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23 April 2009

Running Round on Sunny Easter Weekend

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Flowers, trees, stone near the Acropolis

The long Easter weekend I was at home in Athens. It was a quiet weekend (very quiet, as Athens is almost totally empty those days), with a lot of time to think and reflect. There was lots of sun shine to help me along. I spent many hours in the park near my place and on Philopappou hill next to the Acropolis. Due to the lots of rain we had this winter (good thing!) there were lots of flowers.

So, I didn't eat any lamb till after Easter (when I went to graffic's place and got some incredible katsiki and lamb from Stella's village), I slept a lot, I read a little bit, I enjoyed the quiet.

On Sunday evening, I got an urge to a more healthy life and went for a run in the park. Since I haven't run since a looong time, I expected to be out of shape, to end up out of breath, with hurting legs. But no, I enjoyed running 3.1km at a fairly decent speed and felt empowered afterwards.

I had used "Sports Tracker" on my mobile phone (e71) to keep track of the distance I had been running and the speed. To make the task easier, I had bought the stupidest/craziest/weirdest accessory Nokia probably ever produced: A sweat band with a pocket for the mobile phone (CP-218 also see this review). It worked quite well, despite the e71 not being on the list of supported phones. Forget about being able to push any buttons while running though. "Sports Tracker" uses the phone's GPS to track your activity and the GPS had no problem to keep the signal in the sweat band pocket.

The running story continues though: Since I felt so good about running on Sunday, I went back to run some more on Monday evening... big mistake. Now my legs hurt a lot, I was able to run only half the distance and then I felt that it was more than enough. It took some days for my legs to get back into shape.


Posted by betabug at 10:55 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
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Re: Running Round on Sunny Easter Weekend

"I expected to be out of shape, to end up out of breath, with hurting legs. But no, I enjoyed running 3.1km at a fairly decent speed and felt empowered afterwards."

Well, those Pastis walks we had in Paris and Brunoy last year surely helped a lot. But 3.1 kms! Bah, you can't hit many bistros on so short a distance ;-)

"I went back to run some more on Monday evening... big mistake"
... Definitely! A noob mistake. You are welcome to come back to Paris for more Pastis walks that will teach a thing or two!

Posted by: saad at April 28,2009 17:25
Re: Running Round on Sunny Easter Weekend

Hahaha! I was running, not leisurely walking around with a parasol next to a pictoresque river like on those re-enactments of impressionistic paintings you are doing over there in Paris.

But nevermind, following your comment I will consider myself invited for more visits to the sultanate with more pastis walks thrown in for extra measure!

Posted by: betabug at April 29,2009 10:57
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