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Flight to Happiness

So many things has been flying around in my head these last few weeks.. Some good, some bad, mostly confusion. I’m not saying it’s all bad. This week has been really great on the health front. Both diet and activety has been on point for the most part! I’ve been running, I’ve been walking, I’ve even done some pilates ab workout videos at home. I’m finally back in the zone!

This morning a friend picked me up at home and went to the gym with me. I think it’s a lot easier to go to the gym when you’re not alone (and not just because I don’t drive, haha!). It’s kind of weird to be back on a treadmill for a run longer than 20 minutes, but I’ll get used to it again soon. I knew I wouldn’t be able to run a full 60 minute run on the treadmill today so I just threw in some intervals here and there and allowed myself walk breaks whenever I absolutely needed them. 60 minutes of that, followed with 15 minutes where I just walked. I was exhausted! Ended my workout with 50 sloppy crunches and some random stretching. Even though this probably doesn’t sound like an A+ workout I would rate it as so! I was sweating buckets and I was happy, and that is pretty much what I needed this Saturday morning.
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I am so happy that I’m going to Berkeley to visit Mari on Tuesday! Nothing can cure a messy mind like the comfort of traveling half way around the world and hanging out with one of your best friends in the whole world. Am I right?! I am so relatable sometimes. I’m planning on having a very healthy and happy trip. Not as in “I will not be eating anything unhealthy” or “I will treat this trip as a bootcamp”, not at all! I will be eating unhealthy things and I will be relaxing a lot. But I do plan on eating mostly healthy and I will be going on walks and such with Mari. She has a gym membership with Berkeley Rec Sports so I’ll probably purchase a day pass there a couple days aswell. We’ll see. The main thing for me (other than visiting Mari, of course) is to focus fully on myself and what makes me happy, because I truly need that right now.

Things are changing and that’s okay. Hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday!
Marie Alessandra

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Cancelled triathlon, Marathon training, & going back to Cali.

A week ago today I got back from a weekend in Hamburg (Germany) with my parents. We ran the Hamburg Half Marathon, which I’ll be posting a recap of very soon. I was originally going to go to Nice (France) tomorrow with my mom because she was supposed to compete in the Nice Triathlon on October 2nd. But can you guess what was cancelled? Yup, the triathlon was cancelled because of what happened there this summer. Which is understandable, of course. So my mom and I decided we’re not going to go to France at all, we can start marathon training together here instead. I don’t mind that at all, the Norwegian fall weather is pretty much perfect for long (and short) runs when it’s not raining.

I still feel like I need a vacation though. And when I need a vacation I make it happen! I think this is one of the craziest things I’ve ever done, haha wait for it.. My friend Mari (who you all probably already know if one of my best friends) is currently taking a year at UC Berkeley. All summer we talked about how awesome it would be if I could come visit her when she moved down there but we also knew that would probably never happen because it’s pretty much halfway around the world and it would be really expensive for me. Well.. Guess who bought a plane ticket to Oakland the other day?! Hahaha! I am so freaking excited for this! I can’t wait to see my friend, I miss her so much and it’s going to be so much fun to see how her Berkeley life is. I am also super excited for the trip itself, the travel part of it – I have never travelled this far by myself in my entire life so it’s a pretty big deal for me. Another thing that I am really excited about is that I get to celebrate Halloween in America! Which is a life-long dream of mine, haha, don’t judge my goals in life. Mari worries that I’ll be bored while she is at school, but I’m not too worried about that, I’m already looking into places to run. This is going to be fun!

For the next 4 weeks I’ll be doing my best at training for Firenze Marathon by running as much as I healthily can, take long runs with my mom, make sure I eat as right as I can, and simply enjoy the wonderful weather whenever possible. Then on October 25th I’ll be going to visit Mari in California! Can you tell my level of excitement is blowing up!?
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Any suggestions to where I can run or what I can do while I’m at Berkeley? (I’ll be there from October 25th to November 2nd if that makes any difference)
Do you have any fun plans this fall? Races, trips, celebrating something?

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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I’m in Sweden

Tanum, Sweden
Tanum, Sweden
Tanum, Sweden
Stairs up the mountain, Sweden
Tanum, Sweden
Tanum, Sweden
Tanum, Sweden
Tanum, Sweden
Rock Carvings in Tanum
Rock Carvings in Tanum
Hello world! I am currently in Tanum, Sweden. Why am I here, you ask? I’m here because I’m signed up for a race! My dad and I are here in Tanum to run a 10K. But that’s still a few hours away, so before I write about that I figured I’d just post these pictures from yesterday.
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Sausalito, Japantown & Night bus to Treasure Island

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So much for being good at blogging here in San Francisco and writing every single day, haha! I really want to try to write about every day here, so this is how I’ll do it, I’ll just have to write about each day whenever I have time. This is the post for Tuesday, July 14th, Day 2 in San Francisco.
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We jumped on the tourist bus to get over to the other side of Golden Gate Bridge.
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I didn’t mind seeing all these places again, I spottet a bunch of things I didn’t see the first time.
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When we got to the other side of Golden Gate Bridge we got on another bus that would take us to Sausalito.
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Before we went to Sausalito the bus driver stopped at Fort Baker so people could take some nice photos of the bridge. She took this photo of me and my dad.
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Sausalito was a nice little place. Didn’t spend a lot of time there, we knew we were going to go back there the day we were going to run over the Golden Gate Bridge, so we saved the exploring of this place for that day.
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After Sausolito we went back to San Francisco and decided to start walking towards Japantown. On the way there I spotted my dream house. Isn’t it just perfect? The people who live here are so lucky!
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Japantown was great!
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I bought a bunch of cute little Japanese things, haha. After Japantown we went back to the hotel for a quick stop before we headed out again for Fisherman’s Wharf to take the night bus tour.
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The night bus tour was great. We drove around and got to see a bunch of places they didn’t show us on the day time ride.
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By the end of the ride they drove over to Treasure Island. By now I was way too cold to care, but it was still very nice. Too bad there was so much fog, we weren’t able to see the Golden Gate Bridge.
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We ended our day with a late pizza dinner. I was so cold after the bus ride it was nice to get something warm to eat. I also ordered hot chocolate because I needed something warm to drink before we got our food – the waitress looked at me like I was crazy haha. I get it though, who orders hot chocolate with pizza? I almost fell asleep at the table before we got our food, I was just so cold and tired. Had a couple slices and got the rest in a box to bring back to the hotel.

Marie Alessandra
(San Francisco time: 8:30 in the morning)

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I’m in San Francisco!

Hi! I had planned on being good at blogging on this trip. I was supposed to write something the day I arrived, but that didn’t happen because I was too tired after the 12 hour long plane ride. And what I am about to write about was supposed to be written yesterday, but I am a bit jetlagged and was way too tired to write anything when we got back to the hotel. But now it’s morning and I am not too tired to write!

First I want to show you our hotel room. I love it! It’s huge! Here you see the livingroom/my dad’s bedroom (haha!).
The hotel room
Here you see the kitchen, my bedroom, and the bathroom. I think my favorite thing about this whole place is the shower. Yes, that is probably weird but if you had seen the shower you’d agree!
Kitchen, bedroom, bathroom
Yesterday we woke up super early (somewhere between 3-4 in the morning, I blame the jetlag), had breakfast and got ready for a day of exploring. The first thing we did was buy a 7-day card for buses, trains, etc. Then we got on a Cable Car to get to Fisherman’s Wharf.
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At Fisherman’s Wharf we picked up our bus tickets for the tourist buses and our tickets for Alcatraz. We figured why waste any time, so we got on the first bus we saw and started our fun tourist day.
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We sat on the bus for a while, just enjoying the view of San Francisco. I can’t remember the names of all the places, but we saw some of Chinatown, Union Square Park, the Asian Art Museum, Haight Street, Golden Gate Park, the Japanese Tea Garden.
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I love being on these tourist bus rides, haha. It might be geeky, but it’s a great way to see more of the place you’re visiting.
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And we drove over Golden Gate Bridge to Vista Point North. It was so much warmer on the other side of the bridge, it was so weird!
Golden Gate Bridge
We went back to the San Francisco side of the bridge again and kept driving. By now my dad and I had started to get a little bit hungry and decided to jump of the bus once we got closer to the hotel. We couldn’t be bothered with having lunch out today so we just had a bagel lunch at the hotel. It was nice though, I love bagels! After we had eaten we went out again and jumped on a bus back to Fisherman’s Wharf.
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We walked to Pier 39 where all the sea lions are hanging out. They were so cute!
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We walked around at Pier 39 for a while, before we headed over to the Aquarium.
Pier 39
The Aquarium was pretty cool. They had a bunch of different sharks, turtles, snakes and otters too, but I didn’t get any nice pictures of them..
Aquarium
After the Aquarium we started walking towards Coit Tower.
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We took the Stairs of Telegraph Hill up. So many stairs! It was awesome! I should have filmed the whole way up, haha. These are the Filbert Steps.
Filbert Steps
Halfway up, this place reminded me so much of Haut de Cagnes in France.
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We were supposed to walk to the top of Coit Tower, but the line was too long so we just walked back down the stairs again. It was really nice up there though, we got a great view over the city.
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On our way down I spotted some houses I thought looked really cute.
SF Houses
We decided to walk to Chinatown. I think we walked through the “Little Italy” of San Francisco at one point on our way because there were Italian flags and colors painted everywhere (forgot to take a photo of that though).
San Francisco
Then we got to Chinatown. It was a long street full of random little Chinese stores everywhere, with beautiful Chinese lamps hanging over our heads through the whole street. This was the first place I found something to buy on the trip, haha. We’re planning on going back there one day when it’s darker because I imagine it will be a lot nicer there when it’s dark – with all the lamps and everything.
Chinatown SF
After Chinatown we were starving so we found a sushi place called Maru Sushi to eat something. My dad had a mix plate with a bunch of different stuff, and I had Avocado rolls and Shitake Maki (mushroom). First time I try something other than avocado or cucumber rolls! It was delicious. When we had finished eating we decided to end the day with a little bit of shopping (at my request, haha!). San Francisco is a lot colder than I had imagined so I really needed some more warm clothes (ssh, I only brought 1 pair of jeans and 1 hoodie). I found a couple things and was happy with that. Before heading back to the hotel we went to our grocery store, Sutter Fine Foods (yes, now it’s become OUR grocery store, it’s our 2nd time there, we pretty much own it by now, don’t you think?) to buy some water, snacks and breakfast for the next day. Then we headed back to the hotel, I was exhausted and fell asleep very quickly.

Today we are going to do some more exploring of the city, take the bus to Sausolito, and we’re planning on going on the night bus tour. I’m excited! It’s a foggy day, but I don’t mind. That’s just a part of San Francisco. I am falling in love with this place.

Marie Alessandra
(I think the blog saves this in Norwegian time, so I’ll just add what time it is in SF right now, it’s 09:05 in the morning)

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Birthday girl & Marathoner!

These past few days has been such a huge deal for me! I’m proud to say that on Sunday I finally became a marathoner. The Florence/Firenze Marathon was amazing, and I say this with my hand on my heart – it was the most amazing experience of my life. I will write a race recap very soon, I’m just waiting for the pictures from the race. Yesterday, December 1st, I turned 22. I spent 95% of my birthday at various airports and planes. The Lufthansa pilots went on strike so we had to travel with AirBerlin, Air Dolomiti, and SAS instead. Okay, I feel like I have to write a little something about that day haha!

We woke up between 4:30 and 5:00 in the morning (we went to bed really early, guess the marathon wore us out haha). Did some packing and laughed at how stupid we looked when we walked around with our sore legs. Around 7 I was craving some birthday gelato. We went out to search for somewhere we could get it – no luck though, everything was closed. So we went back to the hotel and finished packing. We checked out from our hotel at 9 AM and took a taxi to the airport. We were really early, but we figured it’s better to be early than having to stress. Good thing we came early! The pilots of Lufhansa had gone on a strike and our flight was cancelled. The lady behind the luggage check-in desk was really nice and helpful though, so she got us a new flight. No problem. This ment we now had to fly from Florence to Munich with Air Dolomiti, then Munich to Düsseldorf with AirBerlin, then Düsseldorf to Oslo with SAS. Great, we wouldn’t be in Norway before 21:00 (9 PM), which means we wouldn’t be home before somewhere between 22-23:00 (10-11 PM). But at least we’d get home haha. After we had delivered our bags and gotten through security, we sat down to eat something. The flight from Florence to Munich was okay, it didn’t take more than an hour. Confusion started when we got to the Munich airport and had to get from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 – the “ask me for help” lady who was supposed to help everyone affected by the stupid strike didn’t have any information on AirBerlin so she just told us to go out and wait for the bus that would take us to Terminal 1. Okay. A round little guy came running and told us to just wait, apperantly he was our bus driver. He couldn’t get his bus to start.. While waithing for the bus to get fixed, some other Norwegians came and we just decided then and there that we would just follow them around because they probably knew more than us haha! Finally the bus was fixed and we were on our way to Terminal 1. He dropped us off and we started the long walk to A11. Lots of boring things later, we sat down to eat while waiting for our next plane. Then we were on our way to Düsseldorf. It was only a 45 minute (or something like that) long flight, but it felt like it took a day or two.. This pervy old French guy sat infront of me and he kept staring at me the whole flight, it was disgusting! Seriously, he leaned his seat back and got the perfect creeper view. You can’t imagine how happy I was when we got off that plane haha! Düsseldorf was boring, by now I was so sick and tired of airports. Finally we were on our way to Oslo, a 2 hour long flight. When we landed we picked up a couple things at the Dutyfree, the lady at the register asked for my boarding pass and ID. “TODAY is your birthday?”, “Yes”, “Eeeyy, CONGRATS!” – haha you have no idea how happy that made me. We got our luggage and were finally almost home. My dad picked us up at the train station and it was really nice to see him, then we got home and I hugged Alaska (my cat) which was also really nice, re-packed and my dad drove me to my boyfriend’s place. So nice to see him again aswell, he congratulated me on the marathon and my birthday and gave presents (yay! Haha). Happy birthday to me!
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The recap will hopefully come soon, I keep checking the marathon photo page ever 5 minutes haha.

What did you do this weekend?

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Florence; day 1

I wanted to write this yesterday, but I was honestly too tired to do anything at all. Yesterday was also my brother’s birthday, he turned 20! So happy birthday to my little brother!

After only 40-45 minutes of sleep I got woken up. I had a hard the worst time falling asleep, and the train we were taking to the airport left at 04:22.. So in order to have time to shower, get ready and all those fun things we had to get up extremely early. My dad drove us to the train station and we were on our way!
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We got to the airport, delivired our luggage, and went through the security thing. I hate going to the security check thing, I almost always beep or get picked for a “random routine security check” or whatever they call it haha, I hate it! But this time I didn’t beep and they didn’t pick me for their random check – guess it was my lucky day. After spening too much money at the dutyfree we ate our breakfasts and started waiting for our plane. It was still pitch black outside when we got on the plane – which means we get to see the sunrise when we get through those thick clouds, yay!
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We had a connecting flight, and our first stop was Munich, Germany.
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And then we were on our way to the final destination – Florence, Italy. We flew over the Alps, listened to German people talking, looked at the view, relaxed..
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The weather wasn’t all that great when we got to Florence. It had been raining and it was still really grey. It was okay though, I didn’t mind. We got to the hotel, got our keys, unpacked a little, then went out to find the expo.
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We walked and walked..
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And walked some more.
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Seriously, it took forever! But in the end we were finally there. We picked up our bibs and the goodie bag, then browsed through the stands in hope of finding something we could buy. My mom bought a couple things, while I didn’t find anything I wanted. Sad, haha!
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We started walking back to the hotel. On the way we stopped at some random bar/café to rest our legs and get something to drink. Started walking again.. Realized we should probably find a place to have dinner, and sat down at a pizzeria. I was so hungy and tired at this point – I didn’t even bother looking through the menu and just picked some random pizza I knew I could eat. Pizza, haha! This is not my idea of things to eat before a race, but okay. A pizza had never tasted this good, food had never felt more refreshing, I was starving!
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We had been out walking for 6 hours! No wonder our feet and legs hurt. Walking around for so long only 2 days before a marathon is probably not the smartest thing anyone can do.. But what’s done is done. I was just happy to be back at the hotel. I fell asleep while I was trying to write a text to my boyfriend, haha! Here are some of the things we got from the expo. I love that everyone who are running tomorrow got one of these shirts for free! Mine is a bit big, but I don’t mind that at all.
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Now we’re going out to find the start area and where to leave our bags tomorrow, just so we don’t have to stress about not knowing anyhing tomorrow before the race. I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Marie Alessandra

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