Thursday & Friday
Actually 2 workout days but I didn’t do anything except for walking with Bella.
Saturday morning I did an easy 5K run and it was a great run. The weather was perfect for running and the run itself went easy.
Weather:dry, windy, 11C (51 degrees)
Distance: 5 K / 3.1 miles
Average time: 6:45 /km
Average speed: 8.9 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
I ran the Maple Leaf Cross. This is a trail run in a forest, 10 minutes driving from home. The weather was great for a run, it’s not a big run which I like more than big races with lots of people. Trail running to me is much harder than road running because I hardly ever do it, all my runs are on flat roads. I had to do 2 rounds to complete the 6K and a round had 2 hills, close after each other. The first round I ran up both of them but the second round I walked up the big one, the second one I ran again. I decided to do a trail run in my training schedule every now and then and take Bella with me on these runs.
I did the same run on the exact same route 2 years ago and I’ve beaten my time with 3 minutes. Even though I was slower than normally, still it was faster than 2 years ago. I was happy with the result.
Weather:dry, not much wind, cloudy, 11C (51 degrees)
Distance: 6 K / 3.7 miles
Average time: 7:16 /km
Average speed: 8.3 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: I have no idea.
Waving at R. before the start.
Monday morning I did level 1 of the Jillian Michaels DVD Ripped in 30. It’s similar to the 30 day Shred and I like these workouts because they are short and intense. Total time: 34 minutes.
After dinner I took Bella for a 40-minute walk.
I had plans to run 4.8 K (3 miles) but as soon as I started running my lower back was screaming at me “what the h*ll are you doing to me”. It kept bothering me and I decided to do a shorter run which was slow too because of the back troubles. Better a short run than nothing at all.
After dinner a 25 minute walk with Bella.
Weather:dry, not much wind, 6C (42 degrees)
Distance: 3.2 K / 2 miles
Average time: 7:30 /km
Average speed: 8 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Bob Marley – Three little birds.
No workout today. When I went to bed yesterday my legs were so tired and my lower back was painful that I decided to take a day of rest today. I did walk with Bella for 30 minutes today.
As you can see in the left sidebar I have to run 247 K to reach my mileage goal this year. This would mean I have to run approx 125 K this month and in December. You can also see I ran that kind of mileage only 1 month this year.
I have been thinking if I should try to reach my goal but I decided it’s okay if I don’t reach it. Because I’m running shorter distances now, which I like because it’s Winter and I run in the dark on weekdays. But the most important thing is that I refound my joy in running and I don’t want to ruin that by putting pressure on myself that I have to run a certain distance every time I go out and even add junk miles to my runs to reach my goal.
So far I have run more mileage, a longer time and I did more workouts overall than last year. In my book that’s already a success that can only get more succesful because the year isn’t over.
The point of this jibber jabber? I will run and do other workouts and have fun doing them. Distance isn’t that important, after all I’m running for me and for nobody else.
Beef, potatoes, red cabbage with pear. Dessert: 2 kiwi’s.
Meat, potatoes, green beans. Dessert: an apple.
Noodles with chicken and vegetables.
365 days photo challenge 2011
Day 311 – Monday November 7
Because it’s dark so early, it’s difficult to find things to photograph every day. That’s why I take as much pictures on other days in daylight and use them for the challenge.
Mushrooms, typical Autumn product.
Day 312 – Tuesday November 8
It’s November and still blackberries are growing.
Day 313 – Wednesday November 9
Cute little pony. Wouldn’t come to the fence because she/he was scared of Bella.