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I freaking f*cking did it!!

Today was the day, and I did it! It was a cold, grey, rainy day and on top of that I had a cold, I spent the day walking up and down the stairs at work being out of breath wondering how on earth the race would go tonight.

It is a bit unlike me to dress the same as I don’t know how many other people, but since they were nice enough to give me this (horrible color) pretty t-shirt, why not, I figured that for once I might as well just be a part of the masses. There is even a video of me in the pit warming up with the I don’t know how many other people. That is a video that shouldn’t make the time of day at any point though…

The reason there is pictures of me from this race, is because one of my friends actually braved the Tuesday night and bad weather to cheer me on at both start and finish, including holding on to my stuff while I was running.

I started out slow, trying to keep my own pace and I say I think I managed it, since I managed to jog the whole time, not a single time did I stop to walk (no need to mention the people who pretty much walked the same speed as I was jogging).

Once I reached the goal (in super rapid pace according to this picture and the friend that was watching (according to him)) I grabbed the promised goody-bag and  then we left.

It was nice to see that the goody-bag was nothing more than expected…full of random stuff that you do not really need. And I am still trying to figure out the choice of color, who knows next year it might be a color that I like…




How to finish of an evening like this? Well, me being me, I proudly walked through town and into a bar in my turquoise t-shirt and number tag on, just to show the world that I did run, and to sit in a bar with the outfit on drinking a beer.

Once the first beer was sipped I changed out of the shirt and into proper warm sweaters.

I have to say that I am very proud of myself for running the race, completing it over expectation after the last week with a cold, and that I for once completed a project that I started. As previously mentioned, I am very good at starting projects but not as good at finishing them. By running this race I did not only run a race for the first time in a long time, I also completed a project, showing myself that I can. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of the donations to my little cause. Each and every donation made me want to run a little bit faster and a little bit more. So thank you all of you for helping!

And of course, the time and place…I have to say that I am darned pleased with my self…imagine what I could do without a cold!

And hey, you know what; it’s not too late for a small contribution…

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D-day is here! Or should I say R-day?

It is finally here, race day! The day that I have been training for, giving my heart and soul to..hmm, maybe I shouldn’t go that far.

It’s cold and windy outside, I have an annoying cold that wont let go, so how the actual running will go tonight, that I don’t know. I happen to be the only one left of the original four that was going to run the race, and all these nice people have donated to Unicef because I am running this race, so I will get around the track doesn’t matter if I have to crawl on all four!

First I have to get trough this day…can’t say it has started very good, that mean it can only get better which is a good thing for tonight!


The Jar

Today I really wanted to go for a run, I feel I haven’t put enough in it lately. But of course I am now coming down with a cold. My throat hurts, my head hurts and I keep sneezing.

Instead I spent the night counting up the Jar Money (after doing something one might call laundrying money). For you how haven’t read previous post on how the money jar came about, you can read it here or just get the short re-cap. I was at a party, the party got out of hand, I came home with a big jar full of money. Sad part is that not all money in the jar is actually worth something. But I have sorted them all out and counted up the ones that are worth something, or I don’t have to pay more than they are worth to exchange into local currency.

The coins that I can not use I will not let go to waste. On Friday I will go flying and on  airports the usually have those big bins where you can drop your money for charity. It won’t go towards my collection, but it is the finally destination that counts in the long run.

Now I’m only hoping that this cold will be a short one, otherwise I will have to walk the race next week and that is not acceptable at all.

And yes, I almost forgot, the total count of the money I can use, donated by Vincent and Friends at his party on Saturday night, are as follows;

Swedish Crowns 422,00
Danish Crowns 39,00

Possible usable coins;

Euros 10,02
USD 2,48
Norwegian Crowns 21,50

What I am doing for the possible ones are trying to get my friends to”purchase” them of me. For example the euro ones are all the “brown” coins, the small ones that you can’t really exchange here but are fully usable in euro countries. The same with the dollars and the pounds. So we will see what the Money Jar actually end up donating in a few days.

And hey, don’t forget, it’s not too late to give a little something yourself;

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Worst run yet :(

I went for my Sunday run, and realized very quickly that there would be no 5k today. I have spent the whole weekend abusing my body with alcohol and not enough sleep, kind of not surprised at all. Ze German will be happy, he gets to keep his 100kr for a little bit longer, as he did promise to donate if I ran 5k under 30 minutes.

Posted in IFORM, Quality of Life

Challange is on!

Last night, one of my friends agreed to donate 100kr if I could run the 5k in less than 30 minutes.

Now I have something to aim for, anything to raise more money for Africa. Hopefully I can manage it tonight already.

Posted in Exercise, IFORM, Quality of Life, UNICEF

Today’s morning run

I confess, I didn’t go! Last night I pretty much just passed out on the couch around ten, still this morning I was dead to the world. Either I’m coming down with a cold, or I have just been working out a little bit too much lately, it is a bit tough on the body to go from no exercise at all, to five days a week.

One thing that I have learnt over the past couple of years is to listen to my body, if it says no it means no, and that should be respected, thus today became a day of rest, but I think that i  will go for a run on Friday instead.

There is also a small motivational problem. I had two things that motivated me to go out running. The first being able to run 5k on the 30th of August, that goal has been met already when I ran 5k this past Sunday, and in 32 mins which is not that bad, yes I will try to run faster but it doesn’t seem to have the same incentive.

The second motivational factor was the collection of money for UNICEF. And as that one seem to have stalled as well and I am running low on ideas on how to induce more people to donate a small amount, it’s not working as well as it was before.

But do not despair…I will run again!

Posted in Always look at the bright side of life, Exercise, IFORM, Quality of Life, UNICEF

0 to 5 in 10 days!

Went for my Sunday run today, and pushed myself to run the full 5k, it was hot and I was tired so when the phone showed 5k I stopped running since it felt like I was going to pass out. What happens?

It appears that between my phone, Runkeeper and Facebook, 150 meters just disappeared. But you know what? It doesn’t matter to me, I pretty much ran 5k’s today, way ahead of schedule and expectation, I am super happy. And I did earn the 5k badge on 4square.

Now I can start working on that time I must be able to run it a little bit faster.

If you think that my workout sessions are few and far apart, do not worry, there are only two running sessions planned per week, but that doesn’t mean that I sit idle the rest of the days. As the controlling, organizational freak that I am, there is of course a schedule;

  • Monday – Rest
  • Tuesday – Bodybalance
  • Wednesday – Morning Run
  • Thursday – Yoga
  • Friday – Rest
  • Saturday – Pilates
  • Sunday – Afternoon Run
But I think that my poor body might be in shock, as it had to go from smoking, boozing and no exercise to smoking, boozing and loads of exercise. It doesn’t know what hit it, and my appetite have increased, I feel like I do nothing but eat, constantly (yes mum, I know it is a positive thing).
The money-raising seem to have stalled though, not much have happened over the past few days, I am trying to think of ways to reach out and try to find more people who want to make a small donation to UNICEF and my race, but coming up blank. But never fear, I still have three weeks left. To be honest, I thought it would be harder to run the 5k than raise the 5k, that showed me.
And don’t forget, if you want to donate, or if you have friends that are feeling generous, this is the link;