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Lazy breakfast & Yesterday’s long run

Good morning, my beautiful little blog family! Today I woke up at 6:00AM for no reason other than my body just felt like it was time to wake up. I love mornings like that! Waking up early and before my alarm. Too bad I forgot I had planned a quick fasted cardio session for this morning and had a small pre-breakfast breakfast, haha. Oh well, I’ll try again tomorrow. It’s not like I’m going to do a 60 min run for fasted cardio or anything close to that, I was just thinking walking fast for 15-20 minutes on the treadmill. Right now I am eating my breakfast (Cheerios, strawberries, almond milk) while watching Teen Mom OG and blogging.
Yesterday my mom and I went for one of our first seriously long long-runs for this season of marathon training. We took the old railroad trail path all the way to the city, then intead of going towards the centre of the city we ran down to the river and followed a path that I have never seen before (or at least not that I remember) back out of the city. It was really beautiful there and I wish I had known about it sooner! And the sunshine made it even nicer. It’s always fun for me to run new places! When the trail by the river ended we ran through the timber terminal and back on to the regular route through a little neighborhood. After that it was all hills, hills, hills! I am not a fan of hills, but I know that makes it even more important for me to run them! After what felt like an hour we had climbed all the way up to the parking at the end of the old railroad trail path (opposite side from where we started our run). From here it’s approximately 4 km left home, which isn’t too bad, right? Well, my body was done. Done! As much as my brain wanted to move forward my body did not want to follow. Sure, it went forward, but I’m sure if you were sitting on a bench looking at us you’d think you were having a stroke because I looked like I was running in slow motion. Thankfully my mom was there to hold my hand – and I mean literally hold my hand, I was able to speed up a little bit when I held on to her hand and she sort of controlled the speed level. I was so happy when the run was over, not only because my body really didn’t feel like working anymore but also because I always feel really happy after a long run! 20,12 km including hills.
Today I’m not sure whether I want to go for a short run or just go for a walk before work. Right now it all depends on the weather, yes, it’s one of those days. Honestly, it’s probably more just me being lazy and not wanting to do anything at the moment. But I know once I head out I’ll ask myself why I ever even hesitated. I should also probably finish throwing away things and clean my room, I haven’t blogged about it but for the last month or so I’ve been on a mission to declutter my room and it is starting to look really nice. Or.. at least something close to nice, haha! And all of the sudden I had a bunch of things to do before work! I should probably get started!

What is your favorite way to start the day?
Do you ever blame the weather for your laziness?

Marie Alessandra

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What a difference 2 days can make!

Thursday last week (October 29th) my mom and I went for a long-ish run together. It was my 3rd run after being sick for 3 weeks and my first long run in what feels like forever. It felt so good to finally run a longer run again! We did the exact same route again on Sunday (November 1st), and wow, the difference 2 days can make is pretty mind-blowing!
We decited to run this route that we’ve run a bunch of times before. It’s the perfect route for marathon training because after the first 7-8 km you can either run over a couple bridges and get almost the same distance on the way home, or if you’re feeling brave you can take your run towards the city and around the river etc. and get an extra 5-15 km (depending on where you run, obviously). We took the bridges this time because it was only my 3rd run after being sick for so long and I honestly don’t think I would have been able to run much longer than we did.
The Thursday run was fun, hard and cold. If you’ve read my blog before you already know that I live in Norway, and it gets really really cold here during fall and winter (I am extremely sensitive to cold weather so it might not be as horrible as I make it out to be, haha). And because I had a 3 week break I still haven’t gotten used to being out in the colder temperatures.. So yes, it was cold to run, I had some trouble with my breathing, and my joints hurt a lot. After we had gotten to the other side of the bridges I really felt how long it had been since I had been on a long run, my legs and my lungs were not on my team anymore. But! It was still so much fun. And I was happy with it. My mom on the other hand was worried about the marathon because I wasn’t very fast, I was complaining a little (or a lot?), and I had to take walk breaks a few too many times (she didn’t tell me this before after our Sunday run, haha!).
Then we get to Sunday’s run. Same route, different day. It was a little bit warmer so I didn’t need to wear a beanie and multiple layers of shirts. And I’m always happy when I don’t need to dress up like an eskimo for a run this time of the year, haha! I felt really positive and confident about the run in the beginning, but I very soon noticed the cold air made my breathing a bit painful. It worried me a little, but my mom came up with a nice way to keep it under control. It was pretty much a slow run, then walk a couple meters before my breathing issues would start, then start running slow again. Just to not get that painful drowning feeling (I’m having a hard time explaining what I mean, but I pretty much have trouble getting air into my lungs sometimes – it stops in my throath or at the top of my chest, and the cold air makes it worse). I think that saved our run, haha. After the run my mom told be about how she was worried after our Thursday run but felt a lot more confident after this one. Guess what?!:
That’s almost an 8 minute difference! I am so happy with that! My marathon is only 27 days away now, and I need all the positive thoughts and training I can get. This 2 day improvement made me feel a lot more confident about the marathon, and because my mom is feeling more confident for me too it’s going to be a lot easier for us both.

Have you had any nice runs in the fall weather?
What did you dress up as for Halloween?

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Yersterday’s long run

Yesterday was beautiful! The weather and temperature was absolutely perfect for a long run. It was around 20 °C (68 °F), and with the cool September wind blowing every now and then it got even better. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for this weather to stay until it’s winter, haha. I started my run at the old rail road.
on my run
I knew I wanted to do a longer run, so when I got to the end of the old rail road – where I normally will just turn around and run back, I kept running up another road. When you get to the top of the hill you come to this quiet little neighborhood. I love this place. It’s once of those “in the middle of nowhere” places where you rarely see other people and there are less than 10 houses around. I kept following this road until I came to some horses and I could choose to either keep running forward or taking another road to the left that goes into the woods eventually. I went left.
I followed that road until I got to Skapertjern. I haven’t been in the woods alone since that creepy event back in May, so this was a big deal for me, haha. I ran a short lap on the closest side of the lake before I turned around and started running back the same way I had come from.
the old rail road
Close to the end of my run I felt like I could have turned around and made the run even longer. It was a good feeling, which I honestly haven’t felt in a while. It’s nice to know that I’m getting back into a good running shape. My breathing has been a lot better lately, I don’t get mad at myself when I have to take walk breaks, after all my runs lately I’ve felt good about it even if it hasn’t been a very long run, I haven’t run very fast, or I have had to take walk breaks. As long as I run I’m happy. And that’s a something I have missed a lot! I really need to stop being so hard on myself.
post run snack
Almost 1 and a half hour run, I can’t complain. I haven’t been doing any long runs lately, and I figured since I have a half marathon coming up very soon I should probably start doing some longer runs again. For a post run snack I had a banana and a Greek blueberry yogurt.

Are you always happy after your workouts?
What is your favorite post-workout snack?

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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.
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.
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.
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!
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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Sunday runday

Yesterday my mom and I ran our longest run ever!

As part of our marathon training we run a long run together every week. We follow the long runs from one of the marathon plans from Grete Waitz’s “Run your own marathon” book, and this Sunday we were supposed to run 26 km. Somehow we skipped ahead a week or two and ended up running the 30 km instead, because why not.
After eating a big pre-run breakfast and getting ready, we headed out in to the fog. Things started out surprisingly well for me, my mom on the other hand didn’t feel to great in the beginning. But we made it work. Everything went smooth for the first 11 km, then we had to take a short toilet break at this cute little café before we could keep going. 12, 13, 14, 15 – smooth as a cloud. We had to stop here and there every once in a while so I could do some stretching, my legs were getting really stiff, but other than that things were going pretty great.
At 20 km though, things got harder for me. My legs were so stiff, each step got harder and harder. I felt like Pinocchio. Thankfully my mom is the best and she kept me going. Even though we now had to switch to some walk-run-walk-run because of me, things were still positive. Just before we reached 26 km my vision started getting blurry, so we took a short stop at the 7-Eleven half a kilometer later to buy some soda to give me a quick sugar boost. It helped tons. The next 3 km is erased from my memory, but the last km was uphill and brilliant. I think we both were really proud after finishing, I know I was! It took us 3 hours and 36 minutes, and I honestly don’t think that’s too bad. I’m happy!
How did you spend your weekend?
What do you eat/drink during your long runs?

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