Sunday, February 24, 2013
Last weekend I was convinced that Spring was just around the corner. This week it has turned decidedly chilly again, but I was nevertheless surprised to wake up this morning to a good coating of snow (again). Hubby and I had planned to do a Long Run today, and had prepared a 7 mile route. A short fact finding venture outside had us deciding to swop the run for a hike-with-proper-walking-boots-on.
We set off and soon reached the car free part of our walk. The untrodden snow looked beautiful, resting on the trees. I quickly realised I had forgotten my camera but it took another mile or so of me lamenting to hubby that I was missing some fantastic shots before he mentioned that he could take photos with his phone, if I really wanted some!
So here is a flavour of our walk, photos courtesy of Chris!
Not sure which bird made this huge print - a heron maybe?
Entrance to the local wildlife area
Just to prove we were going the right way!
The nearest thing we have to hills here in Antwerp!
This pond is usually full of ducks - no sign today.
You can just about see the bench where we sometimes sit in summer.
This tree has fallen during the winter winds.
Chris thought the snow lying on the stream looked ghostly....
The hut where we would have had our picnic, if I'd thought to bring one.
Old WW2 pill box by the railway - they are found dotted all over this part of Flanders.
The beauty of nature!
Seven cold, wintry but invigorating miles covered in slightly under 2 hours 20 minutes. I'm now home, thawed out and enjoying the smells of the Sunday roast cooking!
Friday, February 22, 2013
It was cold this morning. -4C (25F) but with a wind chill making it feel like -10C (15F). Add to that the fact that it was snowing, albeit not settling, and I almost didn't make it out of the door.
I had to take my daughter to school so decided to run round our local park, in the hope that the beautiful scenery would make up for the unappealing weather.
I quickly realised that I could have done with an extra couple of layers on. Despite wearing a long sleeved running top and a fleece, the wind was still managing to cut through. My thighs were the coldest. You can buy arm warmers for runners but I've never seen thigh warmers.
I considered getting back in the car and driving home, but decided that I might as well run as I was there now. The first mile was really hard. My legs were heavy (and cold) and it felt like I was running through peanut butter. I turned out of the trees and into an icy headwind. That's where the run became mental. As in, I was constantly talking to myself mentally.
"Not far until you're back in the trees and out of the strong wind."
"Keep going to the next bend, don't walk yet."
"Don't let that dog walker see you struggling."
A big smile and a cheery "Goede Morgen!" and I was back to the mental cheerleading.
"More than halfway and you feel OK. Keep going."
"This bit's downhill, no point walking here."
" Too near the road, the cars will see you walking."
"Last mile and you're on for a good time. Keep this up and you'll break 35 minutes."
"It's not a race, don't be daft."
"It's race training though - go for it!"
"There's the car, you made it!"
And so it was that I completed 3.1miles in 35mins 41secs.
1) 1m - 11:34(11:34/m) - 149cal - 5.19/6.8mph
2) 1m - 11:16(11:16/m) - 149cal - 5.32/7.05mph
3) 1m - 11:41(11:41/m) - 145cal - 5.13/6.57mph
4) 0.1m - 1:09(11:25/m) - 16cal - 5.26/6.37mph
Thursday, February 21, 2013
My daughter had a basketball match at school this evening. Sitting on the bleachers, I couldn't help but "listen in" to a conversation going on between a young boy and his dad.
"My ball's gone into the old folks' home," the lad said, apologetically.
This was confusing for two reasons, a) the lad never usually apologised for anything and b) the nearest old folks home is over a mile away.
"The old folks' home?" asked Dad.
He realised his mistake.
"Oh...no...not the old folks' home. I mean the...oh you know...". He looked skywards, searching for the right word, " it's in the...um...the place where the dead people live."
"Ah," the light dawned, "do you mean the graveyard?"
Stifled giggles from me!
Half Marathon training run number 3:
Another beautiful morning, still cold (-4*C) but sunny although frosty.
Followed my usual woodland route but added a loop of the residential streets near my home.
3.04 miles in 34mins 22 secs.
I actually think it was a tad further as my Garmin didn't show me following the road but climbing through my neighbours' back gardens - and I'm sure I would have remembered if indeed I had done that!
1) 1m - 11:10(11:10/m) - 149cal - 5.38/11.96mph
2) 1m - 11:23(11:23/m) - 153cal - 5.27/6.58mph
3) 1m - 11:16(11:16/m) - 150cal - 5.32/7.37mph
4) 0.04m - 33(13:33/m) - 6cal - 4.43/5.75mph
I'm pleased I went out when I did. By 10.30am the skies had turned grey and a short while later it had begun to snow . Where did Spring go? It hasn't settled, thank goodness, but it is bitterly cold and feeling very wintry again.
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