When it comes to arrange events Nike knows the drill. Last night I ran Nike womens run here in Stockholm and it was fab. fab. fab.
I went there with my brother, his girlfriend (that also was running) and helela and we arrived already one hour before the start to Kungsan. Jessica Clarén and her Nike crew hosted warmup but I do not warmup before running so we just checked it out for a bit, went to the toilet and so on.
All of a sudden it became race time and my stiff legs was not stiff anymore. Like always when I participate in some kind of result mesurable activity I got it together and wanted to do my best of the day. I started in the first group and settled of in 4:30 min/km pace aiming for a 45 min result. It felt comfortable and stable for the first four kilometers. Then, then my tummy freaked out. I sometimes get terrible cramps when I run fast and that is what happened here. I thought about quitting but I am not a quitter so I tried to to slow down and it helped. But I lost time. Kilometer 5 I ran in 5:09 pace. Not good at all. Also the sixt kilometer I lost a lot of time and counted that in at 4:57. Good bye good finish time! At this point my focus was to not run slower than 50 minutes. But all of a sudden my tummy was not hurting that badly anymore so I speeded up again. 4:45 min/km felt like a stable pace and for the second time my brother was showing up in Rålis to cheer and I got new energy. Only seven small kilometers left and just-do-it was on my mind. My legs felt perfect and I had a stable run the remaining kilometers of the race. During the last kilometer there were no other runners close by to beat but once again Nike Jessica was showing up cheering and the last 500 meters Nike crew was pacing and for 200 meters Paula Radcliff did a high five and was pacing me before some other Nike runners was pacing the last 50 meters before the finish line. Then it was over. I was not all over and out but…
I smashed it all into a new personal best. From 47:12 until 46:44 at my most worst running distance. Cheers on that!
All together it was a race totally in my style. I love the fun race setup like the Nike race village and so on but I am against women’s only races and wish that next year it will be a race open to everyone. And if I ran the Nike race in Nike shoes. No. Adidas Boston Boost was on my feets together with Gococo socks. As always!
/ Pernilla that is happy for a new 10K PB
I like contrasts in life. Less than 24 hours ago I was in the bustling city of New York and a few hours ago I was running the Ursvik Extreme track outside Stockholm with some colleagues. In the forest far from skyscrapers, constantly alarming firetrucks and so on. It was only my second time visiting Ursvik since it is “far” from my place but I really, really liked it. It is exactly the kind of forest I mostly enjoy running in. I am already looking forward to the next time hitting the extreme.
/ Pernilla the extreme runner
At the same time as report indicate an increasing amount of eating dissorders one after one of all social media trainers releases books about how to train and eat. The last example that I have read is the big running book for women (Stora Löparboken för kvinnor by Jessica Almenäs and Lovisa Sandström). The purpose of the book is to show that running is for everyone. The images are colourful and the content feels structured and informative. Latley I have checked out many of the social media sportyspices books about training and I have to say this is the best one in my opinion. The other ones feels more like blablabla and the star bloggers have just written a book to be able to put that on the CV. This book is a book worth investing if you like me are a hobby runner at various distances, just run a couple of times a week or want to get started with running. I am usually sceptical to books with a target audience to big but Lovisa and Jessica does it very well! The only thing I miss out is one more tougher level at the training programs.
/ Pernilla that likes all new fun books
This Thursday had potential to be a really great spring day but unfortunatley it sucked. Almost all over. With two exceptions, the lunchrun with tired legs in sunny spring warm Hagaparken and Norway’s gold in the cross country world championships in Falun that we watched at the office.
Other than that I can say that I am so over and out of lazy, stupied, slow thinking and slow working people that are not doing what they are supposed to do. There are few things that makes me so upset but dealing with all the above on the same time had made me wanna be at another planet the whole day… Those Days…
/ Pernilla in the worst kind of mode
One of the last things that I wanted to do yesterday morning was to participate in Stockholm Icebug Winterrun. I went skiing at Stadion instaed and when I got home my running partner canceled her participation. Then I definitley saw no reason to go out in the snowy and rainy weather again and planned for a tour to SATS and visit the treadmill. But at 14:00 I cahnged my mind because I had no real reason to not go. I had zero injuries, I was not sick, I was just not feeling for it but am I a quitter? No.
So I took the subway to Söder and went to the mile long que in order to pick up the race number. My feets were freezing like crazy although I had my water proof winterboots from Timberland on but anyway I started to feel for running. There is something special with races.
I had lots of clothes on and was running in a fleece, rain jacket, doubble wintertights, whool skisocks from Gococo and a pair of old but comfortable Adidas Adios Boost shoes. Not the most usual running outfit but I was only freezing a little bit before the start.
At 16 pm the pro-runners started and at 16:10-ish me and my fellow joggers had to start the first round of the 5K loop though the snow, ice and water. The first 100 meters I tried to keep my feets out of the wet but hey, it was wet everywhere so I thought whatever. After a few kilometers when I was going to look at my watch I saw it was not on, but whatever, the time was secondary (or not even that) important to me so I just ran. And I actually liked it from the beginning. It was fun and my legs felt for running and so did I.
The first round I was just jogging around and the second one I did the same. This race was a Saturday evening session for me. I had a good feeling all around the route and it was not as bad as I thought. I don’t care that I did not do my best I had more fun than if I had visited the treadmill at SATS and I made a deal with myself before the run. If I survived the Winterrun I would get a weeendtrip this travel free February.
Quite a good deal beacuse I survived the run with a good feeling, conquered the winter and got a medal to my collection.
/ Pernilla the Bredolt
I am sitting here at my casa Vasa thinking about Stockholm Winterrun that is coming up on Saturday. Hopefully it will be a Winterrun without snow and cold weather so I can survive the 10K without turning into a polar bear. It will be my first runningrace for 2015 and it is just a fun thing for me. Last year was fab, especially because you got glowing bracelets like the ones I got when visiting Disney on ice when I was a kid.
My preparation for this 10K challenge has not been any preparation at all. The last week I have been doing quite a lot of training. Actually every day. In Singapore I visited the hotel gym for 1-1,5 hours a day, walked over 20K a day and relaxed but not relaxed. On Monday when I came home I took a 10K crosscontry skiing tour at Gärdet, Tuesday I was running for 30 minutes and doing yoga for 90 minutes, yesterday I was running home from work and a bit more plus visited SATS for a Powerstep class and today I joined my fab friend’s awesome Bodycombat at Worldclass Vasastan so I already fear my sore back tomorrow. I am not planning a restday tomorrow either. Sorry, but when Nike is on tour and has a barre move class I can not not go. Saturday I cross my fingers that it will be some snow left so I can start the day skiing. Never rest, wasn’t it that way it was supposed to be? Anyone else joining the Winterrun?
/ Pernilla that is preparing for Winterrun in my own way
When I flew home from Hong Kong last Saturday I was longing for a week where I went all in when it comes to my training, just because that I like it. But it did not started in the way I wanted.
Monday, I was still a bit sick and most likley I also had fever when I got home from work. I really, really wanted to do some training so I attended a Bodybalance class at SATS Spårvagnshallarna. That was it then I was totally over and out for the day.
Tuesday, I felt almost like a human again so I went to my favorite spinningpulse class at SATS Hötorget after work. 60 minutes of sweat, sweat and more sweat and I fulfilled my goal to reach 90% in all four of the tough intervals. I ended the workout with stretching and my usual 3 times 100 crunches.
Wednesday I was in runningmode so I took a 10K jog around partial ice skatingrink looking Kungsholmen way. The jog was just a well-beeing one and I also ended this day with 300 crunches.
Thursday was rainy and I attended two classes at SATS Stureplan after work. Shape and Runners strength. The day after the back on my legs were so sore you cannot imagine. And my arms. And my butt. And my whole body.
Friday I took timeout and enjoyed a glas of wine.
Saturday I woke up with fresh legs and met up two running friends for taking on a halfmarathon run. That was a piece of cake and in the evening I lifted heavier weights than what I ever had done at a Bodypump class.
Sunday, today, the common rest day I have done everything else than resting. I warmed up with a 10K run at Pampas marina and around followed by my new addiction yoga. After last summer I got hooked on yoga and I really did not needed any more training activities that I enjoy… but shit happens and I still managed to attend the second close-to-death spinningpulse class at SATS Stadshagen to wrap this training week up.
Do you know what guys? it feels so good right now. I am really happy with the result of this training week and it feels meaningful to have a marathon in the middle of March to focus on. Then I will find a halfmarathon in the end of February as a partial goal to focus on, of course abroad so I also can explore the world a bit. Did I ever mention that training is my big hobby alongside with traveling?
/ Pernilla the training junkie