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Five Things Running: Issue #28
I have a huge Muskelkater and I like it.
Do you know what the German word Muskelkater means? Let me break it down for you. Muskel means muscle, that was easy. And Kater means tomcat. Confused? The term Kater is derived from the latin Katarrh or Catarrh, which we all know is an inflammation of mucous membranes in one of the airways or cavities of the body, usually with reference to the throat and paranasal sinuses. At least that’s what Wikipedia says about this. If you have a Kater in German, you might have a male cat, or a hangover after too much drinking - I don’t think anybody still knows what the original meaning of the medical term is or that Kater and Katarrh are connected. If you have a Muskelkater, than you have sore muscles, or your muscles have a hangover, so to say. Isn’t German an interesting language?
Anyhow, I have a huge Muskelkater in my quads today. On Friday I made a business trip to Munich and managed to squeeze in a nice 10 km run in the sun along the River Isar in the heart of Munich. Amazingly beautiful as well, also lots of naked people on the banks of the river on a lazy Friday afternoon.
On Saturday I got up really early and took a train down to Schliersee, about an hour away from Munich, to run around a beautiful lake and up a mountain to a peak at 1250 meters. The total altitude gain was more than 800 meters, which is more than I usually do in a month of running. This was so much fun, but also a lot of times just to steep for me to run. Also, all the beer and the pork roast and the dumplings the night before didn’t help, either. Still, I enjoyed all the 21 km I ran on Saturday, so much fun running up and down the mountain.
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