Where have you been?

Coming back home from the gym, those reproachful feline eyes were judging me …

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Sunday run + Couch 5K

While I did my usual Sunday run with CCR, for something really new: Ritsu & Julius joined the newly formed “Couch -> 5K” program!

As for our long distance group, we headed up north to the shore with 14K in mind. A lot of people are training for the upcoming LSR half / full marathon, thus we will now increase the distance every Sunday.

Managed to get some video done along the way:

Since this event is during fall break, I won’t be here to participate.

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Over the summer I had done some research into sport nutrition, and how to optimize my diet to deal with all the exercising I am doing. And came across a somewhat startling revelation:

I always considered vegetarian / vegan as something that would take certain foods and thus energy away from me, but especially after reading Rich Roll’s Book “Finding Ultra”, I became intrigued by the idea that more plant based food actually would give me more energy, while cutting back on dairy would improve recovery times!

So, I started dabbling in avoiding meat altogether, selecting more vegetable options, and only allow myself a tiny bit of milk in my coffee (which I am also reducing to 1 cup in the morning) until I find some better options here.

(The above is a super delicious slice of sourdough bread topped with hummus, sun dried tomatoes, roasted garlic, pesto & basil. Had that today at a new, nearby café called ‘Plus Nine Four’)

Have I gone vegan now?

No, not with all the negative, ‘hippie’ connotations the word comes with. Someone said that it is not enough that meat eaters would make fun of you as a new vegan, but other vegans could be much worse in telling you that you are doing veganism all wrong.

Instead I am using the term ‘plant powered’. I am trying to eat vegetables as much as possible, seeking out high protein foods like chick peas, in general staying away from animal products (eggs, dairy), but not going overboard like skipping certain sodas because they might be colored by some ink derived from insects. I also will enjoy some seafood still, from time to time.

Let’s see how this will be going. So far I am enjoying it quite some and not feeling I am missing much.

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Morning Run & Back to Violin

The day started early with me getting out of bed before 5AM and taking advantage of the early hour and in general lesser traffic to do a nice long run in a new direction.

I have been running IN Batharamula, but never ran TO Batharamula. I walked once back from Julius’ school and in general I know the route quite well, today I ran it.

It was quite dark, a lot of construction (pot hole fixing) is going on this early and plenty of time stepping sidewalks up and down. But temperature was ok, only towards the end I ran into an old foe of mine: nipple chaffing.

As part of ‘going back to routine’, violin class started again today and Julius got to show off his new instrument.

Teacher’s comment, as expected: “not bad” … this seems to be his highest praise!

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New Pool & Sunset Walk

Not much else going on today … I signed up with a new gym earlier this week (this is now gym #3) and they have a pool (!) which I tried out today for the first time. 3KM in 1h, which comes down to 3min/100m, which is not great at all, but I am at my humble beginnings of swim training.

And here is yet another sunset walk selfie :)

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Cat Shenanigans

Sleepy Cat

Not sure what Julius is trying here …

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From last night’s sunset walk

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Birthday Bash

I know from my own childhood, that having a summer birthday usually sucks, as it falls usually into summer break and no one is around to party with.

This time though, Julius’ birthday was just 2 days before start of school, and while not enough time to plan anything elaborate, his friend Lenny was already back in town and so I planned a fun day out with the boys.

Starting with splashing around the school’s pool:

Followed by the very rare ‘treat’ of having lunch at McD:

Then we walked down to the brand new Marino Mall to check out their ‘Amusement Park’ with ‘9D Cinema’ (who is counting those ‘D’s ???), we strapped on some VR goggles and buckled up into some moving contraptions to give it a try.

But, alas, especially the boys found the entertainment value rather limited, as they said ‘That was amusing’, no WOW factor. My theory: while the seats and exterior fittings all look brand spanking new, the actual ‘games’ look and feel very very dated. Like something I would have played on my iPhone 4 back in 2010. The pixelation of the displays was anything but hi-res and the game play was rather meh.

Here a quick video of the boys being rattled around:

I was surprised though that after 2 of those games the boys were not interested in trying any more, even though I had given them extra money.

Well, instead with had ice cream:

And the boys goofed around, i.e. ‘hiding’ in the main window among the mannequins:

The main event of the day was then going to the movies to watch Tom Cruise throw himself out of planes, off buildings and doing a LOT of running.

(Note: Julius, age 14 now, still insists on having a booster seat! 😀 )

Mission Impossible: Fallout was highly entertaining, though the double / triple twist this series sometimes employs are (at least for me) more confusing than they should be.

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Freakin’ Fourteen!!!

They grow up so fast!

Just see how big that cat is now! 😀

Oh, Julius too! He is now a ‘real’ teenager! By German law he is now a ‘Jugendlicher’ (Youth / Adolescent). Kinda makes me feel older than usual …

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Finally group running again

It has been a long while that I have done a run with my CCR pals.

And though I went to bed last night fairly late (due to our late return home), I got myself out of bed in the whee morning hours to meet at 5:30 and get running at 5:45.

Our route today was the very familiar trip down Marine Drive, and I actually stuck to the Wellawatte turn around point for 10K, usually I go longer to finish with 13-14K.

But when I got back to the starting point at 10K, I felt like tagging on another 2 😉

As usual, we had a great stretch session afterwards:

Above pictures and even more all in one handy gallery.

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Arrived back home safely

And we are back! The cattle express from BKK just landed. People mainly behaving as if they had never flown before. Guy in front of Ritsu nearly grabbing her …

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Snorkeling (Teaser)

Today we were out all day on a snorkeling excursion and I am to tired for a full blog post, so here are a few first pictures:

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