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Still raining cats and dogs…

This happy runner is slowly losing her happiness.

The rain is driving me crazy!! I am used to at least run for an hour outside every day and then spend some more time walking, making my sunshine intake 2-3 hours most days (more on weekends).

At the moment my sunshine intake is very close to zero.

I have been going to the gym most days now and my tempo training is going well (one good thing with the rain). Today I am going to try a Burn and Firm Cardio exercise on the treadmill out of SHAPE magazine (another good thing: I am trying new workouts). I really should be running 10-12 miles for my San Diego race, but I can’t face that on a treadmill.

I am a fair weather runner. I learned to tolerate the odd drizzle starting during my long runs, but I am not going out there while it’s pouring… or raining “cats and dogs”, which is an expression I learned in school and still – after 16 years of living in countries where English is the native language – I don’t get the expression.

Why is it raining “cats and dogs”? It’s rather cruel, isn’t it? And it’s not like you send your cats and dogs outside. Even they hate the rain after a few days (weeks now).

The German expression (used while I grew up) is “Es regnet Bindfäden.”, which translates to “it’s raining strings”. And when you look out of the window and it is pouring, the rain looks like it’s coming down in strings rather than drops. An expression that makes perfect sense. But cats and dogs?

Seriously, someone explain, please! 🙂



About long runs, interval runs, hill training…

I have been living off my runner’s high from Saturday’s 14.5-miler for the last couple of days. The days were filled with CRAZY thoughts:

  • I want to run another 14-miler next weekend. CRAZY!
  • I want to run the full marathon in San Diego. CRAZY!
  • I want to sign up for another full marathon this year. CRAZY

I am not saying any of this is impossible. In fact, it’s perfectly possible. But when I signed up for a full marathon in 2010, I freaked out about training, got completely stressed out about long runs and eventually ran the half distance on race day. So I vowed to only sign up for a full marathon once again when I have a running team around me that trains for the same event.

Anyway, I could possibly always change my half distance to a full when I get to San Diego and the running continues to be grand…

Yesterday, I did interval runs and I am getting faster. At least for those training runs. I signed up for a 5k this coming weekend and my goal is to make it a really fast tempo run.

I have also been training hills on the treadmill. I am not sure yet exactly on how this translates to a real hilly environment. I fear the Edinburgh Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon will be hilly..

I have been loosely following the Rolling Hills Plan from Rick Morris’ Treadmill Hill Workouts. I think I am going to do the Hill Blasters Plan this week. 🙂

You know you are a runner when… you know the location of every 7-11, public restroom, and water fountain in running distance from your home.


Leap Day Challenge

I am a sucker for NIKE+ challenges – even though my NIKE+ GPS watch doesn’t congratulate me anymore when I break a record… what’s up with that?

After I started January with a 100 miles, I wanted February to count, too. Though I am going to fall a little short of 100 miles, I am getting close. With that in mind I entered the NIKE+ Leap Day Challenge.

Off to the gym I went (just grey and gloomy outside) to do my hill training on the treadmill. I had 3 miles in mind for the hill training and completed those, then just decided to keep running slowly for a little longer – just for fun as one does…

6.4 miles later I stepped off the treadmill (elevation gain 594 feet).

Then I followed my upper body workout plan for another 20 minutes.

I made leap day count. Happy! 🙂

How are you making leap day count?

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
~ Groucho Marx


There will be singing…

…not just in the gym.

I have been a little off topic this weekend.

This weekend turned out to be a full cross-training weekend. After the long hike on Saturday, we were off on Sunday to see Snow Patrol perform live at the O2 arena. There was dancing. There was singing. And without surprise, there was no voice today.

The run on the treadmill  – of course accompanied by Snow Patrol songs today – got glances from the runner on my left again. This time it wasn’t really my singing along as much as my crackling along with hardly any voice at all. But then he wasn’t there at the concert last night. So, I was the one throwing glances of forgiveness back…

We are listening
And we’re not blind
This is your life
This is your time

~ Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol in London at the O2 arena

Snow Patrol in London at the O2 arena