Sweat and Tears

After work today I felt unusually energized. I don’t know why, exactly. Maybe it was the nice weather or the action packed hour of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 yesterday? Unfortunately, Anniken - also known as The Branch Executive - had to work late today, so I couldn’t bother her by dancing around in the living room like I usually do when I’ve got a little too much energy left over after a day’s participation in the rat race.

So I went for a jog instead. It’s been a while now and you can probably guess how it all turned out. Yes, I’m biking to and from work, but, no, it’s not enough to keep the cardiovascular system on high alert and it got quite a shock rather early en route. I used my lovely [Garmin Forerunner 305](http://www.garmin.com/products/forerunner305/ /)1 on the run, and it recorded information like heart rate and pace; both miserable reads when I got home.

I used 36 minutes on 5,32 kilometers (3.4 miles) giving an average speed of 8,9 km/h (5.5 miles per hour). Old grannies could have walked past me with their walkers at that speed. The Garmin Training Center software calls it a “slow jog”, which is another punch in the nuts. My only excuse is that I had a total ascent and descent of 279 meters, meaning that the route is rather bumpy. And it was hot, so hot, I tell ya! Other than that, my only excuse is that I’m in lousy shape and should get my act together.

That said, it’s of course important to try to extract something positive from this whole ordeal: The route I found was excellent: From our apartment, down and through Svartdalsparken, then back on the North side of the stream that goes through the park, another lap, then over the bridge by the Bandidos headquarter and back home. A visually pleasant run, partly on tarmac and partly on your typical forest surface. The route is also close to our new apartment and getting a few laps into my weekly work out schedule should not be too much hassle.

But the most positive with all this is the huge potential for improvement. Yeah, here’s to improvement!

  1. If you are looking for a great GPS/heart monitor/watch gadget and you find the Garmin Forerunner 305 on sale somewhere (I think it’s an outdated model), go for it. ↩︎


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