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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.
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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.
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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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Short run-week recap.

Three times a week‘ she said, ‘being consistent‘ she said. It’s still a work in progress.
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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.
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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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Firenze Marathon, London, Christmas, & Happy New Year!

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Hello, and Happy New Year!
December was full of stuff I wanted to write about, but I’ve had total writer’s block so I didn’t.. It’s my favorite month; first it’s my birthday and then it’s Chritsmas! How can you not love that, right?! And this December I’ve done a lot more fun stuff than just eat like a pig and buy presents. So I figured I could just write a quick recap on how my end of 2015 was and what I did.
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On Friday November 27th my mom and I went to Florence, Italy. As you might know we were going there to run our 2nd full marathon. The marathon wasn’t before Sunday so we spent the first days just walking around looking at things, shopping, eating, and just enjoying our little vacation. This year I was smart enough to eat my beloved gelato before the marathon, haha! The 28th was my brother’s birthday, and the marathon was the 29th. I’m saving the marathon talk for the recap, so stay tuned for that! We flew back to Norway on the 30th, and on December 1st I turned 23, so happy birthday to me!
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Monday December 7th I went to London with my friend Julia and her 4-year-old son, Theodor. Our excuse to go was to visit our friend Michelle who is going to school there (but we all know the main reason was selfishly to see the Christmas streets and shop for presents, haha). We met Michelle a couple times, spent a lot of time at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park because Theodor loved it, shopped for Christmas presents, and simply enjoyed being in London. I hadn’t been there in years, and I had totally forgotten how much I love England. Going to a big city with a 4-year-old is not the easiest thing in the world, but we still had a great time and we’re planning to take this trip next Christmas aswell. I need to buy more fun Christmas sweaters next time we’re there!
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When we got back from London we were only 1 and a half week away from Christmas. It kind of made me sad. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I felt like I hadn’t gotten to enjoy the time running up to it as much as I’d like to. But I made the best of it. From the time we came back to Norway and till Christmas I finally started running a little again, worked a lot, listened to Christmas songs 24/7, finished buying and wrapping all the Christmas presents (one of my favorite things to do!), baked gingerbread cookies with my dad and my brother, decorated my room (the tree in the picture is my tiny bedroom tree, how cute is that?!), we decorated the big tree and the rest of the house, and all that fun stuff. I abolutely love this time of the year! I had an amazing Christmas with my family. My mom and I even went for a run outside in the day on Christmas Eve.
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After Christmas it was time to really get back into the running game again. It’s gotten a lot colder outside now, so we’ve had to run on the treadmill. Not as fun, but I’ll get used to it soon. The day of New Years Eve I was feeling so nauseous so the run was a really light short one, but it was still a good way to wave goodbye to 2015. New Years Eve was also my last day of bad eating, so hopefully my stomach and body will feel a lot better in no time! On January 1st we went to the gym again and ran on the treadmill. There’s no better way to start the year! Unless you’re able to run outside of course, haha.

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or whatever you celebrate! I also hope you all ate so much that you layed flat out on the sofa like a stranded whale, just so that I wasn’t the only one. And that you had a great New Years Eve, and that 2016 started out just the way you wanted!
marie alessandra

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13 days left until the Marathon

The Marathon is less than 2 weeks away now, and I am getting so excited! (13 days left until the marathon & 15 days left until my birthday!) Last time I posted I wrote about how my time improved 8 minutes in 2 days. Well, the next run we had again after that I shaved another 8 minutes off of my time on that same route and distance! So I guess 8 is the magical number this month (Sesame Street flashbacks, haha!).
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Most my runs lately has been with my mom. We are running the marathon together, so it’s nice to train together so that we know how to run and all that stuff. I’m one of those people who tend to start running way too fast at the beginning of the run and not being able to hold a steady pace throughout the whole run, but when I run with my mom she tells me to slow down if I push the pace too much and makes me hold a steady pace. She’s also been “teaching” me how to eat these little energy things while we’re running and I’m finally starting to feel like I’ve got the hang of it now. Normally drinking or eating something while I run makes me throw up a little, which is not really all that fun – especially not during a super long distance like a marathon, haha.

This Wednesday I’m going to get a massage again. The backstory to this: My mom has been getting massages and needles for her shoulder for a while (my mom and one of her friends was in a little bike accident last summer which has left her with a messed up shoulder) and she thought it might help me to try it too.
I tense up a lot when I run because I don’t breathe very well and when I have too much trouble getting air down into my lungs my neck and upper back area really hurts. This normally starts out with sharp pain around my shoulder blade and above my collar bones 2-3 km into my runs. After my second appointment (Thursday, November 5th) the pain I normally feel in that area after only 2-3 km wasn’t there. And it didn’t come after 5 km, not after 10 km, not after 12 km, and so on. I swear, this was my first run ever in my 2 years of running that has been completely pain free! I’ve felt it a little on my last 2 runs now, but not even close to what I was used to. So this Wednesday I’ll have my third appointment, and hopefully that will keep the pain away for the race. Also, the massage guy is super nice – apperantly he used to be a personal trainer at the gym I work at, and he has written a book about how to start working out if you don’t like working out (or something like that. Don’t worry, once it’s out I’ll read it and update you, haha) that will be out in January, so that’s pretty cool!

From now till Friday the 27th (that’s the day we’re going to Italy, the marathon is on Sunday 29th) I’ll be making sure I put a lot of focus on eating healthy, drinking enough water and make sure my sleep pattern is on point. And obviously make sure I don’t get sick again!
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Yesterday I went on a super nice Sunday run with my dad. My tonsils were really swollen and it was very cold outside so I was a little worried that it wouldn’t be a good run, but it was actually a really good one. Oh, and guess what? Today it’s snowing here! The first snow of the season. I was hoping the snow wouldn’t get here before next week, but now that it’s here I guess I’ll be doing some treadmill runs these last days before the marathon. If you’ve read my blog for a while you already know that cold weather + me = disaster. But hey, as long as I get to run I’m happy.

How are you today?
Do you have anything fun plans this week?

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Working on it

Last week was not a good week for me, not at all. I have been feeling so crappy about myself lately and it just kept getting worse and worse. It’s been a very long time since last time it was this bad. But because I’m working really hard on getting back to a good place with myself things are already starting to feel and look brighter. I don’t have time to be in a weird mood, I’m going to San Francisco in 11 days! Haha.
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I’m glad I’ve been able to turn things around a little for the better. If you’ve read my blog before you probably already know that all I need to feel better is to eat better and work out more. And that is exactly what I’ve been doing! On Monday I woke up and told myself I had to do something to change the direction things have been going lately. I’ve decited I am going to work out in some way every day until I go to San Francisco. I am also going to only eat healthy things – no frappuccinos, no chocolate milk, no random unhealthy snacking. I can save the unhealthy stuff for my vacation. I am a sucker for Hershey bars and I can’t wait to eat one again, haha! All I need right now is just to feel okay in my own skin and stop being so tired all the time.
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After work on Monday I went for a run with my mom. The first 3 kms on the old rail road, then we went left and up into the woods. We ran around the lake, then ran back down to the old rail road path. Logged 10.35 km.
On Tuesday I went for a walk to Skapertjern with my mom. She is training for a triathlon so she brought her wetsuit so that she could swim in the lake when we got up there. While she was swimming around I was trying to avoid being eaten up by ants and just relaxed next to a family of ducks. It was a very nice 8.37 km walk. At the end of our walk we sneeked down to the strawberry fields and enjoyed some fresh strawberries (ssh!).
Today I had planned to wake up early and go for a run before it got too warm. That didn’t work, my boyfriend’s shower was clogged so I had to take a quick trip down to the grocery store to pick up some un-clogging stuff so I could take a shower after the run, haha. When I was finally ready to go for my run it had gotten really warm, but I didn’t mind. I’m just glad the summer weather has finally arrived – we’ve had the most bipolar weather lately. I was very surprised by how few people were outside on this wonderful day. The sun was shining bright, there were not a single cloud in the sky, 30 degrees celsius. Perfect summer weather! I loved this run. I ran good, I felt good, everything was pretty great. 12.15 kms later and I was back. I love how running make me feel so much happier.

How’s your summer been so far?
Had any good workouts this week?

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Five very different days

This week has been one of those weeks where things kind of seem to go really bad, but at the end of the day you just find something positive about everything anyway. I like that, I think this is what I’ve been waiting for and needed to get that last slice of the motivation-cake. That probably sounds weird, but sometimes all you need to get where you want is a week of random events. Some days you just need to go to bed and laugh a little of whatever happened that day. Life is weird, life is good.
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Tuesday: it had been raining like crazy the whole day, but in the evening it cleared up a little. My mom and I had already scheduled a run together so it was really lucky for us. If the rain had still been on it’s worst we would probably have gone to the gym instead.
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We started out with a comfortable pace on the old railroad. I thought we were just going to run the railroad path to the end and back home, but my mom had a different plan for us. When we got to the end of the railroad we ran up a hill into the woods. Up, up, up to the lake and keep going on the right side of the water. As I said it had been raining a lot that day (and the days before) so there where a lot of water pits and mud to avoid, which means a lot of walking aswell. Didn’t matter though, being outside was good enough. When we were almost on the other side of the lake it started to hail. Awesome, haha. The weather has been so weird lately. We went deeper in the woods, on this pretty cool looking path over wetlands made with planks. Whoever made it is a genius! It went from hail to rain, and we kept going. The trail got muddier and muddier, which I personally found really annoying. But we got through it. After lots of mud, water, rain, we were finally back on the old railroad and close to home. It was great.
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Wednesday: took a rest day and felt depressed. Went for a short 30 minute walk.

Thursday: it was warm and sunny outside so I went for a run at my regular route down by the river. It’s always so nice there when the weather is great. When I was around 2 km away from my boyfriend’s appartment my knee decided the run was over. It literally felt like someone punched me really hard on the knee from the side. It hurt like hell! Walking on it didn’t work, and I could pretty much forget about running. Just my luck, huh? After 2 km of pain and hard work (haha, I swear, I should have won a medal for dragging myself up that last hill with only 1 working leg) I was finally back inside. I have no idea what happened, there were no reasons for my knee to just quit on me like that. I talked to my mom and she said if it still hurt tomorrow I should go to the doctor.

Friday: woke up and my knee was still hurting, so I texted my mom and she got me an appointment at the doctor’s. Before I went there I met up with my friend, Julia, to celebrate the beginning of her summer vacation haha! We celebrated with a Starbucks Frappuccino and a long nice chat in the comfy chairs. Then it was time for my appointment. He twisted, poked and bent my knee, asked a bunch of questions, then wrapped it up by saying that it was probably just a knee strain and it would be okay again in a couple days. Phew! It should be back to normal on Monday.
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Saturday: at the beginning of the week I had made a plan to do some trail running today because the weather was supposed to be amazing. After Thursday’s accident that plan kind of flew out the window, but the weather was too great to not do anything at all. My knee feels a lot better than it did, so I figured I could just go for a hike in the woods. Better than nothing.
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I started where I had planned on running. And I’m happy I went for a hike instead of a run, haha, I didn’t remember how crazy some of these trails are. Walking them is much easier.
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I haven’t been on that trail in a while and I had forgotten what paths to follow, and of course I keep taking the wrong ones and end up a little lost. I found this random little cabin that was locked with a padlock (what? lol). Then I didn’t find any good paths to take so I just started walking randonly through the woods in hopes of finding the trail again. I did, but apperantly I was on the complete opposite side of the lake than what I thought. Soon after I realize this I see this creepy guy standing behind a tree on the side of the trail. At first I didn’t think much about it, I figured he’d just been to mother nature’s public bathroom or whatever. But when I get closer he is still there, not walking onto the trail, saying hi or anything, just standing there being creepy and staring at me. It wasn’t like he was almost invisible, I could see the whole guy clear as day, from head to toe. He was just standing there, staring. I have seen waaaay too many episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI to keep on walking in his direction.
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So, me being the paranoid person that I am, turned around and casually started walking back where I came from. I turned my head a little just to see if he was still there. He was, but this time he had moved, and not in the direction I wanted him to go. No. The creepy guy had started walking the same way as me! Heeeell no! I started sprinting up the hills as if I was being chased by a lion, I didn’t care that my knee started to hurt, I was now 100% sure this guy was going to kill me and I was running for my life. So dramatic, HAHA! But in all seriousness, it was really really scary. He probably wasn’t a murderer or rapist or whatever, just a creepy weirdo out for a walk who enjoys standing behind trees for no reason (is this what we call a tree hugger? haha!), but I get really paraniod when people do weird shit like that (sorry for my choise of words here). Don’t stand beind a tree for so long and then start walking the same way as me when you clearly see me turn around to get the hell away from you, you creep!
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“Never look back, something might be gaining on you” – not sure where I have that from, but it was the only thing that was ringing in my head while I was running away like a freaked out chicken. It’s situations like this that makes me wish I had a dog. Finally I see some good old white and grey haired people and I knew I was safe. Yes, I trust the seniors, always! I figured if I was finally safe again I could might aswell continue my hike. So I kept going. And in the end it turned out to be a pretty great hike, if you look away from the whole creepy guy beind the tree episode. I even saw some really cool animals that I have no idea what was (looked like huge hares). Day well spent.
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Have you done anything fun this week?
Ever experienced something creepy or scary on a run/hike/walk?

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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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Berlin Half Marathon 2015

I’m so sorry this has taken me so long to write, plus for not posting it earlier this week as I promised I would. My boyfriend’s internet kept falling in and out all day for the last couple of days so I wasn’t able to get it done. But here we finally are, and hey, better late than never!

Last year I ran my first race ever, my first half marathon, and it was the Berlin Half Marathon. At that time I had only been running for a little over 6 or 7 months and I had no idea what I had signed myself up for. This time, a year later, I am obviously a lot more experienced with races and running in general and I knew what to expect. I’ll admit I was a little bit scared to write this recap because not much happened, it went pretty smooth and because I’ve done this race before I didn’t really think much about my surroundings or anything else I should probably describe, but before you think Berlin is a boring race: it’s not. It’s my favorite half marathon, and it’s amazing! I just didn’t have very much to write about. Especially since I am writing this 4 weeks after the race..
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We woke up early, had breakfast and jumped into our running clothes. Fastened the time chip to our shoes and headed out the door. It’s not very hard to find the start area in Berlin, the sub is filled with a bunch of other runners so if you’re unsure where to go just follow all those other bibbed-up people and you’ll get there. We didn’t have any trouble finding it this year either, but we did struggle a bit finding the trailers where we could leave our bags during the race, haha. We did in the end though.
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After we had left our post race bags in the trailer we got in the “line” and waited. We were in the last group of people, so we had to wait a while. Yes, the Berlin Half Marathon is huge, with around 30.000 participants. This super cute couple stood infront of me, and they were too cute not to stare at. I wish my boyfriend was into running too so we could be this couple, haha. And because I am a secret super spy I was able to figure out who they were, Ioana and Antonio, if you ever read this: you two are the cutest couple I’ve ever seen.
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Then the gun fired and it was finally our turn to start running (I actually can’t remember if there really was a gun that fired, but I imagine there was, haha!). At the beginning things always go a little slow because there are so many people here, but it went surprisingly smooth. Last year it was sunny and really warm, I remember baing annoyed with myself for wearing a shirt with long arms because it was too warm. This time it was the complete opposite: it was windy and cold, and I was happy I had put on a thermal shirt and a wind jacket. We followed our strategy to just take it easy and run at a comfortable pace. It worked great. The only walk breaks I needed were at the water stations, simply because I still haven’t gotten the hang of drinking while running. I really need to learn how to drink and run at the same time, I also have this problem with eating while running. We ran over the 10 km chip checkpoint in 1:06:38. A bit slower than I had hoped, but still happy with it.
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Then the only bad thing with the race happened. Right before the 10 km point I drank my little plastic cup of water a bit too fast right after I had eaten a little energy shot (this little Haribo-candy look a like energy thing) which resulted in me vomiting in my mouth. Great. So I had to run with the lovely taste of stomach acid and lemon in my mouth for the next 3 km or something, which is how far away the next water station were, haha. But it wasn’t too bad, I don’t feel like that ruined anything for me. We kept following the slow and steady strategy, even though we did it a little slower than those first 10 km. The wind was getting stronger, and a few drops of rain hit my forehead and my nose.
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The last 2.1 km were hard, and I’m not just talking “that was hard”-hard, I’m talking “I thought I was in a bad nightmare that would never end”-hard. Most of the laps (almost every km) they had a sign telling you how far you had run, but for some reason they didn’t have that at the end. I think the last sign I saw was the one for 18 or 19 km (and a half marathon is 21,1 km, in case you didn’t know). I don’t know about you, but for me the last part is the hardest part and the one part where you feel like you should probably push a little extra to wipe off a few extra seconds on that finish time. When you tell yourself you’re going to push yourself close to breaking point the last km it’s really disappointing not to know where that last km begins.. So no pushing this time. We finished in 2:20:17. I was hoping for less than 2:20, preferrably around 2:15. But then again, I don’t really have anything to complain about. I did set a new personal best half marathon time, and that was my main goal on this race. Also, last year I was half dead after crossing that finish line, my legs were so shakey that I wasn’t able to stand without leaning on my parents, I was pale as a ghost, and I was taken into the medical tent. This time I felt totally fine, the only thing that was painful was how sore my arms were. Yes, haha, my arms! Where’s the logic in that? Anyway, It was a good race that I am very proud of and I am already looking forward to running this race again next year.
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I learned a few things from this race. I learned that I need to get used to drinking and eating while running without getting cramps or vomiting. I also learned that I really need to start training my arms, I don’t feel like it’s normal to get sore arms from running. Or is it? I don’t know, but to me it sounds a bit strange. If you have any suggestions for strenght training don’t hesitate to share them with me. Also, Berlin Half Marathon is still my favorite half marathon course. Everything was so different from 2014, but not in a bad way. Thanks to my amazing parents for running this half marathon with me again, you are the best!

Marie Alessandra

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Great 10K & Preparing for Berlin

On Saturday I went for a run with my mom on the old railroad. This whole week has had pretty depressing weather and this was the first sunny day since Sunday last week, so there were a lot of people out walking and enjoying the weather on the path. Thankfully we didn’t run into any human blockades, haha! Except for all the trouble I keep having with my breathing it was a really nice run. Hit the 10 km mark in 58 minutes and 25 seconds. And I am extremely happy with that! That’s my fastest 10 km so far this year.
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Today was meal prep time again. We’re only 1 week away from Berlin half marathon today, and I know that it is really important for me to be on point with my eating this week. I prepped my lunches and dinners for Monday to Friday, we’re going to Germany on Saturday so I don’t need to do any more prepping for the week other than buying a few protein bars I can bring with me, I think. For lunch I’ll have 2 protein waffles (I also add banana and berries and/or PB2 when I eat it). Dinner for two of the days are veggies and chickpeas, and for the three other days I’ll have veggies and whole grain pasta penne. I’ll add unsweetened ketchup or some spices right before I eat it. Plus, I might add some tofu “chicken” if I feel like it’s necessary. Snacks will be Questbars, and breakfast will be oatmeal with banana and berries. When it comes to hydration I’ll do my best to drink enough water every day, for some reason I still find this harder than it should be..

How has your weekend been?
Do you have any plans for the week?

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I’m sick

It was bound to happen. All winter I’ve been trying to aviod this, and up till now I’ve been successful. Not anymore. Yes, I am sick. The bug bit me hard. I’ve even skipped my daily crunches because I simply haven’t had the energy to do them. Crunches, people! You don’t need a whole lot of energy to do those.. I hate being sick, it feels like such a waste of time. I was hoping to log some good runs this week, but instead I’ve been forced to rest so I’ll get better again. As long as I’m not sick next month I’m happy.
running journal
On the bright side we’ve had some pretty wonderful days filled with sun and warmer weather (so typical, getting sick when the weather is on it’s best) – which means the snow and ice is now melting like crazy.  Hopefully I can start running outside for all my runs very soon now. You have no idea how excited I am!
I did run on Tuesday, it wasn’t before later that evening I was starting to feel really bad. I went to the gym with my mom and we ran intervals for 50 minutes. It was HARD, but now I know it felt harder than normal because I was sick. I’m glad I got to run at least once this week.
treadmill
On the previous post Cheryl left a comment with a really cool idea of doing a “guest interview” with my dad about his trip up Kilimanjaro. And because I loved the idea I’ll do it! If my dad is up for it of course (tss, I KNOW he is, why wouldn’t he?). But because I am really bad at coming up with questions I really hope some of you can help me with that. Kilimanjaro or the Safari, questions for both works!

Any questions for my dad?
What have you been doing this week?
sick

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