Archive for the ‘Biking’ Category

Before I start with today’s actual post, I want to point out that the Munich Airport Run guys (sort of) officially corrected the distance! The 10k was actually an 11.6k, which is 7.2 miles! An entire mile longer than originally announced! Considering that, my finish time is pretty awesome, with an average pace of 10:19 min/mile. Holy banana!

Now that my spring race is over, I’ve been wondering what I should work on next. While I sometimes enjoy just doing what I feel like, I’m a lot more motivated to workout regularly when I have a specific goal. There are so many fun ways to be active, like running, biking, Zumba, Pilates, but I don’t have the time or energy for everything I’d like to do, so I have to choose.

The next two weeks are going to be interesting, as I’m taking a little staycation. That means I won’t be able to run with my coworkers. How sad! I probably won’t go to my gym, either, as it is quite a long drive away (only 5 minutes from my office, but 30 minutes from home). So for the next two weeks I plan to focus on short solo runs around my neighborhood, bike rides with my husband, and maybe even some workout videos (via DVDs or YouTube).

I also want to bring back the one hundred pushups challenge. I really loved doing it last year, it’s short and simple and can be done everywhere. And my arms never looked better!

And then? Tough question! First of all, I want to maintain my current running form, by running either alone or with my coworkers 2-3 times per week. There’s a local 10k race on July 13th that I might sign up for if my training goes well. I also hope to do a few longer bike rides on Sundays with my husband. We love riding together, so I really hope for good weather this summer. My weekly Pilates class will also stay part of my workout routine, at least until summer break starts in late July.

What I probably won’t be doing that often this summer is going to my gym. They have no AC and it gets crazy hot in there. It’s just not fun working out there at the moment.

So, these are my fitness goals for the next few weeks. But wait, there’s more!

Cassey of Blogilates.com is hosting a two-week vegan challenge starting on Monday, May 28th. While I don’t intend to follow a vegan diet on a long-term basis, I do enjoy doing those vegan challenges once in a while. Sometimes I let things slide a little too much and need an extra kick in my booty to re-focus on a more plant-based diet again.

I’ll report back with details on that challenge and how I’m feeling once I’m a few days into it.

See you!

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Back On The Road

Yesterday my husband and I went on our very first outdoor bike ride of the year. In short, it was amazing!

But let’s back up a little. Last week I was feeling under the weather for a few days. Add to that some sudden stress at work and by Friday I was completely wiped out. That also means that I skipped two of my training runs. Oops! Not an ideal start, I know. Today I ran three miles though, so I’m kind of back on track.

I used the weekend to rest and unwind, as usual, and on Sunday I was finally feeling a lot better and longing for some exercise. My husband can’t run with me these days, as he has some foot issues, so we decided to start the annual outdoor biking season.

For our first ride we chose a medium long and moderately difficult loop around our village. (There are hardly any easy routes in our awfully hilly area!)

In the end, we rode for about 14 miles in a little over an hour. Apparently, all those hours I’ve spent on the stationary bike in the past few months really paid off! I felt strong the entire ride. My legs were a bit tired and heavy afterwards, but not much.

I’m confident that I could also handle a longer and more challenging ride the next time.

Will this make me a better runner? I don’t know, and I don’t really care. I simply love riding my bike through the little villages and small towns around here, spending quality time with my husband, while improving our health and fitness. It’s a win-win-win!

Who else loves outdoor cycling?

See you!

P.S. Those two photos are actually from one of last year’s rides, but we took a similar route yesterday, and the fields looked exactly the same.

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In the past two weeks, I’ve had some awesome workouts! I guess that was mostly because of the fantastic mild and sunny weather. Spring is in the air!

Village View

The view from my bedroom window

I ran with my co-workers during our lunch break a few times, ran my old ‘at-home’ route for the first time in months, and biked for more than 60 minutes on a stationary bike at the gym (while reading a novel!). Looks like my exercise mojo is back, finally!

That’s what I thought. Sadly, the pain in my right foot is back, too. It all started last summer, when I tried out some new, expensive (!) running shoes. After switching back to my old, dirty-cheap sneakers, my foot slowly recovered. But a few hours after last Wednesday’s Lunch Break Run, the pain was so bad that I could hardly walk. Why me?! Why now?!

I’m trying to do the smart thing, giving my foot some rest. I don’t know exactly what’s wrong with my foot, but I think it’s some kind of tendonitis. So I’m going to take a few days off of running, and stretch and ice my foot as often as I can. Until then I’ll just bike some more instead.

Have a nice weekend!

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Apparently, I’m that girl who likes to exercise while others are partying and getting drunk in bright daylight. Just like last year, when I ran straight through a Carnival party. Don’t get me wrong, I do love to party, having fun with my girls, but people are just plain crazy during Carnival season, and I’m not really into that.

But obviously, I’m not the only one who wanted to get sweaty today, my gym was packed! Anyway, I bought a pair of new sneakers last week and wanted to test them out, so I did a short run on the treadmill.

The Stats:

  • Distance: 1 mile (1,6 km)
  • Time: 11:20 minutes
  • Average pace: 11:20 min/mile
  • Feeling: Speedy

Verdict on the new shoes: No good for running! But I’m going to keep them for other indoor activities like Zumba, Squash, Pilates, and home workouts. I was in the mood for more sweating, but didn’t want to damage my feet with those shoes, so I grabbed a magazine and hopped onto a stationary bike.

The Stats:

  • Distance: 10 miles (16 km)
  • Time: 38:00 minutes
  • Average pace: 15.8 mph
  • Feeling: Sweaty

After that I stretched a little and called it a day. And that’s how I celebrated Rose Monday this year.

Are you into Carnival parties?

See you!

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After an exceptionally dry and mild November, we are now experiencing some typical German fall weather. That means 30 to 40 °F (-1 to 5 °C), rain, and strong winds or even storms. Part of me is wishing for some snow, but on the other hand snow and ice free streets make my morning commute much easier. (Edit: It’s snowing right now! But it probably won’t last. Sigh!)

As running outdoors isn’t much fun at the moment (see above), I’ve moved most of my workouts indoors. And here’s my problem: I hate running on the treadmill!

I’ve tried everything: Listening to my favorite music (latest obsession: Katzenjammer!), watching TV (sadly, the sound isn’t working), going slower, doing intervals, etc. Nothing works!

My biggest problem with the treadmill is that it’s just so freaking hard. No matter how slow I run, my heart rate quickly reaches 170 bpm and gets even higher whenever I try to go a little faster.

That’s why I’m in a dilemma right now. Biking is actually my favorite kind of cardio, so I’m tempted to just hop on one of the stationary bikes every time I’m at the gym. Plus, I can watch TV with sound on the bikes, that’s an additional bonus. On the other hand, I’d like to keep running through the winter months, so that I don’t have to start from scratch in spring.

Well, if I can’t choose between biking and treadmill running, I’ll simply do both! Just like yesterday.

The Stats (Biking):

  • Distance: 6.2 miles (10,0 km)
  • Time: 22:00 minutes
  • Average pace: 16.9 mph
  • Feeling: Awesome

The Stats (Running):

  • Distance: 1.0 mile (1,6 km)
  • Time: 11:20 minutes
  • Average pace: 11:20 min/mile
  • Feeling: Not so awesome

That’s a compromise I can live with. 😉

What do you prefer, biking or (treadmill) running? Are you tough enough to run outside through the winter months?

See you!

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