Browsing the blog archives for December, 2010

Harsh conditions

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Snow Running

Snow Running

Winter weather in the South of Sweden can be harsh. Rough winds, cold weather and snow equals to total chaos. Snow drifts form so quickly on the roads that the snow ploughs do not manage to keep the roads open. Snow does not fall here, it comes horizontal most of the time. Never in my life have I experienced this kind of Winters, and this is coming from a person who was born in the land of the polar bears and Father Christmas.

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Extreme Freshness

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I know I said in my previous post that I would enjoy the extreme freshness of winter air. But there is apparently a limit to this enjoyment. After having had two days off I felt I needed to get out and run. Temperature was only -5 (yes, not at all bad for us northerners) but the northwesterly wind was literally mind blowing. Shuffling along the icy roads my face was the one least amused being out, and my hands were complaining. Nose felt like it was about to fall off any minute. 2 kilometers against the harsh wind and the nose was only happy to see the turning of the road. It was a relief to have the wind hitting the rear side of the body. All of the sudden the wind seemed to have stopped. Until the second next turn.

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Off-Season

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One of the most difficult things during the off-period season has been to learn to run at a very relaxed pace. I am still learning. It was not until I got my Suunto t3d heart rate monitor in November, that I have been able to monitor my running in more detail. What I consider easy running, my heart rate and Suunto monitor tell me differently. To keep the heart rate below 140 bpm throughout the runs has been challenging as running at that pace feels unnatural. My coach keeps telling me to take it easy as it is highly important to bring the intensity down during this period. The body and mind need to come down from the previous season’s training. It is highly important for further development that full recovery takes place. He keeps telling that I need to let my body and mind go through total relaxation as the time will come again when training gets hard and the cycle is filled with tempo, fartlek and intervals. I must say though, I do look forward to it, which I suppose is not such a bad thing.

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