After my marathon in Lucerne I decided to that Tomtetåget would be my 10th and last time that I ran the marathon distance and thus my last marathon. But… I have changed my mind. I will not retire from marathon running yet. I will run one more marathon during spring 2014 and after a quick look at the marathon calendar I think I will focus on Jerusalem marathon i March and have Vienna in April as a backup race.
/ Pernilla in marathon thoughts
This weekend that I did not felt for that much turned out to be perfect one! When I arrived in Jönköping on Saturday and met up with the other santas, snowmans/womans, christmas gifts, angels and other dressed up runners it took me two seconds to change mode from tired to super happy. My legs were also happy to run and when we took off through the streets of Jönköping city there were lots of locals waving, cheering and looking at us. The distance from Jönköping to Visingsö is divided into four parts and a stop at each of them. The first one is just after Huskvarna about 10 kilometers from the start and without I even understood that we had started we stopped again for some water. Then we ran an additional 10K before we arrived at Café Kackel for having a sandwich and coffee break. Also this distance flew by in a second as it does when chitchating to other runners. A little bit later we all took off an additional 10K towards Ölmstad where our third energy stop where, I just had some water before we continued towards what I remember to be the worst distance. 12 kilometers and many upward sloping roads. But I found a great runningpartner in crime and we forced all hills upwards until it was only five downward sloping kilometers left to the harbour in Gränna. And then, we re-united with the faster santas and waited for the slower ones before we took the boat over to Visingsö where an additional 4 kilometer nightrun would lead us to the accomondation. One marathon and two kilometers later we were there and the christmas dinner and party could begin!
It was my second time I participated in a running train between Jönköping and Visingsö. Thefirst one was last summer (2012) and I have really enjoyed both of them but of course the summer edition is nicer since it is possible to be outside also after the run.
This morning after a huge breakfast we went back to Gränna again. The boatride over Vättern to the mainland was really scary since I do not like to be on medium sized boats it was a close to death experience when it wipped from one side to another in the huge waves. But we survived, bought some Gränna knäcke in the Pippi Longstocking village, had a coffee and went back to Stockholm. At home I rounded up this fab weekend by attending Robert Sorensens fantastic DanceAerobic class then I cooked som liqurice knäck. So after this I give this weekend five out of five P’s.
Many thanks to Miranda and Susanne for arranging the tantastic Tomtetåg!
/ Pernilla in christmasmode
When I woke up this morning at 05:50 like I always do on weekdays I felt incredibly tired and I was questioning how I would ever be able to take the train to Jönköping and Tomtetåget. Now I am almost there and really look forward to run the 45 kilometers between Jönköping and Visingsö together with about 70 other crazy Santa runners before it is time for a Christmas dinner and post run party!
/ Pernilla on a running adventure
December. It can be one of the best months in the year. Every day feels special in some way. Today when I woke up the first thing I saw on TV was Lucia, I do not think I could have got a better start. Then a bowl of gingerbread fil and one clementin before taking off to work where we got welcomed by the security staff dressed in santa hats, glögg and lucia buns. Now I just need to find a real lucia train then this Friday is complete. Happy lucia!
I have as usal had several problems to decide where to go for my new years trip but some days ago I got a great idea. I will plan to go down under. To Perth. I have just been to the Gold coast doing Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and the small cute towns in between twice so now it is time to find out what the other side has to offer. So today I applied for the visa, and less than two weeks to go so hit me with your best travel tips!
/ Pernilla in travel mode
I went a bit too late from work tonight so I could not get in time to my beloved dance aerobic class so I had to come up with another plan to be the last harder thing before Tomtetåget on Saturday. I was watching the SATD schedule but I could not found any classes that I felt for so instead I decided to run and check out one SATS center I had not been to before.
My choice felt on SATS Medborgatplatsen since it was in running distance from my casa Vasa I tied my Adidas adizerio boosts and went for a 30 minute run to get there.
Thanks to my iPhone I found the hidden place. But it was not a hidden treasure. It was one of the worst SATSes I ever been to. It looked old, damaged and people were not training in the machines, they were sitting there and talking. Sitting. If I want to sit an talk to someone I would rather choose a more comfy place than a training machine, but we are all different. I did 15 minutes of cardio, some leg training and some core training and stretching at the stretching area. But at the stretching area I was the only one of six persons doing training. Two friends were sitting talking about hair, one were making a phone call, another one playing with her phone and two guys who were just sitting. So in my opinion not really an inspirational place. But after all it is a tiny chance that I will return since there are some great instructors hosting classes there.
/ Pernilla the SATS investigator
Every day is not a fun day and today I am feeling very down and gray like outside. I am not even looking forward to christmas or having some extra days off. I am just having a totally terrible morning. Hopefully a gym session during lunch can help to get me back in a good mode…
/ A Pernilla out of mode