Christmas post

Hello!

Since it’s almost Christmas and everyone seems to be talking about it I thought I’ll make a little Christmas post myself and share my views/last Christmas celebrations with you..

We’ll jump all the way back….

As a child I used to love Christmas. I mean who wouldn’t. It was all about the snow and play and presents, mainly presents. We used to celebrate it with my cousins in Estonia and I remember how it used to kill me when on Christmas Eve we (children) were made to wait until adults had finished their dinner to open presents.. Christmas is also celebrated on the Christmas Eve. Sometimes you’d be allowed to open one present in the morning and then rest in the evening. It was pure torture.

As I grew older in my teens I never really got into that Christmas spirit anymore. Having been brought up in Finland and even when celebrating Christmas in Estonia it was almost always snowy and very Christmassy.. a perfect Christmas weather one could say. For some reason though during my teens Christmas made me a little sad almost and I didn’t really enjoy it as much. I remember there was one Christmas in 2008 when my mother decided to celebrate Christmas in Estonia but me and my sister stayed in Finland. Neither of us really cared for Christmas food at the time so we didnt have any Christmassy things apart from mulled wine. We had copious amounts of that and hardly any food and I remember thinking it was the best Christmas ever. Looking back on it now it sounds so sad. But I was 18 at the time so what can I say.

2009 I travelled to Australia and I spent the Christmas in Sydney with my host family. I was beyond excited to celebrate an Aussie Christmas during their summer time as I knew it would be sunny and warm and normally involve bbq on the beach or something similar. With my bad luck though the weather was afwul on Christmas Day (Christmas is celebrated on the 25th). The family said that the weather had been perfect for the past 10 years on but that year it was rainy and cold. It was going to be my only Christmas spent in Australia so I was beyond upset not being able to swim etc..

However, things turned out differently and although I hadn’t planned it I ended up extending my visa and stayed in Australia for another year. I mean who would want to leave? This meant that I also got to have another Christmas in Australia. This time I was in Perth and celebrating it with my boyfriend’s family. His family said that Perth had never had a bad Christmas weather but I was suspicious since the previous year Sydney was meant to be great too. However, I should’ve known that Perth would never let me down; +40 degrees with clear skies.. I LOVED it. Christmas day we went to the beach, had a swim and then amazing big lunch with all his family. I was very lucky to have a “local” boyfriend with such a lovely family at the time that they let me celebrate Christmas with them. Being on the other side of the world on your own could’ve been sad but it was amazing. My other backpacker friends who didn’t have a family there celebrated Christmas on the beach and I went to join them afterwards too. It was quite surreal having that weather when normally it’s so cold and snowy but I truly enjoyed. I’m not made for winter πŸ˜€

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Anyhow the following year I had returned from Australia and I was sooo excited for Christmas. I think it’s because I had the two Christmases away I was so happy to finally celebrate it with my family. That Christmas was black without snow but I didn’t even care.

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Where is the snow?

I had finally started to realise that Christmas is just a lovely time to spend with your family. I grew out of the presents stage after childhood and wasn’t appreciative of the food/family time yet in my teens but in my twenties I finally realised the actual meaning of Christmas. For myself anyway. Now the food part is my absolute favourite. I am now the person who just keeps eating and drinking wine and socializing and find that to be the best part. My sister has three kids and Christmas to me should especially being celebrated for the children. It’s so funny though to see how they are dying to open the presents and want us to hurry with eating.. I can totally relate to that πŸ™‚

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The last few years have been proper snowy and cold in Finland as well which I’ve loved even though I normally hate the cold. I think at Christmas time it’s acceptable and even expected.

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20141228_17164320141224_151450This year working in retail I have promised to work Christmas Eve and Boxing day. Shops are open normal times on both days which is quite crazy to me as it wouldn’t happen in Finland. But it means I’m staying in Wales for the first time. Me and JP are going to celebrate it with his family which will be nice and something different again. It won’t be +40 and it won’t be snowy but I’m sure there will be lots of food, wine and good company involved πŸ™‚

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Mulled wine and mandarines is what my Christmas is made of πŸ™‚

Have a merry Christmas wherever you celebrate it!

Training week that actually included training

So after few lazier training weeks I actually did something last week.

Here’s what the week looked like:

Monday:

-2k swim (1 hour)

Tuesday:

5k run, pace 5:38, plus arms

Wednesday:

Pilates

Thursday:

-Off

Friday:

-6,5 km run on the treadmill, pace 5:20, plus abs

Saturday:

-4km run, pace 5:33

Sunday:

-Gym, 30 min bike, 15 min crosstrainer, plus legs

I went swimming on Monday to start the week off nicely. I can only swim breast stroke (my freestyle is atrocious) so I’m quiteΒ  a slow swimmer but I do enjoy it. Learning to swim properly is on my to do list.

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The pool is by the bay, I didn’t swim in the bay…

On Tuesday I set my alarm at 7am to go for a run before work. That hasn’t happened in a while and I didn’t realise it was gonna be super dark. I got up after very little sleep and thought to myself that I don’t need to go, it’s too dark and no one goes running this time in the dark. I looked outside and I saw one runner. That one random runner made me realise that yes people run this time and so should I. So instead of crawling back to bed which I was going to do I laced up and went. Thank you random runner for running past our house at the right moment. The run was made even better because I had zero knee pain.

Pilates was on the agenda for Wednesday. I wish I could go every Wednesday but my favourite class is at 11:30 so I can only go when I’m off work.

I took Thursday off and then on Friday I ran on the treadmill after work. My knee was aching throughout this run but I decided to ignore it. As you do.Β  Also, my old friend (not) plantar fascitis on my right foot was starting to feel a bit tight too.. But let’s just ignore those early warning signs.

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On Saturday I was going to JP’s mum’s birthday after work so I had to get an early morning run in. It was dark and rainy and because it was a Saturday morning 7am there was hardly anyone about.. Running around the park was actually quite scary.. I don’t mind dark that much but I like to see other runners occasionally so I know I’m not the only one about.Β  I’m sure you are all sick of hearing about my knee (so am I) but it hurt again on Saturday’s short run. It’s so bizarre how it’s completely pain free on one run and the next one it might start aching from the start. It’s driving me mad.

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I finished the week off at the gym with some cycling, crosstrainer and legs.

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A very enjoyable week training wise because I managed to vary the training but also run almost pain free.

Hope you have a great rest of the week!

xx

 

 

Training week? Maybe not…

So I’m a little late with last week’s training recap.. probably because there isn’t much to tell to be honest.. The week could be described with one word: lazy.

Here’s how it looked like:

Monday: mini circuit at home (about 20 min)

Tuesday: Gym, 1 hour crosstrainer, plus legs.

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: Arms and abs

Friday:Β Gym, 1 hour 15 min on the bike

Saturday:Β Off

Sunday:Β Gym, 45 min crosstrainer, 3k run on the treadmill plus legs, arms & back

On Monday me and Maddie were going to the Christmas markets in Bath so I didn’t really have time to go to the gym (well I chose to sleep longer). I couldn’t run either because my knee was really sore so I just did a little mini circuits at home in the morning to feel like I’ve done something.

On Tuesday I actually made it to the gym and tried to burn off all the mulled wine I had..

On Wednesday I was meant to go to the gym after work.. I walked halfway up the stairs to the gym and just stopped and turned back. I couldn’tΒ  be bothered. I had worked a 10 hour day and I was so tired I just didn’t want to go. I don’t think I’ve ever walked to the gym and then left just before I got there.. I hope no one saw me πŸ˜€

Thursday was another long day at work and I didn’t want to do anything but because I had to wait for dinner for a while I decided to do some arms and abs at home just to kill time until food.. Every little counts right?

On Friday I felt a little bad for slacking plus my new compression tights had arrived so I went to the gym and cycled for 1 hour 15 min. I was so motivated and enjoyed it without even getting bored. I guess you need some days off occasionally.

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Saturday turned out to be another non-planned off day. Again, I had my gym stuff with me at work but just as I finished JP phoned me saying he had finished early and was just in town. So I met up with him and thought I’d rather have a little wonder around the shops and walk home with him. So no gym again.

I think on Sunday I remembered I actually write about my “training” weeks on the blog and realised I’ll have nothing to write about soon so I got myself to the gym. I used the cross trainer and then thought I’d try out my luck on the treadmill. My knee had been aching all week even just when I was at work or walking but on Sunday it felt good so I decided to test it. To my surprise I ran 3k on the treadmill with no pain at all. I was so excited. It’s only 3km but it felt like such a progression after a week of severe knee pain.

Overall I felt like I hardly did anything but I guess it depends on what you compare it to.. It’s not like I didnt do anything, it was just less than previous weeks.. But I don’t really mind a bit of slacking now and again πŸ™‚

Have a great weekend!

 

Excellent news, not so excellent news and a lazy training week

Hi,

I found out today that I got into Berlin marathon! WOOOO!! I’ve tried twice before and haven’t been lucky so third time’s the charm. To make it even better, my friend Minna also got a place so Berlin it is in September 2016 πŸ™‚

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I would normally celebrate with a run but the not so good news is that my knee is back to being painful… The training recap from last week involves little running and lazyness.

Here’s how it looked like:

Monday:

-6km run, pace, 5:29

Tuesday:

-Off

Wednesday:

Circuits at home (30min) + abs

Thursday:

Hill repeats x 3, about 5 km run in total (Garmin switched off).

Friday:

Gym, 30 min bike, 15 min cross trainer + legs

Saturday:

Gym, 30 min cross trainer + arms and abs

Sunday:

1 hour walk, 45 min stretching

I went for a run on Monday even though I had run on Sunday. Since April I’ve had injuries and niggles and I haven’t run in 2 consecutive days at all, just to try and keep my legs as injury-free as possible. I really felt like running on Monday night, and I only had mild knee pain towards the end so I thought I’d be fine especially as I knew I wouldn’t run until Thursday. Tuesday was off day, I was just so tired. Wednesday I did some circuits at home, which was quite intense and got my heart rate high. Since my circuits only involved plank directly for abs I added some extra abs afterwards too.

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On Thursday I decided to try hill repeats after a looong break. There’s a nice long hill near me so I did just over a 1km warmup and was planning on doing 5 repeats but I left it so late and was rushing to work so I only managed three. After the third one my garmin switched itself off. That’s never the sight you want to see after your run. I think in total I ran about 5km or just under. I thought that running uphill would be good because it kind of helps with your form because you can’t overstride for instance, and I’ve also noticed my knee doesn’t really hurt uphill. I guess what I forgot was that I also had to run down and that must’ve aggravated my knee because at the end of that run my knee was really sore.

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I went to the gym on Friday and thought my knee would be fine but it mildly hurt even on the bike. On Saturday my plan was to run on the treadmill for half hour ish because it’s a nice softer surface. My knee randomly started hurting at work in the middle of my shift and even walking to the gym it was actually painful. I walked on the treadmill for 5 minutes just to see how it is but it was so sore that I couldn’t run. I was so grumpy and went to the cross trainer instead but was really moody the whole time not really bothered about the workout. SO frustrating. Just when I thought it was getting better it’s back to square one. It’s almost 2 months since my marathon and I’m running out of patience..

This was meant to be a sad face πŸ˜€

On Sunday the weather was horrandeous. It was the stormiest I’ve seen it but I would’ve liked to run in it anyway. Because of my knee I couldn’t and I really didn’t want to walk to the gym to get wet ot blown away on the way so I was lazy all day. In the evening I felt a bit too lazy and since the wind had calmed down I went for an hour walk. Even on that walk I could feel my knee not feeling alright. Came home and stretched for a while and that was that week.

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I could sort of live with the knee pain for a bit if I was still able to walk, bike, and cross train without pain but at the moment even walking and cycling hurts a bit so that’s really getting to me as it’s limiting my options.. But let’s stay positive πŸ™‚

Two photos from Bath Christmas Markets as well. We went there with Maddie yesterday and the only exercise that day involved was lifting the mulled wine cups.. πŸ˜‰

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xx