On running

Friends, I suppose I could tell you stories about my adventures in lovely melbourne, but for some reason a topic popped to my mind that has not been a part of my life for a year (or much ever for that matter), running. I was training for half marathon a bit over a year ago, and the experience taught me a lot. I have not run once after one or two poor attempts in Bali, and I have no intention whatsoever to get on track. However, those more or less miserable (though sometimes far from miserable) times I did run, I now want to go back to.

Strength in group. Adidas Heimo (Adidas Tribe), was the supportive group of people who were all in the shit together – some less than others, having several marathons under their belt already. I must admit, going to group trainings was the reason I kept on pushing myself, the reason why I did not stop and the reason why I wanted to not finish last. I might have been a shit of a runner, but I wanted to feel like I was doing something, and getting better at it, which I was.

Having some fun in our uniforms.
Having some fun in our uniforms.

Getting over yourself. In Finland, the harsh truth is that (from February until April and September onwards) the running conditions are not the best. Still, if you have a goal in mind, you need to have certain steps to achieve that goal. Running in the rain/snow/hail/deep deep darkness isn’t the most ideal way of spending a monday morning/Friday evening, but as soon as you get your feet back indoors, it’s all worth it. Some days, in a deep dark and twisted way, you’ll even notice enjoying it.

Setting goals, and following up. In the past 3 years I have learned about goal setting and their measurability. Unfortunately I confess to being a rather vague person, more likely to go with the gut rather than setting important milestones. In running to a certain achievement, you must have a certain plan to achieve what you aim to reach for. Even if you fail, it is important to know that you had a path to guide you. So yes, spiderman stretches, I get your point.

Running in a sponsored group allows one to have a professional photographer. Thanks Pasi Salminen.
Running in a sponsored group allows one to have a professional photographer. Thanks Pasi Salminen.

Know when enough is enough. Why have I not run after last summer? Well, during the training months I kept on having different injuries in both of my legs. Having had troubles with my feet growing up, I still tried to push myself and not admit that maybe I hate (yes, I could say I hate) running for a reason, and am just not cut out for it. In the end, I was not able to attend Helsinki Half marathon, nor the other shorter race the team did, but I eventually ran 10k midnight Run, which I highly enjoyed. Now I enjoy other sports that make me push my limits, reach higher and feel like I’m accomplishing something. Win!

Hill running drills. Ah how I miss those wobbly feet afterwards.
Hill running interval drills. Ah how I miss those wobbly feet afterwards.

me and a friend decided to write something every day from now on until further notice, so hopefully I’ll be venting myself here more often. Too bad my computer is so utterly shit (sorry, but Apple is not nearly eternal) that it definitely doesn’t make posting easy.

Cold

You know the feeling when your 1 day weekend turns into 3 days and you have all the time to do whatever, just as long as it doesn’t involve going outside or any kind of physical activity? And you feel like your head is exploding and nasty secretion is coming from your nose or blocking the way out? The last time I had a flu was winter 2014, when I was living alone in Helsinki. Now it hit me again, and with a force natural remedies cannot cure in the situation where one would just like to do just about anything but spend a long weekend undercovers watching endless amounts of Netflix (I had to get it eventually, just for this occasion). I was glad to get yesterday and today off work, since my eyes were so watery I basically looked like I was crying all the time, and even standing up was a bit of a struggle. Head filled with liquid is a heavy head indeed. Today I felt a bit better (6 day medicine tablets and 2 night tablets later), but just going to the market to buy groceries felt like a sporting effort.

Lessons learned these past few days:

  When sick, eat good food. You might not taste anything, so your if your food at least looks pretty, you might enjoy it more. Put chili to everything: it’s good for you and you can’t taste it. I made a smoothie the other day, with black pepper and turmeric among other immune boosting ingredients, that was actually rather delicious. It didn’t save me from getting sick, but I’d like to think it made some difference at least.

Get home delivery, if you’re too tired to cook. I craved lentil dahl yesterday so I made it since I had all the ingredients in hand, but today’s hopes for curry would definitely go online or via phone.

When you can’t do anything, embrace it. Watery eyes might prevent you from reading, but you can soak in the bath. Or if you don’t have a bath, steam breathe. Or stare at candles. I definitely struggle with just being. Feels like such a waste of time, all this nothingness and piles of tissue paper. What a waste.

I have been extremely frustrated for not being able to do my more or less ‘boring’ everyday stuff like yoga and work, so now I will definitely appreciate them more once I get back on track. When getting sick, I also encourage you to go to a pharmacy to buy proper drugs that someone recommends, and not just crawling to the cornerstore and buying whatever they’ve got. That’ll save you money and shorten your misery. 

More things I love about Melbourne

Previously I summed up my top 3. things about Melbourne, but the list gets longer and longer. Bare with me, folks. 

1. The ‘winter’. Sure, June and July are the coldest months of the year, instagram is full of cozy “baby it’s cold outside” posts and Urban List lists bars with a fireplace. Sure, its not t-shirt weather (all the time and every day), but baby this is not cold. Just put a jumper on and buy a proper jacket, man. I haven’t even used my beanie since May, and even then it was mostly indoors (because some houses are freezers). 

Wintery morning walk to work.

2. New things. For now it is the new job that keeps me occupied 60hrs a week, but also the new stuff that’s everywhere to be found, if you just keep walking.

The National Gallery, right next door. Wall of flowing water, cool eh?

3. Aussie ways. They have different sizes for clothes, so when H&M gets mislabeled underwear (EU size aka something I understand), they are sold for 3 dollars. Score! Winter night market in July, selling hot mulled wine. Aussie language. Random discussions with random people in random places. Random stuff in general.

 

Every day learn something new!
 
4. Yoga (trials). I wonder how long I can practice yoga without committing to a studio: most places offer two week intros for a reasonable price. I want to be sure to choose the best one, so for now I am yogashopping. And to be honest I think Pilates is a better workout anyway, though practicing forearm stands is pretty intense. Anyway, doing yoga is sweet as.

 

Move yoga in the CBD, interesting variety of classes.

  5. Smashed avo and poached eggs.

Every single self respecting breakfast offering establishment has smashed avo and poached eggs on their menu. Period.