Being busy having a busy life

A very stressful day. Been on and around from the time I woke up until about the minute after I post this and lay my head down and fall asleep. The time is close to 0.00 now. It usually is when my day’s done. There’s just so much time in a day – it’s hard to get everything you want to do to be done – at least if what you want is to do everything every day.

That’s where I am currently. Let’s call it my close to 30 years old crisis or whatever, but I feel that life is rushing forward faster than I can ever run. And there’s so much I want to do before I get too old. It’s not only training myself to become an athlete.. Also all the studies I try to do at distance.. Physics (a Bachelor – at 50% that will go on for about 6 years).. Project leading.. Work a year in China to be able to afford building a house.. Making the house intelligent by drawing the electrical plans and put in all the automation gadgets and wiring myself.. I can go on for hours.. And, oh, I’m writing a novel too.. And learning Chinese.. And did I mention I will become father for the third time probably during the coming week 😉

Like I said – it feels like time is the biggest enemy to me right now.. But you will win nothing by being unrealistic. Fill your whole day and work off all those things one by one, little by little.. And one day – well, actually hopefully never – you will feel accomplished. I think that once I do I have nothing to reach for. I like being like this.. The opposite is much worse – Doing nothing and don’t feel like doing anything.. Just sit in my couch.. Just the thought of it makes me a little depressed!

Anyway.. This blog is about running, right? Sometimes I forget 😉

After yesterdays run I felt a slight indication to shin splints. At least I think that was what it was. So today I decided to take the 1 hour run very easy. Very, very easy.. It felt great! Just being like a puppet letting those two loose things underneath just swing forward – it kind of feels like that sometimes 😀

Detailed Garmin data

Day 6, 2nd sub 40 10k round
1 hour easy

Lap Distance Time AvgPace AvgHR MaxHR AvgCadence
1 10.34 1:00.38 5:52 131 147 91

What is the 500 workout, why is it so good?

Well, to answer the question briefly – it’s a kick-ass workout, building up core strength along with being a very good cardio workout.

It consists of 12 exercises focusing on the major muscle groups in the body. The idea is to do them one after the other, which perfect technique and as briskly as possible (without letting down on technique, of course). You can’t go on to the next if you haven’t completed all the reps on the current exercise. But.. You are allowed to split each exercise in as many parts as you need to be able to complete the whole set.

The BodyWeight 500 Workout

  • 50 Prisoner Squats
  • 50 Pushups
  • 25 Jumps
  • 25 Stability Ball Leg Curls
  • 50 Stability Ball Jackknifes
  • 50 Step-ups (25 reps per side)
  • 25 Pull-ups (NO substitutions)
  • 50 Forward Lunges (25 reps per side)
  • 50 Close-grip Pushups
  • 50 Inverted Rows
  • 50 Squats
  • 25 Chin-ups (NO substitutions)

As time passes and you build up your core strength, you should be able to complete the workout in lesser and lesser time. A good idea is to time yourself and try to beat yourself 🙂

I like this workout since it always is a challenge. And it feels like a great asset in the running since it doesn’t build big muscles, only leading to a strong body all over. Another advantage is that the only equipment you need for it is a chinning bar (I have one that is mountable in a doorway) and a stability ball – and the weight of you own body, of course 😉

Here’s a video instruction of the workout made by Craig Ballantyne, who has created the workout:


Except for the 500 workout, which I did during the evening, I did my 30 minutes of easy running today at lunch. It felt good to take it easy, though I didn’t feel overly tired in the legs from the 1k intervals yesterday 🙂

Detailed Garmin data

Day 9, 1st sub 40 10k round
easy day of 30min running

Lap Distance Time AvgPace AvgHR MaxHR AvgCadence
1 6.41 35:55 5:35 133 143 90

An urge to extend myself

Luckily they just had plowed when I got out in the evening, so the bedding was a good as can be expected from an highly oversnowed landscape and a couple of plus degrees.

Though, today it was very hard to keep my heart rate even below 140. I think the burglar in the drama (a Swedish expression directly translated. Ain’t I funny..) was that I had eaten a big meal less than an hour before my run. Usually I wait around two hours before running in the evening, but today I very, very much wanted to get home to see The pillars of the earth – a mini series of Ken Follett’s great books taking place in England in the 12th century.

I really love historic and Fantasy adventures. In fact I would like to recommend a great author of a Fantasy series that I’ve seen is to become an HBO tv series – George R R Martin. His book series named A song of ice and fire is very breathtaking for someone who likes adventures with a lot more depth than the usual Fantasy that more has teenagers as target. In his story nothing is just black or white, and nothing is just easily gripped.

Back to my running.. (I kind of got lost there for a while :))
My running was really slow (read really very slowly) – sometimes my waddle felt more like stumbling forward. But like I said before my belly was stuffed with our both girls favorite food – Korv stroganoff (A swedish stew with sliced traditional sausage flavoured with tomato and cream) which we’ve been eating 3 meals in a row now just to keep them satisfied.

Then, after 55 minutes of running I felt an urge come creeping. I felt that I needed to extend myself a little. To once more feel what it feels like to take much longer strides.. ..And I did it!
And it was good! For four minutes I ran at a pace around 3:40-3:50 something. Then I was home. Probably not the best thing to do right now, but I couldn’t help myself 😀

Detailed Garmin data

Day 17, 2nd build up
1hr easy and totally relaxed – at ease through out

Lap Distance Time Avg Pace Avg HR Max HR Avg Cadence
1 9.26 55:00 5:56 137 161 89
2 1.06 14:59 3:49 175 183 92
3 0.219 1:17 5:55 167 183 88