micke-midlife on October 30th, 2008

it was dark and cold and windy and rain poured down. if i hadn’t agreed with a friend from work to go out for a run, it would have been the fourth day in row without training. it’s not supposed to be tough this week anyway, because there’s a 10k race on sunday, but there [...]

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micke-midlife on October 29th, 2008

dangerous times we live in. the headlines after the spring and fall daylight-saving shifts indicate that man came up just with another means to toture its kind. our friends in north america who decide to be part of this fun part of life every other decade (or so) seem to suffer the most. news headlines [...]

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micke-midlife on October 22nd, 2008

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day 60, came back from a 20k run last week and the evenings are becoming chilly (5°C) at 61degrees north (helsinki). wanted to hit the stop button for the sports track timer, but it’s not as a direct option, so you have to go through the menu. it gets really tricky [...]

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micke-midlife on October 19th, 2008

here between week 8 and 9 of the total 57 weeks (=400 days) and things look good. not for the bankers but for this project. hm, there’s a thought, will the banking crisis’ stock market effect last as long as this project?
anyway, another set of yasso 800s on day 52 (tuesday) indicates progress over the [...]

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micke-midlife on October 17th, 2008

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day 55 since having bought this new pair of adidas response running shoes, i was wondering how long they might last. especially on today’s long run, 24km - the above picture was taken towards the end, it got dark at around 6:30pm, see this interactive map - i reached 500km in [...]

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micke-midlife on October 14th, 2008

nokia came out with this neat little application called sports tracker a while ago, sometime in the fall of 2007, I guess. in a nut shell, it tracks the route of your run, attches media files to that run if you’ve taken pictures, videos, or or other masochistic evidence while out there and let’s you [...]

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micke-midlife on October 13th, 2008

the plan said 10×800m yassos, the mental threshold towards those and the sore bottom from the hill runs the day before voted for 10×400m. since the latter two were in the majority and it’s democracy we want to uphold, 400s it was today. those short interval runs tend to be a bit like fast food, [...]

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micke-midlife on October 12th, 2008

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things are going well as the recently introduced progress page documents, black dots below the line, that’s ahead of the curve.
a new form of training today should introduce some new triggers to the running training program, uphill runs, 2 minutes long. having run along the baltic sea’s shoreline for most of [...]

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micke-midlife on October 10th, 2008

warning, this post is geeky, if you don’t get any kicks from math equations and modelling, you might want to take a break this time.
it’s your friend who studied math or physics you need to go to, when it’s time to solve one of these difficult problem that life imposes on you. well sometimes it [...]

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micke-midlife on October 9th, 2008

out of the office, into the running shoes. yes, still using this nice pair of adidas response shoes, they’re not so white anymore but do a superb job, now after 500km they just got warmed up. the closeby foresty patch along th ecoast line feels like a soothing oasis after a day fighing with powerpoints, [...]

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