micke-midlife on August 10th, 2009

It’s a training session you can really show-off with. There are surprisingly often some kind of runners or colleagues with a passion for endurance sports present at meetings in the office. Today I was quite sure I would get understanding and appretiating nods from all three participants, Mika, Kari and Marko, when I let slip [...]

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micke-midlife on August 9th, 2009

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The 12 weeks are divided in 3 mini cycles where this week, week 7 before the Berlin Marathon marks the first tough week in the second cycle. 110km, 8,5 hours of net running time in 6 training sessions. Still can’t manage to do 7, there’s always one tired day on which [...]

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micke-midlife on August 8th, 2009

Somehow it just doesn’t surprise me that this happened to me on a Saturday afternoon in the Finnish summer. I was just about to leave the athletics stadium in Nastola, a 15.000 soul community just east of Lahti (southern Finland), as two taxis shot into the large and abandoned car park, a bunch of rounder [...]

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micke-midlife on August 5th, 2009

Already yesterday I was too tired to go on the track and did a slow 15km instead. Same indicators today. Yawning after lunch, hunger at 3pm, and general reluctance to go on the track to do 10 x 1000m in a kind of breath taking pace at 3:20min. The way from the desk in the [...]

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micke-midlife on August 2nd, 2009

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Well, 93km is at the high end for a recovery week, but it felt quite good. First, it was a clear step down from 120 - 135km as in the weeks earlier. And second, the amount of training sessions was reduced from 9 or 10 to “only” 5. A mix of faster [...]

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