A Walk Down by the Sea

Back in Canada the closest body of water to me of any significant size was Lake Ontario. Though large and impressive in its own right, here in Haugesund I’m minutes away from the sea. Much larger and much more impressive. Sorry, Lake Ontario.

Last week the sunny spring day was calling to me to get outside and go for a walk. This is a fairly rainy and overcast bit of Norway for a good chunk of the year so I listened to that call and headed out. It also gave me an excuse to break in some hiking shoes I had been neglecting for months.

Also I just like sharing pretty pictures of where I live. Enjoy!

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I passed this carpet of tiny blue flowers on my way down to the water. Don’t know what they are but they’re a pretty splash of colour.

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Near the beginning of the walking trail by Haraldshaugen.

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Farther north along the path.

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The water was an amazing shade of blue, pictures never do it justice.

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I tried and failed to make friends with this sheep. As someone who almost unconsciously gravitates towards dogs walking down the street in the hopes of a chance to pet them I felt I had to at least try and make a connection with this fluffy creature. Sadly it was too happy munching away at the grass to pay me any mind. I took the rejection in stride and made my way further along the trail.

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Again the pic doesn’t do the intense blue of the water any justice. I had forgotten how slippery the seaweed and stuff on the rocks that close to the water can be. Had a bit of an adrenaline rush when I was being too confident in my (almost) brand spanking new hiking shoes and for a second I had images of having to be rescued after slipping into the sea.

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It had been a windy walk down to the water and after having taken in the view for a while it was time to head home.

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Closing with a bit of sunny yellow strewn across a lawn on a lovely, sunny spring day.

 

Couch to 5K – My Thoughts (Part One)

As someone who would never describe herself as “sporty” (or particularly interested in team sports or hitting the gym for that matter) the idea that I could take up running was a bit out there.

Could I run to catch a bus? Sure. Though I’d likely be out of breath for minutes afterward.

The only time running made any kind of sense to me was in some of my dreams (which I have touched upon in this post).

In my dreams I could run like a gazelle, effortless and graceful. The pavement and my surroundings a blur as I raced up hills and down long, deserted country roads.

At some point I came across the Couch to 5K (C25K) program and thought it looked doable for me. Or at least it was worth trying out.

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The one I decided on is offered at NHS Choices where you can download the weekly programs and get a description of how each week is set up.

It’s a nine week program that’s specifically geared towards beginner runners and while it is made for those of us who aren’t already hitting the pavement it’s always advisable to check with your doctor before starting.

With Couch to 5K the goal is to run three times a week, gradually building up your endurance so that eventually you’ll be able to run for 30 minutes without stopping, or run a 5K.

And, having completed the program, can I run for 30 minutes without stopping? Yes I can and more.

Can I run a 5K? Yup, though it takes me a bit longer than 30 minutes to do so.

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Is it easy? God no. At least it wasn’t for me. There were times I was huffing and puffing and wondering if my legs would just give out. (They did not). But I think the most difficult bit is more mental than physical. So often we tell ourselves we “can’t” before we’ve even tried. Luckily I have my husband to be my cheerleader when I doubt myself and slowly I got over thinking I couldn’t and started to think “but what if I can?“.

Day One of Week One for me was on August 10th of 2016.

Since then I’ve had over 75 runs with a short break over Christmas and into New Years and it has gotten easier to an extent. I no longer doubt I can finish a run before I’ve even started and I run for longer and at a faster pace. I’ve varied the routes I take depending on how long I want to run for, the weather and how I’m feeling that particular day.

Now I even enjoy running in the rain. Which is just…. bizarre…..

So yeah, the program did work though I did go off piste a bit near the end. More on that in Part Two coming up soon.

Please drop me a comment if you’re doing C25K now or have graduated, would love to hear how it was for you and where you are now in your running journey.

Easter Walk

The weather was really nice on Sunday and the sun streaming through the windows was prodding me to get outside and go for a walk. So lucky to have walking and hiking trails close by and to feel safe using them.

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I often mock my husband for his hometown’s lack of an actual river. This stream is about as close to a river as you’re likely to get in Haugesund.

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I’ve run this route before as well and though it’s brutal going at times (at least for me) the scenery tends to keep my mind off the pain in my legs.

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Darker and stormier looking clouds can be seen gliding in from the left and I just made it home before it started to rain.

Today was another gorgeous day and I had a strong urge to take a stroll by the sea. But that’s a post for another day.