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To rest or not to rest? THAT is the question…

Since Sunday, got a conscience check: to rest or not to rest. That was well enough to take two day of rest for noticing whether this stupid left foot would let it go (or not). Gave it a try yesterday (Tuesday) with taped foot, and it worked fine. Easy 10km ended with a good feeling. So nice that I actually could spend the rest of the day walking as normal 🙂 Not bad right? And filled with this enthusiasm, I even made my own day with a long workout for core & stability. Yes, it does help for the running (and not just to set nice patterns on the stomach 🙂 ). Too late in bed, but satisfied as there had been no snow falling as it was forecasted…

Saying this quick because this morning, there was a light white cover waiting for me on the streets when I headed for an early morning run 😦 Not too fun as it was slippery. And wet and cold (in the water pools…). But otherwise, it felt nice to run. Once again, taped foot, but so what. If this is what it takes for the next 15 days… so be it. Rest of day working (i.e. sitting most of the time in meetings), so the foot did not complained too much. Had a talk with the naprapath that checked my knee, hip, foot and he said that taping was fine and that if all felt OK tomorrow, I could give it a try for the running plans I have. After this one, then we would see how it goes. Probably needing a bit more rest. With so short time left before the race, the only thing that can happen is to screw up the training if not taking it easy and intelligently running.

So yes, the question remain: to rest or not to rest? Suggestions?


Icy streets, icy pavements, minus temperature, still wanting to run…what would YOU do?

Following a wonderful long run in the cold and on icy streets (partially ice rinks actually…), Saturday went mostly to recovery and rest. This thing btw with strength training and core training: DO IT! Had a rest day on Friday and did some core & stability training. Taking no time (30min more or less) and feel so good afterwards. And the more you do it, the easiest (kind-of) it becomes… BUT what I did not realize really, is the effect while running. Until yesterday. During the 10K tempo included in the long run, done one a 1km-long bike path along the sea, with icy parts all over, but good enough for running, I DID feel that my abs were working out! The back was as well doing its fare share of the work there. Would definitely think that the run did go so well, because of those trainings. And core training can actually take no more than 10minutes (Yapp, it does). Done every morning (great to start the day), plank regular and side – 1min & 2*30sec. Done twice. Then abs with sitting and going down without having anything holding your feet (i.e. you don’t reach the floor when going down sloooowly). 2min. and finish with “Walk with the ball” on a Swiss ball (hold plank position, elbows/arms on the ball, and walk while working on your balance). 2min. Of course, you do not have to start right away with these times! Start with what is long enough for you to feel it a bit. And increase when it start to be too easy. Anyway, just saying: that is a great day to start the day! The long run I was longing to do was completed well, especially with those weather conditions. A bit annoyed by the sliding on the ice and hard-snowy-grass, which made my right hip feeling a bit. But after resting it disappeared and was gone by day-end.

Today then? No snow had fallen on the street…Yeaaaah?!?! Nope! Because the negative temperatures made the roads feeling like ice rink and pavements as well. My plan was originally to run to the city center where we have warmed-up pavements and run back&forth there. BUT after 200m on real icy pavement, I started running on the street…not much better, so headed (almost) back home when I found…TADAAAAAAA! a 200-ish meter long pavement being (almost) ice-free. So started to run back and forth there. Not much of a fun landscape indeed, but it did do the job! Got 9km on this back&forth track and then back home. Total 10.2km which is very satisfactory for these weather conditions (and it is more than 0km and staying on the couch, right?). Afternoon was easy with visit to IKEA (so typically Sunday-outing in Sweden…) and when arriving back home, the snow finally started to fall. Nice and quiet. Not a chance I go out again now, because I am a bit cautious knowing what is UNDER the snow (aka the icy streets from this morning). Tomorrow will be a better day.

Take care and keep on running (even if it snows…)


Snow, Rain…I do NOT welcome Thee…

Long day today and worth having a few minutes to write about it…

Late start (I guess?) with hitting the road @5:30am (yaaah, the clock rang from 4:55am…). Had planned to run in my “fashion victim outfit” (read: winter underwear + short shorts on the top), but seeing that it was a little rain falling, I skipped the idea and took regular long tights and the rain jacket. Good GREAT choice! Because the drizzling rain from when I crossed the door turned into a light rain after a few 100m. Was too focused on putting one foot before the other at this time. By km3 my fingers were officially cold AND I was REALLY annoyed by the rain that decided to fall RIGHT into my eyes (of_course_!). Headwind on the top of it (of_course_!) AND turned into snow flakes after a while (of_???? course!!!). So recap: rain, wind, snow… yes you got it: slush after km4 was everywhere. And my wind gloves were no longer protecting against anything (originally this is against the wind (therefore they are cold “wind-gloves”), but with rain and snow, they aren’t of much help…). Took really easy, had planned a 6min tempo and turned out into a 5:30-tempo. All good for a real-easy-recovery-run. By km10 I had discussed with myself (I do that sometimes while running…) and agreed that I would get to the hills and see how it felt before starting the serie. OF COURSE it felt good (ok, not the fingers, because by then I could already not feel most of them and had difficulty to stretch and change the music… I am not talking about the tricky part of pushing the buttons lap and start on my Garmin…). 10 times up&down until the red door 🙂 nice flying feeling which was just tainted at the end by the fact I could no longer FEEL I had fingers. So skipped the 1-2km planned for cooldown and took the direct way home (without passing by START…). Had to bite my gloves off my hands, pull my home key out of my inside pockets, (here I am not proud of what will follow…) took off my shoes in a really bad way (but seriously…fingers – shoes – fingers – shoes… OK, I choose fingers!), DIRECTLY to the bathroom under….HOT WATER (yes, for you who have done that before you understand the terrible and stupid mistake… for you who have NOT tested this, I strongly advise NOT to do it!) Turned out to burn even more (and therefore the tears, the shouting and really not thinking straight… Then it was the shower part (have you tried EVER to take off your clothes with frozen fingers?…). Took ca. 10minutes to stop yelling (by this time it was mostly in my head the yelling!) and then a few more minutes to get back to (almost) normal. WHAT A GREAT WAY TO START A DAY!!! Quick breakfast and headed to the office (of course it started to rain after 500m but this time the mascara stayed a bit better…)

Long day at work, especially three meetings in the same room with bad ventilation. So when getting back to my place, took a banana and an apple and really did not feel like running AT ALL. Well back home, took only a short time before jumping into my running gear and deciding to go for my interval workout (which was planned for yesterday, but could not do it as taking into consideration the blood giving…). Heavy legs during the warm-up (yeaaaah, good start…), the final accelerations felt like worse than ever (they always do, but today was even worse). A bit of stretching aaaaaand off I started. Too fast as usual, and then too heavy and then slowing down. The second interval is worth talking about: was pulled (!) by a skater during a bit more than half and passed him after that, making my fastest km since this autumn by 4 seconds… Of course (there are lots of “of course today”…so much logic in this world…) the following km felt heavy and slow BUT the one after that… became my fastest km ever since… a few minutes before… which made me happy. By now I had no choice (?) but turning back and run the 4 last intervals back home. 3 heavy intervals and then…taaaaadaaaaa… (took 10sec extra of rest…) and got to the EVER fastest km by 2 sec (since a few minutes before). So yes, it was a real tough session, was expecting tough and got some! So nice average for the run BUT not satisfied really because it was SO difficult to have a steady pace throughout the intervals. It is indeed easy to start fast, slow down and then increase back to fast at the end. This does not make it as a good interval (in my mind), but probably a fast one. Would be good to have a running buddy able to keep me from doing that during those “short” long intervals. A bit surprise with this outcome as well, due to the blood giving yesterday (and yes, I do think a bit that it was not too smart to do this run so close to the bloodgiving, but was soooo longing after running a bit faster than the (necessary) recovery runs I have had the past two weeks…

Summary of the day: 2 runs, hills, intervals, rehab and nicely tired. Just have to aim for the bed now and all will be solved by the time I wake up.

(and yes, I was SO glad that I did not have the same weather this evening because it would definitely not have ended that well…)


Week 0 or time to fix this pain in the butt…

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Wednesday felt miserable. Snow everywhere, back to work starting to sink in (well, it did since Monday, but Wednesday if half-way through the week, right?…). Remained on “Rest” mode as a bit unsure what to do really. The snow ain’t my enemy but ain’t my friend either… Fully enjoyed (almost?) my massage at lunch time. Good to have a short break from early work start and planned to be late work. Back and shoulders were all good. Coming to the lower right side, bum and thigh felt fine as well (of course, there are pressure points which are generating nice pain, but overall felt fine). The calf was a bit sensitive, but considering I recently ran a marathon… you got the picture!). On the left side however, it started fine for of course getting to the trigger points which are PAINFUL (and here I mean PURE pain). Side of the thigh and hip felt similar (yeaaaaay! 😦 ). We checked the right adductor as well and the recommendation was to massage and do pressure from time to time. Evening spent checking a school as well and then bedtime to catch up on some sleep (apparently the sun tan makes me look tired…).

So I started Thursday well rested and with a short real easy recovery run in the freshly fallen snow/slush/icy parts. Of course it was enjoyable to be moving those legs, but really? did I run a sub3-marathon less than a week ago when I can barely move forward in a decent pace in all this slush all around?!?!? And nope, I did not make any effort to increase the pace because 1) it is NEVER fun to run in snow/slush and 2) my anti-slip under my shoes felt like not keeping in place correctly so I had to attach them back a couple of time until km9 when I got bored, took them off and ran on half-slippery pavements (BUT at least the legs felt like normal again!). Pretty easy pace, tried to keep HR under 75% of max (and not knowing my max pulse, I can set the “75% of max” to whatever I want 🙂 good to be back on track, I thought. No pain, little sensitive calf, but could be whatever. I decided as well to call for help to the French community here and got suggested to meet C, French physiotherapist who could meet me right the same day. This was brilliant, because I could not get time to any physiotherapist I called before that. The verdict was pretty simple: “Why did you wait to come and being checked?..:” (…whatever…). He checked the bone structure stuff, nothing was misplaced (which is a good sign, right?) meaning this was all muscle-related (which is a less good sign, right?). His diagnos was as follow: – chronic tendinitis ischial tuberosity (left side) – this is my “thigh/bum muscle pain that has been coming on and off for a year or so, tendinitis adductor (front – right side) – this is the strange pain that popped up twice since Dubai and tendinitis level of insertion of quadriceps (right side) – a bit unsure here, but there was definitely some pain… Well, the good news is that despite having a chronic tendinitis, he suggested it could not be too “advanced” as I could run and it was going on and off. Despite this, it was high-time to fix it. Serie of suggestions: rest (!), MTP, voltaren (!), voltaren pack w/plastic film overnight (!), shockwave, stretch, ice, golfball massage 😦 Regarding the Voltaren part, I felt already I would not do it after having had this not recommended. Amplified by S telling it was a big “no no” for those tendons. For the “rest”-part, of course it may be better with some rest, but having had some rest during the past year and not noticing any difference nor improvement, this will be on the list but like “as usual”. Deep tissue massage and stretch definitely on the list. Golf ball massage is not my favourite, but if I have to go through this to get rid of this pain, so be it! Shockwave therapy has not been proved being good nor bad for the (high) hamstring tendinitis (HHT), so I will wait before this. SO, ended with a session including back manipulation, extreme stretches and recommendation for more rest. Which I am taking seriously because if there is a moment this year I can settle for some rest, this is this week 0.

Friday felt like too early starting with early meeting, and then cancelled meeting, replaced by another meeting, lunch with nice company and more meetings in the afternoon. TGIF! The day ended with more snow and seriously (I am very serious in this post…) I am pretty fed up with this weather… Easy-cosy evening and more rest.

Saturday was under the “rest” sign. Yes, it burns every inch of the body not to go out for a run (I even could consider using what A called the “hamster-mill”… yes, sounds desperate, and I might feel this way!). Took non-inflammatory tablet in the morning and took cold treatment as well. Despite the lot of walking, it felt … nothing! The left hamstring was exactly in the same shape and the right one. By mid-afternoon I felt pretty tired so took a hot bath, more ice treatment afterwards and 1,5hour of sleep later… did feel like more sleep would be great to have! Long talk to get some thoughts out of my mind, get some suggestion on running and overall having a long nice discussion… Cooking then and watching tv before bedtime. Rest day… I think I might have reach my limit here…

Up with the birds (which are probably in warm Africa now, but still wake up early…), I aimed for an easy run on Sunday morning. After having spent Friday evening in front of cosy movie and surfing on all what google can provide about hamstring tendinitis and how to solve this,… I decided to settle for flat route. Nice in the air, I was a bit sceptical about the twinkle little stars on the pavement…ICE! so carefully run back and forth and yes, running along the water is NOT a good idea, when icing is in progress. Spent the rest of the day at G&E indoor athletics competition so when reaching home late afternoon, I needed to shake a bit my legs and ran a double run (same as this morning – slightly faster but without really doing it on purpose). This evening was however way more icy on the pavement and had to be extremely careful with my running (or almost walking…). Anyhow, just finished now all the clothes folding, preparing for tomorrow’s breakfast and time for joining Morpheus has arrived.

Full rest week… time to get this pain in the rear disappear for good really! Have settled for taking another easy recovery week (week 1) which anyway was planned to have a minimal mileage of running. But will see how the legs and body feel. Alternative training like indoor bike is almost as boring as dreadmill-running… But if it is the cost to pay to get this butt right… Will start with a rest Monday and deep tissue massage again. Sounds nice and enjoyable, but I promise that it will be far from it. Once again, price to pay for getting it fix, I am happy to do it.

Tjingeling!


Snow, work and food…

Back to reality…

When the snowflakes are falling slowly like in a fairytale that is when you start realizing that it is nice with some snow. But then 5 minutes later, you remember that today is office day and that you have to walk to the ferry on slippery street and then same in the evening.

Wore proudly my medal all day long (yes, I do that after every marathon, and I think it is ALL ok). Mindset back to work pretty fast as the marathon-bubble had disappeared. Thoughts regarding the next race already popping up in the head as have read some posts and articles about both the next race and the next next race.

Food is the tricky part – always eating regular portion for a hungry person who is running on a regular basis, the post marathon can sometimes bring days without any wish for food (no worries! I eat anyway, because I would faint otherwise!) or others with craving like today…for a pizza! Lunch boring from the restaurant in our building, followed by “Galette des Rois” (Kings cake) with colleagues and then out with a colleague in an Italian restaurant, where I ate… a pizza! and a chocolate cake with berries and ice cream afterwards. A bit full tummy now, but this tasted really good.

Today the body starts to show signs of running-will. No running abstinence as such, but when you wait (on purpose) to the last minute before a meeting for printing a document and HAVE to run the 10-20m back&forth to pick up your print… there is something that your body is trying to tell you! High heels running rocks in the office! No real fun however to have the snow outside because it ain’t the safest weather for running outdoor. Will definitely have my anti-slip on my shoes for my first outing. In the meantime, doing power-walk at decent pace will be working fine for recovery activity.

More sleep to take now. Long day tomorrow.

(and yes, have a few times wondered why I came back home, leaving sunny Dubai for snowy Sweden…anyone?…)


Dubai – Recovery Day 3

Then the 3rd day she shall travel back home… Plane to Frankfurt? Did not feel it taking off. Had already closed my eyes. The man and his wife took two seats letting one between me and them. So their two small ones could sleep. By the time I open my eyes, serving sandwich (good I ate extra before leaving!). Watch a movie called “Now you see me”, and recommend it. Quite cool. Then it was only me and the wife left sleeping on the 4 seats and after halfway, i was alone so could try to lay down on 3 seats then. But way less comfortable than on the way down to Dubai. My last thought before falling into deep sleep was that I could feel fine enough after the race to wait 4 days before a massage, but that 5 hours flight would probably require an osteopath session to solve all the aches and pains this flight would create! Arriving at Frankfurt, as usual B.O.R.I.N.G. Nothing opened almost (and for what it is, it does not really matter!). Finding my gate and taking 2 free hot chocolate and surf a little. Got to read there should be new additions of fast runners in my club, which sounds really cool. Running alone I like, but no surprise that training from time to time with others is giving some pep to the training.

Frankfurt-home? same procedure as earlier: did not see the plane taking off, barely heard the breakfast serving and woke up when we landed. Snow-covered landscape was NOT what I wished to see on the arrival. Luggage, bus, tram and finally home. 30 minutes later – laptop on and ready for work.

By the end of the day, there had been way more snow falling and it was a very white-christmasy-feeling outside (ok, now I said it so the snow can go away!). The body had felt fine today as well apart from a walk on good tempo done mid-afternoon where the inside front of the hip made itself reminded and this was no fun. Almost stopped at the doc to be checked (but then it disappeared). Had a phone call from HR and discuss this. Will see how it goes and if not better or popping up again, then will be visiting the doc.

Late evening, several washing machines later and it was time for bed. Return to reality? check!


Carbloading, run, work and travel…

(noticing I am having trouble with my posts not being published lately…despite pushing the button… Corrected now…)

Ok, where were we? Yap, bedtime not too early, after going round round round at home, having 20 ongoing things to do and really not tired at all. Took probably 2 hours after midnight before I feel asleep. But this morning it was ok. A bit of rewinding here…

Yesterday evening, I printed all the necessary papers for the trip and the rave and of course checked the website of the marathon. They announced the participation of a nice group of fast female runners a few days ago (sub2:25) and it sounded quite cool…until I read yesterday the elite women field… 25 super flying ladies will be on the starting line on Friday. Don’t know of they ever had so many fast women at once (and here we are talking sub2:30-fast…) And one is a Swede making her marathon debut… So goodbye my dream of keeping my 2nd place in the Swedish women there 😥  Change of plans then… Let’s keep a nice “finish the race”-objective and everything under training time is fine 🙂

So, wake up time was completely not in sync as the other previous days  (i.e. opening the eyes at a time of potential arrival at the finish line). Today it was 06:00am, when waking up (and nope, there is no plan for crushing the world record on Friday!!! At least not for me 🙂 Weather check before aiming to the door for a final run at home. -6°C, real feel -11°C…sure, that had been said before… 2 layers on however…which were not extra stuff to wear. It took 3-4 km to be able to feel my fingertips again… Rest of the body was fine. Took a round tour and finish by the French basket to order dough for my French cake I promised at work. Then back home. Extremely careful run as it was still a but slippery and slush all over. But got the body and mind in a better mood.
Well-arrived at home, time for work. Finalizing all ongoing stuff so that you won’t have to think of it for a while is actually an art in itself. Leaving to Dubai without laptop feels like travelling naked almost… Good smartphones were invented then!
By lunch time the only food accepted by the tummy was a banana and a glass of apple juice. Still ok, loading with carbs, correct? Keeping it to liquid carbs when possible to ensure hydration (unsure I know what I an taking about, but it sounds like making sense…).
By noon all was set, emailed, packaged and got even time for extra check on my backpack with all the necessary stuff and my suitcase certainly filled with 79% of unnecessary stuff… Final check around and off I went. Short stop at the sushi place got buying my lunch to-go and then pharmacy for medicine against bad stomach. Never used it and not intending to, but JIC… (btw. great that I read the notice as well as this medicine has lactose in it, can give dizziness, tiredness and rash on the skin… Brilliant! Will definitely not use it!!!). Got the tram and bus to the airport, check-in, luggage drop, sushi lunch and queue to get to the gate. Of course pretty early, but the mind cannot focus at all right now so better occupy it somehow. As usual, buying a RW, filling my water bottle and stupidly trying a new hand cream giving me red rash and burning feeling… All better when spraying myself with a little Kenzo 😉
Now wait wait wait until the first flight leaves… As it felt a bit ok to be hungry, decided to eat a banana and buy one of those rice porridge with jam (I choose the non-lactose one) and had a focaccia toast with turkey, tomatoes, mayo and cheese. Had most of the cheese removed though. Warmed a bit and eaten slowly. Perfect timing to get on the first plane to Munich.

From now on I start to be really asocial and annoyed with everyone sneezing, coughing, blowing their nose…you name it! Just do not want to be sick right now! Ate my rice porridge on the plane, with tea and orange juice. A bit of reading, sleeping and dreaming (of the race of course and plenty other things…which are nice usually but bothering when trying to visualize a race…).

Anyhow, just arrived in Munich and have to hurry to next plane…not. This airport is really nice and it us boring I cannot eat really. Lots if nice restaurants 🙂 Next plane soon, I will sleep then. And will arrive tomorrow morning in Dubai. Yippie!

Probably not updating here for a little while though. Will post and antedate instead. Someone is actually trying to focus here.. 🙂

Dubai… 2 days and a few hours to go (actually should have started to count the hours to the race since a while…)


Is carb depletion really necessary then?

After one day having a stomach emptying itself without even asking, and drinking “fluid replacement”-stuff, it was well rested I woke up this morning. Although a bit late, breakfast was on time (had time to work a bit before as well 🙂 ) and even had time for a shower before school meeting. As I was up and ready, decided to take my final run right away instead of waiting for lunch time (and probably bite my nails until then! – no, I am not biting my nails 🙂 ). Pretty freezing start so headed back home for getting a winter top layer. None for the legs as the tights felt way enough (and they generally get warm anyway). Yapp, needed 500m to get the body back to normal temperature and it felt fine for the rest. After an easy warm-up (read: the legs run, the head focus on not falling on the snow and slush and the mind think it is therefore easy and slow pace…NOT!) just a little stretch and off to a fast tempo piece. Way too fast first km (although this is when checking the watch I noticed it, once again the brain said: all good and easy, just continue…), slowed down then and tried to ignore the beeps of the watch indicating I was outside the expected pace range. Once again focus on the road where the bike path was not (as I would have wanted) that cleared out. Several bikes coming from the other side indicated loudly that I was too move (and I answered loudly as well that I would not run on the icy-snowy-slushy part of the road). But of course I did it for 3 bikes which did not appear to move themselves to let me run 😦 WHATEVER! Just continued me and my beeping watch. After a bit more than half the distance I turned back and run from where I was coming from. Slower pace then due to the 180º turn, but still beeping watch … Completed the fast piece nicely and without falling on my bum a single time (achievement of the year so far!). Then it was just to get back home at an easy pace (read: once again the brain says it is slooooooooooooow, but the watch says it is not). Good run indeed, just can I be given the opportunity to explode now, please?

Back home, stretch, shower and quickly continued to work. Around lunch felt a bit “worried” not to have any hunger feeling so checked this by calling a nurse and she recommended to continue to take it easy with “hard” food. Choose white bread, pasta, rice and avoid vegetable or fibers. Wonderful, on my carb depletion day… So after talking a bit, she said I could have eggs, boiled fish or meat… yeah… just boring stuff! The afternoon continued with more work and after last meeting of the day, time for massage. This time it was not painful (almost). Cannot understand he is always finding spots which are not making themselves heard until he pushes them… But it was fine. Back home and a bit more work before starting the real stuff: PACKING! All the hand-luggage (race outfit and shoes, gels, passport, hair-stuff…) were already ready since yesterday. So this evening it was just to get the little clothes needed for the days I won’t race. SOOOOO nice to take out bikini, sun glasses and sun cream. Hopefully the weather will be nice then (it has actually been cloudy and raining last week…). Now I am just turning round round round like a cheetah in a cage and seriously it ain’t fun! The plan will soon be to throw all in the suitcase, switch on the tv and try to fall asleep… Any suggestion otherwise?

So carb depletion day 1? sure! not really planned this way. But feeling fine (in comparison to last year when I was actually sick in my stomach). Keeping fingers crossed that tomorrow the carbs will be liked then! Still have to think how to lay the race… but this can wait until Friday morning 😉

Dubai…3days and a few hours to go…(shall I start screaming now?….)


History repeating itself? (the sequel…)

Déjà-vu can be weird, but here seriously I would gladly skip this. Woke up this morning with stomach cramps and chose to ignore them and replace the apparently-not-working-sleep-in by a nice reading-in-the-bed time. This was without counting the back and forth to the loo during this time 😦 Yeah, no glamour in running, although this has nothing to do with running. Decided to postpone my easy run a bit. Looking at food just made me start feeling nauseous 😦 so it was with (very) empty stomach I went out for a run. Once again, snow had fallen during the night and this morning was the choice for running pretty simple: snow, slippery surfaces, snow with gravel, slush or from time to time cleared up street (or bike path)… Of course, the latter one would be my first choice, but to get one, I had to go through most of the others. Easy tempo (took actually the extra layer clothes to make it (almost) impossible to increase the pace…although the pavement and the snow/slush/whatever-could-be-there made all the work for me!). Got to turn back after 4.2km as the street along the water was not cleared up and seriously I was not equipped for a run on the snow today. Got another route on the way back… slightly uphill, with the sun in the face…Hmmmm niiiiice…? until it started to blow directly to my face and this with all the snow which was light enough to fly… Nice? don’t think so! The extra detour turned out to be a real pain and I changed route again to go back to the bike path which was runnable… All this at an easy pace and slippery under the shoes.

Now the rest of the day was extremely boring as I thought it felt much better after the run and decided…to eat 😦 Not too good idea as all went out shortly after. So no food, just drinking throughout the day (and yes, this sounds like last year prep, although one day in advance…). Down now to salted water-stuff and 2 teas in the stomach, took a bath to get a bit relaxed. Not helping the stomach, but the head maybe.

So…what’s the plan now? early bedtime is on the top of the list. This will at least help in shutting down the mind thinking that the form is not there, the energy levels are down, that the race is to soon and that the snow is my worst enemy…

Just cannot wait to be there now… Less than 4 days to go

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Short long run, but still a long run

Waking up once again at the time that would be nice to finish on Friday 🙂 Always good to visualize, right? Easy breakfast, steadying and time for -finally- going out for a run. A long one. Well, a short long run, but still a long run. A bit of stomach cramps before leaving 😦 Felt good however to be out, despite the real annoying snow and gravel on the streets. All to make this run tricky and slow. Too many layers of clothes made it definitely not simple to run any faster, but could get 15km out anyway. So that was good. Still feeling a bit lethargic of not running, but when I do it feels good.
Not many days left, not many things to fix before leaving, …too short time left… Hoping the weather is getting better before leaving so can get a couple of runs still.

Tired tired tired…meaning bedtime now!