run the distance, as I had already ran it before. After I past the 4K marker I saw blue tanktop lady runner in front of me. With some magical effort I managed to pass her a few hundred metres before the finish. I felt so great when I passed that finish line! The feeling is glorious! The boyfriend managed to record my finish so that was really awesome. My official time was 30:48, so no sub 30 race but that doesn’t really matter. I still did it, without any walking.

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This was me pre-race sporting my very first medal. I am so extremely proud of myself. I feel like I can do literally everything now as long as I just commit! After the race I had to give back my bib which I was really bumbed about :(. Afterwards there was soup with bread. I gave away half the soup and the bread to the boyfriend and has some salty crisps instead. We stuck around for a hour to watch the prize ceremony. They also had a raffle with all the bibs. You could win a 125 euro gift card! I did not win but I think that is a really cool concept. Everyone had a equal opportunity to win something.

When we got home I did some pushups for a challenge and some stretching and then I hit the shower. We had a quick dinner and then went to the movies to see Rio 2. It was actually pretty good. And yes, I wore my medal to the movies.

Now I am enjoying my well deserved rest. This race was small but well organized. Maybe I will go back next year, but then I hope to participate in the 8.8k. Tomorrow I will start my 10k training plan, and next week is my second race that I will run with my mom. It is safe to say that I want more!

Attempt at speedwork and Oat-cookies

Hi! Yesterday was a good day :). I am still enjoying my week off and that basically means that I don’t do a whole lot on a daily basis. I did make a massive to do list for myself so maybe I should get going at some point but having to do nothing is just absolutely amazing!

I started off yesterday with the continuation of my 30 day smoothie challenge. Due to me being extremely lazy I did not have the fruit I needed on Tuesday and Wednesday so I took a while before I had a delicous glass of fruityness again. Yesterday’s ‘green smoothie’ was actually red.

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This smoothie was 2 cups spinach, 1 cup water, 1 cup raspberries, 1 cup blueberries and 1 banana. I buy all my berries from the frozen food section so that they are less expensive. Another pro is that my smoothies are always really cold and refreshing. I try to have these for breakfast now, but I might have to use them as a snack in the future. Although they are really delicious, they don’t really fully satisfy my morning hunger.

Lunch was prepared with a little more effort. I made two large omelet’s, one for me and one for him. I just whisked the eggs and added some pepper and salt before baking them.

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I ate my omelet on toast, and prepared another toast with cheese and curry (the sauce).  White bread still remains my favorite but I know there are more nutrients in whole wheat bread so I’ve recently picked up the darker varieties of my favorite bread.

Since it’s almost easter I have been snacking on some easter eggs. Fortunately I was able to limit myself to two white cholate eggs! I try to see them as a real threat instead of eating the entire bag just because its there for the eating. In the afternoon I went for a run. The idea was to do some speedwork. I have signed up for a race that takes place Saturday (tomorrow, yeah!) and wanted to run a shorter distance to see if I could up my pace. My target was to go for 3k. The first k went really well. I immediately broke my 1k record, by shaving of more than a minute. I went from 6’35” to 5’26”. Yeah, me! I had to walk to catch my breath, and from that moment I walked/sprinted the rest of the loop. Although I managed to run some pretty fast paces when I was running, I could not keep that pace. The next time I want to see if I can run my entire 3k loop with a higher pace, without having to walk. For now I am pretty happy with the effort I’ve put in.

I was indecisive about what to get for dinner. I’ve noticed that I am eating a lot of bad foods the last couple of days and I would really like to go back to normal eating. Wednesday I hung out with my best gf and we stuffed our faces with cholate and crisps. For one afternoon it is not that bad, because one bad meal does not make you fat. However, I don’t want to go back by just allowing myself to eat everything I want. Yesterday went really well food wise, until dinner. I had gone into town to pick up some eggs when I walked past the snackbar. I was alone for dinner so I caved in and ate fries for dinner. And when Omar got home around 10 from his soccer game he brought McDonalds, and I ate that as well. Ooops. Overall I think I am really doing better each day, but food remains a struggle..

Yesterday after dinner I wanted to make something, so I made Oat/Banana cookies. They are really simple to make.

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I put 1 cup oats in my food proccessor to make flour. Then I put the flour in a large bowl together with 2 bananas. My bananas were quite new, and they did not mash that well. I suggest take ripe, or maybe even overripe bananas because they are easier to mix with the oatflour. Just mix the two ingredients and bake the cookies on 180 C/350 F for 15 minutes. I tasted one yesterday when they got out of the oven. I like them but they are not my favorite. However, when you have some leftover bananas and some time these are really good to make.

Other news: I ordered a fun tank top for Run Eat Repeat Spreadshirt shop. I had been eyeing a coral colored tank for a couple of days now and I saw a coupon code on the site for free international shipping so I ordered right away. I hope that it arrives soon. Usually it’s 8 to 15 business days. That is a long time!
I started watching Bones again. I am a sucker for police series, but I always get hopelessly lost when I don’t watch for a couple of weeks. I never quite remember where I was. I usually start over or begin with a random episode. With Bones I started at season 2 because I was pretty sure I saw at least the majority of the first season.
The most epic news is that I will be running  a race tomorrow. I am really excited, because hopefully it is going to be the first race that I am going to finish! It is a 4,6k loop, with a flatter than flat course so that should be fine. My A goal is to just finish, but My B goal is to finish in under 30 minutes. Fingers crossed!

Q: What is the next race you’re running?

Bonus vacation week

Yesterday was epic as I found out that I have an extra week off. Classes start next monday rather than today! Always nice to have an extra 7 free days, haha. Since I have literally nothing to do this week I am going to focus on exercising and getting my house back in order. There is overflowing stuff everywhere so I really want to get rid of some things. Hopefully I’ll be able to sell some things on Ebay to make some extra cash, especially since I am currently not working.

This morning I left my parents house at 9 to go to Amsterdam to pick up my boyfriend’s fixed laptop. It’s an hour to get there and although I had some breakfast before I left I was a little hungry when I arrived in Amsterdam. Lucky for me there were handing out free packages of a new breakfast cookie. They were cranberry cookies and they were good! They have whole wheat ingredient to give a satisfied feeling.

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I had to take the tram to the Apple Store. I had hoped to be in and out of there to in 5 minutes. Bummer I had to wait for 20 minutes, even though it was Monday 10 am. That already took a little longer but when I got back at the station there was a malfunction on one of the tracks which meant that I had to take one of the slower trains home. Took 2 hours longer than normal to get home. Luckily I had internet in the train in the last hour so I could catch up on some blogs.

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I was craving candy so when I changed trains I bought these. They are my favorite! These candies are liquorice banana flavored. Seems like a weird combo but they are actually really nice! When I got home my boyfriend crashed right back on the couch. He is really not feeling well today. He think he ate something wrong yesterday. I feel really sorry for him! I hope he gets better soon. Since he was sleeping for most of the afternoon I decided to just lay it low and do so prepatory work for next week’s classes. Lucky for me I had the best company.

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For dinner we just had chickensoup, since neither of us was really in the mood or had the energy to cook something. I hope to create a mealplan for the rest of the week, so that we use some of the thing we still have in the pantry. Tomorrow I want to go to the gym to do some interval training on the treadmill. Not sure what I am going to do precisely but I find it easier to do speedwork on the treadmill. Normally I would go to a Grit class in a about an hour but tonight is the return of Game of Thrones! I am so darn excited! We asked some friends over to watch the season 3 recap and the season premier. Hopefully it will be really epic!

Question: Do you watch Game of Thrones?

Indonesian Food and weekend at the parents

The last two days have been really relax. I decided to take it easy for a couple of days to get rested for my run tomorrow. Yesterday was pretty busy so there was not even a lot of time to do any exercising. In the morning I had to finish an essay that was due at 1pm. I finished just in time to go to the movies with my boyfriend. We both have a subscription to our local cinema, where we can go to unlimited movies for a fixed fee a month. We hadn’t been in ages so it was really time to go. My boyfriend is a huge fan of superheroes and since last week Captain America Winter Soldier is in cinemas. I like action movies so I had not problem going along. And as always, once your in the cinema you remember how much fun it is to sit in the dark and just enjoy watching something on the big screen! Captain America was long but really good! I just like how Marvel ties in all the superhero movies with each other. In every movie there are little links and hints to other superheroes. If you’re a fan of superheroes and/or action movies I really recommend seeing it!

After the movie we decided to go home for just a tiny bit and then go to the birthday party of my boyfriend’s sister. She turned 19 today! My boyfriend’s family is from Indonesia so there is always lots of food. Although I don’t always like everything, as a lot of things are really spicy, the food was excellent! We had yellow rice with chicken, egg and tempeh (which is made of sojabeans). What I was really amazed about was the presentation of the food.

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My mother in law’s food looks like it was made for a magazine! For dessert we had had cake.

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I was full when we left! Unfortunately we had to leave early: the boyfriend had to go to soccer practice and I headed to the trainstation to catch the train home. My parents live about 2,5 hours from my house so I always dread the journey there. I arrived around 10pm and time went by fairly quickly as I took a nice book on the train, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. So far it is really interestingly written. My younger sister picked me up at the station and I spent the rest of the evening in bed with a book. So nice, because at my parents I only need to relax! The only thing I did do in terms of exercise is a personal push up challenge. I use the Runkeeper Push Up app to practise my pushups. So far so good :). I already notice the improvements.

This morning I really had the chance to sleep in. My parents both participated in a 24 hour charity walk that started yesterday at 7pm. My mom’s slot was tomorrow between 9 and 10 and I went to see her when she was finished, since I knew she needed to help behind the bar between 11 and 12. We really just sat there and talked as it was really quiet. Most people had gone home for the night, except those people that were walking of course! The charity walk is for a Dutch organization that invests money in a cure for cancer, so I was happy to contribute in a really minor way by buying a little food here and there. I am most proud of my parents though! They both walked two hours and did stints behind the bar to earn money for KWF Kankerbestrijding (the charity). On the way home we saw the most amazing trees. They are currently blooming and they are so extremely pretty!

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They reminded me of how everybody deserves a chance to see this beauty.

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When we got home my mom was really tired so the rest of the afternoon we really spend just talking and hanging on the couch. Always nice to have a little mom and me time! My sisters also got home at 3 so we had a really nice time just the four of us. Saturday’s are always very laid back at my parents’ house. My mom never cooks on Saturday, we always just have bread for dinner. I did not have a smoothie for breakfast this morning so my youngest sister whiped up a smoothie for dinner.

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It had spinach, blueberries, strawberries, almonds and almondmilk and I though it was delicious. Unfortunately she did not really think so, so that was a bummer. The rest of the evening I also spend on the couch with my parents. We watch a quiz on tv in which we all participated. Competing to see who is the smartest is fun! It were 50 questions on various topics. I had 35 questions correct. Pretty decent! Right now I am watching soccer with my dad. Father-daughter moment :). Have a nice night!

Question: what activity do you like to do with your dad?

 

Green Smoothies & Poffertjes

Today marked the first day of my Green Smoothie Adventure. I signed up for a 30 day green smoothie challenge that officially starts tomorrow but since I already bought all the ingredients yesterday, I made my first green smoothie this morning. I must say that there is something scary in adding a hand full of spinach to something you are acutually planning on drinking. Today´s smoothie was very good however. I just mixed 2 cups of spinach, 2 cups of peach, 2 cups of water and 1 banana and it was delicous. The only hint of spinach that remains after blending is the green color. The abovementioned amounts make more than 2 servings so there is still plenty left for tomorrow´s breakfast. I have decided that I am going to use the green smoothies to substitute my breakfast. Nothing more convient than breakfast to get my servings of fruit and veggies.

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For lunch I had grilled cheese sandwiches. They are really my favorite lunch and they are super easy to make. In an attempt to make my lunch a little healthier I added a bunch of grapes.

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The rest of this day has been so lazy. I should be studying for my tests this week but for some reason I cannot get my mind to do it. Instead I am perusing blogs, researching whether I could move to the USA, checking prices of a Fitness Instructor degree and I just found out that I can move to France without having to obtain a visa (always very nice to know!) My progress in studying, however, is about 10 pages. I does not help that my cat Bakso is not giving a good example. That guy has been sleeping on the couch all day.

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Although I totally forgive him because he is so cute. Right now he is watching out of the window in search for birds. Maybe I should follow his example and actually do something..

For dinner I had poffertjes. I think these are typical Dutch because I have never really seen them somewhere else. Poffertjes are basically mini pancakes which you eat with butter and powdered sugar.

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Certainly not the healthiest thing to eat but I really don’t like cooking when the boyfriend is away. He was supposed to come home tonight but he called me this afternoon to tell he would stay overnight at at friend’s house. Bummer that he is not here but I hope he has lots of fun. Well back to poffertjes. I usually just buy the pre-made poffertjes because they requiere a special pan to make. You just microwave them for 50 seconds and dinner is ready. To make up for the sugar I drank my leftover green smoothie for dessert. Still good!

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This evening I went to the gym for a Grit class. The picture was before class when I still had hope that it would not be that bad. I was not really excited to go but I am still glad I went. My friend teaches that class so it is nice to see him there. Yet again the class was full of burpees. Although they are absolutely no fun whatsoever they are really great for endurance. The people in the class are really enthusiastic and there is a lot of high fiving in between tracks. Really great for when you are not realing feeling on top of your game like I had today. Usually I only do Grit once a week but since I want to do it with the boyfriend we are also going on Wednesday. Hopefully I’ll do better then! Now it’s time for me to sleep because all the exercising has left my tired.

Week 13 recap + Week 14 schedule

As far as my goals were concerned this was not a really good week.
1. Cook every evening except Thurday
I did manage to cook everyday this week so that was nice.
2. Go to the gym three times
I did not get to the gym three times. I realize more and more that I don’t like going to the gym on the weekends because there are only 4 classes and the gym closes at 4. In weekends I usually work out after 4 which means that I rarely go to the gym on either Saturday or Sunday. The only day I got to the gym was Thursday when I went to a Grit class with my mom.
3. Make 3 things from my pinterest board
One thing I managed to make. And it was not even very difficult. And they were not good. I used Strawberry yoghurt and raspberries but that combination was just to sour. Next I´ll try plain greek yoghurt and strawberries.

Despite the goals I did not manage to achieve, my week was pretty good overall. I had so much fun with the boyfriend on Monday and Tuesday when we went to Amsterdam.  I really hope to have more short trips this year! This week I really found my mojo in terms of running. I signed up for two races and pick out 4 other potential runs I can do if I feel fit enough. I hope to continue this upward trend and maybe even run my first full training 5k next week. Even the weather is great, spring is finally coming! At this moment I really feel very good so my schedule for coming week is going to reflect that!

Week 14 schedule:
Monday – late evening Grit class
Tuesday – low impact Body Balance class
Wednesday – Grit class with the boyfriend
Thursday – rest day
Friday – 4,5k – 5k run
Saturday – rest day
Sunday – 5k run

Other plans coming week include a visit to my parents on Thursday and Friday, and tests on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. After the last test on Friday I hope to plan some nice things to do with friends to wind down before university starts again on April 7th. My goals for next week are thus the following:

1. Plan something fun for the weekend with friends
2. Partake in the first week of the 30 day green smoothie challenge which starts April 1st (you can still sign up and best thing: it’s free!)
3. Try 2 new recipes

What are your plans and goals for coming week?

I feel those burpees, spring weather and a timerless run

After my Thursday Grit class I felt fine. Tired, but fine. Yesterday I still felt fine and I was beginning to wonder whether I had even worked hard enough during class. But now that I am writing this I know that I did enough. My legs are sore and my shoulder muscles are tight. Nothing feels better than the soreness after a good workout! After back to back workouts on Wednesday and Thursday I decided to take the day off yesterday. My mom, who had spent the night Thursday evening, the boyfriend and I went to have breakfast at IKEA, where they serve €1 breakfast before 10.00. Nice and cheap way to start the day! We hung around at IKEA for a couple more hours afterward, browsing the products and my mom treated my to some things I needed. Always nice to have your mom come over haha!

My mom bought me some plants, so we spent the rest of the afternoon working on our little garden. Altough its tiny it still took about 2 hours to get it in its current state. We managed to clear away bags of garden waste that we had left in the backyard because they were to heavy to carry through the house to the trashcan (you can only access the backyard through the house!). I feel so much happier looking out of my window now.

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The rest of the day, after my mom left around 5, I just hung out on the couch. I was really too tired to do anything else.

This morning the boyfriend got home aroudn 5.30, interrupting my precious sleep, haha. I decided to get back at him by just watching tv when I woke up again at 9. Since our bed is behind our couch in the living room there was really no other place I could go. Unfortunately he slept through everyhing ;). Amazingly he was ready to got out with me to the Saturday Farmers Market around 12. We bought some purple grapes and some fresh rapsberries. I hope to use the raspberries for a snack I want to make tomorrow.

Spring has really started here and the weather is great. Hopefully the higher temperatures will last. Two weeks ago we also had some nice days but all hopes of spring were then crushed by days of rain and hail. We walked by this pretty tree on our way to the farmers market. Everything is starting to bloom :).

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This afternoon I really had to do some studying. I have three tests next week so it is not all fun. Disadvantages of being a university student.. I decided to sit in our kitchen/office because the desk there gives you a great view of the street in front of our house. When I was about 45 minutes into studying I saw two girls running in tanktops(!). Two days ago I ran in long leggings and double layers because it was so cold. Originally I had planned to run tonight after dinner but the weather was just too good to not go out. Since my phone was out of battery I could not take it to measure my distance. I decided to just go and run for half an hour. Although I don’t know for sure I think I ran about 4.5k and the best thing is that I did not stop once!

We both did not really feel like a long cooking session so we decided to heat up some pasta sauce and cook some raviolli to have for dinner. With a little parmesan cheese it was truly delicious. I love pasta! Lucky for me the boyfriend loves it too.

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After dinner I did Neila Rey’s 90 Days of Action day 3 workout for a quick ab session. My abs are not very strong; with many ab exercises my back arches off the ground which mean I can not use my entire range of motion. Luckily there will be some more ab workouts in this 90 day challenge.

Right now I am in bed relaxing and I will probably be going to sleep early since the clock goes one hour forward tonight. Goodbye one hour of sleep. I still think that we are pretty lucky here in Europe that they change the time overnight between Saturday and Sunday rather than overnight between Sunday and Monday. At least I get to sleep out as long as I want tomorrow!

Reaching goals and Sushi

Yesterday and today have been great workout wise. Yesterdag evening the boyfriend and I went for a run. The original plan was to run to the gym, go for an hour of Poweryoga and then run back. He did not feel like going to the gym and by the time we finished dinner it was really too late to make the class anyway. Instead we decided to wait a bit for the food to sink in and then go for a run. I had decided to go very slow and try to maintain pace throughout the 4k run I had planned. The boyfriend agreed to run the same distance but we did both run our own pace. In practice this means that within 2 minutes I could not even see him anymore. So much for running together, haha. Maintaining my pace worked out really well. Without any problems I reached the halfway point. Despite the fact that I did not feel out of breath or tired I did walk for some 5o metres to add a little bit of an interval. The second 2k was just as easy as the first. The last 300 metres home I upped the pace to see what I still had left. Appears that I had quite a bit. Despite all the energy I had left I felt that I’ve found a pace  in which I can run for a long time. It might be slow but I am still running. After reaching the 5k I am going to work on lowering my pace time but sofar I am really happy with my progress. Especially since in my last run on Sunday I barely managed to do 3k. This distance is the longest I have ran in over a year so excellent progress. Maybe this time I finally run that darn 5k!

Run 26 maart 2014
I was really happy with my run. The one thing that I did not enjoy was the serious belly ache I got after the run. I needed some food but there was nothing substantial to be found anywhere. Fortunately I managed to get to sleep quite fast.

This morning I had a test so I had to leave quite early but this afternoon was filled with fun! My mom arrived around 3. She lives about 2 hours away (which is a lot in the Netherlands!) so she came to stay the night. She is currently crashing on my couch ;). My mom is really a great example for me. She has been working out regularly for the last 7/8 years and she has pretty bad ass strenght. One of my goals is to be just as strong as her (and maybe just become a little bit stronger!). When I go home I workout at her gym but today we went to my gym. One of the best classes at my gym is the Les Mills Grit class. It is 30 minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) and absolutely killing. This week was a mix class were two previous releases were mixed because on 12 april the new release will be introduced. The last couple of weeks before the new release they like to mix things up to keep the muscles guessing. This class was filled with a lot of jumps and burpees. I love to hate those but they are super exercises for endurance. We were both pretty tired after the class but I am glad we went to burn calories because we went out for dinner tonight.

My mom’s birthday was a couple of weeks ago and since she did not know what she wanted for her birthday the boyfriend and I decided to treat her to dinner as a gift. Two streets over there is Chinese/Japanese kitchen fushion restaurant where they also serve sushi. I have never tried sushi before and since it one of the things that I really want to try this year I thought this to be as good a time as any to just try. Since it was an All You Can Eat type restaurant you could order 5 items per person per round. In total you could do 5 rounds as long as you stayed within 2,5 hours.

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I tried three types of Sushi: a tuna role, a crab role and chicken role. Unfortunately I don’t really like sushi, but I am glad I at least tried to eat everything. Fortunately they also had about 80 non sushi dishes so there was enough for me to eat. I did really like the fried octopuss rings. They were jummie!

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I was getting full after only a couple of dishes but luckily I had room enough for some banana icecream with sprinkles. Never eat icecream without sprinkles! Sprinkles make everything better!

Mini Haul and exciting news

Yesterday was my second day in Amsterdam and I knew I could not leave without doing some shopping. Now that I am back into excercise and running there is one thing that I really miss: more workout clothes. Up until yesterday I owned only one sportsbra and one running tank and I always seem to forget to wash those just when I need them.  I would be wise for me to buy them in Amsterdam because the choice here in Groningen (Northern Netherlands) is limited. My mission was therefore to at least get my hands on a new tank top and a new sport bra. H&M is one of my favorite stores to go for workout gear. The quality is good and is much cheaper than Nike clothing and they have rapidly changing assortment of clothes and colors. If I go there next month they have totally different stuff which makes it fun to see what’s new. I managed to score both a new tank and a new sportbra. The tank is neon orange and I love it because orange is my favorite color! Trying it on made me so happy that I knew I had to have it.

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I also found a cute sportbra in neon pink/silver. Both were really cheap, the tank was €10 and the bra was €15. That is less than 20 dollars for the two items!

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Since I am getting back into running and want to stick with it for the long haul I bought two beginners running guides. I started reading one last night and it has ton of great tips for runners and also has some great motivational stories and events in the back. I might even get some great ideas for races I want to participate in. The other guide is pretty large and also feautures apps and workout gear that might be useful to invest in. I have not gotten the chance to read that one but I really makes me eager to go out there and run again (and I will, tonight!).

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Then other exciting news: yesterday evening I signed up for two races. The first one is the Culemborg City Run 5k that I have talked about in my post about training for my first 5K. I knew I planned on doing it but yesterday I decided to just sign up. That makes it a lot harder to back out. The race is on Monday April 21st, the Netherlands has a second Easter day, and is in the city where my high school was located so I should be fun to go back there, as I haven’t been there for a couple of years. Although that race is exciting in itself, as it is going to be my first race, I immediately did something even scarier by signing up for a 10K. Whoops… When I was in the Nike store yesterday I saw a flyer for a women’s running event that they organized last year where 20,000 women participated in. This year they are going to organize the race again. The race is called: We Own the Night Women’s 10K.

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The race is ran partially in darkness and women are participating in 5 European cities at the same time. Since it seems like such an awesome experience to be part of I decided to just be crazy and sign up for it. Included in the fee is a tshirt which all participants need to wear to the race so that everyone is really part of something big and unique! While I signed up I needed to pick my level and I chose beginner. This means that I also go a beginner 8 week running schedule which is hopefully really going to help me in finishing that race. I must say that signing up for the races really makes me very excited. I know that in a 2 weeks there is local 4,6k race which I might participate in. I do however not have to worry about signing up just yet as you can only sign up on the day of the race itself. I am going to try to be ready because I don’t know if I want to wait until April 21st for my first race!