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Short run-week recap.

Three times a week‘ she said, ‘being consistent‘ she said. It’s still a work in progress.
Take a quick look at the photo below – this is what my week has looked like. Not a great run-week for me.. I’ve been so stressed out all week, I need to stop making too many plans at the same time. You see this mirrored in my runs. Being stressed and tired doesn’t  The run I’m the most happy with this week is the short 3.02 km run I did with my mom on Friday. Which is a little weird to me, because normally I’m not happy with a run unless it’s at least ‘so and so’ long. The reason I’m so happy with our short run is because Friday was a day where I really didn’t want to go out and run. I felt so *in lack of a better word* blah. Just blah and gross. I checked the app I’m using to track my runs and decided to take a look at the challenge of the month. My mom and I have been doing this fun little motivation thing for 2 months now; we have a challenge on who can run the most km in a month (the app let you make your own fitness challenges and challenge whoever you want). Anyway, I checked out our challenge page and realized I was only 2 km away from reaching 100 km this month and I automatically needed to reach at least those 100 km. Even though I now knew I was going to run I still struggled to get out the door. We’ve all been there, right? Haha! That’s when I asked my mom if she would help me get through this super short run. She came with me and that’s how I was able to do that run.
This weeks runs
It’s nice to feel happy with a run for other reasons than just the distance or time. But trust and believe, once I’m back from my vacation I’ll be chasing times again and train harder than ever before.

Today it’s only one week left until my dad and I are going to New York again. I am so excited! It’s my favorite place on earth, it’s a place that calms me and makes me happy. New York inspires me. I love it so much! To me traveling makes it easier to organize my thoughts and forget about stupid and stressful things that doesn’t really matter. It’s almost like a cleanse. Now I’m rambling, haha! I hope everyone has had a great week! Good night.

What are you doing this summer?
Do you make “post vacation workout plans” before going too?

Marie Alessandra


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Warm weather, Mini meal prep & Bare belly run

We’re already 2 weeks and 2 days into the month of May and let me tell you; it’s been a good month! A great month, really. At the end of April we had some days where it would randomly snow and I didn’t really think summer would be here for a long long time. Boy was I wrong! Once it was May summer arrived. We’ve had multiple days with around 30 degrees (86 degrees fahrenheit), and so much sun! Which of course means I’ve been running as much as I’ve been able to! I was sick a few days, but I came back even stronger.
16 mai 2016
Yesterday was a perfect day! Before I went out for my run I decided to do a quick meal prep for the week.
Mini meal prep
Nothing major. I just wanted to get the basics done so I made 2 boxes with french beans and whole grain rice, and 2 boxes of french beans and whole grain fusilli pasta. I’ll make the tofu chicken or whatever I want to have with it the same day as I’m eating it, I just wanted to have most of the meal ready because I’ve been so bored with cooking lately and I personally think meal prepping can help you with staying healthy even when you’re bored and lack motivation.
Basic meal prep
After my mini meal prep I went out for a nice little run in the sun.
Norway in May
It was great! I even challenged myself a little and ran with a bare belly! I have never ever done that before, and at this moment in time I don’t feel extremely happy with my belly or anything so it’s not like I have amazing abs I want to show off, haha. I wore a tank top but I stuck it up under the edges of my sports bra so that it was almost like just wearing a sports bra, but having the option of covering up if I started to feel uncomfortable. I did use my cover up solution a couple times, but all in all I am proud of myself for how much of the run I did with a bare belly. Why is this so important to me? Well, I am one of those people who can travel halfway around the world to a beach where I know no one and I’ll probably never see any of the people there ever again in my life – yet I won’t feel okay wearing a bikini or shorts because I’m worried these random people will think “ew, she looks gross”. Some people will say this is stupid, some people will know exactly what I mean. Anyway, I feel like if I’m able to run with shorts and a sports bra here – where I actually risk running into people I know, then it’ll be easier and easier to feel confident and be happy in my own skin no matter what I wear and how my body looks that day. Maybe it will also motivate me to do more ab workouts, haha?!
Enjoying the sun
After my run I enjoyed a bowl full of delicious strawberries and a banana. Yum! Strawberries are probably my favorite thing to eat in the whole world!
Let's have a great summer

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marie alessandra

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Trail run & Race plans

I have always loved living close to the woods. When I was younger I would go for long random walks there just to explore and enjoy the beauty that surrounded me. Yet since I started running I have not been the biggest fan of running there. But that’s about to change. Well, it already kind of has, I just need to get better at it.
This summer my dad and I are going to San Francisco together and I really wanted to use this opportunity to sign up for my first race in the US while we’re there. I wasn’t able to find any races that took place on one of the days we’re there, but lucky for me my dad did. La Sportiva Table Rock. It’s a 10k trail race – two things that I’ve stayed away from. I told myself I would never do a 10k race because I am really scared I’ll be the slowest person there, and trail running is really not something I have much experience with. But hey, it’s never a bad idea to challenge yourself, right? Step out of the comfort zone. Yesterday we finally signed up for the race, and I am super excited about it! You can click here to see more details about the race.
comfort zone
The race is only 2 months away and before then I really need some hardcore trail training. Yesterday my mom and I decided to go for a run together in the woods. We drove up to a place called Lierskogen and ran on a trail there that my mom knew about. It had a little bit of everything; cute little paths, forest roads, paths filled with tree roots, annoying random marsh and muddy holes. I might have complained a couple times, but all in all I really enjoyed our run. We ran 10,60 km in 1 hour and 20-something minutes. Makes me realize how much harder trail running really is. And we didn’t even have that many hills on this route. Sure, we did have to take a few walk breaks, but still.. 20-something minutes slower than my regular 10 km runs.
It’s going to be fun to see how much I’m able to improve myself at this whole trail running thing. Lucky for me my parents’ house is super close to the woods with a lot of steep hills, and my boyfriend’s appartment is also very close to the woods, plus it’s close to a huge slalom slope which will be great for longer hill runs. After yesterday’s run I feel really comfortable with what I’ve signed up for. Running in the woods was a lot more fun than I had expected. As long as I don’t fall on my face and break something I think I’ll enjoy this new way of running a whole lot. I’m excited!

Do you enjoy challenging yourself every once in a while?
Ever signed up for a trail race? If yes, how was it?

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