Category Archives: health

And just as I was about to feel strong…

…I got a bad cold. Goddammit. Thursday was ok, had some “sensations” in my throat and felt that my eyes were a bit too shiny. I was still able to do my intervals, and feeling good about them as well. Saturday my body felt a bit worse, but I still got out to do my long & slow, and was able to put in 16K. My problem was that last week´s not so good start had me lacking 12K at the end of Saturday. So I planned for a session in the office on Sunday, and running there, to complete my 50K week.

But no.

Sunday morning I was not able to even think about running to the office. I skipped the office completely, in fact. The weather forecast said that the season´s first snow would come, so I had to do some tidying up outside – moving terrace furniture into the garage and stuff – but that was as far as it went. Other than that, I tried to relax as much as I could, to see if my body would recover.

But no.

Monday morning, feeling crap. Realizing that running was not an option, probably for the whole week. Tuesday morning, almost no sleep, feeling even worse. So now I need to change my plan a bit, and postpone the increase of milage planned for the week after next. The changes will probably not be very significant for the end result in April, but when it comes to continuity and the motivation that lies in such, I find it depressingly so. Significant, that is. For now I keep my fingers crossed that this pause will be for one week only. I want to run. Haven´t skipped an interval session for weeks now, so I don´t know how to let my buddies know. Hey, maybe they´ll read my blog 😉

It has been a few awful days, I have to say. My cold is nothing compared to the happenings in Paris on Friday. I have friends in the same neighborhood that the dreadful terror attacks happened. My friends are ok, but my heart cannot stop crying for all the lives that are lost and the families that are broken. Waking up on Saturday to the horror numbers was surreal. My beloved Paris, what was happening? I will go back there as soon as possible, to live my life free of anxiety and fear. I will go to concerts and cafés, and maybe join the Marathon. What this tragedy will do to the world and it´s dynamics, noone knows for now. But I am worried.

When you run, you have time to solve the issues of everyday life. You can think, rethink, and discover new truths many times during a long run. Maybe if more people were running, the world would be a less cruel place? More running shoes, less weapons.

I don´t know. But I know for sure that I will keep running, and I will always love Paris.

Never stop living. Always run happy. Let´s try to live happy as well.

me-

 

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Kind of blue, kind of loose.

Ouch. With one week left, I am starting to get nervous about my 16K in Porto. Luckily I have already decided on my training this week – see the page on training weeks 41-44 – and just by having a look at my plan I calmed down. Tomorrow morning I will run to work, just as any other monday morning.

A bigger problem is the ache and pain the test of my new light-weighters have given me – yesterday I avoided any kind of shoes completely. Let´s just say I have an issue with a toe nail. Kind of blue, kind of loose. Not a good title for a blog post only a week before a race.

But really – this race isn´t that important to me when it comes to results. Early June, I was thinking of sub 1:20, but with me collapsing from the heat in July, I am in no shape to keep up an even 5:00/km-pace for that long. So this year, I will not make myself feel bad about not running fast, as long as I run. Next year, I will aim for a sub 1:45 half marathon – although I have never ever run a half marathon before. This year, I am just getting back into shape, trying to stay healthy.

I should probably post a picture of my toe now, but no way. My toes are never a pretty sight, so I will not be so cruel. Let me brag about this week´s running instead:

Week 43 on Runkeeper makes me feel good about the weeks to come.
Week 43 on Runkeeper makes me feel good about the weeks to come.
I loved my new shoes. Now not so sure.
I loved my new shoes. Now not so sure.

I do hope I will be able to keep up the good work when the winter hits us here in Norway – it is hard to dodge all viruses that comes along. I WILL STAY HEALTHY THIS YEAR: I WILL STAY HEALTHY THIS YEAR: I WILL STAY HEALTHY THIS YEAR. Got it?

Hopefully my 14K run tomorrow morning will be doable in spite of the nail issue. But for sure – I will NOT use my Saucony Fastwitch6 tomorrow. They put me in this situation, and I am now probably using my Asics GelKayano20 for the race – to be sure I will make it to the finish line. They are simply the most comfortable shoes.

Still nervous, though. Ouch.

 

Me

10 for Grete i Varanger

Oslo Maraton! En begivenhet man gjerne vil være med på, og som man melder seg på til neste års løp omtrent idét sistemann har gått i mål i årets. I fjor stod jeg over pga skade. Kunne ikke løpe, knapt nok gå, på det tidspunkt. Jeg hadde gledet meg til revansje i år, men sommerens hetebølge slo meg helt ut, og treningen har vært aldeles elendig. Så gleden dempet seg veldig etterhvert som september nærmet seg, og så fikk jeg et knakende godt tilbud: noen dagers opphold i Varanger, i min svigermors hus i fjæra. Fristelsen ble for stor, så her sitter jeg – veldig langt fra Oslo og den folkefesten som alle der opplevde i går. Men: fravær fra Oslo betyr vel ikke at man er forhindret fra å løpe 10 km for Grete? Grete Waitz, min store heltinne i barndommen, som løp fra stort sett alle, og som hadde det mest elskelige vesen. Grete, som gav alt, og som lyktes så til de grader. Selvsagt vil man løpe 10 km for henne – anytime! Så i 16-tiden var det på med treningstøy. Varangervinden krevde adskillig mer bekledning enn Oslos gater i går vil jeg tro, men klær har man nok av. Planla aldri å løpe veldig fort, til det har treningen vært for dårlig i det siste – og jeg ønsker først og fremst å få opp mengden i den perioden jeg er inne i nå – men gjennomførte helt greit på 53:35. Motvind er tungt. I går var det relativt lite vind her, men sterkere enn jeg normalt trener i hjemme i Oslo. Hadde jeg hatt denne motvinden hjemme, hadde jeg blitt sutrete. Her må man bare tåle det! Vinden løyer stort sett om kvelden, men da er det for mørkt langs veiene – det er kun gatelys ved bebyggelse, og det er lange strekk uten lys. Selv om jeg har kjøpt meg splitter ny refleksvest fra Craft, føles det utrygt å løpe i veikanten i stummende mørke. Løpeturene må derfor tas på dagtid – men når man har skriveopphold i Varanger er det jo null problem. Så kan man heller gjøre arbeidet på kvelden, og kanskje legge inn en styrkeøkt dann og vann. Jeg er for dårlig til å trene øvelsene mine, det innrømmer jeg lett. Og det er nok et eget kapittel på denne bloggen – nødvendigheten av å trene styrke både pga gammel kneproblematikk, og fjorårets skade. Tilbake til vinden: det man taper på farten i motvinden, tjenes ikke inn når man snur og får vinden i ryggen. Altså er det hardt å løpe lange turer under disse forholdene. Jeg gir meg selv derfor privilegiet å løpe noe kortere turer mens jeg er her, enn jeg ville ha løpt hjemme i Oslo. Tror likevel at effekten er vel så stor – for her må man virkelig sparke fra med bena for å bevege seg framover med vinden i mot. Og selv om det er tungt, er nytelsen med å oppleve naturen på nært hold så utrolig stor – jeg er fullstendig forelsket i Varanger og Kibyfjæra. Ta turen hit om du får sjansen! Me