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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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So happy with my progress!

Hello and happy Friday! This week has been amazing! Not only have my eating been on point, but I’ve also been able to go for a run every single day and I’ve had so much progress with my running that it’s almost unbelieveable to me. Even though nothing is a 100% perfect yet, I am still so happy with how things are going! Work, run, work, run, work. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s spring or if it’s because I finally get to run again and I’m eating healthy, but my mood has finally started to improve so much. I love it!
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I am in a good place, sort of, and I have accepted that it will take me some time to get back to where I used to be when it comes to my running times. All I can do is work, work, work, then before we know it I’ll be smashing my distances and PR’s again! I’m already excited, haha. On Monday I went for a nice little 6 km run. I was really happy that I finally was able to get all the kms in less than 8 minutes. I had to walk a lot, but at least I still managed to get them all under 8 – which was the goal. On Tuesday I went for a 7 km run. 4 of the kms in 7-something minutes, 3 in 6-something. That’s progress again! I still had to walk a lot – and I’m pretty sure it will take some time before I can get through a whole run without any walks again, but as long as I’m getting faster again I don’t mind it too much. I haven’t gotten through a whole kilometer without having to walk yet. It’s a work in progress.
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On Wednesday I went for the same 7 km run. And guess what?! I was able to run the two first kilometers without having to walk! Haha, the smallest things make me proud and happy now, and that’s honestly pretty refreshing and motivating. The rest was again a mix of running and walking, but at least I did it with a little more tempo! As you can see all the km’s except for 1 was in less than 7 minutes. Which I’m really happy with, let’s facd it: last week I struggled to get through a km in less than 8 minutes. Then there’s Thursday! Yesterday’s run was the best one yet, the first time this week I’ve felt like it’s actually been a real run almost, haha! The first 3.5 km I didn’t have to walk at all! I was able to push myself a little more – get out of my own head and just keep going whenever my brain went “you NEED to walk now, WALK!“. I only walked a little, then I started running again. The next time I walked was only because I had to take a sip of water and I’m still having a little trouble drinking without having it go up my nose (yes, that is a valid excuse for having to walk when you drink, don’t try me!). The next time I walked was the same thing. Yes, I only had to take 3 short walk breaks this time! And only 1 of them was for something other than needing a sip of water. 5 of the kilometers were 6-something minutes, then the last 2 were 5-something. YES! Now that is progress!
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Another little thing I want to mention really quickly is that now that I don’t have super long hair my neck doesn’t feel all stiff and sore after my runs. I am so glad I cut my hair, haha! I’m gonna go for a nice little Friday run aswell, but I’m probably going to take it easy and don’t push myself too much, I don’t want to go too crazy too eary on – I’ve done that before and it’s not the smartest thing you can do, haha.

I hope everyone has had a great week!
Done anything fun this week?
Do you have any plans for the weekend?
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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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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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Just what I needed

This has been a tough and messy week, oh my.. I skipped my 90 minute run on Thursday. The whole day was dark and wet – I think the sun pretty much forgot about us that day, then I had my Italian class later in the evening and I just couldn’t be bothered. Afterwards I felt extremely guilty and disappointed in myself, before I realized it wasn’t the end of the world. I probably needed a rest day anyway. I’m glad the next 2 weeks will be a lot easier. No more slacking, ma’am!

I had a hard time getting out the door today aswell. But thanks to my mom (who almost had to drag me out the door with her) I got my 60 minutes. From our backyard we can walk straight up to the old railroad trail, which I absolutely love! Seriously, it’s so beautiful back there when the sun is up, especially in the summer or when it’s covered in snow. We ran to the end of the trail, then back, then turned around and took an extra loop to get the last 15 minutes we needed. At first I was a grumpy potato, but by the end my mood was up and everything seemed a lot better. I think this was the motivaion I needed right now, because all of the sudden I feel a lot more positive about these final 2 weeks (I’ve been such a baby about it lately, you have no idea). No more negative Nelly, I promise!
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What motivates you on days you’re struggling?

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Running from the winter blues

This week has brought me a little bit of everything. Following my marathon training schedule while trying to avoid being bitten in the butt by the winter blues, wow. It’s a lot harder than you’d think. It gets dark around 4 – 4:30 in the afternoon and it’s affecting me a whole lot. I need sun, there’s no doubt about it. But enough about that.

Wednesday: Wednesday was terrible. It was rainy, cold and windy, and I really didn’t want to go outside. But because I’m trying my best to follow the plan I didn’t really have a choice. So out the door I went.
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I’m not sure why I didn’t make any changes to this day. Knowing you have to run for 90 minutes on a day you don’t want to run at all feels kind of drowning. I ended up running for 1 hour and 42 minutes though, but still.. It wasn’t a good run, and I know this is mostly because of how I was feeling. But a bad run is better than no run, and I learned a little something something from it.
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Thursday: Yesterday was a better day for me. Even though it was really cold – the sun was shining and I only had to run 10 km. Which made things a whole lot easier than the day before.
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I wasn’t the only person outside yesterday, and for once people was actually meeting me with smiles on their faces and some even said ‘hello’. It’s strange how something as simple as that can make someone’s day so much better. When I run I almost always smile like a crazy person to everyone I pass, but I rarely get any smiles back. Guess the universe knew I needed some positive vibes haha.
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It really was a lovely day for running. I appreciate every rain free day I can get in November. And even though it doesn’t sound like it right now, going for a run always puts me in a greater mood.
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I’m really glad I don’t have to run today, because guess what I woke up to today?! If you said ‘snow’ you’re right. It was snowing. Not a lot, but snow is snow. I should probably get my gym bag ready soon..
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Do seasonal changes ever mess with your mood?
Gotten any good runs this week?

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