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An interesting article on +Kinematix' blog.
The title is intriguing, as you can read "quantity over quality".

Kinematix, a Portuguese start-up, has developed a wearable device which is supposed to help runners to improve their running technique and create personalized workout plans adapted to their performances > made by a team of athletes and coaches.

http://www.kinematix.pt



#kinematix   #wearables  
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Yesterday I took my share of blood (metaphorically only :)).

I'm doing a 2 months test on a formula/theory which I came up with from my old journal + my experience.

The formula is about optimization of interval workouts.
Intervals are known as the best workout type to boost performance and probably in the last 10 Olympic Games no runner finished a running race further than first 30 places without intervals workouts.

Yesterday I got the results for the half of the test - a month of doing intervals, 2 times per week, 10x600 meters each.

Weight: no change in a month, although physical changes are visible.
Injuries: none, I can continue the test.
Performance: tested according to my current performance, the progress was of 1 minute 19 seconds on 5 km.

I say that the progress without the intervals workouts would have been of 30-40 seconds anyway.

I'll come back with the results after second month of tests.

This formula is available online in the form of a calculator, here:
http://2hats.net/rwm/#/intervals-optimizer

The explanation of the formula is too technical to share in detail, but the concept is "extend the maximum pace of a shorter distance to a longer distance".

On the page mentioned above, it recommends 2 intervals workouts per week. On the same week, it is not recommended to do fartleks or tempo runs, but a longer run, is normal.

Now about my 5k test, yesterday.
My previous PR was 27:18, on a test a month ago.
Yesterday I finished in 25:59. I could've finished 5-6 seconds faster, but I thought that it doesn't worth to throw up for 5-6 seconds only :)
I know that the times sound lame to some people, but I've been running sub 18 minutes long time ago, so I know that there is a lot of space for improvement. I'll catch up ;)

Among other reasons of excitement, is the splits progression:
1km. 5:16
2km. 5:15
3km: 5:22
4km: 5:14
5km: 4:52

I haven't used my application +Run With Me, because of the poor GPS signal. In the forest, the leaves and trees are blocking the signal more than the clouds do in open space.

Yesterday was 4th of July and for me has a special meaning; I'm not an American citizen, but my father was born on this day. He was my coach and I owe him most of my running knowledge - God rest him in peace, or better, let him run on a green field :)

I wish everyone a happy weekend and to those who tested themselves this weekend - to mention +Maria Dalzot , +Andrej R and +Neil Willis  - enjoy your rest!

#runwithme   #intervals   #running  
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"The moon walks with us"

That's what my 3 years old daughter said a few evenings ago, when I was walking her through the neighborhood.

She's too young to tell her the physics explanation, yet her observation was so simply put.



The author of the painting is John Atkinson Grimshaw.
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Sounds good, lets run with it.
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I wonder if running is not a form of getting high.
Is that time of the year when the linden is in bloom and after an entire day of raining, in the forest it's linden everywhere. Even the mud is a bit yellow.

I begun to track the moment when I reach the "zen running".
I call it like that when I forget that I run and I feel that I can do this for long.

Today it happened around 10th kilometre and I continued to become more zen.

I made a new "friend" [sarcasm 😕]. He was walking 4 dogs unleashed and not really answering to commands.


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Thanks so much for sharing with us those thoughts! I really wish you success! Keep us informed of your progress!! Greetings!

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Pretty slow... 12 km in almost 110 minutes.

I didn't catch the sunrise, but still was beautiful.
My plan was to go for 45 minutes on sand and decide then if I return on the beach or on the road.

A bunch of dogs decided for me - get back on road.
Then I ran chaotically through the city (Eforie Nord) to identify the fun opportunities.


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I'd take that pace any day of the week! Even before I messed my knee up I was a horrible runner so I'm totally jealous! 
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Hi!
Is it anyone doing interval workouts, when training?
Intervals are popular in running training and I was wondering if anyone can evaluate this formula/calculator:
http://2hats.net/rwm/#/intervals-optimizer

Does it make sense for interval workouts in cycling?
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yes. from a dead stop, go all out for 30 seconds, rest and repeat 10 times.
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I'm slowly becoming a fan of +Kalenji 
I don't know if Kalenji outfit can be found anywhere; it's a French company.
After checking different options for shorts, I've stumbled to this model and ordered it.
It is so light that I need to check it now and then to make sure that I didn't lost it :)

I love the pocket from behind, my phone fits great there, although I'll need to wrap it in a plastic bag first, because I sweat a lot, specifically in that area.

It is that good that worth to mention them.
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Les produits Kalenji ont un rapport qualité/prix excellent. Je m'équipe moi même en kalenji...
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Myth busted: cold doesn't heal if you sweat a lot.

Yesterday I ran 20km being a bit cold.
The symptoms are somehow ameliorated, but persisting.

Anyway, if nothing changes, I'll have 190km (118 miles) of running on June's account.
From which around 42km are intervals.

In a week by now I'll come back with the results after the half of my 2 months test.
I'm testing an intervals optimisation formula.
I want to see the progress made on 5k. And the weight evolution over this period.
I'm very excited about this test.

That's pretty much all the news from me.

#runwithme #intervals #weightloss
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Thanks for the wishes ☺
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My thoughts on the debate on same sex marriage.

The biological role of sexuality in humans it's reproduction.
Same sex relationship will not give children.

Most of the people consider that what is legal is moral, or natural.
Young children who learn about the same sex marriage for the first time, will be more likely inclined to consider our sexual organs as sexual instruments, rather as reproduction organs.

I say that is fair that same sex relationships to have legal foundations, however, the original marriage institution purpose it is altered if it includes this kind of relationships.

Gays should be fair to accept a different (than marriage) legal form for their relationship, just like the society is opened to accept their status.
This way everyone is happy: conservatives will have their marriage institution unaltered, gays will have legal rights and future generations will be able to understand the meaning of each legalized relationship.

Current gay generation has a great opportunity: to create their own marriage institution, although with another name.
And it should do this, because in fact, it is something else than traditional marriage.
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+Christopher Li-Reid, when you put it like that, sounds ugly, but honestly I like the word "union".
As for "immoral and unnatural", everyone has its own opinion. I find it impolite to say that to someone, even if would be true.
But seriously, no matter how you put it, lesbians and gays are demographically named "sexual minorities", because this is it statistically. For efficiency, it is easier for a minority to adapt to majority, rather to adapt the majority to minority.


From the historic perspective, Europe had a generation in each 20-50 years which started a war, for different reasons.
For nationalism, independence, territorial, etc.
In US case, there was no war against another nation. By war I mean a war which affected the state's identity, independence, or territory.
Instead, in US the major fights were internal, with slavery and human rights in general, including same sex marriage.

In Europe, one of the major elements which kept generations unrest, was the irredentism. Next generations always tried to claim back something lost by their ancestors.
In US, the social classes which gain rights after being misjudged, have the tendency to claim more, just because they need to punish the dominant social classes which made them suffer over the years.

Every generation will always have a group of fighters, who will stand for a cause.
Sometimes the cause doesn't even matter, the fight matters the most.
The same sex marriage (and rights) was a cause to fight for. 
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I've just made the first official t-shirt for my application +Run With Me 
Of course I've ordered my own :)

#runwithme   #thsirts   #running  
Official t-shirts for Run With Me application:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=twohats.net.runwithme
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Thanks :)
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Still in holiday...

6:00 am. I found a cool spot on the beach for intervals.
I did 10x600 meters.

Nice package, but inside...
I couldn't sleep last night, the humidity was high and I felt like I had no air. Wasn't very hot and still I sweat like a fountain.
Overall, was nasty.
I believe that an workout is efficient when I can say something beautiful at the end.
Instead, I found myself saying "I have to embrace the pain, to become one with it; not to fight against it".

#sponge #runwithme #intervals
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I have to admit, it feels good to read about other people’s painstaking struggles :)  Although I also feel a twitch of inexplicable jealousy ^.^
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Today was supposed to be the weekly long run, of about 20+km
I ran about 6km on dry sand and I chose to stop at "that should be enough" point.
The sand really challenges the joints.

#runwithme #whileyouweresleeping #sandrun
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Dear reader, if you look for a partner for running or riding the bike, try Run With Me - an application to track outdoor activities.


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