Mission training weekend completed

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My training weekend is over and thereby also the last unplanned weekend of 2014. Since I like a lot of different kinds of training I picked the sessions like you pick candy at a candy store.

A Friday party also called DanceArobic at SATS Odenplan with magic Robert Sorensen was the start of it all. On Saturday I woke up to a gray city but still I went for a 21K+ run at Djurgården. Today I also woke up to a grayscale Stockholm but with warm weather. I felt for running so I took an 8 or 9 something run at Kungsholmen and around. It was not over there, I wrapped it all up with a SATS power step class and Bodybalance class at SATS Sturep. Do I have to say that I am sitting comfortable under a blanket watching a tv serie now?

/ Pernilla the fall lover

Rockstar eats

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This weekend has been filled with training and nice eats. Yesterday after my half marathon run I tried the new Loka winter pear drink. It tasted really good!

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For dinner I had the best sushi in Stockholm. I have tried a lot of sushi places here since I am a huge sushi fan but Ki-Mama here at Observatoriegatan next to my place is the best.

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And now I have a little tea time and lunch break to reload energy after my morning run. Puka tea and Runnersworld, what else is needed a gray day like this?

/ Pernilla having a training weekend

Training day

It is Saturday the 18th October and the official training day. I started with a warmup cleaning my crib and then it was time to do something that I have feared and avoided since the terrible day at Lidingöloppet. A long run.

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I picked one of my favorite running areas, Djurgården. I felt that I just had to do this long run today and although my lack of quality training the last months it felt quite good.

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So good that I gave myself a break halfway through and took a selfie in the colorful autumn leaves. 1:56:28 for a 21,1K run was not that bad either and it feels like I am one step closer to NYC marathon! And when it came to the outfit I wore the stuff I plan to run in in the city that never sleeps, Adidas Boston boost shoes, Gococo superior compression socks, Nike shorts and Adidas top. Happy training day friends!

/ Pernilla that been on a run

Training weekend to come

The upcoming weekend I plan to have my own pre NYC marathon training camp here in Stockholm. Instead of just doing some random training I got the idea to go all in on training this weekend so this is the first edition of Pernillasntraining camp.

I started off as soon as I left the office with a walk home through Hagaparken and after that I joined the Friday party at SATS Odenplan. Or it was my favorite Norwegian and fab instructor Robert Sorensen that hosted his DanceAerobic. I loved it every second of the 3300 ones the training lasted. When it was over I stretched for a while and did my daily 3*100 crunches. That was pretty much what I did before I went to ICA and buy fuel for my training weekend. What are your weekend plans friends?

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/ Pernilla having a training camp

Homerun

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Y dear bike has broken down again so now I transport myself to work by foot. I do not like to travel with public transportation so the options to go from cash Vasa to the office Frösis are quite limited. Walking, biking or running are simply said the choices. Today I did like the last days and walked there which is okey but I am not a fan of doing the same things every single day so today I brought my training gear and when I was done at the office I ran home. And guess what? It was great. Now I have done lots of stretching at home which I badly needed. Two weeks to go until it is time to cross the Atlantic again!

/ Pernilla in Stockholm

New York marathon countdown

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It is really not a lot of days left now until my first New York marathon (and maybe my last marathon). I am so excited about it but I can’t say that I am in marathon training mode. And I do not feel in shape at all. 42 195 meters has to be forced at November the 2nd and I just have to get my ass out of the door these dark October nights for running. I have made an ambitious training plan and yesterday I was at my favorite spinning pulse class and also visited the gym at SATS Hötorget but today some running is on my schedule. I am so not feeling for it but on the other hand – how often do you regret that you have completed a run? Never. So now I am the one stepping outside case Vasa wearing my Boston boost shoes and do what it takes to get a few steps closer to finish NYC marathon at November the 2nd.

/ Pernilla no 49844 at NYC marathon

Qatar airways – 5 star experience

Flight meny

Last week on my journey home from Denpasar at Bali I flew with Qatar airways. It was the first time in many, many years that I flew with this gulf airline but simply said, the quality was exactly as good as my last journey in 2008 when I travelled to Seoul with the company. From DPS to Doha we got to fly a fairly new A330. There were just a small business class and today I was sitting in the monkey class. Luckily I got an aisle seat in the 2-4-2 config so I had good space.

Food

Short after takeoff we got a dinner and there were two options, fish and chicken and I took the chicken option. The food was eatable but I have to say Emirates has better catering. But the champagne and wine selection was good so that covered up. There was also a second serving before landing but I do not like to eat nightfood so I skipped that one. The IFE system was also satisfactionary and I watched a few documentaries and the Disney planes sequel.

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After 10,5 hours we landed in Doha and the old and crappy airport was replaced by a nice and new one. I had just a short connection before my flight to Stockholm left so no time to look around except picking up a new boarding pass but it seemed to be a great airport. And the wifi worked exceptionally well.

Seats

In Doha the A330 was replaced with a dreamliner. My second dreamliner flight in my life. There were not many people at all on the flight but the plane was much nicer than the ANA one I tried out in August. I got a seat just over the wing and just after takeoff I fell aslepp comfortable laying down at my row. About one hour before landing we got a huge and great breakfast. I picked blueberry panncakes out of the three options and they were delicious!

In conclusion I enjoyed my Qatar airways experience but it is not the best gulf airline in my opinion. An extra plus goes to the beverage selection, nice coloured cabin interior, blueberry panncakes and the IFE system. I do not have any minuses to share except that the check in in DPS took ages but that is nothing I blame the airline for. So you will most likley find me onboard QR flights again when I head to SE Asia in the future.

/ Pernilla the frequenttraveller