Sometimes you think you will die…

Slowly but surly I’m preparing for the 1/2 marathon that is coming up in May and I have the best coach one can wish for. Not only is she great to hang with but she also won the iron man and has run a numerous marathons and I am all about learning from the best. Every monday at the bus stop we plan my week ahead and now it is starting to get intense or I am more out of shape than what I like to admit!

Anyhow I made into the gym not realizing it was actually still nice outside but I had my mind-set on running my first 4 miles of the week on the treadmill and had already planned on increasing the speed by 0.1 every minute for 6 minutes then to bring it back down to 7.0.

Sometimes when I wake up I just know that the body is not how I would like it to be and today was that day. My legs were heavy almost like I had added extra weight to my wrists and it was a 33.41 agonizing minutes of pounding but I knew I was not going to die so I pushed and I pushed and you know what…I was right, I did not die this time either!

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Suck it up and keep on pushing!

How crazy can life be, really…

…so what is going on? Well let me tell you, one of my dearest friends are moving to Switzerland. This is a family that came to the States at the same time as us and our kids are like sibling so it is with a sad heart I see them leave but we will send them off with a party to be remembered . So with this coming up this weekend there is a lot of things that need to be organized and this is at the same weekend as i have my mid-term exam for my NASM PT-Certification. I am not doing this by myself as we (everyone that is coming) all chipping in and I am also asking for help from the professionals. So last night me and Freddie had a wine/sushi tasting with some fabulous wines that my good friend picked for us…I know life is hard, right?!

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 So while this is happening life is flying by my window, just like it does when having kids as well as keeping up with my own fitness, classes and studying. So this morning I went for my run before teaching my 10am class and yes I am finally back to running after months of a knee issue but l will confess it is not a walk in the park. As I am was coming into my final leg of my 3 mile run this morning everything is hurting and that is when I am thinking of Knut (my son) who got up at 5.20  this morning to go skating before school. I was thinking about the girls I train every day and when they leave the gym you can tell they haven’t participated in a fashion show. So how am I suppose to justify to anyone to keep on going if I would give up? So there I am, at my final leg and I am thinking to myself “suck it up and keep on pushing”  and as I am coming up on my driveway I not feeling so great. I have done it before and learned from my mistake and this time I went to the side of the house where I almost barfed….but just almost 🙂  

…but all this it’s a “good” crazy and even though it stresses me out I would not want to change a single thing because the people that surrounds me are truly amazing and keep on inspiring me every day.

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This is Anna and Ellie who kicked ass earlier on this week…way to go girls!

A decent hill!

I am not used to these bright nights as I had a terrible time trying to sleep last night and when I woke up I after h few hours sleep I think every single muscle was aching in my body.  I was not looking forward to my morning run but I took the bull by horns and I hit the 2k’s just to get down the lake I’ve run around so many times before.

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There is a stunning track around the lake.

Every step was a pain and my legs where heavy like rocks. It was not a fast run and I had to walk the last kilometer coming back to my moms apartment as the hills can be a nightmare. I had not much left in the legs but I decided to do sprint intervals up the hill and although this was not a great performance I did complete almost 8.5 k with two very tired legs and that is ok 😉

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 The towns own San Francisco hills

30k in 6 days

I spent 6 days in Norrköping and with my sister and her family and I have never ever before actually gone for a run the day after midsummer but this year I did and it was the fastest of them all and I was all alone.

I thought I kept my stuff together in our suitcases but somehow you never do, especially not with 2 kids 😉 so the entire morning I spent packing all our belongings but I did manage to get a quick 5k in before we had to drive to the train and head north and this completed 30k in 6 days…

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Just me and the badger…he made me sprint fast past him lol

DIY with TRX

We spent the day at the park today as Helena had a meeting she needed to attend to at work but as soon as we got back home I went for a run. I did the same track as I did yesterday and with all the hills it was crazy hard so the last kilometer I did 20 seconds intervals sprints all the way back to the house.

I had already asked Jan for a set of lashing straps before I left and he had them ready for me and I attached them to an old apple tree that Helena and Jan has in their garden and I was ready for a simple TRX workout.

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First out I focused on the hips and core doing hip abduction with pulling in the legs.

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When I had completed 15 reps I went straight into 50 bicycle crunches and a 30 sec plank and both my shoulders and abs was screaming at the end of it.

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My second circuit I decided to focus on my arms and as I started doing my rows a horse was passing by…I’m pretty sure this can only happened on the countryside… lol

Horse

I finished my workout with biceps curls and triceps extensions and when I was done I was very tired…I think I still suffering a bit from the jet lag…

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Summer Vacation is finally here!!!

Yesterday was the very last day of school and it was a very hot day so as soon as I’ve sent the kids off on the bus I put on my “blue danger” I went for my run. The thing was that I was not in the mood for it but I knew if I didn’t do it there and then it was not going to happened as it was warming up quickly. I realized fast that it was not only my mind that struggled my entire body felt heavy and my breathing was totally out of place, this was far from the feeling I had last week when I just kept going and going for my 12.6 miles. Anyhow I kept on running for my 4 1/2 miles and I really had to push to the very last step focusing on not slowing down.

I only had time for a quick shower before I had to get Mira and Knut from school. The rest of the afternoon we spent at the Lifetime pool and it was so great to watch the kids having so much fun, I guess there is no better way celebrating that school is over and the summer vacation is finally here!

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That evening we went to a new restaurant called Nick’s in Wilmette as we kept on celebrating with our friends. We got the best table in the entire restaurant, we sat at the opened windows and as soon as the kids finished their meal they sat on the window seal playing and watching people walk by. Initially I was surprised on how empty it was but after about 15 minutes there was people lining up in the street trying to get a table and I totally understand why. The ambiance was great and the food was amazing, I ordered a kale salad with grilled salmon and this was a great way to finish a great day!

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700 meters short…

Every so often we miss the school bus in the morning and today was that kind of morning when you had 15 minutes to spare and all of a sudden the bus is swishing by outside. When we jumped in the car and I realized it had stopped raining and having no inspiration at all for standing on a treadmill for an hour I put on my runners as soon as I got home and went for the track in the forest preserve. I hadn’t run for long when it started to pour down with rain but I felt real good so I thought I was do a 8k run but when I go to the turning point (the track goes on and on) I thought I would run a little longer and I kept on going.

When my brother and sister was here we set up personal goal on what we wanted to achieve by the time we were going to see each other again and my goal was to run the distant of half a marathon, my longest run I ever done is 12k on a treadmill.

Still having a good feeling and a good run I thought I this is it! I will admit that I was not completely sure on how long a half a marathon was because I for sure did not plan on it when I stepped out the door but had a feeling it was around 20k. When it was time to see how far I had run and make a decision if I would go into the next forest or head home I realized I had 4k to go and my legs was feeling like two rocks and I stated to think about all the people I meet everyday that challenge themselves beyond their mental barriers.

This is my friends who make it to the gym at 6am, running with back pain because she loves it and this is the only way she’ll keep sane, coming back and doing a race after recovered from a stroke or my 9-year-old son who works his ass off at hockey because he knows he is getting better every time he pushes himself to max…then I could for sure finish my “own half marathon challenge”!

As I ran up on the driveway I pulled out my phone I stopped the timer and i finished on 20.3k in 1.53 minutes and I felt awesome although my feet and legs where hurting like crazy. The only thing was when I goggled the distant for half a marathon it is 21k….

Whaaat, I was 700 meter short from my goal. I don’t know if it was a decent time or not but I am very glad for what I accomplished today and if Jonathan asks me to do a squat I couldn’t do it to save my life.

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