Photo from Mount Royal, Frisco, Colorado.

"That is happiness; to be disolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep." - Willa Cather

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Handless clocks

Today I took a picture in the fitness center with handless clocks. I wanted to document this moment of happiness and stability in our lives. In 2 months, we don't even know which country we are going to be living in. It's a long story. I tried to write about it, but couldn't.

I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, "If this isn't nice, I don't know what is." -Kurt Vonnegut

Good one Kurt.

It's been a long time since I wrote last. Guess what? Being a mom of two and working a full time job is not conducive to blogging! And I really miss it. (okay, now, back after just giving Christian a back rub-- he is asleep now)

So, this blog needs some help! Let's face it: Blogger is so 2007! So I made something new today. It will be my future business/blog and it is here:

(more details to come!!)

Various updates...

LCHF diet

I have now been on this 30-40% carb, no refined sugars, highER fat diet for a year and I have had a great experience. Of course it is not a diet, but a lifestyle. I have talked about the endurance sports and fat burning advantages, but maybe not as much about weigth control. I weighed in a 50kg the last time I checked. I weigh myself about once a month.This is the lowest I have been in Denmark. I have found it easy to lose/maintain my weight on this diet, compared to well a diet high in chocolate and oatmeal... even during the time I was injured with PF and not running. I'm not telling you what will work for you, but the number of randomized control trials showing low carb superior for weight loss is at least 18. And this systematic review found low carb diets to improve all major cardiovascular risk factors. But you could be like Steve Q and claim to have eaten "nothing but pasta" for the last year and still lose weight :-). Yes, individual experiences may vary!

MAF training

I haven't run any intervals or tempos since July, so SR was rather surprised to see at the last two races I ran in Næstved that I seem to be in better shape than last year. I honestly wasn't sure training at a pulse of 144-145 was going "work", but I have watched my weekly MAF test speed on the track creep down to 4:26min/km at an average heart rate of 144. Best of all is I'm not injured. It really is counterintuitive that by backing off, you can speed up. (PS Phil Maffetone and I are almost done with our article and my article about the pregnant marathon is being published in his latest book :-)!!). Plus my coach Ole has been very good at encouraging me not to race for months while my PF was recovering-- and he seemed excited about the MAF experiment as well.

Finish line just ahead after DGI cross country race in Fruens Plantage. Photo by SR.


I was thrilled to get permanent residency here in November (as many of you know I had to have full time employment here for 5 years straight + an apartment of a certain size, a 60.000 kr. downpayment and no debt to get permanent residency). In December, I took the test for Danish citizenship and passed. A few days later, Dorte Dahl asked me to be on the Danish trail ultra team at worlds in Annency in May. I said yes, only to have to say-- we'll see how long it takes. Current estimate is I may become Danish in 14-16 months...


SR and I are leaving tomorrow for a 4 day trip to Mallorca for his 40th birthday. I have to get ready and get to bed!

Top 10 Running Songs of 2014
Future Islands - "Seasons (Waiting On You)"
Spoon- Do You? (this is actually a lot better for cycling!)
Cold War Kids- First
Haim – if I could change your mind
Stromae-Tous les Memes
Gabriel Rios – Gold(Thomas Jack Remix)
Withered Hand-Horseshow
Alt-J-Every Other Freckle
Medina -Jalousi


M @readeatwriterun said...

Nice to hear from you! Congrats on Danish citizenship, hope you get to run for the team. I love the Vonnegut quote. Hope to read more from you on the higher fat/lower carb diet (need to go back through your posts) and look forward to seeing your work with Maffetone!

cherelli said...

Great to hear from you, that first pic your body looks so strong and fit/toned, perhaps another bonus of the Lower carb/higher fat diet? Congrats on the danish citizenship but aren't you off to the US again soon to live? Busy busy....bets wishes for 2015, i look forward to reading of your business and life adventures, enjoy Mallorca!

SteveQ said...

Actually, I said that I ate pasta every day, not that it was all I ate.

Love the running playlist.

I now have more followers on Twitter than Blogger, but now I think in short choppy sentences.

SteveQ said...

Podcasting has replaced blogging (sadly, for us literary types), though I have 600 posts now on my film blog - in one year! What I still like about it is seeing how people find what I write (even if it's mostly pervs searching photos for "macromastia")

Olga said...

I miss blogs. Hey, weren't you supposed to go to residency to UC Davis or something next Fall?

sea legs girl said...

Hi M--- thank you and the essentials of the diet I mentioned are - no refined sugars (so no bread, pastas, sweets, ect) and no more than 40% carbs of total daily calories. More of the remaining calories come from fat than protein. It has been simple enough to stick with-- even here in Mallorca... eggs, veggies, fish, cheese, etc

sea legs girl said...

Cherelli.. thanks for commenting. Yeah, our plan is we are off to the US for my residency. It just required SR getting a job there, too. Very compliated matter at the moment! Best wishes in 2015 to you, too!

sea legs girl said...

Steve.. thanks for clearing up the pasta confusion :-D. Podcasting has replaces blogging? Seems like there is room for both since well, since I listen to podcasts on walks, runs and in other situations when I can't read. What is your twitter name? Are we allowed to follow?

Macromastia. I'll have to work that into more of my blog posts.

sea legs girl said...

Olga-- yeah either UC Irvine or UC Davis (which one it actually will be is part of the "long story"). The short story is we'll be a lot closer to you guys!

SteveQ said...

Blogging may be 2007, but Maffetone is 1988 (Mark Allen, Hawaii Ironman). My Twitter address is @Amy_Surplice and it's been posted on my blog for 14 months now, where I discussed Maffetone in 2008. You should read my blog some day.

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