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Hello darkness my old friend :)

Hello darkness my old friend :)

Back to 5am run. Woke up to the white darkness, warmed up (very properly) at home, and full of optimism off I went.

But the first 8 minutes run was damn hard. My nose turn into a tap, my feet were trying to adapt to snow (sometimes quite deep), I couldn't pace myself, I couldn't breathe. I pop in 10 or 15 seconds break to blow my nose properly and catch my breath a little. I was fighting the urge to give up and go home. Wind straight to my face wasn't helping my inner conversation. I pushed through the end of the 8th minute with only one mantra in my head 'BREATHE!'.

5 minutes walk allowed me to regenerate and relax, look around, and find my inner strength, calmness, and power. In the end, I am a bada$$ who I would admire if I saw myself running in this weather at this hour.

OK, time for the next 8 minutes. And oh my god! Running gods came back :) Nice and relaxed was easier to run through all those unexpected deep snow puddles that woke up my inner child. Fairytale landscape revealed. No, it wasn't easy, I was breaking some serious sweat in all my countless layers, warmer gloves, double headband. I felt like Joe from Friends. But it was marvelous :)

Happy running to all my hardcore running family! We are the best! We are unstoppable! Enjoy the snow, it's better then hail (or even rain if you ask me) ;)

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Blimey Iga you are truly hardcore, really tough running conditions but you did it! Joe from friends would be very proud of you and say “ How YOU doin’ ?”. Then you could say. “ I am good, I am Iga, Superwoman, I am a runner”

Stay safe xxx

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Thanks :) Well, the weather could be much worse, but fortunately it wasn't. Still very challenging.

Anybody knows who the hell and when changed this lazy cosy girl cocooning in blankes and duvets??? The girl who was sitting in bed with huge mug of tea with laptop on her knees showing another TV series or new film. The girl who was happily sleeping till 2pm and never wake up voluntarily before she had to.

Did I have a brain transplant or I am in some kind of S-F experiment? Or maybe the aliens visited me and did something?

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Well done for pushing through after that first horrid 8 mins 😀

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Thank you very much. Today those first 8 minutes felt like ages and no idea how I managed to complete it.

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Brilliant run...that is determination right there!! You’re running mojo is as strong as the wind this morning...what a great start to the day??!! Have a fab rest of the day & here’s to the weekend x

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From time perspective I have no idea how did I manage to run. Walking to work just a 1.5 hoir later was so damn hard and almost impossible O_O

I might be possessed by running demons sometimes also called running gods...

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What a run!! Very impressive and inspiring! I'm off for a short run, no eerie snow unfortunately, just icy rain and wind with a felt -8° apparently.

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OMG!!! It sounds like a dreadful conditions. Go you! Safety first! And then, go smash this run! Don't forget to have this wierd fun that we have while running ;)

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I'm back! The conditions are not as awful as in Great-Britain (I'm in north of France). The wind is not as bad as those last days but I did slip a couple of times as there are black ice patches everywhere. Nearly fell over but managed to get back my balance just in time with no hurt. A very enjoyable run all in all with very few people around the park and I managed to see a woodpecker for the second time! I ran backwards for a few seconds to have a good look at it.

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Woodpecker, wow! Good balance skills :) something that runners improve with time as well :D

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Wow hats off to you you are amazing! I have really struggled this winter with the cold and rain and feel like a bit of an also-ran! The snow and terrible ice have made it impossible to run so I have been keeping my fitbit happy by walking everywhere. Really cant wait for the spring to arrive and I can get back on the runs again. Well done again xx

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Snow is OK to run, but ice is a whole different story. Walking is amazing as well :)

I struggled a lot, and then something I think just snapped in me. Ot might be that at least one of my Gremlins committed suicide :P

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💪👍 oh yes! Well done! We'll show these storms we're not being put off!

Go you! 😁👍🌟

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Who would care about the weather? Only clothing or gear are not appropriately chosen. Well... I still haven't invested much in my running gear. But I consider it enough :)

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Yes IgaT , they say there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.🤔😂😂😂

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That was truly amazing! Thank you for inspiring me on the day of my W2R3!!!

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I'm so happy to be able to inspire somebody :)

Hope you had a great run. Keep going out there, the rest is the 'easy' part.

We are tough! And the challenging weather only makes us stronger ;)

Happy running!

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Truly you did get the Sounds of Silence to quote Art and Simon. That pic looks amazing - well done you it does look like a fairytale picture.

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I wish I had my camera with me, as in reality it looked more amazing :)

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Sounds amazing! (apart from the 5am part - I would not like that! :) Here's from one badass to another! :)

Liz x

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Thanks :) Yes, the 5am is the hardest part ;)

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At it again I see, being totally awesome!! Extra bonus points too in this cold and snow for you. You are unstoppable! Star of the month :)

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Thank you so much :)

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Truly amazing ..I take my hat off to you ..Well done on that hideous weather ..Happy running 😊😊

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Thank you. I'm still on IC, but hopefully only a little longer and soon I will be out there starting my journey from scratch.

Happy spring/summer running!

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All the very best to you ..Speedy recovery 😊

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Thank you. Enjoy your next (and every) run :)

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