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Silly cravings…

Thank you all for your comments yesterday on my bib number for Saturday’s race.

I don’t feel quite that much under pressure anymore. Phew!! 🙂

You know how you sometimes have a craving for salt, especially after a long run? Then your friends offer you chocolate (because that usually keeps you calm and happy). And all you want to do is shout at them and say, ” I said SALT!!”.

Well, I had a similar though slightly different experience this week. I was craving cross-training. After the 2 long runs the past weekend, all I wanted was to do something other than running. So on Tuesday I went to the Legs, Bums, Tums class. LBT has a new instructor now (he is evil demanding). No more risk of falling off the exercise ball or dropping kettle balls on my toes, BUT now my legs are falling off. Or more precisely, they don’t go straight anymore…

And because I am still craving salt cross-training, I went to a circuit training class yesterday. Because legs falling off syndrome wasn’t quite enough for me. Now I have added bended arms syndrome. My arms don’t do straight either anymore…

So, today I am contemplating my immediate running future and I have lost the salt cross-training craving. I now WANT chocolate running!! (my legs say no way jose)

All I hope now is that by race day, Saturday morning, my legs and arms will move as per my instructions again. 🙂

The good thing is I am getting an extra pre-race rest day, which I think will be good for me as I have been pounding on the miles lately…

Off for a walk in the sunshine now to stretch my poor legs out and grab a cup of coffee on the way!

Happy Thursday!

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.

~ Chinese Proverb

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Rockin' it…

You all know by now that my idea of cross-training is not yoga, but rather a rock concert.

No exception yesterday when my running buddy S and I headed out to see 3 Doors Down.

3 Doors Down

3 Doors Down are rocking it in London.

It was a very eclectic audience. Just by looking at it, you couldn’t have guessed what they were here to see: people in suits, people in jeans and t-shirt, girls in skimpy dresses, people of all age ranges from teenagers to grey-haired people looking in their sixties (and only some of them were there with their grandkids). One granny was head-banging. I am not making this up, Ask S! It was great seeing all these people in one place enjoying music. So sweet: a couple got on the stage and the guy proposed right there on the stage to his girlfriend. A little awkward, but so sweet and so courageous. The girl of courses said/nodded a Yes.

3 Doors Down rocked it. Though I am fairly sure that the songs they released in the UK must be different from the songs that I have heard being played in the US. The audience got crazy at songs that I have never heard before and I couldn’t believe the subdued quietness on some of the songs that I know were big in the US (well, Austin at least…and, Austin, hear that: this concert is my SXSW this year… :)).

Back to running today. Rain in the forecast tomorrow, so the long run will probably happen on Sunday.

Happy Friday!

The words you sing bring back memories
Of so many days that have gone
I look back and smile at those forgotten miles
And laugh at all that went wrong
What I am is what I want
And I’ll be this way ’til I’m dead and gone

~ 3 Doors Down


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Cross-training with Snow Patrol – Part 2

This past weekend I took a break from running and healthy eating. Off I went to Germany to spend the weekend with my parents.

My mom is a great cook. Whenever I go home I do like to indulge in her home cooked meals and forget a little about low fat and low sugar. 🙂

I opted for an hour’s walk with my parents rather than a run and it was a refreshing break from my routine and great time spent chatting with my parents.

The actual cross-training happened Sunday night at the Snow Patrol concert (I kinda like their songs…). Some jumping, a little dancing, lots of singing along – and a weekend of cross-training was complete!

In the end, In the end
There’s nothing more to life than love is there?
In the end, In the end
It’s time for us to lose our weary minds.

~ Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol in Duesseldorf, Germany

Snow Patrol in Duesseldorf, Germany


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Some cross-training thrown into my running

I have been a slacker when it comes to cross-training during previous running seasons. So this year I vowed to be better.

The legs, bums, tums class is one step into my cross-training; an upper body workout program done by a professional trainer in my gym is another step.

I noticed though that as weather has become more pleasant again, I am not stepping into the gym as often. And I am really not motivated to go there after a run outside. What I really needed was additional motivation to do some cross-training at home after my runs outside.

Valerie posted 14 Days of Workout-for Love Week! last week and I have been following this every day that I am not in the gym. I am on day 7 today, adding the kettle swing.I am going to try not to break a window or anything else in my living room…

Play not only keeps us young but also maintains our perspective about the relative seriousness of things. Running is play, for even if we try hard to do well at it, it is a relief from everyday cares.
~ Jim Fixx