Friday, March 25, 2011

The last 2 days have really had the feeling of Spring pleasantly warm with temp's around 20C. As the week has progressed it has gotten warmer, though the nights are still quite cool. The rain we had the last few days of winter have ensured that all plant life is ready to grow and indeed it is. The trees can't seem to wait for thier leaves and blossoms to open to the world and each day I see more and more as I walk into the city. The last 2 days I have been going out for my run in T shirt and shorts, which is a lot nicer. This weekend I will be in Hungary and hope that the nice weather continues there.

Monday, March 21, 2011

I ran my besy time for 10k when I was 26 or 27 years old. Yesterday at the age of 57 I ran my first 10k race probably since starting to run multiday races. It was a well organized race on the Slovenian coast. There were around 900 runners and the race fee was 15 euro.It is between to small towns. You park your car near the finishing line and they take you by bus to the start. The soline 10k is pretty flat except for one quite big hill at around 6k, then of course there is a downhill. After running a half marathon 2 weeks ago my legs were feeling quite strong, the air was good and my breathing was good. I tried to keep and even pace, there were no K markers until the last one so it was hard to know what my pace was. There was one water station just before the hill. I would have preferred more, but it was most welcome when it came. I was thinking to run under 1 hour would be ok and was surprised when I saw the 1k to go mark and saw on my watch 44 minutes. I crossed the finishing line in 50:25. The best time I ever ran for 10k some 30 years ago is 38:48. So time as not treated me so badly. It was a beautiful morning and I was really glad that I am getting into the racing scene again and hope to do a lot more in the coming year.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

So I got back 2 days ago from my visit to Serbia, where I ran a half marathon in Nish. I then spent a week in Belgrade with friends and even got to help out in a friends cafe. It seems that I will go and work there in June possibly for 3 months since one of the workers is taking a break and they need some cover. It was cold when I got there, but gradually got warmer as the week went on and was around 18 C when I left. It is just a little colder here in Ljubljana and rainy.