is a great doubble workout that I have performed today instaed of chilling out under a blanket at casa Vasa. I like combo classes because just going to the gym for one hour feels pretty inefficient since it takes longer time to get ready, get there, get home and change back to human clothes than the actuall workout. It was quite a while since I been to a GRIT class but depending on the instructor I love them or hate them. This one with Olof Sjöberg at SATS Hötorget was a five star class but he is also a five star instructor according to my preferences so not a big surprise. A few minutes after the GRIT class was over it was time for a kick ass combat. Tonight I tried the latest release for the first time and it feels like I say it in 99% of the cases but this release was really, really good. Right now I have a big luxuary problem because there are too many good classes to pick from at the SATS schedule every week! After this doubble workout and a long shower I am not going to move any single meter more today!
/ Pernilla the workoutaholic
Training plan, what is that? Something that do not exist in my world. I always do what I feel like and today I felt it was a running Tuesday and not pulsespinning one so I went out for a run. I got a crush on running at the moment, but that happens every September, and honestly, who would not love to have a crush on outdoor movement? Every run feels effortless, I am just getting out, doing it, cough a bit and then it is over and I want more. Kind of addicted but in a good way. My newest Adidas Boston shoes is also one factor that helps out. They are the very best runningshoes and it really feels like running on clouds in them. Two months ago my runs felt like neverending stories and no one was happier than I when they were over. Now it is the opposite. I never want them to end and when they are over I look forward to the next one. Well, I just wanted to say that I love running again!
It is pure luxuary to live within walking distance from work and starting the day with the 35 minutes walk from my casa Vasa to SAS headoffice at Frösundavik was without doubt the best possible start of the day you could get. I love September with the fresh air and warm weather and after this start this Tuesday cannot be anything else than brilliant! Do you have any exciting plans for today guys?
/ Pernilla at the office
I suppose some of you are a bit curious how it works behind the scenes when it comes to the election so I want to share the story of yesterday when I worked with the voting in the district Gustav Vasa 7, Stockholm. Before every election you have to attend a course where you get to know the percedures. It is basically the same for every election since the rules are based on the law but there are differences. Before the course you are assigned to a team of about six persons consisting of one chairman and one vice chariman that is going to be responsible for a district of about 1300 voters.
On the election day at 8 am the doors do open to the election location and the first voters arrives. At the same point the postal votes also arrives and those have to be sorted and counted according to the percedures at the same time that the normal voting takes place. Then we have to keep track in the electorar register about who woted in what way and which elections they are allowed to vote in. Here it is really important to not make an error because then it all will get messed up in the end. Then the voters keeps on coming and lots of then has fotgotten about the voting percedure and asks why the election is not held electronically. I like to help out but you have to be prepared for lots of questions of all kinds so it is great to have some knowledge in the field. Then you are sitting at the desk registering all voters and putting one yellow, one white and one blue vote in their separate boxes until you are so sick of these colours that your eyes almost fall out. But then it is almost 8 pm and time to close the voting location and check the result.
Checking the result is my absolute favorite part but at the same time you sit there and count, count and recount it is impossible to not think about how resource intense an election really. At this point you are quite tired of yellow, white and blue but it is pretty exciting to get to know what the people you have seen in their eyes earlier in the day has voted so at this point you always get some extra energy and concentration because the most time consuming thing that now can happen is that you count wrong because then you have to recount and recounting over 1000 votes several times is not that fun.
But if your team is organizing it in an efficient and smart way it goes pretty smoothly. And yes, all votes are manually counted – this surprises so many people. First out to be counted is the yellow government election votes and after you have made sure that the envelopes in the election box matches the amount of voting people in the district you are allowed to open the envelopes. Yesterday we conculded that it felt like christmas and that santa had dropped thousands of gifts over us when we opened the envelopes. Some of them we were more happy to get than others but in the end we had one big pile and the rest quite equally distributed ones to count how many votes they included.
In my district Moderaterna won with 447 votes and the second party where Folkpartiet. A fantastic result in my oppinion but as you all might know it was not a picture of the world, but only Vasastan. Well, that is basically how it works behind the scenes at a regular voting location. When the percedure is done with the yellow votes it is time to count the white and blue aswell and in the case of Gothenburg they also had a pink vote to count since they had a fourth election about congestion charges. I am not going to comment more about the outcome of the election but seriously I cannot understand how my neigbhours, friends, colleagues, known and unknown ones decided to not countine to put trust in the team that created a competitive and internationally respected nation could. For me it is just unbelivable.
/ Pernilla writing an election summary
Halfmarathons is without doubt my absolute favourite running distance. Not too long, not too short – it is just perfect. Yesterday I participated in my fifth Stockholm halfmarathon race and it was superfun as always. Great weather, great route, great spectators everything was great except my cough. I had a raceplan and that was to complete the race in less than 1:55:00 minutes, not because I cannot run faster but because I have been kind of sick the last week so my aim was just to enjoy one of the finest runs Stockholm has to offer.
When it was time to line up I did by accident took the wrong start group and realized that just a few seconds before it was time to cross the startingline. Shit. I squeesed through group D and came to the very end of my group C just a second before it was time to start. Perfect timing. I did not remember the whole route by heart but I knew that the for me worst part would come after two kilometers and it is Klarabergstunneln. I hate that part because the air is not breathable and it is always so crowded and everyone is trying to find a good pace. The past years my Nike sportswatch have worked perfectly in the tunnel but this year it freaked out so I had no idea how fast or slow I was running. It is nice to have a watch but not my top priority so I just accepted the fact it was out of sync with the distance and continued to run. The first 5K was effortless and I think I finished those in 25 minutes. I slowed down a bit and when we came to Kungsholmen I took a ten secounds break to cough a bit before perceding along my route 1A. Suddenly we passed 7K and then not longer after 10K and I had a good feeling. I was not doing my outmost but not the Sunday jogg tempo either.
The last 10K I saw lots and lots of people that I know around the route that was out cheering at all of us runners and that was of course a bit extra fun. I normally hate the flat part at Söder mälarstrand since I have terrible memories from that part in the past but yesterday it was fine. I was just running like I had done the previous Ks in a moderate pace and I was never supertired. At 18K I thought there would only be a hilly part left but there were not so many as I remembered so the last part was not that bad either. Then it came a long downward slooping hill at Söder on the way towards the finishline and at that point I was not too tired so I decided to finish up with style and pass by as many as I could at the remaining kilometer. But it was not as easy as it sounds. An annyoing guy in the mid 40’s got really pissed when I passed him and shouted “you don’t have to run that fast, you are not going to win anyway” and then he pushed his elbow in my side. I replied that I just wanted to finish the race and when we had passed the finishline I saw him again and he laughed and said “you didn’t win” and then I just starred at him and said “no, I didn’t and did not aim to either but beating people with your attitude is the most important victory”. My 21 098 meters took 1:51:52 hours to complete and I am quite satisfied with the result especially since I did not did my outmost but today my cough is even worse so no physical activity today.
The halfmarathonday was not over because the run was. All good races also requires an after run party so after a shower I went to Bromma for a fun evening with fellow runners to enjoy some socialising, wine and post race dinner consisting of Oreo cheesecake, candy and cheese doodles. Well, my fifth Stockholm halfmarathon is completed and I do of course hope to follow up this tradition and also participate next year!
/ Pernilla the halfmarathon lover
I woke up with a long to do list infront of me this morning since I only have one day off weekend this weekend I started going through the points straight away. After I was done with all banking stuff and similar things I walked to the city to collect my D&G watch that has been at a checkup, picking up my Stockholm halfmarathon race bib at Kungsträdgården, getting my new Runday t-shirt at Löplabbet, buying some necessary (?) clothes at H&M and at tour to ICA to get some eatable things. A quite effective morning I would say.
Then I was back at casa Vasa again where I was baking a cake to my fellows that I will spend the election day with tomorrow when I work with the elections. It looks a bit messed up on the top but I hope it taste better than it looks.
Now I have finished my yoghurt and müsli lunch and decided the in the important but so difficult what to wear question for this race. The outfit of the day will be my new pink Runday shirt, new blue Gococo compression superior socks, Adidas Boston Boost shoes and I have also decided to run with music today. Now I am doing some stretching at my yoga math and regret that I was at danceaerobic yesterday because I feel that in my legs. Anyway, that is how it is. I am not going to do my absolute best today but of course I will be dissappointed if I do not manage to run the 21 098 meters within certain standards. I promiss to post a race report tomorrow! And to all those other half marathon runners – enjoy todays 21K in Stockholm and all spectators hope you will enjoy watching! Stockholm halfmarathon is and will always be one of my favorite races no mather of the outcome today.
/ Pernilla preparing for a run
I just woke up to a sunny Saturday but yesterday was not that bad either. Not in terms of sun or in terms of anything else either. Our datasystem at work closed down a 4 pm so there was no reason to stay at the office after that and instaed I biked home and went for one of my favorite SATS classes – danceaerobics with Robert Sorensen. I just love his classes and after one hour of Friday party at the gym I had forgotten everything workrelated.
A quick shower later I walked to Kungsholmen and the place to be for the summer, Mälarpaviljongen, where I met up a dear friend for some wine and gossiping. Hopefully it was not the last summernight out for this year! If it was the best possible way to prepare for todays mission Stockholm halfmarathon I am pretty sure about at least in terms of life quility. But I do not plan to do my best halfmarathon ever because running faster than 1:47:?? would not be the brightest idea with my cough.
/ Pernilla that sometimes love Stockholm a little bit more