micke-midlife on March 14th, 2010

This is a story worth telling. First I need to introduce the protagonists. Ari, the running buddy I met a almost two months ago is playing here a connector role. Then Heikki, the fast guy running in the picture above. As you can see, he’s way too fast for the camera when running his 3650m [...]

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micke-midlife on March 6th, 2010

Running wasn’t much joy lately. The normal basic run was kind of ok. It felt a bit tougher but with all the snow around and three layers of clothing when it had -15 to -20 degrees, well, running just isn’t the same than with a pair of shorts on a dry and sunny 20 degrees [...]

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micke-midlife on January 8th, 2010

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micke-midlife on December 22nd, 2009

I don’t read a lot, I’m not a book worm. Mostly it’s due to a lack of time and patience. Although I always enjoy a good read. If one asks whether a book’s good that let’s you fall asleep quickly at night (and you’re refreshed and feel good next morning) or a book is good [...]

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micke-midlife on September 25th, 2009

The results from the orthopeadic came in, he called this morning. Don’t click open this blog post if you’re offended by a bit of bare skin.

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micke-midlife on September 16th, 2009

By the way, yesterday’s massage did its trick, the hip muscle is not hurting anymore and feels almost as normal again. This time it’s not a muscle but our little princess that could stop the running daddy on its quest to the sub-2:40h marathon . The day care called in the morning that the [...]

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micke-midlife on September 15th, 2009

The legs and the trouble making hip muscle got their final touch today. No, it’s not about shaving this time, that was three days ago. It’s rather about a decent sports massage. It’s 4,5 days to the start in Berlin, so I learned, that a muscle relaxing massage is what’s needed. The alternative would have [...]

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micke-midlife on September 13th, 2009

With 6 days to go it’s time again for the Saltin diet, starting today. Two and a half days - rest of Sun, Mon, Tue - a carb starved diet, then one switching day, eat a little of all, and finally 3 days of carb loading, the fun part. Training needs to go hand in [...]

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micke-midlife on September 12th, 2009

Of course you need a support crowd when going to a race. They cheer when you run by in the beginning of the marathon and are still looking fresh and all full of anticipation. They cheer when it starts to become tough and you shape up just for them when passing by. And they cheer [...]

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micke-midlife on September 10th, 2009

Quite a busy morning with calling and arranging all kinds of appointments with docs and orthopedists. Yesterday’s injury brought some “mental imbalances”. Was a bit worried with the left leg/hip hurting on every step. After three times trying to reach Jouko, the orthopedist I got recommended by the local athletics club, I got an appointment [...]

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