RFTS Day 21 – 25 – still alive

Well it’s been a while since my last blogpost, but sometimes life gets in the way. Or more precisely: work does. So it was strictly eat-work-sleep-run for the last few days. And I chose the additional half hour of sleep over the blogging.

So to keep you up to date, I’ll start with today and go backwards. Weiterlesen

RFTS Day 20 – relaxed

I got some very relaxed 4,7 km in today. There was sun, there was wind, it was not too hot, I kept a comfortable pace in comfortable shoes. Everything very relaxed. 🙂

No, I didn’t smoke anything, I just started the day at the gym, working out between elderly ladies who thought the gym was all theirs in the morning.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very fond of elderly ladies working out. It’s great that they stay active. I want to be an elderly lady some day, who still kicks butt. 😉 Weiterlesen

RFTS Day 19 – not quite awake

As I had choir-duties to fulfill this morning, I decided to go for a short run early before breakfast.

I’m not sure whether 1 km of veeeeeryyy sloooooow waaaaalking at the procession for the Feast of Corpus Christi counts as well. It was an ordeal. The marching band played two songs in an endless loop and as usual, we got cooked by the sun. I have this choir for 13 years now, and there has never been a year with bad weather. It’s always hot, it’s always the same songs from the marching band, and it’s always painfully slow.

Ok, back to my morning-run:

I got the usual 2,74 km in, but I don’t remember much. I was still half asleep. Which was proven also by the fact that I stopped my watch to take a photo and forgot to start it again. Fortunately, I know how long this course is. Weiterlesen

RFTS Day 18 – round and round and round…

Another 11,47 km for the Run for the Sun today, 9 of them spent on the track going round and round and round… It’s a little tough mentally, but doable with some music and an audio-book. At least there are no cars and the course is really flat, so that you can concentrate on your running and don’t have to pay attention on other things as for example not tripping over someone’s dog or getting hit by a car. Weiterlesen

RFTS Day 17 already!

11,39 very slow km for today. I can’t believe it’s already day 17! Running every day is much easier than I thought. It’s fun. Ok, I’m not working at the moment, so I have a lot more time than usual. Next week is going to be interesting. But at the moment, I try not to think too much about it and just enjoy the here and now.

I forced myself to go painfully slow and I managed to get an average heart-rate of 138 bpm. But going 9:00 min/km is not really much fun. We’ll see how it all works out.

The weather wasn’t that great. No rain, but a strong somewhat chilly wind mixing with sun and no wind at all, so I didn’t really know what to wear. Turned out that a light long-sleeve shirt with a wind-stopper vest and a short tight was nearly the right thing. Weiterlesen

RFTS Day 16 – going slooooooow

I didn’t feel too well this morning. Somehow my body didn’t find the right temperature. The weather is still beautiful but 10-15°C cooler than it has been the previous week. Seems like my body has grown more accustomed to the heat and now that it’s gone, it doesn’t know how to respond. So I was alternating between breaking a sweat and getting goose-bumps, a feeling that I usually associate with illness. Now as I’m writing this, I’m feeling much better. Maybe its because of the aspirin and some immune-boosting things that I gulped down after my run, maybe it just fixed itself. Weiterlesen

RFTS Day 14 and 15 – halfway through!

I couldn’t write a thing yesterday, cause we were not at home the whole day, and when we got back, I was way too tired to do anything else but falling into bed and into a comatose sleep.

But I’m back with 2,75 km for yesterday’s run and 16,42 km for today. So that’s a total of 93,54 km for the month of June so far. That’s sooooo cool!

Yesterday I started at 5:30 to get my run in before we had to leave. I think, I mentioned before, that I’m not a morning person, but I like it a lot to be out there early. But something has to force me to get up. Otherwise, I’d never do it. It was a short and uneventful run, but I enjoyed the scenery. Weiterlesen

RFTS Day 13 – trying to keep the heart-rate down

3,47 km mostly in the woods today.

After my demanding interval-workout yesterday, cool soft trails seemed to be just the thing, even if there had to be some hill-climbing involved. After the results of my medical-checkup I have to change my heart-rate-zones completely. The heart-rate that resulted for my long slow and recovery runs at previous checkup two years ago was under 153. Now, I have to try and keep it under 140! Strictly speaking, it should be 132, but I told the doc, that I just couldn’t do that because it would involve more standing around than actual running. So he agreed to 140. As foreseen, there were a lot of walk-breaks involved, but I managed to keep my heart-rate mostly around 142. Weiterlesen

RFTS Day 12 – 500m Intervals

That’s another 9,73 km for today. Including 10 x 500m Intervals that were quite interesting to run in the sun. There was sometimes a nice little breeze, but unfortunately no shade on the track. As the track is always deserted in the morning, especially during holidays, I was looking forward to run just in my sports-bra (and shorts of course). But no such luck, there was a young man sitting all alone on the bleachers. He didn’t do a thing. He just sat there. I don’t know whether the poor guy just wanted to be alone and I spoiled his day or whether there was something wrong with him. Weiterlesen

RFTS Day 11 – running in new shoes

8,27 km for today, in new shoes! 🙂

The Saucony Kinvara really feels very light and comfy. I guess, I found my shoe for the upcoming marathon-relay at the end of june.

Having been depressed yesterday because of the devastating results of the medical-checkup (devastating for my ego, that is), I was glad to be able to run so well in a lightweight shoe. I wouldn’t have been able to do this a few years ago, so there has been some considerable improvement in my stride.

Having not slept too well the night before, I wasn’t out as early as planned and the heat is still up. But it felt a lot cooler in the shade, and I saw some puddles on the road, so there must have been some rain during the night. Weiterlesen