Cheers for Runday Monday

So it was Monday again. A new week with new possibilities, I hate that cliché, but Monday’s I do love. After a day at the office I headed to the Runday Monday training at Karlberg. Now it was a while since I was there since I had a summerbreak from it but it was as fun as always. Warmup around AIK’s soccerfield, some running excersices followed by some running and more running. 3-2-1 minute intervals was my pick of the day and although my legs felt quite tired in the end due to yesterdays halfmarathon it felt great to be back.

Bye the way, this week the European championships in athletics takes place in Zurich and one of Runday’s trainers, superstar Charlotte will participate in the Swedish marathon team – how cool isn’t that?

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Yes, yes, yes – 21 enjoyable K’s

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The last 1,5 months my running has been nothing else than a terrible story. Once in a while I have done a pretty good run but the rest has been a joke. 50% of every kilometer has felt like a nightmare and that I have been running ten marathons and lots of halfmarathons felt like a joke. A 10Ker was like a never ending story. The worst run of them all was this Tuesday or was it Wednesday when every step after three kilometers was torture. And when all tourists at the Vikingline boat was taking pictures of Djurgården and me that was slowly, slowly running and disturbed their kodak moments I felt like a complete joke. So when I went out for my planned Sunday halfmarathon today it was not with the best selfconfidence I hit the road towards Kungsholmen to run over Västerbron and around Södermalm and then back home to casa Vasa again.

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I also felt like a super nerd since I had my waterbelt. Who did I think I was? a runpro? To my big surprise the first five K’s felt great and also the following five. I do not like to run at Söder because I am not a fan of the atmosphere there or the cobble stones so I just tried to get around as fast as possible. After 15K I passed by Tanto and after that it is the part of Söder which I hate the most so I just focused on running getting back to my beloved bridge again and after that it was almost nothing left. Up until 20K the run was a walk in the park. Effortless and still okey pace but the last kilometer was a bit tougher but I made it. The first halfmarathon in three weeks! High five on that! I celebrated with trying the new Ramlösa Moji tea and it tasted awfull. I took one zip, spitted it out and held the rest in the drain.

/ Pernilla that had an enjoyable run

A visit to the grocery store

Visit the grocery store is not my favorite thing but sometimes it is needed. I did once started to blog about food just because I then needed to put some effort into my cooking and not just eat yoghurt and müsli for breakfast and dinner and chicken or white fish with pasta and lingonberries for lunch one day after another. I will never get tired of those dishes but at some points I need a little break from my favorites. I just been to ICA to do my weekly grocery session and was hungry and had no idea what to buy so I decided to collect my favorites and go for another week with chicken and pasta for lunch. Next week I am going to eat sushi and takoyoaki therefore I filled my fridge up with these tasty standard items:

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Ramlösa kiwi to cool down with after a training session, ruhab dinner yoghurt that taste like a king, almond milk for my smoothies, normal milk when I feel for müsli and milk for dinner, kesella with blueberry taste that I do not know when to eat and with what it just looked like something I potentially would like so I got one, perle de lait yoggi that is best served with big frozen blueberries and cinnamon for breakfast together with a nectarine, Kebne bread that is best served with bregott and thin slices of ham and cucumber if I am more hungry for dinner and Jazz apples that is a perfect afternoon snack if I at some point remember to bring it to work. That was a weekly standard grocery shopping for me, boring to read about? well, then don’t read it.

/ A snapshot from Pernilla life

Tourism studdies

Before the summer I signed up for a uni course about sustainable tourism just for fun, without any pressure on myself since I already graduated from the uni five years ago. This far I have done four out of five tasks and this weekend I am trying to finish up the fifth one, writing a PM about negative effects for local entrepreneurship in the Carribean. A topic that interests me a lot but writing papers in swedish is a challenge for me. Seriously. I did all my studies in English except my master thesis, I am speaking, writing and reading in english every day so when it comes to an academic vocabulary for business terms I feel completley lost. So now I have to sit here and translate to my mother thounge which actually feels quite stupied. Well, I am more than half way though my last task so now I just have analysis, conclusion and the final touch left.

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/ Pernilla in learningmode

Bikram training

Bikram spinning

Yesterday I was absent from almost every social media, did no physical movements other than necessary to move between home and work and at the evening I chilled out with some wine at Mälarpaviljongen. Believe it or not, I also enjoy those days in between.

This Saturday has started in the opposite direction. First a bikram bodypump session and then a bikram 75 minute spinning session at SATS Odenplan. I do not mind training in the heat but investing some money in a well functioning aircon system would not hurt. From a training perspective it felt like I had endless with energy today and something else would be strange because it felt like I ate for a whole family yesterday. Yoggi and crunchy and a fruit for breakfast, a big hamburger for lunch and a homebaked snickers bar, a smoothie, fruit and yoghurt with crunchy for dinner and wine.

/ Pernilla the trainaholic

Thunderstorm to sunshine

Tor and his hammer woke me up this morning and I was starting the day with breakfast in my bed waiting for the thunder and lightening to pass by Stockholm before I walked to the office covered by my umbrella size XL. Then the office day was over way too fast and I was walking back home again.

Afternoon turned into evening and the one and only 7th August of 2014 was getting closer to an end. I had no social activities planned today so instaed of doing nothing I went out for a 10Ker at my route 1A which covers parts of Kungsholmen. Also the run felt like a short story and I did not put to much effort into my workout. Time to turn the thumb up compared from the Tuesday run which was a tourture.

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/ Pernilla the runaholic

Counting down to Japan

It is a non packing Thursday for me today and that I enjoy quite a lot because packing my stuff I rate at the top of my boring-to-do list at a shared place with cooking. I do of course think a bit about traveling today because it is only one week until I will pack my Samsonite for heading to Japan. It was 1,5 years since my last visit in the country that I love a lot and these are the top things that I look especially a lot forward towards during my vacation:

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  •  Reunite with some japanese friends of mine that and hear their stories about the life as a young businessman in Japan. It is really faschinating.
  • Explore the beach of Kamakura. What is a vacation without a beach visit?
  • Have a full shoppingday with my mum at Ginza.
  • Eat quality sushi at Tokyo fish market.
  • Stay at a japanese guesthouse where you sleep on the floor. It is really, really a favorite of mine and everyone who visit Japan should do that.
  • Spend a few days in either Fukuoka or Okinawa. But I think it will be the later option because the beaches there looks more than fantastic. Like Hawaiian ones.

I am looking so much forward to Japan now I wish I could go straight away! Unfortunatley I have not planned anything for this trip yet, not even how to get there yet but I think it will be Lufthansa to Narita although I have seen every movie worth seeing in their entertainment system.

/ Pernilla the Japan lover