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.

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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!

Fuel save – #1 Crossfit Diary #11 Oslo Diary

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Dear Diary,

I never thought I would ever say this, but I need more food! In the last 10 weeks I lost 4 kilos without any extra effort. My weight has been stable for more than a year. How did I lose that weight? No more hotel dinners three times a week. That’s all it took.

But with those kilos I also lost my power. Couldn’t lift my PR’s anymore at Crossfit. How annoying is that? You know you could lift it and now you can’t.

It got me thinking. The hotel food is fat and the portions are ridiculous big! So I ate a lot and a lot of fat. I don’t mind losing the weight. But how can I keep the muscles and still lose the pounds or stay this weight?

I Googled a lot about fat loss, muscles growth, macronitrients, supplements, what happens with your body when you’re weightlifting or running. I even got more confused than I already was. There’s so much to say about all of this.

If someone really knows about this, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m not sure how to manage my macro’s doing weightlifting and endurance sport. Should I eat more carbs on run days? And more protein on Crossfit days? Sounds logical to me.

I got me a container of protein powder (with a huge discount) with BCAA’s for post workout snack. I also got me some omega 3 pills. I remember eating a lot of fish during my hotel days and I actually never cook fish. For the soreness I maybe get me some magnesium pills. But I won’t take any other supplements.

If anyone could give me some pointers on what to eat or not to eat on run, crossfit or rest days, that would be so great!

Ps. all the food on the photo was just for 3 people……..

So far – #9 Oslo Diary

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A 1000 pages of art history

It has been a crazy busy week. Saturday I had this huge exam for my college. I have almost been studying 24/7. I didn’t do as much running and Crossfitting as I supposed to. But I did pass the test with 7 (B-?)! And that was my priority this week. Well, I did study for this subject a lot for the past 2 months. It’s not always easy to study for a degree next to your fulltime job. But it’s not impossible either.

To be honest my last 4 weeks of preparation sucked. Study, cold issues, my winter runners painful itch suddenly popped up again, work… Just life you know.

I started this post a week ago and I will finish it today. I am sorry this one took me so long. But… My running is going great since last week! Yay! Crossfitting not that great yet, my back is giving me a hard time. But that will turn okay too in the end. I will practice some gymnastics tonight and some light weightlifting.

So, okay running is okay again, Crossfitting not yet, but it will in a few weeks. I actually didn’t expect this prep would be with so many hurdles. The only thing that changed, I suddenly had a goal. My training schedule didn’t change that much. Did I unconsiously sabotage the overwhelming idea of training for a marathon? I don’t know, but from now on it will get better and better!

It’s oh so quiet – #8 Oslo Diary

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Something is off and it’s leaving me restless. I miss the cool dark evening air, with my feet on the ground, stumping a beat to the rythm in my heart. Moonlight dimmed by some hazy clouds. It makes me feel like a swift dark night creature, ready to howl at the moon.

The feeling of being on my own, on my terms, in my strength, no one else to rely on. Just me to depend on. I just keep on moving, even with those nagging little aches. I won’t stop running, even when my lungs hurt. Each step at the time, I put aside my fatigue. Drifting in a foggy daydream, about what could’ve been and might be one day.

The feeling what will be, gives me strength to keep going. It puts a smile on my face. I can conquer the world. Wether I run or lifting heavy, I feel strong and happy.

But right now day 6 without any exercise. I just don’t know what to do with myself. My mind is not focused and my body feels restless. Taking hundreds of hot baths and tons of yoga sessions. For the first time in ages I just have regular clothing in the laundry. My running shoes are waiting for patiently at the door. This week made grateful that I have a strong healthy body despite of my asthma. After my week of recovery my cold is still not entirely gone, but I decided from tomorrow on green light on exercise! I wonder how it feels after a non-exercise week.

Time for my last bath of my recovery week!