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The first week of August

..has been exactly what I needed!
August
I still haven’t made a workout plan for the month that I want to follow, I’ve only made a little plan in my head. It’s hard to make a day-to-day workout plan to follow when you live somewhere with weather this unpredictable. I mean, this week the weather report has been so off it has gotten to the point where it’s pissing people off. I’m not saying we’ve only had bad weather, not at all! Most days has started out really nice and sunny then in the afternoon it gets grey and rainy.
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Good thing a little unstable weather can’t stop me from having a great run-week! My main thing this week was to get back into a good running routine and hopefully feel like my shape is starting to get back to where it’s supposed to be. All the runs were pretty similar. The old railroad path to the end and back. Every now and then I changed it up a little, added some hill training, but I always did the same old railroad path. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday/today. I wasn’t supposed to take a rest day on Saturday, but the weather was insane in the morning and I had plans the rest of that day.. Five out of seven days isn’t bad though! My shape is starting to get back to what I want aswell. The difference from Monday to today at the same distance is approximately 10 minutes! Which is awesome! I don’t think I could have dreamt of better progress this first week. Hopefully I’ll keep up this when I drag my KMs to double digits again.
August runs
I won’t be making a day-to-day plan to follow this week either, but I will be making a little week plan with daily do’s and week goals that I’ll be posting tomorrow.

Have you had a good weekend?
Do you have any fitness goals for August?

Marie Alessandra

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It’s been a minute.

A New York minute.
New York, Statue of Liberty
New York, Yankee Stadium
Washington DC
Washington DC, I have a dream
I’ve had such a wonderful vacation! My dad and I went to my all time favorite place on this planet, New York. We stayed at the same hotel as we always do because why change something that is perfect, right? I went to my first ever baseball game. New York Yankees vs San Francisco Giants. And even though I didn’t really understand the sport that much it was still fun to have seen. Another thing that was a first timer for me this year was going to Washington DC. This vacation has been perfect. The warm warm weather, all the Central Park lunches, Subway fun, all the walking, all the things we’ve done a thousand times before, all the things we did for the first time this year, everything! I love New York so much.

I figured a quick little recap of my vacation would be the perfect first blog post of my new routine of getting more into blogging (like I’ve mentioned earlier – 3 times a week). I’m back from vacation now, feeling extremely motivated and I’m ready to get back into the best shape of my life!

Did you visit any fun places this summer?
Marie Alessandra

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Long run, Sunburn & Planning

Once again I have a lot to say, haha!

This week has been so much fun. On Monday I had work, nothing special about that day. Tuesday was  a little different, things actually happened. After work on Tuesday my mom and I went to pick up Alaska at the vet. It ain’t easy being a long-haired cat, his fur had gotten so matted that the vet had to shave him. So now my little eskimo has become a nudist, haha. Still super cute though, he doesn’t seem to mind at all. I also finally got to see the season 7 finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and I am really happy that Violet won. On Wednesday I went to a friend that I haven’t seen in years. We spent pretty much the whole day together. I had a great time and it was so fun seeing her again after so long.
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On Thursday I went for a long run by myself. I had already planned it in my head the day before; run from my boyfriend’s place to my parents’ house. This route takes me from one side of the city to the other and then some, haha. So I started running my regular route before I took the bridge over to the other side of the river and kept going into the city. Running through the city isn’t that bad, the path next to the river goes all the way to the “end” of the city, and when you get there you can pick and choose roads after what you feel like that day.
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I chose to run the timber terminal. Ran though that place and kept going towards my main challenge for the day. Gullaugkleiva. Which is basically a steep hill that I am not the biggest fan of, haha! Up, up, up we went, then finally I got to the parking lot at the end of the old railroad. Yes, I had planned this run around this route just so I could end the run with the last kms at the old railroad. I love the old railroad.
Snake
The old railroad never disappoints when it comes to wildlife. Say hello to my new friend – Mr. Snake. No, I haven’t gotten over my intense fear of snakes, but when I saw this one I just had to stop and snap a quick picture. Mr. Snake was tiny and isn’t poisonous so I survived, haha. The whole run was 17 km. It was so much fun to finally do a long run again!
Sunburn
After some really nice days where I have actually spent a lot of time outside I shouldn’t be surprised by this. 2015, the year of the sunburn. I normally don’t burn, but this week I did. I’m not used to being pale and having skin that isn’t ready for the sun, I normally have a little bit of color all year round and actually bother going to the tanning salon if I start looking too pale for my comfort, but this winter I turned into a creepy see-through Scandinavian ghost. Guess I need to put that bottle of sunscreen in my bag, haha.. Red is the new tan, sshh! But hey, as soon as I stop looking like a lobster I’ll have a nice base tan.
Meal and Workout plan
Yesterday and this morning I spent some time putting together a meal & workout plan for the coming week (june 8th – 14th). Just so I have something to follow. I love making lists and plans like this, and I feel like it motivates me a bit more than just telling myself that I’m going to do this and that. I like having a schedule. We’re only 5 weeks away from San Francisco today and I want to make sure I spend these weeks well. I have a lot of morning runs to look forward to.

Hope you’ve had a great weekend!
Did you do anything fun?

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Hello June!

It’s June, finally! Today is very special. Why? There’s so many reasons. It’s my half-birthday (I’m officially 22 and a half, haha!), it’s the first day of summer, it’s the final episode of Drag Race season 7 (still not sure who I want to win), we got to see Caitlyn Jenner for the first time.. Okay, so maybe it’s nothing that special about this day, but I love finding something unique about each day just to make life a little more fun. I love starting a new month, I’m one of those freaks who looks at it as a “new chapter”, and this one has started out great.

Short recap of last week: On Tuesday I went for a run with my mom. First run after the knee strain. My doctor had told me it would be fine again by Monday, so in my head that was 100% how it would be. It wasn’t. I didn’t feel any pain in the beginning when we were running flat, but when things got hilly the pains were back. After the very long hill we only had 3,5 km left before we were home so it wasn’t too bad, plus it was slight downhill and flat the rest of the way home. My knee wouldn’t let me run the whole way so we had to take a few walk breaks, but that’s okay, better safe than sorry. After that I just took a break in hopes that my knee would “heal”. Yesterday I went for a short run by myself to see how my knee was feeling. It was okay, I still felt some pain every now and then but it wasn’t so bad that I had to stop running or anything. I was actually very surprised by how well the run went. Not because of the knee, but every time I take days off from running I imagine I’ll lose all my fitness and whatever, haha. News flash: A couple days of rest doesn’t hurt.

Some of my goals for this month is to run a lot more. And I mean A LOT! I think I’ve mentioned this earlier but I haven’t been feeling too great about myself lately and the only thing I know helps me when it comes to these thoughts are running and being healthy. So I am also going to do my best at being really healthy and make smarter choises when it comes to food. I am already kind of back to my good old healthy ways, but it’s never a bad idea to put extra focus on it anyway. I also need to start with my daily crunches again, I know a lot of people say it won’t make any difference and that crunches are a waste, but for me they work wonders! Maybe some day I’ll show you a “progress photo” from when I first started my “healthy life” and you’ll see what I mean, haha. June is going to be great!
Healthy food
Do you have any goals for this month?
What are your favorite things about the summer?

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The struggle is real

April was not my month. To be completely honest, April was the most depressing and mind nagging month I’ve had in a really really long time. I have already complained about the whole “not being allowed to run before the stitches were taken out” thing, but that’s not the only problem I had with this month. My kryptonite, Pollen, was also being a real pain in the ass. Not to talk about the fact that “the monthly visitor” decited back at the beginning of 2015 to stay for waaay longer than just a week (we’re talking months, help!), and that didn’t exactly make things any easier either. I was pretty much thrown off balance, my routine got wrecked, and no matter how hard I tried I constantly messed it up. I was exhausted, tired all the time, constant pain, wasn’t able to wake up early, my breathing sucked, unhealthy eating, forgetting to eat at the right times, feeling lazy and fat, the list goes on..

I finally removed the last stitches and I could run again (you might remember me saying I was allowed to try to run and all that, well, I didn’t do it. Trying to take a shower was hard enough so I realized I’d just have to wait those extra 10 days before running again). Finally! It took me a few days to put on my Nikes again, but on Saturday I finally went for my first run after the break. Before heading out I was really nervous it would be pure hell to run again. I had only gotten 2 runs between Berlin and then so I was prepared for the worst. But the run actually felt amazing, not just because I had missed it so much, but also because I didn’t feel out of shape at all. My legs felt fine, my tempo was fine, all in all it was a great run. On Sunday I went out for a run again. It was pretty much the same as the day before. I am so happy it won’t take me much time to get back to top running shape again. I’m not sure if I mentioned this earlier when I was talking about the doctor’s appointments, but my blood results showed a high iron deficiency. I’ve been taking iron every morning now for the past 2 weeks and I think that might be the reason why it was so easy to run after the long break. We all know how important iron is, it just makes sense! So I’m glad it seems to be working.
Sunday run
Now that I am finally getting back into a good routine with my running I hope and pray all the other stuff I’ve been struggling with lately will fall back into place aswell. Taking 100 mg iron every morning seems to be helping with the dizzyness and fatigue. The running helps with most things. I think the only important thing I have left to fix is my diet. Which in my case means I need to stop eating unhealthy things, start following my meal-times again, eat more veggies, quit snacking, and drink more water. My brain and body is in a place right now where nothing tastes good and I don’t have any cravings (other than Starbucks Frappuccinos, haha!). I don’t really get hungry when I’m off balance like now, and because flavor is the most important thing to me I just end up eating things that I believe will taste good whenever I want to eat something or if I get dizzy. So a healthy eating routine is important in my life. I don’t like feeling unhealthy, I don’t like feeling bloated and insecure, I just don’t like it. I will get back on track and feel comfertable in my own skin again very soon, that is a promise I’ll make for myself.

All I need right now is some extra motivation and inspiration. And a thousand crunches, haha!

How are you doing?
What motivates you when it comes to being healthy?

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