Reviving my blog

Reviving my blog

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while since I last published a post here. Long story short, I got injured in January (the knee) and stopped doing running or other activities for few months while I was recovering.

During that time, I decided to get a bicycle and started really enjoying commuting and seeing London becoming very cycle centric city. I got to love it so much, I started doing some longer weekend trips. I  managed to vlog one of them. Please check out my YouTube channel for more.

 

Advent Running Day 14

Advent Running Day 14

Day 14 – a gym day. I ran today 9:31/mile for 30 mins (except the first 2 minutes for the warm up) at 1% incline. I was pleasantly surprised with my very mild heart rate. So much different from yesterday. I guess that must have been lack of sleep. Looking forward to the upcoming long run/harder run.

The actual average HR was 136 with max of 148.

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Advent Running Day 13

Advent Running Day 13

Running now became a bit of a struggle. My heart rate seems to be elevated even on easy runs. It’s definitely beating 10-15 beats per minute above the average. My mind is a bit worried as well. I am starting to slow down and doubt if it all makes sense. In moments like this I stop and wonder why this all happens to our lives, why do we have those worse days? Why do we suffer even if there is no obvious reason?

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I headed out when it was dark. Intentionally. I didn’t want to run for fireworks, didn’t want to run for a show, didn’t want to be noticed. It was already pretty bright even at 7:15am, about 45 minutes before the sunrise. I think this is called a “civil twilight” where all becomes visible, if only a little bit. Running around the Blackheath feels different, it’s very quiet and intimate. Similarly in Greenwich park. The whole park feels yours!

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But then I came back home. Feeling satisfied even if my muscles started to get sore, and a bit tired. All this toil building up now. Then, suddenly my whole living room gets yellow to my astonishment. I’ve already put enormous amount of lighting but the yellow color was so strong I turned around as I was initially not facing the window. What a beautiful sunrise!

Advent Running Day 12

Advent Running Day 12

I had the full exposure to the direct sunlight in London. Yes, the sun was outside the clouds only for a few minutes just after the sunrise. Sometimes, it’s rewarding, getting up early!

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The nice bonus were the really friendly swans:

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Advent Running Day 11

Advent Running Day 11

I screwed up today (a bit). As I was a bit under the weather yesterday I slept most of the day yesterday. And as a result, I couldn’t get to sleep at night. So, today, I overslept for my TRIBE Freedom Run :(. However, as I am still recovering I was wondering if this was a good idea at all to commute for 1.5 hours and run 10k. Life answered this for me. So today, I just did a bare minimum and ran for 30 minutes. Surprisingly, my feet wanted a hard workout. It became quite a steady run as a result. I was looking at my heart rate, but at the same time I wanted to enjoy the run so I wasn’t looking very carefully 🙂

I feel much better after the run. So perhaps it helps! Hopefully, I will get to do a long run next week.

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Advent Running Day 10

Advent Running Day 10

 

Oh gosh.. a mixed day. The day started on the low side as I felt really tired after the whole week. I decided to go on my run just before lunch as it was supposed to rain afterwards. It’s really warm now – 13 degrees, although the sky is constantly overcast.

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I did a lap around Greenwich Park. The HR was visibly lower than yesterday, but on the other hand I started getting a sore throat. After finishing the run, my cold progressed to headache and I slept most of the day :/ I just feel tired, the run actually help to wake me up and the sore throat disappeared. But since my headache is still the ongoing I am wondering what should I do tomorrow as I have something planned. I will wait till tomorrow morning to find out. Now back to book reading…

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Advent Running Day 9

Advent Running Day 9

Today I went for a run just as soon sun rose above the horizon. I also finally started breaking my new running shoes. “Breaking the shoes” – means getting your new model used to your feet. It’s normally unwise to try to run more than 2-3 miles at once in the new shoes – unless you like to deal with injuries. After that, it’s ok to gradually introduce the shoe to longer workouts. So here are my shoes! (it’s GT2000 that just fits me perfectly, so I keep reordering the same model 🙂

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I will have to be more patient to experience proper sunrise. At the end of the day, here’s the typical London weather for you! Today the sky was fully overcast (as per forecast and picture below). I was hoping for the sky to clear a bit faster (as per forecast it cleared but 1-2 hours later). Anyways, you can’t have everything! My heart rate a little bit elevated meaning I am a bit tired. Well, it’s been 16 hours since my previous run and I slept for way too short.

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I tried drawing during this run. If you want to understand what I am talking about check out the GPS route below:

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That was “supposed” to be a gift box. Well, given my actual manual skills, I would call this drawing a great success! 🙂 Happy Running!

Advent Running Day 8

Advent Running Day 8

Another day, another run. This time I was checking out the urban side of London: Bloomsbury and Soho. It was a nice change, having to constantly plan every step to run around people and objects, to lose the least speed in order to conserve the energy. It’s fun as long as you don’t take it too seriously. It started raining at the end – it’s very nice for a run to have a light rain. Provided it’s within last 5 minutes of the run 🙂

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Above is Soho Square and below is the Megaro Hotel at Kings Cross:

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Advent Running Day 7

Advent Running Day 7

Today is a recovery day. In the Advent Running vocabulary it means an easy run day as we aim not to rest. It was very warm – no need for tights – so I turned it into a “photo” run. Meditating and finding out what muscles I should pay attention to. Speed running can take its toll. Let’s stay calm and alert and prepare for the next challenge.

Advent Running Day 6

Advent Running Day 6

Today, I listened to my body again and went full on. The only brake was my GPS watch which lied to me. So to start with, I wanted to do a speed session over the Regents Canal during lunch time. I started off at a pretty moderate pace that I planned to increase after 1k. And so did I, to my astonishment the GPS watch recorded 4:12/km at the end of 2nd km. Later of course I found out that the GPS was completely out of whack, so I don’t know what the real time was. Anyway, I finished 2k just before grinding to a halt at the Market (this is a very short fragment of the route that mixes with the crowds lunching in Camden, which can’t possibly be run at the full speed). I then ventured on a hard but slightly easier pace – and realised the run evolved into some kind of fartlek. I did 3rd and 4th km and reverted back. At the end of 6k, I arrived at Camden again and I decided just to go easy from now on. My HR was already above zone 4 for good 15-20 minutes. But I couldn’t do easy, I tried but it was still running 5:20-5:40. It’s just once you start running fast, your definition of slow changes. It was a nice speed workout I was longing for for a long time. As the photo shows, the weather was greyish overcast sky, but warm! The nice part of the run was the sight of the river barges. Of course..

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