Storm

Wind was blowing me around today and I had a blast. I listened to Storm and other fast rhythmic noise. I might not have stuck to my low heart rate, but if I don’t look I will never know.


No sunrise during the whole 90 minutes, but a nice 7 ° Celsius. 

Routine

First day back  “at work”. I started my day with a short 30 minute run, or better slog. I’m so glad I am back into my routine!

Thinking of this routine, the last days of my vacation were spent couch surfing and it was great. Glad it’s over though and I am looking forward to a couple of new projects coming up, as well as getting back into daily running.

Plan for now is to use the rest of January to get back up to my small run being 45 minutes.

No photo today, it was way too early, dark, rainy and you guys catch me too easily if I just post a photoshopped gradient!

Magic

Sometimes I have to pull all the tricks out of my running hat to get out the door. Today was such a day. Still on vacation I could spent all day in bed under warm blankets, hoping that the cats would suddenly realize that this is where they are supposed to live.
It was still cold out there … well cold for Ireland at least. Sometimes though something is better than nothing and I knew I had to get at least some running done. I decided to replace words while discussing with myself, if I would get out there or not. The words “cold”, “freezing” etc. were to be replaced by “magic” and the word “but” with “and”. So my inner dialog went something like this:
“I should really get out before the sun rises … AND it’s MAGIC.”
“I’d feel better after my run … AND my toes will be MAGIC out there.”

In the end the game was so silly, I found myself just putting on my running clothes and heading out there. I’m glad I did, as the MAGIC wasn’t as bad under all those layers and the sunrise was just breathtaking.

This was in stark contrast to my running, which was all easy and only 50 minutes. Though something is better than nothing and my warm blanket is still here.

For future reference, this is what waits outside. Surely I never want to miss this! Look at the pebbles.

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Hard to run on, forcing quick steps and making jazzy noise to fit the sound of the waves. The waves were subtle today. At the end of the beach, the pebbles make room for more sand to run on.

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If you zoom in you can see a bird, bathing in the first sunlight. I love how calm and clear the sea is, you can see the pebbles on the right and reflections of the sunrise on the left.

Outside of this blanket …

… is evil. Or better the cold! My motivation wasn’t very high, but I put on double layers and after that it would have been stupid not to head out for a run.

I went up and down the beach hiding my hands beneath gloves and layers of lycra as people with surfboards appeared and suddenly it didn’t feel as cold anymore.

The scenery was stunning.

To a healthy and happy 2017!

Good morning!

Well I hope you didn’t wake up with a headache and are looking for motivation to get you out the door for the first run of the year? If that is the case, get out now and come back later, only you can motivate yourself!

I for one was eager to head out. I didn’t go for a run in over two or was it three days? … and had generally taken it a bit easier over the holidays, but let’s start in the beginning or better last year:

As announced in my pre-holiday post, I wanted to take a break from posting and generally everything I usually do. To break up the habits for a bit and just have fun. I only ran when I wanted to and I caught some wonderful moments. I enjoyed waking up and running through dawn, with my headlamp as my best running buddy.

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I ran circles around my favorite rugby fields while watching the sun come up. Loads of circles.

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… and I caught the most wonderful sunrise:

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Other than having fun, before the year ended, the only thing I had planned, was to run the distance of a half marathon.

Which I did. It surprised me on many levels. I wanted to run along the coast again, but decided against it and went to my local park instead. This had the benefit of several coffee shops on the way, as well as grass surface to run on if my feet wanted a change. It turned out this was a great decision. The coffee stops (which I never used) motivated me to do another round. I was telling myself, that I could get an espresso when I run along next time … or the next time. I also switched between park roads and grass fields. I think all in all I probably walked 4-5 times, to take a sip of my drink mix (just water and a bit of juice), as well as eat a date and nuts. I’m really fond of the dried fruits/nuts combo and it feels like it gives me just the amount of energy I need. Love the dates especially, maybe it’s the kind of sugar that’s in them?

What I was surprised about is that I kept it steady and easy, my average heart rate turned out to be 139 over the whole run. Fortunately it took me under 3 hours. I never felt any pain or loss of motivation. In the last half hour, I noticed my muscles getting a bit tired. I suppose it is because I usually only run up to 2.5 hours. When I came home I refueled with the best hummus I have ever eaten! I love how food tastes after a longer run. I spent the next 2 days waiting for the DOMs of hell … they didn’t arrive. Which is another fact I was surprised about. All in all I am quite pleased. Slowly but steadily I am improving and getting stronger.

Which brings me to this year. I started it off with an easy 40 minutes run along my beach. You can see Bray waking up in the distance and Sugarloaf (the mountain on the right).

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For this year I have one main goal: Stay healthy and injury free.

I like to keep up the consistency of last year, as well as recover if my body or head needs to. This worked well last year. I would love to be able to capture more sunrises than last year. In summer I went out way too late to catch them, now I am running longer it should be easier?! I found the running plan/structure I have been using works extremely well and so I will stick with it. After having re-read some of Lydiard’s books as well as a new one on the topic (more in maybe another post), I realized it is quite similar and so I should be on a good road! What he describes as base phase also includes some faster running than I am currently doing, so it will be interesting to include more fartleks – I shall call them slowleks.

Now thanks for reading this whole thing or at least scrolling down this far. I wanted to thank you for reading my ramblings over the past year. I love our family of running bloggers and all the support!

I wish you a very happy and healthy 2017! May all your crazy dreams and goals come true (unless they lead to injury, which you shall know better!) I know some of you have extremely amazing goals set for this year. I look forward following your brave journey.

Happy Holidays

Guys,

It’s been a long year … a crazy year … things have changed … Brexit … Trump … latest shock are the terror attacks in Germany … 

I will be taking a bit of time off. Time to shut up, stop working and to think as well as run.

I’ll be back in the new year! Enjoy your holidays.

Here’s to a hopefully peaceful and healthy 2017.

Pebble shifting

Today I did what could be described as pebble shifting. Up and down the beach. It’s weird if I move backwards while trying to run, but the views were spectacular. 



Can’t always get sand despite low tide, but it keeps my feet strong.