I am still alive :) I just came back home today from the hospital. I had some surgery to improve my breathing.

The worst day was yesterday when I had bandage removed… it looked a bit like at slaughter house :) or like at old Obor (“famous’ market place in Bucharest) … right now I am stable :)

I will need to rest a few days at home.  All medical care was on very high standard, so I am very lucky one I have to say… but no running for next two weeks…

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my fancy room at the hospital

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some special tights preventing from venous thrombosis

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it never took me so long to eat

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special delivery to room nr 714 smashed banana, smashed chicken and soup (without any taste)

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very nice letter I received from my friends from work

 

I did today 10km … it was very slow run with a lot of break but the most important that I did it! It was much easier to run while temperatures were lower. The warmer it gets it’s harder to run.

It’s amazing how many people were running in The Herastrau Park today. Due to the surgery I will have on Tuesday, starting on Tuesday I will have at least 2 weeks break from all sports. I am enjoying last days being active.

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I became a running-junkie…  I hope all my photo-friends following this blog are not so much disappointed. I will do my best to post more photo related things..  but running is addictive.. better don’t try.

 

Something only the runner would understand… you need new running gear… even if you don’t, you do…

but… in this case I was really in need for some wind/rain jacket and I was really in need for running backpack…

Both of them I got on a HUGE discount. First I got the jacket. I ordered it on Polish website and my mother sent it to me. Was around 40 euro. Good price for New Balance jacket, I was not sure about the size – it’s S and I am 178 cm but fits great! It’s also nicer than it looked on the photo on website.  It’s really light. I am not sure if it’s not even less than 100grams :)) Finally ,I have something what is easy to pack and I can take with me for a training.

The nicest parks are away from me. In case I don’t feel so well to run back home I can put it on and walk/take metro to my home  and…. avoid getting ill.

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and.. there is the whole story about the backpack. I got it at the Expo at the International Bucharest Half Marathon (17-18th May). I was searching for some backpack since two weeks. I was thinking to get simple Salomon for around 40-45 euro which had only one big pocket and I didn’t really like it’s color. It also seems a bit too expensive for such simple backpack.

After I picked up my starting number I went around the expo (let’s be honest it was very small expo, maybe one shop with shoes, two shops with running clothes and maybe 1-2 with supplements). I saw this backpack – Montane Jaws 10 and it was love at the first sight. It didn’t have any price on it.. I asked for price, I got info it’s around 60-65 euro… but .. I managed to negotiate a very good price.. around 50 euro! I checked the price online … and it was 2-3 times more! I was really lucky. It has even whistle and two bottles for water included in the price. The backpack seems amazing. I am looking forward to test it.

I was searching for two days what was the reason I got it so cheap and I think it was used once before. The bottles smells like some isotonic and it didn’t have original straps with the price. The sellers said it was not, but imo it WAS. Anyway… it looks like almost new and for such great quality it’s VERY cheap.

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I was searching for reviews of this backpack.. but it’s not much online. I was hoping to find some video with review.. and only videos I am finding are with the movie Jaws :))

 

Today I run my first ever 10.5 km race at the Bucharest International Half Marathon event.. and I got my first ever (running) medal. I think I had some from times where I was playing tennis, but I have no idea where I have them (and if I still have them).

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A few insights :)) from the 10.5k race:

- it’s good to start slow… I took advice from my more experienced friends, but running in the crowd at the beginning is REALLY .. REALLY slow.. and there is no way to go in front.. it’s so crowded

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I am in white t-shirt…

- the most difficult was for me last 500m, when I was seeing all the tme the finish line but it seemed to be all the time in the same distance

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Victor and I :)

- it’s great to see people supporting you… big thanks to my boyfriend that he managed to come with me to the race (even he is ill) and to my amazing friends from my team at work… it was a huge surprise to see them at Piata Unirii at 4.2 km when I was already a bit tired (mostly from the sun and temperature) and they gave me SUPER-POWER! on the all 10k route I haven’t seen anyone screaming so much! The are amazing people.. and it really helps

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Vali, Miro and I

- I took advices from internet :) and I tried my best – even i was tired – to thank everyone giving me water and oranges (yeah we were getting fruits – really cool thing!) on the way.. I was waving  and smiling to supporters

- great feeling to run through the city, where all the streets on the route are closed because of YOU :) running!

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- I am a bit sad I didn’t manage to run faster but.. I train only since one month and a week (I think) and I have never.. ever run in such warm day as today

- 100m before the finish line I was saying to myself that it’s my last such long run… but as a typical runner.. just after the finish line I promised myself to run half marathon this year :)

- I love Strava but using it can be also demotivating :) .. I came back home today, I created a segment from my route and I am the last one :) .. I suppose most of the people who use it are professionals or at least training since a long time.. I suppose comparing with them is not the best idea… it was my first run and  I am glad that I didn’t stop running even for a single second and that I did get to the finish line! :)

- the most important – running is not about being better than someone else, it’s about being better than you used to be!

… more photos later.. I need to get them from my friend :)

 

small update of this post… I got to the finish line on 765 place out of 2052 (number of people who finished the race).. and surprise .. my nationality is Romanian :)) .. good to know… I wish at least to speak Romanian :))

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