My running plans experienced a setback earlier this week. I had to pause for a couple of days due to a sore throat and feeling feverish. But I’m feeling much better and I went for a slow run today. It went well.
Yesterday I bought some jogging socks for my brand-new running shoes. BTW, if you’re selling running shoes, it really helps if your staff is enthusiastic. The sales staff offered good advice on how to train and knew running groups in the area.
Earlier I read this Spiegel article on Christian Hottas, who has run over 2000 marathons.
(…) es geht um den Spaß an der Bewegung, nicht darum, einen Marathon zu laufen. Ich ermutige jeden, so viel zu laufen, wie er kann und mag. Laufanfänger, die in meine Praxis kommen, unterstütze ich aber gerne. Leistung ist immer subjektiv.
The transition from European autumn to winter still isn’t easy for this Malawi-born blogger. Even after so many years. I find it’s more difficult to go out running when it’s raining, windy and icy cold. But just like with warm weather, running outside is a good way to get accustomed to the cold season. And it can be very refreshing to have fresh, crisp December air rushing into your system.
Here are a couple for tips:
- Layers Wear 2 or 3 layers, so that you can remove a layer or two once you feel warm.
- Gloves and a beanie Wear gloves and a beanie to keep your hands and head warm.
- Breathing If temperatures drop below zero, breathing can be difficult and can cause a stabbing pain in your lung area. Start running slowly, close your mouth and breathe through your nose to warm the air before it hits your lungs. Usually the stabbing pain stops after a couple of minutes. If it doesn’t, it’s probably time for the indoor tread mill.
- Change your schedule On the weekends I run during the early afternoons, while it is light. And I try different routes.
- Join a running group Meeting with others helps to stay motivated. Sometimes.
I’m writing these tips for myself, ‘cos that special German phenomenon called innere Schweinehund (literally inner pig dog) has been creeping in.
This afternoon I ran for about an hour from Riehen up to Bettingen. After about 5 minutes I started feeling warm, and when I reached Bettingen I saw a beautiful view of the Black Forest mountains. I ended my run with some stair exercises. And now I’ve got something to write about. To show off. Priceless.
A small feat to celebrate in my personal blog: I jogged uphill from Riehen to St. Chrischona today at a slow and leisurely pace. The first part was tough, but about half way between Riehen and Bettingen I started to feel better. I guess the endorphin production kicked in.
Despite a setback due to flu, my regular training is paying off. Just like the message on the Ovo packaging: Never give up. Concepts which apply to other areas as well…
While running I was constantly writing and re-phrasing statements for this blog post… Something fellow blogger Persillie calls mind blogging. For me it’s one of the added benefits of running: mapping out ideas and reflecting on experiences and dreaming; mixed with lots of fresh air and movement.
I’ll try to re-run this route once in a while. And there’s also the Chrischonalauf to consider.
Today was my first run with the running club since mid-December. And mid-way I felt kind of unfit. That’s the downside of jogging. You really notice the slacking.
Due to a cold during the Christmas break and my South Florida holiday I didn’t run as much as I’d planned initially.
Add lots of Swiss chocolate for Christmas and one week of American Breakfast.
Though I did manage to get up early a couple of times and run along the beach.
Given these distressing facts, today’s run was ok. The weather was perfect: about 7 degrees plus. We ran for exactly 1 hr (St. Alban – Birsfelden – Jowa – periphery of Muttenz and back). And if I include my regular bike trips, I did about 2 hrs of sports.
The lights of the Joggeli Stadium (built by Herzog & de Meuron) were on. I wondered out loud if the red and blue lighting means that there’s a game. BTW, there’s a film on the Beijing stadium coming soon.
Yesterday I saw The Band’s Visit about an Egyptian music band that gets stranded in an Israeli village in the middle of nowhere. And being the googling kind, I found this NYT article about some kind of controversy regarding Oscar nominations. The film is funny, likeable, and manages to convey a realistic feeling of awkwardness when people from different backgrounds meet for the first time.
“A: No Arab culture center?
B: No culture, not Israeli culture, not Arab… no culture at all”
Running didn’t go well today. I was totally demotivated. Although I’ve been training regularly all summer, I was slow and running behind the group. After about 45 or 50 minutes I slumped in a deep dark “not motivated” hole. And knowing the route didn’t help much either, ‘cos it demotivated me even further.
Summer sports program in Basel from 10th July to 12th August:
Sunny Days … they haven’t updated the pdf file with this year’s list of courses yet.
[update] The pdf is up now!
Catherine Chikwakwa, long distance runner from Malawi, won today’s Silvesterlauf in Zurich. Again.