Rachel
This is my fitness diary and my source for inspiration. I'm a Californian living in Oslo, Norway.

These last days of summer

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

First hours in Amsterdam

I wrote this in the first hours of my ten day trip. I appreciate collecting all the small thing and writing them down, so I can come back later and see how I felt in that moment. 

Rainy train stop, tram to Alec’s neighborhood, a decorated charming sitting area near his apartment. A design minded apartment, meeting nina, her warmth and friendliness and i already love her. An apartment filled with things (not minimalistic like in Scandinavia) - photos, trinkets, lamps, plants, pillows, pictures, art, books, stroopwaffles and nuts out on the table. Bicycling to Boom Chicago, seeing the other bikers, all the different shops out, I want to try everything and go down every street. Seeing the comedy show, Americans making fun of America, crowd participation, roasting of Sam Super leaving the group. Fresh hummus and falafel for dinner, oh man how I have missed both. Alec is friends with the bartender and we get free drinks, he knows everyone. Talking with nina about Macedonia, visiting California, conflict in her homeland. Bicycling home and seeing the moon above the still canals, empty streets. Cycling through the Rijks museum and seeing exhibits waiting to be explored, cycling past the I (am) Amsterdam sign. Families, grandmothers, children, men walking around at 1am to eat or from eating their meals during Ramadan. I love this city.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

The math from today’s run:

- HILLS UGH
- Heat (28 degrees Celsius)
+ resisted the urge to turn around after 20 seconds
+ the panorama feature on my phone
+ my new trail shoes

= 2.5 miles, 11:31 min/mile

The complete guide to working out before work – Quartz

I begin full time work in August and I want to work out before I get to the office. I will try out some tips from this article, and I hope to manage 4 or 5am wakeups….

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Meanwhile in the Netherlands, I RAN TO A WINDMILL.

(I think mile 4 was a miscalculation by Strava, never in my life have I ran that fast and I did not run like the wind that this windmill needs)

Saturday, 12 July 2014
Two miles in Vondelpark, 8:30 minutes per mile, where I saw:

young people exercise groups
old people exercise groups
running clubs
yoga groups
pregnant women exercise groups
run with logs groups??

It is HOT in the city. I had planned to run longer, but these runs are more for my touristy curiosity than actual training. Now to the beach and an evening with my brothers and friends!

Two miles in Vondelpark, 8:30 minutes per mile, where I saw:

young people exercise groups
old people exercise groups
running clubs
yoga groups
pregnant women exercise groups
run with logs groups??

It is HOT in the city. I had planned to run longer, but these runs are more for my touristy curiosity than actual training. Now to the beach and an evening with my brothers and friends!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Today instead of a run: a 20 km ride out of the city center to the village Dugerdam after reading about it in the guidebook ‘Get Lost In Amsterdam’. It is a hot day, so I was sweating bullets navigating the city, around other bikers, over bridges, and finally through the fields to this village. It was a mix of boats, cottages, swimmers, farm animals, and other tourists. Gusts of wind out there helped, and by the time I came back I was parched, so I stopped at this windmill that is also a brewery.

2 hours cycling + 15 push ups

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Day 2 in Amsterdam and my first run since the half marathon. It felt fantastic to get out and moving after a delicious lunch of sandwiches and a lemon curd zucchini cake at The Last Crumb (De Laaste Kruimel). That plus chocolates and cheese we bought as gifts for tonight, with a little taste for ourselves made me hanker for some exercise.

Alec lives in southern Amsterdam and I wanted to look at house boats so I just found a path where I could. It was raining but I love the people, boat, and city watching I got - tourism and exercise rolled into one.

I am excited for the World Cup game tonight - go Germany!

I am very satisfied with Strava too - it has been better than Endomondo so far.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Yesterday’s hike to Kjerag, a boulder wedged in a crevice overlooking the Lysefjorden. It was an incredible view and I was terrified standing on that rock!

Sunday, 29 June 2014
A lazy Sunday in my backyard: sunshine, grilling, Norwegian strawberries, gardening, and Netherlands vs. Mexico

A lazy Sunday in my backyard: sunshine, grilling, Norwegian strawberries, gardening, and Netherlands vs. Mexico

Friday, 27 June 2014

I love Skype, and how I stay connected to my family in California and now Jens in Trondheim. This video got me teary. 

Thursday, 26 June 2014
"You can either spend your time or invest it."

Chip Kelly

Use your time investing in the things you love. That means less TV, less Facebook news feed, even less tumblr. 

 
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