Hello 2016!

Hiiii,

And sorry for slightly longer silence at the end of the year.. I was sooo busy with work and everything and then when my holiday finally started I didn’t feel like being online all the time so I had a bit of a break.

Soo what I’ve been up to? I noticed I haven’t done a training recap for few weeks now but to be honest there isn’t much to update you on πŸ˜€

I had a very lazy week leading up to Christmas, I think I had like 5 days completely off and then one gym session or something similar.. I picked up running again on the week after Christmas though and it felt soo good. I thought my knee would’ve been grateful for the break but a 10km run brought the pain back.

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Cold in Cardiff but still + degrees

Me and JP flew to Finland before New years eve for my sister’s wedding so I was busy there hanging out with mom and my sister’s family. I have the BEST nieces and nephew btw, they are the sweetest kids around! The wedding was amazing as well, such a beautiful day and my sister was the most beautiful pride!!Β  If I get any photographs later I’ll post them but for now this is the only one:

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It was pretty cold in Finland, not too bad on the first few days with about -7 degrees but it was about -20 on the day we left. And now I hear it’s around -25 degrees even in the south of Finland, below -30 in the north. I wanted JP to experience proper cold winter weather but I guess we escaped at the right time because -25 is way toooo cold πŸ˜€ It properly snowed two days before we left and it was so funny to see JP so excited about it. We did a little midnight walk just to go and watch the snowfall..

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JP came for a run with me there too and I also ran with Minna. Both of us tend to run on our own most of the year so it’sΒ  almost a tradition that we try to get a run in together when I’m visiting home. I pushed my luck with a 12km run and could feel it in my knee towards the end so I guess my knee injury followed me to 2016. My plan was to leave it to 2015 but oh well..

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I was going to share some of my goals for 2016 with you but I think I’ll leave it til next post. I am being busy again applying for jobs at the moment so keep your fingers crossed for me!

Hope you’ve hadΒ  a great start for 2016!

xx

 

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

Training week (w/e 22/11/15) And an Important Question

I started the habit of posting my training recaps here so I’ll continue that…

But first, I got featured in this last week by monitorthebeat, I was so excited and I like that quote too! Their account is amazing for running photos and quotes, you can check it out here.

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So back to last week, I din’t do much and my training is still a bit ‘aimless’ as I’m not back to normal running yet and have no specific goals. But here’s what the week included:

Monday:

-Stretching

Tuesday:

-5km run in 30 minutes, pace: 5:56

Wednesday:

Off

Thursday:

5.57km run in 30 minutes, pace: 5:23 + abs, arms and back.

Friday:

-Gym: 45 min session on crosstrainer; 10 min warmup, 10*2 min hard (1 min recovery), 5 min cool down, 15 min bike + legs

Saturday:

-Gym: 30 min bike + abs, arms, and back

Sunday:

5.56km run in 32 minutes, pace: 5:44

The week started off with a rest day but I did a longer strecthing session. I don’t normally include stretching in the recap if it’s the normal basic everyday stretching but on Monday I probably spent 45 minutes to an hour stretching my whole body as opposed to just the main quads, hamstrings, calves kinda thing..

On Tuesday me and JP went for a run together. This happens like once in aΒ  blue moon. The weather was pretty extreme all morning, gale force winds and rain but we were brave (Well I was and JP didn’t have a choice ;)). It actually didn’t even rain until we were almost home but the wind was preeeeetty strong. We took it quite easy, JP was shocked that we didn’t see any other runners for the first 10 minutes as there’s normally loads around the park. He was convinced we were the only ones out but we did end up seeing 3 others. My knee started hurting a bit towards the end but because of the weather I didn’t really want to walk home so finished the run anyway to make it 30minutes.

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On Wednesday I was meant to do circuits at home but I got caught applying for a job that had a deadline the next day and I was filling that until 11.30pm. Circuits didn’t happen and it was a rest day instead.

I attempted running again on Thursday even though my knee had been hurting a little bit during the day. I probably shouldn’t have but I did (because I’m stubborn). I ran 30 minutes again, this time a bit faster than on Tuesday. Knee was a little bit achy towards the end but not too bad. Finished it off with some core work and weights at home.

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Friday and Saturday I went to the gym. On Friday I thought I’d get my heart rate up on the crosstrainer. I did 10*2 min hard plus warmup and cool down, then some legs, and 15 min easy bike to finish off. On Saturday I did just 30 min bike plus abs, arms and back.Β  I had no desire really to be at the gym on Saturday I just went for the sake of going so I didn’t feel like I properly worked out.

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On Sunday I attempted running again. It was a very cold morning (3 degrees) but it was nice and refreshing. I took it very easy not looking at the pace at all. I ran 32 minutes and there was NO pain in my knee. I was so happy πŸ™‚ Maybe it’s finally starting to get better. My aim is to stay patient and take it slow. So next week I’m still not attempting more than 35 minutes of running just to be on the safe side.

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And now the question:

I am in the need of new running tights and wanted to know if anyone has experience of compression tights such as Skins and 2XUs? Are they any good/noticeably different than normal tights?

 

 

 

Weekly training recap (w/e 15/11/15)

I mentioned in my previous psot that I’ll start writing weekly training recaps. This is something I know a lot of other runnnig bloggers do and I like to read their weekly training schedules so I thought I’d start it as well. It’s also a way for me to go back and look at the previous weeks to see what I actually do, where I’ve improved or what I could change etc..

At the moment I’m still not fully back at running with my knee so the recaps will include more crosstraining but that’s even better for me so I can analyse later and see how long it took me to run longer runs pain-free etc.

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So last week’s training:

Monday:Β 

-Gym = 30 min bike, 15 min hill walking (treadmill) + legs and abs

Tuesday:

-3.91km run in 22 minutes (10 minutes, 1 min walking and 12 minutes), pace: 5:38

Wednesday:

-Pilates

Thursday:

-3.76km run in 20 minutes (10 min, 1 min walk, 10 min), pace: 5:19

Friday:

-2km swim in 1 hour

Saturday:

-Off

Sunday:

-Gym: 4.57km run on the treadmill in 25 minutes, pace: 5:28, 1%Β  incline, 20 min bike + legs, arms and abs.

Monday’s gym was an easy session. I didn’t really do anything exhausting but rather just went there for the sake of doing something.

Tuesday I went for an evening run which I haven’t done in a while. It was so dark and cold but so refreshing after a work day. Managed 22 minutes pain free so that’s always good.

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Wednesday we had the Imagine Dragons gig to go to so I wanted to something during the day to justify the drinks πŸ˜€ I ended up going to pilates which was eactly what I needed. Some classes are very gentle, easy, and relaxing where others are actually hard and you leave feeling it in every muscle you didn’t even know you had. Wednesday’s class was the latter. So good!

Thursday I went for a little run to shake off the headache from previous night’s gig. I was a bit stressed about my first ever sport psych workshop as well so the run was a good way to get some fresh air and clear mind.

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Friday I felt like swimming so I hit the pool and swam for an hour. I can only do breaststroke which always makes me feel really embarrassed and slow at the pool next to everyone else who looks like they are professionals. One day I’ll learn how to swim properly, it’s on the to do-list.

Saturday was a day off and Sunday I went to the gym to work on those muscles I tried to ignore all week. I managed a 25 minute run on the treadmill which I was super happy about. The pain free runs are coming back slowly. Then I did some cycling and legs using the leg press and leg extension. On top of doing the leg things with both legs I’ve now also started doing them individually using lower weights and just one leg. It’s crazy to see how much weaker my left leg feels doing leg press for instance. Finished it off with some arms and abs so I could leave the gym very sore and ready for the next week πŸ™‚

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How was your training last week?

 

 

 

Currently…

I usually waffle a lot so I’ll keep this one short and sweet.

It’s a list of my current favourites/current things going on.

Current thought:

-I miss long runs.

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25 minutes just isn’t the same.

Current tv-show:

-The Affair. I’m very much against the whole concept of cheating and affairs but this tv show is gooooood!

Current book:

-I’m reading Shantaram and so far it’s incredible!

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Current song:

-Hello by Adele. No words needed.

Current weather:

-Stormy.

Current favourite piece of clothing:

-My jacket.

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Current food:

-Roasted sweet potatoes, fried egg and steamed broccoli. Yes, all in one meal.

Current drink:

-Tea (I’m so British)

Current chocolate:

-Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Biscuit.. And Dumles (but I just ran out of them :()

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Current source of stress:

-Dissertation (and the lack of Dumles).

Current mood:

-Bewildered. I don’t like the world we live in right now.

Current source of happiness:

-JP, he amazes me daily. Love conquers all <3

Current quote:

If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. That’s lethal.

-Paulo Coelho.

I saw this quote in Spanish first and it sounds so much more beautiful (I love that language): “Si piensas que la aventura es peligrosa, prueba la rutina. Es mortal.”

Current ideal location:

-Anywhere in Australia.

Current idea:

-I’ll start writing training recaps of each week in the blog.

Current countdown:

-To my sister’s wedding in December πŸ™‚

What’s currently going on in your world?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pain or not? And what do I do when I’m not running…

Hi again,

If you’ve read my blog or follow me on instagram you might be aware that I’m still struggling with a knee injury. It started in May but because I kept ignoring it the marathon at the beginning of October made it a lot worse. It’s been almost 6 weeks now since the marathon and I’ve gradually built myself up to running about 20 minutes. It’s been the slowest recovery process I’ve ever experienced. Even with the broken ankle once the boot and crutches were off I was almost immediately back to running 20-30 minute runs whereas this time I’ve had to start with little 5 min segments.

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With the last few 20 min runs I’m not sure if they are pain-free either. I don’t know if anyone else gets this but when you’ve been injured for a long time or had an ongoing niggle can you almost feel it on every run? I’m not sure anymore if I have pain or is it just normal sensation on the knee or is it just because I’m so used to the pain that I think it’s still there? Does that make any sense? With my previous ITB injury I had the same thing; when I started back running I could “feel” the ITB on every run, it wasn’t pain but I was very aware of it for a long time. At the moment my knee isn’t hurting in a way that I would need to stop and it’s not uncomfortable but I am not running without noticing it either. Weird. Maybe that’s just me.

Anyhow so what have I been doing to keep some sort of overall fitness and more importantly how have I justified all the chocolate eating in the past 6 weeks?

The answer is gym, swimming and pilates.

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At the gym I’ve mainly focused on just maintaining fitness rather than pushing for improvement. I’ve done a lot of cycling on the bike, hill walking on the treadmill and crosstrainer. Plus this time around I’ve actually tried to do legs, arms and abs as well which I normally tend to ignore. I do find the bikes and crosstrainers quite boring, however, so occasionally I’ve done some intervals like 10*2 min hard with 1 min recovery for instance, just to keep the exercising a bit more exciting and exhausting.

I’ve also been going to pilates. I try to go once a week but it hasn’t happened every week just because.. well life.

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As a new thing I’ve started going swimming. The pool is really far from where I live plus I lost my swimming suit so I haven’t been going before but I do like swimming because of the low impact. I originally went there because I wanted to go aquajogging; my favourite way to crosstrain, but turns out you need to bring your own belt. In Swansea the national pool let you borrow theirs and In Finland you can use theirs as well so I was a bit disappointed. Looks like I’m going to have to invest in one.

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So an example training week for me:

Monday: Gym. Hard effort on cross trainer (plus warmup and cool down), legs & arms.

Tuesday: Hill walking + abs.

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: Gym. Easy 25 min bike, 20 min crosstrainer, legs & arms.

Friday: Gym. Easy 30 min bike, 30 min walking uphill on the treadmill, abs + back.

Saturday: Off.

Sunday: 2*5 min of running plus walking, total of 7km.

The following week included small attempts of running on Monday, Thursday, and Sunday, swimming on Tuesday and Gym on Saturday.

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I miss this weather already!

As you might notice, the training is quite easy and not as frequent at the moment. I have big plans for next year runningwise but for now I’m focusing on getting my knee better. I have no pressure to be exercising I’m just doing it to keep myself happy and half-fitΒ  (and to be able to continue my chocolate-eating habits).

It’s completely normal to have a chocolate cupboard like this right?

chocolatecupboardP.S. I have to mention that my brother came 15th in his age group of up to 8-year olds in a Chess World Youth Championships in Greece last week! πŸ™‚

(And I don’t even understand the rules of chess).

26 and on top of the world

Hi,

I thought I’d share with you the highlights from my birthday yesterday because I bet you are all dying to know how wild my birthday celebrations were πŸ˜‰

I wanted to start my day with a run because that’s the perfect way to start any day. Unfortunately my knee isn’t cooperating with me so I only managed 13 minutes (precisely) of pain-free running. 13 minutes is better than nothing.

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As I’ve mentioned my love for breakfast before, me and JP then went out for breakfast. I’d heard Bill’s is amazing but had never been so decided to try that out. There were loads of things on the menu that I could’ve had but I opted for pancakes. Is there a better day to have pancakes for breakfast than on your birthday?

They were AMAZING.

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I then went to participate in a sport psych session in one of the schools in Cardiff for an hour before making it back home.

I opened most of my presents in the morning apart from JP’s. When I got home he had cake waiting for me and tickets to see IMAGINE DRAGONS next week!! :))) Soooo excited! I love that band!

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And I also got this mug as I’ve been on about wanting a big mug of my own (I keep using JP’s big mug and he clearly didn’t like that :D)

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Rest of the day was very lazy.. It’s impossible to have a bad day when you have chocolate from Estonia, Finland, and the UK. Have I mentioned I love chocolate?

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JP really wanted to take me out for dinner and also to watch the fireworks. For those outside UK, It’s Bonfire night here on the 5th of November, and there’s basically big fireworks because of Guy Fawkes, a guy who tried to blow up the parliament house back in the days. I’ve seen some great fireworks on my birthdays in the last few years in the UK so because yesterday was one of the most miserable days weatherwise ( it rained allll day) I didn’t want to leave the house at all. We stayed in and JP had to cook for me instead which worked out well for me and I still saw some fireworks from the window anyway.

To top off the night I chose to watch Mrs. Doubtfire, such a feel good-film that I haven’t seen since I was a child.

So overall, an amazing birthday. Thank you again for everyone’s birthday wishes, cards, and presents. And special thank you to JP for spoiling me all day. Can’t wait to continue celebrations next week listening to Imagine Dragons. Definitely on top of the world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5tWYmIOWGk

P.S. How great is this t-shirt??

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Have a nice weekend!

xx