Saturday, April 07, 2012
I didn't do much today, and rest felt great.
In the morning I ran my usual 7K in the forest, the route with moderate inclines only, and my knees liked it much better than yesterday's biking.
Just after my run it started raining and the sky was dull gray all day.
Went shopping with DH, bought me 2 new mini skirts (the ones I bought in November are too large now) and 3 running T-shirts (my excuse was irresistible price), and a windbreaker for DH for future windy bike rides.
Took a long nap after lunch, sparked a bit, watched a movie with DH and now I'm off to bed again : )
Sleep is so good...
Friday, April 06, 2012
Weather was mischievous today,
Having only some paperwork to do today, I went biking with DH this morning.
It was about 18 oC (64 oF), sunny and a bit windy at our house, so I put on spandex shorts and 2 T-shirts. I also packed a cap and my thin windbreaker jacket. DH wore jeans and one short sleeve T-shirt and packed a sweater, but in the end he left it at home.
After the first two minutes rolling down the hill the wind turned out to be icy cold.
Than would have been the right moment to turn and go back for his sweater and for me to change into longer pants, but we ignored the omen and went on.
We faced the wind most of the way, both directions.
I gave one of my T-shirts to DH and I put on the windbreaker and we were cold.
Mental note: clothing appropriate for running is way too cold for biking, and I shall never expose my knees to strong wind again - it feels bad.
Apart from the wind and the cold, our ride was wonderful: we turned north on Danube Cycle Path, and rode an hour until we reached the lovely bottomland forest I have planned to show him for 2 years. I was happy to be the one finding something beautiful and show the other one - usually it is the other way around between us. Here are a few pictures he made:
My knees felt very uncomfortable on the way back, but luckily there was no wind on the way up the hill to our house, so I felt better immediately and could bike up all the way (hubby had to push his bike - he was always fitter than me lol)
Sunday, April 01, 2012
I run alone, so it was a unique opportunity today to have DH with during today's walk, so I asked him to make this video.
Friday, March 30, 2012
It rained during the night, and it was only 7 oC (45 oF) and very windy.
I had decided to do my long run today, because DH promised he would bike with me on Sunday.
I was rather tired from yesterday's work (big excel sheet time again), and bad sleep, so I didn't feel like going at all, but I know from experience that running always makes me feel better.
Good decision: the run was fun, and gave me a NSV too: first time ever I ran up the steepest part all the way - I always had to walk 1-2 minutes here.
After that part all the other inclines felt easy, and I finished 10K in 65:30, at a 10.5 min/mile pace. As opposed to my last 10K in 20 oC (68 oF), this time I was not thirsty or dehydrated at all.
This was my fifth 10K, and now I got used to this distance.
I didn't get tired, could do my 20 minute upper body exercise too before breakfast, and there isn't any soreness in my feet.
When I first read The Spark in June, I though the examples of people who never ran before and became marathon runners are exceptional. I don't think so now.
Six month ago, when I started the 5K Your Way program,
the Week 1 program (walk 1 minute, then jog for 3 minutes, repeat 7 more times) was exhausting, and my entire body was so sore the next morning I could hardly get up.
But somewhere during Week 2 the soreness ceased, and after Week 3 I was able to run 35 minutes, just as the program said. I was slow and the Exercise Tracker recognized my locomotion as Walking for several weeks after that, but it was running anyway.
And now - a 10K is just part of my exercise routine.
A marathon, even a half marathon is several months away, but doesn't seem impossible anymore.
I'm happy I didn't give up at the start, because running became my favorite exercise.
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