Catch Up

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Oops! What a lousy blogger I have been. No post in sight for weeks. I haven’t given up on writing my post at all it’s just that I’ve been ill (we had some rather strange weather a few weeks ago) and as if things couldn’t get any better my allergy is here. Hooray! My energy was down to 0. My regular medicine only made it worse and it didn’t seem to work as efficiently as always. Walking around feeling like a zombie isn’t optimal now that I’m off from work and there’s nothing more I’d like to do than to enjoy the outdoors. Thankfully I’ve found an allergy medication that won’t make me drowsy or suffer from nasty side effects.

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Don’t worry I haven’t given up my running regime. Although I did have to go back a week or two to get back on track. Due to the tropical heat we’re having I had to change my routine and slow down a bit. Instead of running during the evening, I made the wise choice to run in the early morning (around 7-8 ó clock) when it’s “only” +20C outside. Running wouldn’t be as difficult if it wasn’t for that feeling of slowly melting away. So I’m rather thankful that I’ve gone back a week to ease my body into the summer heat. So children, always listen to your body. It knows what’s best!

As I’ve neglected my blog I’ll give you a short summary of my activities last week and the past few days.

21/7 Monday: Yoga (mostly back stretching as I was stiff as a board)

22/7 Tuesday: 4.60 km – 47m 18s (5 min warmup walk. Run 5 min. Walk 3 min. Run 8 min. Walk 3 min. Run 5 min + cooldown)

23/7 Wednesday: Yoga + Arm workout with weights 20+10 (as I’m such a weakling, well my arms that is, I’ve started weight lifting 2 kg in each hand)

24/7 Thursday: 4.34 km – 44m 8s (5 min warmup walk. Run 10 min; Walk 3 min; Run 10 min + cooldown)- it was so incredibly warm that day that I was barely absent during my run+ Arm workout with weights 20+10

25/7 Friday: Yoga + Arm workout with weights 20+10

26/7 Saturday: 4.51 km – 43m 8s (5 min warmup walk. Run 22 min + cooldown) + Arm workout with weights 20+10

27/7 Sunday: Beach day! Warmest water up to date. Went swimming and got back on land after 1 hour! Surprised myself. Arms and legs =spaghetti

28/7 Monday: Yoga + Arm workout with weights 20+10

29/7 Tuesday: Yoga + Arm workout with weights 30+10

30/7 Wednesday: 4.76 km – 44m 42s (5 min warmup walk. Run 25 min + cooldown)  + Arm workout with weights 30+10

I would have gone swimming on more occasions but the jellyfish decided to invade our shores on Tuesday. Please tell me I’m not the only one who freaks out when one or a gazillion of them touch your leg or when you accidentally step on one. Eurgh!! 😦  Shooo away with you jellyfish!!

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5 things I’ve realised

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The past 2 weeks have been rather useful and provided me with plenty of time to reflect over what I was actually doing, what needs to change and where I’m heading. Something I most definitely need to improve is my blogging. I always have these great ideas pent up in my head of things I want to write about, but for some strange reason I haven’t able to sit down and get it down on paper (keyboard/screen?). But guess what! That will change. My fingers are itching! Apart from blogging there have been 5 other things I’ve thought about or realised during the week that just passed:

1. I can’t put things off – Skipping a run because  it’s getting late (8 pm – which isn’t really late as it’s summer and light outside) is something I need to stop doing. Finding excuses to not run is dangerous.  I’m afraid of slowly slipping into my old habits of lounging on the sofa and doing absolutely nothing but stare at the TV. Now that I’ve come this far I can’t simply let it all go to waste. It’s time to toughen up and go for a run!

bild 22. Muscles remember – Apparently I still manage to run my regular distance after some absence. For some strange reason I had imagined that I would have to repeat several days and be out of breath before getting back on track. It was not without effort and persistence of course, but it looks like I still got it! Speaking of muscles, my legs have finally gained enough strength for me to bring out my Vivos (Vivobarefoot) that I bought when I was in London. Hurrah for comfortable barefoot shoes!

3. 2 more runs until 5K – Surreal as it may seem, it remains 2 more runs until I reach day 25. That’s when I will run a total distance of 5 km. How far I’ve come! I’m nervous and excited at the same time.

4. Some people can make a 360 – I remember a few years ago when a lot of people were appalled by the fact that I was a vegetarian (never really been much of meat eater and the step towards becoming a vegetarian felt like the only obvious thing to do). There were those who thought I was mad and those who said that I was going to have all kinds of deficiencies. There are those who will never understand me and those who make 360 just by having read a certain book, seen a movie, experiences something or simply had a change of heart. I’ve never been a person who talk people into my believes and way of living, but it’s rather refreshing to see that some of those who couldn’t understand me will now ask me of advice and have even started to take interest in Raw Food after having been served “zoodles” (zucchini noodles).  Speaking of zoodles, they are surprisingly easy to make (if you have the right tools) and so incredibly delicious that my next recipe post will probably cover this fresh treat .

bild 1 (1)5. I need to drink more tea – I know that sounds rather odd coming from a teaholic. But recently I’ve decreased my tea intake, mostly due to the fact that the selection (read quality) of tea at work is lacking and for some strange reason the nearest coffee/tea/water machine at work has this strange and bitter aftertaste when I choose the hot water. The easiest thing would be to have a tiny kettle, but we’re not allowed to. Yes I know, first world problem! For me to get a reasonable cuppa I have to walk up one floor, through a tunnel, down one floor and enter the cafeteria. Quite an effort for just one cup of tea. As a contrast, I lost count over how many cups of tea I had this weekend while at home. I even went to the most darling tea place in town. I felt complete. There’s nothing more comforting like a big cup of tea AKA hug in a cup. I’m not sure how I will solve my tea-at-work dilemma, but I’ll have to think of something…

What are some of the things you’ve realised or thought about recently?

The Handstand Challenge

I must be in a rather strange mood to overcome some of the fears I had when I was a child, things I previously couldn’t master now somehow seems to evoke an inner voice within me that keeps telling me that I need to give it another try. I gave running a try and now I’m almost ready to do a 5K run. I still haven’t grasped the fact that I’ve come this far. This time I’ve decided that I am going to take on The Handstand Challenge!

Surely you’ve done a handstand against a wall at school, I hear you ask. Well I tried, but never succeeded and it didn’t make things better that I was afraid of falling over. But that certainly was one of the reasons to why I didn’t manage to do a handstand at all. I leave the wise words to Master Yoda:

“You must unlearn what you have learned” – Taking on a new challenge is about letting go of all fears and believing that you can do it. When I found an epic step-by-step progression guide by Chris Salvato (handstand Jedi Master) for beginners on how to do a freestand handstand I knew I wanted to give it a tr…*ehem* I wanted to do it!  Whether you’re a Star Wars nerd, Padawan, Yoda fangirl or a mortal being, you definitely should read Chris’ inspiring and humours post on how to master the art of handstanding.

By practising for at least 5 minutes a day, I’ll be able to do a headstand within a month or two. Being able to spare 5 minutes a day isn’t very much when you think of it. The key to succeeding is to systematically and gradually introduce yourself to the handstand, to be upside down, and to rely on your hands to support you. Anyone can do it! I know it’s an odd date to start at (I should have started on the 1st of June), but I can’t have any excuses. I start The Handstand Challenge today! I’m going to document it as time goes by. It will be fascinating to see my progress and serve as a motivator that I’m getting one step closer to doing a handstand. Here we go Yoda…time to work on those fears, my inner core and those weakling arms in order to look super cool while being upside down.

May the force be with me!

My inner run-hating-teen must shake her head in disbelief

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Can I get a hallelujah?! Not only have a caught up with my running this weekend, but today I started my 3rd week and completed the 7th day of the C25K program.

After having taken care of some daily errands yesterday, I decided to drive out (ok my mum drove me) to Ljunghusen, a town located at the south-western tip of Sweden and is notable for its beaches and for its golf course. As it was rather windy yesterday I decided to stick to the trails by the pine forest, golf course (had to duck a few balls *oops*), ridiculously expensive but oh so pretty houses and the nature reserve. Today I included the stunningly white beach (probably the most beautiful beach in Sweden). Sometimes I have to ponder over whether I’m in Sweden or on Bahamas. OK, perhaps it’s not as scorching hot as it is on Bahamas and the palm trees are missing…but this place is blindingly beautiful!

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IMG_4550Up to this point I’ve always gone back home after having completed a run. But then I thought to myself, why stop now? Why not just keep on walking and enjoy the scenery. All in all, running and walking combined, I managed to cover a whooping 7.67 km yesterday and 5.11 km today.

Strangely enough, I feel more energized than ever. It must have been the fresh ocean breeze and pine forest air. Could it also be that I’m starting to catch the “runners bug”? Am I starting to enjoy my runs/walks? *le shock* I must say, that rewarding feeling  after having completed a run without giving up is hard to beat. My inner run-hating-teen must shake her head in disbelief! Reading about the so called “runners high” have always seemed like an ancient legend to me, or at least unattainable. However, if I imagine myself in a few weeks from now, I might be a convert that get to experience that sense of euphoria. Only time will tell…

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Post-It Countdown

To continue on the pink track, I saw something incredibly useful and creative on Pinterest a few days ago. As hard as I try not to and despite of the fact that we all have to start somewhere, sometimes I can’t help but to compare myself with other runners. Feeling that sense of purpose is required! Trying to develop a habit also requires determination and consistency. Putting up Post-It notes for each day can serve as a colourful and visual motivation when training.

After completing each run, I will just rip one off and feel that sense of pride that I’m getting one step closer towards reaching my goal. That is to say, complete a 5K run without fainting halfway through. Having it there right in front of you makes it seem less daunting. 25 runs in total (I’ve already completed 5)…hmm that’s not too bad! After today’s run it might seem almost impossible, but then again nothing is impossible. One step at a time and I’ll be there. Reaching day 25 won’t be the “end”, but the very beginning of a new start.

Cheers to a better and healthier life and future!

 

 

I am a Sweat Pink Ambassador

Fit Approach is an inspiring and enthusiastic fitness community that support a wide range of people, including everyone from ultra marathoners to beginners and couch potatoes.  A few days ago I recieved an email that put a big smile on my face. I can proudly announce that I’m officially a SPA (Sweat Pink Ambassador)!

What appeals to me about the entire SPA concept is the fact that I don’t have to be a rutinated fitness guru to be part of the community. From the little I’ve seen so far, sharing experiences and stories is one of the many great aspects when it comes to being part of the SPA community.

In addition you can’t go wrong with their awesome mission:

We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick.

We sweat pink.

P.S. History class of the day: Pink wasn’t always considered a feminine colour and blue wasn’t aways masculine. As recently as the early 1900s, pink was seen by many as a colour that went better with boys, and blue went better with girls. So it’s more than ok for men to like pink too!