micke-midlife on February 27th, 2009

… and others sure will like it, too! This one is simple if it weren’t for all the cutting stuff in preparation. But ingredients are basic and are found pretty much everywhere where this blog is read (tell me if I’m wrong here). The availability of ingredients is probably the biggest obstacle in transferring recipies [...]

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micke-midlife on February 25th, 2009

14 years ago I got a pair of racing shoes from Puma. Patrick or Pascal something, a French and German speaking sports director (or one of those guys who look after elite athletes in a company) gave them to me after I provided a couple of weeks of temporary housing for two of his Kenian [...]

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micke-midlife on February 23rd, 2009

The 55 laps on the indoor running track got boring after about 10. So I joined the training session of another fellow, who was running approximately the same speed. That’s the advantage of going to the indoor track, you always meet people you can hook up with - well, running wise of course.
Jarkko, a [...]

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micke-midlife on February 22nd, 2009

Just in time for “laskiainen” - the high season for children in Finland to take their plastic bob sleighs and other downhill capable gear to the snow covered slopes - we got our own EUR 5 “plastic tub” to let our little princess be part of the fun. Of course, we didn’t just put her [...]

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micke-midlife on February 20th, 2009

Met this orienteering runner today in the Esport Areena. He wasn’t quite in his natural habitat but overtook me in such a pace that I had to ask him what he was up to. 6 x 1000m he replied. Well, ok, no surprise, that he swooshed by as I was doing my odd basic 20k [...]

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… everything works a little bit better. It also might had to do with the reduced baggage, at least during warm-up and cool down. Normally we’re running with two heart rate systems, the Polar and the Nokia one, and have two pairs of shoes with us to switch when coming in from [...]

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micke-midlife on February 17th, 2009

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Nokia launched a Bluetooth stereo headset today in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress (MWC). The so called BH-214 is a stereo headset with in-ear plugs that come in three sizes. And with the soft silicon ear pieces the headset appears suitable for taking it out and bouncing around in the streets [...]

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micke-midlife on February 16th, 2009

Let’s do something new, I thought right before going out to do the long run. Of course, that was the most vulnerable moment for such a distraction. The moments between the desk at work and the changing room. The direction towards the car is quite the same, it’s very easy to accidentially miss the door [...]

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micke-midlife on February 14th, 2009

This is the question we hear most - “how’s it going with your running project?” “Fine, I guess”, the short and general reply back, when there’s no time to further explain. In essence it’s just that. But with a bit more time on this Saturday evening, let me elaborate briefly.
The Rotterdam test marathon is the [...]

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micke-midlife on February 9th, 2009

Again it says in the cooking instructions that this would take 10 minutes. And again I’m puzzeled how they clock this time. Working on the rocket leaves alone took me 10 mins. Or then we’re just bloody beginners, that holds true anyway. This time this is less a sauce more some kind of paste that [...]

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