I’d have thought a multivitamin would be a minimum, what is your iron level like?

Here is some stuff on Vitamin D

Good call re taking it easy till Sunday. :cool:

Engagement and wedding rings on left ring finger. If you are Greek Orthodox then I’m guessing may have it on the right? :confused:

Mmmmm I don’t know !! I have mine on the left, but in Italy I’m told that it’s worn on the right, and also in Greece (?) .
Anyway, details… :slight_smile:

Thanks for the info John =) I think my iron level intake is not ideal, as most people’s, and needless to say that all track athletes I know in Greece take iron supplements! When it comes to supplements, I (at this point of my life) see it as a whole chain of things one needs, and if I start, I’ll just end up spending amounds I am not willing to spend on things that could be improved in other ways. If I were a professional, I’d supplement on anything to get the job done, but the way I’m training now, I have so much room for improvement (training/nutrition/rest), that supplementing is not what I find the ideal solution.

(I’m under the unfluence of fragolina tonight. It was a studying-drinking-movie night with my stressed out friend. p.s. I actually felt her heart rate, one hour after her stressful meeting with her adviser, and it was scary. I helped her calm down. Such kind of stress is not needed in life).

I’m stressed about everything together, on the other hand, which makes things a bit less stressful, overall. If you know what I mean… Obsessing on one single thing is never healthy, (while being nervous about it, that is… )

I had decided in the beginning of 2011 to make one drawing/painting/complete sketch every 5 days, and I did very well for the first 3 times, having something to show on the 1st, the 5th and the 10th, but I didn’t complete anything for the 15th, which makes me feel like an underachiever.
:rolleyes: Ok, not quite… But I’m just saying. It would have been nice.

I’ve been given to edit english text written by italians, and I must say that I have never felt such despair trying to understand english sentences, let alone correct them and put them in order… Before this, the toughest thing I had ever read was original english Shakespear, on my first year of american high school, after 9 years of total greek schooling. That was tough.
But this is tougher!!

Not to beat the matter to death… but what bothers me so much in this educational experience of mine here in Italy, is the realization that Italian culture in general is the exact opposite of the Spartan point of view.
While my american teachers and professors taught me to always speak to the point, laconically and beautifully at the same time (when needed), the speeches that I hear and the essays that I read in italian are so loaded with useless phrases and repetitious concepts expressed in 25 different ways in one single paragraph, that honestly… I feel like my i.q. is dropping sometimes because of this.

It’s good to always find reference points in life and not become lost in experiences.
I have good reference points to hang on to, which I am grateful about.

What bothers me, is that I haven’t found a good, brand new reference point for a long time now. Meaning, it’s been a while since I’ve met someone really strange and interesting, to teach me new mysterious things. Such people are rare, and perhaps its better this way. Otherwise, one might go crazy in the end.

I’m flying on Wednesday morning and I wish I went straight to Athens to see my man, but I have some things to do in Thessaloniki, and of course I always love being with my family. But it feels so nice to know that I have a second family in a different city, as everybody loves me so very much there :slight_smile:

Concerning training, I can’t say that I feel strong. But I can’t say that I’m feeling un-trained either. I just feel like I’m ‘being steady’, which is not good. (for me) I could feel more like a superhero, but perhaps I’m still struggling with my reference points…

Sunday, Jan. 16th, 2011

  • random push ups throughout the day

  • random glue exercises throughout the day

  • 4 sets of 150rebound reps (upper body) > in the end of these, I pulled something ( a tendon??) , and felt an extremely sharp pain in my left shoulder that folded me in half and then I was jumping up and down for 30" because the pain wouldn’t go, but then it backed off. :o) Strange. Then I was completely fine again.

Monday, Jan. 17th, 2011

  • 2 sets of 150 rebound reps (upper body) (no pain whatsoever).

  • glute exercises

  • 15min warm up

  • 10min dynamic stretching

  • 4 x 40m A skips

  • 3 x 40m B skips

  • 10 x 40m hills (slow walk back recoveries)

  • 4 x 20contacts right-right-left-left (I was going to do more, and then grass sprints, but I had a right shin irritation that requested from me to head home…).

  • 2 x 50m Charlie’s skips

Tuesday, Jan. 18th, 2011

-15min warm up

-long tempo

Issues with right shin and low back, but I’ll fix myself soon. I know how, this isn’t new :slight_smile:

(p.s. I seem to be quite fit doing these, it’s just that I have functional problems these days, with some strange pains in areas mentioned above).

(Wednesday now, been up since 4am, and am now in Thessaloniki, very tired, but doing work nevertheless :o )

Wednesday, Jan. 19th, 2011

  • 15min warm up

  • quick stretching

  • 2 x 50m uphill strides

  • 4 x 150m hills (slow walk back recoveries).

Shin pain again, where I’ve never had it before, so I must take it a bit easy now.


  • 3 x 20min relaxing massage on calves

Thursday, Jan. 21st, 2001

OFF (shin recovery; issue right in the middle of the right shin, on the top)

Friday, Jan. 22nd, 2001

OFF again.

Saturday, Jan. 23th, 2011

  • 20min warm up

  • few drills and stretching

  • 11 x 100m hills (walk back recoveries)

  • 3 x 100stairs (all doubles)

note: all fine

Sunday, Jan. 24th, 2011

  • 25min warm up

  • 8 x 100 stairs (all doubles)

note: all fine

Monday, Jan. 24th, 2011

too many things to do and then when it was time to train I was starving, so I ate instead and didn’t train. :o

Tuesday, Jan. 25th, 2011

  • train trip to Athens (blahhhhh). Humangous headache afterwards.

  • 42min run

  • stretches and few drills

  • 3 x 8 deadlifts

  • abs

Wednesday, Jan. 26th, 2011.

  • 20min warm up jog

  • stretches

  • 3 x 20m A skipos

  • 3 x 20m B skips

  • 2 x 20m running A’s

  • 2 x 50m strides

  • 10 x 30m hills (slow walk back recoveries)

  • 11 x 100m hills (slow walk back recoveries)

Questions: deadlifts? Where? Such long hills? Where? Are you really in Greece these days? :stuck_out_tongue:

hahaha hi Nick :smiley:
Deadlifts: In Dejan’s house !!! :wink:

Long hills: at the little forest near the university town… it has some good dirt-hills).

S.U.S. (see you soon).

Thursday, Jan. 27th, 2011

  • 20min warm up

  • 16 x 150m tempo (walk 60m recoveries)
    (total 2400m)

  • General gym stuff
    deadlifts, chin ups, bisep curls, abs

I’m sick.

(achy body, fever, coughing, runny nose; in that sequence, but now everything happening at the same time).

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Honestly, I don’t remember. But I did something…
Deadlifts and general weights for sure, gym-wise.

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

too much walking, and off

Sunday, January 30st, 2011

too much eating, and off

Monday, January 31st, 2001

too much sickness,and off

Tusday, February 1st, 2011

too much sickness, still,a nd off


(indoors is apparently out of the question)

Wednesday, Feb. 2nd, 2011

Sick (with fever, and coughing)

Thursday, Feb. 3rd, 2011

Sick (first day with no fever, but coughing, hopefully tomorrow I will be much better).
I feel like I have to start ALL over again, training-wise, but whatever. I like doing what I do, so be it.

p.s. going to Milan on Tuesday. Probably staying there for a month. My life is so hectic :rolleyes:

There are two kinds of people: Firstly, there are those who listen to what you have to say and immediately look for a response regarding themselves and their own experience, thinking that such comment is a valid contribution to the world’s problems.
Then there are those who will listen attentively and respond with a wishful comment or constructive critique on what you just said, digging in the matter deeper, showing greater care.

So in essence, the world is divided between the talkers and the listeners. The bad talkers are almost never good listeners. The good listeners can be good talkers as well.

A wish so simple, and so pure: “go with good strength”.
It’s probably something that one would expect to hear before going to a battle field, but it doesn’t always have to be that way…

‘Good strength’, is the kind of wish that makes me smile. I am used to hearing “have a safe trip”, and “have a good return” and “until next time” , etc., but they all imply that I quickly skip through whatever I have to do during my time somewhere, and then safely come back to where my past belongs, to pick up smoothly with my life. But trips are not always restful and planned intervals of a smooth daily routine; sometimes they are unpredictable obligations, from which one strives to inhale all the wisdom one can get. “Good strength”, is the willful desire to use positive power towards all my moments that I will spend to my whatever destination, and I’m happy to have a fresh memory of such a wish inside my heart.

I’m still unsettled, inside… I feel like I’ve been blown by the wind these past few years, here and there… and as unsettling as this may feel, whenever the time comes that I will find myself settled someplace, I think that the realization will be so unbearable and primal, that I will eventually perform something dangerous to comfort myself :o Whatever ‘dangerous’ really means.

There’s a saying “do everyday something that really scares you”. So maybe ‘unsettlements’ are a constructive blessing to life’s experiences after all. Maybe it’s why I am even engaged today !

This is still a training journal… I am still recovering from my illness.

Hope you feel better.

What happened to indoors? From the looks of things your training looked fine… Were you mentally wiped out? You have had quite a year :slight_smile:

Hi nycjay!

The first indoor meeting was last Saturday, and that’s when I started getting sick… now I’m really not sure and surely not ready after this illness…
Nationals are February 19th (I think), but now from the looks of it, I will be in Milan during that time.

I’m thinking maybe it’s just best to go straight to outdoors? (I can barely inhale now…)

I am sure all the travel and different places haven’t helped. I expect once that is out of the way and you get married that will help.

Personally not so sure doing something that scares you every day is the view the best option, perhaps something that challenges you is better. :confused:

Sunday, Febr. 6th, 2011

  • 20min warm up

  • dynamic stretching

  • 8 x 150m strides (walk 40-50m recoveries)

Would this one be called an inquisitive sole