Today it was very cloudy in Belgrade, I ran my usual distance with slow and steady pace. While I was running I saw a big light dot far in the horizon, but soon realized it was not an UFO, just an ordinary plane :) Soon it started to rain, but somehow I managed to hide from the periods when it was pouring down like from the cable, as we in Serbia use to describe heavy rain.
♪ Run and Smile ♪
-And so you just ran?- -Yeah!- Forrest Gump (the movie)
Friday, June 30, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Ran to supermarket again. I found some chess interface on internet, so I am playing these days with people there, and watching the games of those who are much better players than myself. They say on TV it will be lightnings this evening and night too in Belgrade, we shall see. Air is very warm.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
This evening I waited the twilight to replace the sunlight, in order to go out to run. Usually I ran alone, but today I found one path where lots of people are running. It is inspiring to run together with others, and I noticed that I ran faster than usual. I ran 10 laps with that tempo, I reckon it is somewhere in between 2.5 and 3 kilometers. In the future when I run there, I will do the same distance for some time, and then slowly increase it.
Ghana is most wonderful surprise from World Cup for me. Their coach Ratomir Dujković used to be goal keeper in FC Red Star from Belgrade, once upon a time (I guess he is now like a national hero there in Ghana). Congratulations for their excellent play having in mind that this is the first time they take part in World Cup competition, and they managed to go to the second round.
Today is Vidovdan (St. Vitus Day), very important day from the history both for Kosovo battle in 1389 and the beginning and ending of WWI which happened on this day.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
This evening I was running to supermarket to resupply myself with 7up (I drank the last 2.5 litres, so I needed new bottle). I ran with faster pace, and it was good, I was not tired although I ran significantly faster that distance than before.
Monday, June 26, 2006
I continued to explore the new path in park. Again I am running in the evening. I met my neighbour there, she is older woman, and she told me that she is walking there in park every evening in last month, so she says it reduced her cholesterol a lot. Yesterday Portugal played against Holland, I did not watch the game, but I heard that there were 4 red cards, and 16 yellow ones. I do not remember anything such even in ordinary leagues not to speak of World Cup.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Today is my day for longer run, but I was not inspired and encountered many obstacles so although I ran longer than usual, I had to stop for few times to breathe and walk few steps. Good thing is that I found a new path in the park, and it is nice to run there in the evening.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Well, I had nice rhythm in running today, so my breathing was better than usual, and I was less tired than usual. Tomorrow I will try to run longer distance, as I am doing it once a week, so we'll see.
Friday, June 23, 2006
Today I woke up in 4 am because it was big storm outside, with thunders and lightnings (very, very frightening as in song) Well I can't remember anything of such magnitude in Belgrade taking place, so I wanted to take few pictures of lightnings, but I couldn't see most of the lightnings, just whole sky was in light. A saw few ones though, they were mostly horizontal. In less than one month there will be 150 years from birth of Nikola Tesla. He enjoyed to stand by the window and watch lightnings, while he was a kid - and when he grew up, he offered very precious gift to whole humanity - alternating current (among other valuable patents).
Oh, yes, Nikola Tesla was a Serb, and yes, it does not matter that Serbia&Montenegro is coming home from World Cup 2006, we are still current World Champions in Water Polo and Basketball. To be at the same time world champ in soccer would be much to much, wouldn't it :)
And, today running was good. Due to warm air streets turned dry soon after rain, so it was joy to run.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Today I ran in the evening, about 7pm, I felt a few times fragrance of the pines, and that was so beautiful (I do not feel it when I run there in the morning). It seems I inspired one my neighbours to run - he told me he saw me running few days ago from the window, and I saw him running from my balcony yesterday. It would be very nice if more people start to run - it is always positive energy - and it is always inspiration for others. Like in Forrest Gump movie.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Fresh and sunny morning again. Weather is oscillating very much, night was cold, and few days ago it was very hot. Today's running was very well, steady pace and a bit longer distance. Yesterday's game between Sweden and England was perhaps the most beautiful match that I saw so far on the World Cup, they played 2:2, and first swedish goal was 2000th in the history of World Cup. According to astronomical society "Ruđer Bošković" in Belgrade, summer will arrive today exactly at 14 hours 25 minutes and 48 seconds.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Fresh sunny morning today. I run early in order to avoid heat. I had slight uneasiness in right foot, yet it disappeared later during the run. Sting had concert yesterday in Novi Sad, first time in Serbia. I wasn't there but as I read from the papers, it was great.
Monday, June 19, 2006
Last night was unusually hot - temperature in Belgrade seems to like jumping all over, so it was difficult to sleep. I ran early in the morning, this time to the supermarket to buy something to eat, but since it was very early it was closed.
On World Cup surprises are following one another, Croatia played 0:0 with Japan, the same Croatia that beat Argentina 3:2 in the preparations, and played so well against Brasil. USA and Italy played 1:1, and perhaps the greatest surprise is that Ghana won Czechs 2:0. So, it seems that there are no favourites as time goes by - and that is good thing. Each team should have faith in its own ability, and pay no attention to "greatness corona" of some other team.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Very sunny and summer day today, and I was running in the afternoon, so it was just hot - but I managed to find path under the shadows of the trees. My good friend said to me that running downhill serves no purpose, but my opinion is that at the moment I just want to discipline myself to run daily. Yet, I ran also one horizontal part, and so prolonged my usual running path.
Now I am going to watch Japan playing football against Croatia, it should be good match I hope.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Sunny sunday in Belgrade. I decided earlier that I will run longer distance than usual once a week, and so I did it today. I ran about 3 times longer distance than usual, I ended up running in the park - it is beautiful there, so I will run there more often from now on.
Yesterday Argentina scored 6 goals against us. Uh huh... But anyways, congratulations Argentina on beautiful play. The true aim of football is to evolve into art, and some of their goals were art really.
Friday, June 16, 2006
They found hawk nest on 20th floor in one Belgrade building, which is very unusual - they are not pigeons or sparrows. There are 5 little hawks in it, and they are very cute - I saw them on news.
I had my hair done yesterday, it is very short now - so I look like a jailbird. Today's running was okay, temperature is high in Belgrade, and according to forecasts the summertime is coming.
Today is exactly one month of my everyday running and posting. Way to go me :)
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Sunny morning today - I had an excellent run, today I was inspired. Yesterday Germany scored goal in 91st minute, which brought them 3 points, and Tunisia scored goal in 90th minute which brought them 1 point. Is there any point in this? Of course, NEVER GIVE UP!!!
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
This morning I took again piece of chocolate before the run, and it proved to be sweet decision. As in life, in running also there are ups and downs. This time I felt great resistance while I was running, although I ran a good distance. I just need to patiently overcome these obstacles.
Yesterday's match was beautiful. Some brasilian players are nearing football to art and virtuosity. But congratulations to croatian team, it sure was not easy task to play against the world champion, and their self-confidence was very inspiring. Brasil won 1:0, but it could have been easily otherwise. Statistics say that ball possession of croatian team was 48% (50% in the first half) which I think is surprisingly high, given the fact who were they playing against.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Sunny day today, but when I went to run it just started raining out of the blue. Summer rains are such - they arrive promptly, when least expected. Today I ran less distance than usual. This evening defenders of the title Brasil are playing against Croatia. Last time when they played match it was 1:1, I heard so, and I believe it will be very good game tonight.
Monday, June 12, 2006
Sunny morning, I was running downhill again - one dog was not happy about it, regarding his barking out loud, but luckily he was on the other side of fence. I guess he was hungry, and that is always problem when you encounter dogs in the street early in the morning. This time I was making bigger steps while running, well, I want to explore my own rhythm. Also it occured to me that it would be good that once a week I try to run longer distance than usual everyday, just to see how it works.
Holland won 1:0, but that goal was our gift to them, very unfortunate mistake of defense. From my angle of view, Argentina played better against Ivory Coast, than Holland against us...I know it is all relative to compare like that, but now we really need victory against Argentina, and that will be most difficult challenge. However, congratulations Holland!
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Cloudy today and nice, but very humid weather again. Running was good I feel there is a progress in breathing, so now I can run longer if I want to. But I just want to make gradual progress, and in this moment I am not interested in running for time, just for distance.
Today we play with Holland. I know they are better, but also Poland was better than Ecuador, but lost the game. Ball is round, so everything can happen. In any case, joy of participating is a higher thing than victory, so I wish to see that our players give one good game.
Saturday, June 10, 2006
First off, I ran yesterday again in the evening - I needed to buy extra bread in supermarket, and used that chance for running. I did not stop until I entered in, so it is progress comparing to before. Today is sunny morning, I wore lighter running clothes, and running was okay except that I had lighter strain in calves because of uphill part of running path.
Yesterday I found old UNICEF postcard box with some papers in it, and when I opened it - I realised that those are papers from 1992. year - I had ambition to wrote a novel back then. Well, I still wish to write a novel, so we shall see. No need to give up on that.
Results from World Cup yesterday:
Germany - Costa Rica 4:2
Poland - Ecuador 0:2
Friday, June 09, 2006
Cloudy today, nice for running. It seems as if my running depends of the time of day - and today I was a bit lazy, ran slower than usual. While I was running I passed by two dogs, but they were very kind not to chase me all over the neighbourhood.
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Today when I turned computer on, I could see flash in the back side of my monitor - and it was not working. Well, I think it has to do with 100% humidity that is in Belgrade these days, with dust in monitor which perhaps made short circuit somewhere. This is happening 4th time, so I opened it and changed and soldered that 3.15 A fuse. And now it works fine, but this does not mean I recommend to anyone to do this - it is better to call service for repairs like this.
I did my usual running in afternoon this time, because in afternoon streets were dry, and however I like it more than to run in rain. Tomorrow World Cup in football starts. Very interesting month is ahead of us.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
This morning about 4 am heavy rain again woke me up, and then I enjoyed moments of morning silence, reading aphorisms and poems, and it was really nice. I had some business to do today in the downtown, so I visited British Council too, to check out new magazines. Today afternoon, I ran in the rain, without umbrella, it was nice to feel raindrops - since at the time it was heavy rain no more. And run was good and refreshing. When I was small kid, they told me never to run when there is thunderstorm outside, because of lightnings. And I do not know if there is scientific reason for this, but I just obeyed. So I do not run when there are thuders and lightnings outside, and today they were not there too.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Nice sunny weather today. But it seems I have caught cold, and have slightly higher temperature than normal - so I need to rest. Therefore I ran about 200 m or so just in order to keep continuity in my mind.
I remembered old story. There was a man who had ability to ride on the wind. But someone told him - do not think it is something special, you are still depending on wind, so it means you are not free. So it is in running also, aim is to run everyday regardless of weather conditions - whether it is sunny, or snowing, or raining outside. Running itself is joy, so why should we depend on weather - we have umbrellas if need be.
Monday, June 05, 2006
Sunny day today, not too hot, about 15 C, so it was ideal for running, and I really had good run today. Again downhill and along linden street, just perfect.
Netherlands became European champion in soccer under 21 years yesterday, so congratulations.
Let us not forget that today is June 5th - International Enviroment Day! We can all do something, at least change our attitude and thoughts towards our blue planet, the only planet that we have.
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Not raining, but still wet ground and cold weather. I ran half of usual distance. Today is birthday of my dear friend, and famous tennis player...so I am going to write few nice words on a book that I bought him for present.
Saturday, June 03, 2006
It was raining again during the morning, so I postponed running for the afternoon - taking the line of less resitance. I remember that I used to see years ago how people run every day on snow, I was never regular in such way - but it is quite inspiring, and I bet those were people who made good result on marathons - since keys to good running are hidden in regularity, or so it seems.
Yesterday I was strolling trough the art galleries of Belgrade for hours, it is sport that I like most. And, actually I was lucky this time - managed to found a really nice painting of Skadarlija (famous bohemian quarters in Belgrade), it is oil on canvas 13.5x19cm small size, not expensive at all, but with lots of heart in it - picturing this famous street during snowy winter evening, with snowflakes and people, a restaurant and lit lanterns (I see hidden gallery too). Belgrade is very beautiful city - and there is no need to mention how happy I am now to put such painting on the wall in front of my room. Makes great welcome.
Friday, June 02, 2006
Early this morning (about 4 am) heavy rain woke me up - it was streaming "as if from cable" as we would say it here. But later on it was not raining so heavily, so I went out to run - just wore old running shoes this time, and I was running half of usual distance.
Serbia&Montenegro lost to Ukraine (under 21) in penalty kicks, and during main time and extras, result was 0:0 Well congratulations for Ukraine, and as for us - it is big success that we are among 4 best soccer teams under 21 years in Europe.
The other semifinal match was between Holland and France, and although Holland won, I liked the second french goal the most, it was very beautiful. And my opinion is that Holland will be European champion u-21, but we will see.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Sunny day, and not too hot, so very nice for running. Today again I ran in the linden trees street, everything is more green and beautiful down there. We are playing today against Ukraine in European championship (under 21 years) in semifinals. We shall see, but indeed it would be nice if we pass into finals.