Thursday, June 27, 2013

The future of this blog

The future of this blog is uncertain. As it is for the blogger. No posts since April. This blog is slowly dying. (As is the blogger) No exercise updates for a very long time. It doesn't mean I'm back on the couch. It just means that running isn't a high priority right now. Trying to figure out the future is more so.

I have logged some miles, but not enough to finish a marathon this summer. Sorry about that. Life came in the way.

I'm lowering my expectations for this project, for running and maybe for a lot of other things as well. Maybe you should too. The blog gets some 100 page views per month. I wonder if those are all google robots? So when to expect updates? I don't know. I'll go on summer holiday soon. We'll get a puppy (again). I'll try to figure it out, but everything is uncertain at this point. So thats it for now. See you.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Race Report: Helsinki City Run 2013

In short: DNF

Why? Pre race?

I spend enough time away from home as it is. We've recently moved to another town, but my job hasn't. So I don't want to spend more time away from home than necessary by spending the weekend in Helsinki just to jog in a mass event (fun as it is though).

What about the bet?

The bet is off. Mr. Gothoni DNF:ed long ago by over stretching his capabilities in a football game (he is injured, or claims to be). Too bad. Even though I haven't trained very well - Actually it isn't even appropriate to talk about training, as total milage of 2013 amounts to less than 100km - I believe I could have made a new PR on the half marathon stretch. I did a time trial run of 10k last week and to my astonishment set a new personal best, which sadly still is pretty slow. Mr. Gothoni, with his well known appetite for pizza, sweet beverages and other unhealthy fattening foodstuffs, would probably have been even slower. Well, now we will never know. On the bright side: I can spend my 400 € earmarked for loss and defeat on something else. Something my wife picks from Ikea. Jippijaiyeaey!

The main event this year will be Helsinki City Marathon in August. A long way to run, and a long way to the state of a strong finisher. I'd better start to ramp up milage regardless of bets!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cross country skiing

A bright starlit sky above a crisp and silent winter evening. Freshly pressed tracks in the soft newly fallen snow.

Fancy a run in the dark on an icy, rock hard, slippery pathway instead?

No? Neither do I.

I couldn't care less about running right now. So I'm swinging those poles and kicking those skis. Doing a rhythmic pendelum movement from side to side. Listening to the swishing sound of my skis on the soft surface. All thoughts fade away. Pure transcendence.

Cross country skiing is an irresistible activity during winter. Get a pair of skis and get out on the tracks.