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They day ended much better than expected (after tumbling on ice in the morning and getting a warning push notification to stay indoors because of the fire in the not yet opened water amusement park). It started snowing for real. Which improved traction quite a lot. No spikes needed. This resulted in a 17km trail snow shuffle. Nice and easy. Enjoying the quiet forest. 1/3
Tuesday: 200 seconds of plank, 11 minutes of kettle bells, followed by 12.8 km of #running (-8°C with a windchill of -12°C).
Lovely run, comfortable, but too sunny. 🤣
1) Snowy scene, trees on the shore of the frozen over Rideau River 2) Sun peeking through the Alexandria Bridge 3) Small river that is used by kayakers with the Portage complex visible in the distance 4) Ice sculpture of a woman with a norther scene carved into ice. 5) Ice sculpture of a couple 6) Ice sculpture of a prancing horse
Friday: 200 seconds of plank, 13 minutes of kettle bells, followed by 6.2 km of #running (0°C with a windchill of °-5C).
Firstly, woot! Hit my plank target; figured it was Friday and I should go for it. Sore though.
Opted for a shorter run today to try and save some energy for the long day ahead.
I expect these numbers to fall dramatically in February; I’ll be off on a special project three days a week, plus a week (we’re shooting a movie- Shhh!).
I haven't figured out how to track the #AppleFitness stuff yet; per exercise feels like it will add a lot of columns. Maybe number of exercises/time?
Wednesday: 171 seconds of plank, two Apple Fitness+ workouts, followed by 12.7 km of #running (-7°C with a windchill of -12°C).
The workouts are interesting, but I groaned when there was more planking. 🤣
I have no idea where today's speed came from - maybe the shorts? 🤣 One of the splits was 6:07. 🤷🏻
Swung down Sparks street to see how Winterlude preparations were going (third image). Lots of art going into place.
#FirstSong of the day: Overdose by September Mourning
1) Before sunrise image of cleared recreational path curving off to the left with the west span of the Minto bridges on the far right. 2) Looking up at the structure of the Alexandria bridge and the road. 3) The green Chaudiere Bridge, with the largely cleared sidewalk with traffic on the right.
1) Sculpture of florescent green and orange wolves standing among spruce. 2) Partially-completed ice sculpture of a dinosaur. 3) Ice sculpture of a birth with a person riding on it over the planet earth on a pedistal 4) A piece of a indigenous art of a bear, lit up with some lights.
Apple Music Playing Overdose by September Mourning
Tuesday: 170 seconds of plank, 10 minutes of kettle bells, followed by 11 km of #running (-6°C with a windchill of -12°C). Grey and overcast, just how I like it.
I typed too soon yesterday; plank was really hard today - barely made the goal time, but the run was great, even if it was a bit messy out. Fastest run of the year and (checks spreadsheet) since my return to running from injury.
#FirstSong of the day: Shut Your Mouth by G PAIN and Vion Konger
Side by side images: 1) grey overcast morning, and a crusty, icy recreational path with trees on either side that curved off to the right. 2) Sun peeking through the trees with the Rideau River in the distance with a recreational path curving off to the left.
Apple Music playing Shut Your Mouth by G PAIN and Vion Konger
"SRF bi de Lüt – Hüttengeschichten" is a series from the Swiss Public Broadcasting Corporation about life in mountain huts. It tells the stories about the people living and working in the huts and mountains, their daily lives and surroundings.
German subs available.
Wednesday: 150 seconds of plank, followed by 11 km of #running (-17°C with a windchill of -25°C).
I'm pleased that I've been able maintain the plank level so far. If I make it through the week, I'll add 10 seconds Monday towards my eventual goal of 200 seconds and see how that goes.
Had a stopped car honk at me as I was crossing an intersection, to ask me to press the beg button for them. 😳
#FirstSong DAY6’s Sweet Chaos, from the album The Book of Us: Entropy fun and catchy tune.
Fresh snow (10-20cm) from this night/morning. Pleasant temperature with -1C (-7C). A little bit of sunshine. But stormy wind. Great run, or should I say speed hike. 😅 About 80s slower per km in all the snow compared to a usual run on those trails. It was lots of fun nevertheless.
Saturday: 30 minutes of snow shovelling (I record it as a HIIT workout), followed by 5.48 km of #running (-3°C with a windchill of -11°C, w/ wind gusting to 45km/hr), came home and sat in my comfy chair and drank a lot of tea.
I think I've invented a new running workout "Snow intervals”, where you run in deep snow until your heart nearly explodes, you stop, then start again. I swear, it's fun. 🤣
 There’s a Swedish word: snöpulsning - hat tip to @recollir
Have a rescue blanket and dry shirt with you. If you are out on your now during winter times for a run in less accessible terrain… RIP Edward Catmur.