running

More summer!

Summer still is happening, can you believe it?

And while flies have replaced the hordes of tourists from yesterday, the tide was high and after a quick pebbling session I went up Vico road. It is always nice to admire the hard work the gardeners do for the richest of the rich.

Paradise anyone? There is a house up for sale right now.

5k done for today and hopeful that my evil boss gives me half the day off to enjoy more of this summer.

running

Still doing this running thing

It was a pleasant morning. No chance to catch the sunrise though. Sunrise seems to be before 5, but the tide is lowest around 8 … I must therefore compromise and sleep longer – poor me.

Other than that I can still run which is good news. I also met 4 of my favorite dogs though there was no time to chat and cuddle. 

And Killiney beach news of the day: summer has begun as the recent sprouting of the tents shows.

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Up and down

Low tide brought me finally a bit of sand:

So much better than pebbling. 

Those guys couldn’t care less:

It is insane how high the sun is up around 6is in the morning these days. Not a chance to catch sunrise lately. Maybe if the weather stays as bright I will soon get a chance. 

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New PR

Ok … I know … quite a title. I did however achieve a new PR as in highest achieved heart rate while running on flat ground. It is 188!

I also ran at a lightening fast pace of 5:34 min/km, for probably a total of 3 seconds before my lungs didn’t want to cooperate anymore. 

What’s going on you ask? Well after having learned about my blood test results I had taken it easier when I felt energy or mood lacking. I also increased my intake of sunshine at the appropriate times and stuffed myself with even more different veg and fruit each day. I have now been taking vit D supplements (D3 3.2 k IUs/day if you care).

My doc also told me to speed it up while running from time to time. Sounds like classic 80/20 to me?! 

So today I ‘played’ for an hour and had fun running around the track and even more so the rugby fields surrounding it. I felt like having tons of energy. Now I am hoping for a sunny weekend and that I will be able to catch a tiny bit of it. Weather app says t-storms though … might need to uninstall the app … it worked for CNN.

Have a lovely weekend and make sure to not miss the latest episode of Kristian’s adventure reports under https://mdschallenge2017.wordpress.com.

Food

D as in Deficient

Some of you might remember, when I switched to a plant based diet, I said I would go and get a blood test.  Things move slow here and finally I gotten around to it, around one month ago. Results and follow-up results are now in!

The good news: there is just one bit missing in my life and that is the power of the sun, or Vitamin D.

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Yeah … turns out running through the winter with headlamps and going out for runs before the sun rises is not a clever way to keep this crucial vitamin (or hormone) in check.

No need to panic I thought, everyone has low Vitamin D. It turns out I have really low levels. Usually you can get Vitamin D from salmon, eggs etc, but I haven’t had an animal based product in nearly two years. I also found out, that to get enough from plant-based food (think almond milk with added vit d) is nearly impossible.

Long story short, I am super glad I found out. I’m now on supplements as prescribed and have to wait. In the long run (haha) I hope that I can figure out a way to live without supplements, there are mushrooms that have Vitamin D due to sun exposure etc., but right now, I don’t want to risk anything and the most important part is to get the levels back up to normal first.

If anyone is interested, here is a neat video that gives an intro to Vitamin D:

Vitamin D in 5 Minutes from Ample Earth on Vimeo.

All in all I am really glad that I don’t have a lack in iron, calcium or B12. My cholesterol is magnificent – as I would have expected from the switch to organic, plant-based food. Before I started this whole running thing in May 2015, I was ~20 kg heavier, had high blood pressure and a resting heart rate that was at least 20 beats higher than it is now.

Warning: If you read this, I am not an expert on this, but I did learn that you can overdose on Vitamin D and that you do need blood tests before you can get your “dose”. Vitamin D interacts with all sort of stuff, so you don’t want to experiment with this by yourself.

Oh and last but not least, if you want to try and catch the sun and get an understanding of levels and not burn etc, I find the app DMinder quite nice. It at least showed me that I won’t have any luck chasing Vitamin D before 9:30 in Ireland … or after work … (yes it is available for Iphones as well 😉 ).