Day before the race

Sometimes I wonder why I bother with the running.  Tomorrow is the biggest running event in Latvia and I have a slight fever, a head cold, and my left hamstring is feeling like a banjo.  I would recommend myself to just stay home tomorrow.  Instead, I have told myself and others that I will go and […]

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20K long run in the cold.

Most people who enjoy running and especially those who are training for an event, usually pick a day to do a long run or at least some more distance than their regular run.  Weekends, obviously, are the most common day for this type of run.  You don’t rush through your long runs and you try […]

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Winter “scenic” run


Some days are harder than others to head out for a run.  Just like most winter days this year, the temperature was at the freezing point and the sky was just one big grey cloud.  I found it difficult to get motivated to head out the door.  But children truly are an inspiration.  After hearing them fight for twenty minutes, I was ready to go! This run was planned as a pre marathon training run, just to see where I stand.  Took it easy and pushed a little half way.  From a trainer’s eye, it would be called a successful run.  I chose a pretty depressing route and Sunday morning is still considered late Saturday night for some.  So, this gave me the opportunity to do some speed work, varying my pace from 5K race pace to steady trot depending on the street I passed, as well as who was on it.

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