2009. október 30., péntek
Anyuka(moi) telefonál, ember telefonba elmondja, hogy az ortopédiára tényleg nem kell időpontot kérni, rendelés 9-től fél3-ig, de legyünk ott 9-re, mert 10felé már elfogy a sorszám általában. Majd kapcsolja a kardiológiát, kapunk időpontot, szuper.
(kis közjáték, gyerek betegeskés állapota miatt új időpontot kértünk, ekkor anyuka mégegyszer rákerdez, és megtudja, hogy azon a napon is van ortopédia, sorszám hamar fogy, 9 körül legyünk ott)
Ma felkerekedtünk, azon feltett szándékkal, hogy mindhárom ügyet elintézzük. A földszinti bejelentkezésnél a hölgyike - ortopédia beutalónk láttán - ártatlan bociszemekkel rámtekintve kérdi:
- Anyuka, megpróbálnak várni?
- Miazhogymegpróbálunk??? -kérdem én finoman sziszegve.
- Az összes sorszám elfogyott.
- Könyörgök, kilenc óra öt perc van!Már?!
- Persze, anyuka. (neanyukázzamindenségit) Reggel héttől van sorszám, ha sokan jönnek egy óra alatt elfogy....
A dialógus folytatását hagyjuk is.
De a kardiológiát elintéztük hamar és a kölöknek kutya baja.
- Anya, lehet olyan oltást kapni hogy egy lány ne szülhessen gyereket?
Picit ledöbbentem, de persze válaszoltam neki és megkérdeztem, hogy miért is érdekli őt a téma.
Ő: - Mert én soha nem akarok szülni.
Én: -Miért? Hallottál róla valamit?
Ő: - Igen, az oviban azt mondták, hogy a szülés nagyon rossz és nagyon fáj.
Így rögtön eldőlt az esti mese témája, és a korához képest eddig is viszonylag felvilágosult gyermekem szinte szakértő lett a témában, annyit kérdezett. És úgy tűnik, már nem tartja olyan rémesnek az egészet.
(arra viszont kíváncsi lennék, hogy miért is kell erről csevegniük az oviban, főleg ilyen színezettel.....)
2009. október 26., hétfő
Ha olvasod ezt a bejegyzést, még ha nem is ismersz vagy csak ritkán beszélünk is, kérlek hagyj egy hozzászólást és írj le egy kitalált emléket amit kettőnkről őrzöl. Lehet bármi, csak nélkülözzön minden valóságalapot és kettőnkről szóljon.
Ha megvan, tedd ki te is a blogodra ezt a kis szöveget és lássuk, nekünk milyen szép emlékeink vannak Rólad!
Here we go:
If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don't speak often or ever) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.
It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.
When you're finished, post this little paragraph in your LJ and see what your friends come up with.
no sense in a world of space ships and supercomputers to run vast distances
on foot. There is no money in it and no fame, frequently not even the
approval of peers. But as poets, apostles and philosophers have insisted
from the dawn of time, there is more to life than logic and common sense.
The ultra runners know this instinctively. And they know something else that
is lost on the sedentary. They understand, perhaps better than anyone, that
the doors to the spirit will swing open with physical effort. In running
such long and taxing distances they answer a call from the deepest realms of
their being -- a call that asks who they are ..."
- David Blaikie
1. What time did you get up this morning?
6 am. To the sound of my mobile's awful alarm.
2. Diamonds or pearls?
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
dunno. It's been so long since...
4. What is your favourite TV show?
5. What did you have for breakfast?
Sausages with ketchup and mustard, white bread, coffee latte
6. What is your middle name?
no middle name
7. What is your favourite cuisine?
8. What foods do you dislike?
dunno. If I'm hungry enough, I'll eat what I get. Otherwise, I like almost everything that's not hopelessly screwed up.
9. What is your favourite crisp flavour?
Sour cream&onion, chili&lime, plain&simple salty That said, I have crisps about once a month or even less often.
10. What is your favourite CD at the moment?
The new Mika album
11. What kind of vehicle do you drive?
an Opel Astra or a pretty old so-called "socialist" Lada. And my bike
12. Favourite sandwich?
Two slices of brown sandwich bread, at least two types of cheese, ham, tomato, lettuce, basil --> baked
13. What characteristics do you despise?
willful stupidity, hipocrisy,
14. Favourite item of clothing?
uhm...no idea, maybe T-shirt
15. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?
I'd travel round the globe and start with visiting friends everywhere.
16. What colour is your bathroom?
I have two! :p The one with the tub is brownish, the sorta "utility" bathroom is grayish
17. What colour pants are you wearing?
18. Where would you retire to?
buy a caravan and travel
19. Favourite time of the day?
20. What was your most memorable birthday?
honestly, I only remember the 4th, 18th and the last one....none of them is THAT memorable, though.
21. Where were you born?
In a hospital in the 13th district of Budapest, capital of Hungary
22. What's the last thing you ate?
23. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
green, maybe...or rather gray
24. Favourite flower?
Gladiolus and orchids
25. What fabric detergent do you use?
a liquid one
26. Coke or Pepsi?
Coke in moderation
27. Do you wish on stars?
28. What is your shoe size?
38 ...uhm, that makes 6 I guess
29. Do you have any pets?
30. Last person you talked to on the phone?
31. What did you want to be when you were little?
A surgeon/forensics expert, soldier, police officer or firefighter.....sad, I'm none of those now
32. What are you meant to be doing now?
33. What do you first notice about someone?
just a general picture....and eyes!
two stepbrothers or half-brothers? we share the same dad
5. What was your favourite toy as a child?
a teddy and Legos
36. Summer or winter?
37. Hugs or Kisses?
38. Chocolate or vanilla?
39. Who is most likely to respond?
40. Who is least likely to respond?
people who miss this post
41. Who do you live with?
hubby, daughter, son, friend + 6dogs, two sheep, a turtle, a goat, a zillion of bees
42. When was the last time you cried?
43. What is under your bed?
Dust ;-) Nothing; my boxspring sits right on the floor.
44. How many countries have you visited?
45. In how many cities have you lived?
46. Favourite movie of all time?
47. Mountains or beach?
49. Full names of your potential kids?
I wanted a Judit and a Dávid, now I have a Judit and a Sándor :) So I want another son and call him Dávid or Dániel.
50. Usual bedtime?
anywhere from 10 pm to 3am
2009. október 25., vasárnap
Az elsővel csak annyi a gond, hogy morci leszek amikor beterveztem a futást és valaki vagy valami keresztülhúzza a terveimet. Mint például most hétvégén is. Úgy volt, hogy a srácokat a szüleim elviszik magukkal egész hétvégére, rokonokhoz és kirándulni, de persze semmi sem mehet simán...Csütörtökön vittem át őket anyuékhoz és este már telefonáltak is, hogy belázasodott a fiam, majd másnap meglátják, mi legyen. Így búcsút is mondtam a pénteki terveknek.
(Pénteki terv amúgy háromféle is volt: a BéBu-befutó félmaraton vagy Szomor túra vagy egy jó hosszú futás itthon a környéken.)
Természetesen reggelre mindkét gyerek lázas volt, így nagypapa haza is szállította őket. És természetesen nem lett belőle semmi komoly nyavalya, a véremet szívták egész hétvégén. De ugyebár Murphy alapján tuti, hogy ha elmentek volna, akkor anyuék a világvégén kutathattak volna gyerekorvosi ügyeletet.....
A tejeskávé szerelem. Egyszercsak jött, belémcsapott mint a villám és azóta nem enged. Gigantikus, finom formájú bögrében, rengeteg friss, zsíros házitej, barnacukor vagy méz és frissen főtt feketekávé. Néhanapján egy pici fahéjdarabkával, vaníliával vagy csokival megbolondítva. A baj csupán az, hogy napi három ilyenben akad koffein elég, sőt sok is, ami azért is problémás, mert a szervezetem bizonyára nem ugrál ennyi anyagért és még csak nem is hat rám élénkítőleg. Másrészt a hozzáadott házitej és édesítés okán többszáz kalóriássá válik egy-egy adag. Kéne vegyek koffeinmentes kávét...legalább
Ami az netjunkie-ságomat illeti, talán itt az ideje megcsillogtatnom a valahol mélyen talán létező önfegyelmet. Ami nehéz lesz, mert hamarosan hazajön a laptopom is, háromféle oprendszerrel és hasznos holmikkal feltunningolva, a kis cuki kamerájával, wifi-vel és egyáltalán...*sóhaj*
2009. október 22., csütörtök
So, once a runner has mastered the proper cadence of 180 individual steps or 90 pairs of steps a minute, and has very good form, what else can be done (aside from more training) to improve? Now the runner is ready to go back to what he/she avoided earlier, which is stride length.
Since stride rate generally should stay the same through a wide range of running speeds, at that point the only way to speed up is to increase stride length, which must be done without violating the rules of proper form, which dictate that everything happens behind the runner, and that overstriding is inefficient. When you see an elite Kenyan gracefully running sub-5 minute miles, he appears to be almost jogging. This is because his stride length is tremendous compared to an average runner, yet he does this while keeping the same form as if he were running much slower. He will not overstride, as he knows this is futile. Again, remember, everything happens behind the runner. All the power is not in lunging forward, but in pushing, or toeing off. As an efficient runner speeds up, his push off becomes more powerful, and another thing happens - the degree of knee bend when the leg is behind him increases, in many cases, dramatically. The secret here is similar to the degree of arm bend, and the weightlifting analogy that went with it. The lower leg is a weighted lever, and a runner lifts this lever thousands of times in a run. The higher the degree of bend after the push off when the leg is behind the runner, the less that the weight of the lower leg is stressing him over time. The higher bend also assists in continuing the explosive power of the push off.
(This article is reproduced here with the permission of the author, David H.)
As I stated earlier, there is nothing in front of you that is going to help you go faster. This is especially true with the legs. Many runners overstride, and it's almost always caused by heel striking. Your feet should be landing directly under your centre of gravity. This is your hips. In fact, if you aren't looking directly down, you should not be able to see your feet at all. The degree of knee lift is proportional to two things - how fast you are going, and degree of incline. If you are not running up a hill, and you are moving along at a comfortable pace, there should not be much knee lift at all. Lifting the knee is lifting a weight. Don't do it any more than is needed.
A difficult part of the leg movement cycle to master is when the foot should be hitting the ground in relation to where it is in it's cycle of motion. As I mentioned, many runners will overstride, making hard contact before the weight of the body can catch up, and this results in a perpetual braking action. You do not want to be landing on your heels. The heels should make contact with the ground, but only a split second after the forefoot. The forefoot (or ball of foot) should take the weight of your initial strike. If you overstride and heel strike, the strike of the foot itself momentarily stops forward motion, which the runner must fight through over and over again! No one wants this. Also, heel strikers are landing ahead of their center of gravity.
Although it's hard to master, try to already have the foot motion just barely (but already) on it's way back just before it strikes. Don't strike at the end of your forward motion, then move back. I would argue that this one thing is perhaps the single biggest difference between an average runner and a good one. This is very subtle, but an extreme way of looking at it is imagining you are log-rolling. If you were trying to keep your balance while running in place on a log that is rolling in the water, you would certainly follow this principle! Another principle you would follow while trying not to fall in the water is a short stride rate, since there's a small area under you in which it is possible to place the foot. Remarkably, the log-rolling analogy applies here as well, since the place where the log would be is exactly under your centre of gravity.
I will expand upon this, as it's very important: Think of riding a bike - your foot is already on the way backwards when it is at the bottom of it's cycle, which is the same moment as the footstrike in running. Work on this all the time, and you will get much faster, and reduce impact dramatically.
Why should you care about running form? Well, aside from reducing the potential to injure yourself, running is a series of thousands of steps, and with each step you take you expend a corresponding amount of energy. Over those thousands of steps you can overtake and run faster than a runner of equal ability, with less effort, if you pay more attention to form. This is also known as running economy. It's easy to work on, and is very rewarding to master. You will look and feel like an experienced runner, and in essence will become one much more quickly. You will also enjoy running a great deal more. We've all seen the average weightlifting-type that gets on the treadmill at the gym and pounds away at too fast a speed for five or ten minutes, making an awful racket, then gets off, huffing and puffing as he believes he has finished his "cardio" for the day. This picture I am describing is not intended to make fun of someone who is rightfully just trying to do what seems best. Many good runners don't have a clue of how to follow a proper weightlifting regime.
Running "form", or style, is in many ways a highly individual thing. There are certain components of running form that cannot necessarily be called "wrong", and are based more on opinion, and perhaps personal experience as well. A good example of the grey area of running form in which many esteemed coaches and runners alike differ in opinion is the positioning of the runner's arms - more specifically, the degree of arm bend and therefore, the height at which the hands end up. I am in the camp that believes in a higher, more compact arm position, particularly for long distance runners. Athletes that specialize in middle-distance events tend to use their arms more, and have them in a lower position - think of a sprinter, and you'll understand this difference. However, for most runners who will read this - those who enter 5km races and up to the marathon - my experience tells me that it seems to take a little less energy (and is maybe slightly more aerodynamic) to hold the arms at an angle that is a little tighter than 90 degrees at the top of the arm swing, with the hands near the chest, rather than a lower hand position that finds them along the sides of your shorts. I also believe that it takes a little less energy to hold the weight of the arms when they are higher up. Hold a weighted bar horizontally, then slowly bring it up towards a more vertical position. Notice that there's less energy needed to hold the bar as you get closer and closer to vertical. In fact, if the arms weren't instrumental with balance and driving back to help maintain forward momentum, we would all have them completely bent to vertical and stuck to the front of our shoulders. The degree in which the arms are bent should be at their tightest when the hand is at it's highest point, just before the arm drives back. As the arm moves back and the front of the arm lowers, the angle should relax a little, but no greater than 90 degrees.
A helpful way of looking at proper hand and arm position is to imagine that there are little elastic bands attached to your thumbs, with the other end attached to your corresponding nipple. Your hands should not move towards or away (on the horizontal plane) from the nipple it is "connected to" much more than a couple inches. Runners should certainly have a "driving backwards" motion with their arms, but it needs to be smooth, not wasteful. This is important - many runners have a "pulling" motion, in which they lunge each arm forward, and then back, as if they are grabbing some imaginary object that is helping propel them forward. This incorrect motion is often echoed in the legs - more on that later.
Once you have your hands and arms in the correct position, remember that there is only a driving back motion - the arm starts at the neutral point and then goes backwards, fairly sharply if the runner is moving quickly. There is no real forward segment - only a return to the start position. Think of it as driving the arm back, and then a return to neutral. As you perform the drive back, each elbow should move upwards as it moves back, not outwards (to the left and right). Remember, we are trying to be as aerodynamic as possible, and if your elbows are splayed out, this creates more wind resistance, not to mention forcing the shoulders to unnaturally move inward towards the neck over and over again, as well as likely forcing each hand to cross over to the other side of your chest - another common error in running form. The arm swing is a smooth swivelling motion. Remember the rubber bands? If you are moving your arms correctly, there should be very little horizontal, or forward difference in the length between your nipple and thumb throughout the entire arm swing. If you move your arms too far forward, this length increases dramatically. If you splay the elbows out on the drive back, your thumbs will gravitate towards your outer rib cage. Visualize a smooth, parallel swivel that starts with your hands right in front of your chest, and not going forwards much at all, but simply swivelling your elbows backwards and up in a parallel motion, then returning to the start, remembering once again to not lunge forward. Don't push your chest out while doing this. All breathing in running comes from the belly area, or diaphragm, like a trained singer. If you are female and have taken Lamaze breathing classes in preparation for giving birth, think back to what you were taught in these classes, as proper breathing techniques while running are similar. The upper chest should not visibly be seen to expand! It all happens below this area. Breathing from the chest only allows more waste air to remain in the lungs, as they don't discharge this used air properly. Practice proper "belly" breathing, and you will run faster with less effort, since you will be getting more fuel (oxygen) in with each breath taken.
Your hands will, and should, move up and down, or vertically, as the arm swing occurs. At the top of the arm swing, the hand should be no higher than the shoulder. At the moment in which the elbow is behind the runner at it's highest point, the corresponding hand should be no lower than the bottom of the rib cage. This entire range of vertical hand motion is not much, and should not be exaggerated. Remember to relax the hands, keeping them in a very loose shape that is halfway to becoming a fist. Your thumbs should be relaxed, but pointing up. This helps maintain the correct parallel nature of the arm swing. The hands should be loose and flopping up and down a little with the momentum of the arm swing. Relax your shoulders, and periodically drop your arms to shake out any tension that has built up. This shake-out is best done on downhill sections in a race, if possible, but can be done at any time. Remember, it is almost impossible for the arms to hold tension if the shoulders are relaxed. Arm tension starts in the shoulders, and works it's way down. It is very wasteful on total energy output.
Once you have it all down, you'll feel efficient, and won't be wasting energy with unnecessary hand / arm motions in front of you, as so many runners do. Remember, everything that involves moving yourself forward in running starts at the spot directly under your centre of gravity, and behind you. There is nothing in front of your body that will help you go faster, or in fact move forward at all. This is very important.
My parents are going on a weekend trip to visit relatives and do an early "Halloween" cemetery visit, topped with a day in the thermal bath of Komárom and they are taking my kids. Yay! I dropped the kiddos at my parents' place this afternoon and promptly started planning my 'lonely Mum Friday' , only to get a phone call somewhat later that my son has a slight fever, sore throat and a cough. Not. Cool. Dad says he will call tomorrow morning and then we'll see whether son is staying or going. Bummer...Now that I finally made up my mind about tomorrow's half marathon.....argh
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2009. október 21., szerda
Now that Vancouver has won the chance to host the 2010 Winter Olympics, these are some questions people from all over the world are asking.
Believe it or not these questions about Canada were posted on an International Tourism Website.
Obviously the answers are a joke; but the questions were really asked!
Q: I have never seen it warm on Canadian TV, so how do the plants grow? ( England )
A. We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around and watch them die.
Q: Will I be able to see Polar Bears in the street? ( USA )
A: Depends on how much you've been drinking.
Q: I want to walk from Vancouver to Toronto - can I follow the Railroad tracks? ( Sweden )
A: Sure, it's only Four thousand miles, take lots of water.
Q: Is it safe to run around in the bushes in Canada ? ( Sweden )
A: So it's true what they say about Swedes.
Q: Are there any ATM's (cash machines) in Canada ? Can you send me a list of them in Toronto , Vancouver , Edmonton and Halifax ? ( England )
A: No, but you'd better bring a few extra furs for trading purposes.
Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Canada ? ( USA )
A: A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe Ca-na-da is that big country to your North...oh forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Calgary Come naked.
Q: Which direction is North in Canada ? ( USA )
A: Face south and then turn 180 degrees . Contact us when you get here and we'll send the rest of the directions.
Q: Can I bring cutlery into Canada ? ( England )
A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do.
Q: Can you send me the Vienna Boys' Choir schedule? ( USA )
A: Aus-t ri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which is...oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Vancouver and in Calgary, straight after the hippo races. Come naked.
Q: Do you have perfume in Canada ? ( Germany )
A: No, WE don't stink.
Q: I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth. Where can I sell it in Canada ? ( USA )
A: Anywhere significant numbers of Americans gather.
Q: Can you tell me the regions in British Columbia where the female population is smaller than the male population? ( Italy )
A: Yes, gay nightclubs.
Q: Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada ? ( USA )
A: Only at Thanksgiving.
Q: Are there supermarkets in Toronto and is milk available all year round? ( Germany )
A: No, we are a peaceful civilization of Vegan hunter/gathers. Milk is illegal.
Q: I have a question about a famous animal in Canada , but I forget its name. It's a kind of big horse with horns. ( USA )
A: It's called a Moose. They are tall and very violent, eating the brains of anyone walking close to them. You can scare them off by spraying yourself with human urine before you go out walking.
Q: Will I be able to speak English most places I go? ( USA )
A: Yes, but you will have to learn it first.
Please send this on to any Canadian (or others) who you think will enjoy it as much as I did.
2009. október 17., szombat
Anya, ez a szabadság?
2009. október 12., hétfő
2009. október 11., vasárnap
Daughter had a blast! They ran 250meters and she came in within the first half of the pack! I'm so proud of her :)
Every (kid)finisher received a bar of chocolate, a small can of juice, a balloon and an ice-cream!
I hope to get hold of pics of my hubby doing the beer race soon! (approx 500meter laps, drink a glass of beer after each lap, repeat for 12minutes) He can't even remember how many laps they did LOL but they had fun !
Most már büszkén vonulnak együtt reggelente és haza délután. Úgy tűnik, minden gond nélkül beilleszkedett és szereti is az ovit. Kérdeztem, kivel szeret ott játszani. A Baabi é a Biki! Vagyis a Barbival és a Vikivel. Csak és kizárólag. A fiúk le vannak tojva :-D
2009. október 9., péntek
Nagy valószínűséggel kétnyelvű lesz a blog(egyszer talán 3? 4?), de kérlek, kedves olvasó, ne kérj arra hogy fordítsam le a bejegyzéseket. Ha valamit csak az egyik nyelven írtam, arra bizonyára van valami okom és amúgy is utálom magamat fordítani.
I've been blogging for some time already, but my old blog has died recently so I decided to start a brand new one. This is it. Welcome to my world and I hope you'll stay around! I'm planning to make this blog bilingual (English and Hungarian for the time being), but please note the posts are written in the choosen language for a reason and I'm not going to translate myself, so please don't ask me to.