I love running outdoors but it is not always possible or reasonable. There are times in winter when it is way too slippery or cold. Sometimes, I would simply adapt to the weather conditions and run for a shorter time (when it’s cold, -20 degrees). Sometimes, it is better to go indoors. Especially for speed work or running drills. Especially if you don’t want to break a leg. And I don’t mean treadmill running, this is super boring. I am talking about indoor tracks.
On day 844, December 27, Thursday, we visited a new sports hall. Well, new for us as we hadn’t been there before. We were in South Estonia and thus went to the hall in Võru. I started my run outside and ran 8 km as a warm up. That really was awful. The temperature had risen and the snow was melting. This translated into puddles and ice fields on the streets. Once I got inside, removed all the unnecessary clothes and ran on the rubberised, I felt free. Such a relief to run without any obstructions! Felt like I was back in the UK where I could run on the snow-free tarmac and other roads. To be honest, it felt so good that I did more running drills I was supposed to. 15 instead of 10. I was a bit afraid this would wear me out for the important indoor arena workout that was waiting for me on Saturday. Nevertheless, I couldn’t say no to that risk. I wanted to stay there for longer, so we wouldn’t have to go back to the house, full of too many people and too much noise. I do like these people but as an introvert I prefer to consume them in moderate amounts and, preferably, with periods of silence in between. The indoor arena wasn’t quite empty but it did give me the silence I needed. All the people there were nicely spread out.
1. Own and live in a house.
Holiday-mode on but did work a tiny bit in the afternoon before more people came over and it got really noisy.
2. Write AND publish a book.
I was unable to focus, although I did need to get started with my 31-day meal plan book.
3. Win a major race.
A good long workout indoors. 8 km warm-up + running drills + some exercises on the Bosu (couldn’t resist).