A lot to think about lately

Hi out there!

Haven’t been so active here the past few days. Some may think that I’m overly active at other times, but for me this is a down 🙂

I got the bad news from my boss that I’m not going to China due to certain things that has happened over there. It’s bad new since we’ve planned our lives after it and have been waiting for it for over a year. Now we just have to replan it all along with me giving all my efforts to chase work oppertunities abroad. We really counted on the increase of income it would bring to be able to build our future house. :S

But, but.. Not all news can be good, right?

On the other hand there’s a lot going on at home now with the baby (Julie), it always fun to see how fast those small individuals grow and develops. But man, it’s a lot of work! some people say that it gets easier with every child. We have three now and it has been as much of work with each put together with taking care of the other. No wonder home parents are so worn 😀

Considering my running the past days I’ve done a few 1 hour runs and the 6 x 1km intervals, which I’m pretty satisfied with. Though I really have to put my last bit of energy into each km to keep the pace up.

I haven’t felt anything more retchings neither and my wake up pulse have been at 48 all days but one – then I had 56. The funny thing is that I felt more worn that day overall.

Later today I will post my data these past days. Take care!

Moving on to the next step

So.. Now a lot of things are going on at home. That’s why I haven’t been so keen on the keyboard like I’ve been before.. Just don’t want to miss out on anything with the new family member. And the first time with a new kid is so precious 🙂

I’ve done my build up runs. And they’ve been solid and good. I haven’t eaten any pizzas right before any of them 😉 However, my Garmin made the data from them a mess, but I publish it anyway. It’s clear to everyone who goes through the curves that any heart can’t behave like that and still be sane.

Tomorrow I thought I would go on the side of the program and go for a 5k time trial just to get something to make up the sessions from on the next three weeks of 10k program. Last time I felt I couldn’t go all the way because of.. Yeah, you know what. Hopefully it will be different tomorrow..

Detailed Garmin data

Day 2, Build up
1hr easy and totally relaxed – at ease through out

Lap Distance Time AvgPace AvgHR MaxHR AvgCadence
1 10.55 1:00.06 5:42 134 167 92

Detailed Garmin data

Day 3, Build up
1hr easy and totally relaxed – at ease through out

Lap Distance Time AvgPace AvgHR MaxHR AvgCadence
1 10.82 1:02.35 5:47 133 199 91

Take care you all!

A long refreshing run on the icy streets of Alingsås

The icy street Solvändegatan, Alingsås 2011-01-16
The icy street Solvändegatan, Alingsås 2011-01-16

During the day the family have been visiting a house that is the same model as a house we hopefully will build after we come home from China. It was nice to see it in real life, but it all still feels like a dream.. Not many young people in Sweden have the chance to own a house – especially not close to the bigger cities of Sweden. Our only chance might be to take the job in China. On the other hand the year over there also will be an adventure of a lifetime. 🙂

The longest run came today instead of yesterday. Even though it has been raining all day and the streets were even in worse condition than yesterday, it went pretty fine. 🙂

It was relaxing. At some places all the molten snow and ice formed pools of water, but most of the times I managed to avoid stepping in them. At one place, though, close to the end I came to a parking lot which was like a wet field of ice. I had to stop and trip forward like a lapricorn (Do they trip around?) – hence the break in the data on the Garmin page. My HR monitor went crazy again (That’s why the MaxHR is so high) – I can’t go on complaining about it here – it does it too often :S. Maybe I’ll just take it with Garmin instead. A reclaim or something, just to state a case.

On the right is a picture of Solvändegatan – the street outside us. The meaning was to visualize how the streets look like with the wet ice and everything – don’t know if the photo is truthful enough, though 😀

Take care!

Detailed Garmin data

Day 6, 1st sub 40 10k round
longest run – ‘time on feet’ up to 1Hr 30min (Swapped day 5 with day 6)

Lap Distance Time Avg Pace Avg HR Max HR Avg Cadence
1 15.43 1:30 5:50 135 167 89

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

Like running in high heels

Snow, snow, snow..

Not that I’ve ever run in high heels (that would be a sight), but I can imagine parts of todays run could feel a little similar. It snowed all night and all day and then a little more. The snow laid as a thick, smooth 5-10 cm high layer when I decided to go out running in the lunchtime. Well, actually I didn’t decide then, I decided one and a half year ago and since then I’ve done it. Sometimes I wonder if one can be too stubborn. A day like this. But I wouldn’t want to analyze myself – I probably wouldn’t like what dark secrets I would find 😉

Anyway, I plowed myself through the deep snow. I tried to run in the tire-tracks, but it was to slippery. The snow got packed under my heels. Why only there I don’t know – maybe because of my mid-foot strike. After some more strides it dropped and started to pack once more…

On top of that the heart rate monitor messed with me again. And this time I strapped myself up like a brought down calf. It was also good cleaned, the watch has a brand new battery and I even usually wet the surfaces in between to increase the contact. So.. Unless it’s the battery in the heart rate monitor I will have to take a serious talk with Garmin.. 😉 Or.. Are you supposed to expect that behaviour from such a device?

Well, my data wasn’t so good today, both because of the device and all the snow..

Detailed Garmin data

Day 16, 2nd build up
1hr easy with last 15min of 1hr at 65% effort

Lap Distance Time Avg Pace Avg HR Max HR Avg Cadence
1 7.68 45:01 5:52 133 152 89
2 2.9 14:59 5:11 154 162 91