Yesterday it was all over the news here in Holland: English meteorologists are predicting an extreme cold Winter in Europe. They predict lots of snow in December and January with temperatures dropping up to -20C (-4 degrees).
I don’t know what -20C feels like. I have never ever experienced temperatures like this. I looked it up and the coldest it has ever been in Holland was -27 C (-16 degrees) in 1942! And the coldest Winter ever was in 1963 when the average temperature was -3C (26 degrees). I wasn’t even born yet then.
I have to see it to believe it but I do hope they are wrong, especially about the snow. We’ve had two years with lots of snow in a row and I don’t like snow especially not since I cancelled my gym membership and it’s my intention to keep running outside all Winter long.
What’s the coldest temperature you ever experienced?
BEST RUN IN MONTHS!
I still can’t believe what happened yesterday morning: my first run after my workout vacation. There was a very strong wind, almost storm, but it was dry and you all know I love me some wind. I decided to start with a very short run and had one goal in mind: run it without walking and I did. But what surprised me the most that this was a very fast run for me. The last time I ran this fast has been in June. It was an awesome run and I loved it. I hope this is just the first of many more great runs but maybe we’ll have to wait with the cheering till I’ve run some more and we know if this was a one time thing or the start of something good.
Weather:dry, strong wind, 15C (59 degrees)
Distance: 3.2 K / 2 miles
Average time: 6:46 /km
Average speed: 8.9 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Madonna – Material girl
Immediately after I got home from work I changed in my workout clothes and did a short Turbofire workout: a HITT class of 15 minutes followed by a 10 minute stretch class. The HITT was intense and it felt good when I finished it.
This morning when I got up around 5 am and looked outside it was raining and it was raining hard. Now you know I don’t mind running in the rain and I don’t mind running in the dark but the combination of heavy rain with darkness is something I don’t like.
However I did get dressed and I even got out of the door but I was soaking wet before I even started my run and said to myself “are you nuts? this is supposed to be fun”. I turned around, took a hot shower and go again tomorrow morning when it’s supposed to be dry.
I have to watch the weather forecast better from now on and change my training plan if necessary. If it drizzles I don’t mind running in the morning but next time the weather is so bad I will either run the next day or in the afternoon and do my afternoon workout in the morning. Have to be flexible in this especially if the weather forecasts as mentioned above are true.
Merquez sausage with couscous with onion, garlic and spinach.
I had plans to make something different but R. wasn’t home for dinner and I made something that was ready fast: minced meat with mushrooms, rice and grilled zucchini.
Fish (cod) with mashed potatoes, carrots and green peas.
365 days photo challenge 2011
Day 283 – Monday October 8
The street where I live.
Day 284 – Tuesday October 9
I love this house mostly because the front door is so huge.
Day 285 – Wednesday October 10
Less than 100 days to go with my challenge and it’s getting harder and harder to find something to photograph. That’s why today I decided to give an update on my photo wall at work that makes me happy everytime I look at it.