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Whatever am I doing?

How did I ever decide to run 2500K in 2016!!?? Oh my. I am overwhelmed by a strong feeling of “this can never be done by me, I can never do this”. Then I calculate again, and find that it is possible, after all.

I have to laugh – only 3 -4 days have passed since I set (one of) my goal(s) for 2016, and I am already doubtful.  But let´s see what I have done so far – on the first 4 days of this year?

January 2nd – 16K
January 4th – 12K

This adds up to 28K over the first 4 days. If we divide 2500K with 366 days (since there are 29 days in February this year) I need to run 6,83K per day, on average. 4 days equals 27,32K. I am right on schedule, and with absolute no stress. Hey, it´s only been 4 days, mostly weekend, so how ever could this be stressful!? I just need to be confident that I will be able to find enough time during the work week, and if so, this is possible.

I need to focus on why I set this goal: I want to find a way to make sure I don´t drop out after small setbacks. I need to get back into the game real quick after colds or other interruptions in my plans. One week off is OK, sometimes even two weeks can be necessary, but the way I usually fall out for maybe 4-5 weeks, is totally messing things up. With this goal, I will add 10-20K some weeks, and then get ahead of schedule, making room for the necessary pauses that most likely will be needed – due to illness, aches and pains, holidays etc.

My main goal is therefor not really the 2500K in 2016, but the steady work of building form and strength through consistency. The number is merely my dangling carrot.

And now it is 89 days until the Berlin half. I am getting a bit excited now – I might not manage to PR with 10 minutes, as originally planned for, but I will find some kind of speed and strength before the race, that I am sure of. If anyone reading this blog is planning for Berlin on April 3rd, please let me know!

Today´s run? It was cold and slow. This winter has been so “warm” up to now, with few days sub zero. Usually I kind of enjoy running in minus 10 -12 degrees celcius, but today I felt all frozen at minus 7. I should have added another layer – my winter tights from Adidas was clearly not warm enough today. I had planned for a bit shorter run with maybe some speed work added, but I could not bring myself to push hard – I was so cold that it might have led to injury. So I took it easy, added a couple of Ks and that is that. Jumping in the shower, and being served dinner by my hubby afterwords, felt wonderful. Starting good, this year. I might get optimistic, if this continues 😉

I hope you have plans, goals and dreams, and will try to achieve something special this year. Maybe not very special for others, but for yourself. This is what running means to me, at least – my own progress, the struggle to make it fit into everyday life, the joy when you sometimes get that wonderful feeling of speed and endurance – when you feel that you can go on forever and ever. I love it. I bet you do too.

Run happy, people. See you soon. Maybe in Berlin?

Me-

 

 

 

New Year, let´s go!

Dear reader. Happy New Year! May 2016 be the year your dreams will develop and grow. Fulfillment is never the only way ❤

I spent 2 hours running yesterday – 2 hours with my thoughts drifting off, laying plans, thinking back. What has happened in 2015? The underlying feeling is that I have missed out on all my goals – I wanted to train consistently and strong, to get to be as strong as before my injury in 2013, and even stronger. If that is all, I have failed completely. Still, when thinking back: I have run my first two half marathons. Not fast, not pushing hard, but I did it. And considering how little training done ahead of those races, I should be pretty pleased with my performance.

Motivation is everything. After the second half marathon I signed up for Berlin Half in April 2016, and 23 weeks before Berlin I started a training plan that was supposed to bring me back to my old speed and strength. I was highly motivated, did my morning runs happy as ever, and could feel the steady effort paying off. Just a few weeks out in the program I got a bad cold, and had to stop running. I hoped for just a week off, but suddenly two weeks had passed and I was still not feeling well. Since then, I have been running less, not pushing myself, no plan and no structure. I have just taken a run now and then, to keep on moving. What the hell happened?

Yesterday, on new year´s, I went out to run the last run of this year. I did not decide how far, but thought I might exceed the couple of 16K runs I did earlier this christmas. After a while I decided on 20K. A good number for the last day of the year.

2 mil på nyttår
On such a day, it is hard not to start laying plans for the coming year, and so I did. My head started spinning on the major challenges of my running life: how to get the much needed consistency in my training. How do I find the motivation to get back on track after any kind of stop in my training? If I get a cold, and the brake gets too long, the problem grows because I cannot make myself get back to the program as soon as possible.

Ok, I got it. I will try to make my goals more long termed. I will run a minimum of 2500K in 2016. This means that I have to run an average of 50K for 50 weeks, and have only 2 weeks for “that annual cold”. And, for being able to cut down on mileage on holidays, I have to do the 60K and 70K weeks that I need to build my capacity as much as I want.

Can I do this? Is this a too tall order for a much-too-busy woman in the year of her 50th birthday? I have no idea. But the idea came during a 20K run, while enjoying myself, so my instinct are – hell yeah, let´s do it!

So listen, good people. I will run a minimum of 2500K in 2016. Please check in regularly to see how I am doing.

What are YOUR plans for 2016? Please let me know, and I will cheer you on!

Happy New Year – and always run happy!

Happy new year

Me-

Sentrumsløpet? Sad to say, it never happened.

Being off this blog for way too long, I suddenly realised that I actually wrote about Oslo´s “spring adventure” Sentrumsløpet 10K the last time. Well, that was before I had my five-weeks-no-run.
Overall, this has been a crappy winter, and I have only myself to blame. For the first time since 2011, I´ve had a winter with no serious virus infections, no new injuries. I could have made this my best winter ever, but no. Not enough motivation, and a much too busy job, made my plans fall apart. Crap.
If you have read my blog earlier, you probably know that I´ve been running to work a lot – but the distance of 14K, including a serious climb, made it impossible to start up that routine. So when I suddenly realised that I could run just a part of that distance – taking the train the first 6 K, and run only 8K without that much dreaded climb – made me get back out there. Yes!

I skipped the 10 K last saturday, but I am now back. Not on track, but you just have to make other plans. I will be running 18K at EcoTrail Oslo on the 23rd of May, and although I will not be able to push hard for those 18K, I will be able to finish – 4 weeks of steady training will get me through this. And the next chapter – my first half marathon in september – will not be as strong as I intended. But sticking to my new training plan, building myself up again, will make me able to run decent enough. I hope. My goal was to run a 1.45 race, but I will be happy to finish at 1.50-1.52. That is not so bad for a first timer, at 49 years of age.
Still 48, I have to say. My birthday is in July, and will be celebrated with a long run and a glass of champagne 😉

I have really been struggling with motivation this winter – ever since my 16K in Porto. I really don´t know why – I would have guessed that running abroad would give me inspiration and even stronger motivation. For some reason it gave me a feeling of emptiness that lasted for a really long time. If anyone can explain that to me, go ahead – I need to figure it out!

Not running Sentrumsløpet, but I picked up my bib and checked out the offers, and went home with a new watch – the TOMTOM Runner Cardio. So far I think it is money well spent. Easy to use, easy to log my activity. Brilliant.

I love my new TOMTOM <3
I love my new TOMTOM ❤

It is Sunday evening, and i really want to stretch the weekend a bit, but hey – I will be running my shorter way to work tomorrow morning, so I´d better call it a night. Remember – run short or long, but alway run happy!

Me

Back on track – ?

I have to admit, last week was tough.

Sunday: race day, 16K
Monday: spending hours traveling back home
Tuesday morning: running to work, 14K
Thursday: a pretty hard interval session, followed by some strength work
Friday: trying to run to work, but after 2,5K I jumped on a train, and off again with 2,5K left, leaving me with only running 5K. Feeling utterly tired, aching body, stressed mind (lots to do at work)
Saturday: Wanting to go for a slow long run, but realizing I need to rest
Sunday: taking another rest day to make sure I was ready to get back on track

So now it is 5.30 am monday morning. Breakfast is done, and I´ll be in my shoes in 45 minutes to run to work. My plan is to stick to these monday – wednesday – friday runs for the weeks to come, adding intervals on thursdays and a couple of strength sessions during the week. I also need one more quality run, but with busy weekends to come (it´s getting closer to christmas, people!) I need to know that my mileage will be covered with this plan.

I surely need to get back on track, but this little brake forced itself on me. Hopefully these few days was enough. I feel a wee bit worried and tired, still.  Post Porto Blues?

Have a nice day, good people. Go Run, Run Happy!

 

Me

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

Problem solved!

The never ending problem of not finding time for my running is kind of solved. When you need to up the mileage, and find yourself more frustrated for every day you cannot make it to the streets – that is for me a major challenge. When your family is so busy that dinner gets served at any time between 5pm and 10pm, it is impossible to plan meals and training sessions.

Well, I just solved it. Last week, I started running to work every other day. I´ve tried three different routes, but ended up with one that is an even 14K.  Made the early start two times the first week, tuesday and thursday, and aiming for 3 times this week – did it monday morning, yesterday (wednesday) and will get it done tomorrow as well. This means a full marathon altogether – 42K this week only to get to work. For free, almost! This is so cool.

This evening I added a really nice interval session with my regular group of thursday runners – from “Friskis & Svettis Oppegård”. This is a sports association with trainers that work as volunteers – less cost and more fun. No fuzz, only running. Love it. And with the distance covered, I will make my mileage this week. Yey, I am so happy!

No I am relaxing in my best chair, trying out my brand new 2XU compression tights for restitution, and halfway listening to a TV debate on the difference between women and men´s absence from work due to sickness, and health issues related to gender. And I cannot wait to get into my Asics Gel Kayano tomorrow at 6:15 am to run to work – another 14K to cover. Stay well, good people – get out and run, put one foot in front of the other and you are off. Run Happy!

Relaxing after an interval session - trying out 2XU compression tights for restitution. And wool on my feet to stay warm - today was the first day with snow. Really wet snow, that is.
Relaxing after an interval session – trying out 2XU compression tights for restitution. And wool on my feet to stay warm – today was the first day with snow. Really wet snow, that is.

 

Me

 

 

No time to play, makes MeHappyRunning a dull girl.

Well. No time to train, that is. My only comfort is that today´s work on paving the courtyard is close to being the physically hardest job I´ve ever done. OMG, my body feels like it´s been run over by a car. No not a car, a big truck!

I was hoping to be able to go for a long & slow run after dark, but we ended up eating dinner  too late and too much. Adding my aching body,  and yes: I chickened out.

Tomorrow is another day with physical labour, but tomorrow evening I have my weekly training with a group of runners, doing intervals. Looking foreword to it. And on top of that, me and my hubby are going to an Elvis Costello concert later in the evening tomorrow. All together a busy day, but I am really happy about it. Will let you know how my interval training goes 😉

Any pictures today? No running, hence no fresh pictures. But I´ll share an old one – taken at my first ever 10K in september 2011. Finished the race in 58:29, and look how happy I was half way through. No wonder I´m the Happygirl!

Oslo Marathon 2011 - my first ever 10K
Oslo Marathon 2011 – my first ever 10K

Me