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A Chilly Sunday

To be honest, today’s run was not good. Not at all! I’m really not happy with it. I’m starting to wonder if I will ever get faster. Am I making any progress? I don’t know, but I’ll be patient and keep going. That’s all I can do at the moment.

The Stats:

  • Distance: 2.6 miles (4.2 km)
  • Time: 34:18 minutes
  • Average pace: 13:10 min/mile
  • Feeling: Grumpy

I just hope that the next run will be better.

See you!

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Hello Snow!

Remember my last post about facing my fears? Well, yesterday was another great opportunity to conquer one of them. We had the first snow this season! It’s not that much really, but the roofs and streets are clearly white. Nice! But also cold, around 30°F, maybe even less. Yikes!

Yesterday my co-worker Alex and I went on our usual Friday Lunch Break Run.

The Stats:

  • Distance: 3.125 miles (5 km)
  • Time: 38:30 minutes
  • Average pace: 12:20 min/mile
  • Feeling: Muddy

Once again we went to our favorite trail along the riverside. I didn’t notice that my calfs were covered in mud until we returned. ;-)

During the first 5 minutes I was really cold, but then my body started to warm up. The warmth didn’t reach my legs, though, they stayed cold throughout the entire run. Bummer! Need to get some warmer pants. Or maybe just wear some roomy fleece pants on top? I’ll give it a try.

As it was so cold and muddy – didn’t want to slip and fall and hurt myself! – I decided to take it slow. But when I calculated my average pace afterwards, I found out that I wasn’t that slow at all! Great!

Today will be a rest day. Our plans are: going to a local Christmas market, having some mulled wine, and enjoying a beautiful sunny winter day.

Have a nice weekend!

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Face Your Fears!

There are quite a few things I fear when it comes to running: cold weather, wind, rain, snow, darkness …

I’m determined to conquer them all, one by one!

When I came home from work today, it was already dark, around 35° F, with a light drizzle. And I got out of the house for a run! It was very short, but today’s run was not about distance or time, it was about facing my fears. And I did it!

The Stats:

  • Distance: 1.9 miles
  • Time: 24:30 minutes
  • Average pace: 12:45 min/mile
  • Feeling: Freezing

 

So, what have I learned today?

  • Running in cold weather is not as bad as I thought.
  • No run or workout is too short.

See you!

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Sunday Dash

Seriously, it is so hard to get off of my beloved couch and out of the door, but when I return I always feel so good! Could someone please kick my booty from time to time? I guess I need it. ;-)

Today the boyfriend joined me. He’s a lot faster than me, so I gave my all to keep up with him. It was tough, but it kind of worked!

The Stats:

  • Distance: 2.8 miles
  • Time: 34:30 minutes
  • Average pace: 12:20 min/mile
  • Feeling: Sweaty

Now I’ll have a gorgeous hot bubble bath. It’s freaking cold out there!

See you!

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Friday Crash

TGIF! I had planned to run or do some yoga today, but when I came home from work this afternoon, I passed out on the couch. When I finally woke up it was nearly 7 p.m. and I was getting hungry. So I made dinner and called it a day.

Last week was a tough one, work was crazy and I had to go to the dentist twice. Not fun! Thankfully I have a relaxing weekend coming up, so things will get better.

I want to leave with my latest favorite song. It’s kind of weird but also kind of funny. Enjoy!

See you!

(P.S. If you are wondering what language that is, it’s an Austrian dialect. I hardly understand it myself! ;-) )

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A Nasty Stich

To be honest, today’s run wasn’t very good. After 5 minutes I got a sharp pain in my left side, a side stitch, once again. I get them quite often when I’m running, but I’m not sure why it happens. Maybe my stomach was to full or I was running too fast. Thankfully the pain disappeared after a few minutes of walking. The rest of the run was fine, but my time wasn’t that great. I had to cut it short, as it was already getting dark. I need to buy a head lamp, asap!

The Stats:

  • Distance: 2.54 miles
  • Time: 33:17 minutes
  • Average pace: 13:06 min/mile
  • Feeling: Ouch

Now I’m off to relax on the couch. I’ve earned it!

See you!

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A Trip To The Dark Side

My couch has been exceptionally comfy today. I took a day off of work, just needed a break, the past weekend was tough, I’m getting old, and just couldn’t get myself motivated to move anywhere. But then I kicked myself, put on my workout clothes and went out for a run. It was already getting dark, so it was now or never!

The Stats:

  • Distance: 2.5 miles
  • Time: 31:00 minutes
  • Average pace: 12:30 min/mile
  • Feeling: Proud

Yes, I’m proud that I did leave my couch! :)

Just noticed that I ran the same distance in the same time as last week! But it was a different route, the one today has a few nasty hills! I felt really great during the run. It wasn’t even that cold. Perfect!

After about half a mile I realized that I was wearing all black! Running on streets with no sidewalks at night, dressed in black, is not a good idea! I need to find those reflector bands that are hiding in my closet. And remember to wear them next time!

See you!

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