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Apparently I'm not crazy

Saturday, December 17, 2011

I'm just back from running. All the saturday morning was difficult, I had a very busy work weak, good, but busy. My boss got a new boss, and things somehow speeding up, but in a good way. So, all morning I felt the stress and such all over my body, I didn't find my place really. On top of this, there is a Christmas market just in front of us below the window, and the jitter and music I think made me unable to have a good rest.

Then, I gathered myself together to go to run. It's cold outside, 4°C (39°F), so not freezing, but it took me a couple of weeks to get used to it. And there was fog too. However, I read this week an article in Runner's World, it was a user survey for the readers. One question was, what stops you from running. Rain, fog, cold, snow, and basically everything all scored very low. The only thing that got significant votes was ice. So, apparently I'm not crazy if I run in winter weather, so I decided that I don't care and go.

I had a fantastic run!

Out of the town, in the hills, the air was clear and sharp, and I watched the sun going down all along. It was beautiful.

Inbetween, my mind cleared up, and had lots of good thoughts for next week.

I run finally 14K, 1h 28min, 6:21 min/K on average. When I run uphill than my speed really lowers. I wonder is there a way to somehow compensate or to take into account the hills into this speed or similar evaluation.
My heart rate was between 150-160 bpm.

I feel so good, fresh, energized, relaxed; grounded.


Sunset near Gleisdorf

What stops you from doing your exercise?

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    No you're not crazy, I especially love being outside in the cold and snow. Much more so than in the heat.
    As for your question, the big thing that stops me is my knees. When they hurt, I really don't feel like moving. I usually do it anyway and just tape them up and ice them down afterwards, but they can make a difference in my motivation.
    2188 days ago
    Hard to imagine running in 4 degrees - I live in Queensland, Australia and in the 30 years I've lived here it would have dropped to zero on very few occasions (at night in the middle of Winter!)!
    Well done, your weight loss is impressive! emoticon
    2188 days ago
    Indeed you are not crazy! :) Cold weather is the best one in my opinion for exercising, as long as there is no ice... I miss running and can't wait for the day I'll be able to run in the cold! For now, hiking will do. :)
    2188 days ago
    Way to go on your run!! I think running in cooler weather is more enjoyable!! What stops me is that voice inside telling me to do it later and then it is too late!!
    2189 days ago
    stress is what stops me, and yesterday I took a half day leave to unwind and go running, it felt amazing and I finally got the time to schedule a massage

    Yourock, keep it up!
    2189 days ago
    You're not crazy at all! I ran 16 miles (25.75K) this morning in 21 F (-6 C) with snow on the ground. It felt great and only a few places were icy - the only thing that truly concerns me. I'm breaking in some trail shoes to deal with that eventuality.

    I can imagine the Christmas market would start bugging me after a while too - too much activity to be right outside your window!
    2189 days ago
    My own head stops me lol. I get into the "I'm so fat and never going to not be fat and who's ever going to want me" mode haha. So that's the big battle for me - the mental or more specifically, the emotional.

    But you are a rockstar of insane proportions for getting out and doing it. Woohoo!
    2189 days ago
    Awesome! Sometimes thinking of the cold just makes me feel like staying cuddled indoors...but once you get out there and begin moving around, you're always glad u did! Here's to a great week! Thanks for the sunset pic...

    2189 days ago
    Way to go Oliver! There is nothing like exercise to clear your mind! Hooray for you! for going out into the chilly, foggy day and running. Some would have looked at the weather and said no run for me today.

    You always encourage me with your new healthy lifestyle and your blogs!

    Enjoy the rest of your day! emoticon
    2189 days ago
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