Like running in high heels

Snow, snow, snow..

Not that I’ve ever run in high heels (that would be a sight), but I can imagine parts of todays run could feel a little similar. It snowed all night and all day and then a little more. The snow laid as a thick, smooth 5-10 cm high layer when I decided to go out running in the lunchtime. Well, actually I didn’t decide then, I decided one and a half year ago and since then I’ve done it. Sometimes I wonder if one can be too stubborn. A day like this. But I wouldn’t want to analyze myself – I probably wouldn’t like what dark secrets I would find 😉

Anyway, I plowed myself through the deep snow. I tried to run in the tire-tracks, but it was to slippery. The snow got packed under my heels. Why only there I don’t know – maybe because of my mid-foot strike. After some more strides it dropped and started to pack once more…

On top of that the heart rate monitor messed with me again. And this time I strapped myself up like a brought down calf. It was also good cleaned, the watch has a brand new battery and I even usually wet the surfaces in between to increase the contact. So.. Unless it’s the battery in the heart rate monitor I will have to take a serious talk with Garmin.. 😉 Or.. Are you supposed to expect that behaviour from such a device?

Well, my data wasn’t so good today, both because of the device and all the snow..

Detailed Garmin data

Day 16, 2nd build up
1hr easy with last 15min of 1hr at 65% effort

Lap Distance Time Avg Pace Avg HR Max HR Avg Cadence
1 7.68 45:01 5:52 133 152 89
2 2.9 14:59 5:11 154 162 91

Managed to keep myself upright in spite of everything

Back to work today. Felt a little sad to once again be away from the family, but I noticed that it was good for me to get up in the early morning as before. During the Christmas holiday I’ve managed to get used to get up as late as 9 am many of the days. Some of the nights I’ve even slept for 9 hours – very rare for me. I usually only sleep around 5 hours – 6 at most. Strange is, I think it feels like I get more tired from sleeping more. Last night I thought I would never be able to keep my eyes open on the commuter-train to work, but on the contrary I felt more brisk than I’ve done in quite some time. So I sat and studied the Analysis Calculus for the physics university course I’ve applied for. Refreshing! 😀

At lunch I took a 75 minute run. It was slippery almost everywhere, but at some places I even needed to slow down not to fall. In the end I luckily had managed to keep myself on the feet. Fortunately I don’t run so fast during my easy runs 🙂

Moments ago I also did the Bodyweight 500 workout once more. I think this will be the last time I will do it before the 4k time trial on Saturday. I wouldn’t want to spoil my performance with sore muscles. I don’t know if I’ll be able to find an indoor track to do the run, so hopefully it will have snowed some until then, making the surface a little more convenient.

Funny.. Just as I sit here and write it started to snow – Fortune smiles upon me 🙂

Detailed Garmin data

Day 14, 2nd build up
75min easy and totally relaxed – time on feet

Lap Distance Time Avg Pace Avg HR Max HR Avg Cadence
1 12.84 1:15:02 5:51 132 146 90