last weekend I run my second 5k EVER! as usually the race was in phoenix park, which I lluuuuuuv. the weather though was nasty: cold and windy...

the race went very well. I did a good time and what I think it's a pb....like last year I wasn't able to see the start line and I might have started my watch a bit earlier or later...who knows. But, considered my lack of training, I was pleased to do a race at an increasing pace with the average of 9:00 minute per mile. Final time 28:00. I was paced by a friend who pushed me really hard...by the end of it I was really dying and my face in this pic shows that, doesn't it??

guinea pig

I am being "hired" as a guinea pig for a study that people at my university are carrying out about the effect of electrostimulation on legs muscles. I was subjected to tests with machines that are only used for olimpyc athlets and could be very expensive.

I did a VO2 max test and with it I will be given my lactate threshold. I don't know the results as yet. I have also received a scan to measure my body fat percentage. Not very good news on that front. 31% was the result and my BMI is 24%. these are normal ranges but I found out that I have put weight on lately and I am not happy about it.

In 4 weeks they'll run the same tests again and then the real procedure starts: for 6 weeks, 3 day a week (1 hour each time) my legs muscles will be stimulated with electro...thing (can't remember the name) and then they'll see how strong they've become and the tests will be done for the final time. I am very curious to see how it goes.

future plans

tomorrow morning I am off to the states (L.A and San Francisco). I am going for a conference/job interview/holiday and to be honest right now I feel more nervous than excited!
If the job interview goes well, somehow, deep inside, the idea of moving to the states scares me a bit. if the job interview goes wrong, though, next academic year I will be unemployed, and that idea scares me too. I should just concentrate on the fact that I will see two amazing places (LA and san francisco) that I have never seen before and I should think about what comes when it comes. dunno....

anyway, I hope your holidays go well.

I might be able to blog from there, otherwise I'll "see" you in 2009 :-))



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