This morning, after checking to see if my new baby (read: iPhone) would fit into the running belt pouch (yes!) I headed off to Sloterplas for my weekend long run. I haven’t run at all the last week (due to working too many hours) so I really didn’t know what to expect. How would I feel after a week off? Better or worse? I guess better is the answer.
My goal was to run 60 minutes since last week was 50 minutes. I decided after running half way that my new goal would be 9km, which turned out to be 61 minutes. I also at first thought that I would run one time around Sloterplas (6km) then run 1.5km around on a second loop and turn around and run 1.5km back so as to end up neatly at the starting point. But I hate doubling back on myself so I just continued on around the lake. 9km is 1.5 times around the lake so I walked the last 3km back to the starting point.
One nice thing about making 2 laps is that I get the chance to take photos from that far side of the lake, which I hadn’t done before. Looking at these photos you’d think we were in the middle of nowhere in New Hampshire. Little do you know that behind me are concrete apartment buildings and just beyond the trees is the A10 motorway.
Yes, these photos were taken with my iPhone, while at the same time I was listening to a podcast. The camera is only 2m pixels, which is quite a disappointment, but as long as the photos look like this, and I only use them for online viewing, it should be fine.
By the way, I jogged this morning listening to the Cast On podcast, which my friend Andy recommended. I had tried listening to the KnitPicks podcast but I honestly couldn’t stand that woman. After 2 tries I just wanted to strangle her. But Brenda Dayne is so enjoyable to listen to. I’ve started at the beginning (October 2006) and am working my way to the present time. You can find her also on iTunes. Andy has a lot of other good podcast suggestions and now that I have phone and ipod in one, it should be even easier to find the time to check them out.
I finished one podcast about 40 minutes into my run and for the next 20 minutes I ran without earbuds and just listened to the birds singing and the small sounds of people in the park on a Sunday morning. It was lovely. I have to do that more often.