Winter run the story

One of the last things that I wanted to do yesterday morning was to participate in Stockholm Icebug Winterrun. I went skiing at Stadion instaed and when I got home my running partner canceled her participation. Then I definitley saw no reason to go out in the snowy and rainy weather again and planned for a tour to SATS and visit the treadmill. But at 14:00 I cahnged my mind because I had no real reason to not go. I had zero injuries, I was not sick, I was just not feeling for it but am I a quitter? No.

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So I took the subway to Söder and went to the mile long que in order to pick up the race number. My feets were freezing like crazy although I had my water proof winterboots from Timberland on but anyway I started to feel for running. There is something special with races.

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I had lots of clothes on and was running in a fleece, rain jacket, doubble wintertights, whool skisocks from Gococo and a pair of old but comfortable Adidas Adios Boost shoes. Not the most usual running outfit but I was only freezing a little bit before the start.

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At 16 pm the pro-runners started and at 16:10-ish me and my fellow joggers had to start the first round of the 5K loop though the snow, ice and water. The first 100 meters I tried to keep my feets out of the wet but hey, it was wet everywhere so I thought whatever. After a few kilometers when I was going to look at my watch I saw it was not on, but whatever, the time was secondary (or not even that) important to me so I just ran. And I actually liked it from the beginning. It was fun and my legs felt for running and so did I.

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The first round I was just jogging around and the second one I did the same. This race was a Saturday evening session for me. I had a good feeling all around the route and it was not as bad as I thought. I don’t care that I did not do my best I had more fun than if I had visited the treadmill at SATS and I made a deal with myself before the run. If I survived the Winterrun I would get a weeendtrip this travel free February.

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Quite a good deal beacuse I survived the run with a good feeling, conquered the winter and got a medal to my collection.
/ Pernilla the Bredolt

Winter run is coming up!

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I am sitting here at my casa Vasa thinking about Stockholm Winterrun that is coming up on Saturday. Hopefully it will be a Winterrun without snow and cold weather so I can survive the 10K without turning into a polar bear. It will be my first runningrace for 2015 and it is just a fun thing for me. Last year was fab, especially because you got glowing bracelets like the ones I got when visiting Disney on ice when I was a kid.

My preparation for this 10K challenge has not been any preparation at all. The last week I have been doing quite a lot of training. Actually every day. In Singapore I visited the hotel gym for 1-1,5 hours a day, walked over 20K a day and relaxed but not relaxed. On Monday when I came home I took a 10K crosscontry skiing tour at Gärdet, Tuesday I was running for 30 minutes and doing yoga for 90 minutes, yesterday I was running home from work and a bit more plus visited SATS for a Powerstep class and today I joined my fab friend’s awesome Bodycombat at Worldclass Vasastan so I already fear my sore back tomorrow. I am not planning a restday tomorrow either. Sorry, but when Nike is on tour and has a barre move class I can not not go. Saturday I cross my fingers that it will be some snow left so I can start the day skiing. Never rest, wasn’t it that way it was supposed to be? Anyone else joining the Winterrun?

/ Pernilla that is preparing for Winterrun in my own way

Training junkie week

LifeWhen I flew home from Hong Kong last Saturday I was longing for a week where I went all in when it comes to my training, just because that I like it. But it did not started in the way I wanted.

Monday, I was still a bit sick and most likley I also had fever when I got home from work. I really, really wanted to do some training so I attended a Bodybalance class at SATS Spårvagnshallarna. That was it then I was totally over and out for the day.

Tuesday, I felt almost like a human again so I went to my favorite spinningpulse class at SATS Hötorget after work. 60 minutes of sweat, sweat and more sweat and I fulfilled my goal to reach 90% in all four of the tough intervals. I ended the workout with stretching and my usual 3 times 100 crunches.

Wednesday I was in runningmode so I took a 10K jog around partial ice skatingrink looking Kungsholmen way. The jog was just a well-beeing one and I also ended this day with 300 crunches.

Thursday was rainy and I attended two classes at SATS Stureplan after work. Shape and Runners strength. The day after the back on my legs were so sore you cannot imagine. And my arms. And my butt. And my whole body.

Friday I took timeout and enjoyed a glas of wine.

Saturday I woke up with fresh legs and met up two running friends for taking on a halfmarathon run. That was a piece of cake and in the evening I lifted heavier weights than what I ever had done at a Bodypump class.

Sunday, today, the common rest day I have done everything else than resting. I warmed up with a 10K run at Pampas marina and around followed by my new addiction yoga. After last summer I got hooked on yoga and I really did not needed any more training activities that I enjoy… but shit happens and I still managed to attend the second close-to-death spinningpulse class at SATS Stadshagen to wrap this training week up.

Do you know what guys? it feels so good right now. I am really happy with the result of this training week and it feels meaningful to have a marathon in the middle of March to focus on. Then I will find a halfmarathon in the end of February as a partial goal to focus on, of course abroad so I also can explore the world a bit. Did I ever mention that training is my big hobby alongside with traveling?

/ Pernilla the training junkie

A November Sunday

IMG_0517.JPGIt was long ago since I visited any other pars of Stockholm outside of Vasastan, Östermalm, Kungsholmen and Frösundavik so this morning I navigated away from my usual area during my morning run.

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During my 15 kilometers I visited Slussen, took a tour around Söder (which I do not like because I feel like an alien there) ending up with some foot gymnastics while running the last kilometer over the cobble stones in Gamla Stan. The running weater was brilliant for beeing November and I enjoyed my slow pace run big times. I managed to complete 50 kilometers of running this week and that I have not done since the early spring!

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After a hot shower at Casa Vasa I made real food for lunch. Not yoghurt, fil, bread or a smoothie like always on the weekends but salmon terriyaki, carrots, mushrooms and an egg so at the moment I am feeling so nutritious!

/ Pernilla having a boosting day

Tunnelrun

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Tunnelrun day today and I woke up happy again after yesterday’s terrible Friday. Had a nice breakfast with clementines, my new favorite spinach drink and one piece of tunnbröd while I read the race PM and tried to get ready for a run.

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I biked to the start with zero expectations and I am not a fan of tunnels so I did not even know why I registered for the race. The first thing I did was running into Runday Helen and we were surprisingly in the same start group so we had some pre-race pepp.
42 213 runners were participating and it was quite crowded in the start. The first kilometer I was barley running and was not expecting a fair time at all. It is not that important to me but still I have certain time frames I want to make. Luckily I have been running so many times so I kind of know how fast I run anyway. Inside the tunnel it was a huge running party with music and cool lightening on the track that went up and down like a roller coaster. It was pretty cool and after two kilometers it was not that crowded anymore so it was possible to run. At 7k Adidas had a boost zone and that was the best part of decoration with confetti and club sound. The running experience was on top although no spectators. My legs were in running mode the whole route but just before 5K I could barley breath but I loved the ups and downs so after all I managed to finish the run within my maximum time frame. I hope they will have more Tunnelruns because now I am not afraid of running in tunnels anymore!

/ Pernilla the Tunnelrun survivor

Win a start place to Winterrun 2015

In January I took part in a very funny running race here in Stockholm when I joined the first edition of Winterrun and now I have the opportunity to make a drawing where one of you can win a start place to the race in Stockholm the 31st of January 2015. In order to compete you just have to answer one simple question:

Why do you want to participate in Winterrun 2015?

Participate by adding your motivation in the comment field of this post (or send it by email to pernillabredolt@gmail.com) no later than Sunday 30 of November.  Don’t forget to add your email address so I can reach the winner.

Good luck!

(HERE can you read about my race experience the cold January night earlier this year)

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/ Pernilla the competition arranger

Do it or don’t. I do it.

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There are always two choices, do it or don’t. I prefer the do it version. Now when it is cold outside I do not love to run so I prefer combining running with a SATS class meaning that I run to a SATS a bit from my place, takes a class and then run back so tonight I headed to Bottne’s SATS Stadshagen to join the magic Shape class (I thought). But I was waitlisted and did not got a spot. I could have walked home but I did not. I ran there with a plan B if I did not got into the class and that was to take a run. So I had to put plan B into action and believe it or not, I had an enjoyable time outside running a 15K run alongside the waters of Stockholm in my comfy Adidas Boston Boost shoes. I could imagine in my wildes fantasy that I, Pernilla Bredolt, the constant freezing P would randomly run a 15K run tonight but I seriously had a blast! Try it! And most important when going out running in the dark, just do it as Linn say. Just do it, not thinking, just damn do it.

Or sign up to a fun race like Winterrun and you are more and promiss me to not park your runningshoes just because it is winter, dark and cold!

/ Winterrunning Pernilla