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Can’t stop, won’t stop

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After my marathon prep got messed up in 2015, I decided to give up (half) marathons. As I’m getting older and my body is aching much quicker than it used to. I decided it was the smartest thing to do…

But the heart wants, what it wants. Ain’t no arguing with that.

It all started when a friend asked if I wanted to run a half marathon with her. No, I don’t do that anymore!  You know that… The momend I said that, I felt a doubtful feeling coming up. Was I really done with that?

A few weeks later I saw a contest and the big prize was entry and stay at the first half marathon of Disneyland Paris. I really wanted to win. So I did everything I could to win. Unfortunately I didn’t win. But at that moment there was no going back anymore. I HAD to run another half, and I had to run that one!

Luckily my dear running friend wanted to go too. When the entry tickets officially went on sale, we already were too late. Oh nooooo! We really wanted to go! Now what? Because we never quit, we found another way to get our tickets. So, we got in!

Now all we have to do is to keep healthy, injury free and train our asses off! I just can’t wait ro run with Donald, Pluto, Minnie and all the others!

 

 

Getting out there

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Out of your comfort zone, that’s where the magic happens. Even if you suck at it! It sounds so cheesy, but it is the truth. Getting out of your comfort zone is really scary. It’s new, it’s the unknown that makes you feel so very much uncomfortable.

Last January I got out of my comfortzone and it was awesome. I had my very first weightliftmeet and tt was a  ladies only weightliftmeet. I went up there by myself and I didn’t know anyone. Sometimes it’s hard for me to connect with people I don’t know, I can be a bit socially awkward or something.

At first I felt a bit shy, but everyone was feeling a bit nervous and awkward. In no time everyone was talking to one another and we bonded quickly. It was amazing to see how bunch of strange women all together supported and helped eachother at the meet.

Of course I hoped for some PR’s, but it didn’t happen. And that is OK, because I had a wonderful day. I even ended up halfway in the ranking, wich I never expeced. I’m really happy about that. I met some wonderful ladies and I will compete next year! Can not wait to get out of my comfortzone again and again this year.

 

Some goals, recovery almost done

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Oh crap. I didn’t realize that my last post was from October. Oops. But ya know, work, study, training, more work, more study, a lot of study. I don’t like Newyears’ resolutions, but I really hope to write more often than I did in 2015.

Update so far: My back feels much better, still not 100%, but I’m happy. I can lift properly 60% to 70%. Though I have to keep listening to my body really carefully. If it hurts a tiny bit or just doesn’t feel good, don’t do it. It’s easier said than done, but I’m still learning. I’m human.😉

If everything goes well, I will compete in a ladies weightlifting meet, it will be my first ever. I never did competitions or races when I was younger, so I will be really nervous. If you have some good tips, please share them with me.

Second I found my runners mojo again! Can you imagine how excited I am about that? Last year August I kind of lost the joy in running and I really wanted to quit running. I was done with it. After all I decided to just keep running bit by bit. SmalI runs, short runs. I hated them, I really did. But after a million ( it felt that way) I started to enjoy running again. Still not there, but I’m getting there.

I still have to keep doing my hip and knee exercises, but that’s okay. And I was thinking maybe I should do another half marathon this year. What would be more awesome than to run Disney Paris half? Today I decided this is good running goal for me. Donald Duck, here I come!

Do you have any goals for 2016? I’m curious, please tell me.

No goals, just recovery

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About five weeks ago I hurt my back again. During my one and only holiday this year. I’m not kidding. Despite my back problems, getting a cold and the rainy weather I really enjoyed my holiday. It felt like holiday, it just felt good. Sea, beach, surfing, yoga, good food, fine wine. I couldn’t wish for more. Well, maybe a bit more sun.

I went to South France in my brand new car with a couple of people I’ve never met before. Kinda scary, but good scary. Sometimes you have to get out of your comfortzone to do really amazing things. Maybe I’ll tell you more about my holiday in an other post.

This year I got injured twice. Not by doing crossfit or what so ever. I noticed, when I wasn’t in my regular training routine, my injuries seem te happen. Lesson learned; no matter how busy, always try to keep my training regime in order.

My goals for the rest of 2015, getting in my old good shape with running and crossfit. First won’t be easy though. Me and running haven’t always been friendly and I still haven’t found my running mojo again. This week I started with doing really short runst, trying get my mojo back.

With weightlifting and crossfit I have to listen to my body really carefully and slowly make it heavier. I also need to add a lot of mobility work for my squat position and the shoulders. And just practice and practice. All I want is to get strong and painfree again. For 2016 more strength and skills and maybe triple unders… No way… LOL

Ps. I’m sorry I’ve been away for so long. But life kinda happened you know.

#last Oslo Diary

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I’v been away too long and I’m so sorry! It has been very busy and really busy and it were challenging times for me. I thought about my running plans a lot. As you know, I’ve been injured for a couple of weeks. Since three weeks I’m allowed to go at it again, not at full throttle, but as much as I can without pain. In those three weeks I’ve went for a small jog only three times. I completely lost my runners mojo. All of a sudden I’m so done with it! I’m not enjoying it anymore, I’m not looking forward to go for a run. Just lost all joy of running.

Why? I don’t know. This year I was at my fastest and strongest running form and after a couple of weeks it was just all gone. Of course you can recover and start all over again, but somehow I just don’t want to do that again. It took me forever to get to that level and for asthmatic people like me it’s even harder to bounce back.

So I decided just to let it go for now, even though it’s not easy. Now I will focus on CrossFit, because I still love to do that. And maybe one day I will recover my runners mojo, but for now CrossFit it is. I canceled my travel plan to Stockholm. I won’t be running my first marathon this year. And it’s totally fine. Watching the Crossfit Games this weekend inspired me to try my hardest and be the best CrossFit athlete I can be. Maybe next I will run a marathon, maybe not. We’ll see!

Along the sideline – #16 Oslo Diary

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This cute dog has nothing to do with this writing, but she’s so cute! Meet Luna, my sisters dog!

What the hell is wrong with me?

Since a week I’ve been sitting on my ass. No runs, no crossfit, no yoga. Because doc said so. When you are used to train like 5 times a week and that part is suddenly missing from your life, it turns your routine upside down. I have plenty of time after work for my writing, study, making music, but the only thing I do, is being a pro couch potatoe. It seems like not training makes me lazy as hell. Not just with hobbies, but also ordered in food for 4 times last 10 days. Normally I do that 4 times a year.

Besides the fact I’m getting lazy as hell, I’m also becoming very restless and annoyed and frustrated. That’s not good for me, but also bad for the people around me. I act like a caged lion. I just don’t know what to do with myself. I never took so many naps as this weekend. I actually needed those naps, but I wouldn’t mind getting some training done. I honestly miss it a lot! Getting out and sweaty. Getting tired and a bit sore. Just that satisfying feeling of physical activity.

It seems I can’t function normal when I can’t train. Can you relate to this? Or am I just a drama queen? I know I can’t complain. It’s just for 2 weeks, at least I hope so. There are lot of people who can’t train at all for years and years. Not just two weeks. So I do feel blessed, I get to do, what I want to do. And these minor injuries really don’t matter compared to that. So I sit this one out and wait patiently. And I will kick myself in the butt and get busy with writing or study or music.

Go me! Go!

Expectations – #14 Oslo Diary

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Library of the Rijksmuseum. Books make me happy.
Library of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. You know, books just make me happy.

We all have certain expectations in life. About getting a education, a job, raising a family. There is a certain path you supposed to follow and that should be the recipe to happiness. Welcome to my life! 36, still busy getting a degree, I do have a job, but not the one that makes me happy. A family? I don’t even have a pet. According to my expectations I supposed to be so unhappy. Luckily I’m not! Of course I do have bad days and lately I’ve been missing a partner in my life. But that doesn’t mean my life is miserable.

Since my break up last October I have been in a depression off and on. When I was younger I used to be depressed a lot more often. I’m working on it with help from a therapist and it’s getting better and better. This time it was caused by those standard expectations. Doubting myself all the time. I couldn’t see my potential, that standard expectations don’t work for me.  Not everyone goes from A to B in a straight line and there is nothing wrong with that. even though other people say it is wrong, 36, single and no kids, there must be something wrong with you!

There are so many roads to happiness. And I didn’t know this could be possible on my own terms. Lately I’m getting to understand what makes me happy. Getting more and more comfortable with myself. Books make me happy. I love to run even though my pace is very slow, but who cares? I love to write. I love to challenge myself when I do Crossfit. I like it when I get my studybooks, to see all the knowledge I will pump in my brains. I love the physical needs I have and also embrace the geeky part of me. How awesome is that?

Some people figure it out at a much younger age, some people will never figure it out. Wether you are 18 or 80, discover who you are and what makes you happy. You know what makes you happy, when your eyes start to twinkle, when you talk about it. Easy right? You might try it sometime…😉