Today the Bundestag commemorated the 60th anniversary of the June 17th workers’ uprising in East Germany in 1953. President Gauck spoke, linking the uprising then with the struggles for freedom throughout the world today, but the ceremony has merited only a brief mention in the German media. Ten years ago I blogged about a documentary on the uprising which impresses me even today, particularly this photo.
Helden ohne Ruhm is a fascinating documentary of the 1953 uprising shown in ARD last night. It features interviews with demonstrators, VoPos, Soviet soldiers, and widows. It’s being rerun tonight (RBB) and tomorrow (SWR) if you missed it. The photo is from newly discovered footage from Leipzig. The girl holding the sign was imprisoned until 1962.
Since my last fitness post I’ve been progressing at making progress.
With a 5K run at the local Stadtlauf in June as a goal, I started running every other day following the run/walk program in The Beginning Runner’s Handbook. That program is actually for a 10K, so the 5K at the Stadtlauf should be a piece of cake (although it’s on asphalt and might be hot), right? The program calls for 3 runs a week, however I’m cheating a bit by sticking to every other day. As a result I’m already on Week 9.
I actually did the 5K at the Stadtlauf in 2010, but I didn’t train sufficiently or correctly and
nearly died was very sore the following week. My run yesterday was 55 minutes (with 3 1-minute walking breaks) and nearly 7K and I felt fine (slow pace with pulse in the 130s the entire time). The Stadtlauf should go just fine. And the 10K training won’t go to waste, I’m intending to keep it up for the Volkslauf in Jesteburg in September (through woods in fall weather).
On the days I don’t run I’ve been working out at the fitness center, so except for one day last week when I hurt my foot I’ve been doing fitness everyday for 8 weeks, since the week before Easter. And I have the results to show for it. I’ve lost a further 3 kg in the meantime, my weight is at 90.x (sounds like a radio station frequency), and my body fat is down too. My goals are 89.x by the end of June and 84.x by the end of September.
This was also a test of fargo.io for posting to WordPress. (Note: to separate paragraphs you seem to need blank line directly after each one.) I promise my next post will be about something more interesting than my improving fitness.