Over the past week I’ve been in Germany, chilling out, doing lots of walking and around the edges of that, running.
The tightness around my hip and across my back is easing now but I’m slower. Oh so much slower.
I made the mistake of putting the garmin on. Oh dear. How hard is it to accept you’ve lost pace and you need to build up again? I’ve noticed I’m running heavily and rather flat-footed on my left side too. But all this aside feeling well. Which is kind of the point isn’t it?
Heidelberg is an amazing city. It’s one of the few the Allies didn’t bomb during the Second World War so featuring some pretty impressive architecture. It’s a university city, twinned with Cambridge, according to MrM. It’s on either side of a river, nestled in a valley with high tree-smothered hills around it. Amazing houses and cafes and beautiful squares…
But the physicality of the city aside, the vibe is very outdoors-living, chilled and relaxed. There are parks for children everywhere, it seems. People are walking or jogging or sailing or canoeing or riding bicycles… a really lovely, healthy place.
We did lots of walking, climbing up the steep, cobbled old road up to the castle and musing over how on earth people got down during the icy winter weather without spikes, or a tea tray.
Generally, people don’t wear helmets in Heidelberg, though we’re obsessed with them in the UK. Mostly, people leave their bikes unlocked. Another thing you don’t see in the UK. And in the evenings they gather at bars like Hemingway’s and have a beer after work. Always clamouring to sit outside, that’s the place to be seen. No one wants to sit inside. They’ll sit outside with a blanket on their laps rather than sit indoors!
So, down to the grizzly stats.
Last Sunday: 11:58 average over a 30.01 minute run. 11:31, 11:56, 12:55, covering 2.51 miles.
This Sunday: 12:08 average over a 30:27 minute run. 12:08, 11:34, 12:29, covering 2.51 miles.
Now I took a couple of walking breaks today, so I am clearly running faster – I just can’t keep it up. Time. Patience. Argh!