running

Kicking off the week

I’ve decided to go back to my old plan/structure. It’s just so much simpler and it works. I noticed I started missing the longer runs. After around 5 k I am warmed up and it all feels amazing, so just 30 minutes didn’t really cut it.

Today I did 50 minutes (planned were 40) and I had a blast. Spring is here, if you zoom in the photo you can see the daphodils. Note the green highlighted trash. I didn’t highlight it … but wind was blasting and so birds, cans and me were flying high.

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No distractions 

Today I headed out when it was still dark. It still is. No chance to get distracted by sunrise.

I went to my track.  I had forgotten my headlamp, but the track is awesome for that. My track is no flat. My track feels like running on a nice forest path.

I ran fast … a little bit … it felt like flying. Well … whatever flying feels like to a slow person, you dear reader just have to imagine it. 

Other than that I will have been running for 2 years in May. I still love it. This is the biggest accomplishment probably. Not the lost pounds, not the seen sunrises or how fast and far or how many likes. It is the fact that I am motivated each day to get out there and have an adventure. A mini adventure. Especially right now when I work insane hours. My running  keeps me grounded and sane.

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Distracted

Today I wanted to run fast. Wind was on my side.

Then the sun began to rise and I got distracted.

The photos don’t do it justice. The colors were spectacular. The sounds of the crashing waves mingled together with the wind.

I got to run up and down a bit, however I had to stop and just take it all in frequently.

If I stand there just at the edge it feels incredible.

Today’s sunrise was extraordinary.

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Cold is like Speed

The cold is like speed. It’s all relative.

Today I was glad I took my wind jacket in addition to my usual bank-robber style winter run gear. In the beginning I had to hide inside all the layers and I did feel like a Himalayan mountain climber. Might be because of the book “No shortcuts to the top”, which I am currently listening to. It might be because of the -4 “Real Feel” temperatures, maybe both – not sure. During the course of the run however, if not against the ice-cold wind, I didn’t even notice it.

I also didn’t notice that I was running faster than usual on sand at the same heart rate. Is this because I played with speed and now slow feels slower or am I finally catching back up to my previous fitness? Probably both as well.

Enough with the words, I hear you scream … “Where are the sunrise pictures?!”

There you go – next to my cadence I did work on my “shoot a straight horizon pic” skills:

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Enjoy your weekend! Especially if you are running the Irish 50k Championship like Declan!

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Supply crates

Word seems to have gotten out that SRG needs supplies. That or all the supply crates from England realized this is their last chance to leave the island before Brexit happens.

First one escaped from Holy Head. Welcome to the EU my friend.


Your buddy from Kilkeel will show you around.

Maybe you can hang out with the crates from Waterford?

If not, let’s just enjoy sunrise together on this bone chilling day.

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Speed

I tried to run fast today … for 12 minutes … I don’t think I like it. Can’t imagine how others are ticking away at or even under 6 min/km and find it easy.

Lucky me this was I think the only speedtest on my plan and I can now go back to pebbling at a slow pace. 

Colors? Just fabulous today. 

Here is one for the grass in front of sunrise fans:

One more:

Now back across the pebbles … and some wave watching as a cool down. Some do yoga and meditation, I watch the waves.

Love myself some high tide lately, who would have thought?

Enjoy yourself!