This winter is not providing the weather we usually have. All December and January we've had a temperature around 37-45 F and it's been rainy and wet. Usually this time of the year we have snow and the temperature can easily drop to 5 F... That was what I prepared my mind for (and gear, as I bought ice grippers to fit my shoes, but hey, havn't had to use them). So without the snow it's been really dark and gloomy. So happy thoughts is my guiding light and motivation. Do not surrender to the elements.

The other day I brought my dog running with me. Doing hill training. 10x up and down. Confusing my dog a bit as he's only been with me on my easy runs. Anyway, it feels great beeing on the run again haha after my disapointment in December, when I was feeling pain in my FHL. With Eric's advice it's really working! Doing foot excersices before my runs and massage my calves afterwards. A big thaaank you, Eric!

So I intend to step in to the foundation program next week. Just waiting for my running watch to arrive (havn't used a HR monitor before, just Runkeeper on my iphone). Really excited to do the tests!

Meanwhile I'm doing the foot excersises, working on form and Mantra knee drive. Also been doing some swimming, like a mile or so, twice a week. In the water my mind relaxes and just concentrating on my breathing. I feel free.

Greetings from a really wet part of Sweden!

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Comment by Lori Enlow on January 10, 2014 at 9:10am

I LOVE the pic!!! That is great and soooo true! 

Comment by David Emilsson on January 9, 2014 at 2:20pm
Hope to get you some pictures but as I usually run after work it's black outside. We're way up north and in the winter time not much day light. Sun rises around 8.30 am and sets about 3.30 pm and in the really northern parts the sun never rises. In the summer time it's the other way around. Then the sun never sets... Here's a pic for u guys to decribe the feeling right now: http://m.9gag.com/gag/av0163b

But I'll try to take a pic during a run later on.
Comment by Eric Orton on January 9, 2014 at 2:07pm

Hello Sweden - thanks for the great post and glad to hear the hills did you right!!  Keep confusing the dog - good training and keep us posted.

Sends some pictures from Sweden - I always like see other runners home base.

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