You run the winter, don't let the winter run you

Working from home today. That means I could enjoy my regular running route around Årstaviken during daytime. 

I LOVE IT! 

Especially now that the snow has arrived. In bulk! Stockholm is in shock. Cars are not moving. Trains have stopped. But that doesn't mean you can't move. I've always loved running in snow. During high school I was still focusing on becoming an elite runner (or orienteering runner) so in order to put all my focus on my training I moved to Sandviken, a little bit more north than my hometown Borlänge. We ran outside all year round, in the forest. I especially remember one time strongly, when we were supposed to run long intervalls, of 6 minutes each. It had snowed more than I can remember. So we trudged and fought our way through 1 meters of snow minute after minute. It just seems to never end and the snow just seemed to get heaver. It was definitely the toughest intervalls I've ever done, but also the most fun since it was something different and I felt like the toughest girl alive. Out in the middle of nowhere pushing my way through any obstacles.

I was hoping to get a little bit of that and also to get the feeling that I'm the one deciding how I should tackle this. Sitting inside just because it's getting a little colder, snowing or raining won't make you feel better. If you just keep doing what you usually do, follow your routine it will feel better every single time that you've pushed through.

So I put on my favorite ice bugs and JUST DID IT! 

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So beatiful! I'm wondering if I should take my ski's to work tomorrow?

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Signs that nature wasn't really prepared to let go of fall before winter came. 

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Lately I've been focusing a lot more on strength training so whenever I run it's just for fun and enjoyment. I get to stop, look around, do sprints and play around whenever I feel like. 

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This guy made me company along the way. Positive guy! 

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You run the winter! Don't let the winter run you!