Yesterdays interval session was done at Sankt Jørgens Park in Odense, on a piece of gravel road that is about 1.3km long. I get to run every interval without any interruptions, no turns and no hills. This should make it ideal to just focus on flat out speed.
The interval session went really well, but now that I know it's getting colder (3°C) I'll have troubles getting out to run during the winter, because of the following reasons.
- My fingers get cold
- All the good spots gets frozen or dark
I'm used to cold weather after growing up in Norway and living in northern Norway for six years, but every time it gets cold I struggle a little bit to get used to it. I can handle the cold air, I can handle wind and rain, but my hands are always so cold when I run. Gloves are on during the biggest part of the year, even during summer if the temperatures aren't warm enough. I always envy those guys that have to take off their gloves because their hands are too hot. Mine are constantly ice cold, and I just can't seem to find gloves that work well enough during the winter.
- Mission 1: Find better gloves!
Anyway, we have already had snow in Denmark. But just like normal it all disappears quickly again. The problem though happens when the snow melts and it quickly gets cold again. This usually happens many times during the winter and it creates icy rough roads on all my favorite spots. And not only that. But because the snow disappears quickly, there are never any reflection of the snow when it is dark, and Odense doesn't seem to like spending electricity in the parks. It's pitch black.
- Mission 2: Get a headlamp and find new spots to run!
This means I have some stuff to do. I don't want to end up sitting inside when I should be training. So a little effort now should go a long way of getting me through the winter with the progression I want in my training.