micke-midlife on April 4th, 2010

A couple of times today, I heard steps closing in from behind. Wasn’t out in the streets and I’m not (yet) paranoid. It happened, as so often right now, in the Esport Arena. The steps got closer and closer, but then the other guys interval run was finished. I could well have done with some [...]

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micke-midlife on January 30th, 2010

Today I came across something cool. Was out on a shorter run because all the snow that has come down in the last 3-4 days makes running really difficult. The ground is uneven, the snow is soft. The feet stumble forward more than anything. Well, it trains all the small muscles in the feet that look after [...]

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micke-midlife on January 17th, 2010

Met Ari Monday this week while he was running bare footed on the 400m track at the Esport Arena. First thought, did he read the book “Born to Run”? Did he perhaps read the review of it? (The book praises barefoot running as a cure to a majority of physical inhibitors to running.) Well, as [...]

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micke-midlife on January 2nd, 2010

The 13,5km or the 18,5km route? That was the question. When digging out the car out of the snow and ice at the airport car park last night at 11pm with -20 degrees outside - the fingers and toes freezing, cause the shoes and gloves that worked in Germany didn’t work in Finland - I [...]

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micke-midlife on December 19th, 2009

It’s been quite a week weather wise. Still last weekend, I was with all enthusiasm putting on the winter tyres on the bicycle. Yes those have studs! Never had those before. Thought this gonna be fun, riding with the little princess on the back seat to the day care in the morning and back home [...]

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micke-midlife on December 12th, 2009

It’s racing time again. Now during winter it’s the 10k’s again. The Aktia Cup winter series as last year with it’s second run. The series starts in Novmeber and consists of 5 runs. Pretty much the best crowd you can run with in Finland at this point in the year.
Thought about a novelty this time [...]

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micke-midlife on November 7th, 2009

Was out earlier today on one of those utility runs, i.e. going running and getting something done the same time. This time it was into the city to get a pair or overshoes for those wet bike rides to work during the coming winter and then a U-turn towards one of the larger home improvement [...]

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micke-midlife on September 11th, 2009

A bit of an analysis. Some time ago I had a look into Finland’s 2009 top 20 marathon results so far. Top 10 was up to 2:37h, top 20 up to 2:45h. It felt quite good to aim for something that gets one name into that list. Even dreamt of perhaps making it into the [...]

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micke-midlife on September 9th, 2009

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shit! that wasn’t the way I pictured the preparation in the last 10 days for the Berlin Marathon. The hip started to hurt. More precisely the area where the leg is attached to the hip started to hurt, in the picture to the left marked as “Bänderschraube des Hüftgelenks”. I came up [...]

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micke-midlife on September 3rd, 2009

The best things in life are when a chain of co-incidences lead to something cool. So it happened this week.
As previously mentioned, I’m down in the south, i.e. in Stuttgart, southern Germany for some days. Of course are the running shoes an integral part of the travelling equipment. It’s week 3 in the count down [...]

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